Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

El Chapo, story of a kingpin — or why Trump’s plan to defeat Mexican cartels is doomed to fail

El Chapo, story of a kingpin — or why Trump’s plan to defeat Mexican cartels is doomed to fail

Feb 21, 2017

Luis Gómez Romero, University of Wollongong Infamous Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera – aka “El Chapo” – currently faces 17 drug trafficking, murder, kidnapping and money laundering charges in the US, accrued over the past quarter-century. The timing of his extradition, on President Barack Obama’s final day in office, led to much speculation...

How Europe Should Deal With Trump

How Europe Should Deal With Trump

Feb 15, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Wolfgang Ischinger MUNICH – Donald Trump’s presidency poses a stress test for Europe, for transatlantic relations, and for the world as a whole. Indeed, in many ways, Trump’s “America first” policy is defined by its opposition to the internationalist US foreign policy of the past eight decades. For starters, Trump says that...

A Baltic Test for European Arms Control

A Baltic Test for European Arms Control

Feb 15, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Volker Perthes and Oliver Meier BERLIN – Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in early 2014, its political and military relations with the West have deteriorated sharply. Russian military redeployments, exercises, and threats have increased insecurity across Europe. NATO has responded by increasing its military presence in...

Trump’s Palestine Quandary

Trump’s Palestine Quandary

Feb 15, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Daoud Kuttab RAMALLAH – This week’s meeting between US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu – the first between the two leaders since Trump took office – was supposed to focus on their shared desire to reverse the Iran nuclear deal. But the Israeli Knesset’s retroactive legalization of...

US Threatens to Penalize Allies on UN Voting

US Threatens to Penalize Allies on UN Voting

Feb 7, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Feb 7 2017 (IPS) – The United States and most Western donors have traditionally exercised their financial clout to threaten developing nations who refuse to fall in line on critical UN voting either in the Security Council, the General Assembly or the Human Rights...

Trump’s status quo for Palestine-Israel isn’t so bad, unless you’re a Palestinian

Trump’s status quo for Palestine-Israel isn’t so bad, unless you’re a Palestinian

Feb 7, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor   By Professor Kamel Hawwash   The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States appears to have emboldened Israeli politicians. Many clearly feel that their strongest ally will henceforth provide them with the chance to complete their colonial project and in the process end any hope of freedom...

Field of Fright The Terror Inside Trump’s White House

Field of Fright  The Terror Inside Trump’s White House

Feb 6, 2017

Republished with permission from TomDispatch.com Posted by Ira Chernus at 4:08pm, February 5, 2017. Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. Introduction by Tom Engelhardt   Let’s face it: since 9/11 everything in our American world has been wildly out of proportion.  Understandably enough, at the time that attack was experienced as something other than...

Krugman Divulges What Trump’s Unhinged Phone Calls With Foreign Leaders Really Mean

Krugman Divulges What  Trump’s Unhinged Phone Calls With Foreign Leaders Really Mean

Feb 3, 2017

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. How would you handle it if you had an employee behaving this erratically? By Janet Allon / AlterNet February 3, 2017 Two weeks into the Trump presidency and Paul Krugman, is already at wit’s end. “America and the world can’t take much more of this,” Krugman writes in Friday’s column. While...

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 immigration order is bad foreign policy

Trump’s immigration order is bad foreign policy

Jan 30, 2017

David FitzGerald, University of California, San Diego and David Cook Martín, Grinnell College President Donald Trump banned the entry of people from seven majority Muslim countries last week. Leaders as far apart ideologically as former Vice President Dick Cheney and Sen. Bernie Sanders warned the ban could become a recruitment tool for terrorists. In addition,...

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