Baltimore and the Human Right to Resistance

Baltimore and the Human Right to Resistance

Anti-Black racism, always just beneath the surface of polite racial discourse in the U.S., has exploded in reaction to the resistance of black youth to another brutal murder by the agents of this racist, settler-colonialist state. With the resistance, the focus...
A Call For Peace: Victims of Violence In Mexico Speak Out

A Call For Peace: Victims of Violence In Mexico Speak Out

Since Felipe Calderon took office in December 2006 over 60,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico and at least 10,000 people have disappeared. In 2011, the Mexican Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity emerged in response to this...
Violence Defines American Culture

Violence Defines American Culture

As a child I played war games (cowboys killing Indians). My friends and I routinely shot each other – with toy guns, of course. In my south Bronx neighborhood, older gang members had real guns and sometimes shot each other. Like in the movies! The cartoons I...
Riding on the Wrong Track

Riding on the Wrong Track

I opened my paper the other morning, brimming with the hope and optimism that spring (and spring training) always excites in me, and these are the stories I saw: – A killer in Toulouse, France had attacked a Jewish school, murdering a rabbi and three young...

Governments Kill

We make a bargain with our governments. We pay taxes and expect a set of government services in return. And in return for a guarantee of some measure of security, we grant the government a monopoly on legitimate violence. In theory, then, we forswear mob rule and...
Film: Pushing The Elephant

Film: Pushing The Elephant

In the late 1990s, Rose Mapendo was imprisoned with her family during violence that engulfed the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her harrowing experience included the nighttime arrest of her entire family by government agents, the execution of her husband, the birth of...

What if Jared Loughner Were a Muslim Arab Immigrant?

The repercussions of the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson last week, in which six others were murdered and 13 wounded, continue to resonate. Discussion — and discussions about the discussion continue. Discussions rise and fall about...

A Moment for Contemplation

On March 26, 2010, millions of mainstream Americans grabbed their coffee and sat down to watch the morning talk show “The View.” The health care debate was raging, with fear-mongering language rising to a feverish pitch. Yet for once the hosts, liberal Joy...

Et Tu, Buddha? Rationalizing Violence in Buddhism

Earlier last month, in a book review at Britain’s Current Intelligence titled The myth of “nonviolent Buddhism” — demolished once again, Vladimir Tikhonov wrote that according to Mahayana Buddhism, when it comes to killing . . . . . . it is the...

Coltan And The Congo: The Hidden Expense of Cellulars

Most people only think about their Verizon or Cingular bill when the cost of cellphones is mentioned. Rarely in the industrialized world is the cost in human lives considered. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is home to 80% of the world’s coltan...

Going from Hawk to Dove

The United States is more hawk than dove and heading toward vulture status, according to the recently launched Global Peace Index (GPI) ranking of 121 countries. Finishing up far back in the pack at No. 96, the United States was deemed less peaceful than Yemen,...