Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Humankind’s Ability to Feed Itself, Now in Jeopardy

Humankind’s Ability to Feed Itself, Now in Jeopardy

Feb 22, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By IPS World Desk ROME, Feb 22 2017 (IPS) – Mankind’s future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new United Nations’ report. Though very real and significant progress in...

Introducing the terrifying mathematics of the Anthropocene

Introducing the terrifying mathematics of the Anthropocene

Feb 10, 2017

Owen Gaffney, Stockholm University and Will Steffen, Australian National University Here are some surprising facts about humans’ effect on planet Earth. We have made enough concrete to create an exact replica of Earth 2mm thick. We have produced enough plastic to wrap Earth in clingfilm. We are creating “technofossils”, a new term for congealed human-made...

Global Citizens, National Shirkers

Global Citizens, National Shirkers

Feb 10, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Dani Rodrik CAMBRIDGE – Last October, British Prime Minister Theresa May shocked many when she disparaged the idea of global citizenship. “If you believe you’re a citizen of the world,” she said, “you’re a citizen of nowhere.” Her statement was met with derision and alarm in the financial media and among liberal...

Why Millennials Will Reject Trump

Why Millennials Will Reject Trump

Feb 3, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Jeffrey D. Sachs NEW YORK – The key political divide in the United States is not between parties or states; it is between generations. The millennial generation (those aged 18-35) voted heavily against Donald Trump and will form the backbone of resistance to his policies. Older Americans are divided, but Trump’s base lies...

“Alternative Facts” and US Economic Policy

“Alternative Facts” and US Economic Policy

Jan 30, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Simon Johnson WASHINGTON, DC – US President Donald Trump has an obvious problem with data that he doesn’t like, as he showed on his first full day in office, by attacking the media for reporting accurately the size of the crowd that attended his inauguration. It should be no less obvious that this same reliance on...

Trump’s Alternative Ethical Universe

Trump’s Alternative Ethical Universe

Jan 20, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Lucy P. Marcus LONDON – From the moment Donald Trump entered the US presidential race, the potential for an unprecedented array of ethics violations, stemming from his global business interests, has been a ticking time bomb, set to detonate on January 20, 2017. Plenty of other liberal democracies have experienced elements of...

Michael Klare, Donald Trump’s Energy Nostalgia and the Path to Hell

Michael Klare, Donald Trump’s Energy Nostalgia and the Path to Hell

Dec 16, 2016

Republished with permission from TomDispatch.com Posted by Michael Klare at 7:54am, December 15, 2016. Introduction by Tom Engelhardt The Trump administration-in-formation is a stew of generals, billionaires, and multimillionaires — and as in the case of retired Marine General James “Mad Dog” Mattis, the likely new secretary of defense, even...

How Climate Action Can Make America Great

How Climate Action Can Make America Great

Dec 15, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Vinod Thomas SINGAPORE – Climate change is the single biggest challenge facing humankind. Yet the next president of the United States – the world’s second-largest greenhouse-gas emitter and a critical actor in climate policy – does not believe it is happening, or at least that humans have a role in driving it. If Donald...

Trump’s expected pick for State runs Exxon and received the Order of Friendship from Vladimir Putin

Trump’s expected pick for State runs Exxon and received the Order of Friendship from Vladimir Putin

Dec 11, 2016

Originally published on ThinkProgress By Ryan Koronowski ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson once asked, “What good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers?” Rex Tillerson, the CEO of oil and gas giant ExxonMobil will be the nation’s next Secretary of State, according to reporting from NBC News. Tillerson met with Donald Trump Saturday at Trump Tower, and after...

Internal Memo Sparks Fears of Climate ‘Witch Hunt’ Under President Trump

Internal Memo Sparks Fears of Climate ‘Witch Hunt’ Under President Trump

Dec 9, 2016

Originally published on Common Dreams.   An important message for President-elect Donald Trump. (Photo: Speak Your Mind/Julian Koschorke/cc/flickr) by Lauren McCauley President-elect Donald Trump’s Energy Department transition team has reportedly been asking for the names of civil servants that have worked on environmental policies under President Barack...

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