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The coronavirus crisis isn’t hitting all communities equally hard, calling for not just aid like this California food bank but also justice-oriented policies to redress harms. Mario Tama/Getty Images

3 moral virtues necessary for an ethical pandemic response and reopening

Confronting the massive social problems caused by the coronavirus requires policies built on compassion, solidarity and justice – core values of virtuous societies worldwide.
A red marks the face of Felicien Kabuga, one of the last key suspects in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, on a wanted poster at the Genocide Fugitive Tracking Unit office in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo by SIMON WOHLFAHRT/AFP via Getty Images

Rwandans will want Félicien Kabuga tried at home. Why this won’t happen

Though genocide survivors would ideally want Kabuga to be prosecuted in Rwanda, it won't be possible, for legal or political reasons.
‘Death of Captain Cook’ by George Carter. 1781. Oil on canvas. The painting depicts the killing of Cook during a skirmish with Hawaiians on his third Pacific voyage in 1779. National Library of Australia collection

Captain Cook wanted to introduce British justice to Indigenous people. Instead, he became increasingly cruel and violent

Over the course of his three voyages, Cook was frustrated by the refusal of Indigenous people to embrace Western ways. He grew increasingly punitive, embodying the 'savagery' he ostensibly despised.
The Satanic Temple unveils a statue of Baphomet, a winged-goat creature, at a rally for the First Amendment in Little Rock, Arkansas, in August 2018. AP Photo/Hannah Grabenstein

What The Satanic Temple is and why it’s opening a debate about religion

A group known as The Satanic Temple was started with the political goal of advocating for the value of church-state separation. This group is now challenging the traditional definition of religion.
In April 1916, armed police invaded Maungapōhatu to arrest the Tūhoe leader Rua Kēnana (handcuffed, fourth from the left) in an unlawful raid that killed Kēnana’s son and another family member. Wikimedia Commons

Why a pardon for 20th-century Māori leader Rua Kēnana doesn’t go far enough

New Zealand will pardon religious Māori leader Rua Kēnana, who was arrested more than a century ago for "moral resistance", but the pardon fails to acknowledge the miscarriage of justice.
An illustration of the allegory of the cave from Plato’s Republic. 4edges/Wikimedia Commons

Guide to the classics: Plato’s Republic

Plato's Republic is one of the most influential books in history. It has been claimed by people on all sides of the political spectrum and continues to resonate today.
The U.S. incarcerates more people than any other place in the world. Warehousing people in prison is costly and unsustainable. Shutterstock

Prisons are not the answer to preventing crime

Putting more people in prison is not the answer to reducing crime. New fair and bias free assessment tools may help.

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