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Child Soldiers

Some Atheists and Transhumanists are Asking: Should it be Illegal to Indoctrinate Kids With Religion?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

A reasonable society should not have to indoctrinate its children; its children should discover and choose religious paths for themselves when they become adults, if they are to choose one at all.

Do Animals Need a UN Ambassador?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.03.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

As a matter of animal welfare/rights, cruelty/abuse should have the same meaning for a dog in China as the U.S. Identifying animals by their nationality stretches sovereignty -- people can be rabidly nationalistic but dogs cannot.

REPORT: Syrian Rebels Sending Child Soldiers Into Battle

Reuters | Sylvia Westall | Posted 08.22.2014 | World

BEIRUT, June 23 (Reuters) - Militant Islamist groups in Syria are recruiting children as young as 15 and sending them into battle after promising th...

South Sudan: The Risk of Becoming a Child Soldier

World Vision | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
World Vision

Conflict damages children in so many ways but one of the most injurious is when the very conditions created by war then lead to their recruitment into armed groups and the perpetuation of harm.

From a Former Child Soldier, Why We Must End the Violence in South Sudan

Ger Duany | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Ger Duany

I learned how to use weapons before I could read and write. It was not my decision, it happened simply because, during the civil war, there were no schools, so that AK-47s in our hands replaced our pens and books.

Pioneering Human Rights Activism Through Digital Technology

Global Kids | Posted 05.19.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Global Kids teaches youth about the issues, and then we get to do something about it, whether it is a virtual camp or creating a film and putting it on the web so that everyone else can see and learn.

World of Warcraft in Real Life

Nick Turse | Posted 02.15.2014 | Technology
Nick Turse

Another week, another revelation about spying by the National Security Agency. This time, it was the NSA's infiltration of online video games and virtual realms like World of Warcraft and Second Life.

America's Child Soldiers

Ann Jones | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics
Ann Jones

The JROTC program, still spreading in high schools across the country, costs U.S. taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually. It has cost some unknown number of taxpayers their children.

Obama and Putin Must Stop The Appalling Slaughter of Syria's Children

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

Today is World Human Rights Day and is the 20th year to mark this very important event to advance humanity. But to this day millions of children are caught in a viscous cycle of armed conflicts and are exposed to the most egregious forms of violence, deprived of health care and an education.

ReThink Review: Ender's Game -- Child Soldiers and Saviors

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

As a newcomer to the series, I found myself much more interested in the film's take on leadership, the military, war, and empathy for one's enemy.

The Road to Resilience

Amy Spies | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amy Spies

"Why {are} some people...able to survive the worst and others aren't?" CNN's Anderson Cooper wondered after Cleveland kidnap victim Michelle Knight bravely confronted her adductor Ariel Castro in court.

WATCH: U.S. Approves Military Aid For Countries With Child Soldiers

HuffPostLive | Posted 12.01.2013 | World

The White House on Monday afternoon announced that it had issued blanket waivers to three countries, allowing them to receive military aid despite the...

Liberia Marks Major Anniversary

AP | JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH | Posted 10.12.2013 | Black Voices

MONROVIA, Liberia — The ex-wife of former Liberian President Charles Taylor said the convicted war criminal made "the ultimate sacrifice" by exi...

Congo Is Where My Heart Stays

Diana Buckhantz | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Diana Buckhantz

These trips fly by for me. It seems like I just get acclimated to the schedule, to the food (or lack thereof), to not sleeping (somehow I never sleep in Congo), to 18 hour days, and suddenly it's time to go home. And as I seem to always say, at the end of every trip, I feel sad to leave.

Final Thoughts: And a Last Word

Janice Kamenir-Reznik | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Janice Kamenir-Reznik

We have spent a week in Congo and my head is spinning. We visited 11 different programs and met with and talked to hundreds of people. Here are a few of my thoughts as we begin the two-day journey to come home

Conflict Grave for Children in 21 Countries

Anai Rhoads | Posted 06.19.2013 | World
Anai Rhoads

Despite efforts to protect them from violence, the United Nation (UN) reports children are taking the brunt of the rising anger adults are inflicting upon one another. Basically, children are caught in the cross-fire.

Child Soldiers Roam Streets Of Central African Republic

AP | KRISTA LARSON | Posted 06.20.2013 | World

BANGUI, Central African Republic — As fighters in fatigues lounge in the shade of the rebel camp in the capital of Central African Republic, a b...

Saving Children's Lives by Stopping Illicit Weapons Worldwide

Emmanuel Jal | Posted 05.15.2013 | Impact
Emmanuel Jal

We had rules against killing civilians, but unfortunately that is not always the case. Children are forced to do horrible things that destroy their innocence and scar their souls forever.

Malian Militants Recruited Child Soldiers At School

AP | KRISTA LARSON | Posted 02.23.2013 | World

GAO, Mali -- The radical Islamic fighters showed up at Mohamed Salia's Quranic school, armed with weapons and demanding to address his students. The ...

Burmese Army and Armed Groups Still Recruiting Children

Jake Scobey-Thal | Posted 04.08.2013 | World
Jake Scobey-Thal

While the Tatmadaw and many non-state armed groups have official policies of non-enlistment of children, insufficient recruitment safeguards and accountability measures have limited the efficacy of such policies.

Malian Child Soldier Tells His Tale From Prison

AP | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI | Posted 01.26.2013 | World

SEVARE, Mali -- The boy sits with his knees tucked under his chest on the concrete floor of the police station here, his adolescent face a tableau of ...

What America Can Learn From El Salvador in Ending Gang Violence

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Earlier this year the government in El Salvador negotiated a groundbreaking deal with the Salvadoran MS-13 and a rival gang, Calle-18. In a bold move, mediators in El Salvador essentially extended the framework of humanitarian engagement to gang warfare.

Sharing My Story

Emmanuel Jal | Posted 02.20.2013 | Impact
Emmanuel Jal

My father was a Commander for the Sudanese People's Liberation Army. He ordered hundreds of children to be taken by force from their families. Parents were becoming upset and as a result, my father sent me out as an example.

Children in Mali: The 'Little Ones' Bear the Brunt of Current Conflict

Anna Richardson | Posted 02.13.2013 | College
Anna Richardson

Hundreds of children have been recruited as soldiers or directly injured by the conflict in Mali, but many thousands more will indirectly suffer the effects of war and displacement.

Eastern Congo: Boy, 11, Becomes a Child Soldier on Way Home From School

Martin Penner | Posted 02.04.2013 | Impact
Martin Penner

Richard found himself acting as 'bodyguard' for the rebel commander, who called himself the 'Colonel.' After roughly four months spent living with the rebel group, Richard managed to escape.