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How to resolve racially stressful situations

If we hope to heal the racial tensions that threaten to tear the fabric of society apart, we're going to need the skills to openly express ourselves …


Britain’s Brexit destiny is to become Canada

Whatever way it is sliced and diced, the UK will become a mid-table satellite of the EU, just like Canada is to the US

United Kingdom

Corbyn’s no anti-British traitor: the Tory press is playing a risky game

They have smeared Labour leaders before, but this cold war hysteria is part of a bid to strip away Corbyn’s democratic legitimacy<p>In that tumultuous summer of 2015, when Jeremy Corbyn was transformed from “obscure backbench MP with more chance of winning X Factor than becoming Labour leader” to …

Jeremy Corbyn

Corbyn and McDonnell tax radicals? I say they aren’t radical enough

In Britain’s parlous situation, asking the top 5% of earners to pay more is far from unreasonable<p>When Labour unveiled its tax plans in last year’s general election, the media howls were as hysterical as they were predictable. Asking the top 5% of earners to pay a bit more was, in the Telegraph’s …

John McDonnell

Here's Why Your Girlfriend Will Eventually Get Bored During Sex

Don't shoot the messenger here<p>Having a healthy, stable, loving relationship is one of life's greatest joys, and one that no man should take for granted. The bad news is, however, it's more than likely that if you're a guy who dates women, your long-term girlfriend, wife, or partner is going to get …

Medical Journals

The Oxfam scandal shows colonialism is alive and well

Privileged white men giving devastated, impoverished women of colour money for sex is vile exploitation, not prostitution<p>The sexual abuse of women and girls by certain men who worked for Oxfam is clearly despicable. Let us not muddy the waters by describing this as “the use of prostitutes” or by …

Steve Bannon

As a former aid worker, I’m not shocked by the Oxfam revelations

A culture of bullying, harassment and racism is rife among agencies around the world. This is an industry in need of reform<p>When I read the revelations that Oxfam workers had paid for sex in Haiti, perhaps from underage girls, while the country was trying to recover from an earthquake, I wasn’t …


The $40 billion program arming small town cops with combat gear and military tanks

An exclusive look at the film “Do Not Resist,” which explores the rapid militarization of American police forces<p>When Craig Atkinson watched the police response in the days following the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, he was in awe. The son of a SWAT team officer, Craig could barely believe that …

Law Enforcement

The gift and power of emotional courage

Psychologist Susan David shares how the way we deal with our emotions shapes everything that matters: our actions, careers, relationships, health and …


The ultimate city guide to Kyoto, Japan

It was such a cliché it could have been a scene from a film. Across the narrow and fast-flowing river was a brightly lit restaurant. In the window …


Why this '5-4-3-2-1' mindfulness trick is so effective at beating anxiety

When anxiety starts to take over, it can feel impossible to gain perspective and get out of the spiral of worries.<p>But next time you feel overwhelmed with anxious thoughts, a simple mindfulness trick may offer some relief.<p>Shared by Boston University clinical psychologist Ellen Hendriksen, author of …


How to ease anxiety with the '54321' mindfulness trick

When anxiety threatens our peace of mind, it can be difficult to stay in the moment.<p>But one mindfulness tool used by multiple psychologists has the …


6 Mental Habits That Will Wear You Down

Source: Goran Bogicevic/Shutterstock<p>Do you struggle with self-doubt and self-defeating habits?<p>Do you want to feel more confident about yourself and …


9 Ways to Calm Your Anxious Mind

Source: Alan Bailey/Shutterstock<p>Anxious thoughts can overwhelm you, making it difficult to make decisions and take action to deal with whatever issue …

Blowback: How a CIA-Backed Coup Led to the Rise of Iran’s Ayatollahs

Why can’t Iran have a secular, democratic government? It’s a question Americans often ask of their longstanding Middle East adversary — especially …

South Asia

How mass incarceration harms U.S. health, in 5 charts

Issues of mental health, stress, and nutrition all contribute to the incarceration mortality rate<p>The U.S. incarcerates a higher percentage of its citizens than any other country in the world.<p>There’s little doubt among researchers that mass incarceration is wreaking havoc on our society, in …


America Is Not a Democracy

How the United States lost the faith of its citizens—and what it can do to win them back<p>For years, the residents of Oxford, Massachusetts, seethed with anger at the company that controlled the local water supply. The company, locals complained, charged inflated prices and provided terrible service. …

Political Science

Why the NFL player protests still matter

Football is the perfect public platform for discussing racial disparity, no matter how convincingly sappy patriotic songs and inaccurate textbooks proclaim equality has been achieved<p>Richard Pryor once joked about the relationship African-Americans have with the American judicial system, “If you go …

Colin Kaepernick

11 Smart Travel Accessories for Staying Safe on Solo Trips

Taking a solo trip might truly be one of the best things a woman can do. It’s incredibly brave to set out to explore a faraway land on your own and …


New report classifies US as a “flawed democracy”

Partisanship and Trump were to blame for the US’s dismal ranking in the Economist’s annual Democracy Index report<p>Just as Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night — in which he claimed that we had entered a “new moment for America” — a consortium of prominent …

Political Science

Bitcoin is not having a good day. We asked some traders if we're in a crypto bubble. This is what they told us.

5 TED Talks on overcoming depression

Depression is an illness that many suffer alone. These speakers bravely share their own stories -- and how they recovered.

TED Talks

Something’s Rotten in the State of the Union

In his State of the Union Tuesday night, Donald Trump called on the Congress “to empower every cabinet secretary with the authority to reward good …

Joe Kennedy III

In a Major Free Speech Victory, a Federal Court Strikes Down a Law that Punishes Supporters of Israel Boycott

A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that a Kansas law designed to punish people who boycott Israel is an unconstitutional denial of free speech. The …

Rights & Freedoms

The alarming reason Israeli and Palestinian activists are growing closer


5 Tactics to Win a Negotiation, According to an FBI Agent

It was 1998 and I was standing in a narrow hallway outside an apartment on the 27th floor of a high-rise in Harlem. I was the head of the New York …

How it feels to be a Muslim in Trump’s America

“These were the most aggressive and physically threatening forms of racism I had faced since 9/11”.<p>Timing has never been my strong suit. I moved to …