Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Who’s Behind US Downward-Mobility?

Who’s Behind US Downward-Mobility?

Feb 25, 2017

Originally Published on Consortiumnews President Trump blames Mexicans, Chinese and other foreigners for the plight of downwardly mobile Americans but the real culprits are his corporatist pals who grab the lion’s share of the wealth from U.S. global dominance, says JP Sottile. By JP Sottile Donald Trump kicked-off his presidency with the bold accusation that...

Merkel Under Pressure for Refugee Policy in Germany

Merkel Under Pressure for Refugee Policy in Germany

Feb 24, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Wolfgang Kerler Wolfgang Kerler, a reporter for German public broadcaster ARD, is a specialist on globalization, digitalization, migration and investigative reporting. MUNICH, Feb 23 2017 (IPS) – Internationally, German chancellor Angela Merkel was praised for her humanitarian decision to open...

 Socialism’s Return

 Socialism’s Return

Feb 21, 2017

Republished with permission from The Nation After more than a half-century in the wilderness, the socialist left reemerges in America. By Patrick Iber For the American left, 2016 proved to be a year with a cruel twist ending. In the first few months, a self-
described democratic socialist by the name of Bernie Sanders mounted a surprisingly successful primary...

El Chapo, story of a kingpin — or why Trump’s plan to defeat Mexican cartels is doomed to fail

El Chapo, story of a kingpin — or why Trump’s plan to defeat Mexican cartels is doomed to fail

Feb 21, 2017

Luis Gómez Romero, University of Wollongong Infamous Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera – aka “El Chapo” – currently faces 17 drug trafficking, murder, kidnapping and money laundering charges in the US, accrued over the past quarter-century. The timing of his extradition, on President Barack Obama’s final day in office, led to much speculation...

How Trump’s reported plan to round up undocumented immigrants could actually work

How Trump’s reported plan to round up undocumented immigrants could actually work

Feb 17, 2017

Originally published on ThinkProgress A lot depends on state governors. By Ian Millhiser President Trump “is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border,” according to the Associated Press. White House press secretary Sean Spicer denies...

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...

Inside Sweden’s housing crisis: when renovation means eviction

Inside Sweden’s housing crisis: when renovation means eviction

Feb 1, 2017

Dominika Polanska, Uppsala University The housing shortage in Sweden is now so bad that some are currently contemplating using shipping containers for apartments. Nine out of ten Swedes live in a municipality facing houses shortages. According to a recent study, in the capital city of Stockholm, more than half a million people were on a waiting list for a flat...

Why Kenya Must Create a Million New Jobs Annually

Why Kenya Must Create a Million New Jobs Annually

Feb 1, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   Equipping young people with skills through vocational training creates opportunity for decent work and reduces gender inequality Photo James Ochweri/UNDP Kenya. By Ambassador Victor Ronneberg and Siddharth Chatterjee NAIROBI, Feb 1 2017 (IPS) – It is estimated that 3000 Kenyans are born every day,...

Trump’s immigration order is bad foreign policy

Trump’s immigration order is bad foreign policy

Jan 30, 2017

David FitzGerald, University of California, San Diego and David Cook Martín, Grinnell College President Donald Trump banned the entry of people from seven majority Muslim countries last week. Leaders as far apart ideologically as former Vice President Dick Cheney and Sen. Bernie Sanders warned the ban could become a recruitment tool for terrorists. In addition,...

Who Will Rule Trump Foreign Policy?

Who Will Rule Trump Foreign Policy?

Jan 26, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Jan 26 2017 (IPS) – The most frightening commentary I’ve read in the run-up to the inauguration—and there have been many—appeared in a column identifying the four people whose foreign policy ideas were likely to be most influential with the then-president-elect. It was...

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