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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Burma on the Brink

17 December 2023 Burma on the Brink By Gwynne Dyer The Burmese army is a leading candidate for Nastiest Army in the World. Even more than Pakistan’s army, it is the tail that wags the dog: rather than the army serving the country, it’s the other way around. Its record for massacring civilians whenever they

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Democracy and the Courts

08 August 2023 Democracy and the Courts by Gwynne Dyer Three of the world’s biggest democracies, all with past, present, and/or prospective leaders facing prison at the same time. In the end, it’s the courts that decide. Donald Trump in the United States is under five indictments in three jurisdictions, potentially involving up to 10

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Love Jihad

20 December 2020 The ‘Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion Ordinance’ was passed into law in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on 28 November, providing jail sentences of up to ten years for Muslim men who marry Hindu women with the intention of converting them. ‘Love Jihad’ must be stopped at all costs, to

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Arab Winter

16 December 2020 Ten years ago this week Mohamed Bouazizi, a street vendor in Tunisia, set himself alight in front of a government building in rage at the corrupt dictatorship that had ruined his young life. His sacrifice wakened hope in millions of others – but then half a million of them also died, although

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A Less Crowded Planet

20 July 2020 If you wanted evidence that reasonably competent government – not great, not corruption-free, just not awful – produces good results in the end, here it is. Back in 1971, when the two countries split apart, Bangladesh had 65 million people and Pakistan had 60 million. By the end of this century, Bangladesh

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