North America

Librarianship and Information Management

An article in Harvard Magazine talks of how the library deals with the growing problems of librarianship and information management.

International Drug Traffficking

Although they are not mutually exclusive, international crime and terrorism comprise the darker sides of globalization. They use technologies, networks, and connections similarly to the way legal enterprises do, but also endeavor to subvert the work and connections that have made by the forces of the lighter side of globalization.

The Death of The Individual

Network (1976) is a film about the corporatization of the media. The story follows the members of a major network as it is bought out by a large conglomerate and is forced to sensationalize its news department in order to draw ratings. The movie itself is prophetic because it very nearly predicts the rise of reality television and a state of things where former notions of "authenticity" or "objectivity" in news reporting are irrelevant, taken over by editorialization.

Talfigh: Finding Blues in Traditional Persian Music

Talfigh is a Persian word used for the attempt to globalize but maintain one’s original essence as well. Not to imitate, but to mix two “cultures,” ideals, etc., in a way that the result resembles neither and both at the same time. The following film captures Mohsen Namjoo’s attempt to find Blues in Iranian traditional music. This is called Talfigh. The movie is in Persian

A Transnational South America?

On May 24, the nations of South America signed a treaty to create Unasur, a regional parliament that builds upon the trading agreements Mercosur and the Andean Community, but also may coordinate common military defense actions. <Read the article here >

 

Postcard from a new century:The US reconsiders role of the state, globalisation and its place in the world

"Postcard from a new century"

article from the Indian Express
by
Pratap Bhanu Mehta
president of the Centre for Policy Research, Delhi, is a short-term visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania

Posted online: Monday, May 05, 2008

http://www.indianexpress.com/story/305307.html

Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment

The Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) which is at the University of Wisconsin-Madison provides a wide range of data on natural resources, human impact, and climate change. Their site includes a number of downloadable maps and datasets on topics such as land use, river discharge, and soil quality.