Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

The Lesson from Davos: No Connection to Reality

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net By Roberto Savio Roberto Savio, founder and president emeritus of the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency and publisher of Other News ROME, Jan 27 2016 (IPS) – The rich and the powerful, who meet every year at the World Economic Forum (WEF), were in a gloomy mood this time. Not only because the day they met...

Peace is a Long Shot in Afghanistan, But Well Worth Trying

By Jonathan Power International Press Syndicate – IDN Read the article on the original site. LONDON – The so-called Quadrilateral Coordination Group – comprising representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the U.S. – met in Kabul on January 18 to hold discussions on a roadmap to peace in Afghanistan. A former Taliban senior official said...

Somalia: Change Coming?

By Abukar Arman Republished with permission. Read the article on the original site. Since Somalia’s independence in 1960, its relationship with the U.S. has been—for lack of a better metaphor—on a roller coaster that travels up and down dangerous steeps and performs sudden inversions that turn everything upside down. In other words, due to lack of formal and...

War Between Saudi Arabia And Iran Could Send Oil Prices To $250

By James Stafford of Oilprice.com The rift between Saudi Arabia and Iran has quickly ballooned into the worst conflict in decades between the two countries. The back-and-forth escalation quickly turned the simmering tension into an overt struggle for power in the Middle East. First, the execution of a prominent Shiite cleric prompted protestors to set fire to...

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Fraud

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS Jomo Kwame Sundaram KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan 26 (IPS)  – The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), negotiated in Atlanta in October 2015 and to be signed in Auckland in February 2016, privileges foreign investors while imposing substantial costs on partner countries. Touted as a ‘gold...

Wall Street Rocks!

Dean Baker Originally Published on Truthout, January 18, 2016 View article at original source For those who closely follow financial markets the first two weeks of 2016 have been the most fun since the financial crisis triggered by the collapse of the housing bubble. The market has lost more than 10 percent of its value since its late December peak, destroying...

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