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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 pacts; with or without the US. Right after the Lima summit, President-elect Donald Trump unveiled his

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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

Latin America’s Challenge: More and Better Saving for Development

October 7, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Americas, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Eduardo Cavallo and Tomás Serebrisky The Latin American and Caribbean region is trapped in a vicious cycle of low savings and poor use of these savings. This article discusses strategic goals for households, firms, and governments across the region to

Blinded by Nostalgia

October 6, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Americas, On US Election 2016Comments (0)

By Yuval Levin Recourse to a glorious past is of course nothing new in political rhetoric. And Americans suggest that a return to that state – that getting back on that track – should be the goal of American politics.   Whatever the argument being

Rio 2016 and the (Broken) Promises of the Olympic Games

September 23, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Global Giants, Americas, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Simon Darnell and Rob Millington  The 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro were to catalyse and signify Brazil’s final transition into a modern, developed nation. Yet, many were skeptical of the city and country’s ability to host the event successfully,

Assad’s Death Warrant

September 19, 2016 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Americas, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Mike Whitney The conflict in Syria is not a war in the conventional sense of the word. It is a regime change operation where the main driver of the conflict is the country that’s toppled more than 50 sovereign governments since the end of World War 2,

Obama-Duterte Blow Up: What the Corporate Media Doesn’t Get

September 14, 2016 • World Politics, Editor’s Choice, Americas, Asia - Pacific, Special Feature on Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Wayne Madsen The western corporate media generalised the Duterte-Obama feud as one between a statesmanlike US president and a Filipino Donald Trump. For Obama to lecture Duterte on human rights was the ultimate in hubris. Duterte is a fiery pragmatist who