Archive for May 2019

I Know the Devil Exists: The Rwandan Genocide

May 27, 2019 @ 10:00 am

I know there is a God because in Rwanda I shook hands with the devil. I have seen him, I have smelled him and I have touched him. I know the devil exists and therefore I know there is a God.
–Roméo Dallaire

Even today, the countries of Africa are in their youth. Yet, already, the continent has seen more than enough violence in the 50 years since decolonization. The scars from European rule run deep, and continue to cause untold hardship. By far, the most well know scar rests on Rwanda, a small country in Central-East Africa in the great lakes region. Tensions between the Tutsi and Hutu population had grown significantly since its independence, and a civil war began in the late 1980s between the predominant Tutsi Rwandan Patriotic Front and the predominant Hutu government. A peace compromise as eventually negotiated in 1993, and the UN stepped in to observe the ceasefire. However, the peace would be destroyed in a plane crash, and result in the worst genocide the world had seen since the Holocaust.

Immediately after the crash, the radios across Rwanda had one message:

"Cut the tall trees!"

Music:

Ne Me Laisse Pas Seule Ici from Hotel Rwanda

Things Fall Apart by Philanthrope

Filed under Pan Historia, Canada, European, Africa ·

The History of the United Nations

May 13, 2019 @ 10:00 am

On October 24, 1945, the countries of France, United Kingdom, Soviet Union, United States, and the Republic of China ratified a charter, officially organizing the United Nations. The purpose of the organization is to bring governments together in order to promote and maintain global peace and security. Since its beginnings, the UN has had both success and failure, praise and criticism. Today, 193 states are members of the organization, with hundreds more non-member observers, intergovernmental organizations, and other organizations. This week, Lyndsay and Jonah discuss both the history and functions of the many bodies and organs of the United Nations.

 

Music:

Hymn of the United Nations

Warmth Feeling by Samashi

Filed under Pan Historia, Political History, Cold War, Other ·

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