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Georgia: The Wine Wars

14 May 2006 Georgia: The Wine Wars By Gwynne Dyer It is the duty of freedom-loving people everywhere to drink Georgian wine, or at least so says Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. Faced with a sudden ban on Georgian wine by Russia, which normally takes almost 90 percent of Georgia’s exports, the youthful leader of the …

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Ukraine Gazprom

5 January 2006 Gazprom: What Were They Thinking? By Gwynne Dyer It was a Ukrainian triumph, and a Russian foreign-policy disaster. Ukraine gets cheap supplies of natural gas for five years. Russia loses a big chunk of the European energy market forever. The giant Russian natural gas producer Gazprom is effectively an arm of the …

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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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Kyoto Is Back

3 October 2004 Kyoto Is Back By Gwynne Dyer Why did Russian President Vladimir Putin decide to ratify the Kyoto protocol on climate change last week, only six months after his top adviser, Andrei Illarionov, called it a “death treaty”? One reason is that the European Union offered Russians visa-free travel within the 25-country bloc …

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