Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Industrial-Level Aid Logistics in Colombia’s Decades-Long Humanitarian Disaster

Industrial-Level Aid Logistics in Colombia’s Decades-Long Humanitarian Disaster

May 17, 2016

By Costanza Vieira Social actors and government representatives sign a social and political pact for reparations and peace in Colombia on Apr. 11, the National Day of Remembrance and Solidarity with the Victims of the Conflict. Credit: UARIV BOGOTA, May 16 2016 (IPS) – “If you’re going to talk about Colombia and the peace process, do it somewhere else,”...

‘Human Suffering Has Reached Staggering Levels’

‘Human Suffering Has Reached Staggering Levels’

May 17, 2016

By Baher Kamal Stephen O’Brian during a visit to Yemen, Faj Attan neighbourhood of Sana’a. Credit: OCHA /Philippe Kropf ROME, May 17 2016 (IPS) – “Human suffering from the impacts of armed conflicts and disasters has reached staggering levels.” With these one dozen or few words, the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, briefly but sharply...

Why Set Up a Shell Company in Panama?

Why Set Up a Shell Company in Panama?

May 14, 2016

By Robert J. Burrowers The author has a lifetime commitment to understanding and ending human violence. He has done extensive research since 1966 in an effort to understand why human beings are violent and has been a nonviolent activist since 1981. He is the author of ‘Why Violence?‘ Panama City financial district | 22 March 2016 | Author: Dronepicr | Creative...

Europe and the spectre of democracy: Michel Feher interviews Yanis Varoufakis

Europe and the spectre of democracy: Michel Feher interviews Yanis Varoufakis

May 13, 2016

This article appeared on openDemocracy Yanis Varoufakis and Michel Feher 13 May 2016 “Our transnational movement to bring together Europeans has to be energized from the cities to adopt the methods, the narrative, the esprit and the élan of these movements in order to create a potential for reconstituting the dynamics of European progressive...

Economic Failings Lead to Impeachment of Another Economist in Brazil

Economic Failings Lead to Impeachment of Another Economist in Brazil

May 12, 2016

By Mario Osava “I never thought I’d have to fight against a coup d’etat in Brazil again,” said Dilma Rousseff after she was suspended as president on Thursday May 12, before embracing former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva outside the government palace. Credit: Ricardo Stuckert/Lula Institute RIO DE JANEIRO, May 12 2016 (IPS) – Ironically, the only...

Youth Unemployment in the Era of the New Knowledge Economy

Youth Unemployment in the Era of the New Knowledge Economy

May 12, 2016

By  Mohamad Abou Hamia This article has an updated and corrected version on the author’s LinkedIN page. To read the updated version read the article in its latest form on LinkedIn. May 12, 2016 In the early 1800’s, the countries that failed to realize the beginning of the new industrial era were the ones that failed to secure decent jobs, especially...

Facts and Sources on Trade and Globalization

Facts and Sources on Trade and Globalization

May 11, 2016

Below are links to impeccably  researched and well reasoned articles and studies on trade and globalization from the Economic Policy Institute. These articles clearly show that the current trading regime has been unfavorable to the working middle class in the United States and that costs and benefits of the current pattern of globalization have been highly...

Life in an Indian slum

Life in an Indian slum

May 11, 2016

This is something that even middle class Indians have no clue about, writes Mari Marcel Thekaekara. In 1994, my husband Stan and I were invited to the UK by Hilary Blume, founder of the Charities Advisory Trust and Michael Norton, founder, the Directory for Social Change, to record our observations on UK poverty, as people working with the disadvantaged in...

Africans Vow to Promote Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization

Africans Vow to Promote Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization

May 11, 2016

Analysis by Jeffrey Moyo HARARE (IDN) – The third Pan African Capacity Development Forum organized by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), in partnership with the organisation’s Pan-African and international partners, has vowed to boost industry together with infrastructure, in order to promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and...

Obama Should Meet A-Bomb Survivors, and Ban the Bomb

Obama Should Meet A-Bomb Survivors, and Ban the Bomb

May 11, 2016

Viewpoint by Kevin Martin* WASHINGTON, D.C. (IDN-INPS) – President Barack Obama plans to be the first sitting U.S. President to visit Hiroshima during the G-7 economic summit May 26-27 in Japan. Hiroshima is an impressively rebuilt, thriving city of a million people. The city was obliterated by the first atomic bomb, dropped by the United States on August...