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Rex Tillerson: a secretary of state pick with a long, troubled history in Venezuela

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017

Embed from Getty Images Chairman and CEO of US oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson, speaks during the 2015 Oil and Money conference in central London on October 7,...

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Society

This is Karelia: tortured voices from Russia’s prison system

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016

This article first appeared on openDemocracy Evidence of how prison officers cooperate with inmates to effect torture and humiliation inside Karelia’s prison system continues to...

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Politics

14 Fake News Stories Created or Publicized by Donald Trump

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017

Republished with permission from ALTERNET.  By Kali Holloway Fake news is the one thing Trump hasn’t claimed to have invented that he actually deserves some credit for inventing....

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Geopolitics

Russia’s Imperial Instinct

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Carl Bildt WASHINGTON, DC – Russia is once again at the center of policy debates in many Western capitals. And for the third time in a row, a...

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Russia’s Imperial Instinct

Russia’s Imperial Instinct

Jan 17, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Carl Bildt WASHINGTON, DC – Russia is once again at the center of policy debates in many Western capitals. And for the third time in a row, a new US president will start his administration with ambitions to improve bilateral relations. To understand why achieving this goal has been so difficult, it helps to take a longer...

14 Fake News Stories Created or Publicized by Donald Trump

14 Fake News Stories Created or Publicized by Donald Trump

Jan 13, 2017

Republished with permission from ALTERNET.  By Kali Holloway Fake news is the one thing Trump hasn’t claimed to have invented that he actually deserves some credit for inventing. Donald Trump tried to present himself as a paragon of journalistic virtue at Wednesday’s press conference, and if you were trapped in a bunker the last two years, from another planet,...

Rex Tillerson: a secretary of state pick with a long, troubled history in Venezuela

Rex Tillerson: a secretary of state pick with a long, troubled history in Venezuela

Jan 10, 2017

Embed from Getty Images Chairman and CEO of US oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson, speaks during the 2015 Oil and Money conference in central London on October 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images) Sary Levy-Carciente, Universidad Central de Venezuela and María Teresa Romero, Universidad...

Mário Soares, a Rebel with a Cause – Freedom

Mário Soares, a Rebel with a Cause – Freedom

Jan 10, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By IPS Correspondent LISBON, Jan 10 2017 (IPS) – Hardly a leader could reap so much respect, even from most relentless political rivals, both throughout his life and after his death on Jan 7 at the age of 92, like Portuguese Mário Soares. Characterised as “an indefatigable political animal,” by the...

6 Reasons Why Resisting Trump Is Not Enough: Here’s How We Might Be Able to Save Our Democracy

6 Reasons Why Resisting Trump Is Not Enough: Here’s How We Might Be Able to Save Our Democracy

Jan 10, 2017

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. If we don’t build an alternative movement, attacks on Trump could enhance his popularity rather than diminish it. By Les Leopold / AlterNet any progressives are in a major defensive crouch. We’re all about resisting everything Trump does, no matter what. We should stop his appointments, decry his PR efforts...

The Soviet Union Is Dead for Good

The Soviet Union Is Dead for Good

Dec 30, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Ghia Nodia MOSCOW – This New Year’s Eve marks the 25th anniversary of the formal dissolution of the Soviet Union. But, rather than celebrating, many Russians – and some people in the West – are ambivalent about that outcome. Russian President Vladimir Putin tops the list of doubters. He made known his position on the USSR’s...

Ukraine’s corrupt counter-revolution

Ukraine’s corrupt counter-revolution

Dec 30, 2016

This article first appeared on openDemocracy By Sergii Leshchenko 30 December 2016 In Ukraine, revolution and reform has given way to reaction, with vested interests entrenching themselves even further.   Last week, as the world prepared for the Christmas holidays, Ukrainian MPs gathered in parliament at 10am, and departed 20 hours later. This legislative...

A Socialist Market Economy With Chinese Contradictions

A Socialist Market Economy With Chinese Contradictions

Dec 30, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Adair Turner LONDON – The year 2016 ends with slightly higher forecasts for global growth and inflation. In part, that reflects expectations of a big new fiscal stimulus in the United States under President Donald Trump. But equally important is the strength of the Chinese economy, with buoyant industrial production fueling...

Greetings to Global Humanity from the Editor

Greetings to Global Humanity from the Editor

Dec 25, 2016

  I wish readers of all cultures, societies, religions and philosophies a happy holiday season. May the year 2017 bring progress towards mutual understanding and benefit, peace, cooperation and kindness throughout the planet. May we all work to make the planet healthy, livable, safe and environmentally sound. May there be real progress towards reducing or...

This is Karelia: tortured voices from Russia’s prison system

This is Karelia: tortured voices from Russia’s prison system

Dec 23, 2016

This article first appeared on openDemocracy Evidence of how prison officers cooperate with inmates to effect torture and humiliation inside Karelia’s prison system continues to emerge. By Anastasiya Zotova 23 December 2016 The deeper you go into the woods, the darker it gets. My colleagues and I at Territory of Torture have received more complaints from...

The Crisis of Market Fundamentalism

The Crisis of Market Fundamentalism

Dec 23, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Anatole Kaletsky LONDON – The biggest political surprise of 2016 was that everyone was so surprised. I certainly had no excuse to be caught unawares: soon after the 2008 crisis, I wrote a book suggesting that a collapse of confidence in political institutions would follow the economic collapse, with a lag of five years or...

The Emergence of the Wang Qishan Faction

The Emergence of the Wang Qishan Faction

Dec 23, 2016

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation By: Willy Wo-Lap Lam The proverb “mandarins can set big fires, but common folks can’t even light a candle” is often used to describe the often-outlandish privileges enjoyed by the authorities. After the recent Sixth Plenum of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee conferred upon Xi Jinping the lofty...

India expects to get almost 60 percent of its electricity from clean energy by 2027

India expects to get almost 60 percent of its electricity from clean energy by 2027

Dec 23, 2016

Originally published on ThinkProgress That would put the country on a path to meeting its Paris commitments several years early. By Natasha Geiling In ten years, India could get almost sixty percent of its electricity from non-fossil fuel sources, according to a government forecast published this week. According to a draft of the country’s 10-year energy...

How heartbreaking images from Aleppo could actually change international norms

How heartbreaking images from Aleppo could actually change international norms

Dec 23, 2016

Chiara De Franco, University of Southern Denmark The siege of Aleppo is a mass atrocity with unprecedented levels of visibility. Confronted with the horrific images of a destroyed city, and the testimonies of wounded survivors using social media to reach out to the world, many have argued that a complete meltdown of humanity is unfolding. Some have lamented...

When Leaders Are True to Their Lies

When Leaders Are True to Their Lies

Dec 23, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Ricardo Hausmann HANOI – What does the Venezuelan domestic payments crisis have in common with the death of the North American Free Trade Agreement, announced by Wilbur Ross, US President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be the next US Secretary of Commerce? These two seemingly disparate events are linked by the odd relationship...

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