Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

No Justice, No Peace for Yemeni Children

No Justice, No Peace for Yemeni Children

Jul 21, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UNITED NATIONS, Jul 21 2017 (IPS) – Human rights groups are urging the UN Secretary-General to include the Saudi-led Coalition (SLC) in a child rights’ “shame list” after documenting grave violations against children. Save the Children and the Watchlist on Children and...

The Middle East’s Next War

The Middle East’s Next War

Jul 21, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Joschka Fischer BERLIN – With the retaking of Mosul in northern Iraq, the Islamic State (ISIS) could soon be a thing of the past. But the defeat of ISIS and the demise of its self-proclaimed Iraqi-Syrian caliphate won’t bring peace to the Middle East, or even an end to the Syrian tragedy. Rather, it is likely to open a new...

Mosul in ruins: ‘I see only despair around us’

Mosul in ruins: ‘I see only despair around us’

Jul 18, 2017

  Mosul, Iraq – Western Mosul is in ruins. From the tenth floor of a badly damaged hotel in Iraq’s second-largest city, destroyed buildings and roads can be seen for miles on end. There is no building that has not been touched by fights and air attacks. The smell of decaying bodies fills the hot July...

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...

UN ends round of Syria with ‘no breakthrough’

UN ends round of Syria with ‘no breakthrough’

Jul 15, 2017

The seventh round of intra-Syria talks aimed at helping to end the country’s six-year-old war wrapped up with “no breakthrough, no breakdown”. UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Friday the Syrian government has not budged in its unwillingness to discuss political transition at the talks in Geneva while President Bashar al –...

Is the world really sleepwalking to war? Systems thinking can provide an answer

Is the world really sleepwalking to war? Systems thinking can provide an answer

Jul 13, 2017

Roger Bradbury, Australian National University; Chris Barrie, Australian National University, and Dmitry Brizhinev, Australian National University The idea the world is sleepwalking to war, much like Europe did in the early years of the 20th century, deserves to be taken seriously. One of us (Chris Barrie) set the hares running recently when he said that, as in...

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...

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....

Children Now More Than Half of the 65 Million Displaced

Children Now More Than Half of the 65 Million Displaced

Jun 20, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UNITED NATIONS, Jun 20 2017 (IPS) – Around 20 people are newly displaced every minute of the day, according to a new report. In its annual Global Trends report, the UN’s refugee agency UNHCR has recorded unprecedented and concerning levels of displacement around the world....

Wars were and are far from Inevitable

Wars were and are far from Inevitable

Jun 20, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Viewpoint by Jonathan Power* LUND, Sweden (IDN-INPS) – Frederick the Great of Prussia was a friend of Voltaire and enjoyed ribald evenings with the philosopher discussing the intricacies of life’s dos and don’ts. Before becoming king he was persuaded by Voltaire to become a pacifist....