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This week in Tortoise – Unforgotten: Syria’s war crimes

This week in Tortoise – Unforgotten: Syria’s war crimes

Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, it’s estimated that over six and a half million have fled the country. Many of them escaped to Germany, where, in a baffling twist of fate, one was recently put on trial, in a small town in the west of the country called Koblenz. Running for nearly two years, it was a trial of historical proportions – the first time a senior Syrian regime figure has been prosecuted for crimes against humanity. 

This week’s Slow Newscast is the story about the hunt and prosecution of a war criminal. It’s about the neglected and unfinished fight for justice in Syria. And, as well as being a humbling example of tirelessness, it’s also a case of love – the love between a father and his daughter. This week’s episode of the Slow Newscast is Unforgotten: Syria’s war crimes.

At this week’s ThinkIns, we will get stuck into the UK’s political drama and culture wars, but, we hope, also look up:

  • Adam Rutherford’s new book Control tells the history of one of the most destructive ideas of the twentieth century: eugenics. But new gene-editing techniques mean that conversations about tinkering with unborn children’s DNA have resurfaced. Join us and Adam this evening at 6.30pm London time for Eugenics: Have we moved on? (For Friends of Tortoise, there’s a dinner with Adam after the ThinkIn at the Charlotte Street Hotel – and if this reads like an invitation to join the Friends programme, it is.)
  • For years Netflix has claimed that it wants nothing more than to entertain the world. Really? Isn’t it becoming clear that in what it streams – and what it doesn’t – it has views and values too. Tomorrow at 6.30pm we’ll be asking whether Netflix has a political agenda.
  • On Wednesday at 6.30pm we’ll have our weekly Open News meeting. 
  • On Thursday morning at 8:30am, Friends of Tortoise are invited to join us at the Natural History Museum for a special breakfast preview of two new exhibitions before the Museum opens to the public – the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the Our Broken Planet display.
  • Then, on Thursday evening, perhaps the most contested issue in the world of museums: should the UK should return the Elgin marbles – AKA the Parthenon Sculptures?

This week’s ThinkIns will be taking place primarily in our newsroom in central London. If you’re unable to make it in person though, you’re more than welcome to join us digitally. Whether online or in person, we’d look forward to seeing you – we are always interested to know what you think.

Have a very good week. 


James Harding
Editor & co-founder