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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...

Head of Charlie Hebdo Published 'Prophetic' Drawing a Week Before His Death

Le HuffPost | Posted 01.07.2015 | Media

Amongst the twelve dead in the attack on Charlie Hebdo includes several cartoonists and two police officers. One of them, killed at the premises, was ...

Prayers For Our Children For The New Year

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.02.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In a world rife with war, religious, racial, gender, sectarian, and political strife, when so many children lack safety, enough food, shelter, health care, and education and suffer unthinkable losses of parents to disease, violence, and war, I hope this New Year will bring adults closer to our common sense and moral responsibility for children's well being.

2015 Is Off To A Violent Start

Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 01.01.2015 | Crime

While millions of merrymakers around the country welcomed in the new year, police around the U.S. were busy responding to numerous reports of criminal...

Antisemitism 2015: A Global Challenge

Catherine Chatterley | Posted 12.31.2014 | World
Catherine Chatterley

Antisemitism presents a serious challenge for the global community today. The last decade has seen a shocking growth in antisemitic rhetoric and agitation, and routine acts of violence against Jews have returned to European cities 70 years after the Holocaust.

A Most Violent Year

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Whether you see the film for its story, character depictions, New York habitat, or message -- or all of the above -- remember that since 1981 things have changed. Brutal social problems can be tackled. Safety and fairness can stand a chance. One person, one community, one city at a time.

Promoting Press Freedom -- U.S. Spends Over $100 Million Per Year

Frank Vogl | Posted 12.30.2014 | Media
Frank Vogl

The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely.

Making Sense In The Noise

Liz Madans | Posted 12.30.2014 | Education
Liz Madans

I want to be teaching because I want to have this conversation, right now, with my students. These events are engulfing them, and maybe our classroom could be the place we start to unpack them.

Is There Any Hope for Peace in the New Year?

Tim Suttle | Posted 12.30.2014 | Religion
Tim Suttle

The kind of worship needed in 2015 cannot happen in a mega church, or any church that is obsessed with church growth. It is participation in the life of a local church that is so rooted in a neighborhood that they become hospitable to those they would otherwise leave out.

Pondering the Deeper Meanings of This Holy Season

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Something is deeply awry in our nation with the world's biggest economy that lets its children be the poorest group and the younger they are the poorer they are during their years of greatest brain development. The Prince of Peace is mocked as we let a child be injured or killed by guns every thirty minutes.

Evidence of Peace on Earth: Homicide Rates and Santa

Dr. Anna Sher Simon | Posted 12.23.2014 | Good News
Dr. Anna Sher Simon

I agree that it may seem "illogical or even obscene" to suggest that we, as a species, have become less violent over time. But if myth reflects society, as was argued by Joseph Campbell, we have to look no further than the evolution of Santa Claus for evidence of our gentling.

Golden Repair of the Cracks in the World

Michael Meade, D.H.L. | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Meade, D.H.L.

We live in extreme times when tragedies abound and even a comic movie can provoke terrorist threats. On one hand, everyone is interconnected through t...

Her Sexual Assault Went Viral -- Now She's Speaking Out

Leslie Goldman | Posted 12.19.2014 | Women
Leslie Goldman

Her name is Elisa Lopez. She is not a nameless subway passenger in a skirt. She is not a YouTube video. She is not a blurred face. She is you, she is me, she is your sister and your best friend.

Ferguson: Riot or Rebellion?

Jack Schneider | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Jack Schneider

Race plays a significant role in how violence is framed for the public. And though such framing may begin informally in conversation or in popular media, it persists in what our children are taught in school and affects the way we understand each other.

Reflecting on the Loss of Life in Pakistan

Frank Fredericks | Posted 12.18.2014 | Religion
Frank Fredericks

While we can't grasp the motivations of all these murderous mad men, we can deduce from their actions. These heinous criminals fear the pen more than the sword. Education, from basic literacy to professional training, gives young people a real chance to live a better life than their parents.

Cop Story (Too)

Andrew Cotto | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Andrew Cotto

Police brutality is real and wrong. But what we as the American public should consider are the profound pressures applied to law enforcement officers in high-crime areas and how said pressures often inform the distance between the officers and the communities they are obliged to protect.

Injustice, Violence, and Oppression: On Loving the Lions

Scott MacDougall | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion
Scott MacDougall

As passages such as Matthew 25 make abundantly clear, to love God is to find and serve Jesus in the form of the most vulnerable among us: the poor, outcast, needy, and marginal.

Dark Journeys: The Best of Noir Fiction

Dennis Miller | Posted 12.11.2014 | Books
Dennis Miller

Noir fiction is returning. The uniquely American art form reached its paranoid zenith in the 1940s and '50s, taking its bleak existentialist cue from such masters as Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, among others.

Grand Theft Auto V and the Culture of Violence Against Women

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Malika Saada Saar

We must call out the very practices that bind our daughters to a culture of violence. Even when those practices include a popular, profit-busting video game that our kids, or other family members, want for the holidays.