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  High Speed Rail: Boon or Bust?

As the 2010 World Cup games opened in South Africa, fans from around the world were able to arrive to the games on sub-Saharan Africa’s first high speed rail. The Gautrain, linking the airport to Johannesburg was ready only days …

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  What Greece Thinks About Globalization

Greece, a European country in the Mediterranean, known for its ancient culture, beautiful landscapes, and delicious food, provides a rather complex case study on globalization. Its turbulent modern history includes: a civil war between communist and anticommunist forces in the …

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  Copenhagen Climate Change Conference: Negative Reviews for a Weak Post-2012 Agreement

In December 2009, the United Nations hosted the 15th Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen, Denmark. After much controversy and disagreement, the summit concluded on December 18th. This conference was to lay the foundation for a new international climate treaty …

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  What Egypt Thinks About Globalization

Egypt, as one of the cradles of civilization, and long-time leader of the Arab world, provides a strong narrative highlighting the challenges and successes of globalization. On the one hand, the country has transformed itself economically, from a centrally administered …

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  When Science Fiction Becomes Reality: Nanotechnology

Ever hear of intelligent sensors and electronics on doctors’ surgical gloves, microscopic machines (nanobots) that repair damaged cells and organs, materials much lighter than steel that have ten times its strength, or zero emissions cars? While these might not be …

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  What Others Thinks: New U.S. Missile Defense Plans

On September 17th, 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that he will be offering a new missile defense system in Eastern Europe, discontinuing the system set up by President George W. Bush. The old system consisted of 10 ground-based interceptors …

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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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  Uyghur, China’s Achilles’ heel

Tensions have been boiling over in the Xinjiang autonomous district of China. On August 5, 2009, Chinese prosecutors approved the arrest warrants of 83 demonstration leaders in the Uyghur autonomous district, Xinjiang. According to Yonhap News, South Korea, 83 people …

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  Brazil: The Sleeping Giant Awakens and Rebounds from Recession

Introduction  Brazil, by far the largest and most populous country in Latin America, and the eighth largest economy in the world, has perennially been regarded as a “country of the future” whose expectations far exceed the realities. Nonetheless, scholars and …

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  What South Korea Thinks About Globalization

Nobody in the world had imagined that the Republic of Korea, in other words South Korea, which is located in East Asia between China and Japan, would grow so quickly. After the country was destroyed by the Korean War (1950-1953), …

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