Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Republican Trainwreck: Millions at Risk as Trump Demands Healthcare Vote

Republican Trainwreck: Millions at Risk as Trump Demands Healthcare Vote

Mar 24, 2017

Originally published on Common Dreams. By Lauren McCauley In their frenzied effort to strong-arm support for the flailing American Health Care Act (AHCA) before a vote on Friday, President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have officially made the Republican plan even worse. Trump issued a stark ultimatum to wavering House Republicans late Thursday,...

Trumping Labor: The Republican Plan to Gut Workers’ Rights

Trumping Labor: The Republican Plan to Gut Workers’ Rights

Mar 4, 2017

This article originally appeared on the website of The Progressive magazine <www.progressive.org>. Used with permission. By Christopher D. Cook Eitor’s note February 15, 2017: President Trump’s nomination of fast-food executive Andy Puzder collapsed today amid widening concerns about his lengthy trail of labor violations, worker mistreatment,...

Inequality is the real backstory to Sweden’s riots

Inequality is the real backstory to Sweden’s riots

Mar 3, 2017

This article was originally published on Waging Nonviolence. By George Lakey Mohandas Gandhi famously said that the root of violence is inequality. His view helps us understand what’s behind the headlines about recent rioting in immigrant neighborhoods in Sweden. No one was killed, although one police officer did actually shoot at a rioter — an exception to...

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...

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