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GWYNNE DYER

Non-linear climate emergency

GWYNNE DYER writes:

If you spend a lot of time talking to scientists about climate change, there’s one word you’ll hear time and time again, and yet it’s hardly ever mentioned in the public discussion of climate change. The word is “non-linear.”

Comment(s) 4/28/2016

Migrants, the Euro, Brexit: The EU at risk

GWYNNE DYER writes:

A recent headline in leading French newspaper Le Monde said it all: “Migrants, the Euro, Brexit: The European Union is mortal.” And it’s true. The EU could actually collapse over these three threats.

Comment(s) 4/23/2016

Brazil’s corruption crisis

GWYNNE DYER writes:

You couldn’t make this stuff up

Comment(s) 4/16/2016

Donald Trump and Groucho Marx

GWYNNE DYER writes:

The odds have lengthened against a Donald Trump presidency after his Wisconsin defeat, and they were probably already ten-to-one against

Comment(s) 4/11/2016

What would a Syrian peace deal look like?

GWYNNE DYER writes:

After the Syrian army recaptured the city of Palmyra from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) a week ago, U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby admitted that the liberation of the ancient city was a “good thing.”

Comment(s) 4/7/2016

Brussels bombs

GWYNNE DYER writes:

Belgium may be a boring country, but it still seems extreme for a Belgian politician to say that the country is now living through its darkest days since the end of World War II

Comment(s) 3/29/2016

Russians in Syria: Mission accomplished

GWYNNE DYER writes:

He wasn’t standing on an aircraft carrier with a banner saying “Mission Accomplished” behind him, but Russian President Vladimir Putin was a lot more credible than former U.S. President George W. Bush when he declared his country’s military intervention in the Middle East a success.

Comment(s) 3/19/2016

Obama’s minimalist foreign policy

GWYNNE DYER writes:

If the U.S. congress had not imposed a two-term limit on the presidency in 1947 after Franklin D. Roosevelt’s record four electoral victories, U.S. President Barack Obama would be a safe bet for a third term this November

Comment(s) 3/18/2016

Insecticide

GWYNNE DYER writes:

It was a typically anodyne statement by the World Health Organisation: “Given the magnitude of the Zika crisis, WHO encourages affected countries and their partners to boost the use of both old and new approaches to mosquito control.” Anodyne, that is, until you realize what they mean by “new approaches.”

Comment(s) 3/1/2016

Oil downturn

GWYNNE DYER writes:

“The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent,” said John Maynard Keynes (or maybe it wasn’t him, but no matter)

Comment(s) 2/20/2016

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