Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

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...

Time to Reduce U.S. Military Presence in Middle East

Time to Reduce U.S. Military Presence in Middle East

Feb 15, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Jonathan Power* LUND, Sweden (IDN-INPS) – Reporting on President Donald Trump’s new energy policy which plans for a big increase in domestically produced oil and gas, the Financial Times reported: “Exports of gas have begun, with the first shipments of Liquefied Natural Gas leaving...

Shaky Start to Silicon Smelters in Iceland

Shaky Start to Silicon Smelters in Iceland

Jan 27, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Lowana Veal REYKJAVIK (IDN) – Silicon metal smelters have taken over from aluminium plants as the desirable heavy industry for Iceland. At Helguvik in the southwest of the island, close to Reykjavik’s international airport, United Silicon has just started operating a silicon smelter, while...

U.S. Moves into Age of Nuclear Uncertainty – and Ignorance

U.S. Moves into Age of Nuclear Uncertainty – and Ignorance

Jan 22, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Rodney Reynolds WASHINGTON, DC (IDN) – With the inauguration of Donald Trump as the new President on January 20, the United States moves into an age of nuclear uncertainty – and perhaps ignorance. The frightening prospects took a bizarre turn when a day earlier Trump’s nominee for Energy...

Rex Tillerson: a secretary of state pick with a long, troubled history in Venezuela

Rex Tillerson: a secretary of state pick with a long, troubled history in Venezuela

Jan 10, 2017

Embed from Getty Images Chairman and CEO of US oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson, speaks during the 2015 Oil and Money conference in central London on October 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images) Sary Levy-Carciente, Universidad Central de Venezuela and María Teresa Romero, Universidad...

India expects to get almost 60 percent of its electricity from clean energy by 2027

India expects to get almost 60 percent of its electricity from clean energy by 2027

Dec 23, 2016

Originally published on ThinkProgress That would put the country on a path to meeting its Paris commitments several years early. By Natasha Geiling In ten years, India could get almost sixty percent of its electricity from non-fossil fuel sources, according to a government forecast published this week. According to a draft of the country’s 10-year energy...

Michael Klare, Donald Trump’s Energy Nostalgia and the Path to Hell

Michael Klare, Donald Trump’s Energy Nostalgia and the Path to Hell

Dec 16, 2016

Republished with permission from TomDispatch.com Posted by Michael Klare at 7:54am, December 15, 2016. Introduction by Tom Engelhardt The Trump administration-in-formation is a stew of generals, billionaires, and multimillionaires — and as in the case of retired Marine General James “Mad Dog” Mattis, the likely new secretary of defense, even...

How Climate Action Can Make America Great

How Climate Action Can Make America Great

Dec 15, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Vinod Thomas SINGAPORE – Climate change is the single biggest challenge facing humankind. Yet the next president of the United States – the world’s second-largest greenhouse-gas emitter and a critical actor in climate policy – does not believe it is happening, or at least that humans have a role in driving it. If Donald...

Trump’s expected pick for State runs Exxon and received the Order of Friendship from Vladimir Putin

Trump’s expected pick for State runs Exxon and received the Order of Friendship from Vladimir Putin

Dec 11, 2016

Originally published on ThinkProgress By Ryan Koronowski ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson once asked, “What good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers?” Rex Tillerson, the CEO of oil and gas giant ExxonMobil will be the nation’s next Secretary of State, according to reporting from NBC News. Tillerson met with Donald Trump Saturday at Trump Tower, and after...

Oil Price Decline Might Force Timor-Leste Stay Put as LDC

Oil Price Decline Might Force Timor-Leste Stay Put as LDC

Dec 11, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By UNCTAD GENEVA (IDN-INPS) – Covered in steep hills and tropical forest, the tiny almost-island nation of Timor-Leste (East Timor) faced an uncertain future when it became independent from Indonesia in 2002. But using its newly discovered oil for the benefit of its 1.2 million...

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