Politics

Chechen Quagmire

7 July 2003 The Chechen Quagmire By Gwynne Dyer “All terror acts committed on Chechen territory are financed by international terrorist organisations, including al-Qaida,” claimed Colonel Ilya Shabalkin, head of the Russian FSB security service’s operations in Chechnya, in May. Yes, indeed, said Russian President Vladimir Putin, and everything Russia does in Chechnya is “a …

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Road Map

30 June 2003 The ‘Road Map’: A Truce, Not a Peace By Gwynne Dyer A cease-fire has rarely been breached faster than the one announced by Palestinian militant groups on Sunday. The two biggest Islamist groups, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, declared a three-month suspension of attacks on Israeli targets at lunch-time. By Sunday night Yasser …

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The Lady Is Still in Jail

26 June 2003 The Lady Is Still in Jail By Gwynne Dyer “The military regime is very worried that they are facing a Cory Aquino-type of people-power movement, and basically, they’ve panicked,” explained a foreign diplomat in Rangoon shortly after a mob of government-sponsored thugs attacked Aung San Suu Kyi’s motorcade at Dipeyin, north-east of …

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Whales and Morality

18 June 2003 Whales and Morality By Gwynne Dyer “At some point we are confident we will overturn the (whaling) moratorium. It is becoming a reality,” said Joji Morishita, a member of Japan`s huge delegation to the annual morality play that the International Whaling Commission`s meetings have become. But it wasn`t a reality yet at …

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Iraq-Vietnam

15 June 2003 Iraq: The Start of the Guerilla War? By Gwynne Dyer When US President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963, American military deaths in Vietnam had just passed fifty. At the current loss rate, US military deaths in Iraq since the war ‘ended’ two months ago will pass that total before …

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