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  Sochi 2014: Russia, Globalization, and the Olympics

As preparations are underway for the most expensive games in Olympic history, Russia faces quite a few globalization challenges. Some challenges are directly related to government policy, such as a recent law passed in the Duma that strips protections given …

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  Progress on Millennium Development Goals with less than1000 days to go

In 2015, the day of reckoning will appear and countries worldwide will have to defend their policies and achievements towards the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) put forth by the United Nations. Conceived of and passed in 2000, the eight …

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  Hydraulic Fracturing: a Practice Hidden Beneath Murky Waters

The Japanese artist, and widow of the late John Lennon, among other celebrities, started a campaign in an attempt to sway public opinion against fracking (Artists against fracking). In spite of the lack of hydraulic fracturing data, government policy was …

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  What Germany Thinks About Globalization

Germany has benefitted from globalization, it’s economic and labor polices allowed the country to thrive despite the Financial Crisis of 2007-2009. The country though faces stark demographic challenges, with an aging population and a shrinking workforce. Many fear that the …

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  Global Climate Change and the Expiration of the Kyoto Protocols

The Kyoto Protocols expired at the end of 2012, potentially leaving global climate change efforts at a standstill. Fortunately, at the recent Doha Conference, participating countries voted to extend the Kyoto Protocols until 2020. While clearly a step in the …

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  Oil and Natural Gas: The Next Economic Boom?

Oil and natural gas are two of the world’s most prominent energy sources, accounting for 60 percent of the world’s energy needs (National Energy Board, 2012). The U.S. share in the production of these resources is growing. Oil production in …

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  Four More Years: Globalization and Obama’s Second Term

After a resounding win in the 2012 presidential elections, President Obama faces many hard choices in his second term.  In the short term, finding a solution to prevent the fiscal cliff will be the first priority of the administration. If …

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  Cause for Concern: Market Structure and Drought Creates Fear over Corn Prices

One of the defining events of the summer of 2012 was the drought that laid scourge to the Midwest United States. Record breaking temperatures and yawning gaps in precipitation in recent years exacerbated damage to crop yields in the region …

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  Globalization Challenges at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London

Every two years when the Olympic season begins, new globalization controversies are brought to light. Many activists view the Olympics as the perfect platform to raise public awareness and pressure governments and corporations to behave more ethically.  Battles waged ahead …

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  Rio 20+, a Failed Effort to Build a New Worldwide Sustainability Agreement

In June 2012, the biggest United Nations conference in its history, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (also known as Rio+20), was held in Rio de Janeiro. More than 45,000 people participated, including more than 100 heads of state, …

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