Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Mob Killing Sparks Fresh Outrage Over Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws

Mob Killing Sparks Fresh Outrage Over Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws

May 5, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Zofeen Ebrahim A protest in Karachi over the lynching of Mashal Khan. Credit: Abida Ali/IPSKARACHI, May 5 2017 (IPS) – Aimal Khan, 27, an airman in Pakistan’s Air Force, warns the country will end up in the throes of mayhem if the state does not do something about the abuse of the blasphemy...

Stalin’s Giant Pencil: Debunking a Myth About Central Asia’s Borders

Stalin’s Giant Pencil: Debunking a Myth About Central Asia’s Borders

Mar 13, 2017

Originally published by EurasiaNet.org EurasiaNet Commentary By Alexander Morrison Few parts of the world are the subject of as much sustained journalistic ignorance as Central Asia. News from what are patronizingly known as the “stans” rarely makes it into mainstream news outlets, except in connection to Islamic terrorism, authoritarianism, and ethnic and...

Violence, Power Vacuum in Mideast, Fertile Ground for Terrorism

Violence, Power Vacuum in Mideast, Fertile Ground for Terrorism

Mar 13, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS    By IPS World Desk ROME/GENEVA, Mar 13 2017 (IPS) – Long decades of violence in the Middle East and Northern Africa, resulting from the proliferation of international and local conflicts, have strained the social fabric that once held peaceful Arab societies together, says a Geneva-based think tank...

The Shameful Epidemic That Is Rape

The Shameful Epidemic That Is Rape

Mar 6, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Phil Harris ROME (IDN) – Do legal systems around the world give women and girls true protection from rape and other forms of sexual violence? Do the victims of rape and sexual violence have access to real justice if violence is perpetrated? The answer is ‘no’, says a report issued March 6...

Inequality is the real backstory to Sweden’s riots

Inequality is the real backstory to Sweden’s riots

Mar 3, 2017

This article was originally published on Waging Nonviolence. By George Lakey Mohandas Gandhi famously said that the root of violence is inequality. His view helps us understand what’s behind the headlines about recent rioting in immigrant neighborhoods in Sweden. No one was killed, although one police officer did actually shoot at a rioter — an exception to...

Reflections on a Xenophobic Speech

Reflections on a Xenophobic Speech

Mar 2, 2017

This article appeared originally on Dollars&Sense By Bill Fletcher, Jr. Anticipating and sitting through President Trump’s address to Congress last night was arduous, to say the least.  There are so many things that can be said about the speech, not the least being how many inaccuracies were mouthed by Trump.  I wish that I could say that was the most...

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...

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,...

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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