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    No real choice in Nigerian election

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 22/02/2019

    » Lengthy delays before announcing the results of African elections are commonplace (the Democratic Republic of Congo last month, Zimbabwe last July, etc.). It just means that people voted the wrong way, and the government needs time to re-arrange the results before publishing them. Postponing the vote at the last moment is much less common, and not so easy to explain.


    Donald Trump the promise-keeper

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 19/02/2019

    » Donald Trump is a man of his word, and he promised his "base" to build a wall on the US border with Mexico to stop an "invasion of gangs, invasion of drugs, invasion of people". It turns out that Mexico isn't willing to pay for it after all, but a promise is a promise. So he has declared a fake "national emergency" to get his hands on the money he needs.


    Little to show for US role in Mideast wars

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 14/02/2019

    » Last Wednesday Donald Trump said: "It should be announced, probably some time next week, that we will have 100% of the [Islamic State[ caliphate." Well, it is next week now, and by the weekend Mr Trump will probably have made exactly that announcement. He will be right, too: IS as a major threat has been defeated for good.


    Magnetic reversal: Don't panic

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 08/02/2019

    » For a moment there I thought we had a new global threat to deal with, alongside the old favourites like climate change, nuclear war and pandemics. This would have been welcome from a journalistic point of view, since there is a constant need for scary new topics to write about. Otherwise we would fail in our primary task, which is to provide material to hold the ads apart.


    The Great Dying, the Little Ice Age, and little old us

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 06/02/2019

    » The Black Death killed about 30% of the European population in a few years in the middle of the 14th century. A century and a half later the native people of the Americas were hit by half a dozen plagues as bad as the Black Death, one after another, and 95% of them died. The plagues of the "Great Dying" had much less terrifying names like measles, influenza, diphtheria and smallpox, but they were just as efficient at killing.


    Afghanistan: 17 years too late

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 31/01/2019

    » 'The Taliban have committed, to our satisfaction, to do what is necessary that would prevent Afghanistan from ever becoming a platform for international terrorist groups or individuals," said Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, on Tuesday. So why didn't the United States have this discussion with the Taliban 17 years ago, in October 2001?


    Trump and Erdogan -- the bringers of chaos

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 18/01/2019

    » 'Where America retreats, chaos follows," said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Cairo last week. It's not the sort of remark you'd expect from an American diplomat only three weeks after President Donald Trump declared that US troops were pulling out of Syria. Is it possible that behind Mr Pompeo's severe and even pompous exterior there lurks a secret ironist?


    China and Taiwan following a well-rehearsed script

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 05/01/2019

    » 'Independence for Taiwan would only bring profound disaster to Taiwan," said China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Wednesday, and he ought to know. He is the one who would make sure the disaster happened.


    Bangladesh returns to 1-party state

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

    » It always looks bad when the ruling party jails the opposition leader just a few months before the election. If only Khaleda Zia, leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), had decided to boycott this election like she did the last one, she'd probably still be a free woman. But she decided to run, and so was sentenced to jail time on various implausible corruption charges.


    The Kurds: Betrayed once more

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 23/12/2018

    » The Kurds are like Kleenex. You use them, and then you throw them away.

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