Conflict and Violence

Why celebrate National Crime Victims Rights Week?

Last year in Johnstown a man left work after arguing with his boss, stopped for a few drinks, then drove home in a foul mood.
When he found his wife outside playing with the children, instead of making dinner, he flew into a rage. As the children watched in horror, he threw his wife to the ground, punched her, kicked her, spat upon her, and when she tried to get up, twisted and fractured her arm.
It was the fifth and most severe attack in three months.

How Afraid Should We Be? by Chet Richards

John Robb, author of Brave New War, appears to take issue with my injunction to stop being afraid of our own shadows when it comes to attack by terrorism:

Fred Leland on 1380 WNRI Career Life Balance Radio with Host Coach DQ Discussing Workplace Violence

Learn what you can do to recognize signs of danger in the workplace

Something a little different from our regular programming, yet an important topic to cover because you can never be too aware!  Unfortunately, it happens almost every day: a disgruntled employee walks into the workplace and starts shooting.  How can this be prevented?  What are the signs? What can business leaders do to avert disaster?

What Have We Learned From the Columbine Shooting? Anything? by John Byrnes

A great white paper from John Byrnes of Aggression Management Solutions and author of the book Before Conflict Preventing Aggressive Behavior and many articles on the topic of violence and its prevention. Read on!

Fred 

Non State Authoritarian Movements: The Mentoring Challenge By Hakim Hazim Founder of Relevant Now

“I’m more willing to come out when I get my message from my commander.” David Koresh

Raw Data: Past Deadly U.S. Mass Shootings

A gunman walked into an immigration services center in downtown Binghamton, N.Y. on Friday, killing an unknown number of people, wounding at least six, and taking as many as 41 hostage. Here is a glance at some of the worst U.S. mass shootings in recent years:

— March 29, 2009: Robert Stewart, 45, shot and killed eight people at Pinelake Health and Rehab in Carthage, N.C. before a police officer shot him and ended the rampage.

Post-Columbine programs help prevent rampages

By Marilyn Elias, USA TODAY

Even as experts agree there's no certain way to prevent another Columbine, researchers are discovering how schools can minimize violence, and a rising number have launched programs to head off shootings.

Jeff Daniels, a counseling psychologist at West Virginia University, has studied schools that foiled rampage killings. They share a few key qualities:

Police accountability expert discusses Dallas incident

By Samuel Walker and Nicole Stockdale
Dallas Morning News

DALLAS — Dallas police Officer Robert Powell made national headlines after his traffic stop of NFL player Ryan Moats outside a hospital where his mother-in-law was dying. Powell resigned Wednesday, but the story isn't over in Dallas, where the Police Department's internal investigation continues and public outrage refuses to quell.

Q+A - Who are the Somali pirates?

By Andrew Cawthorne

NAIROBI (Reuters) - It took the capture and rescue five days later of an American hostage to draw world attention back to the long-running phenomenon of Somali piracy.

The pirates also grabbed headlines last year for the world's largest sea hijack -- a Saudi supertanker carrying oil worth $100 million -- and the seizure of a Ukrainian ship with a huge military cargo including 33 tanks.

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