Government representatives of the world’s 20 richest nations met in Brisbane, Australia in November 2014 to decide on significant matters affecting the member nations as well as the world economy. The group known as G-20 deals with macroeconomic issues that at the policy level of each nation translate into microeconomic decisions. Although the voices of all members are considered, the structure of the G-20 is such that the strongest economies led by the US prevail in core decisions. The overarching goal remains to pursue globalization under the neoliberal model rather than to deviate from it as many economists, including Nobel Prize winners have been suggesting. The impact of this model on the wealthy nations and wealthy people in each nation works well. However, the impact of the model on the poor nations, the lower middle classes, workers and peasants has proved questionable in the last three decades.
As Hillary Clinton moves inexorably closer to a shot at the post-Obama U.S. presidency, her latest book looms large as a potential guide to how a Clinton administration would view the world and the U.S. role within it. As her memoir shows, Clinton is far from a foreign policy dove and her liberal internationalist leanings might have an important impact in the less stable parts of the world.
Alochonaa’s UK editor Finlay argues that Russell got all the characteristics of a successful populist leader; he’s exciting, charming and charismatic, with a rare ability to tap into youth grumblings about the world and political elites. The conditions for his rise have been perfect; Ed Miliband and David Cameron really do seem to exist in a different universe. So have Britain’s political left found their messiah? Finlay states, ‘Probably not.’
Dr. Massimo Pigliucci explains philosophy behind genocide.
Dr. Brian J. Grim, President of the Washington based Religious Freedom & Business Foundation argues that businesses are able to curb violent extremism and terrorism.
Dr Laura Shepard discusses the politics and practices of knowledge production within the discipline of international relations.
Dr. Massimo Piggliucci reviews Graham Priest’s argument on Buddhism and logic.