Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

War Against the West

War Against the West

Mar 13, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Ian Buruma NEW YORK – In 1938, Aurel Kolnai, a Hungarian philosopher of Jewish origin living in exile, published his most famous book, The War Against the West, an investigation of the ideas underpinning National Socialism. Kolnai seems to have read every turgid treatise – most written by third-rate thinkers – extolling the...

Violence, Power Vacuum in Mideast, Fertile Ground for Terrorism

Violence, Power Vacuum in Mideast, Fertile Ground for Terrorism

Mar 13, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS    By IPS World Desk ROME/GENEVA, Mar 13 2017 (IPS) – Long decades of violence in the Middle East and Northern Africa, resulting from the proliferation of international and local conflicts, have strained the social fabric that once held peaceful Arab societies together, says a Geneva-based think tank...

Brazil Takes Another Step Towards its Deconstruction of the Rule of Law

Brazil Takes Another Step Towards its Deconstruction of the Rule of Law

Mar 12, 2017

Originally published on COHA By Aline Piva, Research Fellow, Head of the Brazil Unit at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs “The Rule of Law is a multi-faceted ideal, but most conceptions give central place to a requirement that people in positions of authority should exercise their power within a constraining framework of public norms rather than on the basis...

Turkey’s Death Spiral

Turkey’s Death Spiral

Mar 10, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Andrew Wachtel BISHKEK – The series of terrorist attacks that have struck Turkey over the last year are sending the country – once viewed as a democratic, secular model for the Middle East – into a death spiral at the very moment when its people are to vote on a new constitution next month. Tourism – which previously...

The Shameful Epidemic That Is Rape

The Shameful Epidemic That Is Rape

Mar 6, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Phil Harris ROME (IDN) – Do legal systems around the world give women and girls true protection from rape and other forms of sexual violence? Do the victims of rape and sexual violence have access to real justice if violence is perpetrated? The answer is ‘no’, says a report issued March 6...

‘Banned from our own lives’: intellectuals mourn the Turkey that once was

‘Banned from our own lives’: intellectuals mourn the Turkey that once was

Mar 1, 2017

Çağla Aykaç, University of Geneva I write life for those who can catch it in a breath, in an exhale. Like one picks a fruit on a branch, like tearing out a root. – Asli Erdoğan, from Taş Bina ve Diğerleri. Until very recently, Turkey was the place to be. The country offered space for everyone: all shades of Islamists and nationalists were becoming very...

The Peasant Farmer Who Stood Up to the President of Nicaragua

The Peasant Farmer Who Stood Up to the President of Nicaragua

Feb 25, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By José Adán Silva MANAGUA, Feb 24 2017 (IPS) – The unequal battle that small farmer Francisca Ramírez is waging against the Nicaraguan government of Daniel Ortega has become so well-known that people are calling for her security and her rights from the political heart of Europe. Who is she and why...

Beijing’s New Scorched-Earth Policy Against the Uighurs

Beijing’s New Scorched-Earth Policy Against the Uighurs

Feb 24, 2017

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation Under the pretext of joining the global war on terrorism, the Xi Jinping administration has imposed unprecedentedly harsh restrictions on the civil liberties and rights of the 10 million Uighurs living in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR). The shift in President Xi’s Xinjiang policy was marked by the...

Iraq government, Shia militias, Daesh all committed war crimes in 2016 – Amnesty

Iraq government, Shia militias, Daesh all committed war crimes in 2016 – Amnesty

Feb 24, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Middle East Monitor A major international human rights organisation has said that the Iraqi authorities, Iran-backed Shia jihadists and Daesh militants had all perpetrated war crimes throughout 2016, as a US and Iran-backed war against the militant group continues into 2017. Amnesty International accused all...

Leaked Draft of ACA Replacement Reveals Massive Cuts to Subsidies, Medicaid

Leaked Draft of ACA Replacement Reveals Massive Cuts to Subsidies, Medicaid

Feb 24, 2017

Originally published on Common Dreams. By Nika Knight A leaked draft of a House bill to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was published Friday by Politico, and it reveals that Republicans are moving towards slashing subsidies and ending the Medicaid expansion—moves that are vastly out of step with the opinions of the American public. The draft (pdf) reveals...

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