Gwynne Dyer

The fate of Africa

GOOD news from Africa: after two decades of bloody anarchy, Somalia is finally on the mend. There is something resembling a government coming into being in Mogadishu, with much help from African Union Published Aug 13, 2012 12:01am

Enslaved by taxes -- not necessarily

ONE of the best tax-avoidance tactics in the late Roman Empire was to sell yourself into slavery. You didn’t really have to work as somebody’s slave, of course — it was more like rock star Hotblack Desiato being “dead for a year for tax reasons” in Dougla Published Jul 29, 2012 12:00am

Varieties of nepotism

What has been happening in North Korea recently is straight out of the Hereditary Dictatorship for Dummies handbook. Kim Jong-un, the pudgy young heir to the leadership of one of the world’s last communist states, is removing powerful people who were loya Published Jul 20, 2012 09:01pm

Berlusconi’s return

ABRAHAM Lincoln was right: You can fool all the people some of the time, and you can fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. Published Jul 19, 2012 12:00am

Wild weather

IT was 42 degrees C in St. Louis, Missouri, last weekend, about the same as in Saudi Arabia. Along the US Atlantic coast, it was cooler, but not much: 41°C in Washington DC, just short of the city’s all-time record. And 46 Americans were already dead from Published Jul 10, 2012 12:00am

How to leave Afghanistan

Last weekend’s Nato summit in Chicago was mostly about how to get Nato troops out of Afghanistan without causing too much embarrassment to the western governments that sent them, and a little bit Published May 26, 2012 08:01pm

The triumph of English

THE second president of the United States, John Adams, predicted in 1780 that “English will be the most respectable language in the world and the most universally read and spoken in the next century, if not Published May 23, 2012 10:01pm

What if Greece defaults?

Last year, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel warned: “Nobody should believe that another half-century of peace in Europe is a given. Published May 15, 2012 12:00am

A strange desire

IT has just been revealed by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point Military Academy in the United States that I am on a short list of journalists (eight in western countries, and seven others in India, Pakistan and Arab countries) to whom Osama bin Published May 05, 2012 11:01pm

Hollande to ‘defy’ markets

“MY true adversary does not have a name, a face or a party,” said François Hollande, France’s likely next president. “He never puts forth his candidacy, but nevertheless he governs. Published Apr 30, 2012 12:00am

Taliban offensive

IN the midst of the Taliban attacks in central Kabul on Sunday, a journalist called the British embassy for a comment. Published Apr 20, 2012 12:00am

N-bomb and terrorists

WE have just had the second Nuclear Security Summit, in Seoul. It got surprisingly little attention from the international media although 53 countries attended it. For the media, nuclear weapons are yesterday’s issue because nobody expects a nuclear war. Published Mar 30, 2012 07:40pm

Global civilisation

NOW we have something close to a global civilisation. Most of the world’s people work in similar economies, use the same machines, and live about as long. Published Mar 25, 2012 11:30pm

Sarkozy’s last stand

FACED with renewed allegations that Muammar Qadhafi had poured up to 50 million euros into his presidential campaign in 2007, French President Nicolas Sarkozy told the prime-time television: “If he did Published Mar 16, 2012 07:30pm

Painting Kolkata blue

SOME firm of public relations consultants has persuaded the West Bengal state government that all official buildings and assets in Calcutta, right down to the lane dividers on highways, should be painted light blue. Published Mar 04, 2012 10:31pm

Power shift to Asia

ON February 15, just as Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping arrived in the United States for a four-day visit, US President Barack Obama told an audience of American workers in Milwaukee: “Manufacturing is coming back!” Coming back from China, that is. Published Feb 23, 2012 09:30pm

Religious divide in Africa

SUDAN was bombing South Sudan again last week, only a couple of months after the two countries split apart. Sudan is mostly Muslim, and South Sudan is predominantly Christian, but the quarrel is about oil, not religion. Published Feb 19, 2012 11:30pm

Was it a genocide?

The French parliament has just passed a bill, proposed by President Nicolas Sarkozy’s party, that will make it a crime to question whether the Armenian massacres in eastern Turkey in 1915 qualified as a genocide. Sarkozy will doubtless sign it into law ne Published Jan 28, 2012 10:01pm

Taiwan: waiting for China

THE most important thing in Taiwanese politics is always left unsaid. When I interviewed Ma Ying-jeou in 2008, just before he won the presidency for the first time, he was happy to talk about the details of his plans for Published Jan 24, 2012 12:00am

The Arab Spring and after

THE `Arab Spring` was fast and dramatic: non-violent revolutions in the streets removed dictators in Tunisia and Egypt in a matter of weeks Published Dec 05, 2011 12:57am