Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

In Announcing ‘Better Deal’ Platform, Dems Admit Status Quo Not Working

In Announcing ‘Better Deal’ Platform, Dems Admit Status Quo Not Working

Jul 24, 2017

Originally published on Common Dreams.  “Americans believe they’re getting a raw deal from both the economic and political systems in our country. And they are right.” by Jake Johnson With a live-streamed presentation and a slate of new messaging on Monday, Democratic leaders attempted to articulate for the first time since their party’s...

Why Obamacare Survived

Why Obamacare Survived

Jul 24, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Jeffrey Frankel, CAMBRIDGE – Since the United States’ Affordable Care Act (ACA) – or “Obamacare” – was enacted in 2010, Republicans have been promising to “repeal and replace” it. When the 2016 presidential and congressional elections delivered all three branches of the US government to the party, the time to fulfill that...

House Democrats Bet On The ‘Blue Dogs’

House Democrats Bet On The ‘Blue Dogs’

Jul 20, 2017

To the scorn of progressives, Democrats trying to win back the U.S. House next year are relying on the conservative wing of the party. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the House’s primary campaign group, is coordinating with the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of 18 moderate Democrats that has shriveled in numbers and power in…...

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...

Trump Has Secretive Teams to Roll Back Regulations, Led by Hires With Deep Industry Ties

Trump Has Secretive Teams to Roll Back Regulations, Led by Hires With Deep Industry Ties

Jul 14, 2017

by Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, and Danielle Ivory, The New York Times, July 11, 2017, 5 a.m. President Trump entered office pledging to cut red tape, and within weeks, he ordered his administration to assemble teams to aggressively scale back government regulations. But the effort — a signature theme in Trump’s populist campaign for the White House — is...

OMG! The Democratic Party Is Such a Mess—What Are We Going to Do?

OMG! The Democratic Party Is Such a Mess—What Are We Going to Do?

Jul 12, 2017

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. Don Hazen, Kali Holloway, Steven Rosenfeld Ten experts analyze the “situation.” If you pay any attention to media and politics, you know that this is the season for hand wringing about the future Democratic Party. Pundits and pollsters by the dozens have weighed in on the failures of the party, which resulted in...

For India’s Urban Marginalized, Reproductive Healthcare Still a Distant Dream

For India’s Urban Marginalized, Reproductive Healthcare Still a Distant Dream

Jul 11, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS    By Stella Paul CHENNAI/LONDON, Jul 11 2017 (IPS) – In a semi-lit room of a southern Chennai neighborhood, a group of women sit in a circle around a table surrounded by large cardboard boxes of “Nirodh” – India’s most popular condom. Clad in colorful saris, wearing toe rings and red dots on their...

Xi Jinping and China’s Traditionalist Restoration

Xi Jinping and China’s Traditionalist Restoration

Jul 8, 2017

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation By: Zi Yang In 1934, confronted with rising pro-communist sentiments in his country, Chiang Kai-shek, leader of China’s Nationalist Party, launched the neotraditionalist New Life Movement (新生活运动) as part of a comprehensive anti-communist program that sought to use traditional values as a counterweight against...

East Asia’s real lessons

East Asia’s real lessons

Jun 21, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Jomo Kwame Sundaram Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor and United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2007. KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 21 2017 (IPS) – International recognition...

Britain’s Norway Solution

Britain’s Norway Solution

Jun 15, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Anatole Kaletsky Shortly after UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to call an unexpected “Brexit election,” I wrote that pro-Europeans in Britain might yet snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. But the timescale I had in mind was five years, not five weeks. How long May will survive as prime minister is impossible to...

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