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Negationism, better prevention or punishment?

Editorial by Marcello Flores, historian and professor at the university of Siena

It is sad to be forced to come back once again to the topic of genocide denial. After the passing of this law which has faced a long passage through the Chambers of the Italian Parliament, I felt compelled to share a commentary. 

"Those who deny do not really ignore"

After a long passage through the Senate, the Chamber of Deputies approved the law that introduced into the Italian criminal code the crime of Holocaust denial. We talked about it with Donatella di Cesare, philosopher and Professor at the Università La Sapienza of Rome, who followed the law's passage very closely.

A Garden in Tunis against fear and terror

Editorial by Gabriele Nissim, Gariwo chairman

In Tunis, the rooms of the Bardo Museum are empty. Where until a few months ago tourists used to flock and cram the space around some of the most beautiful mosaics in the Roman and Byzantine world, today there is a great silence.

Turkey: the rule of law no longer applied

with Cumhuriyet daily under hard pressure, the only remaining independent tools for free expression are social media, especially Twitter, the Internet and the Kurdish media, like DIHA news-agencysays political analyst Cengiz Aktar, after the constitutional amendment scrapping immunity of MPs with legal proceedings.

Germany recognizes Metz Yeghern

Editorial by Simone Zoppellaro, journalist

On 2 June the German Parliament, the Bundestag, recognized the Armenian Genocide, and it did so with an overwhelming majority, an abstention and only one vote against. This says a lot about the political support to

The “miracle” of Lassana Bathily

Editorial by Gabriele Nissim, Gariwo chairman

How can the horizons of people from different walks of life, cultures and faiths merge successfully? This is one of the great themes tackled by Zygmunt Bauman in his book Of God and Man, and the key problem we

Persecutions, torture, massacres

the violation of human rights

Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, approved in Paris by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948, states: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood".The day before the General Assembly itself had approved in New York the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, which was defined as the intentional destruction, as a whole or in part, of"a national, ethnical, racial or religious group", with the well-known exclusion of the political groups due to the opposition of the Eastern Bloc countries, which feared being charged for persecuting their foes (the so-called enemies of the people who were condemned to forced labour in the Gulag camps).

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​Tears of the Desert

Halima Bashir with Damien Lewis

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Roberto Anderson

the romantic Communist, a scion of Rome's haute bourgeoisie, who emigrated into the USSR to build socialism and was shot dead by Stalin in 1938