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  Maritime Piracy: The Phenomenon, its Implications and Responses

Recent years have been marked by an unprecedented surge in maritime piracy, most infamously in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Somalia. This worrying increase has prompted the international community to take action in patrolling the waters of Somalia. …

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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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  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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  A Flurry of Multilateralism: The G.A., G-20, and Iran

  In September 2009, the leaders of the 20 largest economies in the world met in Pittsburgh to discuss how to reshape the world economy in the wake of the global recession. This economic summit is just one of an …

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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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  What Malaysia Thinks About Globalization

Located in South East Asia, Malaysia, a former British colony is a constitutional monarchy, headed by a King and also governed by bicameral Parliament consisting of a non-elected upper house and an elected lower house. This multicultural country of more …

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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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  What Eastern Europe Thinks about Globalization

The United Nations Statistics Division classifies these countries as being part of Eastern Europe: Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine. The Baltic countries: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, are also usually considered to be part of …

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  Wildlife Cancer: A Global Conservation Threat

The Common Threat Tasmanian devils, Beluga whales and Green sea turtles all share a new and common threat to their conservation. These animals and many more are dying from cancer at astonishing rates, and human pollutants are the major contributors …

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