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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 June 15
Stephen Harper, Nuclear Security Summit, March 2014
Gerry Caplan | Something dramatic is happening to Canada. From sea to sea, old institutions are imploding, reputations are shattering, patterns are dissolving.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog June 8
t. St. Paul's Indian Industrial School, Middlechurch, Manitoba, 1901
Gerry Caplan | After the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report, Canadians must finally come to grips with the fact that we are not the caring, sharing people we once smugly believed we were.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog June 1
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Gerry Caplan | The Harper government has consistently refused ever to give Mr. Khadr anything like a break. For them he is the very incarnation of every unrepentant Islamic terrorist in the world.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog May 26
A French soldier en route to Mali in 2013.
Gerry Caplan | For those of us who still believe the UN remains the last best hope for humankind, its neglect of allegations of sexual abuse of young boys by its peacekeepers is a real body blow.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog May 21
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Gerry Caplan | May has been a splendid month for foes of the Harper government. It's been one humiliation after another, with only two exceptions all of its own making.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog May 7
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Gerry Caplan | Premier Notley will have a fine honeymoon -- but very soon the knives will be out.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog April 28
A veteran is driven from the New Canadian Citizen Ceremony, 2009.
Gerry Caplan | The betrayal of Canada's veterans by the Harper government should become a high-profile issue this election. Nothing more accurately illuminates the true nature of this government.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog April 20
Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Afghanistan in 2009, enjoying a Tim Hortons cof
Gerry Caplan | Stephen Harper, like George W. Bush before him, tells us extremists target Canadians because they 'hate our society.' Nope. They just hate our murderous foreign policy.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog April 13
Angry Tom Mulcair
Gerry Caplan | Tom Mulcair is angry. Angry, angry, angry. At least, that's what the media would have you believe.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog April 8
Gerry Caplan | Communism's calamitous record should not be forgotten, but there are far more pressing causes that deserve to be remembered by Canadians.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog March 27
Gerry Caplan | Looking at Canada's expanded war in Iraq, what are the lessons of past Western interventions? Indisputably, Gerry Caplan argues, this war will be a disaster.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog March 23
Four woman sit wearing hijabs on a planter near Bay and Dundas (August 2013).
Gerry Caplan | Thanks to the singular cruelty and political opportunism of our prime minister, Gerry Caplan has learned that his assumptions and interpretations about Muslim face coverings were simply wrong.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog March 16
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Gerry Caplan | To wit, Canada is at war with Sunni Muslims, except for the Sunnis we like. But we definitely like the Shias, except for the bad Shias, whom we object to fiercely. Sometimes.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog March 9
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Gerry Caplan | Zunera Ishaq could be a model Canadian. But because she wears a niqab, Stephen Harper will scapegoat her with inflammatory rhetoric he hopes will win him the election.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog March 2
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Gerry Caplan | With the IMF's treatment of Greece after Syriza's triumph, you can almost hear Henry Kissinger whispering "The issues are much too important for the Greek voters to decide for themselves."
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog February 16
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Gerry Caplan | Between losing artillery shells in Afghanistan, Trudeau welcoming Eve Adams into cynicism and Harper's cabinet shuffle, there's not much left for Canadians to do but laugh.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog February 10
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Gerry Caplan | America's dedication to liberty and that other stuff should be a beacon of hope to socialist Cuba. Lesson 1: military aggression, policing minorities and good ol' fashioned torture.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog February 2
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Gerry Caplan | Don't think, after a lifetime of deep attachment to the NDP, it doesn't kill me to write these words. But anything else is a recipe for continued Conservative rule.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog January 27
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Gerry Caplan | Thomas Friedman wants to see a million Muslims take to the streets for peace. It's such a good idea that Muslims have been doing it for years.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog January 19
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Gerry Caplan | Under the capitalist system, the rich always get richer. And not necessarily through any effort on their part.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog January 12
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Gerry Caplan | Why won't the Harper government allow 100 severely injured children from Gaza to come to Canada for medical care?
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog December 22
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Gerry Caplan | Ho hum. Yet another report showing that the CIA uses torture. This isn't news. It's a very old story.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog December 15
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Gerry Caplan | Stephen Harper thought he was pretty tough when he told Vladimir Putin to get out of Ukraine. But Gerry Caplan doesn't mince words about what he'd tell the Prime Minister given the chance.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog December 8
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Gerry Caplan | Veteran Affairs Minister Julian Fantino announced $200 million in spending over next six years on mental health services for vets. It was a big fat lie.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog November 24
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Gerry Caplan | There've been too many bad nights for the NDP recently. Is there a way out of the morass for the Orange crushed?
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog November 17
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Gerry Caplan | The government found an extra $13.4 million for the CRA to audit charities to ensure they were using tax dollars properly. Sounds like an open and shut case of intimidating the government's critics.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog November 10
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Gerry Caplan | Maybe it's the centenary of the First World War that took me back to John McCrae's famous poem. But maybe it was a mistake.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog November 3
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Gerry Caplan | An MP is to a parliamentarian as a person is to a mensch. Everyone is a person. Only the best can be a mensch.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog October 28
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Gerry Caplan | Thank heavens Germany finally blew the whistle on this CETA scam, says Gerry Caplan.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog October 20
Gerry Caplan | Local politics in Ontario are starting to take their cues from President Frank Underwood. It doesn't look good.