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Gwynne Dyer

Gwynne Dyer is a United Kingdom-based independent journalist who writes a column for The Hill Times.

Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | July 22, 2024
Donald Trump
Donald Trump told the crowd at the Republican National Convention last week that he was alive on stage ‘only by the grace of almighty God.’ Photograph courtesy Gage Skidmore/ Flickr
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | July 22, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | July 22, 2024
Donald Trump
Donald Trump told the crowd at the Republican National Convention last week that he was alive on stage ‘only by the grace of almighty God.’ Photograph courtesy Gage Skidmore/ Flickr
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | July 17, 2024
A sign in The Gambia protesting female genital mutilation
FGM road sign pictured in Bakau, The Gambia in 2005. On July 15, the Gambian Parliament voted to maintain the ban on FGM. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | July 17, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | July 17, 2024
A sign in The Gambia protesting female genital mutilation
FGM road sign pictured in Bakau, The Gambia in 2005. On July 15, the Gambian Parliament voted to maintain the ban on FGM. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | July 15, 2024
It’s sheer nonsense to believe that Donald Trump is the sole cause for the Republican Party’s slide into crude nationalism and populism. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | July 15, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | July 15, 2024
It’s sheer nonsense to believe that Donald Trump is the sole cause for the Republican Party’s slide into crude nationalism and populism. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | July 10, 2024
US president Joe Biden
During the June 27 presidential debate, Joe Biden, pictured in March 2023, gave a halting delivery and had moments of confusion, setting doubts in motion about his mental fitness, writes Gwynne Dyer. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | July 10, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | July 10, 2024
US president Joe Biden
During the June 27 presidential debate, Joe Biden, pictured in March 2023, gave a halting delivery and had moments of confusion, setting doubts in motion about his mental fitness, writes Gwynne Dyer. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | July 8, 2024
Masoud Pezeshkian, the reformist Iranian candidate who opposes Islamic rule, won Iran’s runoff presidential election with five million extra people voting in the second round. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | July 8, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | July 8, 2024
Masoud Pezeshkian, the reformist Iranian candidate who opposes Islamic rule, won Iran’s runoff presidential election with five million extra people voting in the second round. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | July 4, 2024
France’s National Rally Leader Marine Le Pen, pictured in 2017, has been ‘detoxifying’ the party to make it electable since taking over in 2011. Like most makeovers, it was mainly cosmetic, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of the Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | July 4, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | July 4, 2024
France’s National Rally Leader Marine Le Pen, pictured in 2017, has been ‘detoxifying’ the party to make it electable since taking over in 2011. Like most makeovers, it was mainly cosmetic, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of the Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | July 3, 2024
The only question for U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservatives is whether this election will be merely a catastrophe, or a full-scale extinction event from which there is no return, writes Gwynne Dyer. No. 10 Downing Street photograph by Simon Walker
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | July 3, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | July 3, 2024
The only question for U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservatives is whether this election will be merely a catastrophe, or a full-scale extinction event from which there is no return, writes Gwynne Dyer. No. 10 Downing Street photograph by Simon Walker
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | June 26, 2024
The example set by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, pictured in 2014, was a huge threat to the secret state, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | June 26, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | June 26, 2024
The example set by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, pictured in 2014, was a huge threat to the secret state, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | June 24, 2024
Both Britain’s Nigel Farage, right, and America’s Donald Trump have recently claimed the leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization provoked the war in Ukraine, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photographs courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Gage Skidmore
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | June 24, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | June 24, 2024
Both Britain’s Nigel Farage, right, and America’s Donald Trump have recently claimed the leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization provoked the war in Ukraine, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photographs courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Gage Skidmore
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | June 20, 2024
American interests and U.S. President Joe Biden’s political future both now require the war to stop, and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, to relinquish power, writes Gwynne Dyer. The Hill Times photographs by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | June 20, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | June 20, 2024
American interests and U.S. President Joe Biden’s political future both now require the war to stop, and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, to relinquish power, writes Gwynne Dyer. The Hill Times photographs by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | June 17, 2024
Cyril Ramaphosa is president of South Africa again, but he only got his job back because he managed to cobble together a coalition at the last moment, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | June 17, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | June 17, 2024
Cyril Ramaphosa is president of South Africa again, but he only got his job back because he managed to cobble together a coalition at the last moment, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | June 13, 2024
Using the conditions surrounding the Great Wars as a present-day comparison, the logic goes that the West must vanquish the Russians now in Ukraine, or else President Vladimir Putin will try to conquer the world, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Flickr
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | June 13, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | June 13, 2024
Using the conditions surrounding the Great Wars as a present-day comparison, the logic goes that the West must vanquish the Russians now in Ukraine, or else President Vladimir Putin will try to conquer the world, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Flickr
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | June 12, 2024
French President Emmanuel Macron, pictured on the Hill on June 7, 2018, called national elections in France for the end of this month. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | June 12, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | June 12, 2024
French President Emmanuel Macron, pictured on the Hill on June 7, 2018, called national elections in France for the end of this month. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | June 6, 2024
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, centre, at a campaign event in April. Modi revealed in a pre-election TV interview that when he was born he ‘was convinced God had sent me.’  Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | June 6, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | June 6, 2024
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, centre, at a campaign event in April. Modi revealed in a pre-election TV interview that when he was born he ‘was convinced God had sent me.’  Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | June 3, 2024
We have the tools to get through the climate crisis if we use them wisely, writes Gwynne Dyer. Unsplash photograph by Markus Spiske
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | June 3, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | June 3, 2024
We have the tools to get through the climate crisis if we use them wisely, writes Gwynne Dyer. Unsplash photograph by Markus Spiske
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 31, 2024
Parts of the Arctic are warming four times faster than the rest of the planet, but we could stop the melting if we stopped our emissions, writes Gwynne Dyer.
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 31, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 31, 2024
Parts of the Arctic are warming four times faster than the rest of the planet, but we could stop the melting if we stopped our emissions, writes Gwynne Dyer.
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 29, 2024
Right now the opinion polls predict a catastrophic defeat on July 4 for Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservative Party. The party’s real task in the near term is mere survival, writes Gwynne Dyer. U.K. PMO photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 29, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 29, 2024
Right now the opinion polls predict a catastrophic defeat on July 4 for Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservative Party. The party’s real task in the near term is mere survival, writes Gwynne Dyer. U.K. PMO photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 23, 2024
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is among six named in arrest warrants by the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on May 20. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 23, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 23, 2024
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is among six named in arrest warrants by the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on May 20. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 22, 2024
The assassination attempt on Prime Minister Robert Fico on May 15 was alarming, but we can narrow the problem down to a more specific group of people, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Commons Wikimedia/Flickr
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 22, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 22, 2024
The assassination attempt on Prime Minister Robert Fico on May 15 was alarming, but we can narrow the problem down to a more specific group of people, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Commons Wikimedia/Flickr
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 20, 2024
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, pictured in June 2017, has served as president of the African National Congress since December that year. The socialist ANC is riddled with corruption and nepotism, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 20, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 20, 2024
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, pictured in June 2017, has served as president of the African National Congress since December that year. The socialist ANC is riddled with corruption and nepotism, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 13, 2024
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the various leaders of Hamas have spent the past 30 years trying to kill the two-state solution, but it could be on the table again, writes Gwynne Dyer.  Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 13, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 13, 2024
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the various leaders of Hamas have spent the past 30 years trying to kill the two-state solution, but it could be on the table again, writes Gwynne Dyer.  Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 9, 2024
Icebergs visible from St. Johns, N.L. In the past 13 months, the average sea surface temperature worldwide has soared, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Flickr
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 9, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 9, 2024
Icebergs visible from St. Johns, N.L. In the past 13 months, the average sea surface temperature worldwide has soared, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Flickr
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 6, 2024
srael’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was and is absolutely committed to continuing the war. He declared on May 4 that with or without a ceasefire We will enter Rafah and eliminate the remaining Hamas battalions.' His job—and perhaps even his freedom—depend on the war continuing, even if there were a temporary ceasefire, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 6, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 6, 2024
srael’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was and is absolutely committed to continuing the war. He declared on May 4 that with or without a ceasefire We will enter Rafah and eliminate the remaining Hamas battalions.' His job—and perhaps even his freedom—depend on the war continuing, even if there were a temporary ceasefire, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 2, 2024
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, left, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, and France Front National Leader Marine Le Pen. Each country is doing a good job of invoking the quote that history repeats itself first as tragedy, and then as farce. Photographs courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, European Union
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 2, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | May 2, 2024
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, left, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, and France Front National Leader Marine Le Pen. Each country is doing a good job of invoking the quote that history repeats itself first as tragedy, and then as farce. Photographs courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, European Union
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | April 29, 2024
Displaced people arrive in South Sudan from Sudan through the Joda border crossing. An estimated nine million people have fled their homes in Sudan since the war began just over a year ago, writes Gwynne Dyer.   Photograph courtesy of the United Nations by Ala Kheir
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | April 29, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | April 29, 2024
Displaced people arrive in South Sudan from Sudan through the Joda border crossing. An estimated nine million people have fled their homes in Sudan since the war began just over a year ago, writes Gwynne Dyer.   Photograph courtesy of the United Nations by Ala Kheir
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | April 26, 2024
A variety of corals form an outcrop on Flynn Reef, part of the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns, Australia. So many people are trying to save coral reef, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | April 26, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | April 26, 2024
A variety of corals form an outcrop on Flynn Reef, part of the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns, Australia. So many people are trying to save coral reef, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | April 24, 2024
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visits the city of Bucha on April 4, 2022. The Russians have been building up for a big June offensive, but they might launch it early in the hope of breaking through before the U.S. arms arrive, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of the President of Ukraine/Flickr
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | April 24, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | April 24, 2024
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visits the city of Bucha on April 4, 2022. The Russians have been building up for a big June offensive, but they might launch it early in the hope of breaking through before the U.S. arms arrive, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of the President of Ukraine/Flickr
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | April 18, 2024
India’s 200 million Muslims—about one-seventh of the population—are now deliberately targeted by Narendra Modi’s militantly Hindu Indian People’s Party, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | April 18, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | April 18, 2024
India’s 200 million Muslims—about one-seventh of the population—are now deliberately targeted by Narendra Modi’s militantly Hindu Indian People’s Party, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | April 15, 2024
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, does want a bigger war than either Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei, centre, or American President Joe Biden are willing to give him. Photographs courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | April 15, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | April 15, 2024
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, does want a bigger war than either Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei, centre, or American President Joe Biden are willing to give him. Photographs courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | April 10, 2024
A ceasefire would almost certainly involve the collapse of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s far-right coalition government, leaving him exposed to conviction in the corruption trial currently paused by the war. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | April 10, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | April 10, 2024
A ceasefire would almost certainly involve the collapse of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s far-right coalition government, leaving him exposed to conviction in the corruption trial currently paused by the war. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | April 3, 2024
U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with former Senegalese president Macky Sall. What West Africa needs is a virtuous cycle of growth. What it has is the biggest vicious circle in the world, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of the U.S. State Department/Freddie Everett
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | April 3, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | April 3, 2024
U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with former Senegalese president Macky Sall. What West Africa needs is a virtuous cycle of growth. What it has is the biggest vicious circle in the world, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of the U.S. State Department/Freddie Everett
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | March 27, 2024
The worrisome part of the current warming is not just that it has given us the hottest year on record. It’s the scale of the rise in temperature this year, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of sippakorn/Pixabay
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | March 27, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | March 27, 2024
The worrisome part of the current warming is not just that it has given us the hottest year on record. It’s the scale of the rise in temperature this year, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of sippakorn/Pixabay
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | March 27, 2024
Women line up for food aid in the Aweil East region in South Sudan. In most cases, starvation is a byproduct of war, not even the main event, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of the PCPM Foundation
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | March 27, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | March 27, 2024
Women line up for food aid in the Aweil East region in South Sudan. In most cases, starvation is a byproduct of war, not even the main event, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of the PCPM Foundation
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | March 20, 2024
Rishi Sunak, a Hindu of Indian heritage born in Southampton, is Britain's current prime minister. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | March 20, 2024
Opinion | BY GWYNNE DYER | March 20, 2024
Rishi Sunak, a Hindu of Indian heritage born in Southampton, is Britain's current prime minister. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons