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The problem with the word “genocide”

A century ago, Turkish forces slaughtered more than one million Armenian children, women, and men. This weekend, public conversations during the event’s centenary centered around the politics of deploying the “g-word”—genocide–as…..

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Can forgiveness that is mandated by a government be genuine?

Reviewer Neil Genzinger (in The New York Times) writes about the new documentary film, “Coexist” (to be shown on US public television this month) about post-genocide Rwanda, 20 years later. The film, according to Genzinger, “… at first seems as if it is merely going to be another effort to draw feel-good stories out of an impossibly ugly moment in history.” But then it explores “whether forgiveness that is mandated by the (Rwandan) government can be genuine.”

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The Jews of Africa

Last Sunday at Cooper Union’s Great Hall on Manhattan’s Lower West Side, hundreds of people–who paid between $20 and $10–gathered to watch a discussion by Elie Wiesel and the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, that was titled: “Genocide: Do the strong have an obligation to protect the weak?”

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German amnesia and Herero women

Over the weekend, Geoffrey York, the Africa correspondent for the Canadian Globe and Mail (and apparently also the only correspondent for a major Canadian publication on the African continent) wrote,…..

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Post-Script: Germany’s Colonial Legacy

The recent controversy around Günter Grass’s criticisms of Germany’s arms trade with Israel is an interesting post-script to the Namibian genocide controversy. The Nobel prize-winning author has written a poem – called…..