By Karim Miské
Kosher sushi, kebab stands, a secondhand book shop, and a bar: the nineteenth arrondissement in Paris has all of the trappings of a sophisticated melting pot--a position the place multiethnic voters dwell, love, and worship along each other. yet darkish passions are brewing underneath the doubtless idyllic imaginative and prescient of peacefully coexisting ethnicities.
Ahmed Taroudant is an archetypal French Arab-non-observant, not able to reconcile his conflicting identities, and stricken through the prior. a criminal offense fiction gourmand, Ahmed is engrossed in his most recent booklet while he unearths blood dripping from his upstairs neighbor's condominium. There, Laura Vignole is located brutally murdered, with a joint of red meat positioned close to her physique, prompting the most obvious end that the killer had spiritual causes. because the local erupts into hypothesis and gossip, Ahmed unearths himself first between many suspects.
Detectives Rachel Kupferstein and Jean Hamelot try to untangle the advanced internet of occasions major as much as Laura's loss of life, yet fact is difficult to come back through, with every one inhabitant--an Armenian anarchist, a Turkish kebab-shop proprietor, and a Hasidic Rastafarian--reluctant to bare something. made up our minds to transparent his identify, Ahmed joins the detectives as they examine the relationship among a disbanded hip-hop team and the fiery extremist preachers clamoring for recognition within the streets. in the meantime, an ecstasy variation referred to as Godzwill is taking the district through storm.
In his debut novel, Karim Miské demonstrates a masterful keep watch over of atmosphere, as he strikes without problems among the sensual streets of Paris and the synagogues of latest York to bare the reality in the back of a frightening crime.
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More commonly, societies, including ours, have responded to crime with policies of retribution. Zehr would not discount the strengths of this kind of criminal justice system with its encouragement of human rights and the promotion of the rule of law. But, he explains: “As a system of justice, however, it has its flaws. Criminal justice tends to be punitive, impersonal, and authoritarian. With its focus on guilt and blame, it discourages responsibility and empathy on the part of offenders. The harm done by the offender is balanced by harm done to the offender.
In the large open bed, some forty-five people huddled together, loaded in the open-caged semi like so many of Rwanda’s sinewy Ankole cattle on their way to market. Hutu militia herded Gahigi and others off the truck to an open field where Mattias and some of the Hutu men of the village were gathered. Mattias and these men gathered there each morning in those days with their common work tools to go out and do the uncommon work of tracking and killing their neighbors in homes, forests, and marshes.
When it comes to personal conflict, we generally gravitate toward one of these two responses as well. Somewhere between running away or attacking is a middle way — one that is much more difficult, but that also offers much greater rewards: peacemaking. Like the aims of restorative justice, peacemaking also works toward restoring human flourishing for all those involved. Ken Sande, the president of Peacemakers Ministries, describes the various responses toward conflict as the slope of a hill. On the one end of the slope are the escape responses; on the other end are the attack responses; in the middle are the peacemaking responses.