Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

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...

Humanitarian Crisis, Result of Decades of Globalization with No Concern for Social Justice

Humanitarian Crisis, Result of Decades of Globalization with No Concern for Social Justice

Feb 21, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, a think-thank dedicated to the promotion of human rights through cross-cultural, political, religious and civilizational dialogue, and through training of the upcoming...

The Algerian Emir Who Set a Protection of Prisoners Code in 1842

The Algerian Emir Who Set a Protection of Prisoners Code in 1842

Feb 15, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By IPS World Desk ROME / OXFORD, UK, Feb 15 2017 (IPS) – As far back as the 1830s, Algerian Emir Abd el Qader el Jazairy was known for having introduced, among others, rules concerning the humane treatment of prisoners, which developed in 1842 into his Code for the Protection of Prisoners. “The...

Global Citizens, National Shirkers

Global Citizens, National Shirkers

Feb 10, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Dani Rodrik CAMBRIDGE – Last October, British Prime Minister Theresa May shocked many when she disparaged the idea of global citizenship. “If you believe you’re a citizen of the world,” she said, “you’re a citizen of nowhere.” Her statement was met with derision and alarm in the financial media and among liberal...

A Dire Vacuum in a World in Crisis

A Dire Vacuum in a World in Crisis

Feb 9, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Baher Kamal ROME/GENEVA, Feb 9 2017 (IPS) – “The world is in a crisis, not least because governing élites have estranged themselves from the needs and aspirations of ordinary people. This sense of being left behind has lead the latter to rebel against their country’s stratified governance,”...

Iraq army, Shia militias execute Sunnis in east Mosul

Iraq army, Shia militias execute Sunnis in east Mosul

Feb 8, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Middle East Monitor Grim footage has emerged from eastern Mosul, supposedly “liberated” from Daesh control late last month,showing members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and men who appeared to be from the Shia-dominated Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) paramilitary organisation executing unarmed men in the...

The global targeted killings bandwagon: who’s next after France?

The global targeted killings bandwagon: who’s next after France?

Feb 8, 2017

Ariel Colonomos, Sciences Po – USPC It’s possible that targeted killings will be the only policy of president Barack Obama that the new resident of the White House will be eager to perpetuate. Last May, President Donald Trump stated, “I have to do what’s right … as far as drones are concerned … to take out terrorists”. He kept his word: US drones apparently...

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