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...

 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...

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...

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...

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...

Recovering the Promise of Technocracy

Recovering the Promise of Technocracy

Feb 3, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Parag Khanna SINGAPORE – The prevailing mood nowadays is one of pessimism. After a year in which Donald Trump was elected President of the United States and the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, many are anticipating more populist victories – and damaging policies – in 2017. Add to this slow global economic...

Inside Sweden’s housing crisis: when renovation means eviction

Inside Sweden’s housing crisis: when renovation means eviction

Feb 1, 2017

Dominika Polanska, Uppsala University The housing shortage in Sweden is now so bad that some are currently contemplating using shipping containers for apartments. Nine out of ten Swedes live in a municipality facing houses shortages. According to a recent study, in the capital city of Stockholm, more than half a million people were on a waiting list for a flat...

Trump’s Not Draining the Financial Swamp—He’s Filling It

Trump’s Not Draining the Financial Swamp—He’s Filling It

Jan 31, 2017

Republished with permission from TomDispatch.com By Nomi Prins Under President Trump, banking sharks will once again have immense influence on the American economy. Irony isn’t a concept with which President Donald J. Trump is familiar. In his Inaugural Address, having nominated the wealthiest cabinet in American history, he proclaimed, “For too long, a small...

The battle for minds, and role of human behaviour in generating plutocracies

The battle for minds, and role of human behaviour in generating plutocracies

Jan 27, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy The control or influence of information is diffused through education, politics, culture, media and the process of socialization. DENIZ KELLECIOGLU 27 January 2017 ‘The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed’, Steve Biko Just as there are mainstream media, mainstream narratives,...

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...

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