Gwynne Dyer

Gwynne Dyer

Will Russia play the ‘Cuban card’?

Will Russia play the ‘Cuban card’?

Saturday, 22 January 2022 | Gwynne Dyer

But Russia stopped being Communist 30 years ago After a week of intense discussions about ‘security’ between Russia and the NATO countries, this is the week when the Western allies will send their written replies to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Various pundits, some of whom have actually been to Russia, warn...

Assange is safe, for now

Thursday, 07 January 2021 | Gwynne Dyer

America had worked hard to get around natural British reluctance to extradite a non-American, non-resident to the US, for a political crime Recently, a British judge finally rejected America’s attempt to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and jail him forever (or at least for 175 years in a high-security “supermax” prison)...

The unfruitful spring

Tuesday, 22 December 2020 | Gwynne Dyer

The problem resides in the Arab world, where the political climate has only two seasons: Brief springs and very long winters Ten years ago in the middle of December, Mohamed Bouazizi, a street vendor in Tunisia, set himself alight in front of a Government building in rage at the corrupt dictatorship...

A wave in favour of choice

Wednesday, 16 December 2020 | Gwynne Dyer

Abortion is currently an issue in many countries and in almost every one of them there’s a majority in favour of it among the younger population Get your rosaries off our ovaries,” chanted the women marching in support of the referendum that made abortion legal in Ireland in 2018. Two years...

Populists turning reckless in wake of Trump’s defeat?

Monday, 07 December 2020 | Gwynne Dyer

It’s just straws in the wind right now, but his loss is creating a sense in other populist-ruled nations that the juggernaut has stalled There is nothing wrong in participating in a sex party of any kind. However, such meetings with many people are illegal under the Coronavirus laws,” said a...

Middle East set to lose its clout

Thursday, 03 December 2020 | Gwynne Dyer

As the climate emergency deepens, oil-guzzling motor vehicles are switching to electricity instead. That does not bode well for oil-rich nations The only officials present were American and Saudi,” tweeted the Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, but he was either mistaken or was not telling the...

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:...

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