Rwanda remembers its genocide 25 years on
This week, Rwanda commemorates the massacres of 1994, in which 800,000 people were killed in just 100 days. The country is now stable, but how does any society recover from such a horror?
Pope declares Armenian ‘genocide’ 100 years on
A century after the murder of more than a million Armenians in Turkey, the Pope has called the event ‘the 20th century’s first genocide’. Why is it not more widely remembered and decried?
Billions sought to rebuild devastated Darfur
The name of ‘Darfur’, a poor region in western Sudan, has conjured images of horror and brutality for a decade. Now peace is finally close – but healing the scars may take more than money.
Trial begins for Europe’s worst war criminal
Serbian general Ratko Mladic, whose trial began yesterday, was responsible for the worst European atrocity since the Second World War. Is this the most evil man in the world?
Violence is a thing of the past, says professor
In a major new book, Harvard professor Steven Pinker says that when it comes to violence, we've never had it so good. Is killing part of human nature?
Burned alive: the deadly politics of central Asia
In a small and distant country, a spate of vicious ethnic killings are being linked to a struggle between the world’s superpowers and a Russian bid to win control.