Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Who’s Behind US Downward-Mobility?

Who’s Behind US Downward-Mobility?

Feb 25, 2017

Originally Published on Consortiumnews President Trump blames Mexicans, Chinese and other foreigners for the plight of downwardly mobile Americans but the real culprits are his corporatist pals who grab the lion’s share of the wealth from U.S. global dominance, says JP Sottile. By JP Sottile Donald Trump kicked-off his presidency with the bold accusation that...

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...

 Socialism’s Return

 Socialism’s Return

Feb 21, 2017

Republished with permission from The Nation After more than a half-century in the wilderness, the socialist left reemerges in America. By Patrick Iber For the American left, 2016 proved to be a year with a cruel twist ending. In the first few months, a self-
described democratic socialist by the name of Bernie Sanders mounted a surprisingly successful primary...

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...

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...

Global Citizens, National Shirkers

Global Citizens, National Shirkers

Feb 10, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Dani Rodrik CAMBRIDGE – Last October, British Prime Minister Theresa May shocked many when she disparaged the idea of global citizenship. “If you believe you’re a citizen of the world,” she said, “you’re a citizen of nowhere.” Her statement was met with derision and alarm in the financial media and among liberal...

A Dire Vacuum in a World in Crisis

A Dire Vacuum in a World in Crisis

Feb 9, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Baher Kamal ROME/GENEVA, Feb 9 2017 (IPS) – “The world is in a crisis, not least because governing élites have estranged themselves from the needs and aspirations of ordinary people. This sense of being left behind has lead the latter to rebel against their country’s stratified governance,”...

Managing Big Data’s Big Risks

Managing Big Data’s Big Risks

Feb 8, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Ernest Davis NEW YORK – In the last 15 years, we have witnessed an explosion in the amount of digital data available – from the Internet, social media, scientific equipment, smart phones, surveillance cameras, and many other sources – and in the computer technologies used to process it. “Big Data,” as it is known, will...

Republican targets rule that exposes how much more CEOs make than their workers

Republican targets rule that exposes how much more CEOs make than their workers

Feb 7, 2017

Originally published on ThinkProgress A win for corporations that don’t want to disclose the growing pay gap. By Bryce Covert Under new rules enacted as part of the Dodd-Frank financial reform act, companies are now required to report how much median employees at their firms make and compare it to what their CEOs make. It’s designed to bring more transparency...

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