Do video games make children violent? Nobody knows – and this is why. In 1976, the driving simulation Death Race was removed from an Illinois amusement park.
There had, according to a news story at the time, been complaints that it encouraged players to run over pedestrians to score points. Through a series of subsequent newspaper reports, the US National Safety Council labelled the game “gross” and motoring groups demanded its removal from distribution. The first moral panic over video game violence had begun. This January, a group of four scholars published a paper analysing the links between playing violent video games at a young age and aggressive behaviour in later life. The titles mentioned in the report are around 15-years-old – one of several troubling ambiguities to be found in the research.
The missing: the eight-year Iraq conflict looms large in Iran. He grips the camera tightly as the driver slows the car along the track.
He’s held a camera many times, but it has never felt rock heavy before. They are outside the city’s wheat and barley silo, but even the car feels reluctant to go forward, the tyres grating against rocks and gravel. He looks left and right as he steps out of the car, then goes inside. The pope should not grant sainthood to a brutal missionary.
Junipero Serra, the Franciscan friar who Pope Francis plans to canonize during his first trip to the United States this week, advocated and oversaw the whipping, beating, flogging and extermination of Native Americans in what is now California.
Afghanistan: how the US army battled it out with the British. American marines and British civilian advisers were waging two wars in the hilly northern half of Helmand province by mid-2010: they were fighting the Taliban – and each other.
The quarrelling among the allies began with the arrival that spring of more marine forces as part of the US surge, but the tension had its roots in the summer of 2006, when British commanders had decided to establish outposts in the districts of Sangin and Musa Qala that the Taliban quickly besieged and nearly overran. Inside one of Brazil's most violent prisons - in pictures. Une armée minimale? Réfléchissons… De nouvelles économies sur la Défense?
Le Ministre veut tailler dans l’armée? Soit, allons-y. Regardons de quoi la Belgique a besoin pour faire face aux menaces actuelles… Une petite capacité d’intervention rapide en Afrique pour nos ressortissants et nos intérêts congolais et de quoi faire face aux « quartiers difficiles » lorsque la pression sociale, l’immigration et le feu attisé par le PS et les syndicats feront sortir l’arsenal planqué par les revenants de Syrie. Compter sur la Police pour régler cette explosion prévisible de la violence est un leurre, le naufrage de la manifestation du 06 novembre a démontré l’incurie des décideurs et l’inadaptation des moyens et du personnel. Alors, taillons !
Ah, que la Belgique serait alors bien en Paix alors, recroquevillée autour de ses intérêts égoïstes et dépensant le « minimum suffisant » cher à Flahaut pour sa sécurité à court terme. Oui, mais voilà, à l’heure actuelle, se cantonner à notre lopin de terre ne suffit pas. Murder capitals of the world: how runaway urban growth fuels violence. It was relatively quiet in San Pedro Sula last month.
There Are Far More People Named Hitler Than You'd Think. A birthday cake for Adolf Hitler Campbell Names are important.
Without one, it’s very hard to buy personalized mugs or introduce yourself to people. However, they can also be a burden. Meet The Nieratkos - Jim Riswold's Hilarious Hitlers. The 10th of February marks the 68th anniversary of Mohandas Ghandi inventing The Master Cleanse Diet and I thought it only reich to revisit some WWII humor.
I know a lot of comedians frown upon Hitler humour for its obviousness and still others harbour some deep-seeded hatred for the man for things he may – or may not – have supposedly done. But me… I just can’t get enough of that STD-riddled tight-ass. 'You don't ever get over it': meet the British soldiers living with post-traumatic stress disorder. It was when Danny Fitzsimons hid in a wheelie bin that his family began to suspect something was wrong.
Danny, 34, had been drunk and abusive at a family event, circling the house and banging on the windows. “Every now and again, the bin lid came up a tiny bit and then went down again,” says his stepmother, Liz. She looks at Fitzsimons’ father, Eric, who has since developed dementia. We are sitting in the living room of their smart bungalow just outside Rochdale; they are both retired, former PE teachers. Grand Theft Auto Pacifist: Intro. Beatings By Dr. Dre. How to Intimidate People: Pro Tips from Drug Dealers, Hostage Negotiators, Bouncers and Drag Queens. (Photo by Bruno Bayley)
Why Are So Many Aboriginal Women Being Murdered in Canada? Photo by Nicky Young In February, the frozen body of 26-year-old Loretta Saunders, a pregnant Inuit woman from Labrador, Canada, was found dumped onto a highway median in New Brunswick. Saunders, a student at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, had been writing her thesis on missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada – in a tragic twist, she became one of the subjects of her own research, the latest in what is estimated to be hundreds of murders and disappearances of indigenous Canadian women.
Just this month, the head of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told reporters that 1,186 aboriginal women had been murdered or went missing over the past 30 years. Meeting the Man Who Cared for Survivors of the Anders Breivik Attacks. Anders Breivik leaving an Oslo courthouse in a police car in 2011 (Photo via)
Le reportage surréaliste de M6 sur un couple paumé parti faire le djihad en Syrie. Une équipe de M6 est tombée sur Anthony, 28 ans et Sabrina, 23 ans à la frontière turco-syrienne. Le couple a quitté la banlieue d’Orléans (Loiret), où il vivait, pour aller faire le djihad en Syrie. Télé, voiture, canapé : ils ont tout vendu en prévision du grand voyage, a priori sans prévenir personne. Avec eux, ils ont embarqué leur enfant de 3 ans, convaincus qu’au milieu des combattants de l’Etat islamique autoproclamé, ce dernier pourrait bénéficier d’une éducation équilibrée.
Sabrina « justifie » (dans le reportage complet à voir ici, à partir de 31’50) : « Si on est partis, c’est pour son bien aussi. Zak Ebrahim: I am the son of a terrorist. Here's how I chose peace. The British women married to jihad. A young woman cheerfully tweets two British friends, “I’m making pancakes, and there’s Nutella, come up in a bit”.
Her friends tease each other in response: “come b4 I finish dem mwhaha :p”; “oi … you have my back dont snake it”. Punctuated with emojis and slang, it’s hardly a sinister exchange, until it becomes clear that all three have joined the Islamic State (Isis) — and are using their social media accounts to encourage other women to join them in Syria. How war changes people. The cover image of My Name is Parvana, one of the books Deborah Ellis has written after spending time with young people in the refugee camps of Afghanistan. Photograph: Deborah Ellis. Slate.com - Timeline Photos. I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on. Whenever I read comments by politicians defending the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Predator and Reaper program – aka drones – I wish I could ask them a few questions.
I'd start with: "How many women and children have you seen incinerated by a Hellfire missile? " And: "How many men have you seen crawl across a field, trying to make it to the nearest compound for help while bleeding out from severed legs? " Or even more pointedly: "How many soldiers have you seen die on the side of a road in Afghanistan because our ever-so-accurate UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] were unable to detect an IED [improvised explosive device] that awaited their convoy? " Voyage au Japon, qui adore Anne Frank mais ignore tout du nazisme. Extrait de « Anne Franck au pays du manga », p.15 (Bourgeau/Les Arènes et Arte Editions)
7 Nelson Mandela Quotes You Probably Won't See In The U.S. Media. Challenging militarized masculinities. It is not that ‘masculinity’ generates war, as the question has been put, but rather that the process of militarization both draws on and exaggerates the bipolarization of gender identities in extremis, says Amina Mama Militarism and heteronormative gender identities are co-constitutive. It is not that ‘masculinity’ generates war, as the question has been put, but rather that the process of militarization both draws on and exaggerates the bipolarization of gender identities in extremis.
Walled world: How walls are springing up to divide populations everywhere. Nazi anatomy history: The origins of conservatives’ anti-abortion claims that rape can’t cause pregnancy. In 1941, Charlotte Pommer graduated from medical school at the University of Berlin and went to work for Hermann Stieve, head of the school’s Institute of Anatomy. Viol : des femmes brandissent les mots de leur agresseur. Dire que l’on a été violé reste un tabou (seule une victime sur neuf porterait plainte) mais sur Internet, la parole des femmes agressées ne cesse de se libérer. En France, on a beaucoup parlé de Je connais un violeur, le Tumblr qui regroupe des témoignages de femmes violées et entend donner une image plus réelle des agresseurs.
Des drames « banals » Outre-Atlantique, c’est le projet « Unbreakable » (incassable, en français) qui fait parler de lui. Il a été lancé en 2011 par Grace Brown, une photographe de 21 ans. Sur le site du projet, elle raconte : Girls going wild in red light district. Can we end rape as tool of war? Why does Norway have a 21-year maximum prison sentence? Sexualité en prison : « On les réduit à des bêtes, puis on les lâche » Détenus dans leur cellule a la prison de Luynes, en 2008 (NICOLAS JOSE/SIPA) America is a Violent Country. Oscar Pistorius shooting: Why is gun violence so common in South Africa?