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  • Peace behind barbed wire

    As media ownership converges and technology "unites" us, the concept of national identity grows ever easier to exploit -- and, therefore, I fear, increasingly, and dangerously, simplistic.
  • Alive and bleeding

    Good and evil leap from the headlines: "Egyptian planes pound ISIS in Libya in revenge for mass beheadings of Christians." It's nonstop action for the American public. It's the history of war compressed into a dozen words. It's Fox News, but it could...

    The sociology of dead children

    Experts have put urban violence under the microscope. You might call it the sociology of dead kids. There's a lot less here than meets the eye, or so it seemed when I read about a new study by researchers at Yale called "Tragic, but not random: The...

    War and perpetual adolescence

    The urgency I feel isn't any longer to stop a particular war but to interrupt endless war: to interrupt the narrowly focused geopolitical conversation, conveyed to us over and over by media stenographers, in which lethal intervention -- wherever -- is...

    Healing the criminal justice system

    "It'd be really hard to have a higher recidivism rate than we have in Cook County." Maybe this is the place to start a brief meditation on changing the world, or at least Chicago . . . known to some of its residents as "Chiraq." The speaker is Elena...