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My War on Terror

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

We Americans usually reserve the more kindly word "patriot" for ourselves and use "nationalist" to diss other people who exhibit special feeling for their country. In the extreme, it's "superpatriot" for us and "ultranationalist" for them.

Touch As Nutrition

Kindness Blog | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact
Kindness Blog

Children actively shape their sense of self, not just mentally, but with their hands, elbows and knees, their bellies and mouths, inside the frequency, textures and intensities of this constant, rich field of contact.

Atheism, Islam and Evil

Kelly James Clark | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

If poverty, oppression, injustice, joblessness and hopelessness are the deeper causes of motivations to violence, ridding the world of religion won't lead to less violence.

Fifty Shades of Whiteness

Jim Downs | Posted 02.19.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Downs

Only Hollywood would turn sadomasochism, a complicated sexual performance, into a white college girl's extracurricular activity. And only whiteness would allow for the whipping to be seen as elective in a coming-of-age narrative rather than as unavoidable in the violent history of slavery.

How a Young Woman's Murder Has Become a Rallying Cry for Change Across Turkey

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

The protestors galvanized by Alsan's murder have been calling for tougher sentencing for perpetrators. In addition to these important steps, moving forward it will also be critical to have access to official data which provides an accurate account of the number of violent crimes committed against women.

A Humanitarian Crisis Is Unfolding in Ukraine

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

The international community hasn't ignored Ukraine, but the focus is invariably geopolitical: What is Putin's end game? Should the West arm the Ukrainian forces? Will Ukraine be absorbed by a reborn Russian empire? Interesting and important questions, all of them, but what remains unsaid is the hideous human drama that is playing out.

This Is Not the End of the World

David Moore | Posted 02.23.2015 | Religion
David Moore

Apocalyptic scriptures share one feature: They were always composed in distressing times for the benefit of desperate people who occupied a particular moment in history. They suffered politically and economically, and only a dramatic rescue by God could help.

Violence Against the 'Other' as Systematic Blight on Our Society

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Whenever anyone of us is diminished, we are all demeaned, when anyone or any group remains institutionally and socially stigmatized, marginalized, excluded, or disenfranchised, when violence comes down upon any of us, the possibility for authentic community cannot be realized unless and until we challenge it in truly transformational ways.

Why Teens Become Terrorists and What Schools Can Do

Alan Singer | Posted 02.17.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

The West has to find a way to copy and compete with groups like ISIS. It will not be through Common Core. The best way to establish a sense of membership and a sense of purpose for young people is by promoting civic activism, in schools, in communities, in municipalities, and in the broader society.

How Do We Describe People Who Commit Violence and Their Victims?

Steven Ramey | Posted 02.13.2015 | Religion
Steven Ramey

The murder victims in Chapel Hill have been described as students, family members, Muslims, and Syrian, and the accused murderer as an atheist, anti-theist, white male, and terrorist.

Thoughts from Chapel Hill: Violence as a Way of Life

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Jedediah Purdy

I live on the outskirts of Chapel Hill (across the tracks, literally). It's been a heartbreaking time for everyone here, a frightening time for many Muslims (and those who might "look Muslim") in the region, and also a time of stirring, heartfelt solidarity and shared mourning. At a vigil at UNC Wednesday night, which was so full I couldn't hear the words from the stage but so hushed we could hear one another breathe, it was the perfect American ordinariness of the victims' family photos that brought me to tears. It's also the American ordinariness of the killer's images and attitudes that scares and saddens me. People have been quick to interpret these horrible slayings. Here are a few thoughts on how the world looks from here.

Why We Should All Stop Watching The Nightly News

Tammy Bleck | Posted 02.13.2015 | Fifty
Tammy Bleck

Aside from the fact that the nightly news is freakishly depressing and leaves you feeling like a hopeless deer in the headlights, it could be killing your ability to cope. With everything.

Trans* People Murdered for Truth Telling

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

When any group of people is targeted for oppression, it is ultimately everyone's concern. We all, therefore, have a self-interest in actively working to dismantle all the many forms of oppression, including cissexism.

Pope Francis' Ignorance on Spanking

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 02.11.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

With every fiber of my being, I believe that Christians must act to stop the cycle of violence and take a strong stance against hitting children for any reason. What type of world do we want to live in? What type of God do we believe in?

The Future of the Sikh Tradition

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 02.07.2015 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

Sikhs believe that one can follow any number of religious paths to the same ultimate goal, so long as that path is traversed and mediated by the same core values, including love, wisdom, and discipline. This model of open-mindedness and open-heartedness also keeps Sikhs from engaging in competitions to proselytize or missionize people.

Understanding and Overcoming Our Guilt, Shame and Anxiety

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 02.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Why do we human beings suffer so much from the demoralizing emotions of guilt, shame and anxiety? Over many centuries, answers have varied from our bi...

In Defense of Guilt and Empathy

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Many of our teens have little idea that their parents have feelings that can be hurt and hearts that can be broken. I say this cautiously, but let's hear it for teaching our kids just a little bit of guilt and a whole lot of empathy.

Stray Bullets Are No Accident

Robert Muggah | Posted 02.02.2015 | World
Robert Muggah

Brazil's current approach to dealing with stray bullets borders on negligence. Supposedly random shootings are treated as collateral damage -- an unavoidable outcome of a tough on crime approach. If this gun-violence epidemic is to be reversed, urgent steps must be taken.

The Attack on Human Rights' Defenders in Haiti

Beverly Bell | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Beverly Bell

An Interview with Jackson Doliscar, Part II Jackson Doliscar organizing earthquake-displaced people to claim their right to housing. His work almost...

Repression in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Joseph Kabila Attacks and Brutalizes Civilians

Yaa-Lengi Ngemi | Posted 01.21.2015 | World
Yaa-Lengi Ngemi

It is unconscionable that an innocent people continue to be killed and be betrayed by their own president, albeit that the diplomats in Kinshasa refer to him as "le petit rwandais," who is supposed to serve and protect the Congolese people.

Altruism in the Face of Violence

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 01.15.2015 | Religion
Matthieu Ricard

At a time of worldwide challenges, altruism is an ever-more-urgent necessity. Whether we pursue a spiritual path or not, the first task we have to set for ourselves is to become better human beings.

A Reflection on Mass Violence

Wendy Reese | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Wendy Reese

Humans tend to be very resilient and compassionate in the darkest of hours. Mass tragedies reveal the worst and the best that humans contain.

What the Mayoral Candidates Need to Do to Stop Violence

Andy Thayer | Posted 01.15.2015 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

All of Chicago's front-running mayoral candidates, to their shame, have barely addressed the issue of Chicago police violence and racial discrimination. This is a disgrace in a city with as lurid a history of police racism, violence and prosecutorial misconduct as Chicago's.

Do We Really Need More Cops?

Andy Thayer | Posted 01.13.2015 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

If hiring more cops bears little causal connection to, or even correlation with, stopping civilian-on-civilian violence, let alone ending police violence, how can we most effectively reduce Chicago's violence?

When Will Cooler Heads Prevail?

Allen Vaysberg | Posted 01.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Allen Vaysberg

Man just kills another man Saying God had told him so Is he following God's plan Or those really in the know? Those who orchestrate events And use...