Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Congratulations, President Macron – Now We Oppose You

Congratulations, President Macron – Now We Oppose You

May 19, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Yanis Varoufakis ATHENS – Prior to the second round of the French Presidential election, DiEM25 (the pan-European movement of democrats, mostly of the left, that I helped to found) promised Emmanuel Macron that we would “mobilize fully to help” him defeat Marine Le Pen. This we did – incurring the wrath of many on the left –...

Trump’s Loose Lips and America’s Intelligence Relationships

Trump’s Loose Lips and America’s Intelligence Relationships

May 19, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Kent Harrington ATLANTA – Telling someone a secret is an act of faith. Sharing intelligence with an ally is no different. By disclosing intelligence provided by a US ally to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in an Oval Office meeting last week, President Donald Trump indicated that he cannot safely be trusted – and...

The White House Crack-Up

The White House Crack-Up

May 18, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Elizabeth Drew WASHINGTON, DC – On both sides of the White House fence, near-nervous breakdowns abound. The White House staff is said to be in a state of near collapse – bouncing from one presidential crisis to another, trying all the while to hide from a screaming president. On the other side of the White House fence, much...

As Impeachment Talk Hits the Mainstream, Over a Dozen Nervous House Republicans Have Flipped on Trump

As Impeachment Talk Hits the Mainstream, Over a Dozen Nervous House Republicans Have Flipped on Trump

May 18, 2017

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. The Trump administration is spiraling. By Jefferson Morley / AlterNet The surprise appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as an independent counsel to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia came as Washington was already undergoing a sea-change in thinking about President Trump’s future....

Why Did Trump Accept Venezuela’s Money?

Why Did Trump Accept Venezuela’s Money?

May 5, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Keneth Rogoff CAMBRIDGE – There is a certain irony in recent news that Venezuela donated a half-million dollars to Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration through Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the state-owned oil company. Venezuela, of course, is a serial defaulter, having done so more times than almost any other country...

The Left Must Vote for Macron

The Left Must Vote for Macron

May 4, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate 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....

Three Months of Donald Trump: More of the Same

Three Months of Donald Trump: More of the Same

May 3, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Analysis by Marcelo Colussi* GUATEMALA CITY (IDN) – More than three months have passed since the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the world’s leading capitalist power: the United States of America. Nothing has changed. If someone had thought that something could change with...

Rouhani warns voters to prevent ‘extremism’ returning to Iran

Rouhani warns voters to prevent ‘extremism’ returning to Iran

Apr 30, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Middle East Monitor President Hassan Rouhani told Iranians on Saturday they could face greater authoritarianism if they replace him with a hardline rival in May’s election. Rouhani was the surprise winner of the last presidential vote, in 2013, after eight years of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad whose re-election for a second...

Reprieve or Reform in Europe?

Reprieve or Reform in Europe?

Apr 30, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Michael Spence MILAN – The first round of the French election turned out much as expected: the centrist Emmanuel Macron finished first, with 24% of the vote, rather narrowly beating the right-wing National Front’s Marine Le Pen, who won 21.3%. Barring a political accident of the type that befell the former frontrunner,...

Politicians Hijack Macedonia

Politicians Hijack Macedonia

Apr 18, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Frank Mulder SKOPJE, Apr 18 2017 (IPS) – The political crisis in Macedonia is deepening. With the president and former coalition preventing the formation of a new government, the state threatens to disintegrate in a climate of corruption and nationalism. The television is turned up loud in a...

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