Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Morocco: Addressing Shantytowns in an Emerging Democracy

Morocco: Addressing Shantytowns in an Emerging Democracy

Jul 24, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Viewpoint by Wajiha Ibrahim* BOSTON (IDN) – What peaked in 2011 as a series of political protests sweeping the Middle East and North Africa is today an opportunity to celebrate and evaluate how various regimes mould their path towards democracy. A noteworthy component of these transitions...

With democracy under fire, Poles take to the streets

With democracy under fire, Poles take to the streets

Jul 21, 2017

Originally published on ThinkProgress 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...

VIDEO: People in Denmark Are a Lot Happier Than People in the United States. Here’s Why.

VIDEO: People in Denmark Are a Lot Happier Than People in the United States. Here’s Why.

Jul 18, 2017

Republished with permission from The Nation Text by Joshua Holland. Graphics and animation by Rob Pybus. This work was supported by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and its Puffin Story Innovation Fund. Last week, in Denmark, Malthe and Lærke Knudson had a baby girl they named Emma. That same day, the Robinsons—Dale and Beth—had a little baby in the...

Venezuela’s Rebels With a Cause

Venezuela’s Rebels With a Cause

Jul 17, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Anne-Marie Slaughter and Fabiana Perera WASHINGTON, DC – The image of Wuilly Arteaga crying after Venezuelan security forces destroyed his violin has been seen by millions of people around the world. The 23-year-old Arteaga had joined in the protests against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s government by playing...

Be Like Luke: Courage and Common Sense in the Age of Consumer Electronics

Be Like Luke: Courage and Common Sense in the Age of Consumer Electronics

Jul 16, 2017

By Roy Lee “I see through the lies of the Jedi. I do not fear the dark side as you do. I have brought peace, freedom, justice, and security to my new empire.” — Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith In the ever-popular Star Wars series, the Sith and Rebel Alliance are pitted against the Galactic Empire, a dictatorship based on...

The Iran Paradox

The Iran Paradox

Jul 15, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Michael Mandelbaum Misagh Parsa, Democracy in Iran: Why It Failed and How It Might Succeed, Harvard University Press Jay Solomon, The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals that Reshaped the Middle East, Random House WASHINGTON, DC – Of the states that emerged from the twentieth century’s three great...

Turkey’s Emboldened Opposition

Turkey’s Emboldened Opposition

Jul 15, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Sinan Ülgen ISTANBUL – In Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government has been working to centralize political power, opposition parties have lately had few reasons to be optimistic. This month’s massive rally in Istanbul was a rare exception. On July 9, after walking for 25 days from the capital, Ankara,...

Nobel laureate and Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo dies at 61

Nobel laureate and Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo dies at 61

Jul 13, 2017

BEIJING — Liu Xiaobo, the famed Chinese dissident who won the Nobel Peace Prize while jailed for his pro-democracy writings, has died in a hospital in northeastern China at the age of 61. The Chinese judicial bureau said Liu died Thursday of multiple organ failure. Liu had terminal liver cancer and had been granted parole in…...

The Case for an EU-Ukraine Customs Union

The Case for an EU-Ukraine Customs Union

Jul 12, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Anders Fogh Rasmussen COPENHAGEN – There will be an upbeat mood at this week’s European Union-Ukraine summit. Reforms and international support are beginning to bear fruit for Ukraine’s economy. An EU free-trade agreement is in place. And Ukrainians can now travel to the EU on just a biometric passport – a prospect most...

The Royal Usurpation of Kaaba

The Royal Usurpation of Kaaba

Jul 12, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Viewpoinrt by Esad Duraković Professor Esad Duraković is a well-known academic and a member of three Arab Academies of Art and Science. SARAJEVO (IDN) – In late June 2017, four Arab countries (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain) adopted a decision to isolate the...

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