Africa

Haiti: No Easy Way Out

2 January 2006 Haiti: No Easy Way Out By Gwynne Dyer “We are not going to participate (in the election) without Aristide,” said Father Gérard Jean-Juste, whom many Haitians see as the natural successor to Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the priest-president who was overthrown by the United States in 2004. “It’s going to be like the election …

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Aid, Trade and Reason

9 January 2005 Aid, Trade and Reason By Gwynne Dyer It’s good that people have given from their hearts to the tsunami victims in Asia, and that governments (although they don’t actually have hearts) have pledged even larger sums in aid. But the devil, as usual, is in the details. “I do think there are …

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World Language

25 October 2004 A (Much Resented) World Language By Gwynne Dyer Predictably, the French were furious. A national commission looking into the future of the French education system recommended last week that English, which it called “the language of international communication,” be made compulsory in French schools, and the usual suspects erupted in outrage. It …

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Large Splodge of Wonga

12 September 2004 A Large Splodge of Wonga By Gwynne Dyer Simon Mann, heir to the Watney’s beer fortune, graduate of Eton and the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, former co-founder of Executive Outcomes, a leading mercenary outfit in Africa in the 90s, currently resident at Chikurubi maximum security prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, believes that …

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State of War

23 May 2004 State of War By Gwynne Dyer The worst killing in the world this month was in Nigeria, which isn’t officially at war. Nigerian police routinely underestimate the number of people killed in fighting between Muslims and Christians, believing that the true numbers will just encourage revenge killings elsewhere, but at least 600 …

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Haiti Curse

19 February 2004 Why Is Haiti Cursed? By Gwynne Dyer Haiti’s trip to the brink of civil war began last September, when Amiot Metayer, the leader of a gang of street thugs called the Cannibal Army that enforced President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s will in the northern city of Gonaives, threatened to reveal details of the murder …

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