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Soraya Chemaly


Stop Minimizing the Costs of Teaching Girls to 'Stay Safe'

Soraya Chemaly | July 23, 2014 | Women
We are socialized to think that sexual assault, and having to bear the costs of avoiding it, is "normal." Children and women are socialized to fear it and we adapt our behavior to avoid or, if exercised by loved ones or friends, to tolerate it.
Steven Brill

Shakespeare Had It Wrong: Don't 'Kill All the Lawyers!'

Steven Brill | July 23, 2014 | Crime
Government cannot police itself. Departments like the Internal Affairs Bureau of the NYPD and the Inspector General of New York can only do so much. It takes the lawyers for the injured and abused, to protect the less powerful and to effectuate true change for our communities.
Robert Siciliano


Beware of Flight MH17 Facebook Scams

Robert Siciliano | July 23, 2014 | Crime
How low can scammers go? The latest is phony Facebook profiles that use identities of deceased victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 -- claiming their credit cards were stolen from the crash debris. “Death hunters,” says Ukrainian MP Anton Gerashchenko on his Facebook page,...
Christopher Zoukis


USSC Unanimously Votes for Drug Reduction Retroactivity: Thousands of Federal Prisoners to Be Released Early

Christopher Zoukis | July 23, 2014 | Crime
Last week, in a historic victory for nearly 46,000 federal drug offenders, the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC) voted unanimously to apply recent amendments to the federal drug sentencing guidelines retroactively to all eligible offenders.
Miles Rapoport


Exposing the Scare Campaign Against the DISCLOSE Act

Miles Rapoport | July 23, 2014 | Politics
The case for DISCLOSE, which would bring into the open hundreds of millions of dollars in now-hidden political giving, is so compelling, so self-evident, that a credible, logical argument against it is nowhere to be found.
Human Rights Watch


Watch: FBI Targets American Muslims in Abusive Counterterrorism "Sting Operations"

Human Rights Watch | July 23, 2014 | Politics
The government's tactics to seek out terrorism suspects, at times before the target has demonstrated any intention to use violence, has undercut parallel efforts to build relationships with American Muslim community leaders and groups that may be critical sources of information to prevent terrorist attacks.
H. A. Goodman

America Will Be a Stronger Nation When Gay Marriage and Marijuana Are Legalized Nationally

H. A. Goodman | July 23, 2014 | Politics
When this generation allows Americans the basic right to marry and earn money from a plant that isn't responsible for "2.5 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) annually," then future legislation will be based more on reason than superstition or prejudice.
The Fix

37 Tons of David Victorson: A Tale of Ballsy Redemption

The Fix | July 23, 2014 | Crime
"In a time of universal deceit," George Orwell once said, "telling the truth is a revolutionary act." That maxim certainly applies to David Victorson's book, 37 Tons.
Burke E. Strunsky


Can You Hear the Death Rattle of Capital Punishment in California?

Burke E. Strunsky | July 22, 2014 | Crime
After Judge Carney's decision, I am very concerned that many murder victims' families will soon be dealt another painful blow. If the state retroactively eliminates the death penalty, many grieving people, already robbed of so much, will lose the justice and closure that juries, after a thorough and lengthy review of all the facts, had granted them.
Jorge Mérida

A Child From Guatemala (a True Story)

Jorge Mérida | July 22, 2014 | Politics
This is the story of a child, refugee, and immigrant now cataloged as a humanitarian emergency who, in debilitating languor, waits for the good will of an American government to save him.
Ashley Jude Collie


The Real-to-Reel Life of Former NYPD Detective and TV/Movie Producer Sonny Grosso Keeps on Rolling

Ashley Jude Collie | July 21, 2014 | Entertainment
In 1977 highly decorated former NYPD detective Sonny Grosso wrote and published a book called Murder at the Harlem Mosque, about the events that he personally witnessed on April 14, 1972, at the mosque located at 102 West 116 Street. Four decades on, that event is back in the news.
asha bandele


The Youngest Victims of the Drug War at Home and Abroad

asha bandele | July 21, 2014 | Politics
Perhaps the terrible truth of drug war violence will finally be addressed as all of America bore witness this summer to the horror of some 52,000 unaccompanied children who were fleeing devastating violence that had erupted in Central America.
Peter Van Buren


Parallel Construction: Unconstitutional NSA Searches Deny Due Process

Peter Van Buren | July 21, 2014 | Politics
A lot of attention Post-Snowden has been paid to what the NSA does-- vacuum up emails, listen in on Skype chats and so forth. Too little attention has been devoted to what is done with the information NSA collects.
Miguel Guadalupe


Why We Should Appreciate Those Who Keep Us Safe

Miguel Guadalupe | July 21, 2014 | Crime
That local politicians, other police forces, and more importantly, the surrounding communities can band together in the face of danger insures that we as citizens can depend upon the general safety and security necessary to carry on with our own lives.
Paul Heroux


In the Gun Debate, Mental Illness Doesn't Predict Dangerousness

Paul Heroux | July 22, 2014 | Politics
We should be asking: Is the person is a danger to him or herself or to others if he or she had a gun? That is the question. The notion that we can use mental illness as a way to determine that someone is somehow more dangerous is just ill-informed.
Rev. Al Sharpton


From Coast-To-Coast, Police Abuse Must End

Rev. Al Sharpton | July 21, 2014 | Politics
After watching continuous acts of police abuse and brutality from coast-to-coast, perhaps the real question is, have we reached a point where federal authorities need to step in?
Traci L. Slatton


How to Handle Email Harassment

Traci L. Slatton | July 23, 2014 | Crime
Recently I was the target of email harassment, also known as cyberbullying. I was tangled up in business with someone who seemed sane. Then I discovered that this person had impersonated me online, buying a gift from an online vendor and signing my name and personal email address. Soon thereafter,...
Mike Weisser


For Doctors in America, 'Do No Harm' Should Mean Talking About Child Gun Safety

Mike Weisser | July 21, 2014 | Politics
No matter what nonsense Rand Paul and the NRA promote about how doctors are a threat to the 2nd Amendment, anyone who believes that an unlocked gun in a home with children isn't a health risk is presenting a degree of stupidity that no amount of medical care will ever cure.
Olga Bielkova

Putin Needs to Call Out Pro-Russian Rebels

Olga Bielkova | July 21, 2014 | World
Mr. Putin has had many opportunities to condemn the violence, but he has failed every time. I want his words to be addressed to Girkin and other Russian citizens disturbing Ukraine, not to my president. Putin's silence, which effectively condones the terrorists' activities in eastern Ukraine, bares a grave cost. Ending the violence has been the essence of an agreement reached in Geneva many months ago to which Russia was a signatory.
Robert Siciliano


How to Prevent Summertime Scams

Robert Siciliano | July 21, 2014 | Crime
Summertime is here -- and that means sunshine and vacations. Most people love summertime, including scammers! Hackers can use this time to take advantage while we are planning vacations or on vacation or just enjoying fun in the sun. Here are some key scams to watch out for this summer.
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