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    A journalist's funeral in Ireland reignites deadly past

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 26/04/2019

    » On Wednesday, the Taoiseach (prime minister) of the Republic of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, and Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom, both showed up in Belfast in Northern Ireland for the funeral of a young woman called Lyra McKee. So did the president of the Republic, Michael Higgins and UK opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn. It's quite possible that none of them had even heard of her a week ago.

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    Ukraine has nothing left to lose in latest vote

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 24/04/2019

    » Ukraine has a new president, and he's a comedian! Oh, wait a minute, that's not such a big deal. Guatemala was the first country to elect a comedian as president: Jimmy Morales, back in 2015. Although Mr Morales turned sort of serious once he took office: he's a right-wing nationalist who supports the death penalty and opposes abortion. Whereas Volodymyr Zelensky hasn't turned.

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    Assange foolish not to go to Sweden

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 17/04/2019

    » Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is an unattractive character, and he also has very poor judgement. He should have gone to Sweden seven years ago and faced the rape charges brought against him by two Swedish women. Even if he had been found guilty, he would probably be free by now under Swedish sentencing rules, since no violence was alleged in either case.

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    Israel's election and the West Bank

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 09/04/2019

    » It shouldn't have been a surprise when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday, three days before the Israeli election, that he is going to annex all the Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. After all, every other member of his Likud Party in the Israeli parliament (28 out of 29) had already said they wanted to do that. Yet it did come as a surprise.

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    The 'immigrant problem': from bad to worse

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 03/04/2019

    » In a recent survey of potential adult migrants worldwide, 47 million said they would most like to move to Canada. There are only 37 million people in Canada. The same goes for Australia: 36 million would like to move there; only 25 million do live there. Most of these would-be immigrants are going to be disappointed. In fact, Canada lets in just 300,000 immigrants a year; Australia 200,000.

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    Golan Heights show conquest still an option

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 27/03/2019

    » When President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday affirming Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, there was an outcry that went far beyond the Arab world. His action went against the international rule on the "inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force", we were told -- conquest, in less lawyerly language. Alas, that is just an ideal, not a hard-and-fast international law.

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    Welcome back to the Troubles?

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 15/03/2019

    » The other Europeans are not laughing at the English for the most part. They are looking at them with pity and scorn. But also with a great deal of impatience.

  • OPINION

    The silence over China's Muslims in Xinjiang

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 13/03/2019

    » Muslim governments were not silent when Myanmar murdered thousands of Rohingya, its Muslim minority, and expelled 700,000 of them across the border into Bangladesh. They were unanimous in their anger when the Trump administration moved the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But they are almost silent on China's attempt to suppress Islam in its far western province, Xinjiang.

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    Could falling living standards fuel 2nd Arab Spring?

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 09/03/2019

    » The slogans of the "Arab Spring" are being heard again in the Arab world. "The people want the fall of the regime," chant the protesters in Sudan, where almost three months of popular demonstrations challenge the power of long-ruling dictator Omar al-Bashir. He acknowledges the parallels himself, condemning the demos as "an attempt to copy the so-called Arab spring for Sudan".

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    India-Pakistan: Maybe war, but not a water war

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 01/03/2019

    » After the terrorist attack on Indian troops in Kashmir two weeks ago that killed 40 Indian soldiers, but before Tuesday's retaliatory air strikes across the border into Pakistan by the Indian Air Force, the Indian government did something unprecedented. It threatened to cut off Pakistan's water. Or at least, it sounded like that.

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