Africa

The Fate of Africa

8 August 2012 The Fate of Africa By Gwynne Dyer Good news from Africa: after two decades of bloody anarchy, Somalia is finally on the mend. There is something resembling a government coming into being in Mogadishu, with much help from African Union troops – although the country’s most popular comedian, Abdi Jeylani Marshale, famous …

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The New Latin

20 May 2012 The Triumph of English By Gwynne Dyer The second president of the United States, John Adams, predicted in 1780 that “English will be the most respectable language in the world and the most universally read and spoken in the next century, if not before the end of this one.” It is destined …

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Sudan Is Not The Norm

26 April 2012 Sudan Is Not The Norm By Gwynne Dyer President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan has been having some fun with language recently. He has come up with a new name for the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), the party that has formed the government of South Sudan since it finally got its independence …

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Senegal and Haiti

18 January 2010 Senegal and Haiti  By Gwynne Dyer Is it megalomania or just a political stunt? Senegal’s President Abdoulaye Wade may not even know the answer himself, but his offer to let quake-stricken Haitians resettle in his West African country certainly qualifies as the most flamboyant response to the tragedy in Haiti. “The repeated …

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2009 Year-Ender

29 December 2009 2009 Year-Ender By Gwynne Dyer The year 2009 was most notable for the three bad things that didn’t happen. Firstly, the financial melt-down of late 2008 did not plunge us all into a 1930s-style depression, although there were plenty of pundits predicting that less than a year ago. As Stephen Schwarzman, head …

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