Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

How ‘evolving’ technology leads to fewer choices and creates mountains of waste

How ‘evolving’ technology leads to fewer choices and creates mountains of waste

Feb 22, 2017

Sharad Sinha, Nanyang Technological University Let me ask you a question. Are you periodically forced to buy a new laptop because the technology – hardware or software – in your current laptop is no longer supported even though it’s fully functional? The Microsoft Windows operating system is estimated to power about 90% of world’s personal computers today....

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...

The WTO Reborn?

The WTO Reborn?

Feb 22, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Arvind Subramanian NEW DELHI – For too long, the World Trade Organization has languished, to lift a reference from T.S. Eliot, by the “waters of Leman” (Lake Geneva). Once the world’s preeminent multilateral trade forum, the WTO has been steadily marginalized in recent years, and recent rebukes of globalization, such as the...

Humanitarian Crisis, Result of Decades of Globalization with No Concern for Social Justice

Humanitarian Crisis, Result of Decades of Globalization with No Concern for Social Justice

Feb 21, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, a think-thank dedicated to the promotion of human rights through cross-cultural, political, religious and civilizational dialogue, and through training of the upcoming...

How Backwater Europe Transformed To World Power

How Backwater Europe Transformed To World Power

Feb 21, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Jonathan Power* LUND, Sweden (IDN-INPS) – Eleven hundred years ago Europe was a backwater. There were no grand cities, apart from Cordoba in Spain which was Muslim. The Middle East was much further ahead, still absorbing the intellectual delights and challenges of Greek science,...

Chinese Acquisitions Undercut Taiwan, U.S. Semiconductor Industry Edge

Chinese Acquisitions Undercut Taiwan, U.S. Semiconductor Industry Edge

Feb 7, 2017

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation By Peter Wood China’s central Party leadership recognizes that the Chinese economy must shift away from light manufacturing and intermediate goods like steel to higher value-added manufacturing.  In July 2016 the Chinese State Council Information Office published the “National Informatization Development Strategy...

Why Kenya Must Create a Million New Jobs Annually

Why Kenya Must Create a Million New Jobs Annually

Feb 1, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   Equipping young people with skills through vocational training creates opportunity for decent work and reduces gender inequality Photo James Ochweri/UNDP Kenya. By Ambassador Victor Ronneberg and Siddharth Chatterjee NAIROBI, Feb 1 2017 (IPS) – It is estimated that 3000 Kenyans are born every day,...

Shocks for Developing Countries from President Trump’s First Days

Shocks for Developing Countries from President Trump’s First Days

Jan 30, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Martin Khor Martin Khor is Executive Director of the South Centre, a think tank for developing countries, based in Geneva. PENANG, Jan 30 2017 (IPS) – His first days in office indicate that President Donald Trump intends to implement what he promised, with serious consequences for the future of...

Will Trump Block Latin America’s Recovery?

Will Trump Block Latin America’s Recovery?

Jan 27, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By José Antonio Ocampo NEW YORK – Across Latin America, there is a growing sense of anguish that is reminiscent of Michael Corleone’s lament in The Godfather III: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” At a time when the region seemed finally to be grasping economic recovery, Donald Trump’s inauguration as...

Trumping the Renminbi

Trumping the Renminbi

Jan 27, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Andrew Sheng and Xiao Geng HONG KONG – At the recently concluded World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Chinese President Xi Jinping mounted a robust defense of globalization, reaffirming his country’s “open door” policy and pledging never to seek to start a trade war or to benefit from devaluation of its...

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