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    Fear of being blunt clouds climate issue

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 13/10/2018

    » They still haven't dropped the other shoe. The 'Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 Celsius contains terrifying forecasts about what will happen when we reach an average global temperature one-and-a-half degrees Celsius higher than the pre-industrial average. (We are now at +1C.) But it still shies away from talking about the feedbacks, the refugees, and mass death.

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    Brazil: The hard right wins again

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 10/10/2018

    » A man who makes Donald Trump look like a bleeding-heart liberal will almost certainly be Brazil's next president. Jair Bolsonaro won 46% of the vote in Sunday's first round of the Brazilian presidential election, with 12 other candidates running. Fernando Haddad, who will face him alone in the run-off in three weeks' time, got only 29%.

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    One step forward, two steps back for cultural progression

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 03/10/2018

    » There was bound to be a backlash to the "Me Too" movement, and the struggle over the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court is clearly part of that culture war. "Me Too" is going to lose this battle unless there is some new and horrendous revelation of Mr Kavanaugh's past behaviour in the next few days, and lots of people in the US and elsewhere see this as evidence that the war itself is being lost.

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    Where does our civilisation sit in the survival stakes?

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 28/09/2018

    » The Drake Equation is gradually filling out, and it's looking good for the existence of life, the rise of intelligence, and the likely number of civilisations elsewhere in the universe.

  • OPINION

    The first shots of another Gulf war?

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 25/09/2018

    » The men who carried out Saturday's attack on the parade in Ahvaz, in Iran's southwestern province of Khuzestan, were well trained: Four of them killed 25 people and wounded 70 others before they were shot dead. The question is whether they were trained by the Islamic State (IS), or by the backers of the low-profile Ahvaz National Resistance, which also claimed credit.

  • OPINION

    The dawn of a second Great Recession?

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 22/09/2018

    » Ten years ago this month the financial services firm Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy protection, triggering the 2008 crash and the subsequent Great Recession from which the world's economies have still not fully recovered. Will we look back on this month as the turning point when Donald Trump's trade war with China unleashed the Second Great Recession?

  • OPINION

    30 minutes in Salisbury and two Russians

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 19/09/2018

    » Salisbury is a nice old English city with a fine cathedral, only an hour and a half from London by train, but it doesn't see many Russian tourists in wintertime. It's not as cold as Moscow, but Russians tend to prefer Mediterranean destinations for holiday breaks in early March -- unless, of course, they are planning to kill somebody.

  • OPINION

    Gay rights and trends in global culture

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 12/09/2018

    » Is there really such a thing as a global culture? Consider gay rights.

  • OPINION

    Lula barred from fighting for presidency

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 05/09/2018

    » On Sunday, Brazil's top electoral court ruled that "Lula", former president Luiz Inácio da Silva, cannot run in the presidential election this October.

  • OPINION

    Is Aussie political madness catching?

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 29/08/2018

    » I happened to be in Canberra last Friday, speaking to a room full of journalists at the National Press Club, when the news came in, halfway through lunch, that Australia had a new prime minister. The moderator pointed out that the year is already two-thirds gone and it is "only three prime ministers till Christmas" -- and the China Daily's headline read "Australia changes its prime minister again, again, again, again, again".

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