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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 July 19
Gerry Caplan | Like the Dude, Capitalism prevails.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog June 29
Gerry Caplan | We rich white countries sure are generous when it comes to handouts for our Black kin in Africa. Except when we rip them off, of course, which is the real story of Canada and the West in Africa.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog May 31
Gerry Caplan | The Ontario NDP has shot to the top of some polls into an almost unimaginable lead across the province. And even though it's not over 'till it's over, Horwath seems like a premier-in-waiting.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog May 23
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Gerry Caplan | Palestinians have no hope for a better future. They protest without hope. Bibi doesn't care. CIJA doesn't care. Blame everything on Hamas. Everything. That is chutzpah.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog April 3
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at her 80th birthday celebrations held at Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town. Image: GovernmentZA/Flickr
Gerry Caplan | In an article originally written in 1989, Gerry Caplan looks at the late Winnie Mandela's complicated legacy and involvement in anti-apartheid activism.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog March 26
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Gerry Caplan | People look back now and try to recollect where they were during the Rwandan genocide and why they didn't speak out. In a few years, they'll be asking themselves the same thing about Myanmar.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog February 27
Ontario Legislative Building. Image: DXR/Wikimedia Commons
Gerry Caplan | Shed a tear with me for my poor old Ontario. Have our political rulers ever been quite as pathetic and disappointing as they are now?
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog February 6
A cave mouth, roughly in the shape of Africa, on the continent's northern shore. Image: Kevin Walsh/Flickr
Gerry Caplan | The Western world's intervention over the past 600 years is significantly responsible for Africa's problems.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog January 2
Nuclear test. Image: FEMA News Photo/Wikimedia Commons
Gerald Caplan | How can any sensible person fail to be shaken by the political events in the past year?
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog September 13
Vice President Mike Pence and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Photo: The White House/flickr/ Myles D. Cullen
Gerald Caplan | Last month U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence went on a Latin America tour to throw around American weight. Nothing could be a more cherished part of the American Dream.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog June 2
Gerry Caplan | May's Conservatives want to wipe out the Labour party, and Labour wants to keep the Conservatives honest. But this is the season of election upsets, so anything could happen.
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.

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