Asia in Space

5 June 2003 Asia in Space By Gwynne Dyer The first British mission is on its way to Mars: a sophisticated package the size of a portable barbeque called Beagle 2 that is travelling as a passenger on the European Space Agency’s Mars Express, launched by a Russian rocket from Baikonur cosmodrome on 1 June. …

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Congo

29 May 2003 Africa’s Thirty Years War By Gwynne Dyer In the next few days a French-led multinational force will begin arriving in the Congo’s north-eastern Ituri province, empowered by the UN Security Council to use “all necessary means”, including force, to stop the bloody struggle between the rival militias of the Lendu and Hema …

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US and the UN

25 May 2003 The US and the UN By Gwynne Dyer “The French foreign minister…said he was not completely satisfied with the resolution but supported it in the interests of ‘unity of the international community’. Translation: we give up, you’re bigger than we are.” That was how the Los Angeles Times greeted the UN Security …

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Who Is Human?

21 May 2003 Who Is Human? By Gwynne Dyer Once upon a time it was acceptable to eat people who didn’t belong to the tribe. Human beings have come a long way since then, and we may yet go further. We might even make killing some non-humans a crime. The idea that the great apes, …

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Terrorism and Patience

14 May 2003 Terrorism and Patience By Gwynne Dyer The bomb attacks on foreigners’ residential compounds in Riyadh on 12 May were about as surprising as rain in Ireland. There was no surprise in President George W. Bush’s response, either: “The United States will find the killers and they will learn the meaning of American …

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The Next Genocide

8 May 2003 The Next Genocide By Gwynne Dyer There may be another genocide coming in Africa, this time in Burundi, and the most frustrating thing about it is that you can’t even pin the blame for it on some monster of wickedness. It’s just the situation. Burundi got a new president recently. On 30 …

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The Missing WMD

1 May 2003 The Missing WMD By Gwynne Dyer The favourite fantasy headline of British comedian Spike Milligan was: ‘Archduke Franz Ferdinand Found Alive! First World War a Mistake!’ We are unlikely to see a similar headline in any American paper soon, but in the rest of the world the continued failure of the US …

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