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Daniel Alonso November 14, 2018
Globalization does not proceed in an orderly way. Instead, the pattern for globalization with trade and wars is often two steps forward, one step back. Daniel Alonso, writing for International Policy Digest, compares globalization of the late 19th century with modern forms in place since 1980. Trade and commerce developed during the 19th century, enriching many before coming to an abrupt halt...
Jeff Desjardins October 23, 2018
Globalization, while less popular in some countries, still contributes to rapid change throughout the world. Global networks allow for immediate spread of new ideas, and Jeff Desjardins of Visual Capitalist identifies eight forces of global change with striking information graphics: Technology, data analysis and artificial intelligence contribute to efficiency; tech companies now represent the...
Seán McLoughlin August 22, 2018
Islam requires adherents to travel at last once for the annual Hajj to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Modern transportation made the journey more feasible, and the number of pilgrims increased from 100,000 in the 1950s to more than 3 million in recent years. Saudi Arabia has imposed restrictions in recent years: Muslim-majority nations are subjected to a Hajj quota of 1,000 pilgrims per million of...
Ian Morris August 17, 2018
Drug addiction as a security issue threatens workplaces, communities and individual health. Archeologists have found evidence of societies throughout history embracing and battling certain drugs, explains Ian Morris. Ancient Peruvians used cacti for mescaline and Ice Age cave painters may have used hallucinogens. “When Greek traders started showing up in the West Mediterranean, only one thing...
Victor Agbafe July 25, 2018
Large numbers of voters in developed economies blame globalization for the loss of jobs and reduced wages. Yet automation is increasingly more responsible for job losses while globalization still provides benefits and many companies rely on global markets for growth. “In many cases, globalization has increased the choices of goods and services available to consumers while also lowering their...
Annie Gowen July 10, 2018
India has joined the global trade war alongside the European Union, China and other US trading partners in response to the Trump administration’s recent tariff hikes on steel and aluminum by increasing import duties on goods such as almonds, apples and select metal products. India notified the World Trade Organization of this decision on June 14. Annie Gowen reports for the Washington Post: “it...
Daniel Flitton July 5, 2018
Disasters bring the international community together. Rescue, medical and engineering specialists gather at the scene to offer expert opinions and plan search-and-rescue operations as viewers watch, wait and send donations: the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, 2010 Chilean mine, the 2014 Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 to name just a few. The rescue of a group of boys and their soccer coach from a...