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On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 7: The Nazi Legacy, Current Cinema and Questions of Judgment

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 11.11.2015 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

In the recent period I've seen a number of films about the history and legacy of Nazism, most of them German and current, and I read about a new book on two legends of German cinema. The juxtaposition of these events in time seemed coincidental. Or was it?

From Victim to Victor: The Healing Power of Forgiveness in Rwanda

Ange Kagame | Posted 09.21.2015 | Impact
Ange Kagame

Hate, like many other vices, is a learned behavior -- it is a choice, a bad choice, but a choice nonetheless. And yet, I believe -- I know -- that forgiveness works the same way.

CDC or CPC (Center for People Control)?

Francis Levy | Posted 08.14.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

Is it easier to control a disease than a person? There are some diseases which don't respond to anything and simply progress along their deadly course. But most diseases respond to medicines.

Will Bill Clinton Apologize in Srebrenica?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.10.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Whether there was acquiescence or complicity before or after the fact of the fall of Srebrenica, Washington pivoted its policy toward satisfying Milosevic's territorial demands. The mythology of peace in BiH continues to be dominated by tales of age-old hatreds as well as ethnic chauvinist politics.

Accepting and Moving On in Post-racial and Post-tribal Societies

Washington Osiro | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

Without absolving or equivocating on America's hypocrisy on matters of race, racism and abuse of civil rights, it is ironic and equally hypocritical that Africans, who have little compunction about hacking one another to death because of differences, physical or perceived, are some of the loudest decriers of racism and bigotry in America.

Burundi, Politics of Ego and Not Ethnicity?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 05.23.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Ethnicity is a tool rather than the cause for the reappearance of discord in Burundi. As means to rationalize his grab for perpetual office, President Pierre Nkurunziza has reached into the bag of tricks of stoking fear of "the other." That is a zombie from the past that can rise from the dead.

Can Bosnia's Army Save the World?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Soldiers, officers and police that fought against each other two decades earlier are now working together in UN and NATO operations to keep or deliver peace.

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.

A Passover Seder in Rwanda

Josh Ruxin | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Josh Ruxin

Where on the African continent can you find a Seder this week? Try Rwanda. As in years past, we're looking at a standing room only list for ours (and we're not the only ones!).

Mute Witnesses to Horror in Rwanda and Cambodia: The Stations of the Skulls on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 06.06.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

They are 5,250 miles apart, one in Asia, the other in Africa. But in each, huge piles of human skulls bear mute witness to the genocidal horrors of the last quarter of the 20th century when the world should already have learned better from the enormity of the Nazi Holocaust. Once the Chao Ponhea Yat High School, Pol Pot turned it into Security Prison 21 (S-21), where of the nearly 20,000 who passed through its satanic doors only a dozen survived. It was just one of scores of such hellholes where prisoners were beaten, tortured with electric shocks, burned with searing hot metal and water-boarded among other torments.

Surrender of Warlord Ntaganda Will Not Change Life for Millions of Congolese

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2013 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Discontent and violence is everywhere in Congo, but the narrative is extremely complicated, the demands and the names of militias require spreadsheets to understand, and no reporters want to venture deep into rebel territories to investigate the unrest.

Staring at Skulls For Far Too Long

Molly Sprayregen | Posted 02.03.2013 | World
Molly Sprayregen

On our third night in Rwanda, I heard a low-pitched barking from somewhere down the hill. The only time I heard a dog all week. It didn't last long, and I wondered if he lived nearby, somewhere in the neighboring village. Or maybe he was just passing through, almost, but not quite ready to come home.

What Happened to Congolese General Laurent Nkunda?

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 03.21.2012 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Why is the U.S. propping up the regime of Rwanda's Paul Kagame as it continues to trample on the free speech of those opposing his rule? Look no further than the new state of the art embassy in Kigali.

Nyiramasuhuko: The Mother Who Awarded Rape For Murder

Sam Sasan Shoamanesh | Posted 06.12.2015 | World
Sam Sasan Shoamanesh

The wheels of international criminal justice may be slow, but turn they will, and as Pauline Nyiramasuhuko's case would come to illustrate, they can generate important judicial outcomes.

Refugees Are Normal People

Leora Tanenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leora Tanenbaum

"Refugees are normal people, like you and me," says Rose Mapendo, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the extraordinary new documentary Pushing the Elephant.

Rwanda: Road to Recovery

Isobel Coleman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Isobel Coleman

Risen from the ashes of genocide, Rwanda is in many ways an African success story.

Congolese Groups Demand Ouster of Abusive Army Commander

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Fifty Congolese human rights and civil society organizations, along with Human Rights Watch (HRW), lodged a formal complaint today against Colonel In...

Kabila Says "Peace Before Justice" in DRC; Rebel General Gadi Ready to Fight

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Before we discuss the President of Congo's call for peace before justice, consider this. Eastern Congo is a mess. The military situation is so complex...

Rwanda: When 'Never Again' Happened Such a Short Time Ago

Bernard Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard Pollack

We've never traveled anywhere quite like Rwanda. The country's wounds may never completely heal, especially when "never again" happened here such a short time ago.

Conflict In Congo Rages On Despite 49 Years Of Independence

Huffington Post Contributor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Rebecca Hamilton Goma, DRC - Jimmy Makozo is ten years old. He should be in school. Instead, he is on the streets of Goma desperately reaching ou...

Stateless People Number Up To 15 Million People Worldwide (AUDIO) | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Imagine you have no birth certificate, no passport and no legal rights. You're trapped in the country where you were born, but no document indica...

Hungry Cows, Hungrier People

Josh Ruxin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Ruxin

In a country where ethnic distinctions were often linked to the number of cows owned, the free distribution of cows in Rwanda is a great equalizer. But if the cows are hungry, so are the people.

Remembering The Rwandan Genocide 15 Years Later (SLIDESHOW)

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

The images in this report are atrocious and in some cases obscene. But, they speak the truth of what happened during 100 days in 1994.

The Inauguration and the Historical Spectre of Genocide

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Raymond J. Learsy

The sea of joyous humanity on the Mall in Washington gave us a snapshot of what a million people looked like. It gave us some inkling of the sheer size of what was perhaps humanity's greatest crime.