• Sara Rimer

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    Sara Rimer

    Sara Rimer A journalist for more than three decades, Sara Rimer worked at the Miami Herald, Washington Post and, for 26 years, the New York Times, where she was the New England bureau chief, and a national reporter covering education, aging, immigration, and other social justice issues. Her stories on the death penalty’s inequities were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and cited in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision outlawing the execution of people with intellectual disabilities. Her journalism honors include Columbia University’s Meyer Berger award for in-depth human interest reporting. She holds a BA degree in American Studies from the University of Michigan. Profile

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  1. It would seem that there are terrorists who evolve from sociopathy and psychopathy when granted power over others – but also there are those intent on terrorist acts who evolve from the complex connotations of existential threats on the power equation for certain populations or groups. Menachim Begin as part of the Irgun was considered a terrorist yet became the 6th prime minister of Israel. So we need to not lump and split as Zerubaval, might suggest, but understand the individuals in question and the environments they are reacting and operating within, be it geography, religion as influence, politics: who is in and who left out of the ‘power’ calculus. A very complicated question that does have some identifiable commonalities and could possibly be or is predicted by sensitive algorithms applied by peace keeping analysts globally. This is why the US institute of Peace in DC is so critical to global metrics on emerging and chronic conflicts. There has been, throughout human history, the outliers of individual pathology who, when granted political power, replicates the horrors of genicide – as exemplified in this article.

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