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    It's only news when the man bites the dog

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 20/11/2019

    » As British newspaper magnate Viscount Northcliffe said: "When a dog bites a man, that is not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news."

  • OPINION

    Tribalism fuels today's politics

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 15/11/2019

    » 'Homo economicus" is dead. Long live "homo tribuarius"!

  • OPINION

    It wasn't a coup d'etat in Bolivia -- just a blunder

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 12/11/2019

    » 'Democracy is in danger in Bolivia as the result of legitimate pressures from the poor. We cannot generate economic growth and well-being for a few and then expect that the large majorities that are excluded will watch silently and patiently." A recent president of Bolivia said that, but it wasn't Evo Morales (who has just quit).

  • OPINION

    Cameroon's war on anglophones is self-defeating

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 06/11/2019

    » Sometimes Donald Trump gets it right. In February he cut off US military aid to the central African country of Cameroon because of its appalling human rights record (and didn't even offer to restore it if the Cameroon government dug up dirt on his political opponents at home). Last Friday he acted again, dropping Cameroon from a pact that promotes trade between sub-Saharan African countries and the US.

  • OPINION

    The Middle East: Winners and losers

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 30/10/2019

    » The death of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi serves as a symbolic full stop to the many civil wars that have engulfed Syria in the past eight years, although Baghdadi was not personally in charge of anything by the time he died. The outcome of all those wars was already becoming clear, and it is the Russians and Bashar al-Assad who have won.

  • OPINION

    Aviation must innovate to stop ‘f lygskam’ fate

    Oped, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 26/10/2019

    » Qantas, the Australian airline, has just test-flown the world’s longest commercial air-route: 16,500km from New York to Sydney non-stop. There were only 60 passengers aboard the Boeing 787, all in business class, because the plane needed to conserve the rest of its weight for fuel. And, we are told, they danced the Macarena in the empty economy class to stay limber during the 19-hour flight.

  • OPINION

    Russian ruse may have duped Trump in Syria

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 16/10/2019

    » Russia and its Syrian ally Bashar al-Assad win, the Kurds lose, and the United States leaves in disgrace. It has been a hectic few days on the Turkish-Syrian border.

  • OPINION

    HK protesters making bad gamble

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 04/10/2019

    » After 17 consecutive weekends of increasingly violent protests in Hong Kong, the first protester was wounded by a live bullet on Tuesday. Tsang Chi-kin, an 18-year-old student and one of a group of about a dozen students attacking a policeman who had become separated from his comrades, was shot in the chest as he struck the officer with a metal pole. He is expected to survive.

  • OPINION

    Widodo is not that different from Trudeau

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 28/09/2019

    » The news out of Indonesia this week is disturbing. In West Papua, the Indonesian-ruled half of the world's second-biggest island, New Guinea, the native people are definitely restive. Some 1.8 million of them, 70% of West Papua's native population, signed a petition demanding the right to self-determination last year, and now much of the island is in revolt.

  • OPINION

    The democratisation of airpower

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 25/09/2019

    » Big shifts in the military balance happen quietly over many years, and then leap suddenly into focus when the shooting starts.

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