Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

With democracy under fire, Poles take to the streets

With democracy under fire, Poles take to the streets

Jul 21, 2017

Originally published on ThinkProgress Tens of thousands protested the country’s increasingly authoritarian government, two weeks after Trump’s visit. By E. A. Crunden Just two weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump visited Poland and praised the nation as a beacon of freedom, mass protests are sweeping the country. Around 50,000 people took to the streets of...

Morocco’s al-Hoceima gears up for ‘million-man march’

Morocco’s al-Hoceima gears up for ‘million-man march’

Jul 19, 2017

Protesters in the Moroccan city of al-Hoceima are gearing up for what they hope to be a million-man march on Thursday, in the latest chapter of a steadily growing popular movement known simply as “Hirak” in the country’s northern Rif region. Spurred into action after the murder of a fishmonger crushed to death by local security…...

Venezuela’s Rebels With a Cause

Venezuela’s Rebels With a Cause

Jul 17, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Anne-Marie Slaughter and Fabiana Perera WASHINGTON, DC – The image of Wuilly Arteaga crying after Venezuelan security forces destroyed his violin has been seen by millions of people around the world. The 23-year-old Arteaga had joined in the protests against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s government by playing...

How the health care struggle is building a broad anti-Trump resistance

How the health care struggle is building a broad anti-Trump resistance

Jul 16, 2017

This article was originally published on Waging Nonviolence. By  Sarah Freeman-Woolpert Last week’s recess offered little respite to the Republican senators supporting the Better Care Reconciliation Act, or BCRA. After the bill failed to gain enough support for a vote before the recess, opponents of the health care reform legislation — which would entail major...

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...

Mob Killing Sparks Fresh Outrage Over Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws

Mob Killing Sparks Fresh Outrage Over Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws

May 5, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Zofeen Ebrahim A protest in Karachi over the lynching of Mashal Khan. Credit: Abida Ali/IPSKARACHI, May 5 2017 (IPS) – Aimal Khan, 27, an airman in Pakistan’s Air Force, warns the country will end up in the throes of mayhem if the state does not do something about the abuse of the blasphemy...

Fears of a New Arab Spring: The Algerian Riots in Context

Fears of a New Arab Spring: The Algerian Riots in Context

Mar 5, 2017

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation By Dariao Cristiani On January 14, Tunisians marked the sixth anniversary of their successful revolution against the regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Known as the “Jasmine Revolution,” it inspired other people in the region to take to the streets, starting the so-called “Arab Spring.” Six years later, the...

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...

Authorities Urged to Disclose Anti-Money Laundering Efforts

Authorities Urged to Disclose Anti-Money Laundering Efforts

Feb 15, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   Seoul, South Korea – February 4, 2017: Hundreds of People at Gangnam calling for punishment of president Park Geun-hye and Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong who has been questioned in corruption probe.- Editorial credit: Sagase48 / Shutterstock, Inc.By IPS World Desk ROME / BERLIN, Feb 15 2017 (IPS)...

The curse of apocalyptic rhetoric: why resisting Donald Trump requires prose

The curse of apocalyptic rhetoric: why resisting Donald Trump requires prose

Feb 8, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy   By AMIR AHMADI ARIAN I write these lines days after the inauguration of Donald Trump, and the rhetoric around his presidency on the left remains mostly unchanged: a mix of incredulity and rage, laced with apocalyptic fret. On the eve of 9 Nov 2016, shortly after a Trump presidency fell from the realm of wild...

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