from The Great Debate:

The ‘No Shoot Zone’ where bullets are still flying

December 31, 2015


Chris Corbett for Reuters

Driving across West Baltimore recently, I got stuck at an intersection behind a slow-moving truck. After sitting through two cycles at the traffic signal, I inched my car forward to see what was blocking the way. Normally, trucks are delivering beer to liquor stores in this neighborhood. But on that unseasonably warm late fall day, the truck was bringing something that is always in demand in Charm City -- caskets.

from India Insight:

Movie Review: Talvar

October 1, 2015

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

In their pre-release interviews, the makers of "Talvar" have emphasized a point over and over again - that their film is an impartial attempt at reconstructing the murder of a teenager and a servant in suburban Delhi.

from India Insight:

Bollywood’s ‘Talvar’ does a ‘Rashomon’ on Aarushi murder case

September 16, 2015


One of India's most sensational murder cases is at the centre of a new Bollywood film that attempts to deconstruct a crime that transfixed the country and dominated headlines for weeks.

from Full Focus:

Favelas in arms

May 2, 2013


Photographer Lunae Parracho traveled to Salvador, one of Brazil's main tourist destinations and a 2014 World Cup host city, that has suffered from an unprecedented wave of violence with an increase of over 250% in the murder rate, according to the Brazilian Center for Latin American Studies (CEBELA).Lunae documented a police patrol through the slums and high-tec police training, made portraits of drug gang members posing with their weapons, covered the homicide squad and photographed victims of gun violence. Read Lunae's personal account here.

from Full Focus:

Shot in the murder capital

April 5, 2013


Photographer Jorge Cabrera spent time on patrol with local police in San Pedro Sula, which was named the world's most violent city for a second year in a row, as they arrived at the crime scenes of victims of gun violence. Jorge documented the city's busy emergency room and visited the morgue. San Pedro Sula, the country's second largest city after Tegucigalpa, has a homicide rate of 169 per 100,000 people. Lax laws allow civilians to own up to five personal guns, and arms trafficking has flooded the country with nearly 70% illegal firearms. Read Jorge's personal account here.

from Photographers' Blog:

Life and death in the murder capital

April 5, 2013


San Pedro Sula, Honduras

By Jorge Cabrera

“Come in if you would like to and try to leave when you still can.”

Some weeks ago, I went to cover a soccer match in San Pedro Sula, considered the industrial capital of Honduras. It also bears the less honorable title of being the most dangerous and violent city in the world.

from Photographers' Blog:

Where the people rule

September 20, 2012


By Jorge Dan Lopez

I was listening to the alarmed voice of a radio commentator. Once I realized what he was talking about, I began to worry about how long it would take me to get to the location.

from Photographers' Blog:

Repressed fear in a transgendered world

March 16, 2011

“Even Obama cares about us! The last time a gay leader was assassinated in Uganda, Obama asked [President] Pepe [Lobo] to protect us and investigate the crimes against us in Honduras,” says Bessy, a 31 year-old transsexual who does volunteer social work with the homosexual community during the day. For the last 11 years, Bessy has also been working nights as a prostitute on the streets.

from FaithWorld:

Grief-stricken Pakistani Christians bury slain cabinet minister

March 4, 2011

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(People gather near the casket of Pakistan's Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti after a funeral ceremony inside a church in Islamabad March 4, 2011/Faisal Mahmood)

from FaithWorld:

Pakistan media warn of growing chaos after Christian minister slain

March 3, 2011

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(Christians protest in Hyderabad against the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, March 3, 2011/Akram Shahid )