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  Ahead of Us: A Russian Spring or a Russian Winter?

Protesting against political and economic injustices, people around the world are finding the courage to speak out against corrupt regimes and powerful multinationals. First there was the Arab Spring, the Occupy Wall Street movement followed soon thereafter. Now, Russia is …

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  Cocoa: A Hot Commodity with a Cold History

As Kraft bids on a hostile take-over of Cadbury, the chocolate world becomes even smaller and more concentrated then before. Fueling civil wars, spurring child trafficking and child labor, and destroying rain forests, cocoa has a spotted history that unfortunately …

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  Case Study: Soy Beans’ Impact on the World

Introduction Whether sprayed in pesticides, traded in futures markets, processed into biofuels, added into thousands of industrial products, or eaten as tofu, edamame, or animal feed, the soybean is one of the most ubiquitous commodities worldwide. Globalization’s impact on the …

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  Cup of Joe: Globalization and Coffee

Introduction From the Colombian cherry picker to the Italian espresso shop owner to the Starbucks wi-fi user, globalization impacts all aspects of the coffee supply chain. Harvested in 80 countries, though consumed in nearly every country world-wide, coffee is the …

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  Bling Bling: Gold and Globalization

Reaching a 28-year high, gold is hot again, at least for the time being. Whether in jewelry or watches or as currency, gold has always served as a valued commodity worldwide. Its value has increased and decreased based on supply …

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  High Oil Prices, Reversing Globalization?

Recently, John Stewart and John Hodgman of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” joked and lamented about “stay-cations,” a new term coined by the media to describe the phenomenon of vacationing in one’s own neighborhood. As gas prices hit record highs, …

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  The Impact of Globalized Wheat

The price of wheat reached historic highs in 2007 and is continuing to increase in early 2008. Farmers and wheat traders are making lots of money. These traders are investing in wheat exchanges and other newly developed equities for wheat and …

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  International Oil Markets and the Global Economy

Starting with the industrial revolution and the introduction of the internal-combustion engine, oil has been an essential factor in the economic expansion of the twentieth century. Its importance has become more pronounced with the spread of transportation and manufacturing. Not …

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  President Bush Lifts Controversial Steel Tariffs

Almost two years after imposing them, President Bush in December 2003 lifted tariffs on steel imported to the United States from countries around the world, citing evidence that the tariffs had enabled sagging U.S. steel companies to restructure and become …

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  Bush Imposes Duties on Steel Imports

“When the US is caught between domestic pressure and respecting its international commitments, the former prevails. The world steel market is not the Wild West, where people do as they like. There are rules to guarantee the multilateral system.” Pascal …

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