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The Doomsday Cycle: Who’s Next?

By Simon Johnson - Peter Boone in Economics and Finance, September 22, 2012

Industrialised countries today face serious risks – to their financial sectors, to their public finances, and their growth prospects. We have created enormous, complex financial structures that can inflict tragic consequences but which are inherently difficult to regulate and control.

S. Arabia and Qatar: Dueling Monarchies

By Giorgio Cafiero in Politics, September 21, 2012

The two countries have long been distrustful of one another particularly now as both countries try to advance their own interests in an unstable region. Qatar is supporting revolution abroad while Saudi Arabia is anchoring down the authoritarian regional order.

Accountability and Insurgency in Afghanistan

By Inge Fryklund in Politics, September 12, 2012

The U.S.-backed Afghan government of Hamid Karzai is stamping out local government, which only inflames the country’s insurgency.

Land Recovery Kicks Off in Honduras

By Beverly Bell - Lauren Elliott - Other Worlds in Environment, September 11, 2012

In what many indigenous people call a “second coming of Columbus,” globalization and its twin offspring of resource exploitation and mega development threaten the survival of indigenous and small-farming communities all over our world.

Democracy in Tea Party America

By J. Bradford DeLong in Politics, September 7, 2012

Professor of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley, Bradford DeLong, imagines what moral philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville might have made of the Republican National Convention. What was once “exceptional” is heading towards “disgrace and wretchedness”.

Military Build-up in the Caspian Sea

By Astrit Dakli in Politics,

A new version of the “Great Game” is being played out around the Caspian Sea with Azerbaijan and Armenia as proxies for US, European, Russian and Iranian policy, fuelling a military build-up that goes well beyond what one would expect for a resumption of hostilities over Nagorno-Karabakh.

“Dancing in the Glory of Monsters”

By Allston Mitchell in Features,

Jason Stearns meticulously describes the background to the two Congolese wars “The Great War of Africa” during which over 5 million people died. This is a compelling tale of massacres, failed states, rogues and idealists.

Peru Confronts its Past

By W. Alex Sanchez in Politics,

Peru is grappling with a host of issues stemming from its violent struggle against insurgent movements in the 1980s and 1990s. Questions have emerged about how the country should teach Peruvian youth about this dark period in their country’s history.

How Romney Keeps Lying Through His Big White Teeth

By Robert Reich in Politics,

Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, and former Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration takes Mitt Romney to task.

Mining for Gold: a pact with the devil?

By Robin Broad - John Cavanagh in Environment, September 2, 2012

The economic crisis—and the rising price of gold—have spurred North American firms to reopen mines and attack environmental regulations. Here’s what we can learn from El Salvador’s moratorium on new mining permits.