The Interpreter By AMANDA TAUB WASHINGTON — Yascha Mounk is used to being the most pessimistic person in the room. Mr. Mounk, a lecturer in government at Harvard, has spent the past few years challenging one of the bedrock assumptions… Continue Reading
By Jodi Dean Verso Since Donald Trump’s electoral defeat of Hillary Clinton for President of the United States, liberal commentary has fixated on the problem of identity politics. Like the incessant tonguing of a sore tooth, this fixation locates a… Continue Reading
Right response is to focus on the financial sector and inequality Wolfgang Münchau Financial Times Some revolutions could have been avoided if the old guard had only refrained from provocation. There is no proof of a “let them eat cake”… Continue Reading
By Lyndal Rowlands UNITED NATIONS, Nov 2016 (IPS) – Nine of the world’s top ten arms exporters will sit on the UN Security Council between mid-2016 and mid-2018.
Nic Dawes Columbia Journalism Review DEAR FRIENDS IN AMERICAN JOURNALISM, Ordinarily, it is you who offer the rest of the world advice about press freedom, and the accountability architecture of democratic societies, so I understand that it may be strange… Continue Reading
PEPE ESCOBAR OPINION – Strategic Culture Foundation A half-hearted near handshake between US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin before and after they spoke «for about four minutes», standing up, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation… Continue Reading
Human Wrongs Watch By Baher Kamal* BONN / ROME, Nov 23 2016 (IPS) – Marking this year’s World Day to Combat Desertification last June, the United Nations announced the launch of a China-United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Belt… Continue Reading
By Jonathan Power LUND, Sweden (IDN-INPS) – Trotsky, the one-time close comrade of Lenin, reportedly said, “You may not be interested in war but war is interested in you”.
The legacy of the once wildly popular former leader is tested in court Joe Leahy in São Paulo Financial Times Brazilian lawyers Cristiano and Valeska Zanin Martins discovered just how polarised the political climate in their country had become when… Continue Reading
By Baher Kamal ROME, Nov 2016 (IPS) – In December 1946, “faced with the reality of millions of children suffering daily deprivation in Europe after World War II,” the General Assembly of the United Nations created the UN International Children’s… Continue Reading
By Nathan Heller The New Yorker In December of 2007, the legal theorist Cass R. Sunstein wrote in The Chronicle of Higher Education about the filtering effects that frequently attend the spread of information on the Web. “As a result… Continue Reading
By Lyndal Rowlands UNITED NATIONS, Nov 2016 (IPS) – Coal power does more to harm the world’s poor than to help them, even before the devastating impacts of climate change are taken into account, according to a recent report published… Continue Reading
By Jacob L. Shapiro Geopolitical Futures Recent votes in the U.S. and U.K. reveal nationalism is evolving into different forms.
By Baher Kamal Part I: To Fight or to Flee? ROME, Nov 2016 (IPS) – To fight or to flee? These are the stark choices Maria, a single mother from the Bangalala midlands of Tanzania, faces repeatedly.
Thomas Piketty The Guardian Rising inequality is largely to blame for this electoral upset. Continuing with business as usual is not an option Let it be said at once: Trump’s victory is primarily due to the explosion in economic and… Continue Reading
By George Friedman Geopolitical Futures Winning the war leads to the inevitable problem of running the country. When the Bolsheviks took power, their intention was to create the dictatorship of the proletariat. They took control of government buildings in St.… Continue Reading
By CORAL DAVENPORT New York Times MARRAKESH, Morocco — Diplomats at an annual United Nations global warming summit meeting here expressed shock at the election of Donald J. Trump, who has called climate change a hoax and vowed to withdraw… Continue Reading
Newsweek The chances of Trump pursuing an economic stimulus that will benefit the lives of those he promised to help are slim. Republican presidents have a penchant for ditching their ideological commitment toward small government, turning into big deficit spenders… Continue Reading
Robert J. Burrowes In early 2011, as the Arab Spring was moving across North Africa and the Middle East, small groups of nonviolent activists in Syria, which has been under martial law since 1963, started protesting against the brutal dictatorship… Continue Reading
By Jonathan Swan – THE HILL Former Breitbart News executive Stephen Bannon is poised to play a significant role in foreign policy and national security in the Trump administration.