June 2007


 

  1. Our regular blog posting will be interrupted until August 10.
  2. From the GSED we wish you a Happy Summer Vacation!
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From www.uctv.tv:

The Dark Side of Globalization is the webcasts of the presentations made at the forum on trafficking of humans and human organs organized by the Center for European and Eurasian Studies and the Burkle Center for International Relations at UCLA.

The Dark Side of Globalization – part 1 56 min

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Link:The Dark Side of Globalization _Trafficking & Transborder Crime to, through, and from Eastern Europe – part 1

From Gromkov’s software:

You can convert avi to mov using free multiconversion tool S.U.P.E.R. (Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer).

Step 1. Download and install SUPER: click here to download SUPER [26 MB].

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Step 2. Launch SUPER.

Select the Output Containter: mov. Select the Output Video Codec: H.264/AVC. Select the Output Audio Codec: AAC.

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Step 3. Select the Audio Sampling frequency to 44100 as shown below:

Step 4. Right-click on any area of this tool. Menu will pop up. Click Add Multimedia File(s).

Find your AVI file(s). Select file(s) using combinations of standard keys Shift + Up/Down Arrows or using mouse, and click Open.

Step 5. Right-click on any area of this tool again. Choose Specify the Output Folder Destination. Select any folder where you want to save your MOV file(s). Click SAVE changes button.

Step 6. Finally, click the button Encode (Active Job-List Files).

Done! Your avi file(s) will be converted to mov file(s) and saved in the folder you have specified.

From The Heretic posted by David Raffi:

http://freedocumentaries.org/ offers many documentaries as free downloads, including:

Votergate | Fahrenheit 911 | Control Room | PBS Frontline’s The Choice 2004 | Afghan Massacre: Convoy of Death | CBC’s Dick Cheney Bio | Going Upriver: re John Kerry | CBC: Conspiracy Theories | Deadline Iraq | Unprecedented: 2000 Election in Florida | BBC: Bush Family Fortunes | Uncovered:The war on Iraq | Outfoxed | Le Monde Selon Bush | True Islam


From Fair Trade Center:

SANTA’S WORKSHOP takes you to the real world of China’s toy factories. Workers tell us about long working hours, low wages and dangerous work places. Those who protest or try to organise trade unions risk imprisonment.

Low labour costs attract more and more companies to China. Today more than 75% of our toys are made in China. But this industry takes its toll on the workers and on the environment[…]

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Watch video 33 min.


Link : video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6733564947664645042

Note:

  • Produced by Fair Trade Center and LottaFilm, with the support of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation’s cultural fund, the Study Promotion Association
  • The research for the film is published in the report Easy to Manage and can be downloaded for free here: Easytomanage.Toyreport.pdf (568.81 kB)

[From Wikipedia] Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price is a 2005 documentary film by director Robert Greenwald.

The film presents an unfavorable picture of Wal-Mart‘s business practices through interviews with former employees, small business owners, and footage of Wal-Mart executives. The film intersperses statistics between the interviews to provide large-scale examinations beyond personal opinions. The documentary was released on DVD on November 4, 2005. [ read more here]

Walmart – High Cost of Low Prices 1 hr 38 min

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External Link: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3836296181471292925

Review:

From Rotten Tomatoes:


[New Yorker]For all its missteps, the movie powerfully suggests that Wal-Mart is capable of demoralizing a community so thoroughly that it doesn’t have the spirit to carry on its life outside the big box. [read full]

From Ide@s website:

What is globalization? Is it the integration of economic, political, and cultural systems across the globe? Or is it Americanization and United States dominance of world affairs? Is globalization a force for economic growth, prosperity, and democratic freedom? Or is it a force for environmental devastation, exploitation of the developing world, and suppression of human rights?

Globalization101.org is dedicated to providing students with information and interdisciplinary learning opportunities on this complex phenomenon. Our goal is to challenge you to think about many of the controversies surrounding globalization and to promote an understanding of the trade-offs and dilemmas facing policy-makers.

Link: http://www.globalization101.org/

 

From Ide@s website:

Resource Type: Teacher Resource/Reference
Subjects (Level One): Social Studies, Business and Information Technology
Subjects (Level Two): Global Studies, International Business
Grade Levels: Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Higher Education, Adult / Continuing Education
Creator: CSIS
Keywords: Globalization, trade-offs, market economy,
Duration: unlimited
Format: Web page
Languages: English

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