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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.

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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.

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    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.

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    If Trump tries to 'solve' N Korea, his bluff might be called

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 05/04/2017

    » Never mind the legalities of the situation. Never mind morality either. Just answer the pragmatic question: Is it ever a good idea to start a nuclear war? Because that's the notion that Donald Trump is actually playing with.

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    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".

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    Dismantling Malta's mafia state

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 27/12/2019

    » It's two years since Daphne Caruana Galizia, the best investigative journalist in Malta, was killed by a car bomb. She had been using the huge leaks of financial data in the "Panama Papers" to track down suspicious dealings by members of the Maltese government, and she was getting too close for comfort.

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    Cameroon's war on anglophones is self-defeating

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 06/11/2019

    » Sometimes Donald Trump gets it right. In February he cut off US military aid to the central African country of Cameroon because of its appalling human rights record (and didn't even offer to restore it if the Cameroon government dug up dirt on his political opponents at home). Last Friday he acted again, dropping Cameroon from a pact that promotes trade between sub-Saharan African countries and the US.

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    HK protesters making bad gamble

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 04/10/2019

    » After 17 consecutive weekends of increasingly violent protests in Hong Kong, the first protester was wounded by a live bullet on Tuesday. Tsang Chi-kin, an 18-year-old student and one of a group of about a dozen students attacking a policeman who had become separated from his comrades, was shot in the chest as he struck the officer with a metal pole. He is expected to survive.

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    Treachery reigns supreme in the Middle East

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 17/08/2019

    » Things have got so complicated in the Middle East that the players are no longer just stabbing each other in the back. They are stabbing each other in the chest, in the groin, behind the left ear -- anywhere that comes to hand. Friends and allies one day are targets and enemies the next.

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    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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