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...

Tom Engelhardt, Bombing the Rubble

Tom Engelhardt, Bombing the Rubble

Jul 20, 2017

Republished with permission from TomDispatch.com Posted by Tom Engelhardt at 7:19am, July 20, 2017. Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. Empire of Destruction Precision Warfare? Don’t Make Me Laugh By Tom Engelhardt You remember. It was supposed to be twenty-first-century war, American-style: precise beyond imagining; smart bombs; drones capable of...

What the taking of Mosul means

What the taking of Mosul means

Jul 13, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy PAUL ROGERS 13 July 2017 Victory is declared in Iraq’s second city. But ISIS is undefeated, and the long war continues. Iraq’s prime minister Haider al-Abadi travelled to Mosul on 10 July to announce the city’s final seizure from ISIS. The campaign had begun in October, and was expected to be over...

ISIS After Mosul

ISIS After Mosul

Jul 13, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Daoud Kuttab RAMALLAH – Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared that the Islamic State (ISIS) had been driven out of Mosul, the city where the group first announced its self-styled caliphate three years ago. Before long, ISIS is expected also to lose Raqqa, its last stronghold, on which its grip is already...

Dozens killed in Nigeria suicide attacks

Dozens killed in Nigeria suicide attacks

Jul 12, 2017

Suicide bombers have killed at least 15 people and injured 21 in the northeast Nigeria n city of Maiduguri, police officials confirmed. Tuesday night incident is the latest in a spate of suicide bomb attacks on the city in the last few weeks. Borno, of which Maiduguri is the capital, is the Nigeria n state...

Deficit of Trust Between Arabs, Kurds Complicates Raqqa Battle

Deficit of Trust Between Arabs, Kurds Complicates Raqqa Battle

Jul 11, 2017

Kurdish-led fighters made further advances Tuesday in the fight to oust the Islamic State terror group from its de facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria. They have been consolidating their foothold in the old city, while amassing soldiers in the eastern suburbs, ready for a deeper strike, say commanders with the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic...

Battle to Retake Raqqa a Desperate House-to-House Fight

Battle to Retake Raqqa a Desperate House-to-House Fight

Jul 11, 2017

The battle to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State terror group is a fight increasingly without front lines. The U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have breached the old city and control about a quarter of the terror group’s de facto capital, say American officials, but holding what has already been seized...

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...

Half of World’s Civilian War Deaths Occurred in Syria, Iraq and Yemen

Half of World’s Civilian War Deaths Occurred in Syria, Iraq and Yemen

Jun 20, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By IPS World Desk ROME/GENEVA, Jun 20 2017 (IPS) – Between 2010 and 2015, nearly half of all civilian war deaths worldwide occurred in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, a major independent, neutral organisation ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war and armed violence informs....

Protection of Journalists Fails in Latin America

Protection of Journalists Fails in Latin America

May 1, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Daniela Pastrana This article forms part of IPS’ coverage of World Press Freedom Day, celebrated on May 3 MEXICO CITY, Apr 29 2017 (IPS) – Mexican journalist Cecilio Pineda Brito covered drug trafficking issues in a region of the southern state of Guerrero where criminal groups are extremely...