Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Kenya and Ethiopia Join Forces to Advance Peace, Security, Development and Hope

Kenya and Ethiopia Join Forces to Advance Peace, Security, Development and Hope

Jul 23, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Siddharth Chatterjee Siddharth Chatterjee is the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya. NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 24 2017 (IPS) – The Horn of Africa is often synonymous with extreme poverty, conflict, demographic pressure, environmental stress, and under-investment in basic social services such...

Be Like Luke: Courage and Common Sense in the Age of Consumer Electronics

Be Like Luke: Courage and Common Sense in the Age of Consumer Electronics

Jul 16, 2017

By Roy Lee “I see through the lies of the Jedi. I do not fear the dark side as you do. I have brought peace, freedom, justice, and security to my new empire.” — Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith In the ever-popular Star Wars series, the Sith and Rebel Alliance are pitted against the Galactic Empire, a dictatorship based on...

UAE minister says demand to shut Al Jazeera dropped

UAE minister says demand to shut Al Jazeera dropped

Jul 13, 2017

Saudi Arabia and three other Arab countries that have imposed a political and economic blackade on Qatar are to drop their demand that the Al Jazeera Media Network be shut down. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a land, sea and air blockade on Qatar on June 5. The anti-Doha quartet...

Ignoring the Human Disaster in Yemen

Ignoring the Human Disaster in Yemen

Jul 12, 2017

Originally Published on Consortiumnews The West’s protestations about human rights sound hollow when one looks at Yemen where the U.S. and U.K. place profits from arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the carnage those weapons are inflicting, as Alon Ben-Meir explains. By Alon Ben-Meir It is hard to imagine that along with the catastrophe that has been inflicted on...

The Royal Usurpation of Kaaba

The Royal Usurpation of Kaaba

Jul 12, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Viewpoinrt by Esad Duraković Professor Esad Duraković is a well-known academic and a member of three Arab Academies of Art and Science. SARAJEVO (IDN) – In late June 2017, four Arab countries (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain) adopted a decision to isolate the...

The Next Phase of Middle East Conflict

The Next Phase of Middle East Conflict

Jul 9, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Shlomo Ben-Ami TEL AVIV – With the battles of Mosul and Raqqa dislodging the Islamic State (ISIS) from its strongholds in Syria and Iraq, and the Syrian civil war becoming a war of attrition, the Middle East’s most acute conflicts are evolving fast. But that doesn’t mean they will soon be resolved. ISIS’s self-proclaimed...

New Neocon Mantra: Iran, like Soviet Union, on Verge of Collapse

New Neocon Mantra: Iran, like Soviet Union, on Verge of Collapse

Jul 8, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Jul 7 2017 (IPS) – Iran hawks suddenly have a new mantra: the Islamic Republic is the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, and the Trump administration should work to hasten the regime’s impending collapse. It’s not clear why this comparison has surfaced so abruptly. Its...

Why Trump Went to Warsaw

Why Trump Went to Warsaw

Jul 7, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Sławomir Sierakowski It’s easy to see why Donald Trump wanted to visit Poland en route to the G20 summit in Hamburg. Poland is one of very few EU countries where he can be guaranteed a rapturous reception. In fact, Poland’s unelected de facto leader, Jarosław Kaczyński, has seen to it that crowds will be bussed in to cheer...

Putin and Trump’s Tainted Love

Putin and Trump’s Tainted Love

Jul 7, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Nina L. Khrushcheva MOSCOW – US President Donald Trump must be giddy: this week, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, he will finally meet his Russian counterpart and strongman-hero Vladimir Putin. It is rare for someone who has reached the exalted office of President of the United States to retain the...

After Arms Deal, Trump Unleashes Riyadh in Mideast

After Arms Deal, Trump Unleashes Riyadh in Mideast

Jun 20, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Analysis by Emad Mekay CAIRO (IDN) – The image could have passed for a Harry Potter cover; three powerful leaders with hands on a creepy, lit miniature globe in a darkened room – US President Donald Trump was posing for a photo with two authoritarian Middle East rulers: King Salman bin...