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GWYNNE DYER

Preposterous times

GWYNNE DYER writes:

All the talk of special prosecutors and the like will not bring the man to book. The soap opera will continue and no amount of dysfunction in the White House will make it stop until early 2019 at best. Even though a great deal of damage will have been done by then

Comment(s) 5/23/2017

Venezuela: Drifting Towards Civil War

GWYNNE DYER writes:

“I am no Mussolini,” insisted Venezuela’s beleagured President Nicolas Maduro on television early this month, but if things go on this way he could end up like Mussolini. That would be very unfortunate for him, and also for Venezuela.

Comment(s) 5/15/2017

The ‘peace process’ is still dead

GWYNNE DYER writes:

Like other U.S. presidents before him, Donald Trump invited the current Palestinian leader to the White House and told him that there was a “very good chance” of a peace settlement between Israel and a soon-to-be-independent state called Palestine.

Comment(s) 5/6/2017

Washington: The playbook is back

GWYNNE DYER writes:

It was striking, in U.S. media coverage of Donald Trump’s first hundred days in office, that most observers noted with relief that his foreign policy has turned out to be less radical than they feared. In fact, it’s not radical at all. He has already fired cruise missiles at a Middle Eastern country, a ritual that has been observed by every American president since Bill Clinton.

Comment(s) 5/5/2017

So much for the populist wave

GWYNNE DYER writes:

In his victory speech on April 23 night Emmanuel Macron, the next president of France, said: “I want to become...the president of the patriots in the face of the threat from the nationalists.”

Comment(s) 4/29/2017

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

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