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The Audacity of Obama’s Farewell Address

January 13, 2017 • Americas, On US Election 2016Comments (0)

By Jack Rasmus   President Barack Obama’s farewell address to the nation last night was a strange and disappointing attempt that failed to replicate the hope, energy, and optimism of his first 2008 address to the nation. Instead of celebrating the unity of all those who joined to put him in office, the mood was …

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Colombia – Inviting NATO to Fight “Organized Crime” – A Menace for Latin America

January 11, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, AmericasComments (0)

By Peter Koenig  NATO in Colombia would be like a training ground for guerilla warfare, something the transatlantic forces are not used to – but will have to become familiar with in order to fulfill Washington’s plan to gradually proliferate throughout

Philippines 2017 or the Year of Living Dangerously 

January 4, 2017 • Americas, Asia - Pacific, Dan Steinbock, Special Feature on Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (7)

By Dan Steinbock          As President Duterte is rebalancing the Philippines’ economic and strategic policies, Washington is preparing plans for regime change. What the country needs is economic development, says Dan Steinbock – not Cold War.

The Great Divide

January 2, 2017 • Americas, On US Election 2016Comments (0)

By William Hawes I am pain. I am grief. I’m the things you fear I’m the lie whispered in your ear I’m the great Leviathan. I’m dominance and greed You imagined me, so I was conceived. -Meshuggah, “I Am Colossus”   Now that the election is

Headaches of Empire: Brexit and the United States

December 5, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Americas, EuropeComments (0)

By Binoy Kampmark The case for Britain’s exit from Europe has been treated as a dramatic blow against the imperium’s three main concerns on the continent: its own, fragile economic recovery, the broader trade agenda spearheaded with the EU, and matters of

The New Trade Future in Asia Pacific

November 24, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Columns, Americas, Asia - Pacific, Dan SteinbockComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock During the weekend, the Asian-Pacific nations embraced the dream of free trade. Today, President-elect Trump buried it.   Last weekend, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit made it clear that it would move forward with trade

Is there a future for Obama’s pivot to Asia?

November 15, 2016 • Americas, Asia - PacificComments (0)

By Sholto Byrnes Since Barack Obama came to office in 2009, a signature policy of his administration has been the “pivot to Asia”. Much time has been spent in the region where the young “Barry” spent formative years (in Indonesia). US

Rio 2016: Human rights and sustainability after the Olympics party

November 8, 2016 • EMERGING TRENDS, Americas, Climate Change & Society, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Jorge Knijnik Being a host of the Olympics brings in an opportunity of diverse communities’ social engagement. With the help of friends,1 the author discusses the Olympics’ implications for Brazil’s human rights development and its most vulnerable

US Electoral Politics and the Illusion of Control

October 21, 2016 • Americas, On US Election 2016Comments (0)

By William Hawes We have all been told a lie. The lie that says democracy can be maintained only through voting, through purely representative, parliamentarian means. When the founding fathers set up the Constitution and Bill of Rights, they were wary of any

Decline of Parties, Rise of Hucksterism (and Trump)

October 13, 2016 • Americas, On US Election 2016Comments (1)

By Timothy Braatz  The influx of hundreds of millions of dollars into US presidential elections has undermined the influence of Democratic and Republican leaders in choosing their party’s nominee. This power shift has enabled the campaign of party outsider