Articles from Institute for Policy Studies

The Real Reason Trump’s Trying to Derail Cuba Advances

“Republicans, members of the business community, and even a large portion of Cuban-Americans are in favor of normalized relations with Cuba,” IPS expert on U.S.-Cuba relations Netfa Freeman told Rising Up with Sonali, so why is Donald Trump seeking to rollback Obama era Cuba policies?

London Fire Fuels Movement to Tackle Inequality in Britain


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Just hours after a 24-story London apartment building went up in flames on June 14, Faiza Shaheen appeared on Britain’s Sky TV to connect the dots between this horrific tragedy and the city’s rank as one of the world’s most unequal.

No One’s Leaving the Negotiating Table in Cuba

Donald Trump said he’s “cancelling” the Obama-era policies toward normalization with Cuba. But IPS board member James Early told the Real News Network that’s “a lot of puffery.”

“There have been some tactical changes,” Early said, noting that Trump’s new policy will only affect two arenas: travel and sanctions.

It will cut down on the number of people who can go to Cuba, Early explained, and it will condition sanctions on the economic dimension of the Cuban military, a major player in the Cuban economy.

We Need To Talk About Raqqa

“The U.S. and U.S.-backed forces are using tactics that are virtually guaranteed to raise enormous levels of casualties,” in the war in Syria, IPS Middle East expert Phyllis Bennis told The Real News Network.

In an effort to drive out ISIS from the heavily-populated—somewhere up to 200,000 civilians—city of Raqqa, the U.S. is resorting to tactics that will make what the UN  already called a  “staggering loss of life” worse.