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  • OPINION

    Climates of fear lead to 'shoot-downs'

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 15/01/2020

    » One of the main causes of death for airline passengers in recent decades is being shot down by somebody's military. Not the very biggest, of course: accidents account for nine-tenths of all deaths in civilian airline crashes, and terrorist attacks and hijackings cause most of the rest. But a solid 2.5% of the deaths are due to trigger-happy people in military uniforms.

  • OPINION

    This climate of doom may be unscientific

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 13/09/2019

    » Jonathan Franzen has finally seen the light. Unfortunately, it has blinded him.

  • 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

    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

    China's Xi shaping up as Chairman Mao of 21st century

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 28/02/2018

    » The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) approved a proposal on Monday that the country's president no longer be limited to two five-year terms of office. The National People's Congress will rubber-stamp the change. And that will be the end of three decades of consensus-seeking collective leadership in the CCP. The god-king model is back.

  • OPINION

    Muslims do fit in, though more slowly

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 30/04/2018

    » 'Every Continental [European] under the age of 40 -- make that 60, if not 75 -- is all but guaranteed to end his days living in an Islamified Europe," wrote polemicist Mark Steyn in 2006. "Native populations on the continent are aging and fading and being supplanted remorselessly by a young Muslim demographic."

  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    Turkey is swiftly heading towards a regime of terror

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 12/11/2016

    » 'In Turkey, we are progressively putting behind bars all people who take the liberty of voicing even the slightest criticism of the government," wrote author Orhan Pamuk, Turkey's first Nobel Prize winner. "Freedom of thought no longer exists. We are distancing ourselves at high speed from a state of law and heading towards a regime of terror" that is driven by "the most ferocious hatred".

  • OPINION

    Missing all exits on Highway to Hell

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 19/12/2019

    » 'The point of no return is no longer over the horizon," warned UN secretary general Antonio Guterres as the 25th climate summit (COP25) opened in Madrid two weeks ago, and the multitude of delegates from more than a hundred countries presumably understood what he meant. But they ignored it anyway.

  • OPINION

    The game of Beijing versus Taipei

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 13/12/2019

    » One of the lesser unsolved mysteries of our time is why countries whose names end in 'u' prefer the Republic of China (Taiwan) to the People's Republic of China (Beijing). Of the 15 countries that still recognise Taiwan as the real and legitimate China, three have 'u' at the end of their names: Nauru, Palau and Tuvalu.

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