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Korean rhetoric and reality

GWYNNE DYER writes:

Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said that North Korea was the “neighborhod outlaw” after Pyongyang’s fifth nuclear weapons test on Friday

Comment(s) 9/17/2016

Brazil after Dilma

GWYNNE DYER writes:

Former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff left the presidential palace in Brasilia last week and boarded a plane for her adopted home city of Porto Alegre. She leaves behind a successor who risks indictment for far worse offences than the ones that brought her down, and a country that has lost its right to a place among the BRICS

Comment(s) 9/15/2016

Welcome to the Anthropocene

GWYNNE DYER writes:

Geology moves very slowly, and so do geologists. The Working Group on the Anthropocene was set up in 2009, but only presented its recommendation to the International Geological Congress in Cape Town last Monday

Comment(s) 9/5/2016

Crime of ‘destroying cultural heritage’

GWYNNE DYER writes:

Nobody got punished for blowing up the giant Buddhist statues in Afghanistan’s Bamiyan Valley in 2001

Comment(s) 8/29/2016

Duterte and the UN

GWYNNE DYER writes:

Rodrigo Duterte, the new president of the Philippines, gives good copy. Here’s a quote from his final election rally: “Forget the laws on human rights

Comment(s) 8/25/2016

Eighty years on: Is 2016 the new 1936?

GWYNNE DYER writes:

Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.

Comment(s) 8/20/2016

Malaria and chickens

GWYNNE DYER writes:

I had malaria once, and it was extremely unpleasant.

Comment(s) 8/13/2016

The US and Russia agree on Syria

GWYNNE DYER writes:

Great states hate to admit error, so when they have to change course they generally try to disguise the fact. That’s why you may not have heard much about the way that the United States has changed course in Syria in the past three months

Comment(s) 8/8/2016

Solar Impulse

GWYNNE DYER writes:

As I write this, Solar Impulse is already in the air on the last 48-hour leg of its remarkable journey: The first round-the world flight by an aircraft that uses no fuel except sunlight

Comment(s) 7/26/2016

South Sudan is not Africa

GWYNNE DYER writes:

This is not an article on South Sudan, which is just as well because the conflicts there are almost fractal in their complexity

Comment(s) 7/16/2016

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