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Home » Articles »   By Gwynne Dyer
Wednesday, July 23,2014
Commentary

The return of the Caliphate, from ISIS to the ‘Islamic State’

By Gwynne Dyer
"Listen to your caliph and obey him. Support your state, which grows every day," said Abu Mohamed al-Adnani, announcing the rebirth of the Caliphate in the broad territory between Aleppo in northern Syria and Diyala province in eastern Iraq.
Wednesday, May 28,2014
Commentary

Ukraine missteps by Russia: The price Putin will pay

By Gwynne Dyer
Conducting an orderly retreat is the hardest thing not only in war but also in politics, as Russian President Vladimir Putin is now learning. His own desire to avoid humiliation gets in the way of rapid disengagement from a losing battle, which why he waited until two days before last Sunday's Ukrainian presidential election to say that he would respect the result.
Sunday, May 18,2014
Commentary

Trouble in the South China Sea

By Gwynne Dyer
If you were running China, and you wanted to distract your own population from economic woes at home by pushing one of your many territorial disputes with your neighbors into open conflict, which one would you choose?
Sunday, April 20,2014
Commentary

Ukraine stupidity in action

By Gwynne Dyer
It's all too easy to imagine the high-level meeting in Kiev where the Ukrainian government decided on its next move. It probably sounded a bit like this: "Very well, gentlemen, we are agreed on our strategy for dealing with the Russians. First we will figure out exactly what they are trying to force us to do. And then we'll do it."
Wednesday, February 26,2014
Commentary

Ukrainians now face challenge of not losing their revolution

By Gwynne Dyer
From a Ukrainian point of view, the priority is not to throw their revolution away again like they did after the Orange Revolution 10 years ago. But from everybody else's point of view, the priority now is to avoid an irreparable breach between Russia and the West.
Wednesday, February 19,2014
Commentary

Temperate climates not getting off so easy on climate change

By Gwynne Dyer
This is not how it was supposed to happen. The standard climate-change predictions said people in the tropics and the sub-tropics would be badly hurt by global warming long before the people living in the temperate zones, farther away from the equator, were feeling much pain at all.
Wednesday, January 22,2014
Commentary

Forget about the geo-engineering safety net; it’s broken

By Gwynne Dyer
Bad news on the climate front: It was already clear that we are very likely to break through all the "do not exceed" limits and go into runaway warming later this century, because greenhouse emissions have not dropped, are not dropping, and probably will not drop.
Wednesday, January 15,2014
Commentary

Something else to worry about: supervolcanoes

By Gwynne Dyer
The good thing about volcanoes is that you know where they are. If you don't want to get hurt, just stay away from them. The bad thing about supervolcanoes is that you may know where they are, but there's no getting away from them.
Tuesday, December 31,2013
Commentary

2013 was a lively and bloody year around the world

By Gwynne Dyer

It's always dangerous to declare "mission accomplished." Former U.S. president George W. Bush did it weeks after he invaded Iraq, and it will be quoted in history books a century hence as proof of his arrogance and his ignorance.

Sunday, December 29,2013
Commentary

Despite recent defeats for gay rights, glass is half full

By Gwynne Dyer
After a decade when the struggle for equal rights for gay people made great progress, it looks like the counter-revolution is underway. In the past six months, there have been major defeats for gay rights in Africa, in Asia, and even in Europe.
 
 
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