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Zimbabwe Meltdown

2 August 2007 Zimbabwe Meltdown By Gwynne Dyer Over a thousand years ago, according to ancient English tradition, King Canute set his throne on the shore and ordered the tide to stop rising. Just over a month ago, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe took an equally bold stand, ordering inflation to stop forthwith or else …

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Last Act in Zimbabwe

30 March 2007 When Thieves Fall Out: Last Act in Zimbabwe By Gwynne Dyer It will take a while yet, but the long and brutal reign of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe is probably nearing its end. Not because of the democratic opposition at home, whose members are regularly beaten up and sometimes killed by the …

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Nelson the Terrorist

4 July 2006 Nelson the Terrorist By Gwynne Dyer The oddest bit of news this week has been the tale of the hunt for Nelson Mandela’s pistol, buried on a farm near Johannesburg 43 years ago. It was a Soviet-made Makarov automatic pistol, given to Mandela when he was undergoing military training in Ethiopia. (He …

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South African Election

11 April 2004 South African Election By Gwynne Dyer Patricia de Lille, leader of South Africa’s Independent Democratic Party, took a very public HIV test as part of her campaign — and challenged all the other candidates in the country’s third democratic election (on 14 April) to do the same. Not many will, for fear …

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New Gang in Town

17 September 2003 New Gang in Town By Gwynne Dyer Something very important happened in Mexico last week. You could tell, because the European and American trade negotiators were so cross as they left the 146-nation trade talks at Cancun that they were practically spitting. The European Union’s trade commissioner, Pascal Lamy, damned the World …

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