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Brexit and drugs

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.
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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.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Journalists are now working their way through all the box sets of Servant of the People, trying to glean some clues about what the new president has in mind.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
And a year or two from now, when everybody is throughly disillusioned by continuing economic hardship and political chaos, the military will try to take back control, just as they did in Egypt.
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.
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.

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