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Mo Ibrahim’s Idea

25 October 2006 Mo Ibrahim’s Idea By Gwynne Dyer It is very unlikely that Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh, re-elected last month to a third term with a 67 percent majority, will ever win the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. He is a stereotypical African “big man” ruler, which is precisely what the …

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Not the Paris Intifada

4 November 2005 Not the Paris Intifada  By Gwynne Dyer “Scum,” French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy called the rioters who have seized control of many working-class “suburbs” around Paris every night since 27 October, when two teenagers died in an accident that many blame on the police. Accused of pouring fuel on the flames, Sarkozy …

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A Few Obscenities

28 July 2005 A Few Obscenities By Gwynne Dyer Let’s talk dirty. The 9/11 suicide hijackers — all Arabs — attacked the United States instead of Brazil or Japan because the US government has been neck-deep in the politics of the Arab world for a generation, whereas the Brazilian and Japanese governments haven’t. There is …

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Perfidious Albion

11 July 2004 Perfidious Albion and Diego Garcia By Gwynne Dyer “In accordance with current regulations, no type of attire with degrading or obscene comments may be worn on or brought to Diego Garcia. This includes pictures, phrases or slogans depicting drug paraphernalia, anti-war slogans….” It’s not clear from the website whether the British customs …

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Vanunu

18 April 2004 The Courage of the Clerk By Gwynne Dyer I am the clerk, the technician, the mechanic, the driver. They said, Do this, do that, don’t look left or right. Don’t read the text. Don’t look at the whole machine. You are only responsible for this one bolt, this one rubber stamp. Mordechai …

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Destroying Pitcairn

27 November 2003 Destroying Pitcairn By Gwynne Dyer “We had to destroy the village in order to save it,” as some US officer allegedly said during the Vietnam War. British justice is now about to do the same thing to the Pitcairn Islanders. In an attempt to avert that outcome, defence lawyer Paul Dacre recently …

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