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Gwynne Dyer


  • Ban on veils stupidGwynne Dyer
    July 22, 2010

    By Monkey see, monkey do. Soon after France's National Assembly passed a law making it illegal to wear a full-face veil in public, British MP Philip Hollobone announced a private member's bill last weekend that would make it illegal for people to cover their faces in public in Britain.

  • Hopes and fears for AfricaGwynne Dyer
    August 15, 2012

    Good news from Africa: after two decades of bloody anarchy, Somalia is finally on the mend. There is something resembling a government coming into being in Mogadishu, with much help from African Union troops - although the country's most popular comedian, Abdi Jeylani Marshale, famous for his parodies of Islamic militants, was assassinated in broad daylight a week ago.

  • Istanbul resembles Paris in 1968Gwynne Dyer
    June 19, 2013

    It's certainly not another version of the Arab Spring; Turkey is a fully democratic country.

  • Non-violent revolution works, sometimesGwynne Dyer
    June 16, 2011

    The "Prague Spring" of 1968 was a gallant attempt at a non-violent democratic revolution, but it was crushed by Soviet tanks. Eighteen years later, in the Philippines, the first “people-power” revolution succeeded, and since 1986 non-violent revolutions have driven a great many dictators from power.

  • Reasons to attack IranGwynne Dyer
    March 13, 2012

    The last time US President Barack Obama met Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, it was obvious that the two men distrusted and despised each other. This time (5 March), their mutual dislike was better hidden, but the gulf between them was still as big, especially on the issue of Iran's alleged desire for nuclear weapons.

  • Syria faces catastrophic civil warGwynne Dyer
    June 29, 2012

    Russia's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said Monday, "there is no doubt that the (Syrian) government used artillery and tanks (in Houla)." But then he added: "There is also no doubt that many bodies have been found with injuries from firearms received at point-blank range. We are dealing with a situation where both sides participated in the killings of innocent civilians."

  • Syrian civil war is real now and its outcome is uncertainGwynne Dyer
    November 21, 2012

    Syria now has a new government-in-exile that allegedly unites all the groups seeking the overthrow of President Bashar Assad's murderous regime.

  • U.S. whistleblowers face harsh fateGwynne Dyer
    July 24, 2013

    Edward Snowden, a former contractor to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, has been trapped in the transit lounge of Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow since June 23, while the United States government strives mightily to get him back in its clutches.

  • When the oppressed become the oppressorsGwynne Dyer
    August 15, 2012

    At last, somebody in an official position has said something.

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