Gwynne Dyer

posted 97 stories to Penticton Western News.
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The downfall of the National Security Agency

Politicians and government officials rarely tell outright lies; the cost of being caught out in a lie is too high.

  • Oct 31st, 2013 5:00pm

DYER STRAITS: African presidents don’t need immunity

The AU’s modest proposal has been greeted with an outcry all over the continent.

  • Oct 17th, 2013 10:00am

DYER STRAITS: Two countries take the road not taken

Two governments did bold, brave things last week. One of them quit and called a new election even though it had a viable majority.

  • Oct 3rd, 2013 11:00am

DYER STRAITS: Merkel still strong as allies weaken

It’s not a question of whether “Mutti” (Mom) will still be in power after the German election this Sunday.

  • Sep 19th, 2013 8:00pm

DYER STRAITS: Psychodrama in the Hamlet of the Patomac

The psychodrama in Washington grows ever more bizarre.

  • Sep 12th, 2013 12:00pm

DYER STRAITS: The World’s Most Important Hamburger

The most important hamburger in the history of the world was cooked (but only half-eaten) in London on Monday.

  • Aug 8th, 2013 6:00pm

DYER STRAITS: End of the Arab Spring?

There is a good deal of chatter in the media about the “end of the Arab Spring,” some who can barely conceal their delight.

  • Jul 11th, 2013 11:00am

DYER STRAITS – Egypt and Turkey: Democracy in trouble

Egypt and Turkey have the same basic political problem.

  • Jul 4th, 2013 11:00am

U.S. entangled in red line on poison gas

President Barack Obama has been trapped by his own promise to arm Syrian rebels

  • Jun 19th, 2013 8:00am

DYER STRAITS: Mandela’s legacy will live on

Mandela has laid the foundations. He was the right man for the job: a saint who also understood realpolitik.

  • Jun 13th, 2013 2:00pm

3D printing, the next big thing

There are not all that many 3D printers in circulation yet, but in five or 10 years they may be as common as mobile phones.

  • Jun 6th, 2013 9:00am

World actually a pretty peaceful place

There are close to 200 independent countries in the world, and only one in a hundred is currently at war

  • May 29th, 2013 10:00am

A political transformation in Japan

After a spectacularly unsuccessful term as Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe has adopted a different approach in his second try

  • May 22nd, 2013 6:00pm

Chemical fantasies and grim reality in Syria

No Western government — nor any Arab government, either — is willing to put soldiers on the ground in Syria

  • May 1st, 2013 1:00pm

A rather small weapon of mass destruction

U.S. Department of Justice calls homemade bomb used at Boston Marathon a weapon of mass destruction

  • Apr 24th, 2013 12:00pm

Threats inflated to fill the space

Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution

  • Apr 17th, 2013 8:00am

Thatcher led the shift to the right

Margaret Thatcher the first to realize it was possible to win elections on a platform that simply ignored the wishes and needs of the poor

  • Apr 10th, 2013 6:00pm

Grillosconi Wins, Europe loses

The winner of last week’s election in Italy was a mythical beast called “Grillosconi”

  • Feb 28th, 2013 4:00pm

Decline of the West far from imminent

A shift in the world’s centre of economic gravity does not necessarily spell doom for those whose relative influence has dwindled

  • Feb 27th, 2013 8:00pm

Imperial papacy stays the course

Benedict was chosen by his colleagues because they believed that he would fight off fundamental change, and he performed his duty well

  • Feb 13th, 2013 4:00pm