from The Great Debate:

The scientific explanation of why people kill each other over TVs on Black Friday

By Laurence Ashworth
November 23, 2014

Shoppers rush for televisions at a Target store in Chicago

What causes people to kick, shove and even stab each other on Black Friday?

Each year there are reports of violence during the Black Friday sales. Last year, in Philadelphia – the City of Brotherly Love, no less – two families fought until one of the women ended matters with a stun gun. In a New Jersey Walmart, a belligerent shopper had to be pepper sprayed by police. And in Virginia, one man slashed another with a knife in an argument over a parking spot. This year, there are sure to be similar cases.

from Photographers' Blog:

Beneath the rubble

By Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
August 7, 2014

Rafah, Gaza

By Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

I was at a house with my colleagues monitoring the situation in Rafah, when I heard two huge explosions. The shout went up: "A hit by Israeli F16!"

from The Human Impact:

Burmese journalist beseeches brethren: Stop with the Muslim hate speech

March 19, 2014

The slight, soft-spoken woman onstage called on the media and the rest of the country to let go of narrow-minded nationalism.

from The Human Impact:

Bullied, ridiculed, ignored, Asia transgenders step up fight for rights

March 5, 2014

Natt Kraipet grew up knowing she was a woman in a man’s body. She didn’t like wearing the compulsory school uniform for boys in Thailand and spent her school days being bullied by her peers.

from Photographers' Blog:

In Caracas – The business of death

February 20, 2014

Caracas, Venezuela

By Carlos Garcia Rawlins

As a photographer I’ve been present at many funerals and I’ve often found myself, in one way or another, surrounded by death and all that it entails.

from Photographers' Blog:

In a spiral of violence

By Siegfried Modola
February 14, 2014

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

Bangui, Central African Republic

By Siegfried Modola

I landed in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, for what was going to be the most intense four weeks of my career. I would be covering a sectarian conflict that has left thousands dead and around a million people displaced.

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 Photographers' Blog:

Witnessing the Nairobi mall massacre

September 23, 2013

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

Nairobi, Kenya

By Goran Tomasevic

(Editor's Note: Goran Tomasevic is a veteran war photographer, covering conflict for over 20 years in countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria. As Reuters chief photographer for East Africa, Goran is now based in Nairobi, Kenya. This is his story of the attack on the Westgate shopping center on September 21, 2013.)

from Full Focus:

Westgate mall massacre: Goran Tomasevic

September 23, 2013

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

Photographer Goran Tomasevic went inside Nairobi's Westgate shopping center as gunmen from Somalia's al Shabaab group killed dozens of mall goers. Read Goran's personal account of what he witnessed here.