When Evil Walks Among Us

By Steven Worth In his book “People of the Lie,” the late psychiatrist Scott Peck addressed the question of evil. Surprisingly for a psychiatrist trained as a doctor in the latest scientific techniques of treating people who are suffering, Peck observes there is such a thing as pure evil that has no cause and no…

Poverty, Powder Kegs, and Stereotypes

By Diana Skelton (France) Have you ever heard it said that “poverty is a powder keg”? That image has been used by leaders like Bill Clinton and Desmond Tutu in an attempt to spur society to overcome poverty — a worthy goal. But unfortunately that same image feeds the stereotype of the poor as violent,…

Advocating for Better Humanitarian Aid

By Diana Skelton (France) The United Nations is planning a World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) — scheduled for May 2016 in Istanbul — in order to improve the effectiveness of aid to victims of both armed conflicts and natural disasters. Because the world population has continued to grow, the areas affected by natural disasters are more…

Time and Tide — and Twitter Trends — Wait for None

By Diana Skelton (France) The oppressed have been silenced and unheard for as long as oppression has existed. But the rapid changes in communications in recent years are transforming the nature of what it means to be unheard. Before social media, public discourse about poverty and injustice remained highly controlled: by publishing magnates, professional lobbyists,…