Gwynne Dyer

Misgivings over Trump-Kim meet

Thursday, 15 Mar 2018 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

There is no way Kim Jong-un will give up his nukes after having gone to so much trouble to get them. All that will be achieved by a summit is a ‘win' for Trump and amplification of Kim’s message that his relationship with the US will be one of mutual...

Suu Kyi and the Rohingya crisis

Monday, 05 Feb 2018 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

Suu Kyi deserved the Nobel Prize for her 30-year-long non-violent campaign for democracy but her mishandling of the Rohingya crisis has taken the sheen off the prize. Taking it back from her wouldn't help matters, but it would do the standing of the prize a lot of good Nobel Peace Prize...

Syria: A carnival of treachery

Friday, 26 Jan 2018 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

While leading players in the Syrian game keep changing from time to time, the game never ends. Everybody has ulterior motives. Syrian people's interests are the last thing on anybody's mind There are comical elements in the current Turkish invasion of northern Syria. Its name, for example: Operation Olive Branch. Or...

The hubris of Donald Trump

Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

The US President showed his true colours with his remarks about ‘shithole’ countries. The fact of the matter is that Trump is a dyed-in-the-wool, albeit possibly unconscious, racist. He was confident most Americans share his views. But he was wrong Poor Donald Trump. He was simply asking for information, and they’re...

Space 2018: Better late than never

Tuesday, 09 Jan 2018 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

As new players are aiming high this year, it's going to be a good year in space. It does feel like we are back on track and going somewhere It’s going to be a good year in space, and the new players are aiming high. The Indian Space Research Organisation intends...

Iran: Here we go again?

Thursday, 04 Jan 2018 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

The crowds have been chanting “Death to the dictator” and even “Death to Khamenei”, which is unprecedented in the history of the Islamic Republic... the protests may fail, of course, but one never knows The people behind what is taking place think they will be able to harm the government, said...

Another precipice in South Africa

Friday, 22 Dec 2017 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

It’s hard to celebrate when another billionaire wins an election, but thoughtful people in South Africa are at least relieved: It could have been worse We have three gangsters, one suspect, and a president who is prisoner of a top six that is clearly compromised,” said Zackie Achmat, Aids activist and...

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...


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