Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Making Crises Great Again

Making Crises Great Again

Feb 21, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Jeffrey Frankel CAMBRIDGE – Debates about financial regulation tend to focus on quantity, not quality. But “more versus less” isn’t so much the issue; the details are. And when it comes to financial reform in the United States, President Donald Trump is unlikely to get the details right. Earlier this month, Trump issued an...

Corruption Brings Down an Empire: Odebrecht in Brazil

Corruption Brings Down an Empire: Odebrecht in Brazil

Feb 16, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Mario Osava RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 16 2017 (IPS) – People in Brazil have been overwhelmed by the flood of news stories about the huge web of corruption woven by the country’s biggest construction company, Odebrecht, which is active in dozens of fields and countries. The business empire built by...

Authorities Urged to Disclose Anti-Money Laundering Efforts

Authorities Urged to Disclose Anti-Money Laundering Efforts

Feb 15, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   Seoul, South Korea – February 4, 2017: Hundreds of People at Gangnam calling for punishment of president Park Geun-hye and Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong who has been questioned in corruption probe.- Editorial credit: Sagase48 / Shutterstock, Inc.By IPS World Desk ROME / BERLIN, Feb 15 2017 (IPS)...

Ukraine and the cancer of corruption: a conversation with Svitlana Zalishchuk

Ukraine and the cancer of corruption: a conversation with Svitlana Zalishchuk

Feb 10, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy SVITLANA ZALISHCHUK and BENJAMIN RAMM 9 February 2017 The rising star of Ukrainian politics tells openDemocracy that deep-rooted corruption is the greatest threat to the nation’s democracy Svitlana Zalishchuk embodies an ideal of the European Union: an effortlessly multilingual, passionate advocate for liberal and...

Deutsche Bank Remains Trump’s Biggest Conflict of Interest Despite Settlements

Deutsche Bank Remains Trump’s Biggest Conflict of Interest Despite Settlements

Feb 10, 2017

by Jesse Eisinger ProPublica, Feb. 9, 2017, 10:16 a.m. If you measure President Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest by the amount of money at stake, or the variety of dicey interactions with government regulators, one dwarfs any other: his relationship with Deutsche Bank. In recent weeks, Deutsche Bank has scrambled to reach agreements with American...

Bernie Sanders: Trump ‘Is a Fraud’ Sending Nation in ‘Authoritarian Direction’

Bernie Sanders: Trump ‘Is a Fraud’ Sending Nation in ‘Authoritarian Direction’

Feb 6, 2017

Originally published on Common Dreams.   “I don’t mean to be disrespectful,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told CNN‘s Jake Tapper on Sunday morning, “but this guy’s a fraud.” The immediate reference was to a meeting President Donald Trump held with Wall Street executives on Friday in which he vowed—in what Common...

Revolution and counter-revolution in Syria (Part I)

Revolution and counter-revolution in Syria (Part I)

Feb 5, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy JOSEPH DAHER 19 January 2017 This first part of an interview with Joseph Daher offers an in-depth look at the forces involved in the Syrian revolution, and those fighting against it. Well, it is important to understand that the Syrian revolution is part and parcel of a broader movement that has fundamentally shaken...

How Brazil’s far right became a dominant political force

How Brazil’s far right became a dominant political force

Jan 27, 2017

Roxana Pessoa Cavalcanti, University of Westminster Recent reports indicate that far-right groups from the Ukraine have come to Brazil to recruit neo-Nazis to fight against pro-Russian rebels. Western readers reacted with shock and fascination – but however strange the story might seem, conservatism and political extremism have been on the rise in Brazil for...

How Dangerous Is Putin?

How Dangerous Is Putin?

Jan 26, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Robert Harvey LONDON – Is US President Donald Trump right to be sympathetic toward Russia? At first blush, it certainly does not seem so. In Russia, elections are rigged, and organized opposition is suppressed. And under President Vladimir Putin, the country has reverted to Cold War tactics against domestic dissidents and...

The Middle East’s Next Moment of Reckoning

The Middle East’s Next Moment of Reckoning

Jan 20, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Larry Diamand and Hesham Sallam STANFORD – When the “Arab Spring” erupted in December 2010, advocates for change in the Arab world had reason to be hopeful. But, as we continued to see in 2016, authoritarianism has returned, most notably in Egypt, which is now ruled by a repressive military-backed dictatorship. Meanwhile,...

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