Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

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...

Inequality (I): Half of World’s Wealth, in the Pockets of Just Eight Men

Inequality (I): Half of World’s Wealth, in the Pockets of Just Eight Men

Jan 17, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Baher Kamal Article I of a three-part series focuses on the alarmingly deepening inequality. Part II deals with the staggering impact of inequality on women, and Part III with the future and quality of jobs.   ROME, Jan 16 2017 (IPS) – Just eight men own the same wealth as the 3.6 billion...

Greece’s Perpetual Crisis

Greece’s Perpetual Crisis

Dec 21, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Yanis Varoufakis ATHENS – Since the summer of 2015, Greece has (mostly) dropped out of the news, but not because its economic condition has stabilized. A prison is not newsworthy as long as the inmates suffer quietly. It is only when they stage a rebellion, and the authorities crack down, that the satellite trucks appear....

The inextricable link between migration and sweatshops

The inextricable link between migration and sweatshops

Dec 19, 2016

Originally published on New Internationalist The possibility of workers’ rights and climate justice movements responding to these challenges together provides reason for hope, writes Dalia Gebrial. Sweatshops have, from their inception, been inextricably tied to histories of migration. Indeed, the birth of the sweatshop – characterised not just by low pay and...

A closer look at Brazil’s economy

A closer look at Brazil’s economy

Dec 17, 2016

Originally published on New Internationalist As new president Michal Temer tries to fix the economy through austerity, Kimberley Brown interviews Brazilian political scientist Sergio Gregorio Baierle. The Brazilian economy isn’t looking great these days. The country is facing one of its most severe economic crises since the Great Depression, with unemployment...

Refugees from Boko Haram Languish in Cameroon

Refugees from Boko Haram Languish in Cameroon

Dec 16, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Mbom Sixtus MINAWAO CAMP, Cameroon, Dec 16 2016 (IPS) – Tears spring to Aichatou Njoya’s eyes as she recalls the day Islamic militants from Boko Haram arrived on her doorstep in Nigeria. “It was on May 24, 2013. My husband was sleeping in his room while I was on the other side of the house with...

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