Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

The Peasant Farmer Who Stood Up to the President of Nicaragua

The Peasant Farmer Who Stood Up to the President of Nicaragua

Feb 25, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By José Adán Silva MANAGUA, Feb 24 2017 (IPS) – The unequal battle that small farmer Francisca Ramírez is waging against the Nicaraguan government of Daniel Ortega has become so well-known that people are calling for her security and her rights from the political heart of Europe. Who is she and why...

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...

Chileans mobilize to replace a constitution written by a military dictatorship

Chileans mobilize to replace a constitution written by a military dictatorship

Feb 17, 2017

This article was originally published on Waging Nonviolence. By Monse Sepulveda After decades of organizing, pro-democracy activists in Chile are finally seeing the fruits of their labor with the release of a historical document that sets in motion the legislative process to redraft the constitution. Since 1980, when the country’s former military dictatorship...

Advice for Colombia from countries that have sought peace – and sometimes found it

Advice for Colombia from countries that have sought peace – and sometimes found it

Feb 17, 2017

John Brewer, Queen’s University Belfast; Olivera Simic, Griffith University; Roberto Saba, Universidad de Palermo, and Stephanie Perazzone, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies After 55 years of civil conflict that killed some 220,000 citizens, Colombia is indubitably on the path to peace. Juan Manuel Santos’s government has signed...

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...

Will Colombia’s most ‘stubborn’ rebel group agree to peace?

Will Colombia’s most ‘stubborn’ rebel group agree to peace?

Feb 7, 2017

Fabio Andres Diaz, International Institute of Social Studies On February 7, two months after signing a peace agreement with the FARC guerrillas, the Colombian government begins formal negotiations with the country’s second-largest guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army, or ELN. The group remains active, recruiting FARC deserters and co-opting areas...

Trump Exemplifies Regional Trend of Blaming Crime on Migrants

Trump Exemplifies Regional Trend of Blaming Crime on Migrants

Jan 27, 2017

Originally published on InsightCrime Written by James Bargent New US President Donald Trump has ordered the construction of a border wall to keep out what he has labelled the “drug dealers, criminals and rapists” from Mexico. But while Trump may have taken xenophobic rhetoric to a new extreme in the United States, when it comes to organized crime in...

Will Trump Block Latin America’s Recovery?

Will Trump Block Latin America’s Recovery?

Jan 27, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By José Antonio Ocampo NEW YORK – Across Latin America, there is a growing sense of anguish that is reminiscent of Michael Corleone’s lament in The Godfather III: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” At a time when the region seemed finally to be grasping economic recovery, Donald Trump’s inauguration as...

How Brazil’s far right became a dominant political force

How Brazil’s far right became a dominant political force

Jan 27, 2017

Roxana Pessoa Cavalcanti, University of Westminster Recent reports indicate that far-right groups from the Ukraine have come to Brazil to recruit neo-Nazis to fight against pro-Russian rebels. Western readers reacted with shock and fascination – but however strange the story might seem, conservatism and political extremism have been on the rise in Brazil for...

UN Stresses Puerto Ricans’ Right to Self-determination

UN Stresses Puerto Ricans’ Right to Self-determination

Jan 27, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By J C Suresh NEW YORK (IDN) – The United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization has welcomed the commutation of the prison sentence of Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar López Rivera, the world’s longest-serving political prisoner confined in a U.S. federal penitentiary since...

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