Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Morocco: Addressing Shantytowns in an Emerging Democracy

Morocco: Addressing Shantytowns in an Emerging Democracy

Jul 24, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Viewpoint by Wajiha Ibrahim* BOSTON (IDN) – What peaked in 2011 as a series of political protests sweeping the Middle East and North Africa is today an opportunity to celebrate and evaluate how various regimes mould their path towards democracy. A noteworthy component of these transitions...

A “Macroneconomic” Revolution?

A “Macroneconomic” Revolution?

Jul 19, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Anatole Kaletsky LONDON – Next month will mark the tenth anniversary of the global financial crisis, which began on August 9, 2007, when Banque National de Paris announced that the value of several of its funds, containing what were supposedly the safest possible US mortgage bonds, had evaporated. From that fateful day, the...

Post-Soviet Russian economic collapse

Post-Soviet Russian economic collapse

Jul 19, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS By Vladimir Popov and Jomo Kwame Sundaram MOSCOW and KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 19 2017 (IPS) – Wide-ranging economic reforms following the demise of the Soviet Union at the end of December 1991 mainly resulted in economic collapse in most successor states. By the mid-1990s, output had fallen by about half...

VIDEO: People in Denmark Are a Lot Happier Than People in the United States. Here’s Why.

VIDEO: People in Denmark Are a Lot Happier Than People in the United States. Here’s Why.

Jul 18, 2017

Republished with permission from The Nation Text by Joshua Holland. Graphics and animation by Rob Pybus. This work was supported by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and its Puffin Story Innovation Fund. Last week, in Denmark, Malthe and Lærke Knudson had a baby girl they named Emma. That same day, the Robinsons—Dale and Beth—had a little baby in the...

G20 Leaves Three Billion People Out in the Cold

G20 Leaves Three Billion People Out in the Cold

Jul 18, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Analysis by Ravi Kanth Deverakonda GENEVA | HAMBURG (IDN) – The G20 summit in Hamburg on July 7 and 8 delivered a grand declaration of compromises on “major global economic challenges” and “shaping an interconnected world”, but failed to address the grave economic and existential problems of...

Is Productivity Growth Becoming Irrelevant?

Is Productivity Growth Becoming Irrelevant?

Jul 18, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Adair Turner LONDON – As the Nobel laureate economist Robert Solow noted in 1987, computers are “everywhere but in the productivity statistics.” Since then, the so-called productivity paradox has become ever more striking. Automation has eliminated many jobs. Robots and artificial intelligence now seem to promise (or...

Don’t Move Resources from Development to Security, Warns UN Chief

Don’t Move Resources from Development to Security, Warns UN Chief

Jul 17, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By António Guterres António Guterres, UN Secretary-General at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development UNITED NATIONS, Jul 17 2017 (IPS) – Twenty years ago, when I was starting my functions as Prime Minister of Portugal, the world was surfing a wave of optimism. The Cold War had...

Poverty Impeding Global Sustainable Development

Poverty Impeding Global Sustainable Development

Jul 17, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Santo D. Banerjee UNITED NATIONS (IDN) – While nearly 1.1 billion people escaped extreme poverty between 1990 and 2013 because of strong economic growth that benefited the world’s poorest, “the number of people living in extreme poverty remains unacceptably high, with nearly 800...

Why Do Cities Become Unaffordable?

Why Do Cities Become Unaffordable?

Jul 17, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Robert J. Shiller NEW HAVEN – Inequality is usually measured by comparing incomes across households within a country. But there is also a different kind of inequality: in the affordability of homes across cities. The impact of this form of inequality is no less worrying. In many of the world’s urban centers, homes are...

How the health care struggle is building a broad anti-Trump resistance

How the health care struggle is building a broad anti-Trump resistance

Jul 16, 2017

This article was originally published on Waging Nonviolence. By  Sarah Freeman-Woolpert Last week’s recess offered little respite to the Republican senators supporting the Better Care Reconciliation Act, or BCRA. After the bill failed to gain enough support for a vote before the recess, opponents of the health care reform legislation — which would entail major...