Global Inequalities in the News

In the comments section (click title to get to comments), post a link to two news articles that relates to your particular research topic. Write a few sentences highlighting what you think is most interesting or relevant about each article. Please comment on at least two of your group members’ articles as well.

Your post is due by Wednesday, February 25, at 1pm, and your replies are due by the following week.

12 thoughts on “Global Inequalities in the News”

  1. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/the-globalization-of-americas-war-on-drugs/article/146006

    I liked this article that reflects my assignment of ‘The War on Drugs & Globalization’. It covers alot of different ways that ‘TWOD’ is affected by events from oversees and else where in the world. From Afghanistans poppy seeds and heroin trade to Americans thirst for drugs. It also touched on the fact that Portugal did away with drug prohibition which is huge in how to approach the illicit drug market.

    http://foreignpolicy.com/2009/11/03/five-wars-of-globalization/

    This piece shows the five most important things of drug traffiking and how it’s being fought. Most importantly is to note the globalization factor and how attacked the drug market impacts everybody. The impact ranges from war, intellectual property, population, & most important money.

    1. The first article is particularly interesting because it provides Portugal as a possible test state since they decriminalized drug use, so it will be interesting to see how that country will develop. I thought it was also interesting how even with drugs America’s policy has pretty much become law for many countries, “The United States’ drug policy has, with the U.N.’s full support and cooperation, become the global drug policy.”
      The second article is interesting because it looks at all the money and effort the U.S. put in to attacking the war on drugs and how it has done very little to change it, there are more drugs and even when a central figure is killed another just takes their place. The article does a really good job of showing how the problem is a global problem; not bound by borders, has no specific geography, and it is only increasing with technological innovations. There are also several solutions provided at the end of the article. I think these are interesting articles and I am interested to see how social movements are tied to the problem.

      1. The first article appealed me because it explained how the global war on drugs has failed with disastrous issues for individuals and the societies around us. This article also stated how the United Status’s drug policy has a full support and help of the U.N and they are becoming a global drug policy.
        The second article also stated some good views like how much government paid on these war. This article also stated how globalization not only expanded illegal markets,increased the resources of criminal networks, but as well as enforced more burdens on government. This article also explains to the government to change the way of the income on these wars.

  2. How can a better understanding of racism improve the current discourse and tactics of the Black equality movement in combating police brutality in the United States?

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/26/us/ferguson-racism-or-racial-bias/

    This article looks at how Racism has changed overtime from overt forms like the KKK to more subtle forms of racial bias like the belief that black neighborhoods diminish home values. It looks at the belief that justice should be colorblind and refutes it by saying that race is one of the first things people notice about others and that there are even racial preferences shown by babies. The article states that, “human beings are consistently, routinely and profoundly biased,” but this raises the question of whether or not this bias is instinctual, or cultural. The deep roots of racism need to be explored to truly understand the problem and how to fix it. One step in the right direction would be changing the language used when talking about racism, “racism has evolved, but our language for describing it hasn’t.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/11/25/how-the-rest-of-the-world-reacted-to-the-ferguson-verdict/

    The article looks at international reactions to the police brutality in Ferguson and the verdict. Different countries have said things like how racism clearly exists in America, and that it is not only directed one way. Canada compared their policing system to the United States’ and determined that theirs is more efficient, perhaps their system could be used a model for social movements to look at and lobby for the U.S. system to model more. This article is useful in tying the affect that globalization has on the problem, and how the U.S.’s inability to deal with domestic problems like this has changed their relations with other countries and has lost them credibility.

    1. This post was very informal and it seems like it also explains that in every race there is some kind of stereotype and people always believe that it is true. Even if they are educated, rich, and being intelligent will never prevent you from racism. Every individual can explain racism in a different way. This editorial describe how “racism has evolved” but people who describe it has not been changed. Thank you so much for sharing this post.
      Your second article was also very informal because I learned what are the effects of the globalization and the article also describe a model of the problem and how the United States is struggling to deal with this kind of domestic issues which are global issues.

    2. I agree with the first article, the longer racism has in a society to grow, the more extreme it will develope and grow create racist factions. Segregation lasted for decades and thus, grew the hatred between the whites and blacks. Concurrently, the KKK was allowed time to grow and strengthen. It’s unfortunate when you fast forward to 2015, there is residual racist feelings some still harness passed down from generations.
      As far as Canadian policing, we must remember that they don’t have the same gun laws as U.S. In an attempt to curb violence, each nation should evaluate how each of their gun laws are applied. In an event that Canadian policing were to take hold in America, how would America begin to address the gun problem? Canadians do have less violence and homicides, but they did not have the same history as America. Alot is to be considered before a nation can say their policing methods are superior to anothers. But that is a great write up and relevant topic.

  3. Fatima Khurshid
    http://www.nber.org/reporter/winter03/technologyandinequality.html
    This article is a good model for the issue I am working on in my proposal and bibliography and it is link back to inequality. This organization mission is changes the organization of production, the interaction between technical change, labor institutions, and potential reason for cross country difference in inequality trends. The organizations in this article are organization of production, organization of labor markets, and consumer tastes. One strategy in this editorial was the economy will make more costly for high-skill workers, who then withdraw from union sectors and from unionized establishment. Another strategy was an increase in inequality may reduce the support-that highly paid individuals give to the welfare state or to redistribute government programs. I think this article is serving on the notion of technological-skill complemtarity, technical changes in favors of more skilled and educated workers, replacing task previously performed by the unskilled, and increase the demand for skills. According to Technology and inequality” the one mission that I like was he wants the unskilled population who are not used to technical work should be train and the government should increase the demands for the skills so they can learn and then give those abilities to the new worker in the company.
    http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/29/opinion/goodman-ted-crime/
    This article explains how technology makes us less willingly to kill one another. We are less likely to see each other as enemy without technology but technology made us sees each other as enemy. Technology has benefits, but it also has dark side to it. This article is useful because it shows me how technology helps the criminals and terrorists to harm the general population in this world. Technology is a tool to change the world and criminal as well as the terrorists are using this in a negative way. This article serves in unprecedented advances in computing, robotics, artificial intelligence, genetics, neuroscience, and biotechnology. This passage stated how technologies give us the help for gaining different kinds of diseases.

    1. I think the first article has some very good tie-ins to globalization that will be useful for the final presentation. The second article is interesting because it shows technology as a double sided blade – it can be good, but it can be bad in the wrong hands, and while technology can cause more inequality it can decrease it. It also gives the ability for smaller groups to be more dangerous as shown in the article with the examples of terrorists groups.

    2. This article is relevant today, we see many people who don’t harness the basic technology skills needed for most jobs. Basic computer skills, smartphones, literacy and even basic work ethics are still difficult for some people to grasp and make useful. Convenience store clerks, cashiers, entry level retail positions sometimes are not able to gain the knowledge to acquire higher skilled jobs. Money often times is the underlying issue for why they can’t afford college or have a means to buy contemporary technology. Great write up and it’s still a current and future issue effecting our country and those abroad.

  4. http://www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/the-war-on-both-side-ruben-martinez.html

    This article is interesting in the way it presents art and the drug war together. Those that are directly affected by it express their anger and frustration through art. Often times different gangs or cartels make art that compete with one another and their mission.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/06/in-mexico-city-and-ciudad_n_1323894.html

    Interesting article, they are protesting through public art. A lot of communities that are effected by the drug war are often times reduced to crime and drugs. Collectively, all the cartels will fight for those areas leaving carnage in their path. Communities have banded together lately and through public art and music have combatted against the cartels to show their anger.

    1. These both articles were very interesting, and the main theme of the first article was violence is not the main reason for a war, but power is. Your second article was more interested to me because it explains how Mexican thinks of drugs on war and how they made artistic forms of protest against war attacks.Both of the articles really touched on culture activities and these articles convinced me to read more about this topic. Both of them was very informal.

    2. I think the second article did a really good job of showing how art was used in protests. They not only painted themselves, but they also dressed up as angels, and the religious messages on the signs added to the powerful messages they were trying to send.

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