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GWYNNE DYER

Coalition of the Unwilling

GWYNNE DYER writes:

“If Hitler invaded Hell, I would make at least a favourable reference to the Devil in the House of Commons,” said Winston Churchill in 1941, defending his decision to regard Stalin as an ally after Germany invaded the Soviet Union.

Comment(s) 9/20/2014

The Scottish referendum

GWYNNE DYER writes:

If the Scots vote “yes” to independence on Sept. 18, as one opinion poll now suggests they will, three things are likely to happen in the following week.

Comment(s) 9/16/2014

A few differences between 1939 and now

GWYNNE DYER writes:

The Ukrainian army is in retreat on every front. Since Russian regular army units came to the aid of the hard-pressed pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine’s two easternmost provinces a week ago, the tide of battle has turned decisively.

Comment(s) 9/8/2014

Ukraine: A Game of Chicken

GWYNNE DYER writes:

It is quite possible for soldiers to cross a frontier 'by accident on an unmarked section,' and that is how Moscow explains the capture of a group of Russian paratroopers on Ukrainian territory last weekend

Comment(s) 8/30/2014

Mare Nostrum

GWYNNE DYER writes:

The last time “Mare Nostrum”(Latin for “Our Sea”) was used as a political slogan in Italy, Mussolini’s fascists were claiming dominance over the entire Mediterranean.

Comment(s) 8/28/2014

The Gaza war: A Caucus Race

GWYNNE DYER writes:

“They began running when they liked, and left off when they liked, so that it was not easy to know when the race was over,” as Lewis Carrol put it in Alice in Wonderland.

Comment(s) 8/26/2014

The US of Tatooine

GWYNNE DYER writes:

“Tatooine” is, you will surely agree, a pretty stupid name for a planet, but there are so many Star Wars fans that some unfortunate world is bound to end up being called exactly that.

Comment(s) 8/25/2014

‘China’s Chechnya:’ Terrorism in Xinjiang

GWYNNE DYER writes:

It’s not really “China’s Chechnya” yet, but the insurgency in Xinjiang is growing fast. Incidents of anti-Chinese violence are getting bigger and much more frequent.

Comment(s) 8/16/2014

The Middle East: New strategic realities

GWYNNE DYER writes:

After half a century of stasis, there are big new strategic realities in the Middle East, but people are having trouble getting their heads around them. Take the United States, for example.

Comment(s) 8/12/2014

The Legacy of the First World War

GWYNNE DYER writes:

'It was not worth even one life,' said Harry Patch shortly before he died in 2009 at the age of 111. He was the last survivor of the 65 million soldiers who fought in the First World War

Comment(s) 8/4/2014

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