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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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Israel-Hamas Ceasefire

22 November 2023 Israel-Hamas Ceasefire By Gwynne Dyer There are really three parties to the ‘pause’ – nobody is officially using the word ‘ceasefire’ – that brings at least a temporary end to the fighting in the Gaza Strip. Two of the three parties, Hamas and the United States, would very much like it to …

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Ukraine: The Big Push Fails

1 November 2023 Ukraine: The Big Push Fails By Gwynne Dyer On 10 September, the great breakthrough was underway. “The Ukrainians went forward again,” said breathless reports from the front lines. “The Ukrainian Armed Forces are moving west of Novoprokopovka, east of Verbovo and between Novoprokopovka and Verbovo, expanding the breakthrough zone.” Fifty days later, …

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Another October War

8 October 2023 Another October War By Gwynne Dyer If you are wondering why Hamas launched its all-out assault on Israel on Saturday, I wrote it right here last week. “The Arab world has basically abandoned the Palestinians to their fate, whatever that may be. Six Arab countries have established diplomatic ties with Israel and …

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Israel: Mowing the Lawn Again, but with Malice Aforethought

5 July 2023 Israel: Mowing the Lawn Again, but with Malice Aforethought By Gwynne Dyer The two-day Israeli military incursion into the Palestinian city of Jenin in the northern West Bank (12 Palestinians killed, one Israeli dead) seems at first glance like just another example of ‘mowing the lawn’. That’s what the Israeli Defence Forces …

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