Gerry Caplan

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.

Gerry Caplan
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Sep 17, 2018
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Conservative chaos abounds

Gerry Caplan
From Andrew Scheer's antics in India to "Mad Max" Bernier's new political party and Doug Ford's brash, Trump-like politics in Ontario, the Conservatives in Canada are surely in chaos.
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Sep 8, 2018

Free speech for those Ford agrees with

Gerry Caplan
Those who know Ford's record are convinced he's determined to open universities to "controversial speakers" such as Holocaust deniers, anti-abortion activists, and far-right radicals.
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Jun 29, 2018

Canada sends military force to Mali

Gerry Caplan
We rich white countries sure are generous when it comes to handouts for our Black kin in Africa. Except when we rip them off, of course, which is the real story of Canada and the West in Africa.
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May 31, 2018

Dear Premier Horwath

Gerry Caplan
The Ontario NDP has shot to the top of some polls into an almost unimaginable lead across the province. And even though it's not over 'till it's over, Horwath seems like a premier-in-waiting.
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May 23, 2018
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Bibi's chutzpah

Gerry Caplan
Palestinians have no hope for a better future. They protest without hope. Bibi doesn't care. CIJA doesn't care. Blame everything on Hamas. Everything. That is chutzpah.
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Apr 3, 2018
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at her 80th birthday celebrations held at Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town. Image: GovernmentZA/Flickr

A look back at Winnie Mandela's legacy

Gerry Caplan
In an article originally written in 1989, Gerry Caplan looks at the late Winnie Mandela's complicated legacy and involvement in anti-apartheid activism.
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Feb 27, 2018
Ontario Legislative Building. Image: DXR/Wikimedia Commons

Woe is me, Ontario

Gerry Caplan
Shed a tear with me for my poor old Ontario. Have our political rulers ever been quite as pathetic and disappointing as they are now?

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