Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

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

Originally Published on Consortiumnews 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...

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

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   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...

Baltic Dread

Baltic Dread

Feb 24, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate 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...

Iraq government, Shia militias, Daesh all committed war crimes in 2016 – Amnesty

Iraq government, Shia militias, Daesh all committed war crimes in 2016 – Amnesty

Feb 24, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Middle East Monitor A major international human rights organisation has said that the Iraqi authorities, Iran-backed Shia jihadists and Daesh militants had all perpetrated war crimes throughout 2016, as a US and Iran-backed war against the militant group continues into 2017. Amnesty International accused all...

Huge Health Needs for World’s One Billion Migrants

Huge Health Needs for World’s One Billion Migrants

Feb 24, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   ByIPS World Desk ROME/COLOMBO, Feb 24 2017 (IPS) – With an estimated 1 billion migrants today –or one in every seven people– their health needs are huge. Nevertheless, health systems are struggling to adapt and consequently access to health services among migrant populations varies widely and is...

A Pax Russica in the Middle East? Putin will have to do more to make it stick

A Pax Russica in the Middle East? Putin will have to do more to make it stick

Feb 24, 2017

Luigi Narbone, European University Institute Can Russia succeed where the West has failed, stabilising the Middle East and North Africa through some kind of Pax Russica? The question might have sounded strange not so long ago, but in less than two years, a mix of decisive action, unwavering and often ruthless use of military power, and bold political-diplomatic...

Syria’s Balance of Terror

Syria’s Balance of Terror

Feb 24, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Omar Ashour LONDON – As the civil war in Syria nears the six-year mark, the mounting death toll and constantly shifting military landscape is making a mockery of the diplomatic track. With yet another round of talks on the horizon – new United Nations-led discussions are scheduled to begin today in Geneva – it’s worth asking...

How ‘evolving’ technology leads to fewer choices and creates mountains of waste

How ‘evolving’ technology leads to fewer choices and creates mountains of waste

Feb 22, 2017

Sharad Sinha, Nanyang Technological University Let me ask you a question. Are you periodically forced to buy a new laptop because the technology – hardware or software – in your current laptop is no longer supported even though it’s fully functional? The Microsoft Windows operating system is estimated to power about 90% of world’s personal computers today....

How to counter Trump’s efforts to reduce outrage

How to counter Trump’s efforts to reduce outrage

Feb 22, 2017

This article was originally published on Waging Nonviolence.   By Brian Martin The Trump administration’s policies have already triggered public outrage and massive opposition. To understand the techniques that make opposition effective, it is useful to look at regular patterns of injustice and outrage. When powerful groups do things that might trigger...

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