Posts Tagged ‘globalization’

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American Education: World Geography

June 19th, 2011

Americans need to understand the world much better than we do. We frequently talk about “leading the world.” And U.S. foreign policy is based on the idea that we make the rules. If we are to show leadership in the world, we need an electorate that understands today’s international challenges. We need to understand what problems exist, and how we can best assist others to solve these problems. Understanding such issues should empower our citizens to elect representatives who will promote effective policy that goes beyond the failing status quo.

Here are some interesting—and entertaining—videos clips and charts about what is going on in the world. I hope you enjoy these resources.

“The public has little interest in news about other countries and generally holds uninformed, malleable opinions on most international issues.” (Source)

Check out this great clip from the Daily Show with Jon Stewart: American Views

This is how most Americans view the world:

Noteworthy Trends:

Growing Inequality

  • The richest 50 individuals in the world have a combined income greater than that of the poorest 416 million.
  • There are 2.5 billion people living on less than $2 a day
  • Even in the U.S., the richest society in history, the income gap is growing faster than in any other developed nation, with severe poverty levels at their highest since 1972 (source)

Consequences of Global Inequality

  • Leads to increased migration to wealthy nations, as workers seek employment
  • May lead to leftist revolutions
  • Increased poverty—an average of 50,000 people die from poverty each day
  • Leads to social disintegration, violence and terrorism

More resources:

Amnesty International

United Nations

Foreign Affairs

Foreign Policy

Al Jazeera

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Chomsky: Hopes and Prospects

July 4th, 2010

For over 40 years, MIT linguists professor and activist, Noam Chomsky, has been a powerful voice of dissent in the United States and around the world. The New York Times has called him, “perhaps the most important intellectual alive.” He has published over one-hundred books, is the most quoted living scholar.

His most recent book, “Hopes and Prospects” (Haymarket Books, 2010), is one of his best. This new Chomsky book is broad in scope. It covers neocolonialism in Latin America, recent development in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a critique of President Barack Obama, analysis of the “torture debate,” among other topics. Here are some highlights from the book:

» Read more: Chomsky: Hopes and Prospects

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We’re All in this Together

June 26th, 2010

I occasionally need a break from the news, to just celebrate life, culture, and the goodness of people all over the world.

I put this video together for anyone else who needs such a break. I hope you like it.

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The End of Poverty

June 14th, 2010

I just finished watching an excellent documentary called, “The End of Poverty?” The film explores how international poverty has been perpetuated by corrupt capitalism, through multinational corporations and the U.S. government. The film can be viewed instantly if you have NetFlix, or you can purchase the DVD from the web site. You can also view clips from the film on YouTube. Take a look at the trailer below.

The film features some of my favorite scholars, such as John Perkins (“Confessions of an Economic Hit Man“) and Chalmers Johnson (“Blowback“). The film, and these authors, bring to light some important facts about world poverty, including: » Read more: The End of Poverty