A Q&A with an expert who studies the relationship between mental illness and violence.
In yet another incident underscoring the prevalence of gun violence in the U.S., a gunman opened fire at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, killing a 19-year-old man and wounding at least three others before being tackled by a student and arrested.
In the wake of sexual assaults in the Global South, American conservatives and liberals alike naively ask the question of what is it about the "cultures" of countries such as Pakistan, India and Afghanistan that generates such misogyny.
Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other "Left, Right & Center" panelists discuss what led to Elliot Rodger's deadly attacks in Santa Barbara, President Obama's announcement that he will reduce the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan from 30,000 troops to 10,000, and NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden's big interview.
As is always the case when catastrophic outbursts can be in any way linked to entertainment and mass culture, some critics have zoomed in on Hollywood as a fomenting agent for grandiose and antisocial delusions that wind their way into volatile minds like Elliot Rodger's -- and everyone else’s, for that matter.
In the aftermath of the horrific Isla Vista slayings, which some have speculated were fueled by misogynist extremism, women in the Twitterverse have decided it's about time they talk about male privilege.
When violent eruptions like the killings in Santa Barbara on May 23 happen, discussions in the news often -- as they have in this case -- focus on individual culpability as well as the assumed (and often substantiated) mental illness of the perpetrator.
A 22-year-old man with apparent social difficulties is suspected of killing six people and injuring seven late Friday near the University of California campus in Santa Barbara.