Geopolitics

The accabadors: A brief sarcastic account of the European disunion

In the military, to shorten the agony of a man condemned to death but poorly shot, an officer was called upon to apply the merciful coup de grace.  The civilian equivalent exists in an old Sardinian custom –now largely gone—in which a specialized woman –the accabadora-- was called to the deathbed of a patient and finished him or her off.  The European Union is dying if we are to listen to the majority of prognosis.  Willingly or not, a number of politicians, driven by an angry populace, are now playing this terminal role.  Despite attempts to exonerate Europe with ever weaker arguments, struggles to replace the union with a revival of nations, the wrath of voting populations, and the rise to prominence of demagogues, it looks like a never-ending agony.  Little surprise then to witness actions seeking to call the whole thing off.  But what will follow this new and enigmatic Finnegan’s Wake?

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Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

The opaque negotiations between the European Union (EU) and United States (US) regarding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have raised the alarms. Even though the agreement project also deals with the dismantling of some tariffs, its content preferably speaks about very important intangibles: food security, deregulation of competition, popular, legislative, and national justice systems sovereignty vis-à-vis international arbitrage tribunals; rights of internet users; or national rights to care for the general wellbeing through public policies.

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America: The Times Are A’ Changin

American old political bipartisanship is broken. The social costs of various decades of globalized and concentrating neoliberalism are now evident. The two main parties have become polarized and have cracked, between a populist and semi-fascist right and a center that loses strength every day while facing a new youth mobilization on the left.

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The World Cup of Corruption

Corruption, that is, the web of illicit practices that bind economic and political systems, has many faces and different models but in every case it has disastrous effects that should be listed and analyzed: inequality, institutional fragility, lack of governability, rebellion and global insecurity. Social media and new communication technologies exhibit the phenomenon but do not correct it. Thus, they lead into a caricature of transparency that we can call the pornography of power.

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