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  • Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro

    "A pulse-pounding Perfect Storm-style tale" (Kirkus, starred review) of the sinking of the American container ship El Faro, the crew of 33 who perished onboard, and the destructive forces of globalization that put the ship in harm’s way.
  • Almost Haven: The Increasing Globalization of Financial Crime and Tax Evasion

    Four years after 9/11, dirty money is more prevalent than ever. Tax cheats use the same methods that terrorists use to hide money. Everyone is playing the game, including big respected companies like Microsoft, our biggest banks, law firms and accountants. The ability of the US government to combat this traffic is remarkably weak- - probably in part because much of the problem originates in the US itself.
  • The Water Barons

    This project reveals and documents the increasingly common privatization of public drinking water systems worldwide and examines the impact of this new form of globalization. Three private water utilities companies, all based in France, dominate the worldwide market. This project raises concerns that a few companies could soon control a large chunk of the world's most vital resource. 31 researchers, writers and editors were involved in this twelve month investigation.
  • Nafta's Powerful Little Secret

    The New York Times examines NAFTA and the effectiveness of the international tribunals put in place to handle disputes between investors and foreign governments.
  • Don't Walk: Why Labor Unions Have Grown Reluctant To Use the 'S' Word

    The Journal reports on the decline in the number of strikes and union protests in the 1980s and 1990s. "...For many unions, using the sword can get a lot of people hurt -- starting with union members. The calculus of labor relations is indeed different these days. Workers have become shareholders. Technology and globalization can put jobs at risk even when a union has "job security" written into its contract."
  • Seizing the Moment: Steelmakers' Troubles Create an Opening For an Iron-Ore Giant

    The Wall Street Journal examines opportunities to buy cheap in a sinking economy. The story focuses on Cleveland business climate, and the steel industry in particular. The article points to acquisitions of cash-strapped companies by other having the money for new operations, but also finds that the risk is high. "Those that have the resources often don;t have the stomach to buy much of anything, regardless of its long-term potential," the Journal reports.
  • Against the Workers; Privatization Tidal Wave; Dubious Development; The Power of Protest

    The Multinational Monitor examines how poor nations are forced to bear "the burden of the IMF and World Bank." The story package looks at different aspects of the interactions between the international financial institutions and the developing countries governments. The articles give voice to critics who find that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank policies undermine labor power and rights; that the two institutions' common requirement for increasing electricity and water tariffs in loan-receiving countries makes the poor pay the price; that the International Financial Corporation (IFC) "prioritizes the pursuit of profit over economic justice, social or environmental concerns."
  • The Crackdown On Dissent

    "Over the past year, the US government has intensified its crackdown on political dissidents opposing corporate globalization," the Nation reports. The question is whether police are being trained to violate the free speech rights of protestors. Some of their tactics include trumping-up charges, make lists of activists, political profiling, setting unconstitutional bail amounts and brutal treatment, the Nation reports.
  • Latin Translation: Columbian Pop Star Taps American Taste in Repackaged Imports

    Orwall takes a look at the trend of globalization in the entertainment industry, with a specific look at music trends. With the new popularity of global music, many record labels, such as Sony, are searching for new artists overseas. Orwall looks at Colombia recording artist Shakira, who began her singing career at the age of 13 with Sony. After enjoying success from her records in areas outside of the U.S., Sony is now trying to groom Shakira for a major shift from international audiences to the U.S. With work on a English-language record already beginning, producers are hoping Shakira can follow in the footsteps of another cross-over artist, Gloria Estefan, who has coached Shakira on some of her songs. Record executives are careful to slowly introduce Shakira to American audiences as to not alienate her from her large fan-base in Latin America.
  • Welcome to the Free World

    The use and necessity of "non-leathal" weapons such as anesthetics darts, infrasound pulses, electrical shockers, and microwave transmitters, have been called into question after disturbances at the 2001 World Economic Forum and the 1999 WTO protests. Independent researcher Frank Morales examines the U.S. military's efforts in globalization and how it relates to their subsequent proliferation of "non-leathal" weapons technology and tactics by the armed forces. Morales discovers the non-leathal tactics the U.S. military currently uses overseas have long been in practice as methods of controlling civil disturbances in the U.S.