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Fiscal austerity has been blocking economic recovery

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Jomo Kwame Sundaram Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former United Nations assistant secretary-general for economic development,...

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Society

The Win-Win Fantasy of Liberal Democracy

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Kemal Derviş WASHINGTON, DC – Few analysts expected Britons to vote to exit the European Union or Americans to choose Donald Trump as their...

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Politics

Italy on the Brink

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Philippe Legrain LONDON – Political instability in Italy is nothing new. But Italian voters’ rejection of constitutional reforms in a...

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Geopolitics

Terek Cossacks Reveal Their Extensive Participation in the Annexation of Crimea

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation By: Valery Dzutsati As President Vladimir Putin openly admitted to planning and executing the annexation of Crimea in 2014...

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Recent Posts

Mining Deepening South Africa’s Climate Change Crisis

Mining Deepening South Africa’s Climate Change Crisis

Dec 8, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Jeffrey Moyo JOHANNESBURG (ACP-IDN) – Mariette Lieferink has been dubbed South Africa’s climate change hero and she is prominently featured as the country’s leading environmental activist in South African media. Now, moved by the heavy contribution of the country’s mines to...

Lost in time: Hada, an Inner Mongolian dissident

Lost in time: Hada, an Inner Mongolian dissident

Dec 8, 2016

This article first appeared on openDemocracy By Kerry Brown Twenty years ago, a bookseller was turned into a living ghost. Amid the great changes shaking China, America, Britain, and the world, he still matters. Twenty years is a long time in anyone’s life. Most people can reflect on what they have achieved since 1996 – work done, books completed in the case of...

Terek Cossacks Reveal Their Extensive Participation in the Annexation of Crimea

Terek Cossacks Reveal Their Extensive Participation in the Annexation of Crimea

Dec 8, 2016

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation By: Valery Dzutsati As President Vladimir Putin openly admitted to planning and executing the annexation of Crimea in 2014 (YouTube, March 15, 2015), the role of various Russian forces that participated in the takeover of the Ukrainian peninsula has increasingly come to the forefront. The scale of Russian...

Fiscal austerity has been blocking economic recovery

Fiscal austerity has been blocking economic recovery

Dec 8, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Jomo Kwame Sundaram Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former United Nations assistant secretary-general for economic development, was awarded the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2007. KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Dec 8 2016 (IPS) – Instead of concerted and sustained...

Don’t Cry Over Dead Trade Agreements

Don’t Cry Over Dead Trade Agreements

Dec 8, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Danny Rodrik CAMBRIDGE – The seven decades since the end of World War II were an era of trade agreements. The world’s major economies were in a perpetual state of trade negotiations, concluding two major global multilateral deals: the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the treaty establishing the World Trade...

Italy on the Brink

Italy on the Brink

Dec 8, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Philippe Legrain LONDON – Political instability in Italy is nothing new. But Italian voters’ rejection of constitutional reforms in a referendum has not only led Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to resign; it has dealt another blow to a crisis-ridden European Union. In the near term, Italy’s ongoing banking crisis could flare up...

Nomi Prins, The March of the Billionaires

Nomi Prins, The March of the Billionaires

Dec 8, 2016

Republished with permission from TomDispatch.com Posted by Nomi Prins at 6:27am, December 8, 2016. Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. Introduction by Tom Englehardt Just whom Donald Trump will appoint to various key posts in his future administration has an unbearably enticing set of moving targets for the media (until, as at a recent rally in...

Geneva Conventions Prevent Wars from Getting Worse

Geneva Conventions Prevent Wars from Getting Worse

Dec 7, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Jamshed Baruah GENEVA (IDN) – A new survey finds that an overwhelming number of people living in countries affected by wars believe in the pressing need to impose limits on armed conflicts. Nearly half of those surveyed in conflict-affected countries are convinced that the Geneva...

Donald Trump is going to keep wrecking Afghanistan

Donald Trump is going to keep wrecking Afghanistan

Dec 7, 2016

This article first appeared on openDemocracy By Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed As commander-in-chief, dealing with the realities of the region will not be as simple as shifting soundbites. Despite speculation that the president-elect might withdraw US troops from Afghanistan and abandon the country to its fate, this simply isn’t going to happen. In 2013, Donald Trump...

 This Fratricidal War of Ours: A Referendum Divides the Italian Left

 This Fratricidal War of Ours: A Referendum Divides the Italian Left

Dec 7, 2016

Republished with permission from The Nation The left seemed to have been infected by the mad-dog rhetoric of Beppe Grillo of the Five Star Movement. By Frederika Randall Rome—On Sunday, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was overwhelmingly defeated in a referendum to reform the constitution. (On Monday he handed in his resignation, which goes into effect once...

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs — Not Austerity

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs — Not Austerity

Dec 7, 2016

This article appeared originally on Dollars&Sense By William K. Black Cross-posted at New Economic Perspectives. Bob Rubin and Alan Greenspan convinced the New Democrats, over a quarter-century ago, that the key to economic growth was to out-Republican the Republican Party in the fervency of their embrace of austerity.  This began the long war of the New...

Italian Politics: The End of a Cycle?

Italian Politics: The End of a Cycle?

Dec 7, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Roberto Savio ROME, Dec 6 2016 (IPS) – Is the demise of Renzi really a local affair? There is no doubt that a referendum on a constitutional change can be a matter of confidence in him, having personalized the issue to a point that it became basically a vote on the young Prime Minister. But if...

The Trump Boom?

The Trump Boom?

Dec 7, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Kenneth Rogoff CAMBRIDGE – After years of hibernation, will the US economy rouse itself for a big comeback over the next couple of years? With an incoming Republican administration hell-bent on reflating an economy already near full employment, and with promised trade restrictions driving up the price of import-competing...

As Austria rejects the far-right and Italy votes No, Europe’s future hangs in the balance

As Austria rejects the far-right and Italy votes No, Europe’s future hangs in the balance

Dec 6, 2016

Richard Maher, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies In a dramatic day of voting that could have major implications for Europe’s economic and political future, citizens from Italy and Austria cast their ballots in two closely-watched initiatives. The referendum on Italy’s constitution and the presidential election in Austria were a barometer of the...

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