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Some progress in Poland

Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
There will only be one set of rules for both rich and poor countries, although the really poor ones will get a lot of financial and technical help in meeting their commitments.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
So is democracy coming to the Congo at last? Don’t count on it. The regime’s choice for a successor, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, is a close colleague of Kabila’s with no independent support base of his own.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
So how to get rid of him? In the past, the family’s rule has survived the abrupt removal of kings: one king was forced to abdicate in 1964, another was assassinated by his own nephew in 1975.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Can we really expect that the relatively large cuts in GHGs promised in Paris at the 2015 summit will ever gain the public support necessary to make them happen? If not, then our current global civilization is doomed.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
As the fantasies fade and reality bites, the members of House of Commons (of whom a majority always supported Remain, even if many hid their views in order to survive politically) have become an extraordinarily volatile.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The Russians are legally in the wrong, but they are going to win this one because Ukraine had almost no navy left and nobody wants a bigger war. Ukraine has imposed martial law in areas that border on Russia.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
It’s now the 21st century, and there is no excuse for what the Burmese army has done: to understand all is NOT to forgive all. Neither is there any excuse for Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The depth and duration of the American obsession with Iran is best explained not by strategy but by psychology.
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Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may go on for a while, despite the disaster of his military intervention in Yemen, his fruitless blockade of Qatar, and even this ugly murder. He wouldn’t be the only killer in power.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Demographic panic in countries like Hungary finds its political expression in a paranoid fear that the country's dwindling population will be overrun by immigrants with a radically different culture, particularly refugee
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Until the major parties can acknowledge that it is the computers that are killing the jobs and that it probably can’t be stopped, the anger will continue to grow. You can’t begin to fix the problem until you understand it.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Forget about the 'causes of war' in the history books. Every kind of human society, with every imaginable kind of economy, has fought wars.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
And if the U.K. crashes out of the EU without a deal, the ratings agency Standard and Poor’s predicted on Oct. 30, unemployment in the U.K. will almost double, house prices will fall by ten per cent in two years, and the
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Prime Minister Imran Khan has launched a crowdsourcing campaign, seeking contributions from Pakistanis at home and abroad in order to get the Diamer-Bhasha Dam started.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The Western media almost never question these much bigger lies, although they are having a collective meltdown over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The Russians have broken the rules by developing and testing land-based cruise missiles, but they haven’t actually deployed them in meaningful numbers, so it's not worth pulling out of the INF treaty.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Zimbabwe was once a prosperous country. If it could just inspire enough confidence in foreign investors and get control over its huge foreign debts it could start to climb out of the deep hole Mugabe left it in.
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.
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.

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