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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

Iraq: Endless war

GWYNNE DYER writes:

“Suppose that... the Iraqis feel ambivalent about being invaded and real Iraqis, not [just] Saddam’s special guard, decide to offer resistance,” wrote British Prime Minister Tony Blair to U.S. President George W. Bush in December 2001, two years before the U.S. and the U.K. invaded Iraq

Comment(s) 7/13/2016

South China Sea showdown?

GWYNNE DYER writes:

On July 12, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will issue its ruling on China’s claim to practically all of the South China Sea. And already the main military contenders are moving more forces into the region

Comment(s) 7/12/2016

Brexit – and maybe then Frexit, Nexit, Swexit...?

GWYNNE DYER writes:

“The EU is dying. I hope we’ve knocked the first brick out of the wall,” exulted Nigel Farage, leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party

Comment(s) 6/27/2016

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