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Truth and Reconciliation

The Look of Silence and the End of Fear

Matt Easton | Posted 12.27.2014 | Impact
Matt Easton

In 2013's Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing, an aging gangster named Anwar Congo recreated his part in the killings as film noir, action movies and westerns, as well as staging lush musical numbers. The surreal and macabre recreations were deeply unsettling.

Rwanda and Reconciliation

Mike Farrell | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Mike Farrell

All the media attention to the 20th anniversary of the slaughter in Rwanda reeks of irony. If only we had paid as much attention before the blood flowed.

Suffering and the Future of Iran

Payam Akhavan | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Payam Akhavan

Many thousands of our fellow innocent Iranians have been executed. We have suffered as a nation. There is a story behind each tragedy. Behind every victim there is a name, a father and mother, a brother and sister, a childhood friend or schoolmate. Nobody is spared from this denial of humanity, not even the torturer.

South Africa's Inspirational Goodbye to Nelson Mandela

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 02.14.2014 | World
Mohamed A. El-Erian

During his nearly three decades of often-cruel imprisonment, Mr. Mandela was repeatedly offered his personal freedom provided he agreed to conditions that limited the freedom of others. Every single time, he refused.

Iran's Leader and Mandela

Roya Boroumand | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Roya Boroumand

If Iran's leadership seriously intends to move away from the violence that has become its trademark inside and outside the country, it will have to acknowledge past abuses and stop the cycle of violence.

Nelson Mandela, Forgiveness and Brothers and Sisters

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 12.09.2013 | Impact
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

How did he do it? How did he see stars instead of bars while in prison? Apartheid, suffering, and twenty-seven years of imprisonment did not stop him from leading a nation through a process of truth and reconciliation.

Can a Movie Help a Nation Confront Its Hidden Past?

Matt Easton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Matt Easton

It's shocking, but that very overreach may be the most effective way to tear down decades of myth-making. You can't defeat propaganda with more propaganda, or even always with the truth, but you can use it against itself.

Iraq: Ten Years, a Million Lives and Trillions of Dollars Later

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

The war in Afghanistan continues. New wars have been propagated in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia pursuant to the never-ending "War on Terror." This mindset puts us at the edge of war against Iran.

Looking Ahead for Egypt -- Check Out Peru

Maria McFarland | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Maria McFarland

How is it possible for Egypt to create a legitimate, rights-respecting government out of the discredited status quo? Peru successfully navigated a similar transition not too long ago.

A Citizen's Reflections on Race, Violence and Power

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Boaz

Originally published on December 16, 2007 at In recognition of International Human Rights Day, upcoming on December 10th. Three ye...

Iraq's Political Turmoil Could Lead to Civil War

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Firas Al-Atraqchi

This is a crisis that cannot be understated. The post-election period reveals that no election result is safe from court intervention and constitutional brigandry in the new Iraq.

The World Cup: Lessons from South Africa's Transition

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

Amidst the cheers at the World Cup kick-off on Friday we should not forget the sheer power of sport in South Africa's history.

Reconciliation Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry

Yvonne Malan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yvonne Malan

The world loved the Rainbow Nation success story and chose, along with many South Africans, to ignore that reconciliation can easily be used to justify impunity.

Truth and Reconciliation for Group Selection XIV: Group Selection in the Laboratory

David Sloan Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Sloan Wilson

For the evolutionary community at large, the rules governing the acceptance and rejection of group selection are not a storybook portrayal of science.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Won't Forgive, Can't Forget: Oliver Hirschbiegel on Five Minutes of Heaven

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Could it just be coincidence? Could it just be that, by some random alignment of the planets, we have two films about the conflict in Northern Ireland opening on the same weekend?

Truth and Reconciliation for Group Selection XII: Multilevel Selection Theory, Salsa Style

David Sloan Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sloan Wilson

No matter how the groups are formed, no matter how flexible the choice of behaviors, altruism is locally disadvantageous and requires higher-level selection to evolve.

Truth and Reconciliation for Group Selection XI: Dawkins Protests (Too Much)

David Sloan Wilson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Sloan Wilson

Richard Dawkins did not invent naïve gene selectionism but he spread it far and wide with the publication of The Selfish Gene.

Truth and Reconciliation for Group Selection X: Naïve Gene Selectionism

David Sloan Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sloan Wilson

Even when genes function as replicators, they have no bearing upon the group selection controversy because they function as replicators regardless of which level of selection prevails.

Truth and Reconciliation for Group Selection VIII: Anatomy of a Model

David Sloan Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sloan Wilson

The haystack model had an enormous impact on the rejection of group selection and the conceptualization of kin selection as an alternative to group selection.

Truth or Reconciliation?

Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Russ Baker

Official investigations of the Bush administration are on the way. Politicians will appear heroic. The media will get a hot story they won't have to do a bit of digging for. And the rest of us?

Getting Ready for the Bush Pardons

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

It would be wrong for an outgoing President who presided over disastrous... enterprises like the torture program to unilaterally slam the door on all future investigations into that conduct.

Truth and Reconciliation for Group Selection IV: The Great Reckoning

David Sloan Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sloan Wilson

By the 1960's, evolutionary theory had settled into a comfortable paradigm called the Modern Synthesis.

Truth and Reconciliation for Group Selection III: Naïve Group Selectionism

David Sloan Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sloan Wilson

Pre-Darwinian notions did not come to an abrupt halt with the advent of Darwin's theory. Instead, they often became repackaged in superficially Darwinian terms.

Truth and Reconciliation

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Criminal prosecutions of the members of the Bush administration will not enable us to do what we most need to do, which is to gain a full public understanding of what was done over the past eight years.