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  • 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?

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    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".

  • OPINION

    China and its repression of the Uighurs

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 23/08/2018

    » Two weeks ago, Prof Gay McDougall, co-chair of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, alleged that up to a million people belonging to the Uighur and other Muslim minority groups in China's northwestern province of Xinjiang have been detained in concentration camps to be "re-educated" about religion.

  • OPINION

    Wreath gaffe puts Corbyn in hot water

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 17/08/2018

    » It sounds like a tempest in a teapot, but it could bring down Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain's Labour Party -- and that could end up meaning that Britain doesn't leave the European Union after all.

  • OPINION

    ICC not fit for dictator Duterte and his ruthless ilk

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 16/08/2018

    » Here’s the good news. Last February the International Criminal Court at The Hague opened an inquiry into alleged crimes against humanity committed by President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines as part of his “war on drugs”.

  • OPINION

    8 August 1918: The turn of a coin in the Great War

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 07/08/2018

    » On 8 Aug 1918, one hundred years ago tomorrow, it finally became clear who was going to win the First World War. Nine Canadian and Australian divisions, almost 200,000 men, attacked the German trenches near Amiens, deep in France -- and for the first time in the war, the German troops ran away.

  • OPINION

    Long trek to democracy in SE Asia

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 03/08/2018

    » A quarter-century before the Arab Spring of 2011, there was a democratic spring in Southeast Asia: the Philippines in 1986, Myanmar in 1988, Thailand in 1992 and Indonesia in 1998. The Arab Spring was largely drowned in blood (Syria, Egypt, Libya), but democracy really seemed to be taking root in Southeast Asia -- for a while.

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