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Stereotyping Russia

27 February 2008 Stereotyping Russia By Gwynne Dyer The coronation of Dmitri Medvedev as Vladimir Putin’s anointed successor, by means of a presidential election on Sunday whose outcome is a foregone conclusion, has unleashed the usual deluge of stereotypes about “the Russians” in the Western media. They are backward, they cannot ever escape from their …

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The Pope and Islam

17 September 2006 The Pope and Islam By Gwynne Dyer On a scale of one to ten, Pope Benedict XVI’s first attempt at an apology was barely a 3. He said nothing himself, but on Saturday Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone told the world that “The Holy Father is very sorry that some passages of his speech …

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Poland: The Terrible Twins

4 September 2006 Poland: The Terrible Twins By Gwynne Dyer “I am afraid that with Jaroslaw Kaczynski as prime minister, Poland will become more extreme, more anti-European and a more xenophobic country,” warned Bronislaw Komorowski, a member of the opposition Civic Platform party, when the second Kaczynski twin was made prime minister by his brother, …

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Angie and the Flat Tax

2 September 2005 Angie and the Flat Tax By Gwynne Dyer No political campaign in the West is now complete without a signature rock song to capture the baby-boomer demographic. If Margaret Thatcher were running for office in Britain today, they’d be playing Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May” at every rally. Never mind that the actual …

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Yalta, Truth and Tact

8 May 2005 Yalta, Truth and Tact By Gwynne Dyer Presidents aren’t expected to know much history, but their speech-writers are — and even presidents are expected to be considerate of their hosts’ feelings. President George W. Bush’s speech in Riga on Saturday did not measure up. It wasn’t Bush who started the quarrel about …

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