violence

Science
4 Visualizing gun deaths – Comparing the U.S. to rest of the world

When it comes to gun violence, the United States stands out. President Obama’s nominee for surgeon general, Vivek Murthy, a renowned Boston-based physician, has advocated for stricter gun-control laws and referred to the U.S. rates of gun violence as a public health threat.  Murthy’s views have ignited opposition from the…

Human Rights
0 Containing global violence costs nearly $10 trillion a year

A U.S. Army Soldier from Alpha Company, 13th Psychological Operations Battalion pulls security from a humvee at a vehicle control point in the village of Kapisa, Afghanistan.Staff Sgt. Michael L. Casteel The price of insecurity is quite high. The Institute for Economics and Peace estimates that the world spent $9.46…

Basics
0 Visualizing violence

For International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we re-run a recent post by Katie Leach-Kemon on Humanosphere charting violence in Latin America. As the graphic below indicates, violence from intimate partners is a leading cause of disability for women: IHME A report released by WHO estimated that…

Basics
1 Law & Order: Poverty alleviation unit

Gary Haugen (New York) – Movement inside of the Sheraton Hotel, location of the Clinton Global Initiative meeting, came to a standstill as President Obama exited the building. Press and meeting attendees left at once, flooding the lobby of the hotel. A swarm formed in front of the elevators as people…

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1 Ben Affleck wants you to connect with Congolese organizations

Men collect water from Lake Kivu in Goma, DRC.Phil Moore/Al Jazeera Actor and activist Ben Affleck believes that community-based organizations are the best option for enabling lasting change in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. That is why his organization, the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI) teamed up with the United…

Basics
0 What is the global burden of armed violence?

Armed violence is a global problem. In fact, slightly more than 12% of violent deaths occur in what the Geneva Declaration defines as conflict settings. The group’s Global Burden of Armed Violence survey provides the details. El Salvador, Jamaica and Iraq have the highest rates of violent deaths in the…

Basics
0 Beyond rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is by many measures one of the world’s most difficult places to live. Government instability, rebel attacks in the east, terrible health services and more contribute to an environment that some have gone as far as to call “hell on earth.” Congolese activist…

Basics
1 Charting violence: Latin America

Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Costa Rican president Oscar Arias recently spoke with Humanosphere about the extremely high rates of violence in countries like El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras which he attributed to lack of economic opportunity coupled with the trade in illegal drugs (which are not unrelated, of course).…

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