President Obama Takes Globalization to New Heights

President Obama Takes Globalization to New Heights

Cross-posted from the Dissent Magazine blog Arguing the World. With recent revelations about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, it is now safe to say that President Obama has surpassed George W. Bush as a champion of the flawed and offensive ideology...
Mexico’s Track Record: A Cautionary Tale for the G-20

Mexico’s Track Record: A Cautionary Tale for the G-20

The key priorities of Felipe Calderon’s government for Mexico’s presidency of the G20 include the important issues of economic growth and job creation, financial stability and inclusion, food security, and sustainable development. However, in each of these...

A World Bank President Who’s Not a Crony or a War Criminal?

On Friday, President Obama announced that he is nominating physician and Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim to lead the World Bank. This likely appointment was greeted with approval by many long-time critics of corporate globalization. And it came after an...
Why We Are Not Supporting Jeffrey Sachs to be World Bank President

Why We Are Not Supporting Jeffrey Sachs to be World Bank President

Jeffrey Sachs—economist, author and United Nations adviser—has publicly launched his candidacy to become the next World Bank president. Several prominent progressives whom we respect, including Congressman John Conyers, the Center for Economic and Policy...
Open Letter: Urging Capital Controls in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Open Letter: Urging Capital Controls in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

In advance of Trans-Pacific trade talks, over 100 economists are sending a letter today urging negotiators to promote global financial stability by allowing the use of capital controls. Signatories include prominent scholars from six of the nine countries currently...
Coal Smoke and Planetary Fever

Coal Smoke and Planetary Fever

I recently returned to my childhood home in India with my siblings for a final walk down memory lane with my elderly mother. As expected, it was a powerfully emotional experience. But in ways unexpected, it brought home to me how our planetary fever — climate...
Occupy Global Africa!

Occupy Global Africa!

A wave of mass organization and resistance is smashing barriers of fear, isolation and apathy. From Harriet Tubman to Marcus Garvey to Kwame Nkrumah, the battle cry of the African liberation struggle has been “Organize! Organize! Organize!” Come to a...
From Davos to Dystopia

From Davos to Dystopia

Not long ago the World Economic Forum (WEF) found itself in the sights of the global economic justice movement. At the turn of the last century, before anyone was “occupying” public spaces in protest at the growing inequalities between the top strata of...
Elbowed Out of Spotlight by 9/11, Anti-Globalization Movement Endures

Elbowed Out of Spotlight by 9/11, Anti-Globalization Movement Endures

Cross-posted from the Dissent Magazine blog Arguing the World. Did the attacks of 9/11 end the movement against corporate globalization? A number of reflections written for the ten-year anniversary of the attacks have raised this question. And I think it presents some...
Globalization & The Mexican Village

Globalization & The Mexican Village

Wendy Callvisited the Isthmus of Tehuantepec—the lush sliver of land connecting the Yucatan Peninsula to the rest of Mexico—for the first time in 1997. She found herself in the midst of a storied land, a place Mexicans call their country’s...
The Ideology that Drives the Republican Party

The Ideology that Drives the Republican Party

The press, politicians, and pundits have apparently uncovered the driving force behind the current conflict over the debt ceiling: ideology. The New York Times suggests that Republican ideology has doomed any possibility of compromise, that ideology has trumped...
Enough Free Trade Nonsense

Enough Free Trade Nonsense

Trade sets Wall Street’s Heart athrob; While it robs me Of my job. Does it matter that no cell phones are made in America? Or scarcely any solar panels? Or that 91 percent of Walmart’s goods come from China? Should we care that our sundry free trade...

Debate: Are “Failed States” A Product of Modern Globalization?

The Failed States Index 2011 launch event is a joint event of the Fund for Peace and Business Executives for National Security. The Fund for Peace’s annual Failed States Index, now in its seventh edition, is a characterization of UN member countries by social,...

The Luddites Revisited

Some of it has raised the valid and interesting question of whether those demonstrators of old should really be described as anti-technology. Those of us who have been involved in global justice protests have gotten used to being labeled Luddites by advocates of...