Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Why Wall Street Is Throwing Billions At The Permian

Why Wall Street Is Throwing Billions At The Permian

Aug 31, 2016

By Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com The collapse of oil prices has ground shale drilling to a halt, but the one region where drilling is still active, and even increasing, is in West Texas. The Permian Basin is one of the last profitable areas to still drill with sub-$50 oil, and as other regions fall by the wayside, an increasing portion of drilling activity...

The Story of Peace in Colombia sans US-NATO Invasion

The Story of Peace in Colombia sans US-NATO Invasion

Aug 31, 2016

Viewpoint by Jonathan Power LUND, Sweden (IDN-INPS) – After 52 years of fighting between the Colombian government and FARC, the left wing, drug-dealing, Marxist, guerrilla grouping, there is a peace agreement. I’ve always wondered why the U.S. and NATO never intervened militarily. They should have if they were to be consistent. Colombia has long been...

Revisiting the Journey to the Sustainable Development Goals

Revisiting the Journey to the Sustainable Development Goals

Aug 31, 2016

Felix Dodds is a Senior Fellow at the Global Research Institute, a Senior Affiliate at the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina and an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute. He has edited or written 14 books his latest (published Nov. 9) ‘Negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals: A transformational agenda for an insecure...

The Many Extremes of Donald Trump

The Many Extremes of Donald Trump

Aug 31, 2016

By Simon Johnson WASHINGTON, DC – Much attention in the United States and elsewhere is focused on whether US presidential candidate Donald Trump will shift away from the anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and anti-rational rhetoric that carried him to the Republican Party nomination. Some of his advisers are reportedly recommending that he move toward “mainstream”...

Afghanistan, dynamic of war

Afghanistan, dynamic of war

Aug 30, 2016

This article first appeared on openDemocracy A renewed Taliban offensive is forcing Washington to bolster Kabul. Fifteen years after 9/11, the conflict has turned full circle. By Paul Rogers Afghanistan has somewhat fallen off the radar of western media, even though violent conflict there continues unabated. An exception is major incidents such as the ten-hour...

America’s True Role in Syria

America’s True Role in Syria

Aug 30, 2016

By Jeffrey D. Sachs NEW YORK – Syria’s civil war is the most dangerous and destructive crisis on the planet. Since early 2011, hundreds of thousands have died; around ten million Syrians have been displaced; Europe has been convulsed with Islamic State (ISIS) terror and the political fallout of refugees; and the United States and its NATO allies have more than...

How to Fight Secular Stagnation

How to Fight Secular Stagnation

Aug 30, 2016

By Michael Spence MILAN – Much of the world, especially the advanced economies, has been mired in a pattern of slow and declining GDP growth in recent years, causing many to wonder whether this is becoming a semi-permanent condition – so-called “secular stagnation.” The answer is probably yes, but the question lacks precision, and thus has limited utility....

Japan vs. the Currency Speculators

Japan vs. the Currency Speculators

Aug 30, 2016

By Koichi Hamada TOKYO – With Japan’s economy struggling to escape its deflationary torpor, the economic-revitalization plan that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe launched in 2012 has come under growing scrutiny. But Japan’s current travails, which have brought a concomitant decline in Japan’s stock market, stem from the yen’s appreciation – 24% over the last year –...

Obama’s Real Mistake in Syria

Obama’s Real Mistake in Syria

Aug 30, 2016

By Christopher R. Hill DENVER – As US President Barack Obama’s eight-year term winds down, he has been facing intensifying criticism for failing to stop the carnage in Syria – what many call his “worst mistake.” But the alternatives his critics tout would have been just as problematic. Obama’s detractors condemn his decision not to launch a forceful military...

Drought Deals Harsh Blow to Cameroon’s Cocoa Farmers

Drought Deals Harsh Blow to Cameroon’s Cocoa Farmers

Aug 30, 2016

By Mbom Sixtus KONYE, Cameroon, Aug 28 2016 (IPS) – Tanchenow Daniel fears he will lose more than half a tonne of his cocoa yield during the next harvest at the end of this month. He usually harvests no less than 1.5 tonnes of cocoa beans during the mid-crop season, but he says every farmer in the Manyu Division of Cameroon’s South West Region is...