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Globalization

China Labor Watchdogs Expose Dark Side of Global Toy Empire

Michelle Chen | Posted 02.17.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

Despite the occasional factory fire or sweatshop media exposé, American consumers have largely inured themselves to the status quo of exploiting the Global South as our overseas workshop for cheap clothes, toys and gadgets.

Globaloney, 19th Century Edition

Ian Fletcher | Posted 02.10.2013 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Everyone knows we live in a brave new world of globalization. And like a lot of things that everyone knows, it isn't so. Not only was the globalization of the late 19th century, just as profound as today, it generated a similar class of professional sophists to justify it all.

The Globalization 5 -- How Globalization Changed America in 2012, and What It Might Mean for 2013

Edward Goldberg | Posted 02.09.2013 | World
Edward Goldberg

It is the season of lists: best movies, best books, and on and on. I thought it would be interesting to do something very different: a geo-political-economic list -- a list of the globalization top five from an American perspective.

From Renaissance to Renaissance

Eric X. Li | Posted 02.05.2013 | World
Eric X. Li

As the West led the world in what has been propagated as inexorable progress towards the universal ideal, those early voices of the Renaissance were silenced. Perhaps the contemporary renaissance in the East could serve to reawaken the West.

Fearing Thy New Neighbor: Global Hostilities, Restrictions And Immigration

David Briggs | Posted 02.02.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

What is the major influence related to religious tensions crossing borders? Hint: It's about much more than a small church in Florida burning a Quran or a Danish magazine publishing cartoons of a revered prophet.

What If We Did Trade Right?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 01.29.2013 | Business
Stan Sorscher

Everyone I know is in favor of trade done right. But global trade agreements go overboard in protecting investor rights.

Globalization vs. Traditional Religion

Margaret Placentra Johnston | Posted 01.26.2013 | Religion
Margaret Placentra Johnston

Religious leaders interested in maintaining a vibrant flock would do well to adapt their message to this snowballing trend of globalization, which they cannot fight.

Kiss, Bow, Shake Hands, or Cold Call?

Nataly Kelly | Posted 01.12.2013 | Books
Nataly Kelly

Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: Sales and Marketing follows a similar format as the classic version, but focuses exclusively on providing tips in the areas of selling and marketing in 20 different countries.

Revolutionary Services

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 01.07.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

If services are getting bigger as a share of GDPs and jobs, productivity increases in the former are fundamental for income growth and development.

Critical Needs Ignored

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

The presidential campaign ignored the real needs of the country. Four problems -- four solutions. First, Congress needs to take the government back ...

Japan: Worse Than a Deflationary Trap

Barry D. Wood | Posted 01.06.2013 | Business
Barry D. Wood

Since Japan's asset bubbles burst over 20 years ago, policy makers have persistently fiddled with the levers of monetary and fiscal policy but their efforts have spectacularly failed.

Enough With the Globalization Hype

Rajan Menon | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Rajan Menon

There's no question that students need to learn more about the world beyond than ever before. But the notion that they haven't been doing so, or that they wouldn't were it not for the globalization brigades' enlightenment campaigns, is nonsense.

Generation to Generation; Crisis to Crisis

John B. Kassel | Posted 12.29.2012 | Green
John B. Kassel

So what's an American Boomer to do? Wake up. Accept responsibility. Our resource-gobbling lifestyle has caused this mess. Suburbanization has wasted U.S. resources for two generations. Change it, now.

Katherine Boo's "Behind the Beautiful Forevers": National Book Award Finalist Is a Worthy Honoree

Anis Shivani | Posted 12.22.2012 | Books
Anis Shivani

This is not Slumdog Millionaire, and this is not Thomas Friedman's rose-tinted view of Bangalore's high-tech millionaires. Boo's India is an India we need to hear more about, as we grapple with our own most pressing problem of an economic inequality straining credibility.

Apple's Low-Wage Path to America's Future

Jeff Faux | Posted 12.16.2012 | Technology
Jeff Faux

Walk into any Apple store today and you can see what's coming tomorrow. I don't mean the array of electronic gadgets laid out on the countertops; I mean the army of bright, ambitious, heavily indebted college graduates working for roughly $12 an hour.

Ode to the Bay: My Life as a Vietnamese Immigrant in California

Andrew Lam | Posted 12.15.2012 | San Francisco
Andrew Lam

The things the Bay Area is known for -- arching bridges and grand ports and famed high-tech companies -- evoke, in many ways, what often transpires here: the ability to span distances and transgress borders.

Women Business Owners Rock the House in Louisville

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan | Posted 12.10.2012 | Small Business
Stacie Nevadomski Berdan

Women are running these businesses on their own terms, creating new standards that affect positive change.

Coffee Life in Japan: The Exotic and the Apparently Familiar

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 12.09.2012 | Books
Fabio Parasecoli

When it comes to food, Japan has lost some of its mystery. Restaurant patrons are conversant with sushi, sashimi, and tempura. Still, there are still layers and layers that some Western foodies have yet to consider.

Simplistic Slogans Won't Fix the World

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Shaffer

What I'm seeing now is a dangerous amount of simplistic thinking and Cold War-era political rhetoric. It hovers over most of our national policy debates, very much like an ominous black cloud.

The Children Of Columbus: The Multinationals And Their Courtiers

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

As the nation commemorates the life and adventures of Christopher Columbus, let's not forget his 21st Century descendants: the multinational corporations who span the globe in search of wealth.

Globalization and Human Capital

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 12.03.2012 | Latino Voices
Ricardo B. Salinas

It is very probable that the anti-immigrant neurosis will have a serious future impact on the ability of the U.S. economy to recover from the current crisis.

Not Making the Grade: Report Card on Global Financial Reform

Laura Kodres | Posted 11.28.2012 | Business
Laura Kodres

Despite a host of reforms in the right direction, the financial structures that were in place before the global crisis have not actually changed that much, and they need to if the global financial system is to become a safer place.

The End of Cities: The Coming 'Great Rural Migration'

Stephen Estes | Posted 11.26.2012 | Los Angeles
Stephen Estes

If the benefits of living in a city are diminished because the Internet brings access to the world to you, then why deal with the high real estate prices, traffic, crime, pollution and difficulty of living alongside millions of other people?

Aspen Institute Shaping Global Agenda Around Art and Culture

John M. Eger | Posted 06.13.2013 | Arts
John M. Eger

Art serves superbly as a universal language and as a means of understanding the history, culture, and values of other peoples.

The Real Question: WHY Don't People Make Enough to Pay Income Taxes?

Dave Johnson | Posted 11.18.2012 | Business
Dave Johnson

Mitt Romney was caught on video complaining that 47 percent of us don't make enough to pay taxes, believe they are victims, are dependent on government, etc. The right question is why do so many of us make so little?