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  Fallout from Japan’s Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster

Sadly, responses to natural disasters often highlight the best and the worst of globalization. Unfortunately, the aftermath of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami that hit northern Japan serves as a perfect case-study to examine the role of globalization in …

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  What South Africa Thinks about Globalization

  South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world. The country is struggling to bring restitution to its black majority, while developing itself economically. While equal access to schooling was guaranteed in 1996 Schools Act, access …

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  At the Risk of Extinction, Plans for Shark Conservation Fail

To mark a decade since the international plan to conserve sharks was approved by members of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the report “The Future of Sharks: A Review of Action and Inaction” has been released to highlight the …

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  What Brazil Thinks About Globalization

Brazil is the largest and most populous country in South America, has the 8th largest economy in the world,1 is celebrating its first female president, Dilma Rousseff, and is planning to the host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. …

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  The Global Spread of Invasive Species

In October 2010, a convention was held in Nagoya, Japan, where a non-binding agreement to save the world’s biodiversity was reached among 193 countries. These 193 countries are members of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), an international treaty that …

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  Buy Local Movement: Regional Pride or Protectionism?

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest grocer, has jumped on the Buy Local bandwagon and recently announced that it is increasing its produce from local farmers. Because of its global presence and extensive supply chain, the impact of this decision will be …

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  Rare Earth Elements Fueling Innovation

  Rare earth elements, the backbone of the green industry and the defense sector, are getting increased attention worldwide. In September 2010, the Japanese claimed that China was blocking exports of certain rare earth elements (REEs) to Japan in retaliation …

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  What Oman Thinks About Globalization

Oman’s development has followed a different path than other countries in the region. Oil was only discovered in the mid-1960s. Financial constraints and political instability further hampered economic development until the 1980s. Oman transformed itself from a developing country to …

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  What Kuwait Thinks About Globalization

As the saying in the region goes: “Kuwait is the past, Dubai the present, and Qatar the future.” Kuwait gained its independence in 1961. It has had ongoing disputes with Iraq, leading up to Iraq’s invasion of the country in …

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  What Bahrain Thinks About Globalization

  Bahrain was one of the first countries in the Gulf to develop its oil industry in the 1930’s and it will also be the first country in the GCC to run out of oil. Similar to other countries in …

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