Gwynne Dyer

Gwynne Dyer

An opportunity taken in a crisis

An opportunity taken in a crisis

Tuesday, 07 April 2020 | Gwynne Dyer

Dictatorship was clearly where Hungarian leader Viktor Orbán was heading — and now he has arrived with the passage of an ‘emergency’ law Hello, dictator!” said Jean-Claude Juncker cheerily to Hungary’s leader, Viktor Orbán, at a European Union summit a couple of years ago. The president of the European Commission was...

Not another Corbyn please

Tuesday, 11 February 2020 | Gwynne Dyer

Jeremy, the English Sanders, put Johnson, Britain’s mini-Trump, back in office. That’s not the outcome the Democrats want in US polls Psephology — the statistical study of elections and trends in voting — is the darkest of the dark arts and you can lose your soul if you delve into it...

Erdogan has lost the plot

Thursday, 06 February 2020 | Gwynne Dyer

One small and successful war might benefit the Turkish President by mobilising nationalism but three at once? This is megalomania Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not an “Islamist”, in the extreme sense of the word. He doesn’t wear a suicide vest, he doesn’t behead people, he doesn’t get his citizens...

Leaders must get their act together

Tuesday, 28 January 2020 | Gwynne Dyer

China seems to be a prime source of viruses. The doctors will do their duty as always but it would be nice if Chinese politicians act fast In an emergency, the good thing about dictatorship is that it can respond very fast. The bad thing is that it won’t respond at...

The enigma named Putin

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 | Gwynne Dyer

What the Russian Premier needs is a position that gives him the final say when big changes loom but lets him abjure from daily exercise of power Five years ago somebody posted photographs on the internet showing a man who looked a lot like Vladimir Putin in photographs from 1920 and 1941....

Collateral damage of political paranoia

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 | Gwynne Dyer

All these shoot-downs of civilian jets by trigger-happy militaries around the world are fundamentally a political phenomenon, not a technical malfunction or mere human error One of the main causes of death of airline passengers in recent decades is being shot down by somebody’s military. Not the very biggest, of course:...

Iran is not playing a tit-for-tat game

Tuesday, 07 January 2020 | Gwynne Dyer

In just one careless stroke by the US, Iran has had two big diplomatic wins thanks to Soleimani’s assassination. The Iranians will probably just chug along as before, cultivating their allies in the Arab world and waiting for Trump to make his next mistake in their favour If the Iranians played...

Sunday Edition

Sleep in the times Of Corona

05 April 2020 | Kerry Bajaj | Agenda

Article 370: A fresh perspective

05 April 2020 | Prof K Warikoo | Agenda

Stories that inspire action and change

05 April 2020 | Excerpt | Agenda

Astroturf : Be ready to combat evil forces

05 April 2020 | Bharat Bhushan Padmadeo | Agenda

Corona-led leadership challenges for Trump

05 April 2020 | Manan Dwivedi | Agenda

Why poor migrants need to fend for themselves

05 April 2020 | Rahul Jayaram | Agenda