Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

7 Pundits Who Spread the Myth of Trump’s Working-Class Voter Base

7 Pundits Who Spread the Myth of Trump’s Working-Class Voter Base

Jul 20, 2017

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. The media has gotten a few things disastrously wrong about Trump supporters. But a few commentators got things right. By Lauren Kaori Gurley Following Donald Trump’s ascent to the U.S. presidency, both liberal and conservative pundits and commentators have circulated a dangerous myth that the white working-class...

Migrant Workers Pour Trillions into World Economy

Migrant Workers Pour Trillions into World Economy

Jun 15, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Roshni Majumdar   UNITED NATIONS, Jun 15 2017 (IPS) – A new report by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) says the flow of money from migrants—commonly located in developed countries—to their families in lower income countries has doubled over the last decade. Dubbed...

The Rise of the Food Barons

The Rise of the Food Barons

Jun 15, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Christine Chemnitz The industrial-agriculture sector has long faced criticism for practices that contribute to climate change, environmental destruction, and rural poverty. And yet the sector has taken virtually no steps to improve quality and sustainability, or to promote social justice. This is not surprising. Although...

Growing Unemployed Youth in Africa a Time Bomb, But…

Growing Unemployed Youth in Africa a Time Bomb, But…

May 29, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS     By Friday Phiri AHMEDABAD, India, May 29 2017 (IPS) – There are nearly 420 million young Africans between the ages of 15 and 35 today. And it is estimated that within ten years, Africa will be home to one-fifth of all young people worldwide. These millions of young people could be a source...

Congratulations, President Macron – Now We Oppose You

Congratulations, President Macron – Now We Oppose You

May 19, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Yanis Varoufakis ATHENS – Prior to the second round of the French Presidential election, DiEM25 (the pan-European movement of democrats, mostly of the left, that I helped to found) promised Emmanuel Macron that we would “mobilize fully to help” him defeat Marine Le Pen. This we did – incurring the wrath of many on the left –...

The Left Must Vote for Macron

The Left Must Vote for Macron

May 4, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Yanis Varoufakis LONDON – In 2002, Jacques Chirac, the French right’s leader, faced Jean-Marie Le Pen, the leader of the racist National Front, in the second round of France’s presidential election. The French left rallied behind the Gaullist, conservative Chirac to oppose the xenophobic heir of Vichy collaborationism....

Redesigning NAFTA is not a bad idea if workers rather than vested interests win

Redesigning NAFTA is not a bad idea if workers rather than vested interests win

May 1, 2017

Rodrigo Zeidan, NYU Shanghai Late April saw an odd couple of days for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the 23-year-old deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico. At the start of Thursday April 27, President Donald Trump’s advisers were said to be working on an executive order withdrawing from the trade deal. During his election campaign,...

Lessons from the Anti-Globalists

Lessons from the Anti-Globalists

May 1, 2017

Excerpt of Commentary from Project Syndicate By Joseph Stiglitz NEW YORK – The likely victory of Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential election has elicited a global sigh of relief. At least Europe is not going down the protectionist path that President Donald Trump is forcing the United States to take. But advocates of globalization should keep the...

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...

The Shocking Reality of a Future of Shrinking Jobs

The Shocking Reality of a Future of Shrinking Jobs

Apr 21, 2017

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. A stunning 94 percent of the 9 million new jobs created in the past decade were temp or contract-based gigs. By Paul Buchheit / AlterNet The jobs reports would have us believe our rebound from the recession is almost complete. The reality is very different. The Economist has some fancy words for it: “Job...

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