Africa's wars make headlines, but what about the stories of peacemaking that follow the end of conflict? Plus, Saddam Hussein's hanging appears imminent, and the Creole controversy in New Orleans. Who and what may or may not be Creole. Sara Terry guest hosts.
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In Baghdad, news that Americans may have transferred Saddam Hussein to the custody of Iraqi authorities has prompted speculation that Hussein's execution may be coming soon. The White House said it was preparing for the hanging to come as early as this weekend.
In a year marked, like so many years, with news of war, tales of reconciliation often go untold. The conflict between Ethiopia and Somalia made news this week, but in other parts of Africa, stories of peacemaking unfold each day. Across the continent, communities are rebuilding civil societies through local traditions of forgiveness and apology, as well as formal structures such as truth and reconciliation commissions. Do these efforts lead to sustainable peace? Can forgiveness overcome revenge in the wake of atrocities? How do the victims of war cope with the return of ex-combatants? Does Africa hold lessons for the rest of the world?
Massa Washington, Commissioner with the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission
David Smock, Vice President of the Center for Mediation and Conflict Resolution
Abraham McLaughlin, Former Africa Correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor
Paul van Zyl, Executive Vice President of the International Center for Transitional Justice
"Creole" is thought of as a defining word in Louisiana. Recently a magazine writer who denied that Creoles exist became as unpopular as FEMA, insurance companies or people who deal with levees. But that doesn't mean it's easy to determine exactly what "Creole" means. That's according to a New York Times journalist, the only food writer to go to New Orleans after Katrina.
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