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Economy

The Politics of Negative Interest Rates

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Yanis Varoufakis ATHENS – Objects of desire come at a cost. Only bad things, like toxic waste, have a negative price, the equivalent of a fee...

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Society

Sanders Condemns Obscene Levels of Inequality Documented in New CBO Report

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016

Originally published on Common Dreams. by Deirdre Fulton Yet another report, this one from the U.S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO), highlights what many American families...

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Politics

The Trump Campaign Is Now Fully Aligned with White Supremacists

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. By Adele M. Stan Radical right-wing ideology could be foundation for future Trump/Ailes/Breibart media creation. Time was when one could...

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Geopolitics

How to Stop Terrorism in Europe

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Brahma Chellaney BERLIN – Europe is under pressure. Integrating asylum-seekers and other migrants – 1.1 million in Germany alone in 2015 – into...

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Recent Posts

How to Stop Terrorism in Europe

How to Stop Terrorism in Europe

Aug 23, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Brahma Chellaney BERLIN – Europe is under pressure. Integrating asylum-seekers and other migrants – 1.1 million in Germany alone in 2015 – into European society poses a major challenge, one that has been complicated by a spike in crimes committed by new arrivals. Making matters worse, many European Muslims have become...

Concern over Profit-Oriented Approach to Biodiversity in Latin America

Concern over Profit-Oriented Approach to Biodiversity in Latin America

Aug 23, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Emilio Godoy MEXICO CITY, Aug 22 2016 (IPS) – In July 2015, the Mexican government granted a U.S. corporation permission for the use of genetic material obtained in Mexican territory for commercial and non-commercial purposes, in one of the cases that has fuelled concern in Latin America about...

Don’t Overhype ISIS: Remember How Russians Fought Napoleon

Don’t Overhype ISIS: Remember How Russians Fought Napoleon

Aug 23, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Viewpoint by Jonathan Power LUND, Sweden (IDN-INPS) – Politicians have it in their DNA to hype our supposed present dangers. So do journalists. So does the military-industrial complex. So do certain think tanks and university professors who depend on sounding the alarm about this and...

Nearly 15 Years and $70 Billion Later, US Troops Still Endlessly Fighting Taliban

Nearly 15 Years and $70 Billion Later, US Troops Still Endlessly Fighting Taliban

Aug 23, 2016

Originally published on Common Dreams. Brig. Gen. Charles Cleveland said mission would be ‘temporary,’ but would not say how long it would last, citing ‘security reasons’ By Nadia Prupis More than a hundred U.S. troops were sent to Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan on Monday to continue fighting the Taliban, in the first deployment of forces to...

The Trump Campaign Is Now Fully Aligned with White Supremacists

The Trump Campaign Is Now Fully Aligned with White Supremacists

Aug 22, 2016

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. By Adele M. Stan Radical right-wing ideology could be foundation for future Trump/Ailes/Breibart media creation. Time was when one could sum up the connections of Donald J. Trump, Republican Party standard-bearer and King of the Twitterverse, to avowed white supremacists and right-wing white nationalists in a few...

US, EU Accused of Paying Lip Service to Global Arms Treaty

US, EU Accused of Paying Lip Service to Global Arms Treaty

Aug 22, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Aug 22 2016 (IPS) – The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which was aimed at curbing the flow of small arms and light weapons to war zones and politically-repressive regimes, is being openly violated by some of the world’s arms suppliers, according to military analysts and...

The Politics of Negative Interest Rates

The Politics of Negative Interest Rates

Aug 22, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Yanis Varoufakis ATHENS – Objects of desire come at a cost. Only bad things, like toxic waste, have a negative price, the equivalent of a fee payable to anyone willing to make them disappear. Does this mean that negative interest rates embody a new perspective on money – that it has gone “bad”? In market economies, money is...

Somalia Urged to Follow Timeline for Democratic Governance

Somalia Urged to Follow Timeline for Democratic Governance

Aug 21, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By J Nastranis NEW YORK (IDN) – As the ancient proverb goes, “there is many a slip between the cup and the lip”, but if Somalia – often described as a ‘failed state’ – abides by the postponed timeline for this year’s parliamentary and presidential...

Syria-Iraq and beyond: octopus wars

Syria-Iraq and beyond: octopus wars

Aug 20, 2016

Only a change of dynamic towards diplomacy can offer an alternative to endless conflict in the Middle East. By Paul Rogers This article was originally published in the independent online magazine www.opendemocracy.net In the early weeks of this year, Pentagon sources were reporting that the intense air war against ISIS had killed 30,000 of the movement’s...

New Book Reveals Trump Is Actually Sleazier and Slimier Than We Ever Thought

New Book Reveals Trump Is Actually Sleazier and Slimier Than We Ever Thought

Aug 20, 2016

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. By Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet “There is no moral core inside Donald Trump.” David Cay Johnston has been one of the nation’s premier investigative reporters for decades, specializing in the ways government works for the wealthy at the expense of everyday Americans. He first met and covered Donald Trump in the...

China’s Painful Structural Transformation

China’s Painful Structural Transformation

Aug 19, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Zhang Jun SHANGHAI – For more than a year, headlines worldwide have been pointing to a Chinese economic slowdown. But a closer look at regional dynamics within China tells a different story – one that is less about deceleration than changing gears. According to China’s National Bureau of Statistics, the resource-rich...

Sanders Condemns Obscene Levels of Inequality Documented in New CBO Report

Sanders Condemns Obscene Levels of Inequality Documented in New CBO Report

Aug 19, 2016

Originally published on Common Dreams. by Deirdre Fulton Yet another report, this one from the U.S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO), highlights what many American families already know: The rich keep getting richer, while everyone else keeps struggling to get by. The CBO report, released Thursday and prepared at the request of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.),...