Preventing Genocide: Do We Care Enough?
Despite the earnest commitments made by the world after Hitler, genocides have become more common than ever before in the history of humankind. What does this say about human nature? Under certain circumstances, is every one of us capable of evil beyond imagination? Gerald Caplan will argue that many of the atrocities we read about each day could be prevented if only the major powers had the will to do so. Lacking the will, millions die appalling and needless deaths. He point a finger at those who could have prevented the deaths of millions but have consciously failed to act.
Canada and the World: The Reality Behind the Myth
Almost as much as Medicare, Canadians define themselves by their active humanitarian role in the world. Peacekeeping and foreign aid are the two areas which give Canadians most pride in their contribution to a better and more peaceful world. The truth is very different and very disappointing. Gerry Caplan exposes the reality and shows how successive governments have quietly undermined Canada’s role abroad.
Is Africa Doomed? Is Racism the Cause?
Africa has become “the dark continent” once again. The terrible old stereotypes of cannibals boiling missionaries alive has been replaced by terrible new stereotypes of genocides, rampant HIV/AIDS, famines, brutal tyrants, and grinding poverty. None of these are wrong, yet they tell the wrong story. A proper perspective is needed on Africa’s long and destructive relationship with the western world, going back to the days of the slave trade.