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The French election

GWYNNE DYER writes:

Here’s how the French presidential election is going to work. This Sunday’s vote will pick the leading two candidates, who will then have another two weeks to campaign for the run-off vote

Comment(s) 4/22/2017

Burma’s (not) Mother Teresa

GWYNNE DYER writes:

“I’m just a politician,” said Burma’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, in a BBC interview last week; “I’m no Mother Teresa.”

Comment(s) 4/21/2017

Cui Bono?

GWYNNE DYER writes:

Donald Trump has spent a lot of time in the courts, so he must be familiar with the legal concept of “cui bono” – “who benefits?” When a crime is committed, the likeliest culprit is the person who benefited from the deed. But he certainly did not apply that principle when deciding to attack a Syrian government airbase with 59 cruise missiles early on April 7.

Comment(s) 4/10/2017

‘Solving’ North Korea

GWYNNE DYER writes:

Never mind the legalities of the situation. Never mind morality either. Just answer the pragmatic question: Is it ever a good idea to start a nuclear war? Because that’s the notion that U.S. President Donald Trump is actually playing with.

Comment(s) 4/5/2017

Coal is dead

GWYNNE DYER writes:

“My administration is putting an end to the war on coal,” said Donald Trump, surrounded by the usual gaggle of officials and (in this case) coal-miners, as he put his super-size signature on the Energy Independence Executive Order. But coal is dying as a major energy source in the United States for reasons far beyond the reach of executive orders.

Comment(s) 4/3/2017

Northern Ireland: A little violence, perhaps?

GWYNNE DYER writes:

Martin McGuinness, who began as a terrorist and ended up as Deputy First Minister in Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government, died peacefully in hospital on Monday aged 66

Comment(s) 3/25/2017

What’s wrong with Southeast Asia?

GWYNNE DYER writes:

Thirty years ago most of Southeast Asia was run by thuggish dictatorships. Then the Philippines showed the rest of the world how to get rid of dictators without violence, and its non-violent example was watched and copied around the world. But now the thugs are coming back to where it all started.

Comment(s) 3/24/2017

Choose a side: Trump and the Sunni-Shiite war

GWYNNE DYER writes:

The Sunni-Shiite civil wars in Iraq and Syria are both nearing their end, and in both cases the Shiites have won – thanks largely to American military help in Iraq’s case, and to a Russian military intervention in Syria. Yet Russia and the United States are not allies in the Middle East. At least not yet

Comment(s) 3/20/2017

A short generation in Scotland

GWYNNE DYER writes:

Maybe they reach sexual maturity very young in Scotland. What else could explain the fact that they are going to have another referendum on Scottish independence only three years after the last one?

Comment(s) 3/17/2017

The Dutch election

GWYNNE DYER writes:

The Dutch political system may not have been deliberately designed to produce middle-of-the-road outcomes, but it certainly works that way in practice: many small parties, multi-party coalitions to create a majority government, perpetual compromise. It is almost impossible to radicalize a system like this, but Geert Wilders is going to try

Comment(s) 3/11/2017

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