Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

US needs to end Israel’s 50-year-long occupation, says Sanders

US needs to end Israel’s 50-year-long occupation, says Sanders

Feb 28, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Middle East Monitor Former US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said on Monday that the US needs to end Israel’s 50-year-long occupation. He made his comments at a conference organised by J Street, an advocacy group aiming to advance Israeli-US interests and a two-state solution. “The occupation runs against...

Willaim J. Astore on Afghanistan: Losing a War One Bad Metaphor at a Time

Willaim J. Astore on Afghanistan: Losing a War One Bad Metaphor at a Time

Feb 28, 2017

Thrashing About in the Afghan Petri Dish By William J. Astore America’s war in Afghanistan is now in its 16th year, the longest foreign war in our history.  The phrase “no end in sight” barely covers the situation.  Prospects of victory — if victory is defined as eliminating that country as a haven for Islamist terrorists while creating a representative...

Stemming Illicit Financial Outflows

Stemming Illicit Financial Outflows

Feb 28, 2017

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor and United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2007.   KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb 28 2017 (IPS) – International capital flows are now more than 60 times the value of...

Europe or Anti-Europe?

Europe or Anti-Europe?

Feb 28, 2017

By Michael Spence MILAN – A knowledgeable friend in Milan recently asked me the following question: “If an outside investor, say, from the United States, wanted to invest a substantial sum in the Italian economy, what would you advise?” I replied that, although there are many opportunities to invest in companies and sectors, the overall investment environment...

How Trump Could Blunder Into War With China

How Trump Could Blunder Into War With China

Feb 25, 2017

This article was originally published on Fair Observer. By Conn M. Hallinan China may bully its neighbors, but turning foreign territorial disputes into a superpower conflict between nuclear-armed rivals would be a huge mistake. In his January 13 testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson made...

Who’s Behind US Downward-Mobility?

Who’s Behind US Downward-Mobility?

Feb 25, 2017

President Trump blames Mexicans, Chinese and other foreigners for the plight of downwardly mobile Americans but the real culprits are his corporatist pals who grab the lion’s share of the wealth from U.S. global dominance, says JP Sottile. By JP Sottile Donald Trump kicked-off his presidency with the bold accusation that the “wealth of our middle class has been...

A Dark Shadow Looms Large Over UN Talks On Eliminating Nukes

A Dark Shadow Looms Large Over UN Talks On Eliminating Nukes

Feb 25, 2017

By Rodney Reynolds WASHINGTON DC (IDN) – The 193-member UN General Assembly is to hold two key sessions – in March and in June – in what is expected to be a do-or-die attempt towards the elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide. “Whether 2017 will be the year that sees nuclear weapons being banned or whether the effort to achieve this gets turned into a form of...

The Peasant Farmer Who Stood Up to the President of Nicaragua

The Peasant Farmer Who Stood Up to the President of Nicaragua

Feb 25, 2017

By José Adán Silva MANAGUA, Feb 24 2017 (IPS) – The unequal battle that small farmer Francisca Ramírez is waging against the Nicaraguan government of Daniel Ortega has become so well-known that people are calling for her security and her rights from the political heart of Europe. Who is she and why did the European Parliament order Nicaragua on Feb. 16 to...

Beijing’s New Scorched-Earth Policy Against the Uighurs

Beijing’s New Scorched-Earth Policy Against the Uighurs

Feb 24, 2017

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation Under the pretext of joining the global war on terrorism, the Xi Jinping administration has imposed unprecedentedly harsh restrictions on the civil liberties and rights of the 10 million Uighurs living in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR). The shift in President Xi’s Xinjiang policy was marked by the...

Baltic Dread

Baltic Dread

Feb 24, 2017

By Imbi Paju TALLINN – News media nowadays are rife with speculation about whether – if not when – US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will divide the world between them. We in Estonia and the other Baltic states now fear being consigned to Russia’s sphere of influence once more. Indeed, for many Baltic citizens, suppressed visions of...