Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

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...

Syria 6 years on: What does the future hold?

Syria 6 years on: What does the future hold?

Mar 14, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Nasim Ahmed When pro-democracy protests started six years ago in Syria’s southern city, Daraa, few would have anticipated that the violent clampdown by the regime would trigger a brutal civil war. Even fewer would have expected it to last more than six years. While the war has been characteristically unpredictable,...

How Much Europe Can Europe Tolerate?

How Much Europe Can Europe Tolerate?

Mar 14, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Dani Rodrik CAMBRIDGE – This month the European Union will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its founding treaty, the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community. There certainly is much to celebrate. After centuries of war, upheaval, and mass killings, Europe is peaceful and democratic. The EU has...

Stalin’s Giant Pencil: Debunking a Myth About Central Asia’s Borders

Stalin’s Giant Pencil: Debunking a Myth About Central Asia’s Borders

Mar 13, 2017

Originally published by EurasiaNet.org EurasiaNet Commentary By Alexander Morrison Few parts of the world are the subject of as much sustained journalistic ignorance as Central Asia. News from what are patronizingly known as the “stans” rarely makes it into mainstream news outlets, except in connection to Islamic terrorism, authoritarianism, and ethnic and...

War Against the West

War Against the West

Mar 13, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Ian Buruma NEW YORK – In 1938, Aurel Kolnai, a Hungarian philosopher of Jewish origin living in exile, published his most famous book, The War Against the West, an investigation of the ideas underpinning National Socialism. Kolnai seems to have read every turgid treatise – most written by third-rate thinkers – extolling the...

Brazil Takes Another Step Towards its Deconstruction of the Rule of Law

Brazil Takes Another Step Towards its Deconstruction of the Rule of Law

Mar 12, 2017

Originally published on COHA By Aline Piva, Research Fellow, Head of the Brazil Unit at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs “The Rule of Law is a multi-faceted ideal, but most conceptions give central place to a requirement that people in positions of authority should exercise their power within a constraining framework of public norms rather than on the basis...

Turkey’s Death Spiral

Turkey’s Death Spiral

Mar 10, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Andrew Wachtel BISHKEK – The series of terrorist attacks that have struck Turkey over the last year are sending the country – once viewed as a democratic, secular model for the Middle East – into a death spiral at the very moment when its people are to vote on a new constitution next month. Tourism – which previously...

Russian interference could be the greatest threat to European democracy

Russian interference could be the greatest threat to European democracy

Mar 3, 2017

Richard Maher, European University Institute With important national elections scheduled this year in the Netherlands, France and Germany, European officials on edge about possible Russian interference are pursuing various measures to counter it. But with a daily onslaught of fake and misleading news, repeated attempts to hack computer systems of “anti-Moscow”...

‘Banned from our own lives’: intellectuals mourn the Turkey that once was

‘Banned from our own lives’: intellectuals mourn the Turkey that once was

Mar 1, 2017

Çağla Aykaç, University of Geneva I write life for those who can catch it in a breath, in an exhale. Like one picks a fruit on a branch, like tearing out a root. – Asli Erdoğan, from Taş Bina ve Diğerleri. Until very recently, Turkey was the place to be. The country offered space for everyone: all shades of Islamists and nationalists were becoming very...

 Socialism’s Return

 Socialism’s Return

Feb 21, 2017

Republished with permission from The Nation After more than a half-century in the wilderness, the socialist left reemerges in America. By Patrick Iber For the American left, 2016 proved to be a year with a cruel twist ending. In the first few months, a self-
described democratic socialist by the name of Bernie Sanders mounted a surprisingly successful primary...

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