Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

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...

A Pax Russica in the Middle East? Putin will have to do more to make it stick

A Pax Russica in the Middle East? Putin will have to do more to make it stick

Feb 24, 2017

Luigi Narbone, European University Institute Can Russia succeed where the West has failed, stabilising the Middle East and North Africa through some kind of Pax Russica? The question might have sounded strange not so long ago, but in less than two years, a mix of decisive action, unwavering and often ruthless use of military power, and bold political-diplomatic...

Syria’s Balance of Terror

Syria’s Balance of Terror

Feb 24, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Omar Ashour LONDON – As the civil war in Syria nears the six-year mark, the mounting death toll and constantly shifting military landscape is making a mockery of the diplomatic track. With yet another round of talks on the horizon – new United Nations-led discussions are scheduled to begin today in Geneva – it’s worth asking...

Syrian Prison, a “Human Slaughterhouse” – Amnesty International

Syrian Prison, a “Human Slaughterhouse” – Amnesty International

Feb 8, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By IPS World Desk   ROME, Feb 8 2017 (IPS) – At Saydnaya Military Prison, “the Syrian authorities have quietly and methodically organised the killing of thousands of people in their custody,” according to a new Amnesty International (AI) report. The AI report says that “the murder, torture,...

Syrian regime denies execution of 13,000 prisoners

Syrian regime denies execution of 13,000 prisoners

Feb 8, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Middle East Monitor The Syrian justice ministry yesterday denied the findings published in an Amnesty International report which accused the Syrian regime of executing up to 13,000 prisoners through mass hangings at a military jail near Damascus, news agencies reported. In a statement, the ministry said: “The...

Syria: grassroots democracy, future prospects (Part II)

Syria: grassroots democracy, future prospects (Part II)

Feb 5, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy Part two of this interview with Joseph Daher explores some of the experiments in grassroots democracy and the possible futures in Syria. JOSEPH DAHER What do you make of events in the Kurdish areas of Syria, particularly what David Graeber has called “the remarkable democratic experiment” in Rojava? What is the...

Revolution and counter-revolution in Syria (Part I)

Revolution and counter-revolution in Syria (Part I)

Feb 5, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy JOSEPH DAHER 19 January 2017 This first part of an interview with Joseph Daher offers an in-depth look at the forces involved in the Syrian revolution, and those fighting against it. Well, it is important to understand that the Syrian revolution is part and parcel of a broader movement that has fundamentally shaken...

Broken politics: from 9/11 to the present

Broken politics: from 9/11 to the present

Jan 30, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy By David Held The years since 9/11 have cast a dark shadow over global politics in many respects. But we have the option of recalling where the pursuit of authoritarianism leads. The inauguration of President Trump, the separation of the UK from the European Union, the rise of the populist right across the US and...

How Dangerous Is Putin?

How Dangerous Is Putin?

Jan 26, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Robert Harvey LONDON – Is US President Donald Trump right to be sympathetic toward Russia? At first blush, it certainly does not seem so. In Russia, elections are rigged, and organized opposition is suppressed. And under President Vladimir Putin, the country has reverted to Cold War tactics against domestic dissidents and...

The wrongs of counter-violence

The wrongs of counter-violence

Jan 20, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy In the event of a major ISIS-inspired action in Britain, what principles do far-sighted – and brave – politicians need to observe? By PAUL ROGERS 20 January 2017 Another 7/7-type attack in the United Kingdom is likely. In the aftermath, it will be essential to respond carefully with responses that seek to explain the...

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