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From lone gunmen on hills to mass movements. Depressing as hell, really.
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Was Hitler evil?

Was Hitler evil? | Crimes Against Humanity | Scoop.it

"Was Hitler evil?

 

Most White Americans will say yes: he killed 6 million Jews in the Holocaust! But to avoid any double standard we should apply the same moral reasoning White Americans apply to their own history."


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Community Village's curator insight, August 18, 2013 5:42 AM

I don't think the word 'evil' is helpful because that is a religious term.  

 

Would we say that someone born as a psychopath is evil? I suppose if one is religious they would say that.  

 

Psychopaths lack the neurophysiological “hardwiring” that enables them to care about people's feelings. 

 

Psychopathy affects approximately 1 percent of the United States general population and 20 percent to 30 percent of the male and female U.S. prison population. 


The danger in every community and nation is that it only takes one psychopath to get into a position of power (or get their hands on a gun) to end up doing massive harm. 


Click through to read Abagond's post - then we can ask ourselves if U.S. culture is evil or psychotic. 

Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, August 19, 2013 12:01 AM

We just had a similar talk at home with the kids while watching "Who Do You Think You Are?" (The episode with Chelsea Handler serching her German & Jewish family background.)

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The numerous forms of gender-based violence - Reuters AlertNet

The numerous forms of gender-based violence - Reuters AlertNet | Crimes Against Humanity | Scoop.it

Sudan Vision The numerous forms of gender-based violence Reuters AlertNet Gender-based violence can be perpetrated through something as simple as words, said Yakin Erturk, a member of the Council of Europe's Committee on the Prevention of Torture.


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Summer L's curator insight, April 23, 2:47 PM

I chose this article because it shows how in some places in the world, women are denied what they want to do with their bodies. This connects to the article because women never had a say in what they wanted to do in the family. 

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Man freed by Innocence Project victimized by system

Man freed by Innocence Project victimized by system | Crimes Against Humanity | Scoop.it
A man who was freed this month from prison, where he was serving a 102-year sentence for a 1991 rape he didn't commit, is living in a Madison homeless shelter and doesn't have enough money to buy the medication he takes for several serious health ...

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BloodandButter's curator insight, July 23, 2013 6:21 PM

"A man who was freed this month from prison, where he was serving a 102-year sentence for a 1991 rape he didn’t commit, is living in a Madison homeless shelter and doesn’t have enough money to buy the medication he takes for several serious health problems".

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Marissa Alexander case in spotlight after Zimmerman trial

Marissa Alexander case in spotlight after Zimmerman trial | Crimes Against Humanity | Scoop.it
Supporters say Marissa Alexander sentencing shows ingrained racism in Florida’s courts.

 

"Two Florida towns, 125 miles apart. Two people firing weapons at unarmed aggressors, purportedly in self-defense."

 "Marissa Alexander, a 32-year-old mother of three, fired what she described as a warning shot in the direction of her husband — against whom she had a protective order — and two stepsons. No one was injured, but she was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 20 years."


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Community Village's curator insight, July 17, 2013 1:12 AM

My friend Nazanin found this. Thank you Nazanin!

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Almost Politically Correct Redneck: A New Advice Meme

Almost Politically Correct Redneck: A New Advice Meme | Crimes Against Humanity | Scoop.it

Almost Politically Correct Redneck loves Mexicans because they’re the best dishwashers. He thinks Barack Obama is a pretty cool colored person. He’s the perfect symbol of our nation’s current awkward transition to more enlightened social mores.

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Little boy survives monster Oklahoma tornado, only to be mauled to death

Little boy survives monster Oklahoma tornado, only to be mauled to death | Crimes Against Humanity | Scoop.it
A 5 -year-old boy who survived the Oklahoma tornado was mauled to death by a famiy friend's dog

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Joint Chiefs’ Testimony on Sexual Assault Dismays Senators

Joint Chiefs’ Testimony on Sexual Assault Dismays Senators | Crimes Against Humanity | Scoop.it

by JENNIFER STEINHAUER, New York Times

 

Senator Roy Blunt sat silently for nearly an hour as his colleagues on the Armed Services Committee questioned one military leader after another on Tuesday about what they were doing to address the problem of sexual assault in the military, and then assessed their responses: “Stunningly bad.”

In particular, Mr. Blunt chided Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, the chief of naval operations, for displaying scant knowledge of how military allies of the United States had dealt with sexual assault in their ranks, and for thanking Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat of New Hampshire, for “the tip” that other countries had grappled with the issue.


“Has anybody who works for you been asking this?” Mr. Blunt, Republican of Missouri, asked with clear exasperation.


In a rare appearance together, a majority of the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — as well as the commandant of the Coast Guard and other military officials — testified before the committee about how the military should approach the problem as Congress prepares to vote on several measures that would significantly change military policy.

“Discipline is the heart of the military culture, and trust is its soul,” said Senator Carl Levin, Democrat of Michigan and the chairman of the committee. “The plague of sexual assault erodes both the heart and the soul.”
 

Senators from both parties pressed the leaders, at times using strong language, about why, decades after the full integration of women into the military, the problem seems to have worsened. Senator John McCain, an
Arizona Republican, recalled meeting with a woman whose daughter was considering entering the military if Mr. McCain, a former naval aviator, could offer his “unqualified support” of the choice. “I could not,” he said. [MORE]


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Earliest Victim Of Child Abuse Seen In Ancient Cemetery

Earliest Victim Of Child Abuse Seen In Ancient Cemetery | Crimes Against Humanity | Scoop.it

A 2- to 3-year-old child from a Romano-Christian-period cemetery in Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt, shows evidence of physical child abuse, archaeologists have found.

 

...Whereas no particular fracture is diagnostic of child abuse, the pattern of trauma suggests it occurred. Additionally, the injuries were all in different stages of healing, which further signifies repeated nonaccidental trauma.

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Pre-med Univ. of South Florida student charged with first degree murder for tricking girlfriend into taking abortion pill

Pre-med Univ. of South Florida student  charged with first degree murder for tricking girlfriend into taking abortion pill | Crimes Against Humanity | Scoop.it

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Genevieve Valle's curator insight, May 16, 2013 3:56 PM

Another horrendous crime out of Florida... This pre-med student, John Welden, sent his pregnant girlfriend to see his OB/GYN father. Welden told his girlfriend that his father diagnosed her with an infection requiring her to take antibiotics. Welden swapped the anibiotic pill for Cytotec, the abortion pill. He instructed his girlfriend to take the "antibiotics" three times a day for a week. His girlfriend only learned about the abortion pills when she showed up to the emergency room a week later, having aborted the pregnancy. Welden's girlfriend was six weeks pregnant and communicated her intent to carry the pregnancy to term to all of her friends and family. Federal authorities have since charged 28-year-old Welden with first degree murder and tampering. Normally, a 6 week old fetus would not be considered viable, but federal law provides otherwise. Under the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004 (18 USC 1841), an "unborn child" is defined as “member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.” The Act further provides that if an unborn child is killed during the commission of a federal crime, it will constitute murder. Here, Welden's tampering with his girlfriend's prescription (a federal crime) allows authorities to tack on a first degree murder charge. Welden faces life in prison for his crimes. It is not clear what role, if any, his OB/GYN father played in the commission of these crimes. 

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Asshat Reactions to Angelina Jolie's Double-Mastectomy

Asshat Reactions to Angelina Jolie's Double-Mastectomy | Crimes Against Humanity | Scoop.it
recordsandcigarettes: “ sad-teeth: “ So today Angelina Jolie had double mastectomy, which is the removal of one’s breasts, to prevent Breast cancer. So instead of praising Angelina on her bravery, men...
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Do people react like this to testicular cancer surgeries? No. No, they do not.

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With struggling families all across America, the GOP...

With struggling families all across America, the GOP... | Crimes Against Humanity | Scoop.it
Boehner is at the will of the Tea Klan.
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Culture wars: why attack heritage?

Culture wars: why attack heritage? | Crimes Against Humanity | Scoop.it
The Nazi burning of books considered "Un-German" is only one of many historical examples of culture coming under attack.

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Domestic Violence Permission Slips

Domestic Violence Permission Slips | Crimes Against Humanity | Scoop.it

We, as a society, give many permission slips to abusers, excusing their abuse, violence & control with claims of “understandable stressors.” Perhaps no category of these permission slips is larger, more pervasive, than the economical permission slips.

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What Bradley Manning's Sentence Will Tell Us About Our Military Justice System

What Bradley Manning's Sentence Will Tell Us About Our Military Justice System | Crimes Against Humanity | Scoop.it

Today Bradley Manning was convicted on 20 of 22 counts, including violating the Espionage Act, releasing classified information and disobeying orders. That's the bad news. The good news is he was found not guilty on the charge of "aiding the enemy." That's 'cause who he was aiding was us, the American people. And we're not the enemy. Right?

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George Stinney

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George Stinney, Jr (1929-1944), at age 14, was the youngest person in America to be executed since the 1800s.

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The murder trial a month later lasted less than three hours. The courthouse was standing room only, no blacks allowed.

 

Charles Plowden, Stinney’s court-appointed lawyer was a white tax lawyer. Plowden:

did not ask for a change of venue;did not cross-examine witnesses;did not call any witnesses;did not appeal.

Plowden’s whole defence was that Stinney was too young to be tried as an adult. Wrong: 14 was old enough according to South Carolina law.

The jury of 12 white men took 10 minutes to find Stinney “guilty with no recommendation for mercy”.


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A library is not just about books: it's also a place for the vulnerable

A library is not just about books: it's also a place for the vulnerable | Crimes Against Humanity | Scoop.it

Angela Clarke: If another 400 UK libraries close by 2016, as predicted, the true loss to society will be even greater than we realise (A library is not just about books: it's also a place for the vulnerable | Angela Clarke


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Death by Indifference

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"Millions of unnecessary deaths may result from Russia's refusal to implement accepted AIDS prevention and harm-reduction measures."


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Rick Powell's curator insight, July 12, 2013 9:10 AM

"Russia is dying."

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Horrifying Video Of Alleged Sexual Assault While Family Court Judge Literally Looks The Other Way

Horrifying Video Of Alleged Sexual Assault While Family Court Judge Literally Looks The Other Way | Crimes Against Humanity | Scoop.it
The assaulting cop has been dismissed, but the judge who ignored the offense still has a job...

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No, Texas Law Does Not Say You Can Shoot an Escort Who Refuses to Have Sex

No, Texas Law Does Not Say You Can Shoot an Escort Who Refuses to Have Sex | Crimes Against Humanity | Scoop.it

A misreading of the verdict in an upsetting Texas case has gone viral, since Gawker claimed: “Texas Says It's OK to Shoot an Escort If She Won't Have Sex With You.” Texas law does not say that, and the jury didn’t either. This story looks very different depending on if you are looking at the law or the reporting.

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, June 10, 2013 3:16 PM

The danger may not be where you think it is in Texas

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Biglaw Partner Murdered in Apparent Domestic Violence Incident

Biglaw Partner Murdered in Apparent Domestic Violence Incident | Crimes Against Humanity | Scoop.it

Today, we’ve got some sad news out of Minneapolis, where Nancy Sullivan, a Barnes & Thornburg partner who practiced ERISA and employee benefits law and served as the pro bono coordinator at her firm’s office, was shot and killed by her boyfriend as she tried to move out of the home they shared together. Also wounded were Sullivan’s daughter, Kathleen Fay, and Fay’s boyfriend, Tony Brown.


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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, June 5, 2013 7:17 PM

This just goes to show you that no one is safe by virtue of class, education, etc.

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Bogolan to Baghdad: Textiles Tell the Story of Genocide in Iraq

Bogolan to Baghdad: Textiles Tell the Story of Genocide in Iraq | Crimes Against Humanity | Scoop.it

In summer of 2006 I left my job working for Brown University's Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology to participate in a project in Iraq investigating mass graves for the Iraqi High Tribunal. My primary duty was analyzing "cultural objects" found in the graves of genocide victims. These objects included ballistic evidence, personal effects, and clothing. Clothing offered a particularly interesting window into the lives of the victims, revealing ethnic identity, gender, manner of death and more. Collectively and individually, clothing made a compelling line of evidence for telling the story of crimes against humanity.

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Isle Of Man Lesbian Couple Can't Rent The House They Wanted Because Of Their Sexual Orientation

Isle Of Man Lesbian Couple Can't Rent The House They Wanted Because Of Their Sexual Orientation | Crimes Against Humanity | Scoop.it

Following a discriminatory act based on their sexual orientation, a lesbian couple of Isle of Man wishes an anti-discriminatory law for LGBTQ people.

 

The landlord refused the rental agreement with Kara Izzard and Laura Cull because they are lesbians.

 

They have had then the bad surprise to discover that there is no law in Isle of Man to protect them in this kind of situation whereas civil unions and adoption are possible for same-sex couples.

 

"I was so shocked to hear this and felt sick, said Cull.

"I didn't know where to go or what to do as I didn't have a legal leg to stand on so after speaking with my partner Kira we thought that the only thing we could do was to share our story with as many people as possible and try and raise awareness that on this beautiful island that we call home we can still be treated this way."


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Gracie Passette's curator insight, May 23, 2013 3:58 PM

Unfortunately, this is true in many places in the US as well.

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Russian Man 'Raped With Beer Bottles,' Tortured To Death For Being Gay

Russian Man 'Raped With Beer Bottles,' Tortured To Death For Being Gay | Crimes Against Humanity | Scoop.it
A 23-year-old man has been tortured to death in Russia in an apparent homophobic attack, investigators said Sunday, amid growing fears by rights groups that anti-gay sentiments are on the rise in the country.The victim's battered and naked body was...

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No, You Cannot Substitute ‘Sex’ For ‘Rape’

No, You Cannot Substitute ‘Sex’ For ‘Rape’ | Crimes Against Humanity | Scoop.it

by TARA CULP-RESSLER

 

(Credit: Change.org)

 

On Friday afternoon, the Associated Press ran a story about a young woman in Washington state who alleges that her high school’s officials failed to protect her from a 16-year-old boy who raped her on school property, and even allowed the boy to remain in the same classroom with her after her guardian reported she was being harassed by him. The school continues to deny most of her claims, and she is seeking at least $400,000 in damages.

 

In its headline about the story, the AP chose to characterize the encounter — which took place in a bathroom at the high school — as “restroom sex”:

 

 

[More by clicking the headline]


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Elizabeth Smart: Abstinence Education Teaches Rape Victims They’re Worthless, Dirty, And Filthy

Elizabeth Smart: Abstinence Education Teaches Rape Victims They’re Worthless, Dirty, And Filthy | Crimes Against Humanity | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Smart became a household name after she was kidnapped from her home in Salt Lake City, UT at the age of 14 and held in captivity for nine months.
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