Ten Global Travesties

A list that shouldn’t exist in the 21st century: Worldwide, women and girls ages 15 to 44 are more likely to be maimed or killed by men than by malaria, cancer, war or traffic accidents combined. One in seven people on earth goes to bed hungry each night while...

Why violence is worse than other existential threats

“No more hurting people” – Martin Richard, 8, killed in Boston Marathon attack. Violence: “The intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either...

The truth no one will tell about the Sandy Hook slaughter

As the father of a 4-year-old girl, I am heartsick and shattered over the Newtown carnage, as I know all Americans are. These unfathomable mass tragedies shake us out of ordinary reality and seem far more disturbing than the daily dose of suffering and injustice that...

What kind of creature rapes children?

In a post on violence, I wrote: The World Health Organization’s World Report on Violence and Health estimates that over a million people lose their lives to violence and millions more are injured and maimed every year. The report states that violence is “among the...

Light a candle for Richel Nova

In many traditions, lighting a candle is a gesture of remembrance, of respect, of empathy, a way of keeping someone in our thoughts. Human violence is a monstrosity we live with daily and I believe we honor victims by thinking of them and acknowledging the pain...