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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 (0)

By Dan Steinbock                                                  As the Philippines is withdrawing from the International Criminal Court, ICC is blaming the Duterte government. In reality, the withdrawal is still another example of the erosion of the ICC’s credibility, its failure at judicial independence

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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

Current Economic Development is Unsustainable. How Can We Reverse this Trend?

January 18, 2018 • EMERGING TRENDS, Capitalism in the 21st Century, Climate Change & Society, World DevelopmentComments (5)

By Jacques Prescott In 1987, with the publication of the Brundtland report, the world was confronted once again with the dire reality of a collapsing environment and the concept of sustainable development emerged as a solution. Thirty years later, despite

The Way to the New Cold War

January 8, 2018 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, International Relations, Dan SteinbockComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock Despite continued nuclear threats, all US postwar presidents have failed to reset relations with Russia. Why?   The “New Cold War” between the US and Russia began a decade ago. The elevated tensions in the Korean Peninsula are only a

Jerusalem – The Straw that Breaks the Empire’s Back?

December 19, 2017 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Peter Koenig   When President Trump on 6 December 2017 declared unilaterally Jerusalem as the capital of Israel to where the US Embassy shall relocate, he violated UN Resolutions, international law, common sense and went against all diplomatic efforts

How To (and Not To) Navigate between US and China 

December 18, 2017 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, International Relations, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock The first 18 months of the Duterte government suggest that the effort to recalibrate the Philippines’ ties between the US and China is necessary, viable and vital.        In the first half of the 2010s, Manila and Beijing were

Telesur: The Real Causes of Deficits and the US Debt

December 9, 2017 • Governance & Regulation, On Donald Trump AdministrationComments (0)

By Jack Rasmus   With the Senate and House all but assured to pass the US$4.5 trillion in tax cuts for businesses, investors, and the wealthiest 1 percent households by the end of this week, phases two and three of the Trump-Republican fiscal strategy

Overcoming Decades of Missed FDI in the Philippines

December 4, 2017 • On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock Since the 1980s, economic success in Asia has often relied on foreign investment, at least initially. Last week, President Duterte took a decisive step toward that direction. Why has the change taken so long? And why is the devil in the

Exaggerated Alarm and Destructive Excursions: Anti-Proliferation Policy and The Case of North Korea

November 28, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Asia - Pacific, World DevelopmentComments (1)

By John Mueller The consequences of nuclear proliferation have been substantially benign: those who have acquired the weapons have “used” them simply to stoke their egos or to deter real or imagined threats. However, alarmed anti-proliferation efforts