Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

OMG! The Democratic Party Is Such a Mess—What Are We Going to Do?

OMG! The Democratic Party Is Such a Mess—What Are We Going to Do?

Jul 12, 2017

Don Hazen, Kali Holloway, Steven Rosenfeld Ten experts analyze the “situation.” If you pay any attention to media and politics, you know that this is the season for hand wringing about the future Democratic Party. Pundits and pollsters by the dozens have weighed in on the failures of the party, which resulted in devastating losses to Republicans, affirmed the...

The Case for an EU-Ukraine Customs Union

The Case for an EU-Ukraine Customs Union

Jul 12, 2017

By Anders Fogh Rasmussen COPENHAGEN – There will be an upbeat mood at this week’s European Union-Ukraine summit. Reforms and international support are beginning to bear fruit for Ukraine’s economy. An EU free-trade agreement is in place. And Ukrainians can now travel to the EU on just a biometric passport – a prospect most thought unrealistic just a few years...

Medicare For All Is Coming, No Matter What They Say

Medicare For All Is Coming, No Matter What They Say

Jul 12, 2017

By Richard Eskow The idea of Medicare for All, or single-payer health care, has grown in popularity so quickly that it was recently an answer on the quiz show Jeopardy: More than half of all Americans, 53 percent, now want a single-payer plan, up from 40 percent in 1998-2000. But at the same time, Medicare for All suffers from the rise of a new growth industry:...

The North Korean Missile Crisis

The North Korean Missile Crisis

Jul 11, 2017

By Kaushik Basu NEW YORK – On January 2, then-President-elect Donald Trump, referring to North Korea’s effort to develop a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States, assured his Twitter followers, “It won’t happen!” But it has. On July 4 – Independence Day in the US – North Korea gave Americans an unwanted birthday present, successfully testing the...

G20’s Record Does Not Inspire Hope

G20’s Record Does Not Inspire Hope

Jul 7, 2017

By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 7 2017 (IPS) – The G20 leaders meeting in Hamburg, Germany, on 7-8 July comes almost a decade after the grouping’s elevation to meeting at the heads of state/government level. Previously, the G20 had been an informal forum of finance ministers and central bank governors from advanced...

Death or Democracy in Venezuela

Death or Democracy in Venezuela

Jul 7, 2017

By Enrique Ter Horst CARACAS – Venezuela’s democratic institutions are in ruins, its coffers are empty, and its citizens are searching for food in garbage dumps. Its people are dying from starvation, from preventable and curable diseases (at much higher rates than the Latin American average), and from violence – including, in some cases, gunshot wounds...

Wars were and are far from Inevitable

Wars were and are far from Inevitable

Jun 20, 2017

Viewpoint by Jonathan Power* LUND, Sweden (IDN-INPS) – Frederick the Great of Prussia was a friend of Voltaire and enjoyed ribald evenings with the philosopher discussing the intricacies of life’s dos and don’ts. Before becoming king he was persuaded by Voltaire to become a pacifist. But on ascending to the throne he became the most ferocious and...

Trump has Cards Up his Sleeves to Avoid Impeachment

Trump has Cards Up his Sleeves to Avoid Impeachment

Jun 15, 2017

Viewpoint by Jonathan Power* LUND, Sweden (IDN-INPS) – “The best lack all conviction”, wrote the Irish poet, William Yeats, “while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” Is this not true of America today? Some of the “best” are working to bring down President Donald Trump, yet are they ready to cut to the chase? He has cards up his sleeve. He came...

Veterans For Peace Mobilise To Resist Militarism

Veterans For Peace Mobilise To Resist Militarism

May 27, 2017

By Brian Trautman* WASHINGTON, D.C. (IDN-INPS) – The United States is the most militarized and jingoistic nation on earth. Its foreign policy is guided by imperialist militarism, neoliberal capitalism and racial xenophobia. For more than sixteen years now, three presidential administrations have carried out a so-called “War on Terror” (GWOT), a perpetual...

The Left Must Vote for Macron

The Left Must Vote for Macron

May 4, 2017

By Yanis Varoufakis LONDON – In 2002, Jacques Chirac, the French right’s leader, faced Jean-Marie Le Pen, the leader of the racist National Front, in the second round of France’s presidential election. The French left rallied behind the Gaullist, conservative Chirac to oppose the xenophobic heir of Vichy collaborationism. Fifteen years later, however, large...