Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

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

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   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...

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...

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....

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...

 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...

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