HISTORY RECORDS the sad refrains. Perceived affronts to personal or national honor prompt violent reactions that even the score, but dishonor the perpetrators.

One form of this honor-to-dishonor cycle is the ancient practice of honor killing. And this practice is more common today than one might think. The act of murdering a family member, often a woman thought to have brought shame on the family, is itself shameful. Organizations such as Amnesty International are working to bring this practice to worldwide attention. Many governments condemn it.

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