Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

How ‘evolving’ technology leads to fewer choices and creates mountains of waste

How ‘evolving’ technology leads to fewer choices and creates mountains of waste

Feb 22, 2017

Sharad Sinha, Nanyang Technological University Let me ask you a question. Are you periodically forced to buy a new laptop because the technology – hardware or software – in your current laptop is no longer supported even though it’s fully functional? The Microsoft Windows operating system is estimated to power about 90% of world’s personal computers today....

Humankind’s Ability to Feed Itself, Now in Jeopardy

Humankind’s Ability to Feed Itself, Now in Jeopardy

Feb 22, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By IPS World Desk ROME, Feb 22 2017 (IPS) – Mankind’s future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new United Nations’ report. Though very real and significant progress in...

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,...

Shaky Start to Silicon Smelters in Iceland

Shaky Start to Silicon Smelters in Iceland

Jan 27, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Lowana Veal REYKJAVIK (IDN) – Silicon metal smelters have taken over from aluminium plants as the desirable heavy industry for Iceland. At Helguvik in the southwest of the island, close to Reykjavik’s international airport, United Silicon has just started operating a silicon smelter, while...

A New Deal to Save Europe

A New Deal to Save Europe

Jan 23, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Yanis Varoufakis, LONDON – “I don’t care about what it will cost. We took our country back!” This is the proud message heard throughout England since the Brexit referendum last June. And it is a demand that is resonating across the continent. Until recently, any proposal to “save” Europe was regarded sympathetically, albeit...

Something is Rotten in the State of Social Equality

Something is Rotten in the State of Social Equality

Jan 23, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Phil Harris ROME (IDN) – Amid persistent strong uncertainty about the global employment scenario, working poverty – particularly in emerging countries – is expected to increase as unemployment rises and the gender gap in the labour force increases. So much for the optimism expressed...

India expects to get almost 60 percent of its electricity from clean energy by 2027

India expects to get almost 60 percent of its electricity from clean energy by 2027

Dec 23, 2016

Originally published on ThinkProgress That would put the country on a path to meeting its Paris commitments several years early. By Natasha Geiling In ten years, India could get almost sixty percent of its electricity from non-fossil fuel sources, according to a government forecast published this week. According to a draft of the country’s 10-year energy...

Between Tackling Fragility and Financing Development

Between Tackling Fragility and Financing Development

Dec 17, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Robert Kibet NAIROBI (IDN) – Providing financial resources to the more developed among the developing countries is a very difficult bias to overcome, according to Angel GurrIa, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Gurria was speaking to IDN...

Tax avoidance: the damage done

Tax avoidance: the damage done

Dec 9, 2016

Originally published on New Internationalist Tax avoidance has some of its most pernicious effects in the Global South. Stephanie Boyd reports from Peru. A worker from Peru’s state-run oil company tries to hammer a piece of wood into a gaping hole in the country’s northern pipeline. He fails. Repeatedly. The oil continues to gush with alarming speed and force....

Unleashing Africa’s Full Potential

Unleashing Africa’s Full Potential

Dec 2, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Ambassador Amina Mohamed Amb. Amina Mohamed is the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and a Kenya’s candidate for the position of Chairperson of the African Union Commission. NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 2 2016 (IPS) – Africa is the cradle of mankind and home to the youngest population in the world....

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