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Assange extradition

Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Julian Assange should have gone to Sweden, because the Swedes would have been less likely to grant an extradition request than the British government under David Cameron, the Conservative prime minister at the time.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The ‘smart money’ says Haftar is bound to lose, but that remains to be seen.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The regime can no longer buy off the under-30s with cheap public housing and subsidized jobs because oil revenues have fallen steeply, and they are too young to remember the horrors of the civil war.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The only reason Donald Trump has now 'recognized' the Golan Heights as Israeli territory is to give a little electoral boost to his good buddy, Israel’s prime minister, who is facing corruption charges.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The coveted title of World’s Leading Demagogue has just gone to the Turkish President, Recep Tayyib Erdogan.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Xinjiang’s Muslims have been abandoned by the ‘umma,' the world community of Muslims. They are on their own, and they are suffering.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Brexit is almost entirely an English nationalist project and the Brexiteers just ignored the fact that leaving the EU would sabotage the Good Friday deal by creating a hard border in Ireland.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The Syrian and Yemeni civil wars, both triggered by the popular, initially non-violent revolutions of the Arab Spring, may finally be stumbling towards an end, but the whole tragic sequence of events is still too fresh in people’s minds for them to want to try again.
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Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The suicide attack on Indian troops in Kashmir two weeks ago was the deadliest in three decades, and Jaish-e-Mohammad, a militant Islamist group based in Pakistan, took credit for it.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
It’s going to be a long negotiating process, because few Americans are ready yet to accept that this is the logic of the situation, writes columnist Gwynne Dyer.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Muhammadu Buhari is personally clean, but his anti-corruption measures almost exclusively targeted politicians of other parties.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
But the fantasy statistics about near-full employment pumped out by the government may suffice to keep his base quiet, even if jobs are strangely scarce or low-paying around where they live, writes columnist Gwynne Dyer.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The new Spanish government that emerges from the forthcoming snap election, whatever it is (nobody knows), won’t be able to solve the problem either.
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.
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.

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