Gwynne Dyer

Gwynne Dyer

Libya: Haftar’s last throw?

Libya: Haftar’s last throw?

Monday, 15 April 2019 | Gwynne Dyer

Gen Khalifa Haftar, Gaddafi’s old foe, is making his big bid for power even as Serraj remains irrelevant. Libyans have to make a choice between the 76-year-old dictator and continuing chaos, poverty and intermittent low-level violence as the militias squabble over the spoils With Khalifa Haftar’s forces stalled outside the capital,...

Waiting for polls in Nigeria

Friday, 22 February 2019 | Gwynne Dyer

Nigerian politicians switch parties as often as they change wives. You would think that such a system could not survive but it still does Lengthy delays before announcing the results of African elections are commonplace (the Democratic Republic of Congo last month, Zimbabwe last July, etc). It just means that...

Democracy not real test in Catalonia trial

Democracy not real test in Catalonia trial

Saturday, 16 February 2019 | Gwynne Dyer

Even as elections loom large in Spain, the ‘Catalan problem’ will not go away. Neither will the ‘Basque problem’, which involves almost identical dilemmas on the other side of the country. There is no ‘fair’ solution, just endless unsatisfactory compromises It’s been a busy week in Spain. On Tuesday, Twelve Catalan...

Magnetic North’s move not a calamity

Monday, 11 February 2019 | Gwynne Dyer

Every decade seems to bring news of yet another way that the universe can kill us. But the reversal of the Earth’s magnetic field should not worry us For a moment there I thought we had a new global threat to deal with, alongside the old favourites like climate change,...

Taliban deal is seventeen years too late

Monday, 04 February 2019 | Gwynne Dyer

America is finally negotiating the very same deal with the Taliban that could have probably been made in 2001. Albeit a bit late, peace talks with the terrorist organisation are better late than never The Taliban has committed, to our satisfaction, to do what is necessary and prevent Afghanistan from ever...

Vegans, carnivores and technology

Monday, 28 January 2019 | Gwynne Dyer

Our eating habits won’t change so process must. Machines alone can’t save us but by growing meat in labs can shift the odds in our favour Right now, growing cells as meat instead of animals is a very expensive process,” said Yaakov Nahmias, founder and chief scientist of Israel-based startup...

Syria’s carnival of treachery

Monday, 21 January 2019 | Gwynne Dyer

It would be wrong to blame it all on Trump. Turkey's President Recep Tayyib Erdogan is much better informed than the US President and probably a lot smarter too, but he is just as impulsive, just as ruthless, just as much a bringer of chaos “Where America retreats, chaos follows,” said...

Playing the game of Brexit chicken

Playing the game of Brexit chicken

Monday, 14 January 2019 | Gwynne Dyer

Given the fact that there is no way of knowing whether a parliamentary vote on Theresa May's Brexit deal has any chance of success, will there be a second referendum on whether to jump off the EU cliff or stay put? There’s no need to practise bleeding, as the soldiers say,...

Sunday Edition

Links Hanuman to Dalits

14 April 2019 | PTI | Sunday Pioneer

Prashant Kishor rubbishes Rabri's merger bid claim

14 April 2019 | PTI | Sunday Pioneer

513 ceasefire violations by Pak post Balakot strike: Army

14 April 2019 | PTI | Sunday Pioneer

Sadiq Batcha’s wife wants his death re-probed

14 April 2019 | Kumar Chellappan | Sunday Pioneer

TN: EC seizes over `552 crore unaccounted cash, jewellery

14 April 2019 | PTI | Sunday Pioneer