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Home » Articles »   By Gwynne Dyer
Sunday, August 10,2014
Commentary

Ebola virus: The depressing economics of infection

By Gwynne Dyer
Ebola is a truly frightening disease, with a fatality rate as high as 95 percent (although the death rate in the current outbreak in West Africa is only 55-60 percent). At the moment, it is largely confined to a heavily forested inland area where the borders of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea meet, though cases have already appeared in the capital cities of all three countries.
Sunday, July 27,2014
Commentary

The origins of war

By Gwynne Dyer
The 59 skeletons were found in 1964, lying together in a gravesite beside the Nile near what is now the Egyptian-Sudanese border. They died between 13,000 and 14,000 years ago, and some of them seemed to have died in battle.
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.
 
 
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