Two great threats loom over our societies, one depressingly familiar, the other entirely unprecedented. Firstly, only seventy years after the Holocaust in Europe, extreme right-wing politics is once again becoming a major force here and elsewhere, as the cracks in liberal democracy widen. Secondly, alarmed scientists are warning us of the possibility of climatic and[…]Read more →
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A ‘Minister for Loneliness’ is a sticking plaster for the ills of neoliberalism
Peter Coville 22 January 2018
Is loneliness the price we pay for an ideology that privileges individual freedom and ‘choice’ above the collective and communal; that sees attachment to others as an obstacle to the[…]
The journalist I assisted in the recent interviews, being interviewed. by Naffy Sah
The journalist I assisted in the recent interviews, being interviewed.
”I mean, it’s hard, it is difficult, there’s no way around it, it’s hard to listen to these stories, but the whole time that I am listening to these women I am[…]
The eyes of just 20 out of the 75 Rohingya Rape survivors I interviewed. Forever my sisters, I channelled their pain, sometimes, the first person they had spoken to in detail about their ordeal, we consoled, reassured them to hold their heads up high, not to feel ashamed, we would seek justice for the ghastly[…]Read more →
Dear Prince Harry
Congratulations on your engagement to Meghan!
As a fellow Brit married to an immigrant, I wanted to share some of the enormous battles that you will surely face in the years ahead to ensure that she is allowed to stay in the country so that the two of you can live[…]
Every time we go to the camps to listen to stories, my heart breaks some more. By Hannah Aiyana.
This afternoon, Sophie and I met with a woman who had lost all of her children. The army had doused them with kerosene in front of her eyes and burned them alive. My heart[…]
This is for my men out here by an Occupy Sister
This is for my men out there. Femmes, it’s triggering. I’ve been having hard triggering arguments with the men in my life about scenes like this since I was about 16. I had already experienced my first assaults by then. This is the first[…]Read more →
MeToo by Louise Somerville
Like many others I have been on a journey with #MeToo. The revelation that every single woman has experienced sexual abuse, and suffered from male physical power and strength has been an astounding collective experience.
Yet, from the beginning, I felt deep concern that men may feel they were being labelled[…]