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    Peace is returning to Ukraine

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 28/09/2015

    » The current ceasefire in the war in eastern Ukraine, the so-called Minsk-2 agreement, was signed last February, but they never actually ceased firing. At least a thousand more people have been killed in the fighting since then, and on one night last month (Aug 14) the monitors of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe recorded 175 separate ceasefire violations.

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    West's reproach of Russian realism reeks of hypocrisy

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 09/10/2015

    » It's a week since the Russians began their air strikes in Syria, and the countries that have already been bombing there for over a year -- the United States and some other Nato countries -- are working themselves up into a rage about it. The Russians are not bombing the right people, they are killing civilians, they are reckless, dangerous, and just plain evil.

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    After Erdogan's win, Turkey inches closer to civil war

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 04/11/2015

    » "You may deceive all the people part of the time, and part of the people all the time...", begins Abraham Lincoln's aphorism about democracy -- but in a multi-party democratic system, that is usually enough. In a parliamentary system like Turkey's, 49% of the popular vote gives you a comfortable majority of seats, and so Recep Tayyib Erdogan will rule Turkey for another four years. If the country lasts that long.

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    Retaliation would fulfil the terrorists' strategy

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 16/11/2015

    » As always when there is a major terrorist attack on the West, the right question to ask after the slaughter in Paris is: what were the strategic aims behind it? This requires getting your head around the concept that terrorists have rational strategies, but once you have done that the motives behind the attacks are easy to figure out. It also becomes clear that the motives have changed.

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    Why Turkey shot down the Russian plane in a heartbeat

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 27/11/2015

    » The key fact is that the Russian plane, by Turkey's own admission, was in Turkish airspace for precisely seventeen seconds. That's a little less time than it takes to read this paragraph aloud. The Turks shot it down anyway -- and their allies publicly backed them, as loyal allies must.

  • OPINION

    Terror is our biggest fear, but not our biggest threat

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 08/12/2015

    » On Sunday President Barack Obama spoke about a mass shooting in the United States for the 17th time in the past seven years. (There have actually been 335 mass shootings in the US already this year, but he only does the big ones.) But this time Mr Obama spoke from the Oval Office.

  • OPINION

    Climate pact underestimates risk

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 14/12/2015

    » The climate deal that almost 200 countries agreed to in Paris on Saturday was far better than most insiders dared to hope even one month ago.

  • OPINION

    The lethal nature of gene drives

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 24/12/2015

    » Most powerful new technologies are double-edged. Cars are a vast improvement on horses as a means of transportation, but they also kill more than three thousand people a day and they are a major source of pollution.

  • OPINION

    Dark side of cosmetics industry is beyond the pale

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 16/01/2016

    » Last week, a Thai cosmetics company called Seoul Secret launched a new beauty product, Snowz, and got locally famous Thai actress Cris Horwang to appear in the promotional video. She starts out white, and explains: “In my world there is tough competition. If I don’t take care of myself, everything I have built, the whiteness I have invested in, could be gone.”

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    Five years on from Arab Spring, democracy can still work

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 20/01/2016

    » Five years ago this month, the "Arab Spring" got under way with the non-violent overthrow of Tunisia's long-ruling dictator, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. He dared not order the army to open fire on the demonstrators (because it might not obey), and eventually he flew off off to Saudi Arabia to seek asylum.

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