Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Morocco: Addressing Shantytowns in an Emerging Democracy

Morocco: Addressing Shantytowns in an Emerging Democracy

Jul 24, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Viewpoint by Wajiha Ibrahim* BOSTON (IDN) – What peaked in 2011 as a series of political protests sweeping the Middle East and North Africa is today an opportunity to celebrate and evaluate how various regimes mould their path towards democracy. A noteworthy component of these transitions...

Post-Soviet Russian economic collapse

Post-Soviet Russian economic collapse

Jul 19, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS By Vladimir Popov and Jomo Kwame Sundaram MOSCOW and KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 19 2017 (IPS) – Wide-ranging economic reforms following the demise of the Soviet Union at the end of December 1991 mainly resulted in economic collapse in most successor states. By the mid-1990s, output had fallen by about half...

Don’t Move Resources from Development to Security, Warns UN Chief

Don’t Move Resources from Development to Security, Warns UN Chief

Jul 17, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By António Guterres António Guterres, UN Secretary-General at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development UNITED NATIONS, Jul 17 2017 (IPS) – Twenty years ago, when I was starting my functions as Prime Minister of Portugal, the world was surfing a wave of optimism. The Cold War had...

Poverty Impeding Global Sustainable Development

Poverty Impeding Global Sustainable Development

Jul 17, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Santo D. Banerjee UNITED NATIONS (IDN) – While nearly 1.1 billion people escaped extreme poverty between 1990 and 2013 because of strong economic growth that benefited the world’s poorest, “the number of people living in extreme poverty remains unacceptably high, with nearly 800...

Why Do Cities Become Unaffordable?

Why Do Cities Become Unaffordable?

Jul 17, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Robert J. Shiller NEW HAVEN – Inequality is usually measured by comparing incomes across households within a country. But there is also a different kind of inequality: in the affordability of homes across cities. The impact of this form of inequality is no less worrying. In many of the world’s urban centers, homes are...

Homeless voices from around the world

Homeless voices from around the world

Jul 16, 2017

Originally published on New Internationalist The market is broken. The price of housing is through the roof. Social housing is neglected. In major cities around the globe ordinary people can no longer afford to buy or rent basic accommodation. Incomes stagnate while the gap between the 1 per cent and the rest of us widens. Housing insecurity and homelessness...

For India’s Urban Marginalized, Reproductive Healthcare Still a Distant Dream

For India’s Urban Marginalized, Reproductive Healthcare Still a Distant Dream

Jul 11, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS    By Stella Paul CHENNAI/LONDON, Jul 11 2017 (IPS) – In a semi-lit room of a southern Chennai neighborhood, a group of women sit in a circle around a table surrounded by large cardboard boxes of “Nirodh” – India’s most popular condom. Clad in colorful saris, wearing toe rings and red dots on their...

The G20 and the Inequality Crisis

The G20 and the Inequality Crisis

Jul 7, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Helle Thorning-Schmidt LONDON – Almost a decade ago, facing a near-collapse of the financial system and the risk of a depression, the world needed a new form of leadership to navigate and restore confidence in the global economy. That’s why, in 2009, at his first global summit as US president, Barack Obama joined...

Death or Democracy in Venezuela

Death or Democracy in Venezuela

Jul 7, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Enrique Ter Horst CARACAS – Venezuela’s democratic institutions are in ruins, its coffers are empty, and its citizens are searching for food in garbage dumps. Its people are dying from starvation, from preventable and curable diseases (at much higher rates than the Latin American average), and from violence – including, in...

The power of money: how the rich took hold of our monetary systems to make themselves richer

The power of money: how the rich took hold of our monetary systems to make themselves richer

May 7, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy To wrest back control from private finance, to reclaim our “hollowed out democratic institutions,” we must begin with a public understanding of money. Book review. By David Beer The UK is feeling pretty divided at the moment, yet there is one thing that is likely to unite people across the political spectrum: a...

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