How the murder of musician Hachalu Hundessa incited violence in Ethiopia: Part I
Hachalu Hundessa interview with OMN via Firaabeek Entertainment / CC BY 3.0.Editor’s note: This is a two-part analysis on Hachalu Hundessa, a popular Oromo musician whose murder incited ethnoreligious violence fueled by disinformation online. Read Part II here. Iconic Ethiopian singer Hachalu Hundessa gained prominence for using his creative talent to raise the consciousness of the Oromo people. He was assassinated in the suburb of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, on June 29.That night, at 9:30 pm, as Hachalu was exiting his vehicle, a man named Tilahun Yami allegedly walked up to his car andf...
Report on mass attacks details 'targeted acts of violence'
The U.S. Secret Service on Thursday released its annual assessment on mass attacks in the country.The report, “Mass Attacks in Public Spaces 2019,” looked at 34 episodes of targeted violence across the U.S. that occurred between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 in which at least three people were injured.The attacks that fit those criteria were carried out by 37 attackers in 21 states.Of these, 59% of them (20 attacks) took place at public sites — or spaces that are easily accessible to the general population, such as sidewalks, restaurants, retail stores and a gas station.The remaining 41% (14 attacks) wer...
New York Daily News
Supporters of religious violence are more likely to claim they’re familiar with religious concepts that don’t exist
Individuals who claim knowledge of fake religious concepts are more supportive of religious aggression, while individuals with accurate religious knowledge are less supportive, according to new research published in Social Psychological and Personality Science.“Although many quote the Christian Bible, few have read it. Thus, religious books are often incorrectly cited or cited in a way that serves personal prejudices and/or distorted worldviews,” said study author Daniel N. Jones, an assistant professor at the University of Nevada Reno.“Not only do people ‘pick and choose’ the stories of a rel...
Cybernetic violence ruins families too
For many, the Covid-19 pandemic has brought with it a number of changes, including the increasing use of media as well as a significant rise in the number of domestic violence cases.Due to the measures put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19, many people were directed to stay home. For some, this has been a bonding experience while for others, the experience has been a bitter one with increased physical, emotional and psychological abuse.The understanding of domestic violence has been largely limited to physical violence and verbal abuse.While this may be the case for individuals within th...
Why right-wing violence is festering in Europe
With the attention of the world focused squarely on the coronavirus pandemic, countering its effects and ensuring that economies here, in the region and globally are positioned to bounce back from the severe hibernation wrought by the disease, it has been easy to overlook some of the more alarming trends developing around the world. And reports out of Germany and Europe point to an alarming rise in right-wing groups intent on a campaign of violence against minority groups.The propensity for right-wing elements with anti-Islamic and anti-refugee agendas to embrace violence as a method of politi...
Edo 2020: Igarra monarch forecasts victory for Obaseki
The traditional ruler of Igarra Kingdom in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State, Oba Emmanuel Saiki, says the chances of Governor Godwin Obaseki, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, winning the September 19 election are high.The Oba made the remark on Monday when the governor led other members of the PDP campaign team on a courtesy visit to the traditional rulers from the various clans at Igarra, the administrative headquarters of Akoko-Edo Local Government Area.Oba Saiki, who expressed concern over electoral violence, urged politicians to eschew violence and en...
Minneapolis police face staffing challenges as violence rises
MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis police are down at least 100 officers since the killing of George Floyd — more than 10% of the force — straining department resources amid a wave of violence and adding extra urgency to the political debate over its future.Over the past two months, 40 cops have resigned, been fired or are in the process of leaving the force, and another 75 have taken a medical leave for post-traumatic stress disorder they say was caused by the riots that followed Floyd’s death. Dozens more are expected to file for leave in the coming months.MPD officials not authorized to speak public...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
The link between narcissism and intimate partner violence manifests itself differently in women and men
New research has uncovered important differences in how narcissism presents itself in women and men, and how these differences are related to intimate partner violence. The findings indicate that a less recognized manifestation of narcissism — known as vulnerable narcissism — is associated with the perpetration of physical, sexual, and psychological abuse among women.The study has been published in Personality and Individual Differences.“We were interested in this topic because narcissism in females is poorly understood due to an overreliance on grandiose features of narcissism indicative of m...
Will the new Iraqi government face the domestic violence epidemic?
The increase in the number of domestic violence cases in Iraq presents a major challenge for the government. Without any legal protection afforded, there are limited avenues for victims to pursue.After months of political deadlock, a new leadership was put in place in Iraq. This is a good opportunity to advance many laws, policies and reforms, with the support of the international community.The Family Violence Protection bill, also known as the domestic violence law, has the potential to save many lives in Iraq and in light of the current pandemic, it has become extremely urgent. The partial l...
French police use 'legitimate violence' says interior minister
Paris (AFP) - France's recently installed interior minister dismissed on Tuesday the term "police violence" and told lawmakers the police exercise "legitimate violence"."When I hear the term 'police violence', personally I choke," said Gerard Darmanin, whose predecessor lost his job three weeks ago after becoming embroiled in a controversy over police use of a restraint method known as a chokehold.Deaths in custody of two men of African origin in separate incidents sparked widespread fury and led Darmanin's predecessor Christophe Castaner to ban police use of the chokehold. But Castaner had to...