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    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.

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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.

  • 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

    Iran: 'Boots on the ground' war unwinnable

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 22/05/2019

    » 'After a long debate, the highest levels of the military could not forecast a way in which things would end favourably for the United States," said Richard Clarke, counter-terrorism adviser in the White House under three administrations. That was back in 2007, and he was talking about the Pentagon's attempts to come up with a winning strategy for a US war with Iran. No matter how they gamed it, the US lost.

  • OPINION

    Little to show for US role in Mideast wars

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 14/02/2019

    » Last Wednesday Donald Trump said: "It should be announced, probably some time next week, that we will have 100% of the [Islamic State[ caliphate." Well, it is next week now, and by the weekend Mr Trump will probably have made exactly that announcement. He will be right, too: IS as a major threat has been defeated for good.

  • OPINION

    Saudi Arabia is a populist dictatorship

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 27/06/2018

    » Joy and pride among Saudi women who are at last allowed to drive. Delight in the car dealerships that anticipate a lot of new business. And dismay in the families of the 1.4 million chauffeurs, almost all from South Asia, who have been earning around US$1,000 (32,960 baht) a month driving Saudi women around. But it will take a lot more than this to change Saudi Arabia.

  • OPINION

    Applying a sense of proportion to acts of terrorism

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 24/08/2017

    » London in March: five dead. Stockholm in April: another five dead. Manchester in May: 22 dead. London again in June, this time on London Bridge: eight dead. Barcelona in August: 14 dead. Five mass-casualty terrorist attacks in Europe in six months, and all but one (Manchester) carried out using rental trucks. Is it safe to go to Europe any more?

  • OPINION

    Gulf states order Qatar to do as they say, not as they did

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 05/07/2017

    » The deadline that Saudi Arabia and its allies set for Qatar to submit to their "non-negotiable" demands has been postponed from Monday to today. Since Qatar has already made it plain that it will not comply -- it says the demands are "reminiscent of the extreme and punitive conduct of 'bully' states that have historically resulted in war" -- the delay is a sure sign that the bullies don't know what to do next.

  • OPINION

    Qatar crisis could turn nasty quick

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 16/06/2017

    » Public-spirited businessman Moutaz al-Hayat is flying 4,000 cows into Qatar from the US and Australia to boost milk supply in his country, which is being blockaded by most of its Arab neighbours in the Gulf. It will take 60 flights, and is definitely not cost-effective. But that may not be his biggest problem.

  • OPINION

    The root of Islamist terrorism

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 01/06/2017

    » It happens after every major terrorist attack by Islamist terrorists in a Western country: The familiar debate about who is really to blame for this phenomenon. One side trots out the weary old trope that the terrorists simply "hate our values", and other side claims that it's really the fault of Western governments for sending their troops into Muslim countries.

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