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The vanishing civilians of Aleppo

GWYNNE DYER writes:

Did it cross your mind occasionally, in the past week, to wonder where all of the “250,000 civilians trapped in eastern Aleppo” have gone? As the area of the city under rebel control dwindled – by Wednesday morning the Syrian regime’s troops had recaptured three-quarters of it – did you see massive columns of fleeing civilians, or mounds of civilian dead?

Comment(s) 12/9/2016

AIDS is not over

GWYNNE DYER writes:

Four years ago optimism was high that AIDS was in retreat, and could ultimately be eradicated. Back then the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) was boldly predicting “the end of AIDS by 2030.” Nobody is feeling so optimistic now.

Comment(s) 10/31/2016

Sometimes Trump Is right

GWYNNE DYER writes:

Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Donald J. Trump’s record is not good, but he does get it right once in a while. He got it right on Tuesday, when he said that Hillary Clinton would be dangerously aggressive in Syria if she wins the presidency.

Comment(s) 10/29/2016

Banning HFCs: Too late and too slow

GWYNNE DYER writes:

The chief source of new problems is solutions to old problems.

Comment(s) 10/22/2016

A Tale of Two Cities

GWYNNE DYER writes:

Two great sieges are getting underway in the Middle East, one in Mosul in Iraq and the other in Aleppo in Syria.

Comment(s) 10/21/2016

The problem with referendums

GWYNNE DYER writes:

President Juan Manuel Santos was not obliged to hold a referendum to ratify the deal to end 60 years of war between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Comment(s) 10/15/2016

Yemen: The Stupidest War

GWYNNE DYER writes:

“They hit everything, hospitals, orphanages, schools,” Hisham al-Omeisy told The Guardian newspaper six months ago. “You live in constant fear that your kids’ school could be the next target.”

Comment(s) 10/14/2016

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

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