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    Yemeni missiles: Same old, same old

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 30/03/2018

    » 'We must speak with one voice in exposing the regime for what it is -- a threat to the peace and security of the whole world," said US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley last December, trying to drum up support for stronger international sanctions against Iran, and maybe even an actual attack on the country. Here we go again.

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    Self-driving cars are safer than you behind the wheel

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 24/03/2018

    » There are always some casualties when a new form of transportation comes along. In 1830, at the official opening of the world's first railway, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, a well-known British politician, William Huskisson, was struck and killed by a locomotive. He was known to be clumsy and accident-prone, but it still cast a pall over the proceedings.

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    'War on drugs' Duterte: A mass murderer in power

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 21/03/2018

    » Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte once said that Ferdinand Marcos, who was overthrown by the first non-violent revolution ('People Power') in 1986, would have been the Philippines' best president "if he did not become a dictator". Just as Mr Duterte himself had the potential to be the Philippines' best president if he had not become a mass murderer.

  • OPINION

    Trump, Kim have reasons to be civil

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 13/03/2018

    » I think I know why President Donald Trump suddenly agreed to hold talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after a year of mutual threats and verbal abuse.

  • OPINION

    Aleppo and the media's distortions

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 07/03/2018

    » The stop-go evacuation of rebel fighters and civilians from Aleppo had begun again as I write, but the reason for the last interruption was instructive. It was Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) that burned the buses coming to evacuate the wounded from Foah and Kefraya.

  • OPINION

    China's Xi shaping up as Chairman Mao of 21st century

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 28/02/2018

    » The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) approved a proposal on Monday that the country's president no longer be limited to two five-year terms of office. The National People's Congress will rubber-stamp the change. And that will be the end of three decades of consensus-seeking collective leadership in the CCP. The god-king model is back.

  • OPINION

    Amateur hour in the Middle East -- and not much love

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 21/02/2018

    » On Sunday it was revealed that the Syrian army has made a deal to help the Syrian Kurds (who are technically rebels) fight off the Turkish invasion of Afrin, a chunk of Syrian territory on the northwestern border with Turkey that has been held by the Kurds since 2012.

  • OPINION

    The Putin factor and Russia's future

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 23/02/2018

    » Why wait another month to report on the Russian election when we can wrap it up right now? Vladimir Putin is going to win another six years in power by a landslide -- probably between 60% and 70% of the vote. The real question is what happens after that, because he will be 72 by the end of his next term and will not legally be allowed to run for president again.

  • OPINION

    Purge needed so South Africa's ANC can revive economy

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 16/02/2018

    » As a passer-by in the upscale Johannesburg suburb of Saxonwold observed, the South African police would never have raided the enormous, high-walled compound of the Gupta family if President Jacob Zuma were not on the brink of being removed. But early on Wednesday morning, the police did exactly that.

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