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I Hate This Brave, New World
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 10/1/2012
I hate this brave, new world where:
Illiteracy is 140 characters long and has a face-book;
Everyone has a thousand virtual "friends", but virtually no real friend;
Every child has a mother and multiple fathers, but no parents;
Knowledge is a matter of opinion and opinions a matter of fads;
Our idols sport muscles and vocal cords, but little else besides;
The right to vote is universal, but the will to vote is not;
Everyone has a right to free speech, but little of value to say;
Extramarital sex is considered recreation and monogamy a thro...
European Union, Eurasian Union
Lorna Thomas - 12/14/2011
1."FIVE DAYS TO SAVE THE EURO" AND AN EU TREATY CHANGE - GERMANY'S ROLE IN EUROPE GROWS INCREASINGLY DOMINANT
Agonies of a Global Villager
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 3/21/2011
It is now virtually impossible for most people to finish a day without using or coming across the concept of global village. Some cite it directly whilst most refer to it. As one can imagine, these allusions come in different spices and each one of us will use it or come across it in our own way and in our own world. When faced with a situation, those with analytic minds and keen on comparison will point out that elsewhere or before now, things are done differently. Those that live by identification will camouflage and say “we” when referring to faraway football squads such as Manchester Unite...
Migration creates efficiency gains
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 3/18/2011
Throughout history migration has been an important social and economic safety valve for most nations especially the underdeveloped ones. Considering so, there has been a sharp increase in labor mobility allowing the laborers to relocate to foreign soils. Today remittances have become the biggest source of foreign earnings for innumerable developing countries.
The Great Recession: Plus ca change ...
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 1/26/2010
Two years later, many of the problems and imbalances that gave rise to the Great Recession are still with us and, owing to the might of special interest groups and Wall Street, are unlikely to be effectively tackled. This - coupled with the rampant mismanagement of public finances - virtually guarantee a second leg of this financial crisis in 2010.
Here is a partial list:
Synthetic collateralized debt obligations (structures of credit default swaps that yield streams of income identical to payments from pools of profile-specific mortgages) have not been banned or limited to...
Ensuring a Sustainable Future for Generations to Come
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 6/19/2009
What can we do to ensure that generations to come have a sustainable future?
Is Energy Security Desirable?
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 4/11/2009
The pursuit of "energy security" has brought us to the brink. It is directly responsible for numerous wars, big and small; for unprecedented environmental degradation; for global financial imbalances and meltdowns; for growing income disparities; and for ubiquitous unsustainable development.
Awaken The Sleeping Giants & Slay The Dragons
Naseem Javed - 6/27/2008
Behind every effort and every move of any company of any size lies a very simple and a powerful fact. That is, the outside world responds to the Name identity of a company before they part money. Customers are influenced by the personality of the Name identity, what it says, connotes, projects and what kind of secret or hidden messages it has embedded in its alpha-structure.
The Right Road Lost: A Contemporary Inferno
Jennifer L. Jackson - 6/5/2008
While the rise of globalization has led to the merging of markets and cultures, it has also magnified the issues that threaten the sustainability of the globe's inhabitants. 21st Century problems cannot be contained within political boundaries or geographic regions, and cannot be solved without the will of humanity overcoming the flaws of human beings. The seven deadly sins, as identified by the Christians and immortalized by Dante, suggest an unfortunate demise for the international community.
The Inversion of Colonial Roles
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 5/15/2008
The traditional mercantilist roles of colonizer and colonies were inverted over the last few decades. For millennia, colonial
Superclass and the Inequity of Globalization
David J. Rothkopf - 5/14/2008
Like nature, power also abhors a vacuum. On the global stage this has meant that thanks to weak or underdeveloped international institutions and a general lack of consensus as to how to manage this integrated and interdependent world, a superclass of elites is stepping in to fill the void. They pursue their agendas often unchecked by institutions representing the will of the people at large, operating with a freedom typically impossible in nation-states where the checks and balances of governance have evolved to help counteract the over-concentration of power in the hands of the few. What is m...
IT Workers on the Move With Globalization
Prof. Anthony P. D’Costa - 4/11/2008
With economic globalization, talented professionals are on the move. One visible group is the information technology (IT) workers. They hail from select developing countries such as India, China, the Philippines and Eastern Europe who move to the OECD economies. The motivations for moving are mainly economic, seeking better jobs and higher income, although interlocking social factors such as family unions also influence the pattern of mobility.
Globalization of Soccer Kicks Local Fans
Kanishk Tharoor - 2/26/2008
Thousands of years ago, the Chinese, Greeks and Vikings all played games kicking balls about. But the modern game of soccer was born in England and the popularity of that particular sport has taken over the world. Thanks to satellite television, British soccer teams have hundreds of millions of fans all over the world and sport executives look to expand their audiences to more lucrative markets. But the local fans could not care less. They’re not part of an anti-globalization movement, and simply want favorite teams to stay close to home. Such fans loudly and successfully protested a plan by t...
Geography of Assassination and Politics of Death
Saberi Roy - 1/21/2008
Benazir Bhutto’s assassination has once again highlighted the spectre of death that accompanies every step of the political roadmap. A political leader stands on flimsy grounds of existence, his survival merely a matter of fate. From Julius Caesar to Gandhi, political leaders seem to be born with death following them like their own shadow. Although Gandhi lived up to 78, many others like Martin Luther King, John F Kennedy died too young and could have contributed a lot more to humanity. Politics remains as one of the most visible professions and politicians bask in the limelight of continued a...
The Balancing Acts of National Image
Naseem Javed - 1/21/2008
Who are the new champion nations on the global stage delivering the finest performances and altering the course of branded imagery of goods and services? Where are the old traditional nations and what’s happening to them today? The global shifts on image repositioning are causing minor quakes throughout various continents as brand new landscapes are erupting, while previously cherished perceptions are being swept away. The art of detection of these seismic tremors in advance, to pursue the balancing act for creating new imagery and brand positioning has now become a serious science.
Another Milestone on the Way to Globalization
Dr. Ravindra Kumar - 11/25/2007
First there was Dalip Singh Saund, the first Indian-American elected to the US Congress from California in 1956; he was followed fifty-one years later by Bobby Jindal, a 36 year-old Republican elected this year to the post of Governor of Louisiana, a conservative American state. Now it is 52 year-old Renu Khator to reach the top position of President of Houston University on November 5, 2007. This, in my opinion, is another milestone on the way to true globalization. It is a great event worthy of special attention as it is recognition by American academia of the services of an immigrant Indian.
Our beautiful world of limitless talent and opportunities
Iqbal Latif - 9/13/2007
I don't know about anyone else, the underlying link at the end of the article leads you to a really very touching performance; raw talent is a God gifted quality, the interconnected world today is discovering hidden talent at an unprecedented speed. We are every second becoming nations with richer and deeper cultures. In this world of ours from ‘environment to economy’ from ‘global warming to sub-prime woes; ‘pessimists’ reign supreme.
Bart Lasater - 9/9/2007
Since the advent of the programmable machine, there have been philosophical debates regarding the concept of machine intelligence as it relates to human intelligence. Among the questions that arise are the following: Can a machine understand a language as we do? Can it formulate decisions as we do? Does the presence of a program written by an intelligent person mean that the machine possesses intelligence?
Globalization and Inequality
Prof. Peter Morici - 7/31/2007
Globalization is an ancient process. Since fire and the wheel, people have been finding better ways to make products and transport them more cheaply. Commerce has widened, wealth has increased, and winners and losers have patterned the competitive landscape. How well a nation and its citizens do depends on how skillfully leaders manage the process.
Reality Sleeves: Dressing Countries In Their Sunday Best
Michael Hart - 7/3/2007
First Lady Laura Bush's visit to Mali is a perfect example for modern times of what sociologists call a "Reality Sleeve." All that Mrs. Bush will see at the Nelson Mandela School could be said to be an illusion, other than the concrete walls. The mud has been covered with imported gravel, but only portions a visiting dignitary would be allowed to see were covered. That being so Mrs. Bush won't slip on the mud, at least officially.
Globalization - Liberalism's Disastrous Gamble
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 6/25/2007
From Venezuela to Thailand, democratic regimes are being toppled by authoritarian substitutes: the military, charismatic left-wingers, or mere populists. Even in the USA, the bastion of constitutional rule, civil and human rights are being alarmingly eroded (though not without precedent in wartime). The prominent ideologues of liberal democracy have committed a grave error by linking themselves inextricably with the doctrine of freemarketry and the emerging new order of globalization. As Thomas Friedman correctly observes in "The Lexus and the Olive Tree", both strains of thought are strongly identified with the United States of America (USA).
Globalization and Child Labor: The Cause Can Also be a Cure
Prof. Susan Ariel Aaronson - 3/15/2007
Pressure of globalization has led to child trafficking and forced labor. Similar global pressure from public opinion can also put an end to the practice. Five years ago, reports emerged about small groups of children being trafficked and forced to pick cacao beans – the main ingredient for chocolate – in West African plantations. Outraged US officials, industry groups and activists organized the Cocoa Protocol to stop the practice and debated a label that would certify chocolate products as being free of child labor. Major chocolate firms and non-governmental organizations set out to provide e...
Globalization Forces a Health-Check of US Auto Industry
Susan Froetschel - 2/21/2007
Of the top six automobile-manufacturing countries in the world, the US and China are the only ones that lack universal government-backed health care. US workers expect employers like Ford, General Motors and Chrysler to provide cradle-to-grave health coverage, a significant cost burden not shared by competitors. The problem is exacerbated by health plans for retired employees – every plant closure and cut in production raises the health-care costs per vehicle. As a result, the American auto industry is in danger of losing its global dominance. Still, US firms do not demand a universal health c...
India: Poverty Retreats with Globalization’s Advance
Prof. Baldev Raj Nayar - 2/5/2007
As globalization gained speed during the latter part of the 20th century, so too did India’s integration with the world economy. Baldev Raj Nayar, emeritus professor of political science at McGill University, counters critics who suggest that globalization has increased instability or poverty. By opening the door to multinational firms, India strengthened and diversified the country’s economy. He admits that poverty is still a fact of life in India and that most benefits of globalization have gone to the top 20 percent of the population. Still, the unabashed pursuit of global connections – thr...
Global Image Re-Positioning 2007
Naseem Javed - 1/29/2007
Suddenly, there is a new global tidal wave of change all over the Asian region, the obvious signs are people on the move, new developments and properties popping up all over the region and a nouvo-consumerism is appearing at every corner, customers are buying shiny and wonderful things with beautiful packaging and companies are addressing their hunger with massive blitzes. Unseen by the masses but clearly visible to global circumnavigators, a new storm is building, wiser and well seasoned, like homing pigeons, immigrants are returning to their homelands… soon it will cut a clear path.
Globalization and God – Part I
Pratap Bhanu Mehta - 11/27/2006
The politics of religious respect has become more complex in recent years as the magnifying glass of the secular West focuses on Islam – and religion in general. This two-part series examines the globalization of religion and its influence on international politics. The judgmental quality of any moral system instigates conflict with others who do not believe. Policy analyst Pratap Bhanu Mehta points out that global politics would be better off if every sect extended mutual respect to counterparts from other religions. But such respect is a lofty, maybe impossible goal, with Mehta pointing out ...
China/Dubai Model or the Taliban/Hamas model? The choice is all yours!
Iqbal Latif - 11/15/2006
It is basically connectivity to the world. Two clear models of economic prosperity have emerged, one a 'China/ Dubai Model' that encourages economic pluralism and ensures prosperity of its people. Careful cohabitation with counter ideologies and eschews cultural alienation in name of orthodoxy other is the old self-destruct Taliben/Hamas model that believes in uninterrupted struggle against hegemony, incessant hostilities of belief named heavenly battles being fought on this bastardly earth.Pauperism today is all about state of mind of a nation!
The Perils of Globeerization
Chris OBrien - 10/30/2006
The world's cup runneth over with living beer traditions. But this vast repository of cultural brewing capital is under attack by global corporations. The top five brewing companies, all of which are American- or European-owned, control 41% of the world market. Perversely, economists and politicians calculate the conquest by industrial breweries as economic growth while the value of small-scale traditional brewing goes uncounted. Much will be lost if this global “beerodiversity” is lost to the forces of corporate-led homogenization.
Migration and Brain Drain
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 10/9/2006
Human trafficking and people smuggling are multi-billion dollar industries. At least 50% of the 150 million immigrants the world over are illegal aliens. There are 80 million migrant workers found in virtually every country. They flee war, urban terrorism, crippling poverty, corruption, authoritarianism, nepotism, cronyism, and unemployment. Their main destinations are the EU and the USA - but many end up in lesser countries in Asia or Africa.
Economic Patriotism – Blind Alley in a Globalized World?
Patricia Wruuck - 8/9/2006
The successful takeover of Europe’s biggest steel company, Arcelor, by Mittal Steel, whose owner was born in India, is a setback for economic nationalists and protectionists. Shareholders, who saw monetary and strategic worth in the Mittal-Arcelor merger, bucked a board of directors that resented any hint of foreign control. Such resistance is not limited to non-European partners. Cross-border mergers and takeovers remain controversial even within Europe, writes economist Patricia Wruuck, and politicans find such business decisions a tempting target for rallying workers who worry about a loss ...
Development Vs. Free Trade
Prof. Bernard K. Gordon - 7/24/2006
The meeting this week in Geneva may be the last chance to complete the Doha Development Round of talks launched by the World Trade Organization in 2001. While many observers anticipate that the round could be rescued, the stalemate highlights the structural weaknesses of a trade organization taking on a development agenda. The aim of the WTO is to lower trade barriers in the pursuit of expanding global trade, a goal overshadowed of late by developing nations banding together to make economic development the key issue. These countries, led by India and Brazil, account for less than 1 percent of...
The Cultural Narcissist - Part III: Lasch in an Age of Diminishing Expectations
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 6/20/2006
Lasch just ingeniously reversed the argument. The same characteristics, he said, are to be found in today's elites, "those who control the international flow of money and information, preside over philanthropic foundations and institutions of higher learning, manage the instruments of cultural production and thus set the terms of public debate". But they are self appointed, they represent none but themselves. The lower middle classes were much more conservative and stable than their "self appointed spokesmen and would-be liberators". They know the limits and that there are limits, they have sound political instincts:
Mark Engler - 5/29/2006
When Bolivian President Evo Morales announced plans to nationalize his country's oil and natural gas resources in early May, he did more than lay out a promising path for development. He also provided an ideal opportunity to illustrate how large segments of the U.S. and British press have adopted roles as watchdogs for corporate globalization. Since Bolivia's energy exports go to Brazil and Argentina rather than the United States, and since the nationalization is unlikely to significantly alter the price of natural gas on international markets, the direct impact on our country is minimal. Yet in the weeks since Morales took action, we have been treated to a wealth of hysterical commentary.
The paradox of multi-ethnicity
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 5/24/2006
When the definitions of nationhood, are suddenly put up for grabs, the goal of multi – ethnicity is even harder to attain according to most analysts. According to them, under despotism or colonialism, it did not matter much, whether frontiers reflected the true ethnic reality. But now, it’s a different ball game. As today, in sudden liberty, it is easy to persuade people to care about these things a lot. Freed from a common yoke, peoples fight for a prime position. No one wants to wind up a surrounding minority. On such logic cleansing begin.
Truth About Interventionalism and Globalization
Navraj Goyal - 5/22/2006
History is a test of ideas. In the economic sphere, the history of 20th century has tested the two ideas of socialism and its cousin interventionism to their fullest extent. The failure of socialist idea was so complete where it was tested in all its grandeur- the erstwhile Soviet Union that it needs no further elaboration. Whereas socialism was put in practice in some well defined geographical areas, interventionism which has been much more widespread in varying degrees in all parts of the world. Some doubts still prevail over its fallouts which call for a closer examination.
The Economics of Outsourcing: How Should Policy Respond?
Dr. Thomas Palley - 3/3/2006
Outsourcing is a central element of economic globalization, representing a new form of competition. (* Philippines outsourcing.) Responding to outsourcing calls for policies that enhance national competitiveness and establish rules ensuring acceptable forms of competition. Viewing outsourcing through the lens of competition connects with early 20 th century American institutional economics. The policy challenge is to construct institutions that ensure stable, robust flows of demand and income, thereby addressing the Keynesian problem while preserv...
Convergence of Religions: An Inter-faith Perspective on Globalisation
Kamran Mofid, PhD - 2/26/2006
Looking at our TV screens, reading newspapers and listening to news on the radios, fills us with anxiety and despair about the role of religion in the age of globalisation, as well as the relationship between East and West. In these turbulent times, it seems that the term "religion" is so often hijacked by the proponents of it's very antithesis-namely, conflict and strife.
New Year Sees Delay in CAFTA Implementation
Todd Tucker - 1/12/2006
A key argument used by U.S. transnationals and the Bush administration to pass the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)—that Central American countries themselves needed and wanted the agreement—has broken down on the eve of implementation of the controversial pact.
Here Comes Circular Marketing
Naseem Javed - 1/1/2006
When the earth becomes almost like a digitally formatted platform for the net and e-commerce savvy to skate on, then its time for marketing to become circular. Marketing is now what a wrapper should be around a chocolate bar. Yummy. Where, all aspects of marketing are being delivered to the customers at their destination of choice, simultaneously competitive, homogeneously synchronized, interactively managed in Technicolor with real touch & feel along with extensive support and services available round the clock. Totally wrapped around. Creating chain of events leading to circumstances, antici...
Deciphering the Language of Globalization
Laura Carlsen - 12/17/2005
The Hong Kong meeting of the WTO has amply illustrated how difficult it is to arrive at a consensus about the rules of free trade. The fact that none of the major players has been willing to budge—to offer what in negotiating parlance is known as “deliverables”—is just one of the problems.
Globalization Is Good
John Mangun - 11/11/2005
The on-going riot across France has many roots but one cause is the response of the European nations to globalization. It may seem strange to someone sitting in a ‘third world’ country and hear that it is the ‘first world’ that will ultimately pay a large price for the process of globalization and that nations like the Philippines will be the beneficiaries. The conventional and ignorance based ‘wisdom’, particularly from those who consider themselves pro-poor, is that globalization is a vast conspiracy to economically re-colonize the world. In fact, it is just the opposite.
Nation Branding and Place Marketing - Marketing Implementation, Evaluation, and Control
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 11/1/2005
How can a country (region, state, city, municipality, or other polity) judge the efficacy of its attempts to brand or re-brand itself and, consequently, to attract customers (investors, tourism operators, bankers, traders, and so on)?
Nation Branding and Place Marketing - VIII. The Psychology and Demographics of the Consumer
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 11/1/2005
The country's "customers" are its investors, tourists, traders, market intermediaries, NGOs, and office-holders in other countries and in multilateral institutions. Understanding their psychology and demographics is crucial. Their interactions with one another take place in a complex environment, affected by governments, social forces, cultural factors, and markets.
Nation Branding: Bankrolling You and Me
Angelique van Engelen - 10/3/2005
Why do we take so badly to manipulation by people around us, but are totally ignorant of similar communication tactics when they are unleashed on us by way bigger, impersonal, forces also claiming our mental space?
Nation Branding and Place Marketing - 6. The Sales Force and Marketing Implementation Oversight
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 9/18/2005
How should a country translate its intangible assets into dollars and cents (or euros)?
History of Calendars
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 9/9/2005
Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7. Their "old new year" is a week later, on January 14. It is all Julius Caesar's fault ...
Nation Branding and Place Marketing: Part 5 - Promotion, Sales, Public Relations, Marketing, and Advertising
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 8/11/2005
Advantages have to be communicated to potential customers if they are not to remain unrealized potentials. Moreover, communication alone - the exchange of information - is not enough. Clients have to be influenced and motivated to visit a country, invest in it, or trade with it.
When Will The Internet Be Divided Among Nations?
Naseem Javed - 7/25/2005
The desired goal of most of the other countries other than US is to end up with their own local language suffixes, own local language domain names, basically their own Internet, with its own domain registration policies -- in a nutshell, a very big and a very complex global mess, indeed.
Nation Branding and Place Marketing - IV. The Place
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 6/21/2005
Some countries are geographically disadvantaged. Recent studies have demonstrated how being landlocked or having a tropical climate carry a hefty price tag in terms of reduced economic growth. These unfavorable circumstances can be described as "natural discounts" to a country's price.
Nation Branding and Place Marketing - III. The Price
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 5/2/2005
A product's price reflects the shifting balance between supply and demand (scarcity) as well as the value of inputs, the product's quality, and its image as conveyed and fostered by marketing and advertising campaigns (positioning). Price is, therefore, a packet of compressed information exchanged between prospective buyers and interested sellers.
Nation Branding and Place Marketing - II. The Product
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 5/1/2005
What products do countries offer and market and how are they tailored to the needs of specific market segments? In a marketing mix, the first and foremost element is the product. No amount of savvy promotion and blitz advertising can disguise the shortcomings of an inferior offering.
Nation Branding and Place Marketing - The Marketing Plan
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 4/20/2005
In the decades since World War II, economics prowess replaced military power as the crucial geopolitical determinant. The resilience of a country is measured by its inflows of foreign investment and by the balance of its current account - not by the number of its tanks and brigades.