A Lesson from Rwanda on Compassion and Courage Reply

By Heather Craig

After spending 11 days in Rwanda, studying justice and reconciliation post genocide, I’ve returned with a copious amount of information.  Visiting memorials and listening to the accounts of survivors and perpetrators of the 1994 genocide proved to be an emotional and enlightening experience.  More…

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Can a gun storage law protect children from firearm accidents? Reply

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NEW YORK— A classmate playing with his father’s gun accidentally shot 12-year-old Nicholas Naumkin dead in Saratoga Springs, New York, in December 2010.

Now, as Esmé Montgomery reports, the gun-control advocacy group New Yorkers Against Gun Violence is promoting a bill, named “Nicholas’s Law” in his honor, that would require gun owners to store guns safely. The group believes that increased regulations are desperately needed to reduce accidental injuries to children by firearms.

 

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South Africans mediated during Burundi’s conflict Reply

In the midst of Burundi’s civil war, two Zulu leaders who had once tried to kill one another shared their experience of making peace. Samantha Adler examines their work and other efforts in the third of five articles on innovative diplomacy.  

Map of Burundi, courtesy of the United Nations

Map of Burundi, courtesy of the United Nations

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Innovative Diplomacy Strives to Resolve Conflicts Reply

When diplomats are unable to end or prevent conflict, other parties may take the initiative, launching cross-border sports or cultural exchanges. In a five-part series, Samantha Adler analyzes informal and unusual types of diplomacy to see which hold the most promise. 

The separation barrier between Israel and the West Bank, near Jenin, under construction in 2005. Photo by Barbara Borst

The separation barrier between Israel and the West Bank, near Jenin, under construction in 2005. Photo by Barbara Borst

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Fighting Sexual Violence in South Africa Reply

Members of Ekurhuleni Pride Organising Committee. Ntsupe Photo by Hayley Chesnik.

Ekurhuleni Pride Organising Committee members, including Ntsupe Mohapi, right;, and Matseko Mahlaba, foreground. Photo by Hayley Chesnik.

South Africa has extremely high rates of rape and other forms of gender-based violence. Hayley Chesnik reports on her travel to Johannesburg and Cape Town to learn about efforts to address the issue.
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The Conversation: Apology to Korea benefits Japan, too 3

Jane McClenahan writes: As it advanced through Asia in the Second World War, the Japanese Army established an estimated 2,000 ‘comfort stations’.  This euphemism obscures the horror of what they really were – military brothels to service the sexual needs of the Japanese soldiers ….

Statue of a traditional Japanese warrior, near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Photo by Barbara Borst

Statue of a traditional Japanese warrior, near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
Photo by Barbara Borst

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