Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Beijing’s New Scorched-Earth Policy Against the Uighurs

Beijing’s New Scorched-Earth Policy Against the Uighurs

Feb 24, 2017

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation Under the pretext of joining the global war on terrorism, the Xi Jinping administration has imposed unprecedentedly harsh restrictions on the civil liberties and rights of the 10 million Uighurs living in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR). The shift in President Xi’s Xinjiang policy was marked by the...

Merkel Under Pressure for Refugee Policy in Germany

Merkel Under Pressure for Refugee Policy in Germany

Feb 24, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Wolfgang Kerler Wolfgang Kerler, a reporter for German public broadcaster ARD, is a specialist on globalization, digitalization, migration and investigative reporting. MUNICH, Feb 23 2017 (IPS) – Internationally, German chancellor Angela Merkel was praised for her humanitarian decision to open...

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...

 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...

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...

Chileans mobilize to replace a constitution written by a military dictatorship

Chileans mobilize to replace a constitution written by a military dictatorship

Feb 17, 2017

This article was originally published on Waging Nonviolence. By Monse Sepulveda After decades of organizing, pro-democracy activists in Chile are finally seeing the fruits of their labor with the release of a historical document that sets in motion the legislative process to redraft the constitution. Since 1980, when the country’s former military dictatorship...

How Trump’s reported plan to round up undocumented immigrants could actually work

How Trump’s reported plan to round up undocumented immigrants could actually work

Feb 17, 2017

Originally published on ThinkProgress A lot depends on state governors. By Ian Millhiser President Trump “is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border,” according to the Associated Press. White House press secretary Sean Spicer denies...

Trump in Freefall as Disapproval Rate and Support for Impeachment Soar

Trump in Freefall as Disapproval Rate and Support for Impeachment Soar

Feb 10, 2017

Originally published on Common Dreams. By Deirdre Fulton Two new polls reflect poorly on President Donald Trump’s brief tenure in the Oval Office, with one showing his administration is tarnishing Americans’ view of U.S. popularity around the world, and another finding voters are already evenly divided on the issue of impeaching the president. The...

Ukraine and the cancer of corruption: a conversation with Svitlana Zalishchuk

Ukraine and the cancer of corruption: a conversation with Svitlana Zalishchuk

Feb 10, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy SVITLANA ZALISHCHUK and BENJAMIN RAMM 9 February 2017 The rising star of Ukrainian politics tells openDemocracy that deep-rooted corruption is the greatest threat to the nation’s democracy Svitlana Zalishchuk embodies an ideal of the European Union: an effortlessly multilingual, passionate advocate for liberal and...

Deutsche Bank Remains Trump’s Biggest Conflict of Interest Despite Settlements

Deutsche Bank Remains Trump’s Biggest Conflict of Interest Despite Settlements

Feb 10, 2017

by Jesse Eisinger ProPublica, Feb. 9, 2017, 10:16 a.m. If you measure President Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest by the amount of money at stake, or the variety of dicey interactions with government regulators, one dwarfs any other: his relationship with Deutsche Bank. In recent weeks, Deutsche Bank has scrambled to reach agreements with American...

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