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Before Unleashing Gaza-Like Airstrikes on Iraq, Congress Must Vote

Robert Naiman | Posted 09.12.2014 | World
Robert Naiman

In the early hours of Friday morning, Gaza's Ark - the boat preparing to sail from Gaza in defiance of the Israeli blockade on Palestinian exports - was hit by an Israeli missile and caught fire. When dawn broke Friday morning, little was left of the boat.

Netanyahu's War: What Is It Good For?

Robert Naiman | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Robert Naiman

A just war must have a just end, and the just end must be sufficiently good to more than compensate for all injustices caused by the war. There is no plausible story that Netanyahu's war is a just war.

'Ceasefire' Is the Syria Word We Need to Hear

Marc Gopin | Posted 03.04.2014 | World
Marc Gopin

We need to hear the word "ceasefire" from the lips of major diplomats and strategists. The people of Syria will die without it, and everyone will gain something from ceasefire.

CeaseFire Funding Drying Up Fast, Closures Take Hold

Posted 09.15.2013 | Chicago

CeaseFire, the Chicago-based anti-violence group at the focus of the 2011 documentary "The Interrupters" is shutting two of its offices as funding dri...

The Problem with Ocalan's Peace

Andrew Self | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics
Andrew Self

This week, jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan made a historic call for the PKK to lay down their arms and withdraw from Turkey.

If the Pope Called for a Christmas Ceasefire in Afghanistan, Could 'Ceasefire!' Enter Mainstream Debate?

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.16.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

If Pope Benedict XVI called on Western leaders to announce an offensive ceasefire in Afghanistan for the Christmas holiday, mainstream media would report it and Western leaders would have to respond. If we could stop the war for one day, it would set an important precedent.

Another View: Timeless Conflict in the Middle East

Diane Eagle Kataoka | Posted 01.29.2013 | Arts
Diane Eagle Kataoka

Despite the author's bias, The Haj provides an insight about the Middle East. Indeed, Uris considered his book, published in 1984, to be a warning of what could happen.

Gaza: Clarifying Israel's Intentions

James Zogby | Posted 01.24.2013 | World
James Zogby

Netanyahu's goal is not a lasting peace based on two states. It appears that he has never surrendered the Revisionist Zionist goal of a Greater Israel, with an autonomous and pacified Palestinian population that submits to Israel's diktat. And, in his way of thinking, he's almost there.

After the War in Israel and Gaza: The Hope That Remains

Ahmed Charai | Posted 01.21.2013 | World
Ahmed Charai

All concerned should pull back the lens -- from Israel and Palestine, where so much attention is focused, to the vast region around that tiny place, where changes are afoot with profound implications for Palestinians and Israelis.

Why Is Vice Using CeaseFire To Sell A Game About Revenge Killing?

Gapers Block | Posted 09.19.2012 | Chicago

Last Wednesday, controversial violence prevention group CeaseFire announced it had changed its name to Cure Violence. Just a couple days prior, the...

Chicago Is Failing Half Its Population: The Young Are the Victims

Molly Moynahan | Posted 09.06.2012 | Chicago
Molly Moynahan

2012-09-06-stateofCPSlogo.jpgI'm very grateful to the teachers who cherished my boy, but I want to drop the ladder back down and help every child, support every teacher, encourage every parent and remind the mayor that children are living through hell just trying to go to school.

Teen 'Marked For Death' Charged In Girls' Shootings

Posted 07.14.2012 | Chicago

Updated story An 18-year-old Chicago man has been charged in connection with the shooting of two girls earlier this week, one day after he surrende...

CeaseFire Creates 'Interrupters' at Street Level

Mike Smith | Posted 09.04.2012 | Crime
Mike Smith

With murders at a 37 percent increase in Chicago, the mayor needed to stop the bleeding occurring due to violent crime. So it's not entirely surprising to learn that Chicago is turning to street gang ex-cons and neighborhood insiders or "interrupters" to help treat the virus.

Re-understanding Violence as We Had to Re-Understand Plague..To Cure It

Gary Slutkin | Posted 06.19.2012 | Chicago
Gary Slutkin

Human history is filled with tragic blunders that fail to put their finger on the problem, and actually compose a "solution" that has no value. This is where we are today, relying on prisons as solutions to reducing the epidemics of violence.

The Indie on Demand Movie Review: The Interrupters

Dan Persons | Posted 05.21.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

In this week's quickie Indie on Demand Movie Review, we take a look at The Interrupters, a documentary, now available on-demand.

After Oscar Snub, 'The Interrupters' Honored

Posted 02.26.2012 | Chicago

"The Interrupters," a film about former criminals working to stop violence in Chicago, was named best documentary at the Film Independent Spirit Award...

An American Problem: Can Changing Culture End Youth Violence?

Sarah Garland | Posted 04.14.2012 | Education
Sarah Garland

Change the culture of low expectations, and then watch schools and whole communities achieve success. Change the culture of violence, and then watch as young people and whole communities stop the cycle of self-destruction.

WATCH: 'The Interrupters' Star Sits Down With Colbert

Posted 02.02.2012 | Chicago

One of the stars of the critically-acclaimed documentary "The Interrupters," called "the most necessary film of the year" by Slatelast year, was inter...

Stop the War on Christmas: Cease Fire in Afghanistan

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.19.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

Let us call on President Obama to announce that on Dec. 24th and 25, the United States will observe an offensive ceasefire in Afghanistan, and urge others to join the ceasefire, as a goodwill gesture to promote peace talks.

Matt Sledge

Warren Buffett's Daughter Takes On Early Childhood Education And Gangs | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.15.2011 | Impact

NEW YORK -- By just about any measure, Susie Buffett and Latron Louis have a remarkable friendship. Both are from Omaha, but Buffett is well-off and w...

The Problem With Snitching

Elena Quintana | Posted 10.30.2011 | Chicago
Elena Quintana

For the last decade or so, the Chicago police have bemoaned an anti-snitching campaign that has become the law of the street in most large cities in the U.S.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz on The Interrupters

Dan Persons | Posted 10.25.2011 | Home
Dan Persons

In the new documentary The Interrupters, director Steve James and producer Alex Kotlowitz follow several members of CeaseFire as they attempt to defuse conflicts before they occur.

The Trauma Of Violence And Our Broken Communities

Chicago Magazine | Posted 10.12.2011 | Chicago

Fifteen years ago, I was on vacation with my family in upstate New York, when late one night I got a phone call from a homicide detective I knew from ...

Amy Lee

The News Cycle May End, But The Violence Doesn't | Amy Lee | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices

Stop the shooting: That's the motto of CeaseFire, an organization dedicated to reducing the violence plaguing the streets of Chicago. A new docume...

Violence, Interrupted: Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz on The Interrupters

Kristin McCracken | Posted 10.03.2011 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

In their new doc, duo Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz profile some criminals-turned-activists who find redemption through mediation on the streets of Chicago. We recently sat down with James and Kotlowitz to discuss their film.