Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Trump Has Created a Constitutional Crisis

Trump Has Created a Constitutional Crisis

Jan 31, 2017

Republished with permission from The Nation It took Richard Nixon almost five years to launch a Saturday Night Massacre. Donald Trump launched a Monday Night Massacre in just ten days. By John Nichols Richard Nixon was a miserable excuse for a president who appears credible only by comparison with several of his more miserable successors. But, as bad as Nixon...

Trump’s Not Draining the Financial Swamp—He’s Filling It

Trump’s Not Draining the Financial Swamp—He’s Filling It

Jan 31, 2017

Republished with permission from TomDispatch.com By Nomi Prins Under President Trump, banking sharks will once again have immense influence on the American economy. Irony isn’t a concept with which President Donald J. Trump is familiar. In his Inaugural Address, having nominated the wealthiest cabinet in American history, he proclaimed, “For too long, a small...

Republicans push anti-protest laws

Republicans push anti-protest laws

Jan 31, 2017

Originally published on ThinkProgress By Kira Lerner Bills targeting nonviolent protests are multiplying across the country. As people critical of President Trump’s Muslim ban flocked to airports this weekend to show their support for immigrants and refugees, one major airport decided to crack down on protesters. Denver International Airport (DIA) began...

Three Surprises in 2017

Three Surprises in 2017

Jan 31, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Anatole Kaletsky LONDON – Economic pundits traditionally offer their (traditionally inaccurate) New Year predictions at the beginning of January. But global conditions this year are anything but traditional, so it seemed appropriate to wait until US President Donald Trump settled into the White House to weigh in on some of...

Harnessing the Politics of Disruption

Harnessing the Politics of Disruption

Jan 31, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Mark Leonard LONDON – The United Kingdom’s vote to exit the European Union and Donald Trump’s election as US president exposed a deep generational divide. Cosmopolitan millennials and nationalist pensioners – what Thomas Friedman calls “Web People” and “Wall People” – seem to have nothing in common. But both point to the...

Trump’s immigration order is bad foreign policy

Trump’s immigration order is bad foreign policy

Jan 30, 2017

David FitzGerald, University of California, San Diego and David Cook Martín, Grinnell College President Donald Trump banned the entry of people from seven majority Muslim countries last week. Leaders as far apart ideologically as former Vice President Dick Cheney and Sen. Bernie Sanders warned the ban could become a recruitment tool for terrorists. In addition,...

Broken politics: from 9/11 to the present

Broken politics: from 9/11 to the present

Jan 30, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy By David Held The years since 9/11 have cast a dark shadow over global politics in many respects. But we have the option of recalling where the pursuit of authoritarianism leads. The inauguration of President Trump, the separation of the UK from the European Union, the rise of the populist right across the US and...

The US War on Muslim Refugees

The US War on Muslim Refugees

Jan 30, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Salil Shetty Salil Shetty is Secretary General of Amnesty International LONDON, Jan 30 2017 (IPS) – The gloves are off. With today’s Executive Order on “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals,” President Donald J. Trump has declared war on Muslim refugees around the...

In the face of Trump’s Muslim ban, all academics have a responsibility to act

In the face of Trump’s Muslim ban, all academics have a responsibility to act

Jan 30, 2017

Sari Hanfi, American University of Beirut President Donald Trump has signed an executive order preventing nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia from entering the US. Syrian refugees are indefinitely banned, and other refugees are banned for 120 days. It’s not clear what comes next. During his campaign, Trump also stated his intention...

Getting tough with Trump is good politics for Mexican president Peña Nieto

Getting tough with Trump is good politics for Mexican president Peña Nieto

Jan 30, 2017

Salvador Vázquez del Mercado, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) It did not take long for a diplomatic rift to open between the United States and Mexico following the election of Donald Trump. Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto has cancelled a planned visit to the White House after Trump signed an executive order calling for construction to begin...

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