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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 January 20
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Gerry Caplan | Canada's own Conservative Party is already making clear its determination to recover what only months ago they believed might be theirs in perpetuity.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog January 12
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Gerry Caplan | The crazier Mr. Trump's statements, the more outrageous, provocative, sexist and bigoted, the more he is embraced by tens of millions of Americans. And not just loyal Republicans.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog January 5
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Gerry Caplan | Rwanda's genocide was preventable. For Burundi's sake, for humanity's sake, let's pray that a lesson has been learned by the so-called international community -- including Canada.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog December 15
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Gerry Caplan | Last year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced an $11 million grant to -- wait for it -- MasterCard.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog December 8
Gerry Caplan | Whatever happened to the NDP leader? Sightings have been sporadically noted, so he's still among us. But what's he doing to determine why his party was so unexpectedly and roundly trounced on Oct. 19?
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog December 1
Ugandan patients at the Out-Patient Department of Apac Hospital in northern Ugan
Gerry Caplan | Canadians have had ties to Uganda for many decades. Last month, another Canadian helped make a deep impact on Ugandan public life.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog November 24
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Gerry Caplan | Opinion on the TPP is seriously split between the corporate and progressive worlds. What in the world are thoughtful Canadians to believe? What should Canada do?
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog November 17
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Gerry Caplan | History teaches us some things sometimes, and one is that Western military intervention in Arab and Muslim lands has almost never achieved its declared goal.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog November 10
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Gerry Caplan | The essential story is simple. Diab was born in Lebanon and holds Lebanese and Canadian citizenship. At the moment, he remains behind bars in France with little evidence of his guilt.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog November 3
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Gerry Caplan | Just when it seemed American politics couldn't get more meshuggah, who emerges but Bernie Sanders, The Donald and Dr. Ben Carson.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog October 27
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Gerry Caplan | It's time for two-state proponents to recognize that there is no possibility in any foreseeable future for two safe independent states in Israel and the occupied West Bank/Gaza.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog October 22
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Gerry Caplan | Have you heard the one about what Stephen Harper faced when he awoke in Calgary Tuesday morning?
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog October 19
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Gerry Caplan | Many Canadians seemed somewhere between reconciled to and delighted with the prospect of an NDP government. Then they weren't.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog October 13
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Gerry Caplan | Forget turkey, dysfunctional families come together to discuss how they will vote next Monday.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog October 7
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Gerry Caplan | Tom Mulcair must be their pied piper, attracting not only NDP activists but progressives in general, leading them to a Harper-free Canada.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog October 1
Gerry Caplan | Notes from a debate-watcher's diary.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog September 23
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Gerry Caplan | An NDP government has been a wildly unrealistic dream, a total fantasy, for all that time. Yet here we are.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog September 15
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Gerry Caplan | The Syrian refugee crisis has shown us that despite the Prime Minister's fearmongering, Canada will still respond to humanitarian crises with open arms.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog September 9
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Gerry Caplan | John Ibbitson: "The government is autocratic and secretive because it reflects the personality and world view of the Prime Minister."
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog September 1
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Gerry Caplan | It seems that before our very eyes, the two opposition parties are exchanging some of their most distinguishing stripes.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog August 25
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Gerry Caplan | It would just be nice if he participated in the debate on women's issues first, though.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog August 18
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Gerry Caplan | If none of these ploys has helped increase Mr. Harper's popularity over the past four years, what rabbits can he pull out of his scruffy hat with only nine weeks to go?
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog August 11
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Gerry Caplan | The Conservatives' highly effective ad saying that Justin Trudeau is "just not ready" could've been directed at Harper when he first ran for prime minister. Although Harper never had nice hair.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog August 5
Joint news conference with Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister in March 2
Gerry Caplan | Is there not a single person among the Canadian Jewish elite who will honourably say to this government: I repudiate your right to play the anti-Semitic card for your own crass political purposes.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog July 28
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Gerry Caplan | Any Canadian who has followed the practices of our government over the past decade will have her own examples of its integrity. At bottom, these tell us how our government thinks and operates.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog July 22
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Gerry Caplan | Our prime minister does not appreciate those who disagree with him and has used his considerable power to gag those who express dissenting views.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog July 16
Two Syrian boys in a refugee camp. Atmeh, Syria. Dec. 10, 2012
Gerry Caplan | Taking more refugees from Syria and Iraq would be infinitely more productive than sending more troops to fight ISIS, but Stephen Harper continues down his gormless path.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog July 7
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Gerry Caplan | Stephen Harper does not have opponents; he has enemies to mow down.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog June 30
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Gerry Caplan | "If there be an object truly ridiculous in nature, it is an American patriot signing resolutions of independency with the one hand, and with the other brandishing a whip over his affrighted slaves."
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog June 23
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Gerry Caplan | For the third time in 78 years, the NDP have reached first place in national political polls. But history warns us to please, approach with care.

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