from The Great Debate:

Feds can help reform police, but watch out for unintended consequences

By Inimai Chettiar
December 15, 2014

People take part in a protest against Eric Garner grand jury decision in Manhattan in New York

In the aftermath of the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, protesters across the nation are looking to Washington for action and answers. This seems a strange disconnect, however, because policing is regarded as a local matter. The federal government, the public is told, has no jurisdiction over local law enforcement issues.

from Breakingviews:

BNP’s Prot should go

July 1, 2014

By Pierre Briançon

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from India Insight:

New book describes crimes against civilians during Mizo uprising

April 7, 2014

The two-decade-long Mizo rebellion from 1966 to 1986 remains the only conflict in which the Indian government used war planes against its citizens. Few written records exist on the conflict in which the Mizo National Front (MNF) revolted against the government, trying to establish an independent country.

from Photographers' Blog:

Courage in the face of brutality

November 25, 2013

San Salvador, El Salvador

By Ulises Rodriguez

The clock on the wall marked four in the morning. It was a cold and wet Saturday in July, but I was sitting in the warm offices of El Salvador’s Red Cross. Suddenly, the relative calm and silence in the emergency unit was interrupted when the phone rang. The loud noise made me jump. The phone operator said: “What is your name? If you don’t identify yourself, we can’t help you.”

from Photographers' Blog:

Opening a blind eye to femicide

By Jorge Dan Lopez
November 25, 2013

Guatemala City, Guatemala

By Jorge Dan Lopez

Violence and death are always present and tangible in Guatemala. The population seems to accept it as normal, even more so when women are the victims. In many cases, society simply ignores it, sits in silence or turns a blind eye.

from India Insight:

Mumbai police look to Bollywood for image makeover

November 19, 2013

Mumbai's police department has deployed an unusual strategy to revamp its sagging reputation and to counter criticism that it hasn't done a good job at solving crimes against women in the city - it called the biggest game in town and asked for help.

from Photographers' Blog:

The crime of dog kidnapping

August 30, 2013

Mexico City, Mexico

By Edgard Garrido

A woman approached me while I was taking pictures of a leaflet with information on a purebred dog that had gone missing in Parque Mexico. She was on a bike and she had a dog with her whose head easily reached my belly. She asked me if I was doing a story and she introduced herself as Mariam Luzcan “a protector of dogs and a true dog lover”. She was dressed in black and covered with what I suppose was dog hair and lots of dirt, she smelled like dog too. But I liked her so we agreed to meet again in a couple of days and do a story together on missing dogs.

from India Insight:

Photographer gang-raped in Mumbai

August 23, 2013

A 22-year-old photographer was gang-raped by five men in India's financial capital Mumbai on Thursday, evoking comparisons with a similar incident in Delhi in December that led to nationwide protests.

from Photographers' Blog:

Last days in a Siberian prison

By Ilya Naymushin
June 19, 2013

Outside Krasnoyarsk, Russia

By Ilya Naymushin

Boris Kovalyov is not my hero – not at all. I have never understood such people, the way they think, the way they live. But journalists work with all kinds of people, and to me, people in extreme circumstances have always been of particular interest. And so Kovalyov, a non-hero, became the hero of my photo story, which might be called “The Last Ten Days in a Siberian Prison Camp.”

from Full Focus:

Inside Siberia’s prisons

June 19, 2013

Photographer Ilya Naymushin spent time documenting life inside Siberian prisons, including high-security male prison camp number 17, a facility outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk for male inmates who are serving a sentence for the first time and have been convicted for serious crimes. The prisoners work in wood and metal processing shops, manufacture furniture, sew clothes and do other kinds of work. Naymushin also documented the end of 32-year-old Boris Kovalyov's time in high-security male prison camp number 5, for men who have multiple convictions for serious crimes. Kovalyov was sentenced to eight years in a high-security prison camp for drug trafficking, but was released two and a half years early for good behaviour and participation in sports and cultural activities. Read Ilya's personal account here.