Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Mending Bangladesh’s Garment Industry

Mending Bangladesh’s Garment Industry

May 1, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By M Niaz Asadullah and Zaki Wahhaj KUALA LUMPUR – Four years ago, the deadly collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh pulled back the curtain on the employment practices of the global apparel industry. We had hoped that the tragedy, which killed more than 1,100 workers – the deadliest accident in the industry’s...

‘Fake News’ is not Journalism…

‘Fake News’ is not Journalism…

May 1, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Irina Bokova Irina Bokova is Director General of UNESCO. PARIS, May 1 2017 (IPS) – Would you trust your news from any source? How are we able to ensure that ‘fake’(d) news does not overtake the flow of information? Journalism plays a vital role for society, bringing verifiable news and informed...

Reprieve or Reform in Europe?

Reprieve or Reform in Europe?

Apr 30, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Michael Spence MILAN – The first round of the French election turned out much as expected: the centrist Emmanuel Macron finished first, with 24% of the vote, rather narrowly beating the right-wing National Front’s Marine Le Pen, who won 21.3%. Barring a political accident of the type that befell the former frontrunner,...

Inside Unilever’s sustainability myth

Inside Unilever’s sustainability myth

Apr 13, 2017

Originally published on New Internationalist   By Dahpne Dupont-Nivet, Anouk Ruhaak, Marije Schuurs, Jaap Tielbeke and Emiel Woutersen of platform Investico in Amsterdam. ‘When is the last time you heard a CEO at this level have these types of conversations?’, the excited host of the Social Good Summit asks the audience. Paul Polman, Unilever’s chief...

The five poverties of inequality

The five poverties of inequality

Mar 21, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy Despite billions spent in official aid to fight poverty, the number of poor people in the world is not diminishing. And Latin America remains the most unequal region in the world. Inequality is the worst kind of poverty, because inequality is precisely what causes it. Measuring poverty and allocating budget lines in...

Can China Save the Global Order?

Can China Save the Global Order?

Mar 20, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Yong Deng ANNAPOLIS – At the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos in January, Chinese President Xi Jinping, drawing on China’s own recent experience, spoke in defense of globalization, and offered a vision of inclusive, sustainable development. With US President Donald Trump’s administration turning its back on...

Latin America’s Barriers to Growth

Latin America’s Barriers to Growth

Mar 17, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Adriana Arreaza CARACAS – Latin America is expected to emerge from recession this year. But the region should not be overly optimistic. While economic growth is rebounding, it remains below 2%, on average. And in a global environment plagued by uncertainty, the balance of risks is not tilted in Latin America’s favor. The...

The Robots are Coming, your Job is at Risk

The Robots are Coming, your Job is at Risk

Mar 17, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By By Martin Khor Martin Khor is Executive Director of the South Centre, a think tank for developing countries, based in Geneva. PENANG, Mar 15 2017 (IPS) – Last year Uber started testing driver-less cars, with humans inside to make corrections in case something goes wrong. If the tests go well,...

Going Bananas Over Brexit

Going Bananas Over Brexit

Mar 12, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Samantha Sen LONDON (ACP-IDN) – The Brexit question as seen by the small and poor group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries is far simpler – and potentially far more lethal – than those the more usual Brexit debate engages with. It belongs less to debate on knock-on...

2030 Agenda A Roadmap For Conflict Prevention

2030 Agenda A Roadmap For Conflict Prevention

Mar 1, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Miroslav Jenča Miroslav Jenča is UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Following are his keynote remarks originally delivered on February 17, 2017 at a working luncheon at the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the UN in New York under the title ‘Political and...

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