Global Political Economy

with Lynn Fries

The World Bank Helps Investors Choose the Law They Want (1/2)

Declaration of Philadelphia: The Labor Bill of Rights Now Replaced by 'Total Market'

June 18, 2019
Marking the 75 year anniversary of the ILO’s Declaration of Philadelphia, we explore this historic Bill of Rights through the lens of Alain Supiot, author of The Spirit of Philadelphia: Social Justice vs. the Total Market
What Future for the UK with One-Third of Children in Poverty?

What Future for the UK with One-Third of Children in Poverty?

June 14, 2019

Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur, says the alarming rise of poverty in the UK is deliberate–and so too in the US

The Corporate Challenge to Global Democracy (2/2)

Unpacking Corporate Capture in Institutions of Global Governance

May 24, 2019
The process of globalization has reached a stage where transnational corporate driven governance systems are displacing democracy and nation-states. A public debate on pro-democracy alternatives is imperative, argues Harris Gleckman, author of Multistakeholderism and Democracy: A Global Challenge
From Multilateralism to the Old Policy of Power

From Multilateralism to the Old Policy of Power

April 22, 2019

Responses like xenophobia, nationalism and populism are not going to resolve existential threats, says Roberto Savio, explaining why he thinks multilateralism needs to make a strong comeback

China Has Strategic Objectives In Going Global, Does Africa?

China Has Strategic Objectives In Going Global, Does Africa?

April 8, 2019

If Africa as a continent does not have strategic objectives of its own, the history of impediments to African economic development will be repeated in its engagement with China, says Ethiopia’s Alemayehu Geda

Re-Decentralizing the Internet: The Fight to Unlock a Future of Digital Freedom (Pt 2/2)

Digital Colonialism & Humanity’s Struggle for Digital Freedom

March 28, 2019
Digital freedom is within the reach of society says Michael Kwet in presenting his analysis of digital colonialism under the Western model of technology.
UDHR: Setting Limits On Power Still Pending Since 1948

UDHR: Setting Limits On Power Still Pending Since 1948

December 31, 2018

An attentive review of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights suggests that 70 years on we have not fully averted the kinds of mistakes that the drafters of the UDHR sought to prevent from ever being repeated

Counterbalancing Disproportionate Power: The Message from Harris Gleckman

Counterbalancing Disproportionate Power: The Message from Harris Gleckman

December 26, 2018

No major democratic country deals with domestic civil or criminal matters related to human rights based on a voluntary system, explains Harris Gleckman, in an op-ed on the disproportionate power wielded by transnational businesses in the current world system

Significant Poverty in the UK Triggers Investigation by Human Rights Expert

Philip Alston Discusses His Investigation into UK Poverty

December 22, 2018
Poverty and destitution in the UK, even among those employed, and harsh government policy ‘solutions’ like punitive ‘job centers’ hit the most vulnerable hardest, including women and people with disabilities, explains UN Special Rapporteur, Philip Alston discussing his investigation into UK poverty.
Our World Is Not For Sale: 2018 World Trade Organization Public Forum (2/2)

Our World Is Not For Sale: 2018 World Trade Organization Public Forum

December 3, 2018
TRNN release exclusive footage of Deborah James, Vahini Naidu, Prerna Bomzan, Richard Kozul-Wright and Ravi Kanth at the OWINFS session at the 2018 World Trade Organization Public Forum with featured clips in Part 1 and full length footage in Part 2.
A Blueprint for Linking Trade to Full Employment and Domestic Industrialization (Pt 2/2)

2018 TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT REPORT: Interview with UNCTAD’s Richard Kozul-Wright

November 16, 2018
To avert the continuing and growing inequities of global trade, UNCTAD's 2018 Trade and Development Report calls for a serious look at the 1948 Havana Charter, the initial attempt to establish a managed multilateral trading system. But what makes the current multilateral trading system so different from the world order envisaged in the 1948 Havana Charter? In a 2 part interview, that question among others is put to UNCTAD’s Chief Economist, Richard Kozul-Wright

US Policy Toward Global Internet Governance Is Misguided Says Richard Hill

August 13, 2018
Richard Hill recounts the US led large scale commercial implementation of the Internet based on ARPANET technology where a key public interest prerequisite, security, was missing to the present where vital public interest preconditions are missing in US e-commerce policy initiatives proposing free flow of data across national borders

Is Capitalism In Crisis? Author of ‘Karl Marx’s Capital and The Present’ Responds

July 7, 2018

The fundamental proneness to crisis under capitalism was not overcome in the Golden Age of Capitalism and crisis in the late 1960s ushered in an era of finance by opening new avenues for accumulating wealth and turning the illusory into real wealth says C.P. Chandrasekhar

Should Banks Be Stripped Of Their Ability To Create Money? A Referendum in Switzerland

June 6, 2018
A three part series with economist Jo Michell commenting on initiatives to strip banks of their ability to create money as a Swiss National Referendum on a proposal to do so stirs international debate on this topic of relevance to all modern capitalist societies

Lynn Fries

December 4, 2017

A journalist and a producer, Lynn Fries is based in Europe where she runs the Geneva based research & production studio. She focuses primarily on global economic challenges encompassing a wide range of systemic issues.