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Can Globalization 'Go Social'?
• In a world continuing to harden socially because of rapid and unsettling modernizations, could prevailing thinking about globalization shift toward the social?
Big Democracies at the Crossroads
• In a balloting year filled with surprises from India and Venezuela, and with Americans battered by the Bush-Kerry race, what do Russia and Indonesia tell us about the future character of democracy as a globally expanding project?
America's Blindfold Media
This October at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, an American physicist reported a surprising jump in the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide. While the startling new data from Hawaii could indicate that global warming is increasing even faster than before, it was two London newspapersThe Guardian and The Independentwho broke the story to the world. The major American press or broadcast channels never mentioned it. Climate change is easily the most serious global issue of the 21st century, yet why are the US major media failing to educate Americans, blindfolding their audiences as they turn a blind eye to the world?
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The Favela Goes to the World Social Forum
A new documentary from Brazil shows just how hard it is from the poor in Brazil to attend a forum that purports to represents their interests.
White-collar outsourcing and a tale of two uncles
During a stay at a Best Western in France last winter, just a few miles across the border from Geneva, a colleague and I got in an especially non-neutral dinnertime debate about outsourcing and offshoring of white-collar work. Our faceoff on this sensitive issue was especially immiserating for me, an American, because I knew my Indian colleague was mostly correct. And yet the “all’s well” economic theories that support outsourcing of American white-collar jobs were simply rattling.