Gwynne Dyer

Gwynne Dyer

Norway’s DILEMMA OF Oil EXPLORATION

Norway’s DILEMMA OF Oil EXPLORATION

Thursday, 23 September 2021 | Gwynne Dyer

Whether Norway should stop pumping has become an issue in national politics You can see why Saudi Arabia wants to go on pumping as much oil as it can. Oil exports account for 87 per cent of the Saudi Government budget and 42 per cent of GDP. The Saudi population, now...

Islamist TERRORISM HAS LONG WAY TO GO

Islamist TERRORISM HAS LONG WAY TO GO

Saturday, 28 August 2021 | Gwynne Dyer

The notion that the Taliban takeover will trigger a wave of terror is absurd Violent Islamist movements, as current events in Afghanistan demonstrate, have had some success in Muslim countries that have been invaded by the United States. But they have failed everywhere else, and the whole Islamist ideology is getting...

Afghanistan: Recycled wars

Afghanistan: Recycled wars

Tuesday, 24 August 2021 | Gwynne Dyer

The various factions of the Taliban will split, mostly on ethnic lines, and another civil war of uncertain length will follow In the year 2000, five years after the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan, nobody elsewhere cared what happened in that land-locked, benighted country. It was ruled by angry rural...

IPCC report: The language of the scientists

IPCC report: The language of the scientists

Saturday, 21 August 2021 | Gwynne Dyer

One of the biggest obstacles to getting the public to take the warming seriously has been the cautious language the scientists always used There are 150 new coal-fired plants under construction or already approved and funded in the world, so you can’t really say that we are taking global warming seriously...

The conquest of Mexico: Some history is inevitable

The conquest of Mexico: Some history is inevitable

Tuesday, 17 August 2021 | Gwynne Dyer

The capital of the Aztec empire, Tenochtitlan, fell to the invaders after a long siege, and became Mexico City instead Friday, 13 August, is the 500th anniversary of the Spanish conquest of Mexico. The capital of the Aztec empire, Tenochtitlan, fell to the invaders after a long siege, and became Mexico...

Peru: Not a Lula, Maybe a Morales

Peru: Not a Lula, Maybe a Morales

Thursday, 12 August 2021 | Gwynne Dyer

Castillo is both clever and charismatic and he may learn enough, fast enough, to do some good Peru holds the current record for revolving presidents (three came and went in a month last November), for Coronavirus deaths (almost 6,000 per million), and for the youngest-looking president (seen from afar, under his...

Dual heritage: Autocratic and egalitarian

Dual heritage: Autocratic and egalitarian

Monday, 09 August 2021 | Gwynne Dyer

Democracy is the default mode. We had to go autocratic for a while, because you couldn't run a group with millions of people by consensus At first I was going to write about the 'Arab Problem', because there is not a single functioning democracy in the Arab world. The presidential coup...

Afghanistan: How Did They Think It Would End?

Afghanistan: How Did They Think It Would End?

Friday, 06 August 2021 | Gwynne Dyer

The Western armies lose no matter how big and well-equipped they are because the insurgents are fighting on home ground I will never kneel before such a destructive force (as the Taliban),” declared Ashraf Ghani, the soon-to-be ex-president of Afghanistan. “We will either sit knee-to-knee for real negotiations at the table,...

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