South Africa

The Zuma Problem

18 December 2007 The Zuma Problem By Gwynne Dyer “The (African National Congress) should not choose someone of whom most of us would be ashamed,” said Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who has a fair claim to being South Africa’s living conscience. But on Tuesday the ANC did choose Jacob Zuma as the new party leader, giving …

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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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