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    Trump, tariffs and starting a war?

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 11/06/2019

    » The best way to deal with Donald Trump, especially if you are a foreign government negotiating trade issues, is to give him a little win. It doesn't have to be big and important; he's mainly interested in declaring a triumph, and he'll supply the hot air to inflate your little concession into an allegedly major defeat free of charge. Just remember to look crest-fallen, and you're home and dry.

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    The Chinese People's Republic of Amnesia

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 05/06/2019

    » Another of the five-yearly anniversaries has rolled around, and it's time to write another think-piece about the long-term meaning of the massacre on Beijing's Tienanmen Square on 4 June 1989. But 30 years later, what is there left to say?

  • OPINION

    EU elections point to hectic Brexit agenda

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 29/05/2019

    » The best way of describing what just happened in the European Union elections is to say that the choices are getting clearer -- and a lot of people are realising which side they are on.

  • OPINION

    'World Election Week' no cause for celebration

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 25/05/2019

    » They don't hold world elections, but this is the week when around a third of the planet's voters get the election results for their country or region. In no case are the results a cause for jubilation.

  • OPINION

    Iran: 'Boots on the ground' war unwinnable

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 22/05/2019

    » 'After a long debate, the highest levels of the military could not forecast a way in which things would end favourably for the United States," said Richard Clarke, counter-terrorism adviser in the White House under three administrations. That was back in 2007, and he was talking about the Pentagon's attempts to come up with a winning strategy for a US war with Iran. No matter how they gamed it, the US lost.

  • OPINION

    Happy ending if US strikes Iran? Not a chance

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 15/05/2019

    » US President Donald Trump is well known for his desire to cut American military commitments overseas. Indeed, it is one of his most attractive characteristics. But his attention span is short, he plays a lot of golf, and he does not have the knack of choosing good advisers.

  • OPINION

    What if China won't back down to Trump?

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 10/05/2019

    » Donald Trump is playing hard-ball with China over trade, and the worry-warts are fretting that he's going to start a real trade war by accident. The bigger threat, however, is that he will push first China, and then the whole world, into a deep recession.

  • OPINION

    South Africa poll won't be 'pivotal'

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 07/05/2019

    » All the major contenders in tomorrow's elections in South Africa held their closing rallies last weekend, and some striking things were said. As usual, Julius "Juju" Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters party (EFF), won the prize for the most inflammatory statement.

  • OPINION

    No populist breakthrough yet in Europe

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

    » For the second time in a month, a member country of the European Union has not voted a populist into power. Could it be that the populist wave has broken?

  • OPINION

    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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