20 Years Later, Crucial Lessons from Rwanda’s Genocide
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20 Years Later, Crucial Lessons from Rwanda’s Genocide

In a Rwandan-born process called the Gacaca court system, ethnic Hutus—who murdered, raped, and plundered Tutsi targets—are released from jail on the condition that they confront their neighbors directly, those whose lives they took or ruined. No expensive lawyers. No long, drawn-out processes. Just face-to-face connections. Grassroots justice. Continue reading »

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Turkey Defies Twitter Ban: The New Reality of Social Media Society
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Turkey Defies Twitter Ban: The New Reality of Social Media Society

The Turkish Prime Minister’s “ban” on Twitter last week was met by a resounding show of defiance from his own people, and even his own government. Social media has become a vital platform for uniting people, voicing concerns, and blowing whistles, but its potential for abuse inherently undermines its value, raising questions as to whether or not we the people can be “good” enough to monitor ourselves properly. Continue reading »

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How would you advise Obama to avoid a war with Russia?
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How would you advise Obama to avoid a war with Russia?

As an American who spends a lot of my time abroad, I frequently do the dance of having to distinguish my individual beliefs apart from my government’s behavior, yet at the same time convey my proud identity as “American”. So I can’t help but wonder, as an ‘everyday ambassador’, what’s going on in the mind of an everyday person in Ukraine? Continue reading »

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