Genocide

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about taxes at the St. Charles, Missouri, Convention Center on Nov. 29.
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This Is How Every Genocide Begins

Why Trump’s most un-American moment can’t be overlooked.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks at a press conference in Myanmar on Nov. 15, 2017.   (Aung Htet/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson Finally Brands Myanmar Crisis ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

Beyond harsh words, Washington hasn’t meted out punishment on Myanmar yet.

This week on the E.R., we discuss the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Can Anyone Stop the Tragedy in Myanmar — Before It’s Too Late?

The U.S. pulled military assistance to Myanmar in the wake of abuses toward the Rohingya people, but does anyone have enough leverage to end the ethnic cleansing?

A distraught Rohingya boy seeks handouts near the Balukali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on Sept. 20. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

For Years, U.N. Was Warned of Threat to Rohingya in Myanmar

Myanmar’s Muslim crackdown “has been decades in the making.”

THAINKHALI, BANGLADESH - SEPTEMBER 25: Mayina Khatun, 80, suffers from depression and fatigue from her difficult journey from Myanmar one week ago September 25, 2017 in Thainkhali camp, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Over 429,000 Rohingya refugees have fled into Bangladesh since late August during the outbreak of violence in Rakhine state as Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi downplayed the crisis during a speech in Myanmar this week faces and defended the security forces while criticism on her handling of the Rohingya crisis grows. Bangladesh's prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, spoke at the United Nations General Assembly last week, focusing on the humanitarian challenges of hosting the minority Muslim group who currently lack food, medical services, and toilets, while new satellite images from Myanmar's Rakhine state continue to show smoke rising from Rohingya villages.  (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

The Rohingya Are the New Palestinians

The plight of the Rohingya is a rare moment of global unity for Muslim countries. But will that be enough to save them?

TOPSHOT - Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a national address in Naypyidaw on September 19, 2017.
Aung San Suu Kyi said on September 19 she "feels deeply" for the suffering of "all people" caught up in conflict scorching through Rakhine state, her first comments on a crisis that also mentioned Muslims displaced by violence. / AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung THU        (Photo credit should read YE AUNG THU/AFP/Getty Images)

As Tragedy Unfolds in Myanmar, the People’s Heroine Stokes the Flames of Hatred

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya civilians are trapped in a cycle of violence perpetuated by Myanmar’s military, exacerbated by Islamist militants, and inflamed by Aung San Suu Kyi.

COX'S BAZAR, BANGLADESH - SEPTEMBER 19: Refugees are seen in the Falungkhali Rohingya refugee camp on September 19, 2017 in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Over 400,000 Rohingya refugees have fled into Bangladesh since late August during the outbreak of violence in the Rakhine state as Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi broke her silence on the Rohingya crisis on Tuesday and defended the security forces while criticism on her handling of the Rohingya crisis grows. Recent satellite images released by Amnesty International provided evidence that security forces were trying to push the minority Muslim group out of the country. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

The World Knew Ahead of Time the Rohingya Were Facing Genocide

We've never known more about oncoming atrocities, but are still mostly helpless to stop them.

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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

TOPSHOT - soldiers of the Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) celebrate while standing in trenches in Lelo, outside Malakal, northern South Sudan, on October 16, 2016.  
Heavy fighting broke out on Ocotober 14 between SPLA (Government) and opposition forces in Wajwok and Lalo villages, outside Malakal. SPLA commanders claim they succeeded to keep their positions and assure their forces just responded "on self defence". / AFP / Albert Gonzalez Farran        (Photo credit should read ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Push to Halt Genocide in South Sudan Unravels at United Nations

The Security Council is balking at an arms embargo that is too little, too late for the world’s youngest nation.

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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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This picture taken on August 15, 2012 shows a group representing Indonesia's retired military commanders and organisations including the country's largest Muslim body Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) delivering a statement at the NU headquarters in Jakarta. The group rejected any apology to the victims of bloody anti-communist purge, when between 500,000 and two million suspected communists were killed in purges in 1965 and 1966 under general Suharto. In an unprecedented move, Indonesia's official human rights body Komnas HAM announced in July that it has found evidence of widespread gross human rights violations nationwide during the purges. AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD        (Photo credit should read ROMEO GACAD/AFP/GettyImages)

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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The False Idols of Rwanda’s Genocide

Is Paul Kagame’s government using museums to commemorate the past—or cement its grip on power?

Rwandan fugitive Leon Mugesera (C) is escorted handcuffed by policemen to a police vehicle on the tarmac as he arrives at Kigali International Airport late on January 24, 2012. Mugesera, a linguist who had lived in Canada since 1993, is wanted by the Rwandan authorities for alleged incitement to genocide in a speech he delivered two years before the 1994 genocide that claimed the lives of 800,000 people, mainly minority Tutsis. (Photo credit should read STEVE TERRILL/AFP/Getty Images)

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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