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The Making of China’s Consumer Society

Posted by on Aug 27, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Andrew Sheng and HONG KONG – China’s transformation from a manufacturing-driven and export-led economy to one underpinned by services and...

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Society

Mexico, a Democracy Where People Disappear at the Hands of the State

Posted by on Aug 27, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   This article is part of IPS coverage of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, celebrated Aug....

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Politics

Forget Swing States: The Presidential Election Will Be Determined by 20 Swing Counties in Linchpin States

Posted by on Aug 27, 2016

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. Leaning red and blue, pondering whether to vote. By Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet Americans have heard that the election of the next...

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Geopolitics

Trump’s Pro-ISIS Foreign Policy

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Fawaz A. Gerges LONDON – Donald Trump’s recent claim that his opponent in the US presidential race, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,...

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Mexico, a Democracy Where People Disappear at the Hands of the State

Mexico, a Democracy Where People Disappear at the Hands of the State

Aug 27, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   This article is part of IPS coverage of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, celebrated Aug. 30 By Daniela Pastrana MEXICO CITY, Aug 26 2016 (IPS) – “Go and tell my dad that they’re holding me here,” Maximiliano Gordillo Martínez told his travelling companion on May 7 at...

The Making of China’s Consumer Society

The Making of China’s Consumer Society

Aug 27, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Andrew Sheng and HONG KONG – China’s transformation from a manufacturing-driven and export-led economy to one underpinned by services and domestic consumption is firmly underway. And that’s good news not just for China, but also for the future of the global economy. The 2016-17 edition of the Blue Book of China’s Commercial...

Addressing the Dangers of Freelance Journalism

Addressing the Dangers of Freelance Journalism

Aug 27, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Valentina Ieri Freelance journalists have few protections in conflict situations. Credit: Sana Altaf/IPSNEW YORK, Aug 26 2016 (IPS) – As the reliance on freelance journalists by news organisation has increased, so has the burden of guaranteeing a safe working environment for these journalists,...

Forget Swing States: The Presidential Election Will Be Determined by 20 Swing Counties in Linchpin States

Forget Swing States: The Presidential Election Will Be Determined by 20 Swing Counties in Linchpin States

Aug 27, 2016

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. Leaning red and blue, pondering whether to vote. By Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet Americans have heard that the election of the next president will be determined by a few battleground states, with Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania as 2016’s leading examples. But what if it’s not simply a handful of swing states but swing...

TPPA May Fall Victim to U.S. Political Dynamics

TPPA May Fall Victim to U.S. Political Dynamics

Aug 27, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Analysis by Martin Khor * GENEVA (IDN | SouthViews) – The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement has become a political football in the U.S. Presidential elections and with the public mood so against trade agreements, the TPPA faces the real possibility of being discarded. No country was...

Thailand’s Sufficiency Economy Philosophy and the Sustainable Development Goals

Thailand’s Sufficiency Economy Philosophy and the Sustainable Development Goals

Aug 26, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS     By an IPS Correspondent UNITED NATIONS, Aug 26 2016 (IPS) – The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) don’t just define development in terms of economic growth, they also call for sustainable use of the world’s limited natural resources. For the government of Thailand, one way to...

Could A Lithium Shortage De-Rail The Electric Car Boom?

Could A Lithium Shortage De-Rail The Electric Car Boom?

Aug 25, 2016

By James Stafford of Oilprice.com We’ve gone electric, and there’s no going back at this point. Lithium is our new fuel, but like fossil fuels, the reserves we’re currently tapping into are finite—and that’s what investors can take to the bank. You may think lithium got too popular too fast. You may suspect electric vehicles are too much...

The Scarecrow of National Debt

The Scarecrow of National Debt

Aug 25, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Robert Skidelsky CAMBRIDGE – Most people are more worried by government debt than about taxation. “But it’s trillions” a friend of mine recently expostulated about the United Kingdom’s national debt. He exaggerated a bit: it is £1.7 trillion ($2.2 trillion). But one website features a clock showing the debt growing at a rate...

Devastating Earthquake Demolishes Central Italy

Devastating Earthquake Demolishes Central Italy

Aug 25, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By By Rose Delaney ROME, Aug 25 2016 (IPS) – At 3.36am on  August 24, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake wreaked havoc and destruction in central Italy. The initial early morning earthquake was followed by magnitude 5.1 and 5.4 aftershocks, the tremors reported to have been felt by inhabitants in Rome,...

Sarkozy’s Campaign of Fear

Sarkozy’s Campaign of Fear

Aug 25, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Dominique Moisi PARIS – Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s announcement that he will seek the presidency again in 2017 should come as no surprise. Indeed, it was hard to take seriously his declaration, following his loss to the Socialist Party’s François Hollande in the 2012 race, that he was done with politics....

Trump’s Pro-ISIS Foreign Policy

Trump’s Pro-ISIS Foreign Policy

Aug 25, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Fawaz A. Gerges LONDON – Donald Trump’s recent claim that his opponent in the US presidential race, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and President Barack Obama founded the Islamic State is vicious nonsense. But it is also an ironic charge for Trump to make: if anyone in the United States is helping ISIS, it is he....

The Easy Money Contagion

The Easy Money Contagion

Aug 25, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Carmen Reinhart JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING – To consider the actions taken by the world’s major central banks in the past month is to invite an essential question: when – and where – will all this monetary easing end? At the end of July, the Bank of Japan announced that it would maintain its current negative interest rates and...