Category Archives: Genocide

Researcher says carnage too easy to ignore

The Register-Guard, November 28, 2005

If Paul Slovic’s research assumptions are correct, there’s a good chance you’ll stop reading this story as soon as you learn what it’s about: genocide in Darfur. In the African country of Sudan, gangs of assassins called Janjaweed have systematically murdered hundreds of thousands of people, with close to another 2 million interned in refugee camps, threatened with death from famine and disease. But as the numbers grow, Americans may be less rather than more inclined to help, according to Slovic, a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon and president of Decision Research, a nonprofit institute that studies human decision-making and perceptions of risk.

It’s not that Americans lack compassion […] But in what Slovic labels a “fundamental deficiency in our humanity,” people are much less likely to come to the aid of victims of mass murder.

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“Katrina moved us to act, so why not Darfur?” by Paul Slovic
The Register-Guard, September 12, 2005

Study shows some types of military interventions can slow or stop genocide

Blackwell Publishing press release, 18-Aug-2005

A study published in the latest issue of International Studies Quarterly is the first to examine the effectiveness of military action on the severity of ongoing instances of genocide and polititcide. The study reveals that only overt military interventions that explicitly challenge the perpetrator appear to be effective in reducing the severity of the brutal policies.
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Retracing Crimes in the world’s killing fields

Retracing Crimes in the World’s Killing Fields
National Public Radio, Aug. 7, 2004

Genocide is a key part of forensic anthropologist Clea Koff’s profession. She’s investigated mass graves in Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo. NPR’s Scott Simon asks her about her experiences as outlined in her new book, The Bone Woman. (Random House)

Bone Woman: Among the Dead in Rwanda, Bosnia, and Croatia Clea Koff

[Thank you to Ian Pitchford’s Evolutionary Psychology group for highlighting this link:]