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Wars Internally Displaced 33.3 Million People In 2013, Reports U.N.

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 05.14.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — A record 33.3 million people worldwide were displaced by conflict and violence inside their own nations in 2013, U.N. and Norwegian of...

The Meaning of Good Friday

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 06.17.2014 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

What is this death? The Cross returns to us again and again in our lives. When we bear witness to the child or the teen shot dead because of the wrong time, or the wrong place, or the wrong color, or the wrong class.

Another Hurdle for International Criminal Justice

Kip Hale | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Kip Hale

At the international level, if those who promote and organize atrocities on both side of a conflict are not subject to accountability, the message of impunity to the citizens of that country undermines the establishment of a peaceful and well-functioning society.

Preventing Atrocities Is Everyone's Business

Tom Andrews | Posted 08.05.2013 | World
Tom Andrews

Preventing genocide is everyone's business. Congress and the public deserve to know what the administration is doing to tackle America's most haunting foreign policy challenge.

PHOTOS: 10 Deadliest Periods In History (NEW BOOK)

Posted 05.16.2013 | Books

Matthew White is the author of Atrocities: The 100 Deadliest Episodes in Human History ($19.95, WW Norton). In this excerpt from the book, he discusse...

An Agenda for Global Leadership

Nancy E. Soderberg | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Nancy E. Soderberg

Despite this dramatic increase in their use, the administration has yet to clarify publicly the criteria for targeted killing and the mechanisms in place to ensure compliance with international law and the protection of civilians.

WATCH: Anderson Cooper On His Most Eye-Opening Experience

Posted 08.22.2013 | MarloThomas

Award-winning journalist Anderson Cooper came to speak with me on Mondays With Marlo and shared a story about an event that opened his eyes and change...

More Atrocities in Afghanistan - Why Are We Surprised?

Steve Nelson | Posted 07.03.2012 | World
Steve Nelson

Here we go again. Photos published several weeks ago (taken in 2010) showed U.S. soldiers displaying the corpses and body parts of alleged Afghan ins...

On the War Porn We Don't See

Matthis Chiroux | Posted 07.04.2012 | Politics
Matthis Chiroux

Even low-ranking servicemembers have not just to inform the population about the truth of war, but to ignite policy discussions and spur concessions to be made at the highest levels of authority.

The Indie on Demand Movie Review: Kinyarwanda

Dan Persons | Posted 06.12.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

This time, we're looking at Kinyarwanda, a new drama in which director Alrick Brown uses a fractured timeline and mutable genres to portray how the Rwandan genocide of 1994 looked to those trapped in its madness.

Africa to Kony 2012: Stop Treating Us Like Victims

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 07.03.2013 | World
James Marshall Crotty

Africans want capital investment, access to global markets, and to be treated as self-sufficient players, not victims in need of continual rescue by their former colonizers. That is the respectful, tough-love attitude that will raise all boats on the African continent.

Time to End Counter-Insurgency In Afghanistan

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.12.2012 | World
Jon Soltz

The counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan has failed, and it is time for President Obama to abandon it. In the wake of the horrific incident where a US soldier killed 16 innocent Afghans, and just weeks after American Marines were caught on tape desecrating the body of a dead enemy, and a pile of Korans were burned, that much is clear. It is time to employ a mission in Afghanistan that actually works, and leave a residual force in the region that focuses on destroying real threats to America. The sooner President Obama announces that, the better off our military and America will be.

Is Our Military Addicted to 'War Porn'?

Matthis Chiroux | Posted 03.16.2012 | Politics
Matthis Chiroux

Our military is addicted to war porn, and this fact may ultimately usurp any legacy of honor or glory the military may cling to. No longer can the world be duped by the government-controlled facade of the U.S. soldier as a liberating force for good.

Actions of a Few Marines: Let's Not "Celebrate," Justify or Broad-Brush

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.14.2012 | World
Dorian de Wind

I honestly believe that we Americans can and must start calling what is wrong by its name, without euphemisms, without excuses -- no ifs ands or buts about it.

Marines Urinating on Dead Taliban: How Low Will We Go?

Ethan Casey | Posted 03.14.2012 | World
Ethan Casey

What is there to think about, anyway? What is there to say, really, except that there's absolutely no excuse? No excuse for the policy makers and officers, but neither is there one for the brutalized young perpetrators.

John Rudolf

WATCH: U.S. Marines Appear To Urinate On Taliban Corpses

HuffingtonPost.com | John Rudolf | Posted 02.15.2012 | World

Pentagon officials vowed Wednesday that a video posted online that appears to show U.S. Marines in Afghanistan urinating on dead Taliban fighters will...

War Redefined: Women, War & Peace

Abigail E. Disney | Posted 01.08.2012 | Impact
Abigail E. Disney

We have spent too many centuries tolerating a limited and limiting narrative of war. The desire for a new dialogue on war and peace is not limited by one's personal politics -- peace doesn't have a side, or a color or a race.

The Political Is Very, Very Personal

Joan Gelfand | Posted 01.21.2012 | Books
Joan Gelfand

Elizabeth Rosner explores which vestiges of hatred are accepted, and which questioned. In this quiet novel we learn how two very different, very damaged people can open their hearts, move past their comfort zones and find a place of peace.

Stopping Enablers of Mass Atrocities in Sudan

Human Rights First | Posted 07.27.2011 | World
Human Rights First

If China is genuinely interested in "regional peace and security," as it asserts, it should immediately suspend its financial, material, and practical support to Khartoum

America to Be Examined for Vision Impairment

Mark Steinberg | Posted 05.30.2011 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

Questions over the state of the country's eyesight arose after President Obama said that "Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. The U.S. is different."

Caught in the Act: Naomi Natale Collects One Million Bones for Genocide Awareness (VIDEO)

Kathy Eldon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Kathy Eldon

Recently I met a young activist, Naomi Natale, who is using her creativity to not only raise awareness about the atrocities occurring abroad, but also to raise funds to support displaced survivors.

Overcoming past traumas to build a stable future

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

This post originally appeared on the World Bank's Conflict and Development blog on November 5, 2010. If your child is murdered or your friend is tort...

What's Wrong with America? Let Me List the Books....

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Robert David Steele

Sun Tzu writes that if you do not know your enemy, AND you do not know yourself, you are destined to fail. The United States of America is not a Repu...

Taliban Massacre of 10 Aid Workers Only Tip of Iceberg

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Weller

The Taliban's brazen claim that it killed the ten medical workers leaves no doubt that the rising toll of civilian deaths is intentional. The kill one, scare 10,000 is a strategy often used in war zones.

Spain vs. Holland -- a Bitter history

Alan Elsner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Alan Elsner

As it became clear that Spain would face the Netherlands in the World Cup Final, I was reading Arturo Perez-Reverte's historical novel The Sun over Breda. It's a reminder of the bloody and painful history that joins these two nations.