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Cover for Justice after genocide  - (Issue 385)

December 2005's Issue

Genocide, ‘ethnic cleansing’, mass murder – these have been depressingly familiar aspects of human history. But there are glimmers of hope and reasons for celebration. Not because the atrocities are fewer – witness the genocide in Darfur – but because there is an emerging sense that a global legal system is gradually being built which will bring perpetrators to justice. The truth may not lead automatically to justice. But without it there is no hope. This month’s NI looks at what people and nations must do to move beyond their murderous pasts.

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Featured in issue 385

House of Horror

In Buenos Aires, Tomás Bril Mascarenhas meets a young man who’s discovered a secret – about himself

A memory of Paine

Memorials keep the Chilean past alive for Carmen Rodríguez

Trial and Error

In Rwanda, thousands of accused killers await justice. Fawzia Sheikh looks at community alternatives.

Battle for the truth

Conflicted history in Armenia, Cambodia, Guatemala, East Timor and Japan.

Whose Truth?

Mark Freeman explains what truth commissions can and cannot do.

Challenging Impunity

The International Criminal Court may not be perfect, argues Noah Novogrodsky. But it’s a good start.

Mothers’ courage

Irham Čečo talks to the courageous women of Srebrenica

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Crimes Against Humanity

His time will come, Geaorge Bush’s that is.

Truth and Fantasy

Mark Engler accuses the US of twisting El Salvador’s history to suit its foreign policy interests in Iraq.

Brixton Blues

Paul Bakalite rails against the dark arts of gentrification.

Eyes wide shut

Darfur, Sudan, through the eyes of children who’ve fled the conflict.

Just chocolate

Grenada’s revolutionary fair trade

Crime & punishment

How do nations recover from trauma? Wayne Ellwood reports on the emerging global justice system.

Green house, back door

Carbon trading’s impact on a South African suburb

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Interview with Debra Harry and the Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism

Debra Harry and the Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism.

Afflicted Powers

Afflicted Powers by Retort

Speaking in tongues

Faced with her daughter’s pioneering of a new language built from Arabic, French and English, Reem Haddad tears her hair out.

Argentina

101 downingstreet

George Orwell leaves his mark on Polyp’s latest ‘cartoon’.

War on corruption

Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo is clamping down on corruption. So why are ordinary Nigerians less than enthusiastic? Ike Oguine explains.

Tsvangirayi Mukwazh

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After Ebola

The world’s media extensively covered the Ebola crisis at its peak, but now the epidemic’s impact on communities in West Africa has fallen off the news agenda. And while millions of donor dollars eventually poured in to help contain and defeat the virus, its after effects – social, cultural and economic – will continue to be felt for years to come. We take a critical look at the humanitarian response and health systems deficit. Ebola is not a new disease – it’s been around since 1976 – so why did over 11,000 West Africans die 2014-16? Did we learn the right lessons from the outbreak, and, with Ebola considered endemic in the region, is Sierra Leone ready if the virus returns?

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