Africa

The West African Curse

11 December 2009 The West African Curse By Gwynne Dyer There have been political horrors in other parts of Africa, like the genocidal former regime in Rwanda, the current regime in Zimbabwe, or any Congolese regime you care to name. But the worst regimes in Africa seem to arise along the stretch of tropical coastline …

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Dead Imperialists and 377

3 July 2009 Dead Imperialists and 377  By Gwynne Dyer It is 42 years since homosexual acts were legalised in Britain. A Labour government did that, of course, but now even the Conservatives have jumped on the bandwagon. The current Conservative leader, David Cameron, who will almost certainly be prime minister within a year, declared …

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Despite Zuma

8 April 2009 Despite Zuma By Gwynne Dyer In less than two weeks (22 April), Jacob Zuma will be elected as South Africa’s new president. Many people see this as the beginning of the end for South African democracy, and even for South Africa as a developed country, because Zuma is an ill-educated populist who …

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Pirates of the Horn

21 November 2008 Pirates of the Horn  By Gwynne Dyer On one side are the eight navies, the world’s largest shipping companies, the rich Gulf states that need to get their oil to market, and the great powers, whose commerce depends heavily on the shipping lanes around the Horn of Africa. On the other side …

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