Politics

Navalny Murder

18 February 2024 Navalny Murder By Gwynne Dyer Vladimir Putin’s regime had been assassinating Chechen warlords, defectors from the Russian intelligence services and sundry wayward oligarchs for years, but its first political murder was the hit on high-profile journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was gunned down in her Moscow apartment in 2006 — and so it …

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Turning Japanese

7 February 2024 Turning Japanese By Gwynne Dyer It did not end well for Karolina Shiino, the young woman who won the title of Miss Japan two weeks ago. She has just handed her crown back after a scandal-mongering magazine revealed that she has been having an affair with a married man – Japanese beauty …

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Pakistan Election 2024

4 February 2024 Pakistan Election 2024 By Gwynne Dyer Pakistan’s former prime minister, former cricket superstar and latter-day populist politician Imran Khan was having a quiet week in jail, six months into his three-year sentence for corruption, and suddenly all hell broke loose. Last Tuesday he was given another 10-year jail sentence for leaking state …

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Routine Rockets

21 January 2024 Routine Rockets By Gwynne Dyer Not all that long ago, attacking another country’s territory was still seen as a big deal. It was, in legal terms, an ‘act of war’, liable to have unpleasant and potentially unlimited consequences including full-scale war. Very powerful countries occasionally made small, one-off attacks on very weak …

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The Trouble with Events

17 January 2024 The Trouble with Events By Gwynne Dyer Harold Macmillan, British prime minister about half a century ago, was once asked what was the greatest challenge for a political leader. “Events, dear boy, events,” he replied. The same is true in this presidential election year in the United States. The event most likely …

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