On January 23rd 2017, on his first day on the job, US President Donald Trump issued an executive order pulling the USA out of the TPP. That was the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation free trade block that former President Obama had worked to get passed for years. In this podcast, the Professor outlines the TPP-tanking process, who liked it and who hated it, the potential impacts to major world players, and ideological free-trade fallout due to this now-defunct deal. TPP party on!
Keywords: TPP, free trade, USA, Trump, Pacific, China, ISDS, RCEP, Asia, Japan
Pip, pip, and Cheerio, Great Britain! And so long to the EU! Greetings Global Friends! The Plaid Avenger has been pulled out of summer slumber in order to rant and rage a bit about the BREXIT vote which has pulled the UK out of the European Union, and caused chaos across the continent! In this extended plaid filibuster, the Professor will cover what happened with this BREXIT deal, why it happened, the short term effects, the long term effects (like losing Scotland), and even some points on the broader, ideological context that this BREXIT business has brought into question. God save the Queen!…but who will save the UK?
Keywords: BREXIT, UK, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Scotland, Northern Ireland, European Union, EU, referendum, David Cameron, Prime Minister, eurosceptic, sovereignty, nation-state, populist, trade
Rio de Impeachment! It has happened! The current President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff is going to be impeached! The Professor made this impeachment podcast for you before the final vote was even tallied, but it has since come to pass, and what was passed was the start of the full-on impeachment of Brazil’s first female President, which will leave the country in political turmoil just before they host the summer Olympics this year! This political turmoil adds to the economic turmoil, the corruption turmoil, and the overall angst turmoil that is seeing South America’s largest country and economy falling apart! The Professor explains why, and looks at the broader meaning of this for Latin America!
Holy Boko Haram in the hot-seat! A big election just went down in the “Giant of Africa” which is Nigeria! President-elect Muhammadu Buhari will soon be taking the top slot of power there, and this spells HUGE changes for the corrupt politicians and peeps currently on the take in this super state, but even more importantly, it spells DOOM for the radical insane clown posse known as Boko Haram! In this podcast, the Professor introduces the new boss, explains why the old boss lost, and why this awesomely democratic election is a watershed event for a brand new era in Nigeria!
Keywords: election, Buhari, Muhammadu, Hausa, Boko Haram, corruption, terrorism, radical, Islam, All Progressives Congress (APC), People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
Hundreds of thousands of Brazilian peeps took to the streets to protest against the government of President Dilma Rousseff last weekend…some calling for her to resign, others calling for a military coup to overthrow her! What, what what is that all about? The Professor explains the situation, and why it is actually an awesome sign of democracy in action, in this bodacious Brazilian society!
Keywords: Brazil, democracy, economy, corruption, car wash, PT, Workers Party, Petrobas, leftist, Latin America, protests, junta, Sao Paulo