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Russia and Kyoto

29 September 2003 Russia and Kyoto By Gwynne Dyer President George W. Bush did not instantly kill the Kyoto Protocol on global climate change just by pulling the United States out of the treaty in March, 2001, but it did mean that every other major industrial country on the planet had to ratify it before …

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Chechen Quagmire

7 July 2003 The Chechen Quagmire By Gwynne Dyer “All terror acts committed on Chechen territory are financed by international terrorist organisations, including al-Qaida,” claimed Colonel Ilya Shabalkin, head of the Russian FSB security service’s operations in Chechnya, in May. Yes, indeed, said Russian President Vladimir Putin, and everything Russia does in Chechnya is “a …

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‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’: The New Barbarossa?

25 March 2003 ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’: The New Barbarossa? By Gwynne Dyer Historical analogies are often misleading, but have you noticed that Saddam Hussein, in recent TV broadcasts, looks more and more like Joseph Stalin? That’s how he’s positioning himself politically, too. Like Stalin during the Second World War, he is effectively telling Iraqis to …

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Media and Terrorism

27 October 2002 How To Cover Terrorism: The New Media Rules By Gwynne Dyer Rule One: When covering terrorist attacks, do not discuss the political contex of the attacks or the terrorists’ motives and strategy. Two generations of comic books and cartoons have accustomed the general audience to villains who are evil just for the …

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