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Trump’s Phony Trade War (1st of a 3-Part Series)

May 14, 2018 • On Donald Trump AdministrationComments (0)

By Dr. Jack Rasmus “What’s going on with Trump’s trade offensive? There’s a dual track policy underway: One a phony trade war with US allies; the other a potential (but not yet) trade war with China, that may also in the end prove less than a bonafide ‘trade war’ as well.”   Trump’s trade team …

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The Koreas Unified and at Peace? – How about Syria, Iran and Venezuela?

May 9, 2018 • World Politics, International Relations, Editor’s Choice, Asia - PacificComments (0)

By Peter Koenig Peace – in the Koreas, is what the world expects; and Peace in the world is what humanity expects, the vast majority – 99.9% of the world population wants peace, but it’s the 0.1% that commands war and destruction, since war and

The Flawed Story About Drugs and Human Rights in the Philippines

April 23, 2018 • World Politics, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dr. Dan Steinbock For years, drugs and corruption thrived in the Philippines as policymakers engaged in external adventures ignoring domestic investment. The Duterte government is fostering a historical investment drive, while seeking to defuse the threat

We Won’t Get Fooled Again…Or Will We?

April 20, 2018 • World Politics, Commentary, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Richard Westra With the suspected chemical attack in the remaining rebel-held suburbs of Damascus on 4 April, it is apparent that the use of chemical weapons is indeed hard to solve. Needless to say, it is during these times that the citizenry needs to

Betting Big on CPEC

April 3, 2018 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, International Relations, ChinaComments (0)

By Xiangming Chen, S.K. Joseph and Hamna Tariq With the launch of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), one fundamental question to ask is if this ambitious project will transform Pakistan and boost China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Earn Billions in North Korea: Here’s How

March 27, 2018 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, World Politics, Asia - Pacific, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Shepherd Iverson This is not a parody for THE ONION, but a pragmatic proposal to reunify Korea with your money, in exchange for resource ownership, construction contracts, licensing agreements and temporary business sector and market monopolies in northern

2018: A Foreign Policy Wild Ride in Trump’s America

March 27, 2018 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, On Donald Trump AdministrationComments (1)

By Markos Kounalakis Surprise is an element that Trump relishes both in deal-making and in policy. America and the world need to get ready for a wild ride in 2018. Guessing what the world will look like in the Trump era is a risky game. President Donald Trump

The Economic Moral Hazards of the International Criminal Court – and the Philippines Withdrawal

March 22, 2018 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Columns, International Law, Dan Steinbock, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (2)

By Dan Steinbock                                                  As the Philippines is withdrawing from the International Criminal Court, ICC is blaming the Duterte government. In reality, the withdrawal is

The Philippine Dream Could Be Within the Reach

February 13, 2018 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Columns, Dan Steinbock, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock   If the government’s focus remains on inclusive economic development, the Philippines could become a bright spot in the global landscape. Today, there is a huge gap between the Philippines as it is portrayed by many international

The Duel Between Big Tech and Big Government

January 19, 2018 • EMERGING TRENDS, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Digital Transformation, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Graham Vanbergen Just five years ago you had no notion that “big data” would overtake oil as the number one traded commodity in the world, never heard of Bitcoin, that social media would play a significant role in reshaping global politics, that