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Dehumanization

#SaveUSChildren

Robert J. Benz | Posted 07.19.2014 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

So, what distinguishes the Nigerian schoolgirls and U.S. children at risk of being trafficked? Why has one group received so much attention and the other very little? Well, semantics may play a role in how we react to different groups of children that become victims of violence.

A Shortage of Mercy

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

As the economy twists downward for most of us -- as the politics of money tightens like a noose around everything we love -- I think about the disintegration of human values, which insane logic and the Republicans tells us we can no longer afford.

Dehumanizing with Drones and Torture

Jack Healey | Posted 05.11.2013 | World
Jack Healey

If both parties can't be united in having extrajudicial remote-control killings, is there any hope to solve the sequester quandary? Is there any hope for human rights?

I Am Because You Are

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.26.2013 | Impact
Robert Koehler

Their grief is too profound and too public. Their words have to be taken seriously -- allowed to mix with the politics and the self-interest and the fear, those generic trivializers of the national conversation.

Empire and Its Consequences

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Robert Koehler

I'm wondering if it isn't time to stare directly at the fundamental wrongness of war. Let me put it as nakedly as I can: A policy of murder and hatred is, in itself, morally wrong as well as strategically untenable.

The War Drones On...

Randall Amster | Posted 08.03.2012 | Politics
Randall Amster

Drones are all the rage these days, and not in a good way. The increasing toll taken by these robotic executioners is beginning to register with the p...

Sex, the Migrant Laborer and the City

Imran Garda | Posted 07.08.2012 | World
Imran Garda

The Keralite Cat's tales, in all its frivolity, made a profound point about the drivers, construction workers, the maids and cleaners: Can you believe that these people make love? Can you believe they even cheat on each other? Can you believe that they buy each other birthday presents too?

The Bad Apple

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The time has come to challenge the military at the level of its reason for being. The time has come to add up its suicides, its war crimes and the rest of its horrific legacy. How long can it survive an honest accounting?

Project Bugsplat

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

"Bugsplat" is a term of ultimate disrespect and indifference, and it begins with a state of mind. The global Occupy movement, with its humane and nonviolent core certainty, is tipping the balance. Finally it comes down to this: Occupy consciousness.

Psychology: Anthropomorphism And Dehumanization

sciencedaily.com | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

In a new report in Current Directions in Psychological Science, scientists examine the psychology of anthropomorphism....

A Job Nobody Wants: In Defense of (Gasp!) Drug Dealers

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

The man at the gas station who hands over Marlboro Lights is never called the scum of the earth. The makers of Oxycontin, Valium, and Vicodin -- the biggest drug dealers in the word -- spend no time in prison cells.

See No Evil

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The heavily armed, trained killer was "under stress" when he raped, then murdered a 14-year-old girl and tried to burn her body, after having murdered her parents and 7-year-old sister.