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Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
For Benjamin Netanyahu, a large-scale annexation of the occupied territory would eliminate the mythical ‘two-state’ threat that has been his greatest political asset.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Government ads urging people to get out and vote barely mention that the new constitution will ‘reset the clock’ for Putin. That means he will be entitled to run for two more terms as president.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
When governments impose sanctions they usually explain that they had to 'do something,' but the new sanctions will hurt ordinary Syrians very badly.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Putin's essay is an almost desperate plea for the preservation of the international order embodied in the rules of the United Nations and especially of the Security Council.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Think of this as just another 1962, but in miniature and without bullets.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The likeliest outcome is that Turkey backs off, there is a ceasefire of some sort that freezes the lines, and there is a de facto division of Libya with a Haftar-led Russian client state in the east.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
So unless Bouterse can launch another coup (which seems unlikely, since he is now 74), he will shortly be off to spend the rest of his life in prison.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
How far ahead is this calamity? We probably have at least a decade or two. Will we end all our greenhouse gas emissions in that time? Probably not. 'Cutting' our emissions isn’t enough.
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Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
This week, the Chinese People’s Congress in Beijing, the regime’s rubber-stamp parliament, will pass a special law banning subversion, separatism, acts of foreign interference and ‘terrorism’ in Hong Kong.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The current levels of income support could not be sustained long term without a significantly higher rate of tax.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
A few dozen volunteers and mercenaries tried to land on the Venezuelan coast near Caracas a week ago. Six were killed, all the rest were arrested.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
There are many clever people working on all the problems that threaten our future, and that for some of them at least, solutions will arrive in time.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Other East Asian countries that had experience of SARS understood the seriousness of the WHO warning and promptly began diligent testing, tracing, and isolation of infected persons.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Last year saw an unprecedented upsurge in public concern about climate change—Australian wildfires, record floods all over the place, Extinction Rebellion, Greta Thunberg—but all that has now been pushed aside by the coronavirus. Global heating and its associated disasters will kill far more people in the long run, but COVID-19 is killing them now.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Donald Trump downplayed the threat as long as he could, then became a last-minute advocate of lockdown. He has now moved on to being the liberator of the American people from lockdown, without any contact tracing.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Fauci has become a familiar figure standing beside Donald Trump at media briefings, never openly contradicting him, but subtly trying to steer him away from his worst ideas. It’s a humiliating position to be in.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
U.S. President Donald Trump has an election coming up in six months, and he will lose it if the economy has not recovered by then.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Western countries did not use the ample time they had to put a similar system in place. They didn’t even stock up on masks, ventilators and protective clothing.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
'Never waste the opportunity offered by a good crisis,' as Machiavelli allegedly said 500 years ago. So is what we are seeing in Hungary now the tip of the iceberg?
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Achieving herd immunity requires 60 per cent-70 per cent of the population to have had the disease—and with this particular coronavirus, about one or two percent of those people will die.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Or at least they should. COVID-19 is certainly not going to change the world forever, but it is going to change quite a few things, in some cases for a long time.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Collective action and government protection for the old and the poor will no longer be viewed as dangerous radicalism, even in the United States.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Unless this particular coronavirus fails to cause a second wave of infections next winter, we will probably be stuck in lockdown most of the time until an effective vaccine becomes widely available.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
In every country, we have collectively decided, without even an argument, that we care more about the lives of our fellow citizens than we do about the damned economy.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
He probably just prefers a policy that does not cripple the economy, and doesn’t understand the implications, writes columnist Gwynne Dyer.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
That Israel could be a democratic state where every citizen has an equal say or an apartheid state where most Arabs are subjects, not citizens, but it can’t be both.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Folklore, superstitions, and old wives’ tales abound in every culture, but beliefs about the power of jinbu are unique to China, and explain why eating specific wild animals plays a major role in Chinese medicine.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
History does not repeat, but it does have patterns, and there are disturbing similarities.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Maesaiah Thabane, wife of Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and therefore First Lady of Lesotho, is charged with ordering the murder of his previous wife three years ago, and he’s accused of being her accomplice.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The whistleblowers are among our last remaining checks on the contemptuous ease with which those who control the information seek to manipulate the rest of us.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
This could end up as a major war, and since Turkey can easily block Russian ships heading for the Mediterranean, Russian victory would not be quick or easy. But they would win in the end, as they always do.

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