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Islamic State: Is it really over?

Friday, 15 Dec 2017 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

Putin’s move to partially pull out Russian troops from Syria is just an election ploy. The war is far from being over Late last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin met the leaders of Iran, Turkey and Syria, allegedly to discuss a final peace settlement in the Syrian civil war. On Monday,...

North Korea: Rational accommodation, anyone?

Saturday, 02 Dec 2017 | Gwynne Dyer | in Edit

Donald Trump is behaving as if he has finally been persuaded of the strategic realities by the generals who now surround him Here we go again. Whenever North Korea launches a new long-range missile or does another nuclear test, President Trump condemns the test and warns Pyongyang not to do...

A disGrace in Zimbabwe

Monday, 13 Nov 2017 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

Blame not Grace Mugabe but her husband, Robert Mugabe, the President, for pushing the country into an economic crisis Grace Mugabe, second wife of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, had a moment of awful clarity about her future three years ago. Speaking about Joice Mujuru, the woman who was then Vice President...

What if…the questions that haunt us still

Tuesday, 07 Nov 2017 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

The 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution is perhaps a time to revisit the notion of the utter futility, not to mention tragic consequences, of that momentous event China Miťville, a novelist I much admire, has published a history of the ‘October Revolution’ to mark its hundredth anniversary (which is actually...

Don’t leave them home alone!

Thursday, 12 Oct 2017 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

There is probably not going to be a second Korean war. But there is always a subtle form of adult supervision needed for Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un Here’s the scenario. Late one evening, US President Donald Trump is watching Fox News and a report comes on that North Korea...

Best way to cope is to ignore Trump

Friday, 06 Oct 2017 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

The US President is a problem, but for all his threats and boasts he doesn't actually do much. It could be a viable strategy for the next three years We have to face the facts: There is no US federal Government any more in the normal sense of the word. Social...

Germany: The rise of the Right

Thursday, 28 Sep 2017 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

What’s alarming for Germany is not the echo of the Nazis in AfD rhetoric but that it is conforming towards the authoritarian, ultra-nationalist right in Western politics Angela Merkel’s slogan in her campaign for a fourth term as Chancellor was terminally bland and smug — “For a Germany in which we...

The world's most persecuted minority

Monday, 18 Sep 2017 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

Mistreatment of ethnic and religious minorities is not uncommon in Myanmar. But the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims is driven by anti-Muslim paranoia During the past 65 years of military rule in Burma, the Army has killed thousands of people from almost every one of the country's numerous minorities: Shans, Karens,...

North Korea’s nuke reality

Friday, 08 Sep 2017 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

The fact remains that North Korea has a usable nuclear deterrent. We may very well have to live with this reality, because it's better than fighting a nuclear war The last time when North Korean nuclear weapons might have been headed off by diplomacy was 15-20 years ago, when there was...

Climate creep and American frogs

Friday, 01 Sep 2017 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

Climate change is creeping in quietly, making normal weather a bit more extreme each year, and Americans haven't noticed it yet At least a decade ago, a retired general at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies said to this writer that the rich countries will never take climate change...


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