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    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.

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    Looking back at the October Revolution

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 02/11/2017

    » China Mieville, a novelist I much admire, has published a history of the "October Revolution" to mark its hundredth anniversary (which is actually on Nov 7, since the Russians were still using the Julian calendar in 1917). It had an unusual effect on me. It made me question whether I was right about the utter futility of that revolution.

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    'World Election Week' no cause for celebration

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 25/05/2019

    » They don't hold world elections, but this is the week when around a third of the planet's voters get the election results for their country or region. In no case are the results a cause for jubilation.

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    The 'immigrant problem': from bad to worse

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 03/04/2019

    » In a recent survey of potential adult migrants worldwide, 47 million said they would most like to move to Canada. There are only 37 million people in Canada. The same goes for Australia: 36 million would like to move there; only 25 million do live there. Most of these would-be immigrants are going to be disappointed. In fact, Canada lets in just 300,000 immigrants a year; Australia 200,000.

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    The silence over China's Muslims in Xinjiang

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 13/03/2019

    » Muslim governments were not silent when Myanmar murdered thousands of Rohingya, its Muslim minority, and expelled 700,000 of them across the border into Bangladesh. They were unanimous in their anger when the Trump administration moved the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But they are almost silent on China's attempt to suppress Islam in its far western province, Xinjiang.

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    The Great Dying, the Little Ice Age, and little old us

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 06/02/2019

    » The Black Death killed about 30% of the European population in a few years in the middle of the 14th century. A century and a half later the native people of the Americas were hit by half a dozen plagues as bad as the Black Death, one after another, and 95% of them died. The plagues of the "Great Dying" had much less terrifying names like measles, influenza, diphtheria and smallpox, but they were just as efficient at killing.

  • OPINION

    Shared delusions of Trump and the Saudi Crown Prince

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 23/11/2018

    » "It's a suffering tape, it's a terrible tape," the Snowflake-in-Chief told Fox News on Sunday, defending his refusal to listen to the recording of journalist Jamal Khashoggi being murdered and sawn into pieces in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on Oct 2. "I know everything that went on in the tape without having to hear it. It was very violent, very vicious and terrible."

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    Where did Eastern Europe go wrong?

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 13/11/2018

    » I first met Viktor Orban, the not-quite-dictator of Hungary, in 1989 in Budapest - and the man who introduced us was none other than George Soros.

  • OPINION

    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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    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.

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