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Those lamenting the election of Tshitsekedi accept that it's probably the least bad option
British Prime Minister Theresa May doesn't convince as a suicide bomber.
Would the Syrian Kurds rather be conquered by the Turks or by Assad?
It's looking good for the existence of life elsewhere in the universe.
US propaganda sees one stray missile turn into invasion threat
The US may be ordered to close down the Mexican border completely within 20 years.
Universal health care is a no-brainer
COMMENT: Park Geun-hye has 15 months left of her five-year term, but she is finished politically, and that just feels sad.
COMMENT: The only way to seal a frontier is to kill people who try to cross it illegally. The Iron Curtain worked pretty well, for example.
COMMENT: If the US Congress had not imposed a two-term limit on the presidency in 1947, Barack Obama would be a safe bet for a third term next November.
COMMENT: The man who is taking charge of everything, President Xi Jinping, is now turning into the first one-man regime since Deng Xiaoping in the 1980s.
After the IMF took part in the 2010 bail-out it was deeply embarrassed. It had broken its own rules, and found it hard to admit it, writes Gwynne Dyer.
What drives Putin is a grab-bag of emotional motives. His man in Kiev got overthrown, and he doesn't like to lose face, writes Gwynne Dyer.
Here are four reasons why President Barack Obama's decision last week to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba was a good idea.
Why would anyone believe Seymour Hersh?
'I prefer death to surrender," said Pakistan's former military dictator, Pervez Musharraf, on April 1 to the special court that is trying him on five counts of high treason.
The Yanukovych era is finished; the former president will not make another comeback, writes Gwynne Dyer. He has killed too many people.
When a Government announces an "anti-terror operation", that generally means it has decided to kill some people.
The standard climate change predictions said people in the tropics and the sub-tropics would be badly hurt by global warming.
It's always dangerous to declare "mission accomplished". Former US president George W. Bush did it weeks after he invaded Iraq, and it will be quoted in history books a century hence as proof of his arrogance and his ignorance.
Purges in Communist states have rarely stopped with the execution of one senior party member.
Since China declared an "Air Defence Identification Zone" (ADIZ) that covers the disputed islands called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese.
The Curse of Mars also applies to Asian countries, writes Gwynne Dyer. About two-thirds of the attempted missions to Mars have failed, many of them even before leaving Earth's orbit.
Eighty per cent of the Republicans in the House of Representatives don't have to worry about what the general public thinks, writes Gwynne Dyer.
Two governments did bold, brave things last week. One of them quit and called a new election even though it had a viable majority in Parliament.
Last May, with considerable trepidation, I wrote an article about what seemed to be extraordinarily high rates of rape in Africa.
When someone pulls a rabbit out of a hat, it's natural to be suspicious. Magicians are professionals in deceit - and so are diplomats. But sometimes the rabbit is real.
Every step onward increases the scale and complexity of the computer systems, until they are too big and complex for any one person to understand, writes Gwynne Dyer.
Gwynne Dyer asks, " What, if anything, should the rest of the world do about the tragedy in Egypt?"
Science writer Matt Ridley once described the human mating system as "monogamy plagued by adultery," which sounds a little judgmental.
The news on the population front sounds bad: birth rates are not dropping as fast as expected.
As I write this, Nelson Mandela is still with us, writes Gwynne Dyer. "How will South Africa do without him? Wrong question. In practice, South Africa has been doing without him for more than a decade."
Egypt depends utterly on irrigation water from the Nile to grow its food. Even now there is not enough and Egypt's population is still growing fast, writes Gwynne Dyer.
Sometimes, in diplomacy, a translator is not enough. You need a code-breaker.
Not everybody in the world, exactly, but at least everybody with $8000 to buy a 3D printer on e-Bay, or access to one of the 3D printing shops, writes Gwynne Dyer.
George W. Bush wasn't lying about Iraq after all, and those of us who said that he was owe him an apology.
What has just happened in Sandy Hook, Connecticut is the seventh massacre this year in which four or more people were killed by a lone gunman, writes Gwynne Dyer.
The Scots, the Catalans and the Basques tend to see themselves as victims, but nobody else does, writes Gwynne Dyer.