Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Half of World’s Civilian War Deaths Occurred in Syria, Iraq and Yemen

Half of World’s Civilian War Deaths Occurred in Syria, Iraq and Yemen

Jun 20, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By IPS World Desk ROME/GENEVA, Jun 20 2017 (IPS) – Between 2010 and 2015, nearly half of all civilian war deaths worldwide occurred in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, a major independent, neutral organisation ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war and armed violence informs....

The Real Side of Fake News

The Real Side of Fake News

Jun 20, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Steven Rosenbaum NEW YORK – Today’s digital devices and social networks deliver so much information that even the savviest consumer cannot evaluate all of it. We seem to be living in a version of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, where truth is drowned in a sea of irrelevance. But the future need not be the dystopia that the...

Britain’s Norway Solution

Britain’s Norway Solution

Jun 15, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Anatole Kaletsky Shortly after UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to call an unexpected “Brexit election,” I wrote that pro-Europeans in Britain might yet snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. But the timescale I had in mind was five years, not five weeks. How long May will survive as prime minister is impossible to...

The Rise of the Food Barons

The Rise of the Food Barons

Jun 15, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Christine Chemnitz The industrial-agriculture sector has long faced criticism for practices that contribute to climate change, environmental destruction, and rural poverty. And yet the sector has taken virtually no steps to improve quality and sustainability, or to promote social justice. This is not surprising. Although...

Why international financial crises?

Why international financial crises?

May 31, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   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, May 31 2017 (IPS) – International...

Iran’s Long Economic Journey

Iran’s Long Economic Journey

May 29, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Hassan Hakimian LONDON – The landslide re-election of Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, reflects the by now familiar pattern of continuity and change that has characterized Iran’s major elections over the last two decades. For starters, the result defied most expectations. While Rouhani was the favorite, few anticipated his...

Trump’s Magic Budget

Trump’s Magic Budget

May 29, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Carmen Reinhart CAMBRIDGE – US President Donald Trump’s administration has now released its budget plans for fiscal year 2018. Among the details provided in the document, entitled America First – A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again, are projections for the expected path of gross federal debt as a percentage of...

Rethinking the Next China

Rethinking the Next China

May 29, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Stephen S. Roach NEW HAVEN – For the past seven years, I have taught a popular class at Yale, called “The Next China.” From the start, the focus has been on the transitional imperatives of the modern Chinese economy – namely, the shift from a long-successful producer model to one driven increasingly by household consumption....

Asia: 260 Million Indigenous Peoples Marginalised, Discriminated

Asia: 260 Million Indigenous Peoples Marginalised, Discriminated

May 27, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Baher Kamal ROME, May 26 2017 (IPS) – Asia is home to the largest number of indigenous peoples on Earth, with an estimated 260 million of a total of 370 million original inhabitants worldwide. In spite of their huge number-equaling half of the combined population of Europe– they are often...

Government austerity demands that we die within our means

Government austerity demands that we die within our means

May 23, 2017

Most people still don’t fully understand the true scale of the human cost that government imposed austerity has unleashed This article first appeared on openDemocracy VICKIE COOPER and DAVID WHYTE 23 May 2017 As we move towards the general election, we are paralyzed by what is probably the biggest single issue affecting ordinary people in the country:...

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