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The end of ISIS

Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
It could be a year yet before the wars that have ravaged the greater Middle East since the American invasions of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 finally die down, but it will come, writes columnist Gwynne Dyer.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The consensus among scientists is that the surface of the planet is not bombarded by hard radiation during the intervals when the Earth’s internally generated magnetic field all but disappears for a time.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
If the only Eurasians to reach the Americas had been peace-loving Spanish nuns—or peace-loving Chinese monks, for that matter—the Great Dying would have happened anyway.
Now they are finally negotiating the very same deal with the Taliban that could probably have been made in 2001. It would have saved a lot of time.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
So why isn’t everybody celebrating the triumphant return of democracy to the Democratic Republic of Congo? Because nobody believes the numbers.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
How big a threat is this 'cell-based meat' to the traditional cattle industry? Big enough that the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association has petitioned the government to restrict the words 'meat' and 'beef' to products 'derived d
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyib Erdogan is much better informed than the American president and probably a lot smarter too, but he is just as impulsive, just as ruthless, just as much a bringer of chaos.
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Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras now has to hold a vote of confidence, and if he loses it, there will have to be an early election.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Theresa May’s deal is almost universally disliked. The Remainers hate it because they don’t want to leave the EU, and the Brexit hard-liners in her own party hate it because it keeps Britain too closely tied to the EU.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The church has always served the interests of the Russian state if it is allowed to, and, as the embodiment of the Russian state, Vladimir Putin feels obliged to return the favour.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
It is now effectively a one-party state in which around half the population hates and fears the ruling party. For now, the fear predominates. But the Awami League will stumble and the hate will be expressed in actions.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
It just looks like the same brinkmanship that’s been going on for decades between China and Taiwan, but let just one player deviate from the script, and everybody would suddenly be in a new and very frightening world.
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.
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.

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