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ReThink Review: Olympus Has Fallen - In Defense of (Some) Movie Violence

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.22.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

How do we decide which types of violent entertainments are appropriate and which are gratuitous and glorifying? As with most difficult issues, context is key.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and the Legal System: The Jodi Arias Defense

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.21.2013 | Crime
Mark Rubinstein

The claim of PTSD seeps into courtroom proceedings far too frequently because the disorder primarily involves symptoms, with relatively few (if any) objective signs.

Big Picture Parenting

Katie Hurley | Posted 05.21.2013 | Parents
Katie Hurley

We live in a culture of violence. Despite awareness campaigns, advocacy groups, and information overload, we continue to accept violence as the norm in this country. We don't consider the big picture until it slaps us in the face. Over and over again.

Men Who Kick Down Doors

Ann Jones | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Ann Jones

When tyranny and violence are practiced on a grand scale in foreign lands, the practice also intensifies at home. As American militarism went into overdrive after 9/11, it validated violence against women here.

Fear Wears a Black Man's Face

Gillian Schutte | Posted 05.18.2013 | Black Voices
Gillian Schutte

I need to help him deconstruct the many mixed messages that abound about the black male as constructed through the white gaze -- in popular culture, in the media and in real life.

Guns Vs. Pencils: Plenty Of Lead But No Erasers

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.15.2013 | DC
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Editor’s note: The recent news coverage of gun violence in the United States has spotlighted the victims of shootings, like 15-year-old Hadiya P...

Mothers As Ambassadors for Peace

Laura Bushnell | Posted 05.14.2013 | Impact
Laura Bushnell

Mothers, you are the change we are waiting for. Women are powerful and when we join together we have the ability to transform our world.

Same Millennium, New Goals: Why Peace, Security, Good Governance and the Rule of Law Must Be Included in the New MDGs

Mary Robinson | Posted 05.12.2013 | Impact
Mary Robinson

In September 2000, world leaders unanimously adopted the Millennium Development Goals, but standing against the achievements of the last 12 years is a sobering finding: no fragile or conflict-affected low-income country has achieved a single MDG.

Chicago Play Features Real Stories Of Youth Violence

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.11.2013 | Chicago
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: Steppenwolf Theater (Left to right: Pastor Brooks (Mark Smith) comforts a grieving mother (Celeste Williams) and her son (Charles Gardn...

Our Inheritance, on International Women's Day

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact
Malika Saada Saar

We are still being beaten, raped, trafficked, abused, and stalked despite the hard won legal freedoms and protections that we have inherited, and that we continue to fight for.

Congressman Tim Murphy 'Gets' Serious Mental Illness

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

As a lifelong Democrat, it pains me to say the best advocate for people with serious mental illness appears to be Representative Tim Murphy, the Republican Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.

Why Men Matter: Driving Social Change to Achieve Gender Equity

Pamela Barnes | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

Just yesterday, I spent the day at the United Nations, where I received an award from Salma Hayek Pinault and the Avon Foundation for my organization's work in Tanzania to end violence against women.

Sarah Costa | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact
Sarah Costa

We need to be sure women and girls are safe whether they are caught in the first stages of a crisis or in a long-term refugee situation, whether they are living in a refugee camp or in an urban setting.

Is This The Cause Of America's Gun Violence Problem?

Posted 03.19.2013 | Black Voices

On the heels of a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, which reveled last week that African Americans and Latinos may be more concerned about gun v...

The Many Faces Of Evil

Marina Nemat | Posted 05.08.2013 | TED Weekends
Marina Nemat

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoEvil is not simple and does not fit in a box; it manifests itself in many shapes and forms, from the victim who becomes a torturer, the Nazi who follows orders, and the psychopath who kills without remorse, to the bystander who remains silent in the face of terrible injustice.

Kenyans need to make peace

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 05.02.2013 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

By Peter Kimeu Before the 2007 Kenyan elections we joked about politics amongst colleagues and neighbors in this most famous of East African nations....

Should Women Travel Alone?

Nicole Melancon | Posted 04.30.2013 | Women
Nicole Melancon

I look at all the wonderful experiences I've had traveling solo and never once will regret it or stop taking these trips.

Forging a Plan to End Violence Against Women

Cecilia Attias | Posted 04.29.2013 | Impact
Cecilia Attias

Violence against women may occur at home or in public spaces, and the motivations may be political or private. Unfortunately it is a phenomenon that almost all societies have in common.

One in Four Dating Teens Feels Abused and Harassed Through Digital Technology

Janine Zweig | Posted 04.29.2013 | Impact
Janine Zweig

Digital abuse and harassment threatens the psychological and physical well-being of many, many teen boyfriends and girlfriends every day. And the scariest part is that these kids rarely ask anyone for help, even their friends.

This Season's Paul Ryan? Eric Cantor Takes On VAWA

Terry O'Neill | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Eric Cantor is like this season's Paul Ryan: an influential conservative with bad ideas who has thus far escaped public scrutiny. This time around we don't have a Mitt Romney to help raise Cantor's profile, but that's okay.

'Uproar Chicago' Collects Stories Of Gun Violence

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 04.28.2013 | Chicago
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Reporting by Joy White The city of Chicago saw its deadliest January in over a decade in 2013, according to the Associated Press, amassing over 40 ho...

Externalities Kill

Abel Collins | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Abel Collins

There was a question that was on everybody's lips: "What is wrong with us, how do we stop our violent madness?" Where did that conversation go?

What Killed President Kennedy and Trayvon Martin?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.25.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

While there are troubling undertones of racial suspicion and fear in Trayvon Martin's killing which must be addressed as justice is sought, the fact is that most Black young people murdered by guns are killed by Black shooters -- just as most White children and teens murdered by guns are killed by White shooters. Sadly the tragedies of Tucson, Aurora, Newtown and elsewhere made clear that none of us are safe anywhere or immune to the pervasive threat of gun violence. We are all in the same boat and must act together to stop the plague of violence. Gun safety laws that only apply in one city or state can't fully stop our national epidemic of gun proliferation and violence any better than we can stop a flu epidemic by vaccinating one family.

To This Day Project: Interview with Anti-Bullying Video Creator Shane Koyczan

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Shira Lazar

Based on a powerful spoken word problem, Shane Koyczan's To This Day Project explores the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual.

And the Dance Goes On

Cheryl Saban Ph.D. | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Cheryl Saban Ph.D.

Doesn't it seem the slightest bit strange to read those words -- violence against women -- in the context of Valentine's Day? Isn't it for lovers, and hearts, and flowers, and chocolates?