Nigeria

“Addicted to Oil”

2 February 2006 “Addicted to Oil” By Gwynne Dyer “America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world,” said President George W. Bush in his State of the Union speech on Wednesday. And his solution? He’s going to cut US oil imports from the Middle East by 75 percent, …

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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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The Curse of Oil

20 July 2003 Sao Tome and the Curse of Oil By Gwynne Dyer Why has Algeria been devastated by tyranny and civil war, while neighbouring Morocco is peaceful, relatively democratic, and no poorer? Why is Angola, once Portugal’s richest African colony, a wasteland of poverty, violence and corruption with enclaves of glittering wealth, while Mozambique, …

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Beauty and Death

 25 November 2002 Beauty and Death By Gwynne Dyer “These girls will be wearing swimwear dripping with blood,” said British writer Muriel Gray as 92 shaken Miss World contestants arrived in London from Nigeria on 24 November. The organisers had pulled the beauty pageant out of Nigeria after at least 215 people died in riots …

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