Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Republican Trainwreck: Millions at Risk as Trump Demands Healthcare Vote

Republican Trainwreck: Millions at Risk as Trump Demands Healthcare Vote

Mar 24, 2017

Originally published on Common Dreams. By Lauren McCauley In their frenzied effort to strong-arm support for the flailing American Health Care Act (AHCA) before a vote on Friday, President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have officially made the Republican plan even worse. Trump issued a stark ultimatum to wavering House Republicans late Thursday,...

Why Bernie Is the Most Popular Politician in America

Why Bernie Is the Most Popular Politician in America

Mar 20, 2017

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. Sanders’ message about the ravages of runaway inequality hit home because it is true. By Les Leopold Bernie Sanders has the highest approval rating of any politician in the country with 61 percent approving, while only 32 percent disapproving, according to a March 15 Fox News poll. The Sanders 29 plus percent...

UN Facing Famines, Conflicts and Now U.S. Funding Cuts

UN Facing Famines, Conflicts and Now U.S. Funding Cuts

Mar 17, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Lyndal Rowlands UNITED NATIONS, Mar 17 2017 (IPS) – In the midst of responding to the worst humanitarian crisis since records began, the UN is now faced with potential funding cuts from its biggest donor, the United States. On Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump released “America First: A...

UN Is Committed to Reform But Warns of Abrupt Funding Cuts

UN Is Committed to Reform But Warns of Abrupt Funding Cuts

Mar 17, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By J Nastranis Note: This is the first in a series of reports analysing U.S. policy towards multilateralism in general and the UN in particular. – Editor NEW YORK (IDN) – While United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed strong disapproval of President Donald...

Washington Rules Change, Again

Washington Rules Change, Again

Feb 16, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Jomo Kwame Sundaram Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor, was United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, and received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2007. KUALA LAMPUR, Feb 16 2017 (IPS) – Over the last four...

Make America Ungovernable

Make America Ungovernable

Feb 6, 2017

 Originally Published on TruthDig By Chris Hedges Donald Trump’s regime is rapidly reconfiguring the United States into an authoritarian state. All forms of dissent will soon be criminalized. Civil liberties will no longer exist. Corporate exploitation, through the abolition of regulations and laws, will be unimpeded. Global warming will accelerate. A repugnant...

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...

Inside Sweden’s housing crisis: when renovation means eviction

Inside Sweden’s housing crisis: when renovation means eviction

Feb 1, 2017

Dominika Polanska, Uppsala University The housing shortage in Sweden is now so bad that some are currently contemplating using shipping containers for apartments. Nine out of ten Swedes live in a municipality facing houses shortages. According to a recent study, in the capital city of Stockholm, more than half a million people were on a waiting list for a flat...

Trump’s Not Draining the Financial Swamp—He’s Filling It

Trump’s Not Draining the Financial Swamp—He’s Filling It

Jan 31, 2017

Republished with permission from TomDispatch.com By Nomi Prins Under President Trump, banking sharks will once again have immense influence on the American economy. Irony isn’t a concept with which President Donald J. Trump is familiar. In his Inaugural Address, having nominated the wealthiest cabinet in American history, he proclaimed, “For too long, a small...

Will Trump Block Latin America’s Recovery?

Will Trump Block Latin America’s Recovery?

Jan 27, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By José Antonio Ocampo NEW YORK – Across Latin America, there is a growing sense of anguish that is reminiscent of Michael Corleone’s lament in The Godfather III: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” At a time when the region seemed finally to be grasping economic recovery, Donald Trump’s inauguration as...

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