Gwynne Dyer - World Watch

Little strategic value in Ukraine

History's lessons mean a fight against Russia expansion by Nato is unlike to escalate into war. --------------------

How far is Putin prepared to go?

Vladimir Putin

GWYNNE O'DYER - Manawatu Standard

OPINION: If Vladmir Putin continues down this road, he will cause a quite needless political disaster.

The behaviour of a cornered rat

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Manawatu Standard

OPINION: Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's image as a devout Muslim and an honest man is the key to his political success.

What's up with the weather?

flood england

GWYNNE DYER - Manawatu Standard

OPINION: The gods of climate are almost certainly sky gods, and sky gods are never fair.

Presidency not best for Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi

Manawatu Standard

Aung San Suu Kyi is to Burma what Nelson Mandela was to South Africa

I stand corrected and happier for it

Climate change

Manawatu Standard

OPINION: Confession is good for the soul, and my soul is certainly in need of improvement, so here is a confession.

Radical change a gamble on life

Sad man, depressed, hungover, hangover

Manawatu Standard

OPINION: Is it really a good idea to subject Greenland to an experiment in high-speed cultural and economic change?

Heated standoff could boil over


Manawatu Standard

OPINION: It's make-or-break time in the Ukraine, as a range of new protesting laws come into effect.

Sisi won't say no if he's wanted

Egypt votes on constitution

General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who led the coup against Egypt's elected president last July, has one of the finest collections of military headgear in the entire Middle East.

Editorial: The Mount Doom of real life


OPINION: We may know where supervolcanoes are, but that doesn't help us if they blow up because the whole world will be affected.

Tide has turned for gay people

gay marriage

Manawatu Standard

OPINION: In the past six months, there have been major defeats for gay rights in Africa, Asia, and even Europe.

One-child policy had little effect

one-child policy

GWYNNE DYER - Manawatu Standard

The big news of the week is that China's one-child policy is being relaxed. The reality, however, is that it will make very little difference.

Looming deal will shift focus


Manawatu Standard

What will the Middle East look like after Iran and the great powers negotiating over Iran's alleged nuclear weapons ambitions sign a deal that ends the confrontation?

Space race against time

India rocket to Mars

Manawatu Standard

OPINION: About two-thirds of the attempted missions to Mars have failed, some before leaving Earth orbit and others when they tried to land.

African heads want 'license to kill'

Uhuru Kenyatta

GWYNNE DYER - Manawatu Standard

OPINION: Surprise of the week: the African Union has declared that African presidents should be immune from prosecution for genocide.

Netanyahu needs bogeyman

When Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, came home from the United Nations General Assembly meeting last Friday, demonstrators at Tehran airport threw eggs, shoes and stones. They had heard about his 15-minute phone conversation with US President Barack Obama, and they were not pleased.

Nice guy is sure to finish last

Alexei Navalny

Manawatu Standard

OPINION: The star of Russia's opposition faces being sidelined like all the rest, writes Gwynne Dyer. 

The futility of foreign intervention

What, if anything, should the rest of the world do about the tragedy in Egypt?

The burger that made history

GWYNNE DYER - Manawatu Standard

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

Protest catastrophe in Egypt

GWYNNE DYER - Manawatu Standard

The army's political project now requires the massive use of force. The supporters of the Brotherhood must be driven from the streets, by murder if necessary.

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