Gwynne Dyer

Gwynne Dyer

Gwynne Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs for more than 20 years, but he was originally trained as an historian. Born in Newfoundland, he received degrees from Canadian, American and British universities. His latest book, "Climate Wars: The Fight for Survival as the World Overheats", was published in the United States by Oneworld.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 8:45am
Turkey's Attempted Coup
Turkey's democracy is dead. It was dying anyway, as President Recep Tayyib Erdogan took over media outlets, arrested political opponents and journalists, and even re-started a war with the Kurds last autumn in order to win an election. But once part of the army launched a coup attempt on Friday...
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Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 9:15am
South Sudan is Not Africa
This is not an article on South Sudan, which is just as well because the conflicts there are almost fractal in their complexity. The mini-war last weekend between the forces of President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar, which killed more than 270 people and saw tanks, artillery and...
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Monday, July 11, 2016 - 11:45am
Britain: Shakespeare in Action
It’s a bit like a Shakespeare play – specifically the final scene of Hamlet, when almost all the play’s major characters die violently. And now we’re down to one. Her name is Theresa May. It has been barely three weeks since the United Kingdom (or at least, 52 percent of those who voted) chose to...
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Monday, June 6, 2016 - 12:45pm
Universal Basic Income: Why it is Not Crazy and Not Going Away
The Dutch city of Utrecht is developing a pilot project for a universal basic income that will launch in January 2017. The Finnish government is designing a trial to see whether giving low-income people a guaranteed basic income destroys their motivation to do any work at all, as critics allege...
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Monday, May 30, 2016 - 9:45am
Zika and the Olympics
In the past, the only excuse for cancelling the Olympic Games has been a world war (Berlin 1916, Tokyo 1940, London 1944). But if this year’s Games had been scheduled for somewhere in West Africa two years ago, when the Ebola outbreak was nearing its peak, they would certainly have been called off...
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Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 11:45am
Brazil Impeachment Brings to Mind Thailand's 2014 Military Coup
Q: What’s the difference between the coup that overthrew the elected government in Thailand in Thailand in 2014 and the coup that has now removed the elected government in Brazil? A: The coup-makers in Thailand wore uniforms. The Brazilian Senate has just voted 55 to 22 to impeach President Dilma...
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Monday, December 28, 2015 - 8:45am
2015 Year Ender
If historical ingratitude were a crime, most of the people writing year-end pieces this month would be in jail. This year was not like 1919, when 3 percent of the world’s population died of influenza, or 1943, when the Second World War was killing a million people each month, or 1983, when we came...
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Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 9:30am
COP21: Cheering and Fearing
The climate deal that almost 200 countries agreed to in Paris on Saturday was far better than most insiders dared to hope even one month ago. The biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, China and the United States, are finally on board. There is real money on the table to help poor countries cut...
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Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 9:15am
2014: Reviewing the Health Status of the Human Race
The main purpose of year-end reviews, of course, is to hold the ads apart. But they can also serve as a kind of annual check-up on the political health – and also on the economic, demographic and even physical health – of the planet and its teeming human population. So imagine that we are a panel...
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Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:30am
How Western Intervention Fuels 'Terrorism'
"We will not be cowed by these sick terrorists," said British Prime Minister David Cameron after ISIS produced a grisly video of the mass beheading of Syrian captives by foreign jihadis who allegedly included British fighters. "We will not be intimidated," said Canadian Prime Minister Stephen...
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