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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 10
Gerry Caplan | Despite new post-Rwandan structures to prevent genocide, despite the world's pious commitment to protect the innocent, mass murder is still happening. "Never again?" is just rhetoric.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog March 3
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Gerry Caplan | Has there ever been a moment when the political class was so united? Everyone wants to talk about the "hard-working middle class," but where is the substance?
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog February 24
Gerry Caplan | For weeks the webpage of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum carried statements that suggested the Rwanda genocide might not have been planned.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog February 17
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Gerry Caplan | Stephen Harper seems to be heading for electoral defeat by the callow Justin Trudeau sometime between now and 2015. Is there anything he can learn from Nelson Mandela?
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog February 10
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Gerry Caplan | The new Pope just can't stop taking his trusty broom to the anachronistic cobwebs lurking in every corner of the Vatican. This time it's women.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog February 3
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Gerry Caplan | Like Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, it took his death for Pete Seeger to be universally acclaimed. But in Gerry Caplan's little corner of the universe, he always was.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog January 27
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Gerry Caplan | According to Stephen Harper, criticism of Israeli policies is the "new anti-Semitism." When Israelis call Israel an apartheid state -- as many do -- are they anti-Semitic too?
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog January 20
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Gerry Caplan | Stephen Harper's unconditional support for Israel will not be complicated by his four-day visit in the least. Canada's Prime Minister is going in order to have his biases confirmed, nothing more.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog January 13
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Gerald Caplan | The sheer Scrooge-nish of our minimum wage laws underlines the unprecedented riches of the business elite. Why is a $14 minimum wage such a political non-starter?
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog December 22
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Gerry Caplan | After Nelson Mandela's passing, today's youth, who witnessed the undiluted admiration of the great man from the whole of the world, might have hope for a colour-blind future
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog December 17
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Gerry Caplan | Everyone loves Nelson Mandela these days -- even the Republican Party. But it wasn't always this way -- and many are suffering from a very convenient apartheid amnesia.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog December 12
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Gerry Caplan | When Mandela turned down the opportunity to serve a second term in office, he left South Africa vulnerable to the mercies of capital and the devastating crises of corruption, AIDS and inequality.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog December 9
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Gerry Caplan | With money for Wall Street bonuses and corporate tax breaks, Western governments never seem to have enough money for the AIDS epidemic. But it's political will, not cash, that's the real scarcity.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog December 2
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Gerry Caplan | The Senate scandal is no longer about Mike Duffy, Nigel Wright or the future of the Senate. It's about Stephen Harper's integrity -- his credibility and trustworthiness.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog November 25
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Gerry Caplan | Stephen Harper's contemptuous treatment of Canada's veterans is not only shameful because they deserve better; the chasm between the government's rhetoric and its policies is hypocritical.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog November 18
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Gerry Caplan | By-elections, particularly ones happening mid-term, scarcely matter to anyone, let alone the voters themselves. But sending Linda McQuaig to Ottawa could shake up Parliament in ways never before seen.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog November 11
Gerry Caplan | Disgraced and jettisoned senator Pamela Wallin has criticized the deficient legal process which led to her suspension. Perhaps it's time to introduce her to Omar Khadr?
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog November 4
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Gerald Caplan | Despite his failure to deliver on hot-button social issues, The Base has respected and admired Stephen Harper because he's been canny enough to deliver three governments. But is his time up?
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog October 28
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Gerry Caplan | Strictly Confidential! Forget the Senate, hit up Ford Nation and sweep Ontario! It's that simple.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog October 21
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Gerald Caplan | Unsafe abortion is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality. If maternal health and the protection of women and children were a priority for Stephen Harper, foreign aid would include abortion.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog October 11
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Gerald Caplan | With the crushing defeat this week of Darrell Dexter's NDP government in Nova Scotia, Manitoba alone among Canada's 13 provinces and territories carries the NDP banner. Can anyone win?
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog October 7
Gerald Caplan | Prime Minister Harper has announced the nomination of Justice Marc Nadon to Canada's highest court. But Justice Nadon had some alarming responses to the Rwanadan Genocide earlier in his career.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog September 23
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Gerry Caplan | John Baird appears to pull data out of thin air. Obama calls America "humble" and "exceptional" in the same breath. What Syria makes our elected leaders utter aloud is mind-boggling.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog September 16
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Gerry Caplan | As an eager consumer of reliable information on the nefarious doings of our government, Gerry Caplan shares some of his best sources on the latest news in Harperland.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog September 9
Gerry Caplan | Martin Luther King would surely have been confounded by the record of Barack Obama, whose presidency would have been unthinkable without King and who paid King a lengthy tribute at the commemoration.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog September 2
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Gerry Caplan | There is good evidence to fear that Pauline Marois's so-called Charter of Quebec Values will represent the precise opposite of the province's 1975 Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog August 26
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Gerry Caplan | It's only too easy for a Canadian visitor to go gaga in Chicago. But the city's poor and homeless crisis is apparent for everyone to see; and neo-liberal policies are to blame.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog August 2
Gerry Caplan | Thursday's five by-elections in Ontario were another blow to Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak. This constitutes a real crisis of confidence.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog July 29
Gerry Caplan | On any day of the year the media could easily lead with yet another shudder-inducing horror story involving Canada's First Peoples. But it just ain't news.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog July 22
Gerry Caplan | Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Last week, in quite different circumstances, two men demonstrated to Canadians the egregious extremes to which power so easily leads.

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