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The Children of Warnew

An international effort to get kids out of conflict has star power behind it, thanks to acclaimed musician Bruce Cockburn and senator Romeo Dallaire.
Monday Magazine  |  Amanda Farrell  |  10-02-2008  |  War

Iraqi Journalist Ahmed Fadaam Talks American Occupation and Sectarian Violencenew

"We're going to have an anti-American generation being built, and prepared, to hate all the Americans. The Iraqis right now know that all Americans are the people wearing uniforms, helmets and sunglasses, and carrying fatal weapons. They don't know that there are people who are family people just like them, people who are trying to live their days, raise their kids and go to their jobs."
INDY Week  |  Matt Saldana  |  09-25-2008  |  War

Thabo Mbeki's Spectacular Fall from Gracenew

It was widely believed of South Africa's outgoing president, Thabo Mbeki, that the only time he wasn't plotting was when he was asleep. More than his bizarre views on AIDS or even his failure to do much for South Africa's poor, it was that reputation as an inveterate plotter that finally brought him down.
The Georgia Straight  |  Gwynne Dyer  |  09-24-2008  |  International

Limbo in the North: Will the War in Uganda Ever End?new

Today's peace could snap at any moment, and camp residents might find themselves back where they started more than 20 years ago -- in the thick of a terrifying war.
San Diego CityBeat  |  Hannah Rappleye and Peter Holslin  |  09-17-2008  |  International

Political Bickering Could Start a New Cold Warnew

There is still no good reason to have a new Cold War, and I still think it won't happen. But as the politicians posture and the stupidities accumulate, I'm less sure than I was that it won't happen.
The Georgia Straight  |  Gwynne Dyer  |  08-29-2008  |  International

Fired Up On the Shanghai Sizzlenew

This delicious chaos of city that's turned Mao into Mickey Mouse and trains into bullets leaves Beijing -- and Toronto -- in its dust.
NOW Magazine  |  Michael Hollett  |  08-25-2008  |  International

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgianew

Maybe oil figures it's time to get back to Plan A and revive the Cold War, or at least oilmen do. There are issues aplenty behind the conflict in Georgia, but to the powers fueling it, it's a war of competing pipelines.
Los Angeles CityBeat  |  Jim Washburn  |  08-25-2008  |  International

13 Days in August: The Polish Missile Crisis

Why is the Bush Administration trying to provoke war with Russia?
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  08-21-2008  |  War

The Georgian Debacle Could Break NATOnew

If the U.S. pursues its goal of bringing Georgia and Ukraine into NATO, there are only three options. If "old Europe" digs in its heels and refuses, then either the U.S. drops its demand, or NATO breaks up. The third alternative is that "old Europe" agrees to let the two former Soviet republics join -- but with the unspoken reservation that they will never actually go to war with Russia to protect them.
The Georgia Straight  |  Gwynne Dyer  |  08-20-2008  |  International

Retired Russian Army Colonel Criticizes U.S. Actions in Iraq Even as Tanks Roll in Georgianew

Yuri Yuryevich, also a former journalist, says the idea of Russian censorship was concocted by the West -- investigative journalism no problem as long as president isn't criticized.
L.A. Weekly  |  Steven Leigh Morris  |  08-18-2008  |  International

South Ossetia Was a Monumental Miscalculation by Georgianew

This was Georgia's second attempt in 18 years to conquer the breakaway territory by force, and now that option is gone for good. So are the country's hopes of joining NATO. Yet sections of the Western media are carrying on as if the Russians started it, and are now threatening to invade Georgia itself.
The Georgia Straight  |  Gwynne Dyer  |  08-11-2008  |  International

A Field Guide to Chinese Oppressionnew

Though Beijing's enemies are way too numerous to list, consider the following four non-Tibetan religious, ethnic, and intellectual minorities a sort of Olympic qualifying heat. In order to advance Beijing's "Harmonious Society" in preparation for the 2008 Games, members of these groups have been locked up, exiled, or have disappeared altogether. Enjoy the synchronized swimming!
Boston Phoenix  |  Adam Matthews  |  08-07-2008  |  International

China, Tibet, and the Olympicsnew

Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman explains the Dalai Lama's political wisdom, the myopia of the Chinese, and the essence of the Olympics.
Boston Phoenix  |  Peter Kadzis  |  08-07-2008  |  International

Mao's Ghost: The Spirit of the Chairman Haunts the Olympicsnew

Americans should ask themselves, is it in our interests that China today holds $1.2 trillion in reserve assets alone, with billions more invested in US financial institutions and other businesses? And while we ponder that question, we should ask ourselves this: is it prudent for the federal government to spend like a drunken sailor with money borrowed from China?
Boston Phoenix  |  Editorial  |  08-07-2008  |  International

Beijing's Defenses Can't Stop Terrorismnew

The deployment of 100,000 troops around Beijing and the surface-to-air missile batteries that protect the main stadiums couldn't stop two equally determined Uighur militants from killing 16 Chinese police and injuring another 16 in an attack on a border post near Kashgar.
The Georgia Straight  |  Gwynne Dyer  |  08-06-2008  |  International

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