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Treachery, betrayal in the Middle East

Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Betraying the Kurds is a Middle Eastern tradition, and the United States does not want war with Turkey.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Japan recently has removed South Korea from its 'whitelist' of countries that are allowed to buy goods that can be diverted for military use with minimal restrictions.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
There is going to be a war over this. Certainly another war in Kashmir, where tens of thousands of people were killed in the last uprising against Indian rule. Maybe also another war between India and Pakistan.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Deal the Chinese in. Beijing doesn’t want to live with 10 minutes’ warning time either. It would probably sign up to the INF terms provided that the U.S. and Russia were willing to grant it parity in other weapons.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Should we advertise our existence and publish our address to the cosmos, or is that just asking for trouble? Many of the scientists present backed a declaration that a 'worldwide scientific, political and humanitarian discussion must occur before any message is sent.'
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The rule of law still exists in Hong Kong, but nobody would be safe if they could be extradited to the People’s Republic at Beijing’s whim.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
There’s rather a lot at stake, including the 300-year-old union, and the man in charge is the farthest thing imaginable from a safe pair of hands.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
It’s all connected. The Earth’s temperature, the oxygen content of the atmosphere, all the qualities that make it a welcoming home for abundant life are maintained by the actions and interactions of living things.
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Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Boris Johnson, who is poised to win the Conservative leadership, may be the last prime minister of a genuinely united kingdom, writes columnist Gwynne Dyer.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
There is movement towards peace in Afghanistan—or at least towards an end to the American military ordeal there, which has lasted for almost 18 years. The only losers in the settlement will be the Afghans, who have to live under Taliban rule again. But that was always going to happen in the end.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Two showbiz figures, complete novices in politics, trying to run a country of 44 million people (which, by the way, is in a proxy war with Russia). What could possibly go wrong? 
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Borders will start slamming shut in the countries, mostly in the temperate zone of the planet, where the climate is still tolerable and there is still enough food to eat.
So why did Donald Trump trash the Iran nuclear deal? He aprobably believed that putting 'maximum pressure' on Iran would make it crumble. Another triumph for the great statesman.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
In mid-June, Saudi journalist Khaled al-Matrafi claimed that Al Jazeera’s headquarters in Doha, Qatar, was target for the Saudi-led, U.S.-backed coalition that has been bombing Yemen for the past four years.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The Conservative Party has become unhinged—even though a perfectly sensible exit deal from the EU already exists. Theresa May signed it last November.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Abiy Ahmed is Ethiopia’s best chance of breaking the cycle of tyrannies that has blighted its modern history.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
It’s impossible to say how many people have died because of this year’s late monsoon, because India generally only counts people who make it to hospital before they die (and not always even then).
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
We should hope Mike Pompeo and John Bolton are right and that Iran is behind the attacks, because that would be a stupid but quite genuine attempt to stave off a full-scale war. If it’s a Saudi and UAE false-flag operation, with or without the tacit collaboration of Bolton and Pompeo, then the region really is headed for war.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Whoever won the first election after long-ruling dictator Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in 2011 was winning a poisoned chalice, for the Egyptian economy was already on the rocks when the protests began.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
In the United States being white will usually make the police take a charitable view, but in the United Kingdom the best strategy is to say that you are planning to go into politics.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
They may be special forces troops and secret police, left over from the old dictatorship and long rewarded for abusing and murdering the old regime’s enemies, who will gladly serve a new dictatorship.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The Sudanese Professionals Association is calling for a campaign of 'sweeping civil disobedience to topple the treacherous and killer military council,' but unless it can take back control of the streets, it’s all over.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
So Communist dictatorship survived in China while it peacefully expired in Russia. It still looks solid today: the current leader, Xi Jinping, has just effectively declared himself president-for-life.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Think how many people would rejoice in his victory: Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Muhammad bin Salman, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and Emmanuel Macron. If all those wise men like it, who are we to say otherwise?
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Populist demagogues in other EU countries have watched the tragicomic mega-shambles of Britain’s attempted Brexit and decided that the wiser course is to stay in the EU and try to dominate it from within.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
I’d really like to believe acting U.S. Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan. But actually, nobody’s in charge.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Iran’s army is about the same size as that of the United States, but it could quickly expand to 10 times that size with volunteers, as it did during the U.S.-backed Iraqi invasion of Iran in 1980-88.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
If the United States does attack, nobody will help Iran, even though every other signatory to the no-nukes treaty that Trump trashed knows (and says) that Iran has complied with its terms.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The great-power mania infects everybody.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
For the second time in a month, a member country of the European Union has not voted a populist into power. Could it be that the populist wave has broken?
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The officers, and especially the generals, are not ready to change sides, partly because they are dedicated Chavistas, but also because few of the generals have managed to hide their loot somewhere safe abroad.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The ‘dissidents’ who formed the Real IRA in 2012 are nationalists who never accepted the truce. They have been waiting for an opportunity to reopen the revolutionary liberation war that they imagine was betrayed by the Good Friday Agreement, and Brexit is giving it to them.

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