Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

With democracy under fire, Poles take to the streets

With democracy under fire, Poles take to the streets

Jul 21, 2017

Tens of thousands protested the country’s increasingly authoritarian government, two weeks after Trump’s visit. By E. A. Crunden Just two weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump visited Poland and praised the nation as a beacon of freedom, mass protests are sweeping the country. Around 50,000 people took to the streets of Warsaw alone as demonstrators across...

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...

Senseless Murders of Human Rights Activists in Colombia: An Interview with the NGO, Somos Defensores

Senseless Murders of Human Rights Activists in Colombia: An Interview with the NGO, Somos Defensores

Jun 7, 2017

Originally published on COHA By Tobias Fontecilla, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs To download a PDF version of this article, click here.  This interview was originally conducted in Spanish, and translated by the author. Earlier this year, COHA wrote about the ongoing, violent targeting of social leaders and human rights activists in...

Veterans For Peace Mobilise To Resist Militarism

Veterans For Peace Mobilise To Resist Militarism

May 27, 2017

By Brian Trautman* WASHINGTON, D.C. (IDN-INPS) – The United States is the most militarized and jingoistic nation on earth. Its foreign policy is guided by imperialist militarism, neoliberal capitalism and racial xenophobia. For more than sixteen years now, three presidential administrations have carried out a so-called “War on Terror” (GWOT), a perpetual...

Towards Peace by Pursuing Live and Let Live Policies

Towards Peace by Pursuing Live and Let Live Policies

May 23, 2017

Somar Wijayadasa* NEW YORK (IDN) – Foreign policies – an integral part of any national strategy – command the highest priority of all nations. Since World War II, several foreign policies of super powers did not yield expected results even though all policies and concomitant interventions came with guarantees of peace, prosperity and democracy that never...

Mending Bangladesh’s Garment Industry

Mending Bangladesh’s Garment Industry

May 1, 2017

By M Niaz Asadullah and Zaki Wahhaj KUALA LUMPUR – Four years ago, the deadly collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh pulled back the curtain on the employment practices of the global apparel industry. We had hoped that the tragedy, which killed more than 1,100 workers – the deadliest accident in the industry’s history – would have brought...

Caribbean Leaders Want Swifter Action on Climate Funding

Caribbean Leaders Want Swifter Action on Climate Funding

Mar 1, 2017

By Desmond Brown ROSEAU, Dominica, Mar 1 2017 (IPS) – When Tropical Storm Erika hit the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica on Aug. 27, 2015, it killed more than two dozen people, left nearly 600 homeless and wreaked damages totaling more than a billion dollars. The storm dumped 15 inches of rain on the mountainous island, caused floods and mudslides and...

The Peasant Farmer Who Stood Up to the President of Nicaragua

The Peasant Farmer Who Stood Up to the President of Nicaragua

Feb 25, 2017

By José Adán Silva MANAGUA, Feb 24 2017 (IPS) – The unequal battle that small farmer Francisca Ramírez is waging against the Nicaraguan government of Daniel Ortega has become so well-known that people are calling for her security and her rights from the political heart of Europe. Who is she and why did the European Parliament order Nicaragua on Feb. 16 to...

How to counter Trump’s efforts to reduce outrage

How to counter Trump’s efforts to reduce outrage

Feb 22, 2017

This article was originally published on Waging Nonviolence.   By Brian Martin The Trump administration’s policies have already triggered public outrage and massive opposition. To understand the techniques that make opposition effective, it is useful to look at regular patterns of injustice and outrage. When powerful groups do things that might trigger...

Chileans mobilize to replace a constitution written by a military dictatorship

Chileans mobilize to replace a constitution written by a military dictatorship

Feb 17, 2017

This article was originally published on Waging Nonviolence. By Monse Sepulveda After decades of organizing, pro-democracy activists in Chile are finally seeing the fruits of their labor with the release of a historical document that sets in motion the legislative process to redraft the constitution. Since 1980, when the country’s former military dictatorship...