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    A tale of two bombs -- in Manchester and Bangkok

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 26/05/2017

    » There were two bombs on Monday. The one in Britain killed at least 22 people and injured 120 as they came out of a concert at Manchester Arena. It was carried out by a suicide bomber named Salman Abedi and claimed by the Islamic State (IS). The other was in Thailand, and injured 22 people at a military-linked hospital in Bangkok; nobody has claimed responsibility yet. But what happened afterwards was very different.


    Saudi Arabia is a populist dictatorship

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 27/06/2018

    » Joy and pride among Saudi women who are at last allowed to drive. Delight in the car dealerships that anticipate a lot of new business. And dismay in the families of the 1.4 million chauffeurs, almost all from South Asia, who have been earning around US$1,000 (32,960 baht) a month driving Saudi women around. But it will take a lot more than this to change Saudi Arabia.


    Peeving Putin: Making Latvian society less Russian

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 07/04/2018

    » Lots of countries have two or more official languages: Canada (two), Belgium (three), Switzerland (four), South Africa (11), India (23) and so on. They all have trouble balancing the competing demands of the various language groups. But Latvia has only one official language, and it has a bigger problem than any of them.


    'War on drugs' Duterte: A mass murderer in power

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 21/03/2018

    » Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte once said that Ferdinand Marcos, who was overthrown by the first non-violent revolution ('People Power') in 1986, would have been the Philippines' best president "if he did not become a dictator". Just as Mr Duterte himself had the potential to be the Philippines' best president if he had not become a mass murderer.


    Future looks bleak for Grace Mugabe

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 21/11/2017

    » 'Someone, anyone, with close links, please make sure Uncle Bob reads the correct speech ... Old man reads the 2013 inauguration speech and we're in kak for another five years," tweeted Mubaiwa Bandambira just before Zimbabwe's beleaguered president, Robert Mugabe, went on television with what was supposed to be his resignation speech. After all, Mr Mugabe is 93 years old, and he has read the wrong speech before.


    Poland pauses on march to autocracy

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 27/07/2017

    » Zofia Romaszewska, now in her 80s, was jailed during the years of martial law in Poland in the early 1980s. She is a national hero for her human rights activities in the 1980s and is now one of President Andrzej Duda's advisers. Last week she persuaded him to veto the government's new laws on the courts.


    Washington: The playbook is back

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 03/05/2017

    » It was striking, in US media coverage of US President Donald Trump's first hundred days in office, that most observers noted with relief that his foreign policy has turned out to be less radical than they feared. In fact, it's not radical at all. He has already fired cruise missiles at a Middle Eastern country, a ritual that has been observed by every American president since Bill Clinton.


    North Korea's real nuclear deterrent

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 11/02/2016

    » Here we go again. North Korea launched a ballistic missile of intercontinental range on Sunday (saying it was just putting up a satellite) only weeks after it carried out its fourth nuclear weapons test (which it claimed was a hydrogen bomb). The United Nations Security Council strongly condemned it, and even the People's Republic of China, North Korea's only ally, expressed its "regret" at what the country had done.

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