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A World Connected: Free Trade / Fair Trade Resources

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because A World Connected looks at the lives of real people who are being affected by the processes of globalization. Topics and materials included in this site are links to facts, figures, and opinions on free trade and fair trade. Start by an article “Free Trade versus Fair Trade” as it presents cases for Free Trade and Fair Trade. Be aware of the fact that “Backgrounders” presents links to various issues related to globalization. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 5/6/04.

About the United Nations: Africa Recovery. (1990).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because of its description of the current state of political, economic and military affairs in several African countries, and the reasons behind the ongoing financial problems. Topics and materials include the description of the state of African schools due to its financial debts to the West; general relationship between Western financial aid and African debts; live interviews with several African men and women. I recommend this video for use in high-school classes. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/27/04.

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All Connected Now: Life in the First Global Civilization

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Recommended because this books vividly describes four kinds of global change – economic, political, cultural, and biological. Start by Part 2 “Connections” since this part discusses how globalization has been advanced economically, politically, culturally, and biologically.

Citation: Anderson, Walt. Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press. $27.50.

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Annual Editions: Global Issues 09/10. (2009).

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Recommended because new editions each year contain collections of 30-40 up to date articles from scholars and the world press that examine the most important global issues facing the planet.  The book has a world map, a glossary, a topic guide, and a list of related websites. This is one of many Annual Editions series. Others (see list on the Annual Editions website) are also relevant to specific issues as well as regional studies.

Citation: Jackson, Robert M. (editor). Guilford, CT: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin. http://www.dushkin.com

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Asia Rising: Japan and Korea Rebuilt (1999).

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Recommended because of its depiction of the miraculous economic recovery of Japan, South Korea, and other nations of the Pacific in the 2nd half of the 20th century. Topics and materials include the explanation of the role of the U.S. in the economic development of the region following the WWII; the depiction of the economic devastation on common people and their role in economic recovery of their countries; the analysis of the effectiveness of democratic institution in aiding economic recovery. I recommend this video for use in high-school classes. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/24/04.

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Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because ASEAN is a system attempting to further the idea of regional economic and political integration of transnational issues. Topics and materials contained within this site include an extensive ‘in and out’ overview of the Association, its history, philosophy, members, etc. The ‘About ASEAN’ section provides a variety of resources, which include maps, ASEAN organizational structure, galleries, etc. There is also an excellent statistical database which covers a variety of areas, including very detailed sections on economic integration, social development, etc. Start by About ASEAN’ section to get a better idea about the Association, its goals, and members. An excellent section to visit is ‘ASEAN Statistics’, and within it ‘Links with member countries’. The latter contains scores of statistical information, accompanied by links to local and international economic organizations involved with ASEAN.
Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 07/10/03.

Banking on Life and Debt. (1995).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because The video is an overview of World Bank and International Monetary Fund policies that promote poverty, starvation, and ecological ruin. Measured by its ability to engage most high school students, Banking on Life and Debt is spread too thin, covers too much history and too much political economy, and is narrated by too many talking heads. Nonetheless, through examining World Bank and IMF policies in Ghana, Brazil, and the Philippines, the video offers a convincing portrait of an international economic order that drains resources from poor countries in the name of development. And if used with other readings and activities that explore the global debt crisis, this can be an important resource. The video doesn’t bubble over with hope, but we do meet activists in every country visited who describe efforts to organize for alternatives to debt slavery. Review from Rethinking Schools/Rethinking Globalization Resources Page, 07/2002.

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Boycott Shell/Free Nigeria

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it is an example of one of the things that can be done on order to stop profit hungry multinational corporations from continuing to abuse and exploit natural resources of developing Third World countries. The site offers insights on how and why a multinational corporation thrives on political instability and economic under-development of a developing country. Topics and materials included in this site are history and mechanics behind Shell’s activities in Nigeria; Nigerian resistance groups, their accomplishments and agendas; brief photo gallery; and endless links and resources approaching this and similar issues from various perspectives. Start by the “Shell Rap Sheet” which is good for background information.

Canadian International Development Agency

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Recommended because of its continuous dedication to helping “people in developing countries lift themselves out of poverty by offering them the support they need to improve their quality of life.” The site is an admirable example of a mutual humanitarian effort by the Canadian government and private citizens to reach out and help those in need. Topics and materials included in the site offer an extensive list of “Global issues” currently in works and on the agenda of the CIDA. This list includes a section on poverty. Start by this section, and in particular with the “International Community” section within it, which provides access many resources on global co-operation and development. Consider going to the OCED link within this section to view extensive lists of economic data sorted your own way, among many other useful resources. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 07/20/03

Cancel the Debt, Now! (2000).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because Cancel the Debt, Now! outlines the immorality of the global debt crisis. Activists from numerous countries tell about the impact of debt on the poorest people in their societies, as well as the effects on the environment. The video emphasizes the global Jubilee 2000 Campaign to cancel the debt for the poorest countries and explains why this is not charity. Although the campaign is Biblically-grounded (in the Book of Leviticus) and thus the video has religious overtones this should not prevent its use in public schools. Its strength is in its advocacy for activism in solidarity with the world’s poor, and in its scope. However, other than their dire poverty, we learn little about the lives of people affected by the debt crisis.
Review from Rethinking Schools/Rethinking Globalization Resources Page, 07/2002.

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Caviar Emptor: Let the connoisseur beware

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because its in-depth analysis of the decline of Caspian Sea sturgeon and a presentation of the alternative road to recovery of the caviar industry. The site is especially good for high school students to use. Topics and materials included in this site are extensive and high quality photo and video galleries, which offer an excellent over-view of the condition of today’s Caspian and world caviar industry. The site also contains an extensive ‘Question and Answer’ section, which offers some basic info and detailed explanation of the problems, which face the caviar industry today. It also offers some possible solutions to these problems and explains extensively the driving force behind the ‘caviar protection and recovery’ campaign. Start by the ‘Video Gallery’. After viewing some/all of the segments, one could start a group/discussion based solely on what has been seen, without assuming any prior knowledge of the subject. Be aware of the promotional nature of the website, which tends to be advertising the growing popularity of the American caviars. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 06/27/03.

Center For Economic and Policy Research

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Recommended because of its extensive research and analysis of global economic resources, and also for its critical perspective on the ongoing process of globalization on the economic and political levels. The site offers analysis and criticism of various weekly publications and on-line resources which focus on economic and public policy coverage. Topics and materials included in the site offer a broad range of resources on global and related issues. Start by the following link, which offers direct access to global resources: websites, web articles, print materials, etc.: http://www.cepr.net/pages/Globalization_page.htm . A possible starting point is the article “Globalization: A Primer”: http://www.cepr.net/GlobalPrimer2.htm#What%20is . The goal of the article “is to make the reader economically literate enough to be able to discuss current international economic issues of pressing importance” and think critically about them “without putting anyone to sleep.” The text of the article is well supported by 3D graphs and various tables. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 07/18/03.

Child Labor Coalition

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Recommended because of its intense, heart-breaking, realistic, sobering, and engaging coverage of the problem of Child labor in the world. Topics and materials included in this site include a must-see extensive and mind-bugling photo gallery of children-laborers from several countries and epochs. Start by the “Read the Message of the Month…” sections, followed by the “Photo Gallery” section. One could hardly think of a more educational combination of documents with the purpose of teaching about the child labor. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 07/22/03.

Co-op America’s Guide to Ending Sweatshops and Promoting Fair Trade (the site currently not working)

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Recommended because of its insider critical look at today’s profit oriented corporate world and its ways of creating and sustaining modern day exploitation. The site is an extensive resource for learning all about sweat-shops, from their mere definition to the forces which prolong and even encourage their existence in today’s closely connected global economy. Topics and materials included in this site are various ways of getting involved with the issue in question. The site offers links to actual current campaigns fighting for a fairer economy without worker exploitation or child labor. It also offers links to over 2000 environmentally and socially responsible companies through searching in “National Green Pages” catalogue. Start by the “Sweatshop myth-buster” quiz, which can be found going in the “Educate: what is a Sweatshop section?”, and then continuing in the “More about Sweatshops” section on the right-hand side of the page, under “Sweatshops myth-busters.” Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov,07/16/03.

Corporate Resources (Pittsburgh)

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Recommended because of its extensive list of critical and informational websites which treat a variety of economic issues pertaining to corporate activities. Topics and materials included in this site provide information on and about corporations or reactions to them. You can find out about their products, their earnings, and their potential growth. However, you can also find out about the affects they have on people’s lives. Start by clicking on the following link, which can also be found on the “Corporate Watch” site, listed with other resources mentioned above: http://www.corpwatch.org/issues/PII.jsp?topicid=104 (the link currently not working). This link offers a critical look at globalization. It undermines the very meaning of the word “globalization”, by associating it with the popular today neo-liberalist values and causes. Be aware of amateur websites which lack professional expertise and serve no other purpose than promoting the freedom of speech. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 07/18/03.

Deadly Embrace: Nicaragua, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. (1996).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because deadly embrace of the video’s title refers to the post-Sandinista government’s acceptance of the structural adjustment policies of the World Bank and IMF, which have devastated Nicaragua’s economy at least from the standpoint of the vast majority of the people. According to the video, unemployment has rocketed to 60%, credit to small farmers has been slashed, public school teachers work in deteriorating conditions for $60 to $70 a month, and public programs of all kinds have been eliminated. Meanwhile, free trade zones welcome transnational corporations who pay pennies an hour to desperate workers.
Review from Rethinking Schools/Rethinking Globalization Resources Page, 07/2002.

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Education and the Rise of the Global Economy.

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Recommended because it explains how education is being increasingly shaped to fit a global economy dominated by corporate interests.
Topics and materials include critique of globalization and neo-liberal education initiatives around the world; call to rethink education in terms of the fundamental human right; ways of defending education and human community from the tyranny of transnational corporations and the threats they pose to the cultural and biotic diversity of the planet.
I recommend this book for use by educators and teachers, and also for use by high-school students. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/28/04.

Citation: Spring, Joel (1998). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (Publishers)

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Elite Globalization vs People’s Globalization

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Recommended because this film discusses two kinds of globalization: elite globalization and grassroots globalization. Danaher explains why, since September 11, it has become even more important for us to build the build the global justice movement and strengthen grassroots globalization. Be aware of the fact that this film can be ordered here.
This film would be recommended for middle school or high school students.
This resource was reviewed by Global Exchange Fair Trade Store.

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Emerging Powers: China (1996).

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Recommended because of its elaborate presentation of China as rapidly immerging economic power, with the potentially largest economy in the world which rests on the contradictory set of communist and capitalist values. Topics and materials include the explanation and examples of the successful economic transformation of the most populated nation in the world. The video contains multiple real life commentary and interviews with common Chinese men and women, and also the narration of several individual success stories. The video also contains a discussion of the ongoing socio-economic problems and existing political barriers on the way towards the future national development of China. I recommend this video for use in high school classes. Be aware of the underlying assumption that economic development means national development implied throughout the video. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/25/04.

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Emerging Powers: Mexico (1996).

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Recommended because of its portrayal and in-depth analysis of the economic situation in Mexico following the 1995 economic crises, and the implications if Mexico’s economic development for the U.S., regional, and world economy. Topics and materials include the explanation and analysis of the reasons behind the 1995 economic crises and its implications for Mexican economic development and political atmosphere; live interviews with everyday Mexican people and business men and women; explanation of Mexican import/export markets and the place of the U.S. American market in Mexican economic development. I recommend this video for use in high-school classes. Be aware of the underlying assumption that economic development means national development implied throughout the video. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/22/04.

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Fight Against Child Labour and Exploitation Project

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its personalized and humane depiction of the problem of child labor through the use of the first-hand documents (confessions, testimonies, reflections, etc.) made by the child labor victims, witnesses, peers of children affected by this problem around the world. Topics and materials included in this site are numerous examples of children’s articipation in the fight against child labor, icluding writing, art, etc., to carry on the battle and to prevent child labor around the world. Start by the “Warren Proclamation of Child Labour”, available immediately on the front page. This is a powerful example of a collective effort by the members of different age groups, but mainly children, of one community to contribute to the fight against the child labor. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 07/22/03.

Focus: International Economics.

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this book includes lesson plans to teach basic concepts and issues in international economics. Topics and materials included in this site are 20 lesson plans organized around several major content themes: international economics, global production and competition, exchange rates and issues in international finance, free trade vs. protectionism, international economic development, and economic systems. Start by “Introduction” since it provides overview information about each major content theme. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 5/8/04.

Citation: Lynch, J. G., Watts, W. M., & Wentworth, R. D. (1998). New York, NY: National Council on Economic Education.

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Free the Children: A Young Man Fights Against Child Labor and Proves that Children Can Change the World

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Recommended because this books introduces stories about some children fighting to gain their human rights in Bangladesh, Nepal,India, and Pakistan where the author traveled. Start by reading “Prologue” since this book is an easy reading story.

Citation: Kielburger, Craig., and Major, Kevin. (1998). New York: Harper Collins Publishers. $13.00

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Global Exchange: Global Economy

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this site attempts to provide ways for you to educate yourself about ways to Democratize the Global Economy. Topics and materials included in this site are critical facts and analysis of how the global economy works and how we can act to change it. This page includes links offering basic information about Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), World Trade Organization (WTO), Oil and Auto, Fair Trade, Green Festivals, Sweatshops, World Bank / IMF, and International Right to Know. Be aware of the fact that this site provides printer-friendly version. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 5/6/04.

Globalization and Human Rights (1999).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because of its discussion of how today interdependent global economic activity is affecting the rights of people around the world. Topics and materials include the discussion of how economic forces, multinational companies, and international institutions such as International Monetary Fund promote human rights; the thriving sweatshops of Asia and Africa; child labor; diverse impacts of globalization around the world. I recommend this video for use in middle and high school classes. Be aware of the predominant view of globalization as the phenomena mainly linked to economic activity. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/26/04.

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Globalization and the Challenges of a New Century: A Reader

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Recommended because it examines globalization, its views around the world, and its affects on our lives. Topics and materials include global order ad disorder; changing nature of national borders; conflict and security in a new world order; globalization and the evolution of democracy; new global economy; the age of information; environment and technology; new global culture. I recommend this book for use by educators and teachers, and also for use in high-school classes. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/28/04.

Citation: O’Meara, Patrick., Mehlinger, Howard.and Krain, Matthew. (Eds.). Bloomington, Ind. : Indiana University Press. (2000). $19.95

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Globalization and the Postcolonial World: The New Political Economy of Development.

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Recommended because it examines the ways in which globalization is affecting the countries of the developing world, with emphasis on emerging global forms of production, exchange and governance. Topics and materials include examples of diverse impacts of globalization in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, East Asia, Latin America; identification of different postcolonial responses to globalization in these parts of the world; the new architecture of globalization of core-periphery relations in the world economy in which social divisions replace geographic divisions, and in which the politics of exclusion replace the politics of incorporation. I recommend this book for use by educators and teachers, and also for use by high-school students. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/28/04.

Citation: Hoogvelt, Ankie (1997). The Johns Hopkins University Press.

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International Forum on Globalization (IFG)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because because although the IFG presents a slightly slanted focus in favor eliminating capitolist ideals which promote globalization, it does contain information pertaining to environmental activism around the world.  Start with Climate Resources and IFG Programs. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

International Institute for Sustainable Development

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Recommended because  The International Institute for Sustainable Development’s goal is to promote sustainable development throughout the world, to include economic, environmental, equality, technology, and peaceful initiatives.  Start with the “Our Knowledge” tab on the main menu bar for topic themes and initiatives.  From here, you can find publications and research on each topic.  This site is appropriate for secondary and post-secondary students.  Reviewed by Sara Adducchio 2012.

International Monetary Fund

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Recommended because of its portrayal of one of the largest international financial organizations in the world. The site is one of a kind resource for acquiring the extensive official data and information about the past, present and future planned activities of the largest foreign investment establishment in the world. Topics and materials included in the site are articles, assessments, data tables, development reports, maps, and various other information which concerns the work of IMF in over 180 countries around the world. Start by the “Poverty Reduction: Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers” section under Topics. This sections offers a look at the countries’ “macroeconomic, structural and social policies and programs over a three year or longer horizon to promote broad-based growth and reduce poverty, as well as associated external financing needs and major sources of financing.” This is a good starting point for learning about particular countries’ economic development progress and the role that the IMF is playing in that process. Be aware of the fact that information in this site, because of its official nature, depicts only the IMF’s “cultured” perspective on the matters. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 07/21/03.

International Organization for Migration

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Recommended because the site encompasses a variety of migration management activities throughout the world. Topics about migration include assisted returns, counter-trafficking, labour migration, migration health, movements, mass information, and technical cooperation on migration, migration policy and research programme, working group on gender issues, individual portraits, and links to relevant program and project web sites. Start with Media to see photo essays an videos of stories of people and places.  Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12.

Jihad vs. McWorld: How Globalism and Tribalism Are Reshaping the World.

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because of its elegant and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: consumerist capitalism versus religious and tribal fundamentalism. Topics and materials include the fall of the west and the rise of the east; Hollywood McWorld videology; MTV as the McWorld’s noisy soul; Wild Capitalism vs. democracy; capitalism vs. democracy in Russia; and other. I recommend this book for use by teachers and educators, and also for use by high-school students. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/28/04

Citation: Barber, Benjamin R. (1996). Ballantine Books.

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Kiel Institute for World Economics

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because The Kiel Institute is dedicated to research of global economics.  Interested PhD students or educators of global economics should consult Kiel Institute publications and internship opportunities for research opportunities.  This site is most appropriate for post-secondary students of global education, specifically global economics. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Korea: War, Prosperity and Democracy (1995).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because of its successful attempt to portray South Korea’s road towards political and economic success, and military stability; and its successful establishment as one of the world’s leading nations. Topics and materials include the portrayal and explanation of the history and implication of the Korean War; the discussion of the Korean split and its implications for the world order; the successful of the South Korean economic recovery; the future of Korea in the increasingly globalizing world community. The video is separated into three parts which focus on the three major aspects mentioned in the title. I recommend this video for use in middle and high school classes. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/27/04.

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Life and Debt. (2001).

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Recommended because this may be the best video overview of the effects of globalization on one society in this instance, Jamaica. Life and Debt focuses on the role of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Jamaica, but it’s much more than that. It weaves together interviews with the IMF deputy director, farmers, workers, scholars, a former Prime Minister (Michael Manley); a narration based on Jamaica Kincaids A Small Place (see p. 54); Jamaican music; life in a tourist hotel; and a kind of Greek chorus of Rastafarian men who comment on Jamaica’s neocolonial plight. The conclusion: Jamaican society has been devastated by high interest payments on its external debt (52% of the entire national budget), cheap imports (potatoes, peanuts, carrots, milk powder, chicken), the WTO ruling forcing Jamaica’s bananas into direct competition with much cheaper bananas from Central and South America, and exploitative practices in Jamaica’s World Bank pushed free zone. (Of course, there are some economic winners: Because of high crime, one security firm featured has gone from 120 guards employed to between 1800 and 1900 guards and over 300 dogs.) It’s this relatively comprehensive video walk through Jamaica’s economy that can help students see the relationship between farm conditions and sweatshops, and provides a partial answer to the sweatshop defense: Well, no one is forcing people to go to work in these places.
Review from Rethinking Schools/Rethinking Globalization Resources Page, 07/2002.

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Losing Control? Sovereignty in an Age of Globalization.

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Recommended because it examines the rise of private transnational legal codes and supranational institutions such as World Trade Organization and universal human rights covenants, to argue that sovereignty remains an important feature of the international system, though it is no longer confined to the nation-state. Topics and materials include the effects of globalization on the denationalization of national territory; the roles and implication of such institutions as NAFTA, or European Union; economic citizenship; immigration and other. I recommend this book for use by educators and teacher, and also for use in high school classes. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/28/04

Citation: Sassen, Saskia (1996). Columbia University Press, NY.

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Multinational Monitor

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its collection of resources which focus on the effects of global economic activities and their connection with public policy and international politics. The site is an obvious advocate of the notion that the modern drive for economic gain and its global political repercussions are interconnected. Topics and materials included in the site are “Child labor”, “Children and Corporations”, “Commercialism and Consumerism”, “Corporate Globalization”, etc. The site offers extensive country coverage in dealing with the above mentioned and a variety of other global economic issues. Start by the following link which could also be found by navigating in the “Coprporate Globalization”, and then the “Global Exchange” section of the site: http://www.globalexchange.org/. Be aware of the fact that some of the resources may be out of date. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 07/19/03.

New Internationalist magazine on-line

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Recommended because this magazine attempts to report on issues of world poverty and inequality; to focus attention on the unjust relationship between the powerful and the powerless in both rich and poor nations; to debate and campaign for the radical changes necessary if the basic material and spiritual needs of all are to be met. Topics and materials included in this site are magazine articles, links on teaching global issues, country profile, audio section, and war on want. Start by “The Global Economy: The Facts” as it provides overview information about global economy. Be aware of the fact that “Teaching Global Issues” provides teaching resources and links to assist people learning about global issues. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 5/8/04.

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

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Recommended because of its modern day example of the economic and accompanying it political co-operation between countries. OECD groups 30 member countries, sharing a commitment to democratic government and the market economy. “With active relationships with some 70 other countries , NGOs and civil society, it has a global reach. Topics and materials included in the site are various publications and statistics, which cover economic and social issues from macroeconomics, to trade, education, development, science and innovation.”Start by the “By Country” section which is a good example of the kinds of purposes the website could be made to serve. This section applies the tools that the website carries to any country on the list by providing extensive and detailed information and data classed by topic, department, etc., pertaining to that country. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 07/21/03.

Public Citizen 30 Years: Global Trade Watch

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Recommended because of its continuous “fight for openness and democratic accountability in government, for the right of consumers to seek redress in the courts; for clean, safe and sustainable energy sources; for social and economic justice in trade policies; for strong health, safety and environmental protections; and for safe, effective and affordabe prescription drugs and health care.” This website is an excellent example of the effort against corporate globalization and enforced universalization, or “harmonization” of social and economic values in nfavor of “uniform global standards.” Topics and materials included in this site are in-depth critical analysies of such multinational organizations as WTO, FTAA, NAFTA, etc., and the various ways of “taking action” to change their often destructive, profit hungry behavior. Start by viewing WTO, FTAA, NAFTA sections to catch up on some of the recent developments related to these organizations. To follow up, consider browsing through the “Take Action” section to review some of the ways to get involved to make a difference. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 07/22/03.

Rainforest Action Network

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Recommended because it provides information on corporate relationships with the rainforest, human rights of those impacted by the rain forest, benefits and disadvantages of energy use regarding the environment, and resources for teachers and students. Start with Get Involved, and Resources sections.  Also see Rainforest Heroes section for primary student resources. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

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Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World.

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this book provides numerous sources to teach global economic systems. Topics and materials included in this site are teaching materials such as background readings, lesson plans, teaching articles, role plays and simulations, student handouts, interviews, poems, cartoons, annotated resource lists, and teaching ideas about various topics such as colonialism, global economy, global sweatshops, child labor in the global economy, food, and culture, consumption, and the environment. Start by any chapter depending upon your teaching topics or your students interests. I recommend this book for use by high-school teachers. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 5/7/04.

Citation: Bigelow, B., & Peterson, B. (Eds.) (2002). Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools Press.

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South Africa: Building Democracy (1998).

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Recommended because of its depiction of the historic, social, political and economic in South Africa. Topics and materials include the discussion of the causes and forces supporting apartheid; the 1994 Nelson Mandela’s democratic victory; the political and socio-economic changes that took place in the country since that date; the implications of the South African transformation for other countries in the Region, for African continent, and for the world. I recommend this video for use in high-school classes. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/25/04.

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Stolen Dreams: Portraits of Working Children. (1998).

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Recommended because it documents the lives of working children in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States. The book explores (1) why children work, (2) where children work, and (3) what can be done about the problems and issues associated with child labor. Here’s a quote from Doi, a 13 year old factory worker in Bangkok, Thailand: “My father died and my mother just didn’t have enough money to feed all my brothers and sisters, so that’s why I came to work. What I really miss is games. We don’t have any time to play football or anything like that. I don’t understand why we can’t have some time in the evening to play. I suppose it’s because there’s so much work to do.”

Citation: Parker, David L. with Engfer, Lee, & Conrow, Robert. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications.

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Sweating for a T-Shirt (1999).

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Recommended because it is about a college student’s travels to Honduras to find out about the conditions of the workers who make the t-shirts and sweatshirts worn by students. The video provides a first-hand account of the living and working conditions of works in sweatshops. Available from the Resource Center of the Americas ($25.00). http://www.americas.org.

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Teaching About International Conflict and Peace.

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Recommended because it links substantive current scholarship in major topics in the management if international conflict, economic cooperation and promoting peace in the world. Topics and materials include the use and control of military power; diplomacy; negotiation and peaceful settlement; economic cooperation; human rights; global environmental issues and other. I recommend this book for use educators and teachers, and also for use in high school classes. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/28/04

Citation: Merryfield, Merry M. & Remy, Richard C. (1995). State University of New York Press.

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Teaching International Politics in High School.

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Recommended because it offers answers to the question of how America’s schools should teach about international politics and ways of peace. The volume makes it clear that approaches should be realistic and pragmatic rather that based on generalities about global education and “peace education.” Topics and materials include essays on international economic relations, cultural and linguistic understanding, and the conflict of ideologies and value systems in international affairs. The volume examines traditional academic methods as well as recent innovations. A historian-filmmaker analyzes characteristic distortions of TV news and documentaries. Appendices include sample textbook pages as well as glossary, maps, and an international time line from 1945 to the present. I recommend this book for use by teachers and educators and also for use in high school classes. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/28/04

Citation: English, Raymond (1989). Ethics and Public Policy Center, University Press of America.

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Telepolis

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Recommended because of its coverage of current economic and political issues, viewed from a non-American perspective with a respective emphasis on some issues forgone by the public press in the US. The site touches on a variety of global issues. Topics and materials in the site include an article “Global Poverty in the 20th Century”. In this article, economist Michel Chossudovsky proposes that increased poverty is a consequence of the global integration of the capitalist economy. He also explains how the “globalization of poverty” is affecting the former Soviet Union, as well as other Western countries. Start by this article, which offers great insights on this issue. It also serves as a rather good introduction to the “Telepolis” and the kinds of issues discussed and stances taken in this publication. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 07/18/03.

The Continent that Overslept: Africa (1994).

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Recommended because of its depiction and explanation of the reasons for the economic stagnation in several major African countries.
Topics and materials include personal commentary and interviews with a number of business men and women, and also expert analysis and explanation of the current economic situation. I recommend this video for use in high-school classes. Be aware of the country specific problems that exist in African and that do not apply to the continent as a whole. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/25/04.

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The Debt Crisis: An Unnatural Disaster. (1990).

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Recommended because this video is a primer on the history and social consequences of the Third World debt crisis and structural adjustment programs, especially focusing on the Caribbean. It has something of a homemade feel to it and lacks the polish that students are used to, but it is a clear and hard-hitting overview of the severe difficulties the debt crisis creates in poor countries. One of the videos strengths is that it is entirely narrated, and the skits acted, by Caribbean people themselves. The Debt Crisis covers much the same ground as Banking on Life and Debt, although its Caribbean focus is narrower. However, the playfulness (some might argue, silliness) of its skits and its concentration on a smaller geographic area probably make this more accessible for many students.

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The Future of the European Union (2002).

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Recommended because of its analysis and explanation of the current and future state of the European Union, and its implications for the world’s political, economic, and military environment.
Topics and materials include the explanation of the E.U. political and economic structure, with relation to its current and future member states; the U.S. position towards the E.U. and its future potential as major economic and political power. I recommend this video for use in high-school classes. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/22/04.

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The Global Economy and Democracy

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Recommended because this interview with noted author Noam Chomsky is packed with the kind of sharp insights that Chomsky is known for. He covers third-world debt, the global financial crisis, the International Monetary Fund, proposals for reform, and much more. A great educational tool for your community or classroom. Be aware of the fact that this film can be ordered here.
This resource was reviewed by Global Exchange Fair Trade Store.

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The Global Trap: Globalization and the Assault of Democracy and Prosperity.

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Recommended because of its frightening analysis of the world’s economic future in which only 20% of the world’s population will be enough to keep the world economy going. Topics and materials include the analysis and causes of the modern day multi-million army of the unemployed, of the massive job insecurity, of the growing gap between low and high paid; the discussion of the upcoming collapse of the world as we know it and other topics. I recommend this site for use by educators and teachers, and also by high-school students. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/28/04

Citation: Hans-Peter, Martin & Schumann, Harald (1997). Zed Books Ltd, New York.

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The Globalization Website

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Recommended because because it provides links to a large amount of globalization resources. The site links to organizations, books, people, issues, theories, and a glossary. The site also links to other megasites, data sources, non-English sites (German, French, and Spanish). Start with General Links. and Data Sources (which are categorized by country or issue).  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

The National Peace Corps Association

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Recommended because of its continuous and effective role in promoting and improving the extent and the quality of “global experience” which defines people’s lives and views of the world, and of their roles in it. The site would be especially good for the use in high school classes. Topics and materials include “A Global Issues Toolbox for Educators” which contains an extensive coverage of global issues. Start by the “Economics, Globalization & Debt” section. Within this section, go on to the “United for a Fair Economy” (UFE) link. The latter website offers an objective coverage of the current global economic issues and provides a variety of teaching and learning resources in this area. The “Economic Education” section of this site has numerous downloadable workshops, which, aside from furthering the effort of the UFE’s Economic Education Program, offer great resources for beginners and advanced students. These workshops could also be an opportunity for teachers to get involved on their own. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 07/16/03.

The Role of the United States in a Changing World: Choices of the 21st Century.

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Recommended because it employs an innovative and class-tested strategy to present students with four different views of what policies the U.S. should follow in the 21st century.
Topics and materials include human rights and democracy; global cooperation; U.S. economic development; the “Korean peninsula crises”; the “four” alternate futures. The text is accompanied by the Instructor’s Resource guide. I recommend this book for use by high-school students.
Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/28/04

Citation: Lindeman, Mark, Rose, William & Malkasian, Mark (1993). The Dushkin Publishing Group, Inc.

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The State of the World Atlas: The Unique Visual Survey of Political, Economic, and Social Trends, 6th edition. (1999).

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Recommended because it contains key political, economic, and social indicators translated into full-color maps and graphics. The book provides visual representations of such topics as (1) international debt and inflation, (2) production of goods and services, (3) population growth and migrations, (4) pressures on the environment, (5) military spending and arms trade, (6) freedom of expression, (7) religion and the rise of fundamentalism, (8) racism and gender politics, and (9) language and illiteracy.

Citation: Smith, Dan, & Kidron, Michael. London: Penguin.

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The United Nations: Come Along With Me!

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Recommended because it offers a personalized view of the United Nations; of its purpose; of the people that work for it; and of the world problems the organization was created to solve and is currently engaged with. The book is written by the wife of the current secretary general of the U.N. Topics and materials include first person account of various UN enterprises and accomplishments around the world; personal narratives describing various personal experiences connected with the UN activities; photos representing the organization, its employees, people and places it serves; drawings of and by children expressing their views of hardships and happiness of their everyday life. I recommend this book for use in elementary school.
Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/28/04.

Citation: Annan, Nana (2000). The American Forum for Global Education.

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The World as a Total System.

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Recommended because the extent to which the Earth is a total system of interacting parts as well as the degree to which it is a “great mosaic” of isolated systems having little or no impact on one another. Topics and materials include extensive explanation of various “static” and “dynamic” systems, and representation of the world as a physical system, biological system, social system, economic system, political system, communication system, and an evaluative system. I recommend this book for use in high-school classes. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/28/04.

Citation: Boulding, Kenneth E. (1985). Sage Publications, Inc.

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The World Bank Group

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Recommended because of its overview of how the World Bank “uses its financial resources, its highly trained staff, and its extensive knowledge base to help developing countries onto paths of stable, sustainable, and equitable growth.” The site is good for the use in elementary, middle, and high schools classes. Topics and materials included in this site are several rather extensive sections which offer resources and information on a variety of global issues. Some of these sections are “Data and Statistics” , “Countries and Regions”. “Documents and Reports”, etc. These sections could be very useful for a variety of general educational purposes. Start by a more specific “Kids and Schools” section under “Resources for…”, or simply by clicking at: http://www.worldbank.org/html/schools/ . This section is a great interactive resource which offers endless opportunities for classroom usage, including maps, interviews, photos, and just examples of how individuals and institutions around the world get involved to make a difference. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 07/21/03.

Third Watch Network

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Recommended because of its critical analysis of the detrimental role played by the international money and financial institutions, such as World Bank, IMF, WTO, etc., in worsening current global economic crisis. The site takes a critical look at poor policy decisions made by major political players that also contributed to the crisis. Topics and materials included in this site are such sections as “Specific Countries Affected” by the crisis, which offers country economic reports and various articles supported by extensive statistical information describing the progression of the crisis. There is also a section on the “Lessons of the crisis”, which explains its origins and outcomes, and why and how they should be avoided in the future. Start by the “Specific Countries Affected” section, which offers several articles explaining in detail the outcomes and expectations, or a lack there of, concerning their current economic “setback” and its meaning in the global scheme of things. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 07/19/03.

UNICEF The State of the World’s Children

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Recommended because of its many resources on the world’s children, their issues and lives.  See reports on the state of the world’s children along with many other publications, information by country, and other topics.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

United Nations Development Programme

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Recommended because of its continuous initiative in fighting poverty and promoting economic development around the world, and in particular in some 166 countries. The UN Development Programme advocates “for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help them build a better life.” The UN Programme works with the countries on their “own solutions to global and national development challenges.” Topics and materials included in this site are numerous PDF format articles, and country reports which provide extensive expertise in the area of economic and political development around the world and under the UN Development Programme initiative to speed up the process of economic development based on the specific needs of each country. Start by the “About WFP” section. This section contains several brief summaries which explain the history, mission, etc., of the WFP. There is also a well-designed “Internal Organization” section, which explains the organizational lay out of the Programme. This helps to understand how exactly the organization works. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 07/21/03.

Views from the South: The Effects of Globalization and the WTO on Third World Countries

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Recommended because this book provides readers a rare chance for a comprehensive perspective on the WTO from some of the leading voices from the South. Martin Khor (Malaysia), Vandana Shiva (India), Walden Bello (Thailand), Oronto Douglas (Nigeria) and Sara Larrain (Chile), as well as Anuradha Mittal (India and the U.S.) debunk the idea that global instruments have been designed to benefit the interests of the Third World or the poor. In fact, exactly the opposite is the case as the South bears extra burdens from the rules of trade. This book would be recommended for high school students to learn economic globalization from the perspectives of third world countries.
This resource was reviewed by Global Exchange Fair Trade Store.

Citation: Anderson, Sarah. (Ed.). CA: International Forum on Globalization. (2000). $12.95

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Where Are the Beans? (1994).

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Recommended because Where Are the Beans? is a kind of detective story and an excellent classroom resource. Linda Shelly, of the Mennonite Central Committee, lived in La Esperanza, Honduras for several years. While there, she loved to eat red beans, a staple of the Honduran diet. But when she returned in 1993, she found that no one ate beans any longer. Where are the beans? is the question that Shelly pursues as she visits old friends to learn about how their lives have changed. Shelly discovers the answer in the structural adjustment policies that the International Monetary Fund pressed the Honduran government to adopt: fewer subsidies to the poor, currency devaluation, no more government loans to small farmers, and increased exports of … you guessed it: red beans. The small Honduran farmers have been pulled into the global economy pulled in at the bottom, says Shelly. Their new position in this system demands more and more from them and offers them less and less. Review from Rethinking Schools/Rethinking Globalization Resources Page, 07/2002.

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Who Will Feed China: Wake-up Call for a Small Planet.

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Recommended because it suggests that in an integrated world economy China’s rising food prices will become the world’s rising food prices; China’s land security will become everyone’s land security; China’s water scarcity will affect the entire world. Topics and materials include a discussion of China’s dependence on massive imports; collapse of world fisheries; Earth’s (in)-capacity to feed us; arguments for the planet-side maintenance of food supplies. I recommend this book for use in high-school classes. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/28/04.

Citation: Brown, Lester R. (1995). W.W. Norton and Company, Worldwatch Institute.

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World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability

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Recommended because this book shows the unexpected consequences of free market and democracy after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Start by Part I “The Economic Impact of Globaliation” since this part examines the actual impact of economic globalization in every region of the world by showing some examples including Chinese minority dominance in Southeast Asia, “White” wealth in Latin America, the Jewish Billionaires of post-communist Russia, market-dominant minorities in Africa.

Citation: Chua, Amy. (2003). New York : Doubleday. $26.00

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World Resources Institute

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Recommended because WRI is an environmental think tank that provides information, ideas, and solutions to global environmental problems. Start with Global Topics to find resources on agriculture and food, biodiversity and protected areas, business and economics, climate change and energy, etc.  Resources include news, brochures, maps, regional information, and current research.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

World Trade Organization (WTO)

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Recommended because WTO is a global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. Topics and materials included in this site are news, trade topics, resources, documents, and information about community/forum. Start by “What is WTO?” since it provides overview information about WTO. Be aware of the fact that “Trade Topics” provide in-depth information about Goods, Services, Intellectual Property, Dispute Settlement, and other topics. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 5/6/04.