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Defending Juvenile Justice?

Alexandra Cox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alexandra Cox

The Obama Administration has an opportunity to simultaneously address the crimes committed by young people and the harms caused by their incarceration. It is time to find a leader for the Office of Juvenile Justice.

Official: UAE Does 'Not Tolerate Any Degree Of Family Violence'

AP | ADAM SCHRECK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A senior Emirati judicial official stressed Wednesday that the UAE does not condone domestic abuse even though the...

Cinefantastique Podcast: Suspiria

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

How does Argento's extremely stylized vision of violence and terror hold up decades later? Is there actually an underlying logic in the seemingly irrational goings-on in Suspiria?

Naked and Violent :: 10 Banned Album Covers

Joshua Glazer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Joshua Glazer

Kanye West is pop culture's ultimate villian these days, but he is hardly the first to challenge the sense and sensibility of mainstream culture. The ...

Congo Government Continuing Rapes: United Nations

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

UNITED NATIONS — Congolese government troops are raping, killing and looting civilians in the same area of eastern Congo where militias carried ...

Cinefantastique Podcast: My Soul to Take

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Writer-director Wes Craven returns to the horror genre with My Soul to Take and the Cinefantastique Podcast is there to examine the results.

Let Go of My Controller: The Maternalistic Attitude to Video Games

Doug Lieblich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Doug Lieblich

Even after enjoying twenty plus years of a thriving video game industry, some Americans insist that video games somehow influence the morality and behavior of its players, like thinking I'd want to kill my uncle after watching Hamlet.

When Our Government Trains Armies in Colombia and Mexico, We Become Responsible

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lisa Haugaard

In Mexico, not a single soldier responsible for human rights crimes has been held accountable in civilian courts since the United States started delivering hundreds of millions of Merida Initiative dollars.

The Unpeaceful Karzai-Taliban 'Peace Talks'

Abdulhadi Hairan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Abdulhadi Hairan

Instead of wasting time and pushing the country into deeper chaos, the Afghan government must think about something different, mainly containing election fraud, which President Karzai can start himself.

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: Hatchet II

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

How does writer-director Adam Green's sequel about a shockingly corporeal, hatchet-wielding ghost and the various, foolish mortals who are his victims stack up to his 2006 sleeper? Is it a cut above or a notch below?

Cinefantastique Podcast: Let Me In

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Can a disturbed young boy find true love with the vampire next door? Can Los Alamos, New Mexico afford more than one police officer? Can an American r...

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Can the director behind the stylized violence of 300 and Watchmen adapt to the animation medium? And what are the pitfalls is building a complete mythological world in a family-accessible film? Listen in and find out.

Media Lit 101: A Guinness Record We Don't Want

Susan Moeller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Susan Moeller

Today another world record is in the bag for Iraq. This time, it's the country to go the longest - 208 days - between holding a parliamentary electio...

Prevention Is Better Than Post-Conflict Catch-Up

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

Violence is the antithesis of development. It tears down what's been built up. It destroys lives, shortens horizons, and inflicts huge psychological and physical pain.

Inge Missmahl Brings Peace to the Minds of Afghanistan (VIDEO)

TEDTalks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Inge Missmahl talks about her work helping to build the country's system of psychosocial counseling, promoting both individual and, perhaps, national healing.

Yes We Can Reduce Urban Violence (Part I)

Scott Harshbarger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Harshbarger

Urban violence is, again, being viewed by the public, the media, and by far too many of our leaders as sad but inevitable realities of life in certain urban neighborhoods. Actually though, it doesn't have to be inevitable at all.

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: Catching Up:2001 & Avatar & Spoilers & Claustrophobia

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Maybe you missed our free-form follow up to the Cinefantastique Podcast last week. Then again, maybe you have a life. In any case, we didn't manage to...

Mighty Movie Podcast: Gaspar Noé on Enter the Void

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Kinda sorry I'm going to see Legend of the Guardians in IMAX 3D this weekend, and not Gaspar Noé's new film, Enter the Void. This is the movie that c...

The F Word: Is the Drug War a Class War?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The war on drugs. We keep calling it that, it seems, because we like wars on abstract concepts. Like the war on terror, the war on drugs racks up one ...

21st Century Spartans : Does Violence Beget Violence?

Becky Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Becky Lee

During ancient times, the Spartans were known as ruthless soldiers who worked together in a solid group to bring down their opponent. In fact, many m...

Cinefantastique Podcast: Devil

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

This week, the CFQ Podcasters Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski suffer the flames of perdition as they go for a horrifying elevator ride to Hell in Devil.

Why Oprah and Everyone Else Swallowed Storro's Lie That a Black Did It

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Oprah shouldn't feel too bad that she initially swallowed whole Bethany Storro's lying claim that a black doused her face with acid and then booked he...

Update: Nordstrom Response to BBN Inquiry

BlackAndBrownNews | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Nordstrom's response to's inquiry: In a telephone call to BBN last Friday, a Nordstrom spokesperson said, "Nordstrom sides with ...

Tea Party Activists? They Actually Are Inactivists!

Lennard Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lennard Davis

Since when did the media switch from calling Tea Party members "Tea Baggers" to "activists?" What is their noble activity? Dressing up in silly costumes and once a year attending rallies.

Cinefantastique Podcast: Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D with Ali Larter

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Is there life after the apocalypse? Find out on this week's episode of the Cinefantastique Podcast, as Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrow...