Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

A Dark Shadow Looms Large Over UN Talks On Eliminating Nukes

A Dark Shadow Looms Large Over UN Talks On Eliminating Nukes

Feb 25, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Rodney Reynolds WASHINGTON DC (IDN) – The 193-member UN General Assembly is to hold two key sessions – in March and in June – in what is expected to be a do-or-die attempt towards the elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide. “Whether 2017 will be the year that sees nuclear weapons being...

How ‘evolving’ technology leads to fewer choices and creates mountains of waste

How ‘evolving’ technology leads to fewer choices and creates mountains of waste

Feb 22, 2017

Sharad Sinha, Nanyang Technological University Let me ask you a question. Are you periodically forced to buy a new laptop because the technology – hardware or software – in your current laptop is no longer supported even though it’s fully functional? The Microsoft Windows operating system is estimated to power about 90% of world’s personal computers today....

How Backwater Europe Transformed To World Power

How Backwater Europe Transformed To World Power

Feb 21, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Jonathan Power* LUND, Sweden (IDN-INPS) – Eleven hundred years ago Europe was a backwater. There were no grand cities, apart from Cordoba in Spain which was Muslim. The Middle East was much further ahead, still absorbing the intellectual delights and challenges of Greek science,...

Two ways to build global community

Two ways to build global community

Feb 21, 2017

Originally published on New Internationalist A platform co-operative approach to information, rather than the models of Facebook and legacy media, provide reason for optimism, writes Dan Hind. By Dan Hind Last Thursday Mark Zuckerberg published a long piece called ‘Building a Global Community’. In it he explained that his company could help ‘develop the social...

The global targeted killings bandwagon: who’s next after France?

The global targeted killings bandwagon: who’s next after France?

Feb 8, 2017

Ariel Colonomos, Sciences Po – USPC It’s possible that targeted killings will be the only policy of president Barack Obama that the new resident of the White House will be eager to perpetuate. Last May, President Donald Trump stated, “I have to do what’s right … as far as drones are concerned … to take out terrorists”. He kept his word: US drones apparently...

Managing Big Data’s Big Risks

Managing Big Data’s Big Risks

Feb 8, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Ernest Davis NEW YORK – In the last 15 years, we have witnessed an explosion in the amount of digital data available – from the Internet, social media, scientific equipment, smart phones, surveillance cameras, and many other sources – and in the computer technologies used to process it. “Big Data,” as it is known, will...

Chinese Acquisitions Undercut Taiwan, U.S. Semiconductor Industry Edge

Chinese Acquisitions Undercut Taiwan, U.S. Semiconductor Industry Edge

Feb 7, 2017

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation By Peter Wood China’s central Party leadership recognizes that the Chinese economy must shift away from light manufacturing and intermediate goods like steel to higher value-added manufacturing.  In July 2016 the Chinese State Council Information Office published the “National Informatization Development Strategy...

Recovering the Promise of Technocracy

Recovering the Promise of Technocracy

Feb 3, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Parag Khanna SINGAPORE – The prevailing mood nowadays is one of pessimism. After a year in which Donald Trump was elected President of the United States and the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, many are anticipating more populist victories – and damaging policies – in 2017. Add to this slow global economic...

U.S. Moves into Age of Nuclear Uncertainty – and Ignorance

U.S. Moves into Age of Nuclear Uncertainty – and Ignorance

Jan 22, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Rodney Reynolds WASHINGTON, DC (IDN) – With the inauguration of Donald Trump as the new President on January 20, the United States moves into an age of nuclear uncertainty – and perhaps ignorance. The frightening prospects took a bizarre turn when a day earlier Trump’s nominee for Energy...

India expects to get almost 60 percent of its electricity from clean energy by 2027

India expects to get almost 60 percent of its electricity from clean energy by 2027

Dec 23, 2016

Originally published on ThinkProgress That would put the country on a path to meeting its Paris commitments several years early. By Natasha Geiling In ten years, India could get almost sixty percent of its electricity from non-fossil fuel sources, according to a government forecast published this week. According to a draft of the country’s 10-year energy...

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