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Washington Rules Change, Again

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Jomo Kwame Sundaram Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor, was United Nations Assistant Secretary-General...

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Society

Corruption Brings Down an Empire: Odebrecht in Brazil

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Mario Osava RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 16 2017 (IPS) – People in Brazil have been overwhelmed by the flood of news...

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Politics

Chileans mobilize to replace a constitution written by a military dictatorship

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017

This article was originally published on Waging Nonviolence. By Monse Sepulveda After decades of organizing, pro-democracy activists in Chile are finally seeing the fruits of their...

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Geopolitics

Advice for Colombia from countries that have sought peace – and sometimes found it

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017

John Brewer, Queen’s University Belfast; Olivera Simic, Griffith University; Roberto Saba, Universidad de Palermo, and Stephanie Perazzone, Graduate Institute of...

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Chileans mobilize to replace a constitution written by a military dictatorship

Chileans mobilize to replace a constitution written by a military dictatorship

Feb 17, 2017

This article was originally published on Waging Nonviolence. By Monse Sepulveda After decades of organizing, pro-democracy activists in Chile are finally seeing the fruits of their labor with the release of a historical document that sets in motion the legislative process to redraft the constitution. Since 1980, when the country’s former military dictatorship...

Advice for Colombia from countries that have sought peace – and sometimes found it

Advice for Colombia from countries that have sought peace – and sometimes found it

Feb 17, 2017

John Brewer, Queen’s University Belfast; Olivera Simic, Griffith University; Roberto Saba, Universidad de Palermo, and Stephanie Perazzone, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies After 55 years of civil conflict that killed some 220,000 citizens, Colombia is indubitably on the path to peace. Juan Manuel Santos’s government has signed...

How Trump’s reported plan to round up undocumented immigrants could actually work

How Trump’s reported plan to round up undocumented immigrants could actually work

Feb 17, 2017

Originally published on ThinkProgress A lot depends on state governors. By Ian Millhiser President Trump “is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border,” according to the Associated Press. White House press secretary Sean Spicer denies...

Corruption Brings Down an Empire: Odebrecht in Brazil

Corruption Brings Down an Empire: Odebrecht in Brazil

Feb 16, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Mario Osava RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 16 2017 (IPS) – People in Brazil have been overwhelmed by the flood of news stories about the huge web of corruption woven by the country’s biggest construction company, Odebrecht, which is active in dozens of fields and countries. The business empire built by...

Washington Rules Change, Again

Washington Rules Change, Again

Feb 16, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Jomo Kwame Sundaram Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor, was United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, and received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2007. KUALA LAMPUR, Feb 16 2017 (IPS) – Over the last four...

Authorities Urged to Disclose Anti-Money Laundering Efforts

Authorities Urged to Disclose Anti-Money Laundering Efforts

Feb 15, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   Seoul, South Korea – February 4, 2017: Hundreds of People at Gangnam calling for punishment of president Park Geun-hye and Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong who has been questioned in corruption probe.- Editorial credit: Sagase48 / Shutterstock, Inc.By IPS World Desk ROME / BERLIN, Feb 15 2017 (IPS)...

How Europe Should Deal With Trump

How Europe Should Deal With Trump

Feb 15, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Wolfgang Ischinger MUNICH – Donald Trump’s presidency poses a stress test for Europe, for transatlantic relations, and for the world as a whole. Indeed, in many ways, Trump’s “America first” policy is defined by its opposition to the internationalist US foreign policy of the past eight decades. For starters, Trump says that...

A Baltic Test for European Arms Control

A Baltic Test for European Arms Control

Feb 15, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Volker Perthes and Oliver Meier BERLIN – Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in early 2014, its political and military relations with the West have deteriorated sharply. Russian military redeployments, exercises, and threats have increased insecurity across Europe. NATO has responded by increasing its military presence 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...

Time to Reduce U.S. Military Presence in Middle East

Time to Reduce U.S. Military Presence in Middle East

Feb 15, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Jonathan Power* LUND, Sweden (IDN-INPS) – Reporting on President Donald Trump’s new energy policy which plans for a big increase in domestically produced oil and gas, the Financial Times reported: “Exports of gas have begun, with the first shipments of Liquefied Natural Gas leaving...

Iraq PM: Foreign Daesh fighters have fled Mosul

Iraq PM: Foreign Daesh fighters have fled Mosul

Feb 10, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Middle East Monitor Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said yesterday that the majority of foreign non-Iraqi militants fighting for Daesh have evacuated Mosul, Iraq’s second city and Daesh’s last major urban stronghold in Iraq. Al-Abadi’s remarks came during a meeting he had with the governors of Iraq’s 18...

Trump in Freefall as Disapproval Rate and Support for Impeachment Soar

Trump in Freefall as Disapproval Rate and Support for Impeachment Soar

Feb 10, 2017

Originally published on Common Dreams. By Deirdre Fulton Two new polls reflect poorly on President Donald Trump’s brief tenure in the Oval Office, with one showing his administration is tarnishing Americans’ view of U.S. popularity around the world, and another finding voters are already evenly divided on the issue of impeaching the president. The...

Introducing the terrifying mathematics of the Anthropocene

Introducing the terrifying mathematics of the Anthropocene

Feb 10, 2017

Owen Gaffney, Stockholm University and Will Steffen, Australian National University Here are some surprising facts about humans’ effect on planet Earth. We have made enough concrete to create an exact replica of Earth 2mm thick. We have produced enough plastic to wrap Earth in clingfilm. We are creating “technofossils”, a new term for congealed human-made...

Ukraine and the cancer of corruption: a conversation with Svitlana Zalishchuk

Ukraine and the cancer of corruption: a conversation with Svitlana Zalishchuk

Feb 10, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy SVITLANA ZALISHCHUK and BENJAMIN RAMM 9 February 2017 The rising star of Ukrainian politics tells openDemocracy that deep-rooted corruption is the greatest threat to the nation’s democracy Svitlana Zalishchuk embodies an ideal of the European Union: an effortlessly multilingual, passionate advocate for liberal and...

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