Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

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...

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...

Unrest Brings North-East Nigeria Next to Starvation

Unrest Brings North-East Nigeria Next to Starvation

Feb 24, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Lyndal Rowlands UNITED NATIONS, Feb 24 2017 (IPS) – Years of violence and unrest in North-East Nigeria have left millions of people at risk of starving to death. Both the violent up surging of Boko Haram and the government’s harsh military crackdown have left already historically marginalised...

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...

Donald Trump Says ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ to Torture

Donald Trump Says ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ to Torture

Feb 1, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Jonathan Power LUND, Sweden (IDN-INPS) – In a press conference on January 27 President Donald Trump said he believed in the worth of torture but then added most surprisingly that using it wasn’t going to be his decision. It would be decided by the Secretary of Defence, General James...

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...

The US War on Muslim Refugees

The US War on Muslim Refugees

Jan 30, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Salil Shetty Salil Shetty is Secretary General of Amnesty International LONDON, Jan 30 2017 (IPS) – The gloves are off. With today’s Executive Order on “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals,” President Donald J. Trump has declared war on Muslim refugees around the...

ISIS: worst of times, best of times

ISIS: worst of times, best of times

Jan 27, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy The insurgents of ISIS are under pressure in their strongholds. But over the long term they have grounds for confidence. By PAUL ROGERS The military effort to expel ISIS from Iraq’s second city of Mosul started in mid-October 2016, with expectations that this would be completed by the end of the year. In the event,...

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