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Gerry Caplan's blog

Gerald Caplan has an MA in Canadian history and a Ph.D. in African history from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He is an author, teacher, media commentator, and social and political activist with a lifelong commitment to African development. He is preoccupied with genocide and genocide prevention, particularly the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, about which he has frequently written. He has been a consultant on African development issues to many United Nations agencies as well as to the African Union. His latest book is called The Betrayal of Africa. He writes a weekly online column for the Globe and Mail.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog March 16
Gerry Caplan | Re-education is great and everything, but we should expect more from our judges.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog February 17
Gerry Caplan | The Trudeau government is looking for a new Africa strategy. Surely telling the truth about who is ripping off whom would be a very constructive way to begin.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog January 10
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Gerry Caplan | With a new book due to be published soon, it may be that Gen. Romeo Dallaire's long battle with PTSD may be turning a corner.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog December 26
Gerry Caplan | How artists will respond to the Trump era is hard to predict, but their voices are essential to the battles that Trump seems intent on waging on American democracy.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog December 15
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Gerry Caplan | Justin Trudeau's new government's policy towards Israel and Palestine just happens to be identical to Stephen Harper's old government's policy.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog December 8
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Gerry Caplan | If consistency, logic and adherence to principle mean anything, argues Gerry Caplan (pretty dubious, these days), if we need one referendum then we must need several.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog November 30
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Gerry Caplan | Cuba's iconic leader led a nation with an economy frozen in the 1950s and captive of the Soviet Union.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog November 25
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Gerry Caplan | Torture is both immoral and useless as a tool to fight terrorism. It outrages Canadians. How can our governments condone it for even one more day?
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog November 16
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Gerry Caplan | Like the man said, that's how the light gets in.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog November 8
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Gerry Caplan | It is impossible even today to imagine the United States without a race "problem." And then came President Barack Hussein Obama.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog November 4
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Gerry Caplan | GOP positions on most key issues are uniform and uncompromising: Stop "the illegal invasion" of immigrants, teach creationism in schools, outlaw abortions, and allow the open carrying of firearms.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog October 26
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Gerry Caplan | Someday, all these consultations must end and dozens of reports and millions of recommendations issued. It will be impossible to act on most of them, for lack of time if no other reason.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog October 20
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Gerry Caplan | More than half of respondents in a recent poll said they would prefer "someone else" rather than the eight names it tested.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog October 13
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Gerry Caplan | Two years ago, Dr. Hassan Diab was extradited to France and immediately imprisoned on spurious and very rocky charges. With Trudeau considering an extradition treaty with China, should we be worried?
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog October 5
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Gerry Caplan | If Trump hasn't by now traumatized you enough to get on board for Hillary, you'll deserve everything that's coming after November.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog September 27
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Gerry Caplan | Justin Trudeau's popularity with the public may still be sky high, but the media's attitude toward the Prime Minister and his government has palpably turned sour and frustrated.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog September 21
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Gerry Caplan | You can believe in non-violent resistance to injustice without being a pacifist. And sometimes, force can only be met with force.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog September 14
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Gerry Caplan | Picture the counselling session: "See Judge, here's the thing: it's not really okay for a man to assault and rape a woman. You got that now?"
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog September 7
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Gerry Caplan | Canadians may not yet have seen through Mr. Trudeau's theatrics. But the shrewd Chinese clearly have.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog August 30
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Gerry Caplan | Jane Philpott, a serious conscientious minister, made a small mistake, has repeatedly acknowledged it, and just wants to get back to her files. How about we let her try?
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog August 24
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Gerry Caplan | So before summer's over, please shell out a couple of hundred bucks to your favourite NGO. And get angrier about obscene inequality. You won't be sorry.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog August 16
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Gerry Caplan | The NDP need a new leader. And Elizabeth May needs a new party. Isn't this a match made in heaven?
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog August 11
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Gerry Caplan | We need to know which Canadian officials were aware of the practice of handing detainees to Afghan forces to be tortured, who initiated it and why they failed to stop it.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog August 4
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Gerry Caplan | The truth was, and remains, that there is very much a Blue and a Red America and there is no such thing as a single united nation called the United States of America.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog July 28
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Gerry Caplan | The enormity of their crimes is irrelevant. Just as Wall Street is too big to fail, so they are too big to arrest. For both, impunity is their ultimate entitlement.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog July 13
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Gerry Caplan | While the Liberals waffle on an asbestos ban, people in Canada and around the world are dying from exposure to fibres. How does the government rationalize that?
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog July 7
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Gerry Caplan | Asbestos threatens ghastly illness and a painful death to all those who come in contact with it, whether as workers or consumers. The Liberals are stalling on banning it. Why?
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog June 21
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Gerry Caplan | Bernie has considerable leverage here and he must use it. In return for ending his candidacy and endorsing Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party must formally adopt some of Mr. Sanders's key policies.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog June 14
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Gerry Caplan | The legitimacy of a referendum depends to a substantial extent on the clarity of its language. It must not be too complex or raise issues that most voters will find baffling.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog June 7
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Gerry Caplan | South Africa has answered the call and is providing aid to Canada. Three hundred of their firefighters have come to help with the Fort McMurray Beast, landing in Edmonton a week ago.

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