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Muslim Scholars and Autocrats (Part I)

Usaama al-Azami | Posted 12.23.2016 | World
Usaama al-Azami

Earlier this month, I wrote a long overdue post about the minority of prominent Muslim scholars who have been systematically co-opted as the religious face of autocracy since the beginning of the Arab Revolutions.

How Not to Disown 'Islamist' Terrorism

Usaama al-Azami | Posted 12.16.2016 | Religion
Usaama al-Azami

While ISIS' pedigree may owe more to Wahhabism than to other historic forms of Sunnism, Muslim scholars need to own up to the fact that their own so-called traditional representatives and institutions are complicit in the extreme repression and mass murder that has contributed to the meteoric rise of ISIS.

Why Female Mass Shooters Are So Rare

LiveScience | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 12.14.2015 | Women

By: Stephanie Pappas Published: 12/11/2015 on LiveScience As last week's shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, unfolde...

America Goes Ballistic

Rick Horowitz | Posted 12.05.2016 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

You think you've had your fill of gun violence? This guy thinks otherwise.

Let's Label All Mass Killings as Terror Attacks

Saad Khan | Posted 12.03.2016 | Crime
Saad Khan

This will not be the last time that some deranged lunatic will unload his or her weapons into innocent bystanders. Men, women and children will continue to die at the hands of people who will not be motivated by faith. Perhaps it is the right time to label all such episodes as terror attacks.

Did a Mass Killer Get it Right in Pointing to the Media?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.11.2016 | Crime
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Simply totally erasing the names of mass killers from the coverage, as some news outlets do, though, is only the starting point. The speculation and conjecture about the killer's motives makes it almost appear as though there is a rational or justification for why the killer did what he did.

Mass Killings in the US: Masculinity, Masculinity, Masculinity

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 10.05.2016 | Crime
Soraya Chemaly

Yes, we need strict gun control laws, a deeper understanding of the role of media and better mental illness treatment. However, what we really need, central to all of those dimensions, is a public conversation about hegemonic masculinity in the United States.

Sam Stein

The View From The White House As A Mass Shooting Unfolds | Sam Stein | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On the morning of December 14, 2012, as news trickled in painfully slowly about a shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut, aides...

Shutting Out the Gun Nuts? Cigarettes May Show the Way

Rick Horowitz | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

While waiting for the next mass shooting......

Guys With Guns

John Feffer | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
John Feffer

We've had wars on drugs, on poverty, on cancer. We've had so many such wars that even our metaphors are now locked and loaded. Meanwhile, the guys with guns continue to wage their very real wars at home and abroad. Before we retire "war as metaphor," however, we should wage one last conflict: a war on guns.

Good Guys, Bad Guys and Guns

Sandy Goodman | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

To hear the NRA and its allies tell it, about the only thing keeping this country from criminal chaos is those good guys with the guns. The trouble is that isn't true.

Stop Misappropriating Tragedy

Melody Moezzi | Posted 08.06.2014 | Crime
Melody Moezzi

Why? It's the first thing people want to know when tragedy strikes. Why us? Why here? Why now? Why this? Perhaps if we know the cause of a given tragedy, then we can prevent similar ones from happening in the future.

Buy a Gun, Be a God

Mark Morford | Posted 05.28.2014 | Crime
Mark Morford

Again with the mad rush to explain. Again with the desperate need to try and figure out why an intelligent, privileged white kid from one of America's...

These 10 Countries Are At Most Risk Of Mass Killings

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 04.30.2014 | World

This year marks the grim 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, the 100-days killing spree in which Hutu militants tried to eradicate the country...

I've Had Enough of Gunmen Killing People: How About You?

Tamar Abrams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tamar Abrams

Did you hear the one about the people awaiting flights on a Friday morning having to flee for their lives from a deranged guy with a gun? Or how about...

A Matter of Sanity

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.20.2013 | Crime
Mark Rubinstein

I believe that in the interest of the greater good would be federal legislation mandating anyone with certain psychiatric diagnoses (Paranoid Schizophrenia, certain types of dementia, and other psychotic disorders) be entered into a federal database, prohibiting them from gun ownership.

We've Had So Many Mass Shootings In The U.S., We've Had To Redefine The Term

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

A heavily armed shooter entered the Navy Yard in Washington on Monday and opened fire, killing at least 12 people before being shot to death by author...

PHOTOS: 10 Deadliest Periods In History (NEW BOOK)

Posted 05.16.2013 | Home

Matthew White is the author of Atrocities: The 100 Deadliest Episodes in Human History ($19.95, WW Norton). In this excerpt from the book, he discusse...

Gun Violence and America's Image in the World

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

Who wants to visit or invest in or even do business with a country that is violent and chaotic, where the government is in gridlock and the public divided?

Beyond Gun Control

Nikolas Katsimpras | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics
Nikolas Katsimpras

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre, the gun control debate has been uncontrollably heating up all around us and that comes as no surprise. Wa...

Wayne LaPierre, Bill Clinton and Manning the Ramparts

Dennis Santiago | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics
Dennis Santiago

The acrimony of politics continues to get in the way of looking at public safety and mental health issues. That's not surprising.

It's Time for a National Conversation on Preventing Violence

Matthew Albracht | Posted 02.19.2013 | Impact
Matthew Albracht

To be sure, we all have a part to play in making violence prevention a real priority. We must work diligently and vigorously to build and implement the programs, structures and support systems that will help us shift toward a more peaceful culture.

Newtown Shooting and Campaign Finance Reform

Susan Orlins | Posted 12.20.2012 | Politics
Susan Orlins

One could say the gun control lobby needs more finances to become as powerful as the NRA, which is a bit like saying we should arm our teachers with assault weapons to fight intruders. But why aren't more people talking about campaign finance reform?

America's Worst School Massacre Took Place Decades Before Mike Huckabee Was Born

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.16.2013 | Crime
Lev Raphael

Mike Huckabee seems to think America's latest school massacre is the fault of a godless culture: "We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we ...

Stop Focusing on the Killers

Jess Coleman | Posted 02.16.2013 | Teen
Jess Coleman

We can never know for sure who will strike, but we do know one thing: If assault weapons are kept out of their hands, killers will never have a chance to kill.