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,...

The five poverties of inequality

The five poverties of inequality

Mar 21, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy Despite billions spent in official aid to fight poverty, the number of poor people in the world is not diminishing. And Latin America remains the most unequal region in the world. Inequality is the worst kind of poverty, because inequality is precisely what causes it. Measuring poverty and allocating budget lines in...

GOP Plan Targets Poor, Sick, Elderly While Providing Tax Cuts for Wealthy

GOP Plan Targets Poor, Sick, Elderly While Providing Tax Cuts for Wealthy

Mar 7, 2017

Originally published on Common Dreams. By Deirdre Fulton The Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “will do active harm to millions of people, particularly low-income people and seniors;” includes tax breaks for wealthy insurance CEOs; and is generally “a nastier, more consumer-unfriendly proposal than even close...

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...

Humankind’s Ability to Feed Itself, Now in Jeopardy

Humankind’s Ability to Feed Itself, Now in Jeopardy

Feb 22, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By IPS World Desk ROME, Feb 22 2017 (IPS) – Mankind’s future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new United Nations’ report. Though very real and significant progress in...

Humanitarian Crisis, Result of Decades of Globalization with No Concern for Social Justice

Humanitarian Crisis, Result of Decades of Globalization with No Concern for Social Justice

Feb 21, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, a think-thank dedicated to the promotion of human rights through cross-cultural, political, religious and civilizational dialogue, and through training of the upcoming...

Why Kenya Must Create a Million New Jobs Annually

Why Kenya Must Create a Million New Jobs Annually

Feb 1, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   Equipping young people with skills through vocational training creates opportunity for decent work and reduces gender inequality Photo James Ochweri/UNDP Kenya. By Ambassador Victor Ronneberg and Siddharth Chatterjee NAIROBI, Feb 1 2017 (IPS) – It is estimated that 3000 Kenyans are born every day,...

A New Deal to Save Europe

A New Deal to Save Europe

Jan 23, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Yanis Varoufakis, LONDON – “I don’t care about what it will cost. We took our country back!” This is the proud message heard throughout England since the Brexit referendum last June. And it is a demand that is resonating across the continent. Until recently, any proposal to “save” Europe was regarded sympathetically, albeit...

Treasury Secretary Nominee Steve Mnuchin’s Bet Against Seniors

Treasury Secretary Nominee Steve Mnuchin’s Bet Against Seniors

Jan 18, 2017

Originally published by the Center for American Progress By Colin McArthur and Sarah Edelman Regardless of political affiliation, Americans can all agree that when our elderly grandparents or parents turn to someone for financial help, we want that someone to be trustworthy. Unfortunately, there are many companies ready to take advantage of the elderly. Steve...

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