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Do Western Nations Care About Yemeni Lives Or Saudi Blood Money?

Medea Benjamin | Posted 10.10.2016 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

How much is the life of a Yemeni worth? Not much, according to the Saudi regime that has been bombing and starving the people of Yemen since March 2015, or to the Saudi's western backers, particularly the US and UK, who have been supplying the Saudi regime with weapons.

Beyond Killer Robots

Flynn Coleman | Posted 09.26.2016 | Technology
Flynn Coleman

This past April, experts from 87 countries gathered for a summit in Geneva on "Killer Robots." These state party representatives to the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons were there to discuss whether these robots, more formally known as "lethal autonomous weapons," should be regulated or restricted to operating only under "meaningful human control," which would require humans to retain control over the critical functions of weaponry, such as the selection and engagement of targets

Congress must take action to block weapon sales to Saudi Arabia

Medea Benjamin | Posted 08.23.2016 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Given the devastation of the attack on Yemen, a diverse group of organizations and individuals have called on the U.S. government to stop the sale of additional weapons to Saudi Arabia. The United Nations has said that Saudi air strikes on civilian targets likely constitute war crimes.

Making Things That Go Boom In The Night

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.26.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

As is often the case, I opened the Monday newspaper curious to find out how the weekend had gone at the movies. The headline read, "'Ghostbusters' Is No. 2 Behind 'Secret Life of Pets.'"

Are We In For Another Increase In Military Spending?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

At the present time, an increase in U.S. military spending seems as superfluous as a third leg. The United States, armed with the latest in advanced weaponry, has more military might than any other nation in world history.

5 Words You Should Never Say To Your Grandchild

Teresa Kindred | Posted 06.25.2016 | Fifty
Teresa Kindred

There are people who have a talent for sticking their foot in their mouth and those who just don't care what they say. Words are either gifts or weapons and I strive to keep what comes out of my mouth to be a gift. However, it's impossible to live as long as I have and not occasionally say something I regret.

Orlando's Game-Changing Lesson: See A Gun, Think Terrorism

Ariel Moutsatsos | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Ariel Moutsatsos

The attack in Orlando is a game changer for how to address the guns issue. The massacre exposed a vulnerable U. S. national security flank which the ...

Summer Destination: Colonial Williamsburg

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 06.06.2016 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

I was recently invited to serve on the board of the Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums. I had known of the museums since my time at Williams College a...

Lego Sets Are Becoming Much More Violent

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 05.23.2016 | Business

In what may be a sad reflection of society as a whole, a new study has found Legos have become increasingly more violent in the last 30 years. The stu...

Navy Will Soon Be Able To Launch Surprise Drone Attacks From The Deep Sea

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 05.16.2016 | Technology

It won’t be long before the Pentagon will be able to launch surprise attacks on America’s enemies from deep beneath the sea. Fox reports that DAR...

Militias In Libya Are Buying Weapons On Facebook

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 04.11.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

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Portland-Bound Hellfire Missiles Found On Air Serbia Flight: Report

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 03.16.2016 | Home

UPDATE: The Lebanese army said the two missiles found on the Air Serbia flight were dummy missiles they had used for training, and were sending back t...

The Glamorization of Toy Guns -- Counter-Productive Symbolism?

Iain Patton | Posted 01.04.2017 | Parents
Iain Patton

With names like Shooting Play, Army Machine Gun and Rapid Firing Gun, are we not pretending that these toys are doing anything other than re-enacting death and destruction in a play format?

Hillary Clinton Is Pro Gun Control, But She's Also Big on Arms Deals

Dieter Holger | Posted 12.08.2016 | Politics
Dieter Holger

While touting her gun control record and lambasting rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' firearm policy, Hillary Clinton keeps under wraps her heavy-handed involvement in the arms trade during her time as America's top diplomat.

It's No Longer Just Charlie, It's Dozens of Parisians Killed Tonight

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 11.13.2016 | Home
Sidonie Sawyer

The wounds are not yet closed, and my heart is bleeding again. All my family and friends in Paris are safe. Not everybody can say that tonight.

Criminal Possession of Duct Tape?

Andrew Stengel | Posted 11.05.2016 | Crime
Andrew Stengel

The recent news of the arrest of a Brooklyn after-school band teacher in Brooklyn raised an interesting question that is not academic. Under New York'...

Top 3 Ways to Prevent a School Shooting

Susie Sampson | Posted 10.22.2016 | Politics
Susie Sampson

School shootings are a common occurrence these days. The shooting in Oregon shook America... but not enough to do anything about it.

Gun Control Debate: A View from Hoplophiliaville

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.12.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Most clear thinking people understand that "hoplophobia" itself is an irrational term since there is nothing "irrational" about fearing that one could be listed among the 10,000+ gun-related homicides each year in the U.S., many perpetrated by people who purchased firearms legally.

Hello... Moderate Gun Owners. Where ARE You?

Karl Gude | Posted 10.02.2016 | Politics
Karl Gude

I know how gun owners feel about their guns because I've known a lot of them, and most have been rational, educated and caring people, many with school-aged kids. So, why haven't these gun owners been moved enough by the killings of school children to join efforts to stop the carnage?

I'm With Stupid: How Do You Fire a Pistol With Your Feet?

Todd Hartley | Posted 08.28.2016 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

Here's the 2-week-old headline from the Trenton, New Jersey, Trentonian, just so you know what we're dealing with: "Weapon charge dismissed for man with no muscle control in arms."

#EraseHer

Marcia Liss | Posted 08.25.2016 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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White Supremacy and Devaluation of African [Heritage] Lives

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.05.2016 | Black Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The philosophy and practice of white supremacy devalues all African and African heritage lives whether human or non-human animal. White supremacy links slavery in the "Americas" with the ongoing police killings of unarmed black people and to the killing of animals on the continent of Africa.

The Superpower Conundrum

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.02.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Military power is by definition destructive, but in the past such force often cleared the ground for the building of local, regional, or even global structures, however grim or oppressive they might have been. If force always was meant to break things, it sometimes achieved other ends as well. Now, it seems as if breaking is all it can do.

The Paradoxes of Human Rights Discourse

European Horizons | Posted 06.29.2016 | Home
European Horizons

Now, it's no news that big and powerful countries have been selling arms to Human Rights violators, and France's Egypt-Dassault deal is only a recent and particularly telling example. However, this does not make it more excusable in any way.

Hyper-Masculinity, Twin Peaks, & Gendered Violence

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.21.2016 | Crime
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While is it common knowledge that dogs, in particular male dogs, urine scent mark their territories, human males often mark their territories in other forms more noxious and poisonous than urine.