Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Morocco: Addressing Shantytowns in an Emerging Democracy

Morocco: Addressing Shantytowns in an Emerging Democracy

Jul 24, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Viewpoint by Wajiha Ibrahim* BOSTON (IDN) – What peaked in 2011 as a series of political protests sweeping the Middle East and North Africa is today an opportunity to celebrate and evaluate how various regimes mould their path towards democracy. A noteworthy component of these transitions...

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...

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…...

VIDEO: People in Denmark Are a Lot Happier Than People in the United States. Here’s Why.

VIDEO: People in Denmark Are a Lot Happier Than People in the United States. Here’s Why.

Jul 18, 2017

Republished with permission from The Nation Text by Joshua Holland. Graphics and animation by Rob Pybus. This work was supported by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and its Puffin Story Innovation Fund. Last week, in Denmark, Malthe and Lærke Knudson had a baby girl they named Emma. That same day, the Robinsons—Dale and Beth—had a little baby in the...

Education Key to Promoting Sustainable Development

Education Key to Promoting Sustainable Development

Jul 18, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Shanta Rao UNITED NATIONS (IDN) – Speaking of the UN’s post-2015 development agenda, the President of the UN General Assembly Peter Thomson of Fiji last year zeroed in on a home truth: very few human beings in the world, he said, know anything about the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development...

Poverty Impeding Global Sustainable Development

Poverty Impeding Global Sustainable Development

Jul 17, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Santo D. Banerjee UNITED NATIONS (IDN) – While nearly 1.1 billion people escaped extreme poverty between 1990 and 2013 because of strong economic growth that benefited the world’s poorest, “the number of people living in extreme poverty remains unacceptably high, with nearly 800...

Why Do Cities Become Unaffordable?

Why Do Cities Become Unaffordable?

Jul 17, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Robert J. Shiller NEW HAVEN – Inequality is usually measured by comparing incomes across households within a country. But there is also a different kind of inequality: in the affordability of homes across cities. The impact of this form of inequality is no less worrying. In many of the world’s urban centers, homes are...

Homeless voices from around the world

Homeless voices from around the world

Jul 16, 2017

Originally published on New Internationalist The market is broken. The price of housing is through the roof. Social housing is neglected. In major cities around the globe ordinary people can no longer afford to buy or rent basic accommodation. Incomes stagnate while the gap between the 1 per cent and the rest of us widens. Housing insecurity and homelessness...

Another former Peruvian president is sent to jail, this time as part of growing corruption scandal

Another former Peruvian president is sent to jail, this time as part of growing corruption scandal

Jul 15, 2017

LIMA, Peru — Former Peruvian President Ollanta Humala and his wife were in jail Friday after a judge ordered the couple detained for up to 18 months while prosecutors pursue money laundering and other charges against them. Their detention means that two former Peruvian presidents are currently incarcerated — Alberto Fujimori is serving a 25-year sentence…...

Brazilian Corruption Steals from Nation’s Poorest

Brazilian Corruption Steals from Nation’s Poorest

Jul 15, 2017

Originally published on COHA By Madeline Asta, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs Brazil is currently facing its worst recession in decades while corruption allegations consume the nation’s attention, moving vital resources away from the country’s most vulnerable. Economic uncertainty and the wave of corruption exposures are causing...

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