Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

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...

Trump Has Secretive Teams to Roll Back Regulations, Led by Hires With Deep Industry Ties

Trump Has Secretive Teams to Roll Back Regulations, Led by Hires With Deep Industry Ties

Jul 14, 2017

by Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, and Danielle Ivory, The New York Times, July 11, 2017, 5 a.m. President Trump entered office pledging to cut red tape, and within weeks, he ordered his administration to assemble teams to aggressively scale back government regulations. But the effort — a signature theme in Trump’s populist campaign for the White House — is...

What the US can learn from Scandinavia in the struggle against inequality

What the US can learn from Scandinavia in the struggle against inequality

Mar 4, 2017

This article was originally published on Waging Nonviolence. By Eric Stoner In any social movement, it is important for organizers to have a clear and inspiring vision for the future world that they are working to build. In the struggle against rampant economic inequality in the United States and many parts of the world, no model is held up as a guiding light...

Who’s Behind US Downward-Mobility?

Who’s Behind US Downward-Mobility?

Feb 25, 2017

Originally Published on Consortiumnews President Trump blames Mexicans, Chinese and other foreigners for the plight of downwardly mobile Americans but the real culprits are his corporatist pals who grab the lion’s share of the wealth from U.S. global dominance, says JP Sottile. By JP Sottile Donald Trump kicked-off his presidency with the bold accusation that...

 Socialism’s Return

 Socialism’s Return

Feb 21, 2017

Republished with permission from The Nation After more than a half-century in the wilderness, the socialist left reemerges in America. By Patrick Iber For the American left, 2016 proved to be a year with a cruel twist ending. In the first few months, a self-
described democratic socialist by the name of Bernie Sanders mounted a surprisingly successful primary...

Trump Marks the End of a Cycle

Trump Marks the End of a Cycle

Feb 21, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Analysis by Roberto Savio* ROME (IDN) – Let us stop debating what newly-elected US President Trump is doing or might do and look at him in terms of historical importance. Put simply, Trump marks the end of an American cycle! Like it or not, for the last two centuries the entire planet has...

Corruption Brings Down an Empire: Odebrecht in Brazil

Corruption Brings Down an Empire: Odebrecht in Brazil

Feb 16, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Mario Osava RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 16 2017 (IPS) – People in Brazil have been overwhelmed by the flood of news stories about the huge web of corruption woven by the country’s biggest construction company, Odebrecht, which is active in dozens of fields and countries. The business empire built by...

Washington Rules Change, Again

Washington Rules Change, Again

Feb 16, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Jomo Kwame Sundaram Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor, was United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, and received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2007. KUALA LAMPUR, Feb 16 2017 (IPS) – Over the last four...

Deutsche Bank Remains Trump’s Biggest Conflict of Interest Despite Settlements

Deutsche Bank Remains Trump’s Biggest Conflict of Interest Despite Settlements

Feb 10, 2017

by Jesse Eisinger ProPublica, Feb. 9, 2017, 10:16 a.m. If you measure President Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest by the amount of money at stake, or the variety of dicey interactions with government regulators, one dwarfs any other: his relationship with Deutsche Bank. In recent weeks, Deutsche Bank has scrambled to reach agreements with American...

Managing Big Data’s Big Risks

Managing Big Data’s Big Risks

Feb 8, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Ernest Davis NEW YORK – In the last 15 years, we have witnessed an explosion in the amount of digital data available – from the Internet, social media, scientific equipment, smart phones, surveillance cameras, and many other sources – and in the computer technologies used to process it. “Big Data,” as it is known, will...