Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

China’s Weapons of Trade War

China’s Weapons of Trade War

Feb 22, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Keyu Jin BEIJING – China exports more to the United States than the US exports to China. That makes US President Donald Trump furious – so furious, in fact, that he may be willing to start a trade war over it. Trump has leveled tough protectionist threats against China. As he attempts to consolidate his presidency, he is...

Making Crises Great Again

Making Crises Great Again

Feb 21, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Jeffrey Frankel CAMBRIDGE – Debates about financial regulation tend to focus on quantity, not quality. But “more versus less” isn’t so much the issue; the details are. And when it comes to financial reform in the United States, President Donald Trump is unlikely to get the details right. Earlier this month, Trump issued an...

Corruption Brings Down an Empire: Odebrecht in Brazil

Corruption Brings Down an Empire: Odebrecht in Brazil

Feb 16, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Mario Osava RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 16 2017 (IPS) – People in Brazil have been overwhelmed by the flood of news stories about the huge web of corruption woven by the country’s biggest construction company, Odebrecht, which is active in dozens of fields and countries. The business empire built by...

Washington Rules Change, Again

Washington Rules Change, Again

Feb 16, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Jomo Kwame Sundaram Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor, was United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, and received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2007. KUALA LAMPUR, Feb 16 2017 (IPS) – Over the last four...

Authorities Urged to Disclose Anti-Money Laundering Efforts

Authorities Urged to Disclose Anti-Money Laundering Efforts

Feb 15, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   Seoul, South Korea – February 4, 2017: Hundreds of People at Gangnam calling for punishment of president Park Geun-hye and Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong who has been questioned in corruption probe.- Editorial credit: Sagase48 / Shutterstock, Inc.By IPS World Desk ROME / BERLIN, Feb 15 2017 (IPS)...

Deutsche Bank Remains Trump’s Biggest Conflict of Interest Despite Settlements

Deutsche Bank Remains Trump’s Biggest Conflict of Interest Despite Settlements

Feb 10, 2017

by Jesse Eisinger ProPublica, Feb. 9, 2017, 10:16 a.m. If you measure President Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest by the amount of money at stake, or the variety of dicey interactions with government regulators, one dwarfs any other: his relationship with Deutsche Bank. In recent weeks, Deutsche Bank has scrambled to reach agreements with American...

Who funds the think tanks?

Who funds the think tanks?

Feb 10, 2017

Originally published on New Internationalist A new report shows how ‘highly opaque and deceptive’ methods are used to shape public perception, writes Tony McKenna. The current political landscape is fraught, treacherous and more difficult than ever to navigate. The EU referendum in 2016 saw the Leave vote carry the day, but the decision to ‘Brexit’ has created...

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,...

Trump’s Not Draining the Financial Swamp—He’s Filling It

Trump’s Not Draining the Financial Swamp—He’s Filling It

Jan 31, 2017

Republished with permission from TomDispatch.com By Nomi Prins Under President Trump, banking sharks will once again have immense influence on the American economy. Irony isn’t a concept with which President Donald J. Trump is familiar. In his Inaugural Address, having nominated the wealthiest cabinet in American history, he proclaimed, “For too long, a small...

Three Surprises in 2017

Three Surprises in 2017

Jan 31, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Anatole Kaletsky LONDON – Economic pundits traditionally offer their (traditionally inaccurate) New Year predictions at the beginning of January. But global conditions this year are anything but traditional, so it seemed appropriate to wait until US President Donald Trump settled into the White House to weigh in on some of...

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