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Where Are the Egyptians When Libya Needs Them?new

The collapse of the democratic revolution in Libya will gravely damage the prospects of the “Arab spring” elsewhere. Rulers in other Arab countries where the army is also largely made up of foreign mercenaries, will conclude that they can safely kill enough of their own protesters to “restore order”.
The Georgia Straight  |  Gwynne Dyer  |  03-14-2011  |  International

Gwynne Dyer on Benjamin Netanyahu's Optionsnew

By the time Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu left Washington on Wednesday night (March 24), after postponing his departure twice, there was general agreement in the American media that his visit had been disastrous.
The Georgia Straight  |  Gwynne Dyer  |  03-29-2010  |  Religion

The Aftermath of Copenhagennew

"The city of Copenhagen is a crime scene tonight, with the guilty men and women fleeing to the airport”, said John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace UK, on Friday night (December 18). "There are no targets for carbon cuts and no agreement on a legally binding treaty.”
The Georgia Straight  |  Gwynne Dyer  |  12-22-2009  |  Environment

The Consequences of the End of the War in Iraqnew

Effectively, the U.S. war in Iraq is over. Was it worth it? There are two quite separate balance sheets of costs and benefits, one for Iraqis and the other for Americans. It's too early to give a final answer for the Iraqis, but for the United States the answer is definitely no.
The Georgia Straight  |  Gwynne Dyer  |  06-22-2009  |  Commentary

Israel Must Make Peace with Neighborsnew

The war against Hamas in Gaza looks more and more like the three-week Israeli war against Hezbollah in Lebanon in 2006, which could hardly be called a success. It will last about as long. It will kill about as many Arabs, probably a thousand or so. And it will end with Hamas, like Hezbollah, still able to fire rockets at Israel.
The Georgia Straight  |  Gwynne Dyer  |  01-13-2009  |  International

George W. Bush's Departure is the End of an Eranew

In the minds of most people -- a majority of Americans, and the overwhelming majority of people elsewhere -- we are saying good riddance to a long period when brutal and ignorant policies reigned supreme. We are saying goodbye to George W. Bush, and Muntadhar al-Zaidi said it most eloquently.
The Georgia Straight  |  Gwynne Dyer  |  01-05-2009  |  Commentary

Ukraine Politicians Are Split on Russian Tiesnew

In the immediate aftermath of the Orange Revolution of 2004, the more extreme Ukrainian nationalists fantasised that the country could break all links with Russia and become an entirely Western state, but realism is starting to prevail.
The Georgia Straight  |  Gwynne Dyer  |  11-18-2008  |  International

Obama Could Thwart Canadian Exports from Alberta Tar Sandsnew

Barack Obama has signaled that addressing a "planet in peril" will be a top priority for his administration. Alberta's huge tar sands could soon feel the pain of America's solutions to climate change.
The Georgia Straight  |  Gwynne Dyer  |  11-11-2008  |  Environment

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Tells the Truth Too Latenew

Olmert recently said something that no previous Israeli prime minister has said. He declared that if Israel wants peace, it must withdraw from almost all the lands it occupied in 1967. Unfortunately, it's probably too late.
The Georgia Straight  |  Gwynne Dyer  |  10-06-2008  |  International

Workers Will be Forced to Pay for Wall Street's Failuresnew

The Masters of the Universe have been revealed as naive speculators who believed that property values could only go up. The journalists who preached the blessings of unregulated free markets have been unveiled as blind ideologues at best, and at worst paid propagandists. The response of American politicians at all levels has been pathetic.
The Georgia Straight  |  Gwynne Dyer  |  09-30-2008  |  Economy

Thabo Mbeki's Spectacular Fall from Gracenew

It was widely believed of South Africa's outgoing president, Thabo Mbeki, that the only time he wasn't plotting was when he was asleep. More than his bizarre views on AIDS or even his failure to do much for South Africa's poor, it was that reputation as an inveterate plotter that finally brought him down.
The Georgia Straight  |  Gwynne Dyer  |  09-24-2008  |  International

Comrade Bush Nationalizes the Banksnew

The panicky flight from free-market orthodoxy in the United States is bound to fuel a revival of government intervention and welfare-state policies in the rest of the world. In the United States itself, however, they are likely to hang the wrong culprit in the end.
The Georgia Straight  |  Gwynne Dyer  |  09-24-2008  |  Economy

Bush's Last Hurrah Will Be to Attack Pakistannew

The good news is that George W. Bush is not going to invade Iran before he leaves office. The bad news is that he is attacking Pakistan instead.
The Georgia Straight  |  Gwynne Dyer  |  09-16-2008  |  Commentary

Hurricane Gustav Hides Evidence of Melting Arctic Sea Icenew

If Hurricane Gustav had struck New Orleans with full force, what would that have told us about the scale and speed of climate change?
The Georgia Straight  |  Gwynne Dyer  |  09-03-2008  |  Commentary

Political Bickering Could Start a New Cold Warnew

There is still no good reason to have a new Cold War, and I still think it won't happen. But as the politicians posture and the stupidities accumulate, I'm less sure than I was that it won't happen.
The Georgia Straight  |  Gwynne Dyer  |  08-29-2008  |  International

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