Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

A Dark Shadow Looms Large Over UN Talks On Eliminating Nukes

A Dark Shadow Looms Large Over UN Talks On Eliminating Nukes

Feb 25, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Rodney Reynolds WASHINGTON DC (IDN) – The 193-member UN General Assembly is to hold two key sessions – in March and in June – in what is expected to be a do-or-die attempt towards the elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide. “Whether 2017 will be the year that sees nuclear weapons being...

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...

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...

Trump’s Palestine Quandary

Trump’s Palestine Quandary

Feb 15, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Daoud Kuttab RAMALLAH – This week’s meeting between US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu – the first between the two leaders since Trump took office – was supposed to focus on their shared desire to reverse the Iran nuclear deal. But the Israeli Knesset’s retroactive legalization of...

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,”...

US Threatens to Penalize Allies on UN Voting

US Threatens to Penalize Allies on UN Voting

Feb 7, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Feb 7 2017 (IPS) – The United States and most Western donors have traditionally exercised their financial clout to threaten developing nations who refuse to fall in line on critical UN voting either in the Security Council, the General Assembly or the Human Rights...

A Swedish Billionaire Invites Ideas for a New UN

A Swedish Billionaire Invites Ideas for a New UN

Feb 6, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By J Nastranis NEW YORK (IDN) – Laszlo Szombatfalvy, a Swedish billionaire of Hungarian origin, is willing to pay US$5 million to anyone who comes up with innovative ideas for revamping the global governance system as currently manifested in the 71-year old United Nations now facing a...

UN Indignation Unlikely to Sway Trump

UN Indignation Unlikely to Sway Trump

Feb 1, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Phil Harris ROME (IDN) – Newly-elected US president Donald Trump has been hyperactive in his first week in office, signing executive orders that confirm his pre-election pledges to “make America great again” by brushing aside any concern for the plight of those seeking to find safety and a...

Ecuador Revives Campaign for UN Tax Body

Ecuador Revives Campaign for UN Tax Body

Jan 27, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Jan 27 2017 (IPS) – The Republic of Ecuador, currently chair of the largest single coalition of developing countries at the United Nations, is reviving a longstanding campaign for the creation of an inter-governmental UN tax body and the elimination of tax havens...

UN Stresses Puerto Ricans’ Right to Self-determination

UN Stresses Puerto Ricans’ Right to Self-determination

Jan 27, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By J C Suresh NEW YORK (IDN) – The United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization has welcomed the commutation of the prison sentence of Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar López Rivera, the world’s longest-serving political prisoner confined in a U.S. federal penitentiary since...

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