Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

China demands India pulls back troops in border dispute

China demands India pulls back troops in border dispute

Jul 24, 2017

China has demanded that India pull back its troops from a contested region high in the Himalayas, warning New Delhi not “to push your luck” amid a festering border dispute. According to Indian officials, about 300 soldiers from either side face each other about 150 metres apart on the Doklam plateau, an area also claimed by…...

Taliban Captures 2 Districts in Central Afghanistan

Taliban Captures 2 Districts in Central Afghanistan

Jul 24, 2017

Heavy fighting is raging in central Afghanistan where officials say the Islamist Taliban has captured two key district headquarters and is assaulting government outposts in nearby areas. Insurgents stormed Taywara district in Ghor province early Sunday, after seizing control of the border district of Kohistan in the adjoining northern province of Faryab,...

Kenya and Ethiopia Join Forces to Advance Peace, Security, Development and Hope

Kenya and Ethiopia Join Forces to Advance Peace, Security, Development and Hope

Jul 23, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Siddharth Chatterjee Siddharth Chatterjee is the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya. NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 24 2017 (IPS) – The Horn of Africa is often synonymous with extreme poverty, conflict, demographic pressure, environmental stress, and under-investment in basic social services such...

Israeli measures at al-Aqsa will ‘increase resistance’

Israeli measures at al-Aqsa will ‘increase resistance’

Jul 22, 2017

The new measures of control implemented by Israeli forces in Jerusalem’s Old City after a deadly gun battle will only lead to more attacks and an escalation in violence, analysts say. The installation of metal detectors and turnstiles at the entrance to al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the site of the attack, has enraged Palestinians, who believe the…...

No Justice, No Peace for Yemeni Children

No Justice, No Peace for Yemeni Children

Jul 21, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UNITED NATIONS, Jul 21 2017 (IPS) – Human rights groups are urging the UN Secretary-General to include the Saudi-led Coalition (SLC) in a child rights’ “shame list” after documenting grave violations against children. Save the Children and the Watchlist on Children and...

The Middle East’s Next War

The Middle East’s Next War

Jul 21, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Joschka Fischer BERLIN – With the retaking of Mosul in northern Iraq, the Islamic State (ISIS) could soon be a thing of the past. But the defeat of ISIS and the demise of its self-proclaimed Iraqi-Syrian caliphate won’t bring peace to the Middle East, or even an end to the Syrian tragedy. Rather, it is likely to open a new...

The 2016 transition into peace in Colombia

The 2016 transition into peace in Colombia

Jul 20, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy FRANCESC BADIA I DALMASES 19 July 2017 2016 will probably be considered a lesson for the history of peace negotiations. We edited in an eBook a selection of the most relevant articles about the post-conflict that we published last year. Read here the conclusions. Español Graffiti in Nasa, Colombia. Demotix/Joana...

Mexico Spyware Scandal a Gift for Organized Crime

Mexico Spyware Scandal a Gift for Organized Crime

Jul 20, 2017

Originally published on InsightCrime Written by Patrick Corcoran Recent revelations about the government of Mexico‘s widespread use of spyware to monitor adversaries in the press and the human rights community represent a gift for organized crime. The New York Times first reported in June that Mexican journalists, lawyers, human-rights activists and their...

Tom Engelhardt, Bombing the Rubble

Tom Engelhardt, Bombing the Rubble

Jul 20, 2017

Republished with permission from TomDispatch.com Posted by Tom Engelhardt at 7:19am, July 20, 2017. Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. Empire of Destruction Precision Warfare? Don’t Make Me Laugh By Tom Engelhardt You remember. It was supposed to be twenty-first-century war, American-style: precise beyond imagining; smart bombs; drones capable of...

ISIL families lament harsh treatment in Iraq

ISIL families lament harsh treatment in Iraq

Jul 20, 2017

Shahama camp, Iraq – Covered with a painful rash, Nessrine Hamad, six, has tears in her eyes. “She has been like that for three days,” her mother, Kawzhar Youssif Hamad, tells Al Jazeera. “It is because of the dirty water. Most of the children here have sores on their skin.” Dozens of families accused of having…...

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