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Peace for Syria and a New Kurdistan as Regional Stabilizing Factor?

January 10, 2019 • International Relations, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Peter Koenig The US will withdraw her troops from Syria. Will they really? – Let’s take Trump at his word, just for argument’s sake. Though in the meantime, RT reports that the withdrawal may be slower than anticipated, to allow Erdogan making his own “strategic arrangements”, while US troops depart. During his flash visit …

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The Top 10 Financial Inclusion Heroes Who are Changing the World for the Better

December 1, 2018 • Climate Change & Society, Responsible Finance, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Valentina Loiz Despite the increased resources for providing financial access to the unbanked, 2.5 billion of the world’s adults still lack access to regulated financial services. In this article, the authors provide a comprehensive list of individuals

Empowering SMEs with Islamic Finance

November 29, 2018 • Responsible Finance, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Danis Nurul Yunita and Nur Dhani Hendranastiti The success story of SMEs in Indonesia began to attract public attention from their strength during the financial crisis in 1998. However, their true potential has not yet been fully actualised due to their

The United States of America – the Real Reason Why They Are Never Winning Their Wars

November 14, 2018 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, International Relations, Commentary, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Peter Koenig This essay is inspired by Professor James Petras’ article, describing that the US never wins wars despite trillions of investments in her war budget and obvious military superiority    Professor Petras is of course right, the United

Ethiopia – A Case Study in Take-Over by Western Interests

September 26, 2018 • Capitalism in the 21st Century, World DevelopmentComments (1)

By Peter Koenig Ethiopia is a landlocked country, bordering on Somalia which is dominating the Horn of Africa. Due to several border conflicts during the past decades with Somalia, many of them supportive of Ethiopia by the US military, the border between

The Return of the Feudal World?

July 26, 2018 • EMERGING TRENDS, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Capitalism in the 21st Century, World Politics, Global Giants, Editor’s Choice, In-depth, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By John Hulsman and Boris Liedtke In today’s post-industrial economy, it is evident that world politics is under radical restructuring. More precisely, as the authors argue, the model of nation-state has come under attack from below – in the form of a

Race and Caste: Worlds Apart But Closer Than You Think

July 26, 2018 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, India, World DevelopmentComments (2)

By Rajesh Sampath Combining historical knowledge and awareness of the present situation in America and India, one can deduce that racial and caste-based discrimination are by and large deeply entrenched in their culture and systems. The big question then is

Financial Inclusion in India: Social Enterprises as the Unlikely Heroes

July 24, 2018 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, India, Responsible Finance, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By D. Anisha Adhikari and Siddhant Mishra Financial inclusion in India has been the area of focus for the government and social enterprises for some time now. While the tribal populace, especially women, stay largely excluded from access to financial

The Gig Economy, Gigzombies, and Immigrants

May 28, 2018 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE, In-depth, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Anthony A. Gabb The author tracks key economic forces that have resulted in technological innovations which have given birth to the gig economy that is threatening job security, the gigzombie who is the alienated worker in the gig economy, and misguided

Earn Billions in North Korea: Here’s How

March 27, 2018 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, World Politics, Asia - Pacific, Top Investment Destinations, 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