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Global Recession Has ‘Led to 10,000 Suicides’

U.K. researchers report that the economic crisis in Europe and North America has contributed to the suicides of more than 10,000 people.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE



Another Apparent Suicide Brings Financial World Death Toll to 6 in 2014

A 33-year-old JPMorgan employee jumped to his death from the roof of the firm’s Hong Kong headquarters Tuesday, adding to a series of untimely deaths in the banking and big business arena in recent weeks.

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 READ MORE


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Fourth Banker Dies of Apparent Suicide in a Week

Russell Investments chief economist Mike Dueker’s apparent suicide death, discovered Thursday after the 50-year-old former St. Louis Federal Reserve officer had been reported missing from his home in Tacoma, Washington, became the fourth such loss in the financial community in the span of a week.

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More Proof We Just Don’t Care About Sexual Assault in the U.S.

Three teens who admitted to attacking and photographing an unconscious 15-year-old girl have been sentenced to mere days in a California juvenile detention center while their victim hanged herself eight days after the assault.

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE



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New Test Could Make Antidepressants Safer

Antidepressants are wildly popular in the United States, where one in 10 people take them. The problem is that they sometimes cause what’s called suicidal ideation—thoughts of suicide.

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Young Britons ‘Feel They Have Nothing to Live For’

A study for the Prince’s Trust charity reports that almost a third of long-term unemployed people have contemplated killing themselves and that “urgent action must be taken to prevent the young jobless from becoming the young hopeless,” the BBC reports.

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A USAID Worker’s Suicide Raises the Flag on a Troubling Issue

The suicide of a USAID worker, the first in a decade of deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, spotlights a gap in policy, and a potentially wider problem.

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Suicides and Homicides Linked

In 2012, suicide by active duty American soldiers exceeded the number of U.S. combat deaths in Afghanistan. Why? In the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan, young natives are lining up to become suicide bombers. Why?

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Economic Murder: How and Why Austerity Kills

Austerity has caused more than 10,000 suicides (including the married couple pictured above) and as many as 1 million additional cases of depression across Europe and the United States, economist David Stuckler and physician Sanjay Basu estimate. Those findings are discussed in their new book, “The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills.”

Posted on May 21, 2013 READ MORE



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House of Horrors

Since the Newtown massacre, visions of crazy mass killers and armed strangers in the night have colonized the American mind. But the danger out there is both more mundane and more terrible: You’re more likely to be hurt or killed by someone you know or love. And it would probably happen at home.

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Tomas Young

When he dies this spring, Iraq War veteran Tomas Young will have spent his final years struggling to expose the guilt of those who make a holiday of the deaths and suffering of the powerless.

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Elderly Man Facing Foreclosure Commits Suicide

A West Virginia man became one of the latest fatalities of the American economy when he shot and killed himself this month after authorities arrived at his home with an eviction notice.

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MIT Refused to Accept Swartz Plea Bargain, Lawyer Says

A lawyer for Aaron Swartz—the 26-year-old programmer and open-Internet activist who reportedly committed suicide Friday under pressure from threat of prosecution—says MIT refused to endorse a deal that would have granted Swartz probation or deferred prosecution.

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Anti-Austerity General Strike Sweeps Europe

Millions of Europeans are protesting spending cuts and tax increases during a continent-wide general strike that comes days after a 53-year-old woman in Spain committed suicide as she was about to be evicted.

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Bullied Teen Commits Suicide, Leaves Behind Heartbreaking Video

Amanda Todd, 15, uploaded the nearly nine-minute video last month. Using cue cards, she documented the torment and cruelty that followed her, despite moving and switching schools several times.

Posted on Oct 12, 2012 READ MORE


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U.S. Military Suicides Exceed Deaths in Afghan Action

After leveling off in 2010 and 2011, suicides by active-duty American troops have peaked at nearly one per day so far this year, with 154 lives taken in 155 days, far outstripping the number killed in action in Afghanistan during the same period.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Foxconn Workers Threaten Suicide

Workers at a Chinese factory owned by the electronics manufacturer Foxconn threatened to leap from the roof of a building in Wuhan in a protest over wages and working conditions, echoing the tragedy of laborers who jumped to their deaths for similar reasons two years earlier at other company plants.

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 READ MORE



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In Europe, Crisis-Provoked Suicide on the Rise

Tally the fatal, unhappy costs of runaway capitalism. Across Europe, businessmen unable to cope with the world made by the 2008 economic crash are taking their lives.

Posted on Apr 14, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Monsieur Lazhar’: Tragedy and Humanity

At its best, “Monsieur Lazhar” is something very rare in film: a study in self-containment.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Suicide Sparks New Protests in Athens

After 77-year-old Greek retiree Dimitris Christoulas fatally shot himself in front of the parliament building in Athens on Wednesday, Greek protesters’ ire again exploded over the austerity measures that the government has implemented to save the country from economic ruin while sacrificing citizens’ funds along the way.

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Bully’: Zooming In on Childhood Demons

Is bullying on the rise in schools around the country?  I don’t know. You don’t know. And, most important, Lee Hirsch, director of the documentary “Bully,” doesn’t seem to know either.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Eight U.S. Soldiers Charged in Comrade’s Death

On Oct. 3, 19-year-old U.S. Army Pvt. Danny Chen died of a gunshot wound to the head in southern Afghanistan. The Army initially called his death a suicide. The back story now involves eight of his fellow soldiers who allegedly subjected Chen to race-based hazing.

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Deaths Have Cities Calling for OWS Shutdown

Three deaths in or near Occupy Wall Street encampments in different cities late last week have given authorities reason to insist that shutting the protests down is in the public’s best interest. (more)

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 READ MORE


Soldier Suicides and the Politics of Presidential Condolences

President Barack Obama just announced a reversal of a long-standing policy that denied presidential condolence letters to the family members of soldiers who commit suicide.

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Another Suicide Reported at Guantanamo

A detainee accused of being an al-Qaida operative committed suicide in a Guantanamo Bay prison yard, U.S. officials say. His death brings the total number of Guantanamo “suicides” to six since the U.S. began sending foreign captives there in 2002. (more)

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Libyan Protest Tops 200

The death toll in protests against the four-decade-plus rule of Moammar Gadhafi in Libya is now more than 200 people, with 900 injured amid warnings from government media that anyone opposing the regime risked “suicide.”

Posted on Feb 19, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Sgt. Alvaro Lupercio

Suicides Double Among National Guard, Reserves

The Army’s investment in suicide prevention appears to be paying off, with the first drop among active duty soldiers in five years. However the number of National Guardsmen and reservists who killed themselves—half of whom never saw combat—nearly doubled in the last year.

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Egypt Bomb Kills at Least 21

In a bloody beginning to the new year in Egypt, a suicide bombing outside a Coptic church in Alexandria killed at least 21 people and injured dozens more. “This massacre has al-Qaida written all over ... ,” a church official said.

Posted on Jan 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Afghan Suicide Attacks Kill 13

Attacks on two Afghan military bases killed at least 13 members of the country’s security forces. One of the attacks, blamed on the Taliban, was against a training center on the outskirts of the capital, Kabul.

Posted on Dec 19, 2010 READ MORE



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Brooklyn Artist Tallies Troop Suicides

In this case, the writing is actually on the wall: Brooklyn-based artist Sebastian Errazuriz turned his shock over hearing that the number of U.S. troops who committed suicide in 2009 doubled the toll ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 17, 2010 READ MORE



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More Trouble for iPhone Manufacturer

Hong Kong-based electronics manufacturer Hon Hai is hitting back at new reports that working conditions at its Foxconn plants in China, where iPhones come from and where an employee suicide spree made news in recent months, haven’t gotten better.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE


Hey, Bullies and Bigots: It Gets Worse

You may have seen those “It Gets Better” spots in which earnest celebrities confront the problem of gay kids getting bullied. Well, here’s a spoof of that series that approaches the issue from a bully’s-eye point of view. Apparently, bigotry is no longer “fashionable.”

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Kathy Willens

New York’s Paladino Hates on Gays

Carl Paladino has made a joke of the New York governor’s race, but on Sunday the tea party candidate showed he could be hateful as well. Speaking to a group of Orthodox Jews just days after it was reported that two teenagers and an adult were tortured nearby in the Bronx for being gay, Paladino said children should not be “brainwashed” into thinking homosexuality is “equally valid.” (continued)

Posted on Oct 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Sex Video Blamed for College Freshman’s Suicide

An 18-year-old violinist at Rutgers University jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge after posting a short note on Facebook. Two fellow students are accused of using a webcam to broadcast footage of the freshman having sex with another man.

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 READ MORE



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‘Inception’s’ Suicidal Tendencies

Christopher Nolan’s epic and ambitious new blockbuster is a fascinating, skillfully made brain twister that gives Philip K. Dick a run for his existential money. But at the core of Nolan’s film is a troubling idea that won’t go away. (Spoilers!)

Posted on Jul 18, 2010 READ MORE


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10 Things We Must Remember on Memorial Day

According to Yale historian David Blight, Memorial Day got its start at the end of the Civil War. 145 years after the end of our Civil War, our nation is engaged in near civil wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which we had a part in starting and no plans for ending.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE


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10th Suicide Rocks Chinese Company

Although Terry Gou, chairman of the Taiwan-based electronics maker Foxconn, visited the suicide-plagued branch of his company in Shenzhen, China, on Wednesday in an attempt to get to the root of the ongoing tragedy, answers aren’t coming fast enough ... (continued)

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE


The Criminalization of Bullying

Bullying should be taken seriously—by teachers, administrators, parents and, yes, fellow students. I’m doubtful, though, that criminal prosecution is the best way to punish or prevent it.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE



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Suicide Attacks Rock Baghdad

Three suicide car-bombings rocked Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 30 people and injuring more than 200. The attacks, coming a day after the murder of 25 people in suburban Baghdad on Saturday, apparently targeted foreign diplomatic missions in the capital.

Posted on Apr 4, 2010 READ MORE



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Gay Athlete Says ‘Milk’ Saved His Life

How did Andrew McIntosh go from having thoughts like “How will people remember me after I take this bottle of pills so I can just die and no one will ever know I’m gay?” to being a cheerful, out-of-the-closet lacrosse captain? Things started to turn around for the college athlete, he says, after he saw the movie “Milk.”

Posted on Feb 16, 2010 READ MORE


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Another Take on Eva Braun

Eva Braun has been dismissed as an inconsequential figure (and, of course, a “dumb blonde”) in Adolf Hitler’s life, but a new biography of Braun by German historian Heike Görtemaker recasts Hitler’s lover as a more significant force who was relegated to the background out of necessity.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Spc. David J. Marshall

We ‘Support’ the Troops by Burdening Them More

By escalating an unnecessary conflict, President Barack Obama runs the risk of damaging many more Americans through PTSD and other human consequences of warfare. We are heaping upon members of the military more responsibility, more work, more war, more physical and psychological trauma.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol

The War Condolences Obama Hasn’t Sent

U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Chancellor Keesling died in Iraq on June 19, 2009, from “a non-combat related incident,” according to the Pentagon. Keesling had killed himself.

Posted on Oct 27, 2009 READ MORE


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3 Brits Convicted of ‘Soft Drink’ Plot to Explode Airliners

On Monday, a British court found three men guilty of planning to blow up seven airliners in a synchronized attack using liquid explosives disguised in soft drink bottles, which apparently has something to do with why passengers haven’t been able to bring sodas on board for some time now.

Posted on Sep 7, 2009 READ MORE


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A Phone to Die For

After losing a prototype iPhone, a Chinese product manager for Apple’s overseas manufacturer killed himself by jumping from his apartment window. Apple doesn’t directly manufacture its products, but the company’s notorious and sometimes belligerent devotion to secrecy isn’t playing well in light of reports that Sun Danyong, 25, was harassed before his death by security personnel from his employer’s parent firm.

Posted on Jul 22, 2009 READ MORE


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If the Cigarettes Don’t Get You, the Meds Might

As if quitting smoking wasn’t hard enough: The FDA is slapping mental health warnings on varenicline and buproprion, two drugs commonly prescribed to help smokers ditch their “cancer sticks,” as both medications may cause serious neuropsychiatric problems and could even provoke suicidal behavior among users.

Posted on Jul 1, 2009 READ MORE


Former South Korean President Commits Suicide

Roh Moo-hyun, South Korea’s ex-president, died Saturday after jumping off a cliff while hiking near his rural home in the country’s southeast. Roh had been implicated in a corruption scandal and left a suicide note behind, according to The New York Times.

Posted on May 22, 2009 READ MORE


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