March 10, 2014 |
Victims of bullying were more than twice as likely as other kids to contemplate suicide and about 2.5 times as likely to try to kill themselves, according to a new study that quantifies the emotional effects of being teased, harassed, beaten up or otherwise harmed by one's peers. Children and teens who were taunted by cyberbullies were especially vulnerable -- they were about three times as likely than other kids to have suicidal thoughts, the study found. The findings, published online Monday by the journal JAMA Pediatrics, puts the lie to the old adage about sticks and stones.
March 6, 2014 |
In "Bethlehem," Israel's submission to the recent Academy Awards for the foreign language Oscar, first-time filmmaker Yuval Adler views entrenched political tensions through the template of a police procedural. Focusing on an Israeli intelligence agent and one of his Palestinian informants, the movie has the taut efficiency of a well-constructed crime thriller, while its real-world underpinnings play out with a less convincing sense of urgency. Tsahi Halevy carries himself with a mournful, in-over-his-head demeanor as Razi, an officer in Israel's secret service who's trying to prevent an impending suicide bombing in Jerusalem.
February 24, 2014 |
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A suspected suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives outside the Iranian consulate in an upmarket section of this northwestern city Monday evening, killing two Pakistani paramilitary soldiers and wounding 10 people, officials said. The latest violence to rock Peshawar came when the vehicle was stopped by soldiers outside the consulate in the University Town district, which houses offices of the United Nations and international aid agencies. The blast occurred outside tents belonging to members of Pakistan's paramilitary Frontier Corps, who were guarding the consulate, officials said.
February 21, 2014 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - A suicide car bomber attacked the Somali presidential palace in Mogadishu on Friday, triggering a massive explosion, before about 10 heavily armed gunmen jumped out of two more vehicles and opened fire. Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamed, whose residence and office is in the presidential palace compound, known as Villa Somalia, was unharmed. Al Shabab, the Al Qaeda-linked Somali terror group that carried out last year's attack on a shopping mall in Kenya, claimed responsibility for the attack, Reuters reported.
February 14, 2014 |
Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin contemplated suicide twice in 2013, according to the report released Friday by independent investigator Ted Wells. The Wells report, in the works since November, identifies Dolphins offensive linemen Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey as the perpetrators of systematic harassment and bullying of Martin and others. The report said Martin developed “an odd but seemingly close” friendship with Incognito, and participated in off-color jokes to fit in. According to a psychologist retained by Wells, such behavior “is consistent with the behavior of a victim of abusive treatment.” Martin walked away from the Dolphins midway through the season, and Incognito was subsequently suspended for three months.
February 14, 2014 |
The Belgian government this week approved new measures allowing the euthanasia of terminally ill children, a decision that on first reading would make most of us gasp. It is a distressing concept, and the idea of helping a child die sounds incredibly cold and morally and ethically unsound - until you dive into the issue. While it raises painful and conflicting emotions, and choices, the Belgians - who have pushed assisted suicide to the edge before - are on the right, groundbreaking track.