Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

How the US Armed-up Syrian Jihadists

How the US Armed-up Syrian Jihadists

Sep 30, 2016

Originally Published on Consortiumnews The West blames Russia for the bloody mess in Syria, but U.S. Special Forces saw close up how the chaotic U.S. policy of aiding Syrian jihadists enabled Al Qaeda and ISIS to rip Syria apart, explains ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke. By Alastair Crooke “No one on the ground believes in this mission or this effort”, a...

Industrialization for a Sustainable Future

Industrialization for a Sustainable Future

Sep 30, 2016

By Li Yong LI Yong is Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) VIENNA, Sep 30 2016 (IPS) – World leaders are recognizing the crucial role of industrialization in eliminating absolute poverty and promoting sustainable development. This was especially evident at the recent G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, which I...

Trump’s Magical Economic Thinking

Trump’s Magical Economic Thinking

Sep 30, 2016

By Simon Johnson WASHINGTON, DC – Donald Trump has finally put out a detailed economic plan. Authored by Peter Navarro (an economist at the University of California-Irvine) and Wilbur Ross (an investor), the plan claims that a President Trump would boost growth and reduce the national debt. But the plan is based on assumptions so unrealistic that they seem to...

Escaping the New Normal of Weak Growth

Escaping the New Normal of Weak Growth

Sep 30, 2016

By Michael Spence MILAN – There is no question that the recovery from the global recession triggered by the 2008 financial crisis has been unusually lengthy and anemic. Some still expect an upswing in growth. But, eight years after the crisis erupted, what the global economy is experiencing is starting to look less like a slow recovery than like a new...

Colombia Shows That Peace is Possible

Colombia Shows That Peace is Possible

Sep 29, 2016

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 been spared overt destruction – it was the army and individuals who...

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

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 Aleppo, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon used his last...

The Judgment of Aleppo

The Judgment of Aleppo

Sep 28, 2016

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 in and around what was once...

Apple, Brussels, and Ireland’s Bruised Sovereignty

Apple, Brussels, and Ireland’s Bruised Sovereignty

Sep 28, 2016

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 (mainly) German private creditors...

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

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 about, and hurried along too. Complete strangers exchanged...

UN Peacekeeping: In search of a 21st century mandate

UN Peacekeeping: In search of a 21st century mandate

Sep 28, 2016

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 were systematically slaughtered. One by one,...