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  • 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

    Silent majority in Catalonia need to find their voice

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 31/10/2017

    » It's been going on for a while. "Recently in Catalonia we have been living through a kind of 'soft' totalitarianism... the illusion of unanimity created by the fear of expressing dissent," wrote best-selling Catalan author Javier Cercas in the Spanish newspaper El Pais in 2014. Those who didn't want independence kept their heads down and their mouths shut, in other words.

  • OPINION

    Three small victories in Europe: A turning point?

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 07/09/2019

    » Have we reached peak fascist in Europe? Well, all right then, peak hard-right nationalist, but are we there yet? That would be reassuring, and three events in the past week give some cause for hope.

  • OPINION

    Bangladesh returns to 1-party state

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 03/01/2019

    » It always looks bad when the ruling party jails the opposition leader just a few months before the election. If only Khaleda Zia, leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), had decided to boycott this election like she did the last one, she'd probably still be a free woman. But she decided to run, and so was sentenced to jail time on various implausible corruption charges.

  • OPINION

    Puigdemont's tactics mostly work in Catalonia vote

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 03/10/2017

    » Catalan nationalist leader Carles Puigdemont got most of what he wanted out of the chaotic pseudo-referendum on Sunday: 761 people injured by the Spanish police trying to block it.

  • OPINION

    Ignorance is guiding our policy-making

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 05/08/2016

    » To cut to the chase, the five most ignorant countries in the world are Mexico, India, Brazil, Peru and New Zealand. And the five best informed are South Korea, followed by Ireland, Poland, China and the United States. Ignorant about what? About the realities in their own country.

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