Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

 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...

Trump Marks the End of a Cycle

Trump Marks the End of a Cycle

Feb 21, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Analysis by Roberto Savio* ROME (IDN) – Let us stop debating what newly-elected US President Trump is doing or might do and look at him in terms of historical importance. Put simply, Trump marks the end of an American cycle! Like it or not, for the last two centuries the entire planet has...

Two ways to build global community

Two ways to build global community

Feb 21, 2017

Originally published on New Internationalist A platform co-operative approach to information, rather than the models of Facebook and legacy media, provide reason for optimism, writes Dan Hind. By Dan Hind Last Thursday Mark Zuckerberg published a long piece called ‘Building a Global Community’. In it he explained that his company could help ‘develop the social...

Chileans mobilize to replace a constitution written by a military dictatorship

Chileans mobilize to replace a constitution written by a military dictatorship

Feb 17, 2017

This article was originally published on Waging Nonviolence. By Monse Sepulveda After decades of organizing, pro-democracy activists in Chile are finally seeing the fruits of their labor with the release of a historical document that sets in motion the legislative process to redraft the constitution. Since 1980, when the country’s former military dictatorship...

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...

Syria: grassroots democracy, future prospects (Part II)

Syria: grassroots democracy, future prospects (Part II)

Feb 5, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy Part two of this interview with Joseph Daher explores some of the experiments in grassroots democracy and the possible futures in Syria. JOSEPH DAHER What do you make of events in the Kurdish areas of Syria, particularly what David Graeber has called “the remarkable democratic experiment” in Rojava? What is the...

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...

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...

The Trump Presidency: The First Week

The Trump Presidency: The First Week

Feb 1, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Johan Galtung The author is professor of peace studies, dr hc mult, is founder of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment and rector of the TRANSCEND Peace University-TPU. He has published 164 books on peace and related issues, of which 41 have been translated into 35 languages,...

Harnessing the Politics of Disruption

Harnessing the Politics of Disruption

Jan 31, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Mark Leonard LONDON – The United Kingdom’s vote to exit the European Union and Donald Trump’s election as US president exposed a deep generational divide. Cosmopolitan millennials and nationalist pensioners – what Thomas Friedman calls “Web People” and “Wall People” – seem to have nothing in common. But both point to the...

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