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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
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 6
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
6 Feb 2020

Turkey's anxious Erdogan takes on the world

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not an "Islamist", in the extreme sense of the word.

6 Feb 2020 3
31 Jan 2020

The peace deal that forgets the Palestinians

The peculiar thing about the "peace deal" between Israelis and Palestinians that was announced in Washington on Tuesday was obvious at a single glance.

31 Jan 2020 25
28 Jan 2020

Coronavirus response reveals China's fatal weakness

In an emergency, the good thing about a dictatorship is that it can respond very fast. The bad thing is that it won't respond at all until the dictator-in-chief says that it should. All the little dictators who flourish in this sort of system won't risk their positions by passing bad news up the line until the risk of being blamed for delay outweighs the risk of being blamed for the emergency in the first place.

28 Jan 2020 2
Coronavirus response reveals China's fatal weakness
24 Jan 2020

Time for the rich to erase proof of climate neglect?

Donald Trump's speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos on Monday contained no surprises.

24 Jan 2020 9
21 Jan 2020

Vladimir Putin the immortal hero?

Five years ago somebody posted photographs on the internet showing a man who looked a lot like Vladimir Putin in photographs from 1920 and 1941. In both shots he was in military uniform, defending the interests of the Russian people then as he still does today.

21 Jan 2020 2
15 Jan 2020

Climates of fear lead to 'shoot-downs'

One of the main causes of death for airline passengers in recent decades is being shot down by somebody's military. Not the very biggest, of course: accidents account for nine-tenths of all deaths in civilian airline crashes, and terrorist attacks and hijackings cause most of the rest. But a solid 2.5% of the deaths are due to trigger-happy people in military uniforms.

15 Jan 2020 4
27 Dec 2019

Dismantling Malta's mafia state

It's two years since Daphne Caruana Galizia, the best investigative journalist in Malta, was killed by a car bomb.

27 Dec 2019 5
19 Dec 2019

Missing all exits on Highway to Hell

'The point of no return is no longer over the horizon," warned UN secretary general Antonio Guterres as the 25th climate summit (COP25) opened in Madrid two weeks ago, and the multitude of delegates from more than a hundred countries presumably understood what he meant. But they ignored it anyway.

19 Dec 2019 1
Missing all exits on Highway to Hell