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OPINION

A small Slovak assassination bid; few hurt

Oped, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 21/05/2024

» Madeleine Albright, the former US Secretary of State, once called Slovakia "the black hole at the heart of Europe", which seems a harsh judgement on five million Slovaks. The assassination attempt on Prime Minister Robert Fico was alarming, but we can narrow the problem down to a more specific group of people.

OPINION

Could the Palestinians be bought out?

Oped, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 14/05/2024

» Last week a despairing reader asked me if the solution to the "Middle East Problem" might be to throw money at it: just buy the Palestinians out. Offer every Palestinian in the Israeli-occupied territories enough money to settle somewhere else, and the endless wars might finally end.

OPINION

The mother of all climate feedbacks?

Oped, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 10/05/2024

» 'Just like this year, last year the heatwave extended from parts of India to Bangladesh and Myanmar, and all the way to Thailand. This year it went further east, into the Philippines. So, it's the same pattern," said Prof Krishna Achutarao of the Indian Institute of Technology. "I do not particularly buy into this idea that El Niño is the cause."

OPINION

Israel, Hamas and the elusive ceasefire

Oped, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 07/05/2024

» Hamas did not need a ceasefire. It had already demonstrated that Israel could not eradicate it. It had achieved its primary goal of wrecking the anti-Iran alliance that was brewing between Israel and the major Arab Gulf states. And it doesn't care about how many Palestinians get killed; they are all "martyrs" for the cause.

OPINION

World oblivious to risk of all-out war in Africa

Oped, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 02/05/2024

» 'We could see an all-out war between all the tribes and that is really the doomsday scenario. At this point, it's not unrealistic," the head of an international non-government organisation that is working in Sudan told the Al Jazeera news agency last week. (She asked them to withhold her name to protect her in-country team in North Darfur.)

OPINION

Will US military aid to Ukraine tip the scales?

Oped, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 24/04/2024

» 'I've said before, you do the right thing and you let the chips fall where they may," said Mike Johnson, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives. The chips being the 10 or 20,000 extra Ukrainians who died needlessly during the six months when the Republican Party blocked the sending of any more US military aid to Ukraine.

OPINION

India election fuels nationalist sentiments

Oped, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 19/04/2024

» Extreme nationalism always looks foolish or even deranged to those who have not caught the virus, but in India it's now official.

OPINION

Iran, Israel is a panto crisis, not a real war

News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 17/04/2024

» Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran's "Supreme Leader", is embarrassed and humiliated by the complete failure of his drone and missile attack on Israel, but does US President Joe Biden have the empathy to feel sorry for his old adversary in his time of trouble?

OPINION

In Russia, the really dangerous ones are sane

News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 08/04/2024

» There are plenty of crazies in Russian politics who make bizarre claims about their country's victim status ("the evil West made us do it") and issue blood-curdling but implausible threats about using nuclear weapons on their enemies. But the really dangerous ones are quite sane.

OPINION

Democracy survives crucial test in Senegal

Oped, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 04/04/2024

» The crisis in Senegal, the one country in West Africa that has never had a military coup, has passed. Few people outside Africa were paying close attention to it, but I'm sure you will be pleased to know that democracy has survived.