Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

‘Fake News’ is not Journalism…

‘Fake News’ is not Journalism…

May 1, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Irina Bokova Irina Bokova is Director General of UNESCO. PARIS, May 1 2017 (IPS) – Would you trust your news from any source? How are we able to ensure that ‘fake’(d) news does not overtake the flow of information? Journalism plays a vital role for society, bringing verifiable news and informed...

Tensions in the Balkans should be carefully watched but not exaggerated

Tensions in the Balkans should be carefully watched but not exaggerated

Mar 7, 2017

Loïc Trégourès, Université de Lille 2 – Université de Lille Tensions have been on the rise again between Serbia and Kosovo, prompting European Union High Representative for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini to visit the Western Balkans last week. Her visit was timely: on March 2, a French court postponed the extradition of former prime minister of Kosovo,...

Russian interference could be the greatest threat to European democracy

Russian interference could be the greatest threat to European democracy

Mar 3, 2017

Richard Maher, European University Institute With important national elections scheduled this year in the Netherlands, France and Germany, European officials on edge about possible Russian interference are pursuing various measures to counter it. But with a daily onslaught of fake and misleading news, repeated attempts to hack computer systems of “anti-Moscow”...

How to counter Trump’s efforts to reduce outrage

How to counter Trump’s efforts to reduce outrage

Feb 22, 2017

This article was originally published on Waging Nonviolence.   By Brian Martin The Trump administration’s policies have already triggered public outrage and massive opposition. To understand the techniques that make opposition effective, it is useful to look at regular patterns of injustice and outrage. When powerful groups do things that might trigger...

Who funds the think tanks?

Who funds the think tanks?

Feb 10, 2017

Originally published on New Internationalist A new report shows how ‘highly opaque and deceptive’ methods are used to shape public perception, writes Tony McKenna. The current political landscape is fraught, treacherous and more difficult than ever to navigate. The EU referendum in 2016 saw the Leave vote carry the day, but the decision to ‘Brexit’ has created...

Here’s How the 2018 Midterm Elections Could Be Fatally Undermined

Here’s How the 2018 Midterm Elections Could Be Fatally Undermined

Feb 6, 2017

Republished with permission from The Nation By doubling down on their voter-suppression tactics, Trump and Co. could put the House of Representatives beyond the reach of even an overwhelming Democratic majority. By Natalie Reed f you’ll permit an understatement, these have been frightening and uncertain times. Every day, it seems, we wake up to find a new...

Trump’s Chaos Theory of Government

Trump’s Chaos Theory of Government

Feb 6, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Jacek Rostowski WARSAW – In the weeks since Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States, it has become clear that he intends to roll back the progressive-egalitarian agenda that is commonly associated with “political correctness” to the starting block – not just in the United States, but globally. Stephen...

‘For Trump, Media Is Public Enemy Number One’

‘For Trump, Media Is Public Enemy Number One’

Jan 27, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By IPS News Desk ROME, Jan 27 2017 (IPS) – “Alarmed” by the new administration’s repeated attacks on the media and blatant disregard for facts in the first three days of Donald Trump’s presidency, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called on Trump and his team to stop undermining the First...

The battle for minds, and role of human behaviour in generating plutocracies

The battle for minds, and role of human behaviour in generating plutocracies

Jan 27, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy The control or influence of information is diffused through education, politics, culture, media and the process of socialization. DENIZ KELLECIOGLU 27 January 2017 ‘The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed’, Steve Biko Just as there are mainstream media, mainstream narratives,...

Trump Trade Strategy Unclear

Trump Trade Strategy Unclear

Jan 20, 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. Anis Chowdhury, a former professor of economics at the...

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