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Economy

A “Macroneconomic” Revolution?

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017

By Anatole Kaletsky LONDON – Next month will mark the tenth anniversary of the global financial crisis, which began on August 9, 2007, when Banque National de Paris announced that...

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Society

Morocco: Addressing Shantytowns in an Emerging Democracy

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017

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...

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Politics

The Unnoticed Demise of Democracy

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017

By Roberto Savio ROME, Jul 24 2017 (IPS) – Politicians are so busy fighting for their jobs, they hardly seem to notice that they risk going out of business. Democracy is on...

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Geopolitics

Read News and Insight on Global Geopolitics & Political Economy Insight

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017

Visit the newest section of the Global Geopolitics & Political Economy Site. This site presents a journal of ideas, analysis, and source materials on world issues. Global...

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Recent Posts

House Democrats Bet On The ‘Blue Dogs’

House Democrats Bet On The ‘Blue Dogs’

Jul 20, 2017

To the scorn of progressives, Democrats trying to win back the U.S. House next year are relying on the conservative wing of the party. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the House’s primary campaign group, is coordinating with the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of 18 moderate Democrats that has shriveled in numbers and power...

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

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 taking out a carefully identified and tracked human...

7 Pundits Who Spread the Myth of Trump’s Working-Class Voter Base

7 Pundits Who Spread the Myth of Trump’s Working-Class Voter Base

Jul 20, 2017

The media has gotten a few things disastrously wrong about Trump supporters. But a few commentators got things right. By Lauren Kaori Gurley Following Donald Trump’s ascent to the U.S. presidency, both liberal and conservative pundits and commentators have circulated a dangerous myth that the white working-class propelled Trump to the White House. This has led...

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...

Trump ends program to train Syrian rebels

Trump ends program to train Syrian rebels

Jul 20, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to end the CIA”s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of President Bashar Al-Assad, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing U.S. officials. Arab intelligence services and the CIA have been training rebels since 2013 under the code name Timber Sycamore. The training...

The Ban Treaty and the Nuclear-Armed States: From Irrelevance to a Game-Changer

The Ban Treaty and the Nuclear-Armed States: From Irrelevance to a Game-Changer

Jul 20, 2017

By Alyn Ware Alyn Ware, Global Coordinator of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament (PNND), examines how to use the ban treaty to impact on the policies and practices of the nuclear-armed States and their nuclear allies. NEW YORK (IDN) – When the gavel came down at the United Nations on July 7 to confirm the adoption of the Treaty...

Veterans Ask US.to Sign UN Treaty Abolishing Nuclear Weapons

Veterans Ask US.to Sign UN Treaty Abolishing Nuclear Weapons

Jul 20, 2017

By Brian Trautman, Gerry Condon, Samantha Ferguson NEW YORK | SAN FRANCISCO | ST. LOUIS (IDN) – On July 7 2017, the United Nations, in a historic decision, approved a legally binding instrument to ban nuclear weapons, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Months of negotiations involving over 130 countries began in March 2017, culminating in a...

A “Macroneconomic” Revolution?

A “Macroneconomic” Revolution?

Jul 19, 2017

By Anatole Kaletsky LONDON – Next month will mark the tenth anniversary of the global financial crisis, which began on August 9, 2007, when Banque National de Paris announced that the value of several of its funds, containing what were supposedly the safest possible US mortgage bonds, had evaporated. From that fateful day, the advanced capitalist world has...

Morocco’s al-Hoceima gears up for ‘million-man march’

Morocco’s al-Hoceima gears up for ‘million-man march’

Jul 19, 2017

Protesters in the Moroccan city of al-Hoceima are gearing up for what they hope to be a million-man march on Thursday, in the latest chapter of a steadily growing popular movement known simply as “Hirak” in the country’s northern Rif region. Spurred into action after the murder of a fishmonger crushed to death by local...

As 75 Percent of Americans Fear ‘Major War’ Under Trump, Most Favor Diplomacy

As 75 Percent of Americans Fear ‘Major War’ Under Trump, Most Favor Diplomacy

Jul 19, 2017

New poll finds Americans want a cautious approach to North Korea’s recent actions by Julia Conley A vast majority of Americans are concerned about the United States’ potential involvement in a new major war—but most think military action is the wrong way to go about approaching international threats, according to an NBC poll released Tuesday. The...

Post-Soviet Russian economic collapse

Post-Soviet Russian economic collapse

Jul 19, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS By Vladimir Popov and Jomo Kwame Sundaram MOSCOW and KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 19 2017 (IPS) – Wide-ranging economic reforms following the demise of the Soviet Union at the end of December 1991 mainly resulted in economic collapse in most successor states. By the mid-1990s, output had fallen by about half...

Astana Economic Forum Focuses on Sustainable Energy

Astana Economic Forum Focuses on Sustainable Energy

Jul 19, 2017

By Ramesh Jaura This is the sixth in a series of articles from Kazakhstan which being geographically located both in Asia and Europe, considers itself a Eurasian country. The articles are based on information gathered during a visit from June 7 to June 15 on the occasion of the opening of EXPO 2017 in Astana. Video clips accompany the articles in this series. –...

Mosul in ruins: ‘I see only despair around us’

Mosul in ruins: ‘I see only despair around us’

Jul 18, 2017

  Mosul, Iraq – Western Mosul is in ruins. From the tenth floor of a badly damaged hotel in Iraq’s second-largest city, destroyed buildings and roads can be seen for miles on end. There is no building that has not been touched by fights and air attacks. The smell of decaying bodies fills the hot July...

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 [responsive_vid] 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...

Trump Derangement Syndrome hastens the death of good story-telling

Trump Derangement Syndrome hastens the death of good story-telling

Jul 18, 2017

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2017 – Fake news, as currently constituted, centers almost entirely on Russians colluding with associates and family members of a New York real estate magnate for the purpose of denying a corrupt and craven political creature the highest office in the land. One who began her career as a sleazy attorney working...