Violence

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Addressing the Violence: My Roadmap to Peace
El Sarraj, Eyad
Article
2007
In order for peace to set sail there should be some guiding principles. The most important is equality. This is not to say that the conflict is between two equals. Overwhelming Israeli power and uncon...
Alternative Press Annual 1983, The
Case, Patricia (ed)
Book
1984
Alternative Press Annual 1984, The
Case, Patricia (ed)
Book
The Amazon: Thirst for justice: New Internationalist May 1991
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1991
A look at the people who inhabit the Amazon rainforest, mainly focused on Brazil. Discussion of how the locals manage their environment and why many are migrating to urban centres.
The Anarchists: The men who shocked an era
Kedward, Roderick
Book
1971
The history and ideology of anarchism.
Another world is possible if...
George, Susan
Book
2004
Susan George suggests that we can create a new and better world -- if we act together to bring about changes. She discusses the ifs and hows.
Avenge But One of My Two Eyes
Mograbi, Avi (director)
Film/Video
2006
Israeli director Avi Mograbi documents what he calls the "culture of death" in the psychology of Israel the occupier.
Buda's Wagon: A Brief History of the Car Bomb
Davis, Mike
Book
2007
Mike Davis traces the car bomb's worldwide use and development. In his analysis, he also exposes the role of state intelligence agencies - particularly those of the United States, Israel, India, and P...
Call Me Kuchu
Zouhall-Worrall, Malika; Fairfax, Katherine
Film/Video
2012
In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato - Uganda's first openly gay man - and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the legislation while ...
Canada, Politics and Direct Action
Article
1983
Editorial regarding activities of group calling itself 'Direct Action'.
The Challenge to Violence: New Internationalist August 2005 - #381
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2005
Stories which explain the power of nonviolent actions and how they have made a difference in the world.
The Chicago Anarchists
Aveling, Eleanor Marx; Aveling, Edward
Article
1887
The working-class are up in arms about this matter. Anarchist, Socialist, anti-Anarchist, anti-Socialist alike are astonished, indignant, thoroughly aroused. Everywhere, except in Chicago, meetings ar...
A climate of fear endangers press freedom
Article
2009
Today, the greatest threats to freedom of the press are more insidious than a generation ago because they are intended to induce a climate of fear and self-censorship through systematic violence and e...
Color of Violence : The INCITE! Anthology
INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence (ed.)
Book
2006
An anthology of critical writings demanding that we address violence against women of color in all its forms, including interpersonal violence, such as sexual and domestic violence, and state violence...
Columbia's Paramilitary Politics: Against The Current vol. 135
Gill, Lesley
Article
2008
In a surprise move in the early morning of May 13th, Colombian President Álvaro Uríbe announced the extradition of fourteen top paramilitary leaders to the United States, where they are charged with c...
Critique of Nonviolent Politics: From Mahatma Gandhi to the Anti-Nuclear Movement
Ryan, Howard
Book
1984
Ryan accepts that sometimes nonviolence can be effective, but says that sometimes it is not: "a principled insistence on nonviolence can in some circumstances be dangerous to progressive social moveme...
Dances with Guilt: Looking at Men Looking at Violence
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1991
Why are some men violent?
The Deceptive Use of the Phrase "Peaceful Protests" in Venezuela
Ellner, Steve
Article
2014
The Venezuelan opposition and much of the media use the term "peaceful protests" to distinguish gatherings of protesting students and other young people from the more violent actions.
Designing Pacifist Films
Goodman, Paul
Article
1961
Disaster and Mental Health: The Palestinian Experience
El Sarraj, Eyad; Qouta, Samir
Article
2005
The continuing Israeli military occupation of Gaza is the cause of deep and widespread trauma for Palestinian children and adults.
Diversity of Tactics and Democracy
Lakey, George
Article
2002
To me, a strategy isn't democratic if it intrinsically alienates the majority of oppressed people and shuts the door to their participation. A strategy isn't democratic if it drives away the working c...
Drawing the Line: The Political Essays of Paul Goodman
Goodman, Paul; (edited by Stoehr, Taylor)
Book
1977
Goodman stresses that massive, uncentered governments and huge, sprawling communities alientate the individual and force people to conform to the status quo rather than to what they are or might becom...
The Everyday Activist: 365 Ways to Change the World
Horton, Michael
Book
2006
A positive, practical guide to healing the world - one day at a time. Packed with ideas and facts from leading campaign organizations, this handbook shows how the smallest actions can make a differenc...
Fighting for Hope: Organizing to Realize Our Dreams
Kuyek, Joan Newman
Book
1990
Detailed information and advice on how to organize a group for social change.
For Reasons of State
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1973
Essays in which Chomsky analyzes the role of the American state and discusses some of the ways in which individuals can respond to its growing power.
The futility of activism using violence as catharsis
Davidson-Harden, Adam
Article
2010
The anarchist practitioners of violence are fundamentally elitist. They do violence because it makes them feel good, and they don't care about the fact that it undermines the real work for social chan...
Gandhi's Truth: On the origins of militant nonviolence
Erikson, Erik H.
Book
1969
An examination of the life, vision, and actions of Mohandas Gandhi.
Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite
Levine, Bruce E.
Book
2011
Levine offers insights into the epidemic of political passivity in America and analyzes how major U.S. institutions have created helplessness and fatalism. He proposes ways of recovering dignity, ener...
Hebron Activist Who Died of Tear Gas Showed Israel's Crimes to the World
Beiler, Ryan Roderick
Article
2015
Hebron resident and anti-occupation activist Hashem al-Azzeh died Wednesday after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli forces.
Helping Teens Stop Violence: A Practical Guide for Parents, Counselors and Educators
Creighton, Paul; Kivel, Paul
Book
Practical workshops to show teens how to stop the violence in their lives.
Herman's House
Bhalla, Angad Singh
Film/Video
2012
'What kind of house does a man who has been imprisoned in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell for over 30 years dream of?' This film captures the remarkable creative journey and friendship of Herman Wallace,...
History of union busting in the United States: Connexipedia Article
Article
Union Busting is a term used by labor organizations and trade unions to describe the activities that may be undertaken by employers, their proxies, workers and in certain instances states and governme...
How Islamist gangs use internet to track, torture and kill Iraqi gays
Sarhan Afif, Burke Jason
Article
2009
Iraqi militias infiltrate internet gay chatrooms to hunt their quarry and hundreds are feared to be victims.
How they shot those campus bums: Review of The Truth About Kent State
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1973
How Ohio National Guard troops out to "get" campus radicals and teach them "what law and order is all about" shot down students at Kent State University on May 4, 1970, killing four and wounding nine ...
The Illegals
Serge, Victor
Article
1908
For the anarchist, if he doesn't care about bourgeois legality and honesty, must above all aim at preserving himself as long as possible for action and realizing to the greatest extent possible for hi...
In Defence of the Terror: Liberty or Death in the French Revolution
Wahnich, Sophie
Book
2012
A discussion about the causes and consequences of revolutionary violence, with the premise that dismissive disgust at bloodshed is an overly simplistic response.
In the name of GOD The abuses of religion: New Internationalist August 2004
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2004
Discusses the relationship between religion. The role of religion within political issues.
Inventing Reality: The Politics of News Media
Parenti, Michael
Book
1993
Parenti sets out to demonstrate how the news media distort important aspects of social and political life and why they do.
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume I: State and Bureaucracy
Draper, Hal
Book
1977
A wide-ranging and thorough exposition of Marx's views on democracy.
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume II: The Politics of Social Classes
Draper, Hal
Book
1978
Draper ranges through the development of the thought of Marx and Engels on the role of classes in society.
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume III: The Dictatorship of the Proletariat
Draper, Hal
Book
1986
Hal Draper examines how Marx and Marxism dealt with the issue of dictatorship in relation to the revolutionary use of force and repression, particularly as this debate has centered on the use of the t...
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Herman, Edward S.; Chomsky, Noam
Book
1988
Contrary to the usual image of the press and cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitious in its search for truth, Herman and Chomsky depict how an underlying elite consensus largely structures all facets...
Men's Work: How to Stop the Violence that Tears Our Lives Apart
Kivel, Paul
Book
1992
Helps men understand the spectrum of male violence and contains helpful exercises so they can make alternatives to violence.
Moral Panic: Biopolitics Rising
Fekete, John
Book
1994
Biopolitics, politics based on the grievances of sex and race, is said to distort facts especially with respect to violence against women.
My Freedom, Your Freedom
Naecke, Diana
Film/Video
2012
Knowing nothing but drugs and violence since childhood, Kuebra and Salema have spent their adult years in and out of a Berlin prison, their experiences calling into question the effectiveness of incar...
Neither Victims nor Executioners
Camus, Albert
Book
1946
A new edition of this 1946 classic points the way toward a new ethic of responsibility in coping with the twin threads of contemporary warfare and our moral culpability in political violence.
The No-Nonsense Guide to Terrorism
Barker, Jonathan
Book
2003
An in-depth look at the nature of terrorism that discusses questioning terrorism, assessing it, the difference between state terrorism and group terrorism, morality and history, and war and politics.
On Revolution
Arendt, Hannah
Book
1963
Arendt examines the American, French, and Russian revolutions and draws conclusions about the meaning of revolution.
Paul Goodman: Writing on the Web
Website
Writings of the social critic Paul Goodman.
Power and Terror: Conflict, Hegemony, and the Rule of Force
Chomsky, Noam
Book
2011
This updated and revised edition explores the dynamics of power relationships and international negotiations, and the use of terror between the Western countries and the nations of the Middle East in ...
The Power of Nonsense
Johnson, Alan
Article
2011
Slavoj Žižek's diagnosis of late capitalism is of genuine interest. His remedies, however -- dictatorship and terror -- are a disgrace.
Professor's Work Shows People Power Trumps Violence
Gustafsson, Jenny
Article
2012
Erica Chenoweth’s research is taking the bang out of armed struggles.
The Psychology of Political Violence
Goldman, Emma
Article
1917
Compared with the wholesale violence of capital and government, political acts of violence are but a drop in the ocean. That so few resist is the strongest proof how terrible must be the conflict betw...
A Record of Resistance: Against The Current vol. 121
Feeley, Dianne
Article
2006
Here is a stunning book, filled with photographs that record the suffering and strength of the indigenous population in the Guatemalan countryside over the past 15 years. In short essays and photos Ou...
Red Emma Speaks: Selected Writings and Speeches by Emma Goldman
Goldman, Emma (edited by Shulman, Alix Kates)
Book
1972
A collection of essays which provide a comprehensive view of Emma Goldman's theories and beliefs.
Reflections on a violent day in Ottawa
Behrens, Matthew
Article
2014
After a long day focused on these gripping events in the nation's capital, I have to wonder if this direct experience of fear and trauma will force us to examine our own addiction to violence as the s...
Relentless Persistence: Nonviolent Action in Latin America
McManus, Philip and Schlabach, Gerald (ed.)
Book
1991
There is in Latin America a tradition of "firmeza permanente," relentless persistence, which has enabled the people to preserve parts of their culture during five centuries of conquest and oppression.
Reporting Gender Based Violence: A Handbook for Journalists
Article
2009
Violence Against Women has presented particular challenges to the media and to society because of the way it has been consigned to the "private" sphere -- dampening public discussion and stifling medi...
The Role of Force in History
Engels, Friedrich
Book
1887
Salvadoran Women Respond to Violence with Community Service, Music, and Individual Efforts
Domenech, Rocio Perez; Mulholland, Lindsey
Article
2016
Outside of the peace negotiations that resound in the media and governmental organizations, one of the strongest solutions to the scourge of gang violence in El Salvador has come from individual initi...
Selective Sympathy: War's Mayhem and Murder is Somehow Less Hard to Bear than the Humane Termination of an Injured Animal
Lindorff, Dave
Article
2011
How strange that we as human beings can be so sensitive and warm-hearted about an animal, and yet can be so detached from reality and so compartmentalized in our emotions and our moral sense that we c...
The Seventh Fire: The Struggle for Aboriginal Government
Smith, Dan
Book
1993
Describes the struggles of aboriginal people to run their own affairs.
The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage
Gitlin, Todd
Book
1987
One of the best books on the Sixties in the U.S., bringing to life the political and cultural currents, including especially the music, which raged during that decade, and setting them in historical c...
The Social Organization of Family Violence: An Ethnography of Immigrant Experience in Vancouver
Article
1978
This study examines the social organization of wife battering among immigrant families in Vancouver. The focus is immigrant women's experience of being battered, and how this experience is located wit...
The Socialist Register 1975: Volume 12: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1975
State-Sponsored Violence Against Women: Against The Current vol. 121
Cervera, Julia Perez
Article
2006
The words of Latin American women continue to have no value to those who legislate, govern and administer justice. The permissiveness and omissions of state laws, institutions and functionaries in res...
Strike!: The True History of Mass Insurgence from 1877 to the Present
Brecher, Jeremy
Book
1972
A history-from-below that brings to light strikes as authentic revolutionary movements against the establishments of state, capital, and trade unionism.
Strikebreaker: Connexipedia Article
Article
A strikebreaker or scab is a person who works despite an ongoing strike. Strikebreakers are usually individuals who are not employed by the company prior to the trade union dispute, but rather hired p...
Student Power and the Canadian Campus
Reid, Tim; Reid, Julyan
Book
1969
A collection of articles about student activism in Canada in the lates 1960s.
The Tactical Utility of Violence
Kolhoff, Mike
Article
2010
What place does violence have in the struggle to overthrow the capitalist system? What place does it have in any struggle? Is the current definition of violence as accepted by the ruling regime and th...
"The Term has Become Meaningless to Me": on Violence, Social Change, and Nonviolent Communication
Ben-Abba, Amitai
Article
2016
Violence means different things to different people. While some people find it important to show their opposition to acts like touching someone against their will or supporting an oppressive regime, o...
They Are Still Killing Trade Union Leaders: Global Capital's Death Squads and Night-Riders
Macaray, David
Article
2012
Question: So what happens these days in developing countries when a prominent, charismatic union activist - with the courage to stand up to sinister, government-supported business groups who have, on ...
Throwing Out the Master's Tools and Building a Better House: Thoughts on the Importance of Nonviolence in the Occupy Revolution
Solnit, Rebecca
Article
2011
Diversity of tactics does not mean that anything goes and that democratic decision-making doesn't apply. If you want to be part of a movement, treat the others with respect; don't spring unwanted surp...
Toronto Before the G20: A History of Violence
Kheraj, Sean
Article
2010
The notion that Toronto is “a city with little history of violent protests” is laughable. Newspapers across North America have spent more than a century reporting on eruptions of violence and protest ...
Uncivil Obedience: The Tactics and Tales of a Democratic Agitator
Borovoy, A. Alan
Book
1991
How to push for social change without breaking the law.
Uncovering the Sixties: Life and Times of the Undergound Press
Peck, Abe
Book
1985
A book about the Sixties and how they were recorded by radical participants. It traces how movements and communities convinced that their news did not fit into the agenda of mainstream media covered t...
Union busting: Connexipedia Article
Article
A wide range of activities undertaken by employers, their proxies, and governments, which hinder workers from freely organizing, joining and maintaining trade unions.
Utopian Essays and Practical Proposals
Goodman, Paul
Book
1951
Whatever the subject, Goodman asks: What blocks and limits human freedom, joy, and creativity? What tends to release, free, liberate? In criticizing society and life his purpose is to improve. Goodman...
Violence and the Newspaper Strike
Bernick, Thomas
Article
1997
To those who still allow their anti-union biases and their exposure to employer misinformation to cloud their perception of reality, I would pose the following question: If the employer and its suppor...
Violence Today: Actually Existing Barbarism
Panich, Leo; Leys, Colin (eds.)
Book
2008
Looks at violence in many contexts: violence by men against women, violence by the state in inner cities, prisons, politically motivated violence and terror and the superabundance of weapons. Reflecti...
The Wall, Apartheid and Mandela: Will the Wall Bring Down Israel?
Harley, Peter
Article
2007
During his years of struggle in South Africa, Nelson Mandela offered ideas worth examining closely, especially when considering that he and his followers defeated the very condition that Palestinians ...
We are everywhere: The irresistable rise of global anticapitalism
Notes from Nowhere Collective
Book
2003
Global voices presenting alternative visions of democracy.
Weatherman
Jacobs, Harold
Book
1971
A history of the Weatherman organization.
Web of Hate: Inside Canada's Far Right Network
Kinsella, Warren
Book
1994
Kinsella asserts that some 40 groups are more dangerous than commonly perceived because of their violence and aggressive recruitment.
What Makes a Protest Violent?
Jacobs, Ron
Article
2013
The conversation about protest violence has changed but the essential reality remains: the State and its enforcers (public and private) determine what acceptable violence is and what isn’t. This deter...
When Hate Groups Come to Town: A Handbook of Model Community Responses
Williams, Randall; Wells, Lyn (eds.)
Article
1986
A handbook for dealing with hate groups in communities across North America, dealing with the nature of such groups and how they work and how communities can band together to combat them.
Who Cares?
Dransfeld, Rosie
Film/Video
2012
Rosie Dranfeld captures the gritty and dangerous world of Edmonton's sex-trade workers. In this post-Pickton era where the unthinkable is now a gruesome reality, women voluntarily provide police with...
The Whole World Stopped Watching: "Diversity of Tactics", Repression, and the RNC protests in St. Paul, Minnesota (Part I)
Duhamel, Phillippe
Article
2008
I must engage those of my activist friends who believe in the "Diversity of Tactics" framework, the now established modus operandi of summit and convention protests. I have come to believe a sorry rec...
Winter Soldier 2008: Against The Current vol. 134
Franco, Nate; Feeley, Dianne
Article
2008
More than 250 veterans and military families gathered from March 13-15 outside Washington, DC for the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) Winter Soldier Investigation: Iraq and Afghanistan. Videos of...
Wobblies & Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical Theory
Lynd, Staughton; Grubacic, Andrej
Book
2008
Wobblies and Zapatistas offers readers an encounter between two generations and two traditions. Staughton Lynd and Andrej Grubacic meet in dialogue in an effort to bring together the anarchist and Mar...
Women's rights: What have men got to do with it?: New Internationalist November 2004
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2004
A look at the relations between men and women dealing with equality.

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AK Press
AK Press is a worker-run collective that publishes and distributes radical books, visual and audio media, and other mind-altering material. We're small: a dozen people who work long hours for short mo...
Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
Established in 1960, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) is a non-partisan Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) comprised of a network of diverse women with consultative status at the United Nation...
Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade
COAT is a national network of individuals and organizations in Canada that began in late 1988 to organize opposition to ARMX '89, which was the country's largest weapons bazaar. COAT has continued to ...
Family Pastimes
Designing, making and distributing non-violent games as a positive alternative to war games and toys.
METRAC (The Metro Action Committee on Public Violence )
Promotes the rights of women and children to live free from violence and threats of violence.
Ontario Public Health Association
To enhance the health of all the people of Ontario and to eliminate all preventable health problems.
Peace Magazine
Bimonthly publication focusing on peace and justice from a multi-partisan perspective.
White Ribbon Campaign
A campaign that encourages men to wear a white ribbon on December 6 to remember the Montreal massacre and to show their opposition to all types of violence by men against women.

Sources Experts & Spokespersons

Central American Integration System
Central American Integration System (Spanish: Sistema de la Integraci¢n Centroamericana; SICA) is an intergovernmental organization of Central American states. It has a standing invitation to participate as observer in the session...
International Development Law Organization
IDLO is an international intergovernmental organization dedicated to promoting the rule of law and good governance in developing countries, countries in economic transition and in those emerging from armed conflict. We pursue ou...

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The City in History
Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects
Mumford, Lewis
1961
Beginning with an interpretation of the origin and nature of the city, Mumford follows the city's development from Egypt and Mesopotamia through Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages to the modern world.
English Defence League: new wave of extremists plotting summer of unrest
Growth of anti-Muslim group raises fears of street violence
Taylor, Matthew
2010
A profile of the supporters and the protests of the English Defence League, a right wing anti-Islam group of mostly white, young British men, many of them mobilized through their soccer clubs.
IFJ Marks 'End of Deadly Decade' With Report on Journalists and Media Staff Killed in 2009
Sources News Release
2010
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today issued its report on journalists and media workers who died in the exercise of journalism in 2009. The report provides detailed information of m...
IPS Africa Launches Reporting Gender-Based Violence Handbook
Sources News Release
2010
Inter Press Service (IPS) Africa has launched a new handbook for reporters to support sustained media coverage of gender-based violence beyond 16 Days of No Violence Against Women and Children.
Mental Illness Doesn't Explain Mass Violence -- but Neither Does 'Islamic Extremism'
Naureckas, Jim
2015
With the latest mass shooting in Chattanooga, corporate media followed the usual pattern of being ready and willing to label violence as "terrorism" so long as the suspect is Muslim.
Press freedom activist badly beaten in Colombo, hospitalised
Sources News Release
2009
Reporters Without Borders is outraged by an assault on Poddala Jayantha, the secretary-general of the Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association (SLWJA), the country's leading journalists organisation.
Riding the rail
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Riding the rail (also called running out of town on a rail) was a punishment in Colonial America in which a man (rarely a woman) was made to straddle a fence rail (usually the triangular split-rail ra...
2009 Leaves One of Worst Records for Targeted Killings of Journalists, Says IFJ
Sources News Release
2009
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called for more action from governments and the United Nations to protect media as it announced a grim total of 137 journalists and media person...
The unrecognised truth behind that 'spontaneous' Belfast riot
Violence was planned by manipulative, self-interested individuals
McDonald, Henry
2011
An analysis of sectarian violence in Belfast between the loyalists and republicans and the international media coverage of this violence, which often frames it as political.
Violence Topic Index in Sources Directory of Experts
Spokespersons, Experts, and Resources
A subject guide to experts and spokespersons on topics related to violence in the Sources directory for the media.
Why anger is all the rage
The internet has made critics of us all. But why do so many commenters exploit the anonymity of chatrooms to promote hatred.
Adams, Tim
2011
Anonymity in the online community has its proponents and detractors, the author interviews the founder of wikipedia and a facebook employee about the importance of moderation in social media. He comes...