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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 October 13
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Gerry Caplan | Syria is the 14th country in the Islamic world that U.S. forces and their allies have invaded, occupied or bombed in the past 35 years. It hasn't worked.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog October 6
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Gerry Caplan | The CMHR and its mysterious "Friends of the Museum" seem quite well connected with Stephen Harper and not well connected with his human rights abuses.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog September 29
Gerry Caplan | In the age of Ebola, it's only too easy to forget other ongoing health crises like HIV and AIDS. But countries with large AIDS populations don't forget. And neither does Big Pharma.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog September 22
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Gerry Caplan | This week WHO said it needs $1 billion for its Ebola work. The Harper government just announced Canada's latest contribution to this massive emergency: $2.5 million in personal protective equipment.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog September 15
Gerry Caplan | A leaked Conservative Party fundraising email charges that the Liberal Party and the mainstream media are in lockstep. Nope, it's actually moderate Conservatives Harper is ticking off now.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog September 8
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Gerry Caplan | The launch Thursday of a partnership between Indigenous Canadians and all Canadians could keep up the unrelenting pressure on Ottawa to make changes in its relationship with Aboriginal peoples.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog September 1
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Gerry Caplan | Bringing Bell and Rogers and Telus and Shaw under public ownership? Now that's a cause worth marching for. Everyone's mad as hell at these guys, so why do we still have to take it?
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog August 25
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Gerry Caplan | Gerry Caplan's blog last week, which stated peace in the Middle East is impossible in the foreseeable future -- caused quite a stir. But we can't lie to ourselves.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog August 18
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Gerry Caplan | People around the world twist themselves into knots figuring out where they stand on the latest Israeli-Hamas clash. Yet none of it makes the slightest difference to the future of Israel and Palestine
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog August 11
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Gerry Caplan | The NDP and its leaders face strong pressure from their own supporters to show greater moral courage and to speak out finally with no equivocation or "balance."
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog July 28
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Gerry Caplan | If a policy is cruel and unusual, if it outrages our standards of decency, what do we make of those promoting it?
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog July 21
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Gerry Caplan | Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish first came to the world's attention in 2008 for the worst imaginable reason. During Israel's assault on Gaza, his three daughters were killed from an Israeli rocket attack.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog July 14
Omar Al-Bashir, Sudanese President
Gerry Caplan | The struggle to free Africa of the yoke of colonialism is one of the great forgotten causes of the twentieth century. But Africa's leaders continue to betray its people.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog July 7
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Gerry Caplan | A strange case of amnesia has afflicted the provincial political parties in Ontario. Some attribute the malady to a common virus for which there is no known antidote: acute political opportunism.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog July 2
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Gerry Caplan | The Conservatives have made a trademark of their bombastic, bullish diplomatic statements on Ukraine, Israel and Iran. Where is their conviction when it comes to Egypt's brutal new regime?
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog June 20
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Gerry Caplan | Thomas Mulcair wants very badly to be prime minister of Canada. But with seemingly embedded resistance to social democratic ideals, will Canada ever let him?
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog June 13
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Gerry Caplan | The role of luck in politics has rarely been so obvious. Just a handful of votes were the difference between a Hudak minority and today's Liberal majority.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog June 9
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Gerry Caplan | Stephen Harper is traipsing around Europe again, doing what he loves most -- traipsing around Europe. And why wouldn't he?
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog June 2
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Gerry Caplan | When it was released in 2010 Stephen Harper's new Maternal and Newborn Child Health Initiative seemed promising -- so unHarperish! -- but now we know it doesn't go nearly far enough.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog May 24
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Gerry Caplan | Gerry Caplan shares an open letter to the Ontario NDP.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog May 19
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Gerry Caplan | Hudak and Harper and Ford, oh my! Would Ontario really inflict such a neocon dystopia on themselves? In a province where Ford's re-election has not been laughed off, anything is possible.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog May 12
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Gerry Caplan | While the list of unfortunate people thrown under the bus by the Prime Minister is already expansive, his capacity for vindictiveness seems to have few limits. Here are four of the latest losers.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog May 5
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Gerry Caplan | Long ago, before digital surveillance and CSIS, the responsibility for protecting Canada from subversion, treason and especially opposition to government policies belonged to the RCMP.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog April 28
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Gerry Caplan | While Conservatives wax about Jim Flaherty's endearing legacy, the truth is that this is a government whose public face, whose brand, is most accurately represented by the petty Pierre Poilievre.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog April 21
Harper and Netanyahu: Foreign Policy as BFFs
Gerry Caplan | Harper has turned Canada's foreign policy into a joke -- half bewildering, half tragic. And now, says Gerry Caplan, he is flouting the call for needful action in the Central African Republic.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog April 14
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Gerry Caplan | History was made this week in Quebec when the NDP won an election in which they didn't participate. They had a vital stake in the outcome of Monday's vote and came away winners on all counts.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog April 7
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Gerry Caplan | This month, which marks the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda and the 99th anniversary of the Armenian genocide is an apt time to ask how quickly ordinary people can become mass murderers.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog March 31
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Gerry Caplan | With Joe Oliver replacing Jim Flaherty as Finance Minister, the debate over income-splitting is as dead as Monty Python's parrot. The outcome, in truth, was never much in doubt.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog March 24
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Gerry Caplan | Decent people everywhere are praying that Stephen Harper is in Ukraine this weekend to lay the law down to the country's new government and denounce the neo-Nazis and anti-Semites residing therein.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog March 17
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Gerry Caplan | Finally, in Olivia Chow, Toronto has an opportunity to elect the kind of mayor the city so desperately needs, while downtown Toronto has the opportunity to elect a new MP worthy of her.