Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

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...

Growing Inequality under Global Capitalism

Growing Inequality under Global Capitalism

May 4, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaraminion Anis Chowdhury, a former professor of economics at the University of Western Sydney, held senior United Nations positions during 2008-2015 in New York and Bangkok. Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor and United Nations Assistant...

Mending Bangladesh’s Garment Industry

Mending Bangladesh’s Garment Industry

May 1, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By M Niaz Asadullah and Zaki Wahhaj KUALA LUMPUR – Four years ago, the deadly collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh pulled back the curtain on the employment practices of the global apparel industry. We had hoped that the tragedy, which killed more than 1,100 workers – the deadliest accident in the industry’s...

Reprieve or Reform in Europe?

Reprieve or Reform in Europe?

Apr 30, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Michael Spence MILAN – The first round of the French election turned out much as expected: the centrist Emmanuel Macron finished first, with 24% of the vote, rather narrowly beating the right-wing National Front’s Marine Le Pen, who won 21.3%. Barring a political accident of the type that befell the former frontrunner,...

The Shocking Reality of a Future of Shrinking Jobs

The Shocking Reality of a Future of Shrinking Jobs

Apr 21, 2017

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. A stunning 94 percent of the 9 million new jobs created in the past decade were temp or contract-based gigs. By Paul Buchheit / AlterNet The jobs reports would have us believe our rebound from the recession is almost complete. The reality is very different. The Economist has some fancy words for it: “Job...

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...

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