Each of us is a mixture of good and bad

Each of us is a mixture of good and badThe divisions we believe exist between us are artificial Christmas is the time of year when human beings put aside their differences and come together. It is difficult to find a truer example of this essence of our character than during the first winter of the First World War. Ordinary soldiers on both sides of…

House of Commons finally describes residential schools as genocide

House of Commons finally describes residential schools as genocideBut until all wounds caused by genocide are healed, we cannot be satisfied On October 27, a motion was unanimously passed in the Canadian Parliament recognizing what happened in Canada’s Indian Residential Schools as genocide according to Article II of the United Nations Genocide Convention. It should be noted that this is a culmination of…

Genocide denied is genocide repeated

Russia continues to deny the Holodomor; Turkey continues to deny the Armenian genocide

Genocide denied is genocide repeatedThe world is facing trying times. How did we get here? Did we not learn anything from the death and destruction of the 20th century? Jewish philosopher Martin Buber told us, “One gains power over the nightmare by calling it by its real name.” Another Jewish writer, Raphael Lemkin, coined the name for the nightmare:…

The quest for truth is gaining momentum

For far too long, the narrative of the people in power was believed

The quest for truth is gaining momentumThere is an interesting phenomenon happening in the world. The quest for truth is gaining momentum, and it cannot be stopped. In Canada, a great deal of credit must be given to Indigenous leaders, scholars, and community members, but especially to the witnesses of genocidal practices who shared their stories. For far too long, the…

Western leaders ignore their own genocidal acts

Leaders in NATO countries are guilty of crimes against humanity, yet only Africans are tried

Western leaders ignore their own genocidal actsIn recent months, words like genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes have been used extensively in the media. These are important legal terms, and they shouldn’t be used loosely. Using them as political weapons risks making them meaningless. The word ‘genocide’ was coined in 1944 by Polish-Jewish law professor Raphael Lemkin after he studied…

Only by embracing humanity as sacred can we end bloodshed

When we embrace the humanity of one another, borders don't matter and enemies become friends

Only by embracing humanity as sacred can we end bloodshedSince the end of the Cold War, there has been almost endless war and genocide. This century has seen Afghanistan and Iraq torn apart by violence. We’ve watched the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world continue in Yemen year after year, and we’ve yet to see an end to the conflicts in Syria and the…

Is the West judging Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed fairly?

Or are false accusations crowding out the truth?

Is the West judging Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed fairly?No other Nobel Peace Prize winner in recent memory has endured the wrath of the international media, the fury of global think tanks, and the scolding of UN, EU, and U.S. officials as much as Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The Washington Post describes the decision to bestow the Peace Prize on him as “the…

A true story that inspired a classic western movie

Kidnapped by Commanches then rescued, Cynthia Ann Parker was a victim of cultural genocide twice over

A true story that inspired a classic western movieMovie enthusiasts invariably sing the praises of John Ford’s The Searchers. Released in 1956 and starring John Wayne, the film has been described as a masterpiece and shows prominently in critical lists of the best films ever made. It’s inspired by a true story. Or maybe that should be stories in the plural. The Searchers…

Historian reveals story of Canadian journalist who chronicled Holodomor

Rhea Clyman was the first western journalist to expose the forced famine that killed millions in Ukraine

Historian reveals story of Canadian journalist who chronicled HolodomorShe’s considered the first western journalist to expose the Soviet famine-genocide that killed millions of Ukrainians in the early 1930s. But although Rhea Clyman sent numerous accounts of Soviet and Nazi atrocities to North American newspapers as a foreign correspondent, she was soon largely forgotten. That is, until four years ago, when Jars Balan, director…
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