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    Where did Eastern Europe go wrong?

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 13/11/2018

    » I first met Viktor Orban, the not-quite-dictator of Hungary, in 1989 in Budapest - and the man who introduced us was none other than George Soros.


    US mid-terms reflect an ideologically divided nation

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 10/11/2018

    » Former United States president Barack Obama said of the US mid-term elections that "the character of our country is on the ballot", and the outcome proved him right. The country is a psychological basket case, more deeply and angrily divided than at any time since the Vietnam War.


    Brexit heads to climax over Irish border

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 03/11/2018

    » It was either ignorant or irresponsible for those campaigning for Brexit (British exit from the European Union) two years ago to claim that the Irish border would not be a problem. In fact, it may lead to a catastrophic "no deal" Brexit in which the United Kingdom crashes out of the EU without an agreement of any kind.


    Is Pakistan's dilemma self-defeating?

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 01/11/2018

    » 'India is shrinking the flow of water into Pakistan," said Pakistan's Chief Justice Saqib Nisar on Saturday, renewing a ban on showing Indian TV shows and Bollywood films on Pakistani television. "They are trying to [obstruct the construction] of our dam and we cannot even close their [television] channels?"


    Yemen: Saudi Arabia's even bigger lie

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 26/10/2018

    » While Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) frantically tries to scrub Jamal Khashoggi's blood off his hands like a Middle Eastern Lady Macbeth -- "Here's the smell of blood still. Not all the sweet perfumes of Arabia will sweeten this hand" -- could we have a word about his war in Yemen too?


    'Croc' makes Zimbabwe broke again

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 20/10/2018

    » "Zimbabwe is open for business" was the slogan of President Emmerson Mnangagwa aka "The Crocodile" in the July election that was supposed to show a long and destructive reign of dictator Robert Mugabe, overthrown late last year, is now a thing of the past. The country has been getting steadily poorer for decades now, but this election would be the turning point.


    Fear of being blunt clouds climate issue

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 13/10/2018

    » They still haven't dropped the other shoe. The 'Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 Celsius contains terrifying forecasts about what will happen when we reach an average global temperature one-and-a-half degrees Celsius higher than the pre-industrial average. (We are now at +1C.) But it still shies away from talking about the feedbacks, the refugees, and mass death.


    Brazil: The hard right wins again

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 10/10/2018

    » A man who makes Donald Trump look like a bleeding-heart liberal will almost certainly be Brazil's next president. Jair Bolsonaro won 46% of the vote in Sunday's first round of the Brazilian presidential election, with 12 other candidates running. Fernando Haddad, who will face him alone in the run-off in three weeks' time, got only 29%.


    One step forward, two steps back for cultural progression

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 03/10/2018

    » There was bound to be a backlash to the "Me Too" movement, and the struggle over the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court is clearly part of that culture war. "Me Too" is going to lose this battle unless there is some new and horrendous revelation of Mr Kavanaugh's past behaviour in the next few days, and lots of people in the US and elsewhere see this as evidence that the war itself is being lost.


    Where does our civilisation sit in the survival stakes?

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 28/09/2018

    » The Drake Equation is gradually filling out, and it's looking good for the existence of life, the rise of intelligence, and the likely number of civilisations elsewhere in the universe.

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