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...

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...

Former Soviet counter-intelligence official says he was at Trump Jr meeting

Former Soviet counter-intelligence official says he was at Trump Jr meeting

Jul 15, 2017

A Russian-American former Soviet counter intelligence official turned lobbyist has said he attended a 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr, marking another change in the account of a discussion earmarked by some as evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. The president’s son had previously only acknowledged the presence of Russian lawyer,...

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...

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...

Trump Jr knew of Kremlin efforts to aid campaign: NYT

Trump Jr knew of Kremlin efforts to aid campaign: NYT

Jul 11, 2017

The son of US President Donald Trump was told ahead of time that “compromising” information being offered by a Russian lawyer last year was “part of a Russian government effort” to help the Trump 2016 election campaign, The New York Times reported. The new development comes a day after Donald Trump Jr confirmed the he...

Violence Surfaces in Papua New Guinea Elections, But Not Only

Violence Surfaces in Papua New Guinea Elections, But Not Only

Jun 22, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Neena Bhandari SYDNEY (IDN) – As Papua New Guinea – one of the world’s most ethnically and linguistically diverse nations – prepares for national elections from June 24 to July 8, authorities are calling for peace and calm. Historically, tensions during polling, vote counting and the...

Iran’s Long Economic Journey

Iran’s Long Economic Journey

May 29, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Hassan Hakimian LONDON – The landslide re-election of Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, reflects the by now familiar pattern of continuity and change that has characterized Iran’s major elections over the last two decades. For starters, the result defied most expectations. While Rouhani was the favorite, few anticipated his...

Can J-nomics Save South Korea’s Economy?

Can J-nomics Save South Korea’s Economy?

May 19, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Lee Jong-Wha SEOUL – South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, a former human-rights lawyer representing the center-left Democratic Party, has his work cut out for him. Though North Korea’s increasingly provocative behavior will likely continue to dominate headlines, the success of Moon’s presidency will hinge largely upon...

Congratulations, President Macron – Now We Oppose You

Congratulations, President Macron – Now We Oppose You

May 19, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Yanis Varoufakis ATHENS – Prior to the second round of the French Presidential election, DiEM25 (the pan-European movement of democrats, mostly of the left, that I helped to found) promised Emmanuel Macron that we would “mobilize fully to help” him defeat Marine Le Pen. This we did – incurring the wrath of many on the left –...