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    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.


    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.


    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.


    '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.


    What if China won't back down to Trump?

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 10/05/2019

    » Donald Trump is playing hard-ball with China over trade, and the worry-warts are fretting that he's going to start a real trade war by accident. The bigger threat, however, is that he will push first China, and then the whole world, into a deep recession.


    South Africa poll won't be 'pivotal'

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 07/05/2019

    » All the major contenders in tomorrow's elections in South Africa held their closing rallies last weekend, and some striking things were said. As usual, Julius "Juju" Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters party (EFF), won the prize for the most inflammatory statement.


    Softly, softly the right tactic   for nuke deal

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 27/02/2019

    » On a scale of one to 10, what are the chances that the meeting between Chairman Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump in Vietnam today and tomorrow (or any subsequent meeting) will end with a clear and irreversible commitment to the "denuclearisation" of North Korea? Zero.


    Afghanistan: 17 years too late

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 31/01/2019

    » 'The Taliban have committed, to our satisfaction, to do what is necessary that would prevent Afghanistan from ever becoming a platform for international terrorist groups or individuals," said Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, on Tuesday. So why didn't the United States have this discussion with the Taliban 17 years ago, in October 2001?


    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.


    Brazil: The hard right wins again

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 10/10/2018

    » A man who makes Donald Trump look like a bleeding-heart liberal will almost certainly be Brazil's next president. Jair Bolsonaro won 46% of the vote in Sunday's first round of the Brazilian presidential election, with 12 other candidates running. Fernando Haddad, who will face him alone in the run-off in three weeks' time, got only 29%.

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