Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Modi’s polarising populism makes a fiction of a secular, democratic India

Modi’s polarising populism makes a fiction of a secular, democratic India

Jul 16, 2017

Irfan Ahmad, Max Planck Institute This article is part of the Democracy Futures series, a joint global initiative between The Conversation and the Sydney Democracy Network. The project aims to stimulate fresh thinking about the many challenges facing democracies in the 21st century. This is the second in a series, After Populism, about the challenges populism...

NATO, OSCE Asked to Pursue Nuclear Disarmament in Europe

NATO, OSCE Asked to Pursue Nuclear Disarmament in Europe

Jul 15, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Jutta Wolf BERLIN (IDN | PNND) – Fifty Parliamentarians from 13 European countries have sent a letter today NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Chair of the OSCE Minister Sebastian Kurz, urging these two key European security organizations to pursue dialogue, détente and...

The Iran Paradox

The Iran Paradox

Jul 15, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Michael Mandelbaum Misagh Parsa, Democracy in Iran: Why It Failed and How It Might Succeed, Harvard University Press Jay Solomon, The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals that Reshaped the Middle East, Random House WASHINGTON, DC – Of the states that emerged from the twentieth century’s three great...

Turkey’s Emboldened Opposition

Turkey’s Emboldened Opposition

Jul 15, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Sinan Ülgen ISTANBUL – In Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government has been working to centralize political power, opposition parties have lately had few reasons to be optimistic. This month’s massive rally in Istanbul was a rare exception. On July 9, after walking for 25 days from the capital, Ankara,...

Republics of Murder

Republics of Murder

Jul 13, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Pedro Abramovay RIO DE JANEIRO – Latin America is in the grip of a homicide epidemic. Although the region is home to just 8% of the world’s population, one in three of all homicides occur there; and one in four of all homicides occur in just four countries: Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, and Colombia. Of the 25 most murderous...

ISIS After Mosul

ISIS After Mosul

Jul 13, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Daoud Kuttab RAMALLAH – Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared that the Islamic State (ISIS) had been driven out of Mosul, the city where the group first announced its self-styled caliphate three years ago. Before long, ISIS is expected also to lose Raqqa, its last stronghold, on which its grip is already...

Dozens killed in Nigeria suicide attacks

Dozens killed in Nigeria suicide attacks

Jul 12, 2017

Suicide bombers have killed at least 15 people and injured 21 in the northeast Nigeria n city of Maiduguri, police officials confirmed. Tuesday night incident is the latest in a spate of suicide bomb attacks on the city in the last few weeks. Borno, of which Maiduguri is the capital, is the Nigeria n state...

American Democracy Is Now Under Siege by Both Cyber-Espionage and GOP Voter Suppression

American Democracy Is Now Under Siege by Both Cyber-Espionage and GOP Voter Suppression

Jul 12, 2017

Republished with permission from The Nation  The same Republicans who benefited from Russian hacking in the 2016 election have been suppressing the vote for years. By Ari Berman In September 2010, the District of Columbia unveiled a pilot project to enable overseas residents and people serving in the military to vote over the Internet, and invited users to test...

Finally, Nuclear Weapons Are Outlawed

Finally, Nuclear Weapons Are Outlawed

Jul 12, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Jayantha Dhanapala* KANDY, Sri Lanka (IDN) – On July 7 2017, seventy two years after the most inhumanely destructive weapon was invented and used on hapless Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a Conference of the majority of member states in the United Nations decided – by a vote of 122 for; one...

Medicare For All Is Coming, No Matter What They Say

Medicare For All Is Coming, No Matter What They Say

Jul 12, 2017

Originally published on Common Dreams. By Richard Eskow The idea of Medicare for All, or single-payer health care, has grown in popularity so quickly that it was recently an answer on the quiz show Jeopardy: More than half of all Americans, 53 percent, now want a single-payer plan, up from 40 percent in 1998-2000. But at the same time, Medicare for All suffers...