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    Hong Kong: It's purely symbolic

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 02/08/2019

    » The anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong are now eight weeks old and still going strong, but the level of violence is rising.

  • OPINION

    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.

  • 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

    Why China won't budge on N Korea

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 07/11/2017

    » Over the next few days, Donald Trump will be visiting the leaders of Japan, South Korea and China, and the same topic will dominate all three conversations: North Korea. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in will be looking for reassurance that the United States will protect them from North Korea's nuclear weapons, but in Beijing Mr Trump will be the supplicant.

  • OPINION

    Silly buggers: Russia, US play chicken

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 23/06/2017

    » I don't remember which navy I was in when I first heard the term "silly buggers", but the meaning was clear. It included some sensible exercises like "man overboard" drills, but the heart and soul of the game was high-speed manoeuvres by ships travelling in close company. These sometimes got quite exciting, because ships don't have brakes.

  • OPINION

    Philippine insurgency stems from lack of compromise

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 28/06/2017

    » A month ago, hardly anybody outside the Philippines had ever heard of Marawi. Now it's the latest front in the war against the Islamic State (IS). More evidence, if you needed it, that the terrorism associated with the IS will go on long after Mosul and Raqqa have been liberated and "Caliph Ibrahim" (Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi) has been killed or captured.

  • 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

    Face-off looms over South China Sea

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 07/07/2016

    » Next Tuesday, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will issue its ruling on China's claim to practically all of the South China Sea. And already the main military contenders are moving more forces into the region.

  • OPINION

    Reunification of Syria under Assad

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 04/01/2017

    » So far the end-game in Syria has played out in an entirely predictable way. All of Aleppo is back in the Syrian government's hands, that decisive victory for President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian backers has been followed by a ceasefire, and the Russians are now organising a peace conference in Astana, Kazakhstan for later this month.

  • OPINION

    No populist breakthrough yet in Europe

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 01/05/2019

    » For the second time in a month, a member country of the European Union has not voted a populist into power. Could it be that the populist wave has broken?

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