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Evidence of Abundance #6: Reduced Violence

Peter Diamandis | Posted 07.30.2014 | Good News
Peter Diamandis

Last week, I shared two key datasets showing that global violence is going down. This week, I've got even more proof for you. This is one of the most important areas you can share with your friends and family, especially if they have a negative mindset.

What to Do With Our Grief Over the Mid-East Crisis?

Leeat Granek, PhD | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Leeat Granek, PhD

Turning that grief into aggression, rage, revenge and anger in the form of hateful posts, violent protests, or further divisiveness among people and nations is not the way to go if you care about human life, human rights, or peace.

WATCH: Israeli Refusenik, Udi Segal, Sent to Jail for Refusing to Enlist in the Israeli Military

Moriel Rothman-Zecher | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Moriel Rothman-Zecher

As much of Israeli society -- our society -- is swept up in the fever of the most recent war on Gaza, there are those voices that refuse to accept a present or future of war, hostility, occupation and violence. One of those voices belong to Udi Segal, a 19-year-old Israeli from Kibbutz Tuval.

A Moment Of Peace To Ease Our Hardened Hearts

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 07.30.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

We are very good about passing along information that inflames our passions of outrage. Can we be as good about passing along an invitation to share A Moment of Peace?

Do We Stand With Israel?

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

I've found, as a rabbi in a progressive American Jewish community, that our willingness to see the humanity in the face of "the other" far surpasses our historical willingness to see our own family's faces in the same way.

The Solution to Middle East Chaos

Tala Haikal | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Tala Haikal

We must recognize that our deepening interdependence has collapsed the boundaries between the logic of self-preservation and the logic of empathy.

Of Boys, Beer and Young Women

Tom Meek | Posted 07.26.2014 | College
Tom Meek

As parents we send young folk to college to grow and learn. Naiveté and alcohol lay in wait as tinder for trouble. It's important to understand this and examine it, and find ways to stem it so that there are less victims and less young men whose futures have been derailed by an ill-advised, momentary capitalization on impulse.

Renisha McBride, Trayvon Martin And How Race & Gender Have Affected Coverage

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 07.24.2014 | Black Voices

It's no secret -- the Trayvon Martin and Renisha McBride killings have striking similarities. Both were young black victims and in each case, the kill...

Brazil Can Put Safety and Justice at the Heart of Global Development

Robert Muggah | Posted 07.24.2014 | World
Robert Muggah

The Sustainable Development Goals are about much more than achieving a diplomatic consensus. Starting next year, they will serve as a road-map for driving development around the world, including the world's poorest countries.

Stop Minimizing The Costs of Teaching Girls To 'Stay Safe'

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 07.29.2014 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

We are socialized to think that sexual assault, and having to bear the costs of avoiding it, is "normal." Children and women are socialized to fear it and we adapt our behavior to avoid or, if exercised by loved ones or friends, to tolerate it.

Honduras' Lost Generation

Andrew Wainer | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Andrew Wainer

Without addressing the root causes of migration in the Northern Triangle, Honduras and other nations will continue losing their youth.

Pop-up Politics: East Timor's Struggle for Stability and security

Kyle Knight | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

Timor-Leste's current stability could be undermined by a sharp decline in oil revenues and leadership challenges if the country's first president and current prime minister Xanana Gusmão steps down later this year as announced.

What 'We' Must Do Right Now for Palestine and Israel, Beyond Governments

Marc Gopin | Posted 07.18.2014 | World
Marc Gopin

The fact is that people and their individual initiatives have much more impact on the course of history than is acknowledged by government officials, by cynics, and by those citizens too apathetic, too callous, or too fearful to act.

Jesus Christ, Refugee

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 07.18.2014 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

Forget about your politics or your party. Forget about what the commentator on Fox or MSNBC feeds you. Look into the faces of these children. There is Jesus. At the border. Being smuggled in under cover of darkness. Invite him in.

How Do We Respond to This Really Horrible Day?

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 07.19.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

My Twitter feed has been raging with information and disinformation today, but underneath the diatribes I have been struck by a sense of despair and disbelief that the world can unravel this fast, and anger at our sense of impotence.

The Privilege of Normalcy

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.15.2014 | Latino Voices
Ian Reifowitz

No one who hasn't experienced it can understand how hellish a place must be for parents to send their offspring -- unaccompanied -- into and across Mexico on the hope that they'll be able to make it over the American border.

World Cup and the Rule of Law

Michael Møller | Posted 07.15.2014 | World
Michael Møller

In the face of timid responses, it's up to all of us to call out fouls and demand action and punitive measures. If it becomes increasingly acceptable to bend or even ignore the basic rules of governance we have in place, we will end in total chaos.

When Rockets Come to Israel

Annelia Alex | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Annelia Alex

People who have grown up with sirens, but have never witnessed a tragedy are desensitized. People who have suffered trauma related to this 50-plus year conflict are hypersensitive. I don't feel like I belong to this scene, or that I am entitled to a marked reaction. I try to be stoic and inconspicuous.

A Glimmer of Hope in a Seemingly Hopeless World

Leena Suleiman | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion
Leena Suleiman

In a world where it has become exceedingly common and even trendy to be apathetic towards a different people's struggle, you are, by default, already doing something by feeling what you're feeling.

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

Leeat Granek, PhD | Posted 07.11.2014 | World
Leeat Granek, PhD

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 07.11.2014 | 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 07.10.2014 | 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 07.11.2014 | 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 07.08.2014 | 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 07.03.2014 | 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.