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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.

The Subtle Wounds of Timor-Leste's Violent Past: Trauma, Diagnoses, and Injustice

Kyle Knight | Posted 07.01.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

Repeated bouts of violence in Timor Leste's recent past and a persistent sense of injustice have had a lasting mental health impact, new research shows. Researchers say recovery may require more than therapeutic interventions.

Once We Make This Dream A Reality

Michelle Bachelet | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Michelle Bachelet

The legitimate demands and needs that we have as women are not seen. However, this situation is not merely a challenge in terms of justice. It represents a significant shortcoming in the quality of our democracies.

A Dangerous Summer for Central American Kids

Mark Hetfield | Posted 06.27.2014 | Impact
Mark Hetfield

This month, as kids across the United States wrapped up the school year and started their summer breaks, thousands of children from Central America were embarking on a different kind of transition.

Soldiers in Schools: The Impact of Military Occupations on Education

Kyle Knight | Posted 06.26.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

Schools are targeted in conflicts around the world. But attacks are only part of the problem, as significant harm can also be done when educational buildings remain intact and armed forces move in.

After Years of Violence, I Chose to Make Peace My Lifestyle

Kevin Powell | Posted 06.26.2014 | Impact
Kevin Powell

There were the years in college where I assaulted males and females as if no big deal, as the roots of my childhood rage had become an adult orgy of uncontrollable temper tantrums. There were the nasty arguments coworkers, friends and strangers. Just because.

Australian Immigration Policy Piles Pressure on Indonesia

Kyle Knight | Posted 06.26.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

The system for registering, protecting, and finding durable solutions for asylum seekers in Indonesia risks becoming overburdened -- potentially sparking unrest -- as migrant arrivals continue and Australia's maritime immigration policy deters boat journeys, officials and activists say.

Choosing What Matters: Lessons From Broken Glass

Ayelet Baron | Posted 06.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayelet Baron

Over the last few months, for some reason, broken glass has come into my path in very unexpected and startling ways. The first incident happened on a ...

What the Slender Man Case Reveals About the Juvenile Criminal Justice System

Tina Freiburger | Posted 06.19.2014 | Crime
Tina Freiburger

Because I research juvenile justice issues in Milwaukee, 20 miles from where the bizarre Slender Man crime occurred, I've been fielding questions lately from friends and family from around the nation. Most are about the criminal justice system.

Outrage! Where Is the Outrage?

Bill Ayres | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
Bill Ayres

There is outrage that leads to senseless violence and further repression, but there is also the potential for outrage that leads to peaceful protest, as in the civil rights movement and the anti-war movement that I was part of more than 40 years ago.

Violence in the Media

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Hamady

I don't believe it's possible to be exposed to violence -- televised or otherwise -- and to not be affected. While researchers continue to debate the issue, a look around at our communities and nation more than illustrates the profound and perverse impact of a culture that consumes, showcases and even glamorizes violence.