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The Spoilers and the Web

14 November 2005 The Spoilers and the Web By Gwynne Dyer “The situation can certainly be criticised but the proposed remedies seem much worse,” said the Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontieres, not exactly the first organisation that you would expect to rally to the US government’s position. “If there was ever a time to invoke the …

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United Nations Reform

11 September 2005 United Nations Reform By Gwynne Dyer If we set out to create a farm in the wilderness, we should not expect the top local predators to help. We have our interests, and they have theirs: as our little patch of order spreads, their ability to hunt freely and dominate the local environment …

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No Quick Fix for the UN

30 March 2005 No Quick Fix for the UN By Gwynne Dyer “(Kofi Annan’s) lack of leadership, combined with conflicts of interest and a lack of responsibility and accountability, point to one, and only one, outcome: his resignation.” If that had been the conclusion of Paul Volcker, chairman of the independent committee of inquiry into …

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United Nations Reform

3 December 2004 United Nations Reform By Gwynne Dyer  United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s plan for UN reform, unveiled on 2 December, was a brave attempt to square the circle, but it will not work. It acknowledged the Bush administration’s strident demands for changes at the UN, accommodated a few of them, and proposed a …

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Sudan

13 June 2004 Sudan: Peace in the South, War in the West By Gwynne Dyer USaid predicts that 350,000 people will die of hunger, disease and exposure in the refugee camps of western Sudan in the next few months. Back in April Kofi Annan, the United Nations secretary-general, was already warning that the international community …

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Exit Strategy

10 June 2004 Exit Strategy By Gwynne Dyer President George W. Bush has had a good two weeks on Iraq. A United Nations special envoy helped to choose the members of an Iraqi interim government. A UN Security Council resolution then blessed the deal by which the US will allegedly hand over ‘sovereignty’ to that …

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Iraq Update to May 2

RE SUNDAY’S ARTICLE: To update, taking account of the change of Iraqi general in charge of Falluja, substitute new paragraphs 6 and 7. Full amended text follows. 4 May 2004 Iraq: It’s All Over Now By Gwynne Dyer The situation in Iraq is “disintegration verging on collapse,” said Richard Holbrooke, former US ambassador to the …

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Blair and the UN

7 March 2004 The UN Is Not A Morality Play By Gwynne Dyer “It may well be that under international law as presently constituted a regime can systematically brutalise and oppress its own people and there is nothing anyone can do….This may be the law, but should it be?” asked Prime Minister Tony Blair last …

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