Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

The Unnoticed Demise of Democracy

The Unnoticed Demise of Democracy

Jul 24, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Roberto Savio ROME, Jul 24 2017 (IPS) – Politicians are so busy fighting for their jobs, they hardly seem to notice that they risk going out of business. Democracy is on the wane, yet the problem is nowhere in Parliaments. Common to all is a progressive loss of vision, of long term planning and...

Why Trump’s in More Trouble than Nixon, Reagan and Clinton During Their Scandal Years

Why Trump’s in More Trouble than Nixon, Reagan and Clinton During Their Scandal Years

Jul 24, 2017

by Donne Levy Donne Levy is a retired college instructor in U.S. Asian History, and Western Civilization. This is the first presidential scandal involving a foreign government interfering with our election process and possible collusion by the man who won the election. Since George Washington Americans have taken pride in electing honest presidents. Whether the...

In Announcing ‘Better Deal’ Platform, Dems Admit Status Quo Not Working

In Announcing ‘Better Deal’ Platform, Dems Admit Status Quo Not Working

Jul 24, 2017

Originally published on Common Dreams.  “Americans believe they’re getting a raw deal from both the economic and political systems in our country. And they are right.” by Jake Johnson With a live-streamed presentation and a slate of new messaging on Monday, Democratic leaders attempted to articulate for the first time since their party’s...

Why Obamacare Survived

Why Obamacare Survived

Jul 24, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Jeffrey Frankel, CAMBRIDGE – Since the United States’ Affordable Care Act (ACA) – or “Obamacare” – was enacted in 2010, Republicans have been promising to “repeal and replace” it. When the 2016 presidential and congressional elections delivered all three branches of the US government to the party, the time to fulfill that...

Sean Spicer out as White House press secretary

Sean Spicer out as White House press secretary

Jul 21, 2017

WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Sean Spicer has resigned, it was announced Friday. The decision came after President Donald Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier, as communications director. In a Twitter statement, Spicer said he would leave the White House in August. For months, Spicer’s daily news briefings were must-see...

The Communications Novice at the Heart of Spicer’s Exit

The Communications Novice at the Heart of Spicer’s Exit

Jul 21, 2017

Anthony Scaramucci finds himself at the center of the latest storm in President Donald Trump’s White House after Sean Spicer resigned from his position as press secretary Friday. According to The New York Times, Spicer quit after telling Trump that he strongly disagreed with the appointment of Scaramucci as the new communications director. It was...

With democracy under fire, Poles take to the streets

With democracy under fire, Poles take to the streets

Jul 21, 2017

Originally published on ThinkProgress Tens of thousands protested the country’s increasingly authoritarian government, two weeks after Trump’s visit. By E. A. Crunden Just two weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump visited Poland and praised the nation as a beacon of freedom, mass protests are sweeping the country. Around 50,000 people took to the streets of...

House Democrats Bet On The ‘Blue Dogs’

House Democrats Bet On The ‘Blue Dogs’

Jul 20, 2017

To the scorn of progressives, Democrats trying to win back the U.S. House next year are relying on the conservative wing of the party. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the House’s primary campaign group, is coordinating with the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of 18 moderate Democrats that has shriveled in numbers and power...

Mexico Spyware Scandal a Gift for Organized Crime

Mexico Spyware Scandal a Gift for Organized Crime

Jul 20, 2017

Originally published on InsightCrime Written by Patrick Corcoran Recent revelations about the government of Mexico‘s widespread use of spyware to monitor adversaries in the press and the human rights community represent a gift for organized crime. The New York Times first reported in June that Mexican journalists, lawyers, human-rights activists and their...

7 Pundits Who Spread the Myth of Trump’s Working-Class Voter Base

7 Pundits Who Spread the Myth of Trump’s Working-Class Voter Base

Jul 20, 2017

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. The media has gotten a few things disastrously wrong about Trump supporters. But a few commentators got things right. By Lauren Kaori Gurley Following Donald Trump’s ascent to the U.S. presidency, both liberal and conservative pundits and commentators have circulated a dangerous myth that the white working-class...