Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

You Pay Your Fair Share. Shouldn’t Wall Street?

You Pay Your Fair Share. Shouldn’t Wall Street?

Apr 13, 2017

Originally published on Common Dreams.  While you and I file our taxes, Republicans want to make it even easier for big banks to dodge them. by Sarah Anderson Did you pay all of your taxes this April? Wall Street banks typically pay much less than the official 35 percent corporate tax rate. And yet after attacking Hillary Clinton for her ties to Wall Street,...

Too Late to Compensate Free Trade’s Losers

Too Late to Compensate Free Trade’s Losers

Apr 13, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Dani Rodrik CAMBRIDGE – It appears that a new consensus has taken hold these days among the world’s business and policy elites about how to address the anti-globalization backlash that populists such as Donald Trump have so ably exploited. Gone are the confident assertions that globalization benefits everyone: we must, the...

Nuclear Disarmament, Trump and the Nordic Countries

Nuclear Disarmament, Trump and the Nordic Countries

Mar 24, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Lowana Veal REYKJAVIK (IDN) – When asked what Sweden thought the Trump Administration should do by way of contributing to nuclear disarmament, the Swedish ambassador in Iceland, Bosse Hedberg, replied: “At this point in time, I am not aware of any common Nordic position being prepared in...

Republican Trainwreck: Millions at Risk as Trump Demands Healthcare Vote

Republican Trainwreck: Millions at Risk as Trump Demands Healthcare Vote

Mar 24, 2017

Originally published on Common Dreams. By Lauren McCauley In their frenzied effort to strong-arm support for the flailing American Health Care Act (AHCA) before a vote on Friday, President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have officially made the Republican plan even worse. Trump issued a stark ultimatum to wavering House Republicans late Thursday,...

Can China Save the Global Order?

Can China Save the Global Order?

Mar 20, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Yong Deng ANNAPOLIS – At the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos in January, Chinese President Xi Jinping, drawing on China’s own recent experience, spoke in defense of globalization, and offered a vision of inclusive, sustainable development. With US President Donald Trump’s administration turning its back on...

Why Bernie Is the Most Popular Politician in America

Why Bernie Is the Most Popular Politician in America

Mar 20, 2017

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. Sanders’ message about the ravages of runaway inequality hit home because it is true. By Les Leopold Bernie Sanders has the highest approval rating of any politician in the country with 61 percent approving, while only 32 percent disapproving, according to a March 15 Fox News poll. The Sanders 29 plus percent...

China’s Road to Peace on the Korean Peninsula

China’s Road to Peace on the Korean Peninsula

Mar 17, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Minghao Zhao BEIJING – A new crisis is brewing on the Korean Peninsula. In mid-February, North Korea conducted an intermediate-range ballistic missile test. On March 1, the United States and South Korea began a joint military exercise that is unprecedented in scale and intensity. These military drills will run until the end...

UN Facing Famines, Conflicts and Now U.S. Funding Cuts

UN Facing Famines, Conflicts and Now U.S. Funding Cuts

Mar 17, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Lyndal Rowlands UNITED NATIONS, Mar 17 2017 (IPS) – In the midst of responding to the worst humanitarian crisis since records began, the UN is now faced with potential funding cuts from its biggest donor, the United States. On Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump released “America First: A...

Syria 6 years on: What does the future hold?

Syria 6 years on: What does the future hold?

Mar 14, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Nasim Ahmed When pro-democracy protests started six years ago in Syria’s southern city, Daraa, few would have anticipated that the violent clampdown by the regime would trigger a brutal civil war. Even fewer would have expected it to last more than six years. While the war has been characteristically unpredictable,...

Military Spending in the Swampland

Military Spending in the Swampland

Mar 14, 2017

This article appeared originally on Dollars&Sense What now? What Next BY JAMES M. CYPHER On September 11, 1941, the U.S. War Department commenced construction of its new headquarters, the Pentagon: With each of its five sides running the length of three football fields, encompassing 4 million square feet of work space, it remains even today the world’s...

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