Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

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...

Make America Ungovernable

Make America Ungovernable

Feb 6, 2017

 Originally Published on TruthDig By Chris Hedges Donald Trump’s regime is rapidly reconfiguring the United States into an authoritarian state. All forms of dissent will soon be criminalized. Civil liberties will no longer exist. Corporate exploitation, through the abolition of regulations and laws, will be unimpeded. Global warming will accelerate. A repugnant...

Republicans push anti-protest laws

Republicans push anti-protest laws

Jan 31, 2017

Originally published on ThinkProgress By Kira Lerner Bills targeting nonviolent protests are multiplying across the country. As people critical of President Trump’s Muslim ban flocked to airports this weekend to show their support for immigrants and refugees, one major airport decided to crack down on protesters. Denver International Airport (DIA) began...

In the face of Trump’s Muslim ban, all academics have a responsibility to act

In the face of Trump’s Muslim ban, all academics have a responsibility to act

Jan 30, 2017

Sari Hanfi, American University of Beirut President Donald Trump has signed an executive order preventing nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia from entering the US. Syrian refugees are indefinitely banned, and other refugees are banned for 120 days. It’s not clear what comes next. During his campaign, Trump also stated his intention...

How Brazil’s far right became a dominant political force

How Brazil’s far right became a dominant political force

Jan 27, 2017

Roxana Pessoa Cavalcanti, University of Westminster Recent reports indicate that far-right groups from the Ukraine have come to Brazil to recruit neo-Nazis to fight against pro-Russian rebels. Western readers reacted with shock and fascination – but however strange the story might seem, conservatism and political extremism have been on the rise in Brazil for...

Ukraine’s corrupt counter-revolution

Ukraine’s corrupt counter-revolution

Dec 30, 2016

This article first appeared on openDemocracy By Sergii Leshchenko 30 December 2016 In Ukraine, revolution and reform has given way to reaction, with vested interests entrenching themselves even further.   Last week, as the world prepared for the Christmas holidays, Ukrainian MPs gathered in parliament at 10am, and departed 20 hours later. This legislative...

Excerpt: What Economists Learned Long After Everyone Else in 2016

Excerpt: What Economists Learned Long After Everyone Else in 2016

Dec 23, 2016

Excerpt from The American Prospect By Harold Meyerson Excerpt from the American Prospect This week, Bloomberg’s Noah Smith published a list of “ten excellent economics books and papers” that he read in 2016. Number three on his list was the now celebrated paper, “The China Shock: Learning from Labor-Market Adjustment to Large Changes in Trade,” by economists...

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....

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