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Khashoggi: worse than a crime

Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
If the foreigners will not bring Mohammed bin Salman down, his own family probably will. It is a family business.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
If you don’t go into the feedbacks, then you can’t talk about runaway warming, and going to 4, 5 or 6 degrees C higher average global temperature, and hundreds of millions or billions of deaths, writes Gywnne Dyer.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro are populists cut from the same cloth.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Now that the fighting has died down, people are starting to protest, and Muqtada al-Sadr has become the repository of their hopes. He will have a hard time living up to them.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
There’s still a huge amount of research to be done in this new domain, but it’s time to ask where our own planetary civilization falls on this spectrum of possible behaviours.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Gulf countries talk of war with Iran as inevitable, and dream of drawing America into such a war to even up the odds, writes columnist Gwynne Dyer.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Yet Donald Trump's obsession is completely misplaced: 85 per cent of the seven million American manufacturing jobs lost since 2000 were eliminated by automation, not by trade.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The situation got weird when Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly urged the two men to go on TV, and last Thursday, they appeared on RT, a Russian international news channel, to explain their brief trip.
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Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
If the birth rates don’t drop in future decades, then Uganda and Tanzania alone will have a billion people in 2100. That’s a very bad idea, writes Gwynne Dyer.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
If the rights of Palestinian refugees can be legitimately extinguished after the first generation, the Jewish claim becomes equally invalid, writes Gwynne Dyer.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Opinion polls give him 39 per cent support, more than twice as much as any other candidate.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The real-life Game of Thrones in Australian politics isn't driven by any pressing issues, just political gamesmanship.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Islam isn't the problem in Xinjiang, China's attempt to wash away the Uyghur majority is, writes Gwynne Dyer.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, has ordered the murder of thousands of his citizens as part of a purge on drug dealers and users.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Global warming driven directly by human emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases is only part of the problem—the smaller part.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Prompt and drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions now might stop the summers of the 2040s from being even worse, but they wouldn’t do much to lessen the mounting misery of the next 20 years. Those emissions are mostly in the atmosphere already.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The facade of democracy, shabby though it was, did provide some protection for civil and human rights in Cambodia.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
So are these ambitious, frustrated young men and women more likely vote for dour, 75-year-old Emmerson Mnangagwa, or for a quick-witted, humorous, 40-year-old newcomer called Nelson Chamisa? Stay tuned.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The Pakistan Muslim League—Nawaz could still win the national election on Wednesday. Or at least it could win enough seats to form a coalition government with the other anti-military party, the Pakistan People’s Party.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The country as a whole will still have a Sunni majority, but probably a less overwhelming one, and the most hostile elements will be living in exile. It is demographic engineering on a very large scale, and nobody can stop it. To the victor go the spoils.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
How could the regime make itself safer from another rebellion? Get rid of as many as possible of the poorer Sunnis, and particularly those who lived in the cities, writes columnist Gwynne Dyer.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The Brexiteers’ power lies in their implicit threat to stage a revolt that overthrows Ms. May, fatally splits the Conservative Party, and precipitates an early election that brings the Labour Party to power.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
English people have been marching in the streets demanding better funding for the NHS, and U.S. President Donald Trump naturally got the wrong end of the stick again.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Beijing is starting to see U.S. trade policy as part of a deliberate attempt to stop China’s emergence as a great industrial and technological power, writes columnist Gwynne Dyer.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Even for women, things are very gradually getting better: 60 per cent of Saudi university graduates are female, and now they can drive too. But the country is now being run by an erratic and over-confident dictator.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Andrés Manuel López Obrador has little to say about the drug war, apart from vague talk about giving some criminals an amnesty, writes columnist Gwynne Dyer. What he concentrates on is inequality.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
About half of Turkey’s voters still want the secular state they used to have, which means that Mr. Erdogan’s ostentatious piety and strident promotion of political Islam alienate almost as many voters as they seduce.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
One factor aggravating the situation in Europe is that only a few of the EU’s 28 countries are carrying almost all of the burden: Italy, Spain, Greece, and Germany, writes columnist Gwynne Dyer.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
No jumped-up leader of a rinky-dink country like Canada was going to get away with talking to the president of the United States like that.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
It was a show, staged for the benefit of the two main participants, and they both got what they came for. They were bound to get it, since they had the power to define the meeting as either a success or a failure.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Over the past decade, this hard-line approach has delivered an annual average of 10 per cent economic growth in Ethiopia, far higher than in South Africa or Nigeria.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The Putin regime condemned the episode as "fake news," and will have much more credibility the next time it needs to deny killing a critic, writes columnist Gwynne Dyer.

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