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Germany’s Oft-Forgotten Colonial Atrocities in Africa Spark New Lawsuit

A new lawsuit brings Germany's forgotten genocide in Namibia back into the spotlight

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Dredging Up the Demons

Is collective memory of national nightmares always a good thing?

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Hiroshima, My Father, and the Lie of U.S. Innocence

Why Washington hid Japan’s crimes, and its own, in the reckoning of justice after World War II.

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After 50 Years of Denial, Indonesia Takes Shaky Steps Toward Historical Reckoning

Foreign Policy spoke with genocide researcher Jessica Melvin about this month’s encouraging developments.

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Rwandan Who Called Tutsis ‘Cockroaches’ in 1992 Gets Life Sentence

A man accused of encouraging the genocide in Rwanda has been sentenced to life in prison.

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The United States Museum of Holocaust Kitsch

At Washington’s memorial to the genocide of Jews, history often takes a backseat to “collective memory.”

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Criminal in the Hague, but Not in Republika Srpska

The autonomous Serbian government in Bosnia is questioning the war crimes verdict against its former president.

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The G-Word Paradox

Why calling an atrocity a “genocide” is rarely a game-changer.

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