In June 2020, Kevin Mamakwa died at the Thunder Bay District Jail in northwestern Ontario. A member of the Kingfisher Lake First Nation, Mamakwa was 27 years old and the father of Kashtin, Caelum, Cadrian and Amira Mamakwa.
He is the ninth man to have died at the Thunder Bay jail since 2002, seven of whom were Indigenous. Kevin Mamakwa’s death is both a singular tragedy and a symptom of larger social and legal illnesses.
The Thunder Bay District Jail is situated in a city rife with systemic racism and broken trust between police and Indigenous people. Both prisoners and guards describe the jail as overcrowded and dirty. The jail is a site of violence and ...
We know it can seem easier to bury your head in the sand, when it comes to the hideous issue of child sexual abuse.
But child sexual abuse is disturbingly common.
Last week, the Australian Federal Police announced it had busted an alleged child sex offender network, warning
child exploitation in Australia is becoming more prolific … this type of offending is becoming more violent and brazen.
The good news is when parents are empowered with accurate information, we can better protect our children.
Why children need to be taught more about their human rights
We are researchers in the prevention of child abuse, working across psychology, education and law.
As the US Congress returns from its August recess, Republican leaders have promised to work with Democrats to place gun control front and centre. Possible items on the agenda include enacting stronger background checks and passing so-called “red flag” laws that allow the government to confiscate guns if the owner is deemed a threat.
The murder of two journalists in Virginia, live on TV, by a disgruntled co-worker who later shot himself, has once again sparked debates about gun legislation in the US, with the White House calling for action by Congress.
This week brought news of yet another gun massacre in the United States at Washington Navy Yard. It is the latest in a string of 146 mass shootings, with more than 900 victims since 2006. The tragedy gives us pause to reflect on the “common sense” gun controls proposed by president Barack Obama but blocked by gun lobby senators only a few months ago.
We have seen ten days of protests in the United States over the death of George Floyd.
While thousands of people have gathered to express their outrage peacefully, some demonstrations have been marred by vandalism and violent clashes with police.
A French Catholic priest called Augustin Barruel is generally regarded as one of history’s most famous conspiracy theorists. His multi-volume 1797 book, Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism, about an alleged conspiracy that led to the outbreak of the French Revolution, has been reprinted many times and translated into several languages.
Not long after the publication of his work, Barruel was sent a letter by a man called Jean Baptiste Simonini, who alleged that the Jews were also part of the conspiracy. This letter – the original of which has never been found – continues to shape antisemi…
The 2018 Global Peace Index listed South Africa as one of the most violent and dangerous places on earth, and getting worse.
South Africa has a long history of violence. It was used as a tool of power and governance by colonialists to repress and control the indigenous people. The apartheid regime from 1948 used violence as part of its repertoire to gain and maintain social and political control.
Such a culture of violence is hard to stop, especially when it has become a legitimised and inst…
L’évaluation de l’ampleur de l’économie du piratage, qui s’est largement industrialisée ces dernières années, se structure aujourd’hui autour de trois grandeurs principales, à savoir :
Le coût pour les victimes, qui correspond à un préjudice ou encore une destruction de valeur, une sorte de destruction intérieure brute (DIB, ou PIB négatif).
Le revenu brut, c’est-à-dire les rentrées d’argent pour les pirates, autrement dit l…
Protecting children from harm online is high on the political agenda right now. The UK government has set out plans to make social media companies legally responsible for protecting users, and MPs have criticised social media platforms for relying on users to report abuse.
This is a serious problem, especially if people who come across illegal material online don’t recognise it as such. While working as a news presenter, I helped run a project teaching thousands of children about social media laws and I noticed patterns emerging in their responses t…
Australian singer-songwriter Casey Donovan opened up again last night about the six years she thought she was involved in a relationship with a man she never met, someone called “Campbell”.
The Australian Idol winner told the Andrew Denton: Interview show, on Channel 7, how she was a victim of catfishing – a cruel hoax in which someone creates a false identity to play on the romantic emotions of a person by pretending to be someone they’re not, either…
England’s dramatic rise in gang-related knife crime has been called a “disease” by the UK home secretary, Sajid Javid, and amid the daily drama of Brexit the prime minister, Theresa May, has called a summit of 100 experts to Downing Street to discuss the issue.
Proposed solutions have ranged from the severe to the outlandish – but most seem to gloss over the fundamental causes of youth and gang violence.
As an academic whose research has focused on youth and gang crime – and as a lifelong resident of a council estate in…
I’ve spent many years working within the prison system, in minimum and maximum security facilities, with adults and juveniles, men and women. I often hear people say that people who commit crimes, particularly serious crimes, should be imprisoned so they can no longer hurt people.
What the public often doesn’t realise is that imprisonment itself does not prevent some people from engaging in misconduct, or from committing serious offences.
I have conducted the first study in Australia to ...
Crime weary South Africans, especially those who live in areas held hostage by gangs, recently took their troubles to the country’s Parliament. This, after a parliamentary committee convened a meeting to assess the effectiveness of the country’s anti-gang strategy had called for public inputs.
Crime statistics from the South African Police Service show that gang related murders are increasing sharply, particularly in the suburbs that make up the Cape Flats in the Western Cape.