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Irish Man Forced To Eat Ear During Brutal Gang Attack

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A homeless Irish man was forced to eat part of his ear after it was cut off as part of a brutal gang attack, the Guardian is reporting. Sources sa...

Slideshow: Protests Sweep Middle East

The Huffington Post | Mark Hanrahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Following uprisings that deposed leaders in both Egypt and Tunisia, a wave of protest movements have engulfed the Middle East in recent days. Protest...

Why Egypt's Nonviolent Victory Is a Win for Us All

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cynthia Boaz

The movement in Egypt had been planned carefully and had been effective in conveying the need for both sustained pressure on the regime and strict nonviolent discipline.

Civility: Not a Traditional American Value

David O. Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David O. Stewart

Obama's call for greater civility in our political discourse has great surface appeal. But in the early days of the nation, violence among politicians was commonplace.

CeaseFire: Success Beyond Chicago

Tio Hardiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

Shootings and killings plague too many of our nation's neighborhoods. But the good news is that CeaseFire is moving to cities across the nation.

My Apology To Justin Bieber, Sarah Palin, A-Rod And My Mom

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

I have a deep belief that for the good of society, we should not accept this behavior as a given ... no matter who they are directed at.

Call on Obama: Tell Mubarak to Leave Now

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

By all journalistic reports, it was the Egyptian government of President Hosni Mubarak that sent thousands of armed thugs into Tahrir Square and the streets of Cairo yesterday to bring violence to what had been a peaceful and nonviolent protest for democracy. Some think many of those who were attacking the protesters were police in plain clothes. Others are believed to have been hired and bused in to foment violence with machetes, clubs, and razors -- some riding in on horses and camels into the peaceful crowds. A call for peace now must mean a call for Mubarak's immediate resignation.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Gregg Araki on Kaboom

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Director Gregg Araki speaks about his newest film, Kaboom -- the story of an "ambisexual" college freshman who's getting premonitions of an impending apocalypse.

The Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: Steven Moffat's Jekyll

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Learn about this radical reenvisioning featuring standout performances by James Nesbitt (Bloody Sunday) and Gina Bellman (Coupling), plus corporate conspiracies, weird science and, oh yes, lesbian private detectives.

Colombian Vice President Garzon: Good Words, but Not Yet Deeds

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lisa Haugaard

This week, Garzón meets with Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and many members of Congress. Let's hope that our policymakers strategically press for real, sustained improvements in human rights.

Ministering A Response To 'Human-Caused Disaster'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Tim Townsend St. Louis Post-Dispatch KIRKWOOD, Mo. -- Three years after a gunman opened fire and killed six people at a Kirkwood City Council meet...

Spiritual Death

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert Koehler

The easy violence of empire washes over everything. It washes into our psyches. I'm thinking about this in connection with the juxtaposition of anni...

What's the real agenda behind opposing shared custody?

Rob Hahn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Rob Hahn

My previous blog dealing with domestic violence and shared custody generated plenty of response, so much that it warrants a follow-up.

Big Coal's Call to Arms? Should Feds Stop West Virginia Rally from Triggering the Next Arizona?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Less than two weeks since the Tucson shooting tragedy, coalfield residents in central Appalachia and around the country are stunned and increasingly concerned about a "call to arms" issued by coal industry representatives.

The Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: The Green Hornet

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Did the late-in-the-game decision to convert it to 3D give its creators -- including director Michel Gondry and star/co-writer Seth Rogen -- time enough to find the right balance?

Spectacles of Sympathy in America's Culture of Violence

Mark Cassello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Cassello

On Monday, January 10, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, I led a moment of silence for the victims of the tragic shootings in Arizona. As with other ...

The Pathos of Sarah Palin

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

In what will hopefully be her political "last hurrah" as a presidential contender, Sarah Palin has revealed her small-minded approach to leadership. ...

Speaking of Violence: Words In The Wake of Tucson's Tragedy

Rev. Barbara Kaufmann | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rev. Barbara Kaufmann

The disconnect from humans and from humanity occurs when we harden our hearts, or when we become desensitized or armor ourselves so as to not feel.

What School Turnaround Really Takes

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

George Soros' OSI asked child psychiatrist Dr. Pamela Cantor to build systems to respond to child trauma in Eastern Europe. After September 11, 2001,...

Now and Forever the Deepest Cause

Gary Zukav | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gary Zukav

Blaming right wing politicians and commentators for the Arizona massacre, even those that are righteously brutal, cruel, and inciting to violence, def...

An Environmentalist's Review of True Grit

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

[SPOILER ALERT: This review contains plot revelations; don't read past the second paragraph if you don't want to know how the story ends.]We can be fa...

Can Words Be Violent? What Would Jesus And Buddha Say?

BJ Gallagher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
BJ Gallagher

One of Buddha's Eight Noble Truths is the concept of Right Speech, the first principle of ethical conduct.

The Tragedy: A Teachable Moment For Soul-Searching

Jill Lynne | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jill Lynne

As President Obama wisely reminded at us in the conclusion of his speech at the Arkansas Memorial this evening, "What matters is how well we have loved, and what small part we have played in making the lives around us better."

When Can We Have a Conversation About Gun Safety in Safety?

Kaile Shilling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Kaile Shilling

While the effects of an individual's mental state are impossible to predict, the effects of loose gun laws are not.

Healing the Wounds: Transforming Our Culture of Violence

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

Despite the accumulated cultural baggage, we can and must heal the wounds of the violence in our midst -- not by burying it or displacing it, but by owning it and learning to live with it.