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Everything's Not O.K.

’ve thought about death a lot over the past few years.<p>About dying. And what it might be like if I wasn’t around.<p>I’ve struggled a ton since I retired …

Mental Health

In Nairobi’s Largest Slum, These Young Ballerinas Dream Big

Ballet classes offer youth a chance to experience a different side of life.<p>On Wednesday afternoons, after the final bell of the day, a cement-walled classroom in the impoverished Nairobi neighborhood of Kibera is transformed into a ballet studio. The room is cleared of its benches and desks. The …

22 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week

Here are the most moving, sorrowful, and breathtaking pictures from the past week.

How Kids’ Sports Became a $15 Billion Industry

Joey Erace knocks pitch after pitch into the netting of his $15,000 backyard batting cage, the pings from his metal bat filling the air in the south …

New Jersey

‘It’s a Slow Death’: The World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis

Two and a half years of war and a crippling cholera outbreak have brought Yemen to the brink of collapse.

Chicago’s gun violence crisis is also a mental health crisis

Ricky Brown and Ryann Brown, the children of Kimberly Greer, together in 1989. Both Ricky and Ryann were victims of gun violence and Greer says she …

A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof

“What are you?” a member of the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston asked at the trial of the white man who killed eight of her fellow black parishioners and their pastor. “What kind of subhuman miscreant could commit such evil?... What happened to you, Dylann?”<p>Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah spent …

General Hospital

Is America Holding Out on Protecting Children's Rights?

The United States is the only member of the UN that hasn’t agreed on standards for youth well-being.<p>Recently, I asked my 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old students what they thought all children need in order to grow up healthy and strong. They responded readily: Lots and lot of water. Fruits and vegetables. …

Human Rights

D.C. wants to build a new jail — but officials aren’t talking about it

Have you heard that D.C. wants to build a new jail? Probably not.<p>If it were a state, the District would have the highest incarceration rate in the country with the highest incarceration rate in the world. Simply put, the nation’s capital locks up far too many people — at a rate more than six times …

Prison remains a shallow solution

Do I want to get caught with it or without it? That's the tragic and unfortunate question that some people in Chicago's most hazardous neighborhoods ask themselves. Caught with it may mean jail and prison time, without it could mean serious injury or death. The "it" is a handgun.<p>"Increased prison …

University of Chicago

Mother and Son, Separated During South Sudan’s Civil War, Make Contact

One night in May 2015, a group of armed men from the Dinka tribe rampaged a small Nuer village in South Sudan, raping women, thrashing and pillaging homes and executing residents. This attack was one of many violent episodes near the town of Leer at the time. While many hoped that South Sudan’s …

Boko Haram kidnaps 22 girls and women in north-east Nigeria

Attackers loyal to faction headed by Abu Musab Al-Barnawi, son of Boko Haram founder Mohammed Yusuf<p>Boko Haram Islamists have abducted 22 girls and women in two separate raids in north-east Nigeria, residents and vigilantes said.<p>In the first attack on Thursday, the jihadists raided the village of …

10 Tips to Overcome Negative Thoughts: Positive Thinking Made Easy

<b>“See the positive side, the potential, and make an effort.” ~Dalai Lama</b><p>Even though I'm a yoga teacher, I still find it's easy to fall prey to …

Happiness

11 Must-Read Adult Books Out in November

With the craziness that is Halloween now over, it’s time to buckle down on our holiday bucket list (our list is so expansive this year, we’re giving ourselves two whole months to complete it). Along with drinking yummy coffee cocktails, DIYing adorable wreath donuts and splurging our IKEA’s holiday …

Where Even Nightmares Are Classified: Psychiatric Care at Guantánamo

Every day when Lt. Cmdr. Shay Rosecrans crossed into the military detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, she tucked her medical school class ring into her bra, covered the name on her uniform with tape and hid her necklace under her T-shirt, especially if she was wearing a cross.<p>She tried to …

Venezuela, a Failing State

Once the richest country in South America, it now has the world’s highest inflation rate and is plagued by hunger and violent crime. How did this happen?<p>The medical student told me to use his name. He said he didn’t care. “Maduro is a donkey,” he said. “An asshole.” He meant Nicolás Maduro, the …

Revenge of the Forgotten Class

In March, I was driving along a road that led from Dayton, Ohio, into its formerly middle-class, now decidedly working-class southwestern suburbs, …

6 Great National Parks for Fall Hiking

There's no better time of year to get outside.<p>Autumn is the perfect time to visit any of America's national parks, as crowds tend to be at a minimum, the weather is fantastic, and the change of season brings a wash of color to many of these iconic settings. If you're looking to explore a park this …

The village where men are banned

Photograph: Georgina Goodwin for the Observer<p>‘I heard of a women’s community from gossip in my old village’: Seita Lengima, 68.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/8/12/1439378797207/a0139b19-a47b-4df5-80ea-eed02c8c5983-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Georgina Goodwin for …

Female Genital Mutilation

The Crimes of Children

The juvenile justice system was designed to “hide youthful errors from the full gaze of the public.” But the extra penalties attached to these sentences have ruined many lives.<p>Round Rock High School, just north of Austin in the Texas Hill Country, sprawls over 88 acres. It feels like a small …

Ferguson and beyond: how a new civil rights movement began – and won't end

Mike Brown should be alive today. He should be home from his first year at college, visiting friends and enjoying summer as he prepares to return to campus.<p>The movement began one year ago as Brown’s body lay in the street of Canfield Drive here in Ferguson, Missouri, for four and a half hours. It …

Reports: Juvenile Justice System Fails Native Youth

The juvenile justice system is failing Native American youth. That’s what a series of recent reports have shown. In June the Tribal Law and Policy …

Escape From An Eritrean Prison

Eritrea's human rights record has long faced international criticism. Located in the Horn of Africa, the country is home to five million people, but so closed to the outside world that individual stories tend to come almost exclusively from those who have fled.<p>Kidane Isaac was just 18 when he says …