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Gwynne Dyer: Cease-fire?

Israel, Hamas and the elusive cease fire

GWYNNE DYER — PUBLISHED: 7 MAY 2024

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Hamas did not need a ceasefire. It had already demonstrated that Israel could not eradicate it. It had achieved its primary goal of wrecking the anti-Iran alliance that was brewing between Israel and the major Arab Gulf states. And it doesn’t care about how many Palestinians get killed; they are all “martyrs” for the cause.

So why would it have agreed to a ceasetire that isn’t permanent?

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A Twofer from Gwynne Dyer: Bibi & Hamas – “Objective Allies”? And Argentina’s Vicious Circle Election

The frog, the scorpion and Hamas

Gwynne Dyer – Nov 16, 2023

Stop me if you’ve heard this story before. Or rather, don’t, because it’s relevant to the current situation, and we have to bring the people who don’t know the story up to speed first.

It’s about a frog, doing whatever it is that frogs do on the banks of the Jordan River. Along comes a scorpion, and asks the frog for a lift across to the other side. The frog demurs, pointing out that the scorpion might sting him. Continue reading A Twofer from Gwynne Dyer: Bibi & Hamas – “Objective Allies”? And Argentina’s Vicious Circle Election

Is the Petroleum Profit Party Really About to End? Two Oil Countries Are Making Their Bets — And an Extra about The Other Washington

I. Guyana: Oil, Time & Money

Gwynne Dyer — Sept. 18, 2023

Guyana is not a ‘hellhole country’ of the sort Donald Trump complained about when he said he wanted immigrants to come to the US from white places like Norway instead, but it did used to be poor, tropical and largely populated by people of colour.

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Gwynne Dyer: The Secret Life of BRICS

What’s BRICs? Does it Amount to Anything?

Gwynne Dyer, August 31, 2023

What’s BRICs? Does it Amount to Anything?


YOU can expand the curious organisation called the BRICS, but you can’t define it. In fact, it’s hardly even an organisation: no headquarters, no secretariat. Even the (British) Commonwealth and la Francophonie have more substance: at least they share a former oppressor. Yet the BRICS are expanding.

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