Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

China’s Weapons of Trade War

China’s Weapons of Trade War

Feb 22, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Keyu Jin BEIJING – China exports more to the United States than the US exports to China. That makes US President Donald Trump furious – so furious, in fact, that he may be willing to start a trade war over it. Trump has leveled tough protectionist threats against China. As he attempts to consolidate his presidency, he is...

Rights Group Warns of Growing Division and Fear

Rights Group Warns of Growing Division and Fear

Feb 22, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By A.D. McKenzie PARIS (IDN | SWAN) – Politicians have shamelessly been peddling a “toxic rhetoric” that is creating a more divided and dangerous world, according to human rights group Amnesty International. Speaking at the launch of its annual report on rights around the world in Paris on...

The WTO Reborn?

The WTO Reborn?

Feb 22, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Arvind Subramanian NEW DELHI – For too long, the World Trade Organization has languished, to lift a reference from T.S. Eliot, by the “waters of Leman” (Lake Geneva). Once the world’s preeminent multilateral trade forum, the WTO has been steadily marginalized in recent years, and recent rebukes of globalization, such as the...

 Socialism’s Return

 Socialism’s Return

Feb 21, 2017

Republished with permission from The Nation After more than a half-century in the wilderness, the socialist left reemerges in America. By Patrick Iber For the American left, 2016 proved to be a year with a cruel twist ending. In the first few months, a self-
described democratic socialist by the name of Bernie Sanders mounted a surprisingly successful primary...

El Chapo, story of a kingpin — or why Trump’s plan to defeat Mexican cartels is doomed to fail

El Chapo, story of a kingpin — or why Trump’s plan to defeat Mexican cartels is doomed to fail

Feb 21, 2017

Luis Gómez Romero, University of Wollongong Infamous Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera – aka “El Chapo” – currently faces 17 drug trafficking, murder, kidnapping and money laundering charges in the US, accrued over the past quarter-century. The timing of his extradition, on President Barack Obama’s final day in office, led to much speculation...

Humanitarian Crisis, Result of Decades of Globalization with No Concern for Social Justice

Humanitarian Crisis, Result of Decades of Globalization with No Concern for Social Justice

Feb 21, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, a think-thank dedicated to the promotion of human rights through cross-cultural, political, religious and civilizational dialogue, and through training of the upcoming...

Making Crises Great Again

Making Crises Great Again

Feb 21, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Jeffrey Frankel CAMBRIDGE – Debates about financial regulation tend to focus on quantity, not quality. But “more versus less” isn’t so much the issue; the details are. And when it comes to financial reform in the United States, President Donald Trump is unlikely to get the details right. Earlier this month, Trump issued an...

How Backwater Europe Transformed To World Power

How Backwater Europe Transformed To World Power

Feb 21, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Jonathan Power* LUND, Sweden (IDN-INPS) – Eleven hundred years ago Europe was a backwater. There were no grand cities, apart from Cordoba in Spain which was Muslim. The Middle East was much further ahead, still absorbing the intellectual delights and challenges of Greek science,...

Two ways to build global community

Two ways to build global community

Feb 21, 2017

Originally published on New Internationalist A platform co-operative approach to information, rather than the models of Facebook and legacy media, provide reason for optimism, writes Dan Hind. By Dan Hind Last Thursday Mark Zuckerberg published a long piece called ‘Building a Global Community’. In it he explained that his company could help ‘develop the social...

Europe’s far-right parties got a boost from Trump, but will they govern?

Europe’s far-right parties got a boost from Trump, but will they govern?

Feb 20, 2017

Richard Maher, European University Institute Since taking office, US President Donald Trump has provoked, exasperated, and unsettled world leaders from Mexico to Australia and the European Union headquarters in Brussels. But there is one constituency that continues to enthusiastically support the president: Europe’s far right, who believe they have found common...

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