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Truth and Reconciliation: My Impressions of Apartheid South Africa

White-Black Handshake and flag of RSA

Living during apartheid was like time travelling back to the 1950’s segregated southern USA… but with an Afrikaans accent.

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Truth and Reconciliation: The Shining Example of Germany

Handshake with German flag

It is never easy to acknowledge horrible truths nor take action to make peace with those you’ve wronged. Germany did it.

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Being in a Siege: Marash 1920 and Mosul 2017

Mosul 2017

What is it like to be in a siege? We have an inkling of what civilians in Mosul today are experiencing, thanks to diaries and reports of relief workers almost 100 years ago.

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Survival Lesson from Dutch East Indies, 1942: Taking Care of Yourself

Dutch East Indies family at dinner 1936

A simple but profound story of survival during World War II reminded me of the importance of taking care of yourself.

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Kindergarten: Germany’s Gift to the World

kindergarten: children in a garden with a teacher

The idea of children as plants to be nurtured and teachers as gardeners turns out to be an old idea, but one that spread quickly and firmly around the world.

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Patriotism, Nationalism and Isolationism Then and Now

isolationism graphics

There was, and still is, a “lamentable lack of understanding” of attitudes to one’s own country, sometimes at the expense of good relations with others.

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Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo Refuse to Deny Genocide in Argentina

Madres in 2006 by Roblespepe

April 30 marks the 40th anniversary of the march of the Mothers of the Disappeared. They refuse to allow denial in Argentina.

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