Opinion

ANALYSIS: Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Movement 2011

Since September 17th the grey streets of the financial district in New York have become the centre stage of lively protests objecting social and economic inequality, corporate greed and the growing influence of corporate power in US government.

OPINION: Who Gets to Suffer?

Greece bailout and Eurozone crisis

As the Greek Debt Crisis drags on with no end in sight, it is becoming harder and harder to skirt around one wholly uncomfortable though increasingly unavoidable question: Who is all this bailing out and austerity really for- the Greek people, or the European banks that financed their government?

ANALYSIS: The Economics of Happiness

happiness indices

Ireland’s recent Quarterly National Household Survey may be evidence that happiness and economic hardship are not always mutually exclusive. The survey demonstrates that despite the deepening recession, record unemployment, and falling living standards; as many as four out of five Irish respondents answered to be happy all or most of the time. This brings to mind other countries’ growing interest in quantifying populations’ overall wellbeing.

Analysis: Chile’s Student Protests

Chile economic outlook and youth unrest

Chile is often used as an example of economic success, political stability and development by the West, but protests these past months have challenged many of the economic and political foundations on which Chile’s current government is built.

ANALYSIS: ILO Victory for Workers

domestic workers ILO convention

At the International Labour Organization (ILO) 100th Annual Conference on June 16, the ILO adopted the Convention on Decent Work for Domestic workers.

NATO and Europe, the Marriage of Convenience

NATO's future

One of the systematic questions of the post-Cold War international system is the role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in a world where Europe and North America are no longer threatened by the USSR.

OPINION: Getting US Foreign Policy Right

US foreign policy and reluctance towards intervention

Political sentiment in the United States seems to be turning against the interventions and nation-building projects that have characterized US foreign policy in recent years. The revulsion at the cost and size of government, including the cost of expensive wars in the Middle East, has been amply demonstrated during the debt ceiling drama of recent weeks.

Squandering Italy’s Wealth

Italy economy and immigration

As the Italian debt crisis deepens and the government’s economic policies are being scrutinized, it is important to realize the effects its social policies and strong anti-immigration stance have had on the economy.

America and the Politics of Disaster

US debt ceiling crisis

Though Republicans and Democrats have managed to piece together a last-minute bill to stave off a potentially ruinous default, the rancorous process and tepid end result both point to a new kind of politics in Washington.

OPINION: Don’t blame the R2P for Libya

Libya R2P principle political debate

The invocation of the responsibility to protect (R2P) by the UN Security to authorize “all means necessary” to protect civilians in Libya was a landmark development. But the way in which the NATO-led operation in Libya has unfolded highlights that there is an evident gap between aspirations and implementation. Despite this, international backlash regarding the Libya operation should not be directed towards R2P.

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