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    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".

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    Wreath gaffe puts Corbyn in hot water

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 17/08/2018

    » It sounds like a tempest in a teapot, but it could bring down Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain's Labour Party -- and that could end up meaning that Britain doesn't leave the European Union after all.

  • OPINION

    Muslims do fit in, though more slowly

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 30/04/2018

    » 'Every Continental [European] under the age of 40 -- make that 60, if not 75 -- is all but guaranteed to end his days living in an Islamified Europe," wrote polemicist Mark Steyn in 2006. "Native populations on the continent are aging and fading and being supplanted remorselessly by a young Muslim demographic."

  • 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

    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

    British petulance is shaping European Union's future

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 24/02/2016

    » What would you call a country that called for "a structure under which [Europe] can dwell in peace, in safety and in freedom ... a kind of United States of Europe" at the end of the Second World War (Winston Churchill, 1946), but refused to join that structure when its European neighbours actually began building it (European Economic Community, or EEC, 1957)?

  • OPINION

    When English turkeys vote for Christmas

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 16/12/2019

    » Down on the turkey farm, the Scottish and Irish birds noticed that the smiling man in the festive costume was holding a hatchet behind his back, and hid. The Welsh turkeys looked confused and huddled together squawking. But the English turkeys marched bravely up to the chopping block, confident that this would be a Christmas to remember.

  • OPINION

    Defeat snatched from jaws of victory in HK

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 27/11/2019

    » The "silent majority" in Hong Kong, who regime supporters hoped would show that they are fed up with the pro-democracy protests that have shaken the city in the past five months, turns out to be not only silent but non-existent.

  • OPINION

    Tribalism fuels today's politics

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 15/11/2019

    » 'Homo economicus" is dead. Long live "homo tribuarius"!

  • OPINION

    It wasn't a coup d'etat in Bolivia -- just a blunder

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 12/11/2019

    » 'Democracy is in danger in Bolivia as the result of legitimate pressures from the poor. We cannot generate economic growth and well-being for a few and then expect that the large majorities that are excluded will watch silently and patiently." A recent president of Bolivia said that, but it wasn't Evo Morales (who has just quit).

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