History

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German Self-Definition Against the US

America’s one-time protégé turns against its patron

01/11/2005 | by Richard Herzinger | Germany, Germany - USA

Why has the mood in Germany turned so vehemently against the United States? The usual answer is George W. Bush. On closer examination, however, this does not fly. Opposing Bush’s war plans in Iraq did not require siding with France in an outright showdown with the US.

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Raphael Lemkin’s Concept of Genocide

Fifty years later, the first conviction was handed down

01/01/2005 | by Anson Rabinbach | Government and Society

A few years ago, the New York Times described Polish-Jewish jurist Raphael Lemkin (1901-1959) as a “largely forgotten immigrant from Poland who coined the word genocide and pushed a convention outlawing it through the General Assembly.” Only with the creation of the International Tribunal for Crimes in former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, which secured the first-ever conviction for the crime of genocide, has Lemkin emerged from undeserved obscurity.