News headlines for “Geopolitics”, page 6

  1. Trade Multilateralism Set Back yet Again

    Wednesday, January 03, 2018

    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 03 (IPS) - As feared, the Eleventh Ministerial Conference (MC11) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 10-13 December 2017, ended in failure. It failed to even produce the customary ministerial declaration reiterating the centrality of the global trading system and the importance of trade as a driver of development.

  2. Billionaires, Fiscal Paradise, the World’s Debt, and the Victims

    Tuesday, January 02, 2018

    ROME, Jan 02 (IPS) - Among Bloomberg's many profitable activities is a convenient Bloomberg Billionaires Index that has just published its findings for 2017. It covers only the 500 richest people, and it proudly announces that they have increased their wealth by 1 trillion dollars in just one year. Their fortunes went up by 23% to top comfortable 5 trillion dollars (to put this in perspective, the US budget is now at 3.7 trillion). That obviously means an equivalent reduction for the rest of the population, which lost those trillion dollars. What is not widely known is that the amount of the circulation of money stays the same; no new money is printed to accommodate the 500 richest billionaires!

  3. Critical Issues to Watch in 2018

    Tuesday, January 02, 2018

    PENANG, Malaysia, Jan 02 (IPS) - Another new year has dawned, and on a world facing serious disruption on many fronts.  What are the trends and issues to watch out for in 2018?

  4. The Political Responsibility in the Collapse of Our Planet

    Wednesday, December 27, 2017

    ROME, Dec 27 (IPS) - On 20 December, Europe's 28 Ministers of Environment met in Brussels, to discuss the plan for reducing emissions prepared by the Commission, to comply with the Paris Agreement on climate change. Well, it is now clear that we have lost the battle in keeping the planet as we have known it. Now, of course, this can be considered a personal opinion of mine, devoid of objectivity.

  5. US Faces Collective Defiance at UN Over Jerusalem

    Friday, December 22, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 22 (IPS) - When the UN General Assembly condemned the United States for its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the vote was described as a "collective defiance" of the international community against public threats against the United Nations and its member states by a politically unpredictable and predictably wavering US President.

  6. Goodbye to 2017, a Trump-dominated Year

    Thursday, December 21, 2017

    PENANG, Malaysia, Dec 21 (IPS) - In 2017, Donald Trump dominated the year by using US clout to change many aspects of global relations, and not for the better.

  7. "Only Our Youth Can Save the Planet" - Kumi Naidoo

    Wednesday, December 20, 2017

    SUVA, Fiji, Dec 20 (IPS) - "Today's youth should think of new solutions for old problems like climate change and social injustice."

    That's the strong message of the South African activist Kumi Naidoo. The former executive director of Greenpeace says young people need to be more innovative and visionary, "because the solutions of my generation have failed."

  8. Rise of Teenage Pregnancy Deters Development Goals

    Tuesday, December 19, 2017

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Dec 19 (IPS) - A few years ago, someone shared a video with me that deeply impacted me. It was called "The Girl Effect". In three minutes, the video demonstrates the fate of millions of girls and teenagers around the world.

  9. Water, Water Everywhere, Costs More Than You Might Think

    Monday, December 18, 2017

    WASHINTON DC, Dec 18 (IPS) - Without reliable access to water, human beings cannot survive. Yet 3 out of 10 people do not have a safely managed water supply, and 6 out of 10 lack safely managed sanitation. Over 2 billion people drank water that was fecally contaminated in 2015, and the World Bank estimates that the annual cost of poor sanitation is in excess of $260 billion annually.

  10. Our Right of Passage Should be Safe Migration, Not Leaky Boats

    Monday, December 18, 2017

    GENEVA, Dec 18 (IPS) - "I'm a migrant, but didn't have to risk my life on a leaky boat or pay traffickers. Safe migration cannot be limited to the global elite." Thus spoke United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in September 2017.

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