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Violence

How Many People Need to Die? The Manipulation of Grief to Incite War

Leeat Granek, Ph.D. | Posted 09.10.2014 | World
Leeat Granek, Ph.D.

The deplorable and frightening violence erupting in Israel and in the occupied territories is not an inevitable blood feud. It is the logical outcome of leaders who cannot come to the table to negotiate peace for the sake of their people.

Honduras: A Nation of Refugees

Marco Cáceres | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

Gaining refugee status would be good news for the migrants, because it would mean they would not automatically be deported to their home countries. Instead, they would receive international protection.

Breaking Iraq's Cycle of Destruction

Freedom House | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Freedom House

The sad truth of the present situation is that the current Iraqi leadership effectively paved the way for ISIL's deadly ascent through policies that actively aggravated sectarian rifts and undermined the resilience of security forces.

The Heresies of Humans

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
Patricia DeGennaro

Peace may not be as dramatic or sexy as war has become, but is sure does give people safety, contentment and the ability to live a truly democratic and free life.

Israel-Palestine: Fighting Political Violence with Silence

Khaled Diab | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
Khaled Diab

Following the horrific murders of Israeli and Palestinian teens, it is time for people on both sides to rise up in silent joint and simultaneous protest against all forms of political violence.

Breaking the Code of Silence

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Michael Patrick MacDonald is a storyteller. Michael recently encouraged the crowd of young leaders at the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools' National Training to understand the power of storytelling to create change.

The Subtle Wounds of Timor-Leste's Violent Past: Trauma, Diagnoses, and Injustice

Kyle Knight | Posted 08.31.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

Repeated bouts of violence in Timor Leste's recent past and a persistent sense of injustice have had a lasting mental health impact, new research shows. Researchers say recovery may require more than therapeutic interventions.

Once We Make This Dream A Reality

Michelle Bachelet | Posted 08.31.2014 | Impact
Michelle Bachelet

The legitimate demands and needs that we have as women are not seen. However, this situation is not merely a challenge in terms of justice. It represents a significant shortcoming in the quality of our democracies.

A Dangerous Summer for Central American Kids

Mark Hetfield | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Mark Hetfield

This month, as kids across the United States wrapped up the school year and started their summer breaks, thousands of children from Central America were embarking on a different kind of transition.

Soldiers in Schools: The Impact of Military Occupations on Education

Kyle Knight | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

Schools are targeted in conflicts around the world. But attacks are only part of the problem, as significant harm can also be done when educational buildings remain intact and armed forces move in.

After Years of Violence, I Chose to Make Peace My Lifestyle

Kevin Powell | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Kevin Powell

There were the years in college where I assaulted males and females as if no big deal, as the roots of my childhood rage had become an adult orgy of uncontrollable temper tantrums. There were the nasty arguments coworkers, friends and strangers. Just because.

Australian Immigration Policy Piles Pressure on Indonesia

Kyle Knight | Posted 08.25.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

The system for registering, protecting, and finding durable solutions for asylum seekers in Indonesia risks becoming overburdened -- potentially sparking unrest -- as migrant arrivals continue and Australia's maritime immigration policy deters boat journeys, officials and activists say.

Choosing What Matters: Lessons From Broken Glass

Ayelet Baron | Posted 08.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayelet Baron

Over the last few months, for some reason, broken glass has come into my path in very unexpected and startling ways. The first incident happened on a ...

What the Slender Man Case Reveals About the Juvenile Criminal Justice System

Tina Freiburger | Posted 08.19.2014 | Crime
Tina Freiburger

Because I research juvenile justice issues in Milwaukee, 20 miles from where the bizarre Slender Man crime occurred, I've been fielding questions lately from friends and family from around the nation. Most are about the criminal justice system.

Outrage! Where Is the Outrage?

Bill Ayres | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Bill Ayres

There is outrage that leads to senseless violence and further repression, but there is also the potential for outrage that leads to peaceful protest, as in the civil rights movement and the anti-war movement that I was part of more than 40 years ago.

Violence in the Media

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 08.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Hamady

I don't believe it's possible to be exposed to violence -- televised or otherwise -- and to not be affected. While researchers continue to debate the issue, a look around at our communities and nation more than illustrates the profound and perverse impact of a culture that consumes, showcases and even glamorizes violence.

Imagine a Violent World Where You Have No Military Option: What Would You Do?

Marc Gopin | Posted 08.13.2014 | World
Marc Gopin

When all else fails, consider the power and value of nonviolent resistance methodologies of the variety that Gandhi and Martin Luther King practiced.

The Tragic Results of Complacency, Wishing, Hoping & Praying Is More Dead Children

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Jon Hotchkiss

Anyone who tells you the words of the constitution are immutable... is a liar. Anyone who tells you that if the constitution gives an American a "right," there is absolutely nothing that the government can do to take it away, is also a liar.

Are We a Stone's Throw from an Epidemic of Anti-LGBTQ Violence?

Sharon Stapel | Posted 08.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Sharon Stapel

This week a disturbing story reached the light of national attention. We learned that Scott Esk, an Oklahoma Tea Party Republican candidate for the state House, had endorsed the stoning of gay people.

Colombia's Peace Talks with FARC: A Political Conspiracy?

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Stephanie Rudat

The future of Colombia had never been so dark and uncertain. Two years ago, President Juan Manuel Santos embarked the country into a negotiation process with the terrorist organization FARC in Habana, Cuba.

Soul Murder

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

We've barely begun to acknowledge, let alone heal, the profound brokenness of human culture. We're still lost in the Age of Exploration.

The Reevaluation of a National Mindset

Hannah Berkman | Posted 08.11.2014 | College
Hannah Berkman

To fully eradicate the frighteningly common issue of sexual assault, we must change the rape culture of our society. We cannot stop a crime whose focus is the degradation and objectification of women if we don't stop the problem at its root and eliminate the current attitude toward women.

#TimeToAct on Sri Lanka: Why Has the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict Forgotten the Sri Lankan Survivors?

Bianca Jagger | Posted 08.10.2014 | Impact
Bianca Jagger

I cannot fathom why the UK government is not denouncing the Sri Lankan government's atrocities. Why are they not demanding that the perpetrators be brought to justice? Why are they deporting survivors of torture and rape back to Sri Lanka, and endangering their lives?

Fighting, Not Food, May Have Shaped Human Face

Reuters | Posted 08.09.2014 | Science

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Current theory about the shape of the human face just got a big punch in the mouth. ...

Amid the World's Violence, Hope for Women and Girls

Helen Drinan | Posted 08.06.2014 | Women
Helen Drinan

Despite the horrors these women have witnessed, they have bravely begun the hard work to ensure that the future is much better for the next generation. And we must support them.