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Gwynne Dyer

Independent journalist

Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries. His new book is 'Growing Pains: The Future of Democracy (and Work)'.

Gwynne Dyer
4 Apr 2020

Will Hungary be outbreak's first casualty?

'Hello, dictator!" said Jean-Claude Juncker cheerily to Hungary's leader, Victor Orban, at a European Union summit meeting a couple of years ago. The president of the European Commission was only joking, of course, but it was gallows humour. Dictatorship was clearly where Mr Orban was heading -- and now he has arrived.

4 Apr 2020 14
1 Apr 2020

Save the old or save the economy?

The basic choice all along with Covid-19 has been: Do we let the old die, or do we take a big hit economically?

1 Apr 2020 21
25 Mar 2020

Covid-19 offers odd glimpse of a new future

Covid-19 is certainly not going to change the world forever, but it is going to change quite a few things, in some cases for a long time.

25 Mar 2020 11
20 Mar 2020

Nations facing lengthy lockdowns to prevent spread

Most of the countries in Asia, Europe and North America are now in lockdown to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus. This is the 'suppression' strategy, and it should keep the death rate from going exponential for a while. The unanswered question is: what do we do next?

20 Mar 2020
Nations facing lengthy lockdowns to prevent spread
13 Mar 2020

Bibi, Benny and Ruvi: Israel's future

Benjamin Netanyahu is the longest-serving prime minister in Israel's history, and still in office although he has failed to win three elections in a row.

13 Mar 2020 2
6 Mar 2020

A glimpse of the looming migrant 'Armageddon'

Turkey has opened the floodgates, and soon Europe will be drowning in immigrants.

6 Mar 2020 20
A glimpse of the looming migrant 'Armageddon'
4 Mar 2020

Kristallnacht for India's Muslims?

The anti-Muslim pogrom in northeastern Delhi last week only killed 43 people, and a few of them weren't even Muslims. But then on Kristallnacht ("The Night of Broken Glass") in Germany in 1938, only 91 Jews were killed. It was still a Nazi declaration of war on the Jews, and a forewarning of the 6 million Jewish deaths to come.

4 Mar 2020 10
26 Feb 2020

Assange hearing takes cues from Pentagon Papers

The cost of being a whistle-blower is going up. When Daniel Ellsberg stole and published the Pentagon Papers in 1971, revealing the monstrous lies that the US government was telling the American public about the Vietnam war, he was arrested and tried, but the court set him free.

26 Feb 2020 18
19 Feb 2020

Germany, Japan and the war on fuel rationality

Germany and Japan are finally winning a war together. Unfortunately, it is the War on Rationality.

19 Feb 2020 8
14 Feb 2020

Is the Wuhan 'devil virus' a 'black swan'?

China officially went back to work on Monday, after an extended two-week Lunar New Year holiday.

14 Feb 2020 9