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Apple, Brussels, and Ireland’s Bruised Sovereignty

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Yanis Varoufakis ATHENS – Despite their unequivocal Europeanism, the Irish have been serially mistreated by the European Union. When Irish...

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Society

What Does Leaving No One Behind Really Mean?

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Lyndal Rowlands UNITED NATIONS, Sep 26 2016 (IPS) – One year after UN member states adopted the ambitious 2030...

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Politics

How the US presidential election lost its glory

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016

For a veteran observer of the American political scene since the 1960s, Monday’s first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is not just anticlimax and...

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Geopolitics

Colombia Shows That Peace is Possible

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Viewpoint by Jonathan Power LUND, Sweden (IDN-INPS) – The last war in the Western hemisphere came to an...

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Colombia Shows That Peace is Possible

Colombia Shows That Peace is Possible

Sep 29, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Viewpoint by Jonathan Power LUND, Sweden (IDN-INPS) – The last war in the Western hemisphere came to an end on September 26 with the signing of the formal peace treaty between Colombia and the FARC rebels, a conflict that has raged on and off for 50 years. Fortunately, the cities have...

Ban Ki-moon’s Turbulent UN Years, in His Own Words

Ban Ki-moon’s Turbulent UN Years, in His Own Words

Sep 29, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Barbara Crossette* | Reproduced courtesy of PassBlue NEW YORK (IDN | Passblue) – With a cease-fire in Syria collapsing around him and bombs destroying precious relief supplies intended for the hungry, traumatized survivors of relentless government attacks on the once grand city of...

The Judgment of Aleppo

The Judgment of Aleppo

Sep 28, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Bernard-Henri Lévy PARIS – We must halt the massacre in Aleppo. Whatever the cost, we must stop the massive, random, indiscriminate bombings – and, worst of all, the discriminate ones aimed chiefly at civilians, humanitarian convoys, and hospitals – that the forces of Bashar al-Assad and Russia have resumed with a vengeance...

Apple, Brussels, and Ireland’s Bruised Sovereignty

Apple, Brussels, and Ireland’s Bruised Sovereignty

Sep 28, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Yanis Varoufakis ATHENS – Despite their unequivocal Europeanism, the Irish have been serially mistreated by the European Union. When Irish voters rejected the Treaty of Lisbon in 2008, the EU forced them to vote again until they delivered the “right” outcome. A year later, when private Irish banks imploded, threatening their...

First Acid Test for Peace in Colombia Will Be the Referendum

First Acid Test for Peace in Colombia Will Be the Referendum

Sep 28, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Constanza Vieira BOGOTA, Sep 27 2016 (IPS) – It was like a huge party in Colombia. “Congratulations!” people said to each other, before hugging. “Only 20 minutes to go!” one office worker said, hurrying on her way to Bolívar square, in the heart of Bogotá. And everyone knew what she was talking...

UN Peacekeeping: In search of a 21st century mandate

UN Peacekeeping: In search of a 21st century mandate

Sep 28, 2016

Originally published on New Internationalist By Kevin Childs In 1994, the UN’s peacekeeping mandate looked bleak. As genocide gripped Rwanda, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMR) became one of the most catastrophic failures of the UN since its inception. Any supposed peace agreement was quickly overshadowed as over 800,000 innocent Rwandans...

How not to build peace: what’s been missing from the UN process

How not to build peace: what’s been missing from the UN process

Sep 28, 2016

Originally published on New Internationalist By Louisa Waugh The last time I met Sultan Ibrahim Senoussi, he was at home in the town of N’délé, sitting beneath his favourite tree, holding court from his armchair. Waiting my turn to speak, I noticed a book on his lap and surreptitiously read the title upside-down. After we exchanged greetings, I asked why he was...

How the US presidential election lost its glory

How the US presidential election lost its glory

Sep 27, 2016

For a veteran observer of the American political scene since the 1960s, Monday’s first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is not just anticlimax and disappointment: it is unimaginable. This article first appeared on openDemocracy By Godfrey Hodgson I was one of the original ‘boys on the bus’. In 1964, 1968 and 1972, I endured the...

Saudi Arabia’s Shock Therapy

Saudi Arabia’s Shock Therapy

Sep 27, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Nasser Saidi BEIRUT – Saudi Arabia has long relied on oil to fuel its economic growth and development. Last year, oil accounted for about three-quarters of the Kingdom’s total export revenues and around 90% of government revenue. But the recent collapse in oil prices highlighted what should long have been clear: Saudi...

What Does Leaving No One Behind Really Mean?

What Does Leaving No One Behind Really Mean?

Sep 27, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Lyndal Rowlands UNITED NATIONS, Sep 26 2016 (IPS) – One year after UN member states adopted the ambitious 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda their repeated vow to “leave no one behind” seems almost as idealistic and impractical as ever. 2016 has so far proved a difficult year for the UN’s...

A Historic Day in Colombia

A Historic Day in Colombia

Sep 27, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS    By Martin Santiago Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator of the United Nations in Colombia and Resident Representative of UNDP BOGOTA, Colombia , Sep 27 2016 (IPS) – Betsaida and her family abandoned their home and a small business in the port of Tumaco, in the Pacific of Colombia, and were forced...

Tethered to Corporate Capitalism, Neither Party Willing to Eradicate Poverty

Tethered to Corporate Capitalism, Neither Party Willing to Eradicate Poverty

Sep 26, 2016

Originally published on Common Dreams. If we have learned anything in recent years, it is that the interests of the wealthy almost always win out. By Jake Johnson After her loss to Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary, few predicted that Hillary Clinton would leave the world of presidential politics. On the contrary, it was widely believed that she would...

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