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Please help the garment workers in Bangladesh. The Global North is wreaking havoc on the Global South in the name of globalization, and the victims, largely, are the women of the Global South, women who need money.  If these women don’t migrate to the Global North (the first world) for domestic work, or if they aren’t forced out through trafficking schemes, they’re largely stuck working in free trade zones or sweatshops. They’re stuck in deplorable conditions. They’re being paid starvation wages. They’re beaten when they don’t meet absurd production targets. They’re hired young and fired young. They’re, on average, paid 11 cents an hour. They work 14-20 hours a day, seven days a week, with an average of two days off a month. Often their wages are withheld for no reason. They sleep between shifts, curling up next to their sewing machines. The air is contaminated, the bathrooms unsanitary. There’s little to no ventilation in these factories, and they often set on fire. With no safety exits, women perish. 

This isn’t just happening in Bangladesh. This is happening worldwide. Your beloved Disney contracts factories like that of the Shah Makhdum factory in Bangladesh. Walmart. Gap. Old Navy. Sears. Corporations of the Global North are robbing the Global South and then exploiting them as labor sources.

What can you do? You can be aware. You can pressure companies to improve conditions. You are a consumer, you have the power. But don’t pressure these companies to pull out, as this will leave these women with no source of income. Pressure them to improve conditions. Threaten to boycott if they do not. If they claim they have, ask for proof, ask for follow up, ask to see the funds. Make sure the women working at these factories are making more than starvation wages, for when they do, they can afford medicine, rent, water, food. They can move on from their factory jobs.

Please help. Please watch this documentary,”The Hudden Face of Globalization”  x, by the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights. Visit their website, familiarize yourself,

Research the factory collapses, the factory fires, the human rights atrocities. Please remember to also research corporations inaction when regarding these tragedies. 

Support the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity.  Donate.

Visit the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety’s website.

Remember this is worldwide. Remember you have the power. Remember these women.

Map shows where every Disney movie takes place

The map was created by artist Eowyn Smith to highlight the diversity of Disney and Pixar films and posted to her Deviant Art page. It catalogues the locations of 46 Disney movies and 16 Pixar films. If she couldn’t obtain specific background about the characters from their story, Smith used details from the myths on which the films were based. The results were astounding.

Even when Disney comes up short with their other politics, it seems they got globalization just right. Disney characters are a great way to smuggle complex ideas about global acceptance and varied geographies into a kid’s entertainment diet. 

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[M]odern democracies have been around for long enough for neo-liberal capitalists to learn how to subvert them. They have mastered the techniques of infiltrating the instruments of democracy — the ‘independent’ judiciary, the ‘free’ press, the parliament — and molding them to their purpose. The project of corporate globalization has cracked the code. Free elections, a free press, and an independent judiciary mean little when the free market has reduced them to commodities on sale to the highest bidder.
—  Arundhati Roy, An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire

'Fewer crops' now feeding the world http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26382067

" Fewer crop species are feeding the world than 50 years ago - raising concerns about the resilience of the global food system, a study has shown. The authors warned a loss of diversity meant more people were dependent on key crops, leaving them more exposed to harvest failures. Higher consumption of energy-dense crops could also contribute to a global rise in heart disease and diabetes, they added. The study appears in the journal PNAS. "Over the past 50 years, we are seeing that diets around the world are changing and they are becoming more similar - what we call the ‘globalised diet’," co-author Colin Khoury, a scientist from the Colombia-based International Center for Tropical Agriculture, explained. "This diet is composed of big, major cops such as wheat, rice, potatoes and sugar. "It also includes crops that were not important 50 years ago but have become very important now, particularly oil crops like soybean," he told BBC News. While wheat has long been a staple crop, it is now a key food in more than 97% of countries listed in UN data, the study showed. And from relative obscurity, soybean had become "significant" in the diets of almost three-quarters of nations. He added that while these food crops played a major role in tackling global hunger, the decline in crop diversity in the globalised diet limited the ability to supplement the energy-dense part of the diet with nutrient-rich foods. "

and neoliberal capitalism found a new way to kill us all too.

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The Illusionists, a documentary.

Writer and director Elena Rossini has released the first four minutes of The Illusionists.  I’m really excited to see the rest.  The documentary is a critique of a high standard of beauty but, unlike some that focus exclusively on the impacts of Western women, Rossini’s film looks as though it will do a great job of illustrating how Western capitalist impulses are increasingly bringing men, children, and the entire world into their destructive fold.

The first few minutes address globalization and Western white supremacy, specifically.  As one interviewee says, the message that many members of non-Western societies receive is that you “join Western culture… by taking a Western body.”  The body becomes a gendered, raced, national project — something that separates modern individuals from traditional ones — and corporations are all too ready to exploit these ideas.

Subtitles available here.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, with Myra Marx Ferree. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

The Dark Side of Globalization: Why Seattle’s 1999 Protesters Were Right

In 1999, my friend moved to Seattle, where he was hit with rubber bullets, tear-gassed in the face, and nearly arrested by police. He had joined the famous protests of the WTO Ministerial Conference, widely known as the Seattle Protests. The Occupy Wall Street of their time, they focused on globalization rather than the excesses of finance. And, quite like the Occupy Wall Street of their time, they were often mocked by critics as silly, aimless, and overly hand-wringy about the future.

The organizers were a hodgepodge of groups—unions worried about competition from cheap foreign labor, environmentalists worried about the outsourcing of polluting activities, consumer protection groups worried about unsafe imports, labor rights groups worried about bad working conditions in other countries, and leftists of various stripes simply venting their anger at capitalism.

In the decade that followed, the Seattle protests came to seem as not only silly, but also misguided. After all, what were the excesses of globalization compared to the travesty of the Iraq War, or the disaster of the financial crisis? America seemed to decide that we had much more important things to protest about, and the Seattle protesters have been largely forgotten in our pop media culture.

It is a shame, because the worries of the Seattle protesters have been proven right on nearly every count.

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The world of animation continues to expand beyond shores as globalization/technology is now starting to introduce newer regions to compete. ABU- DHABI-based animation studio ALTER GEO, unveils what they’re calling “the Middle East’s first anime.” Currently, the studio is still looking for funding to animate a full series based on their Torkaizer mecha anime homage.

PLOT: “The story of Torkaizer follows Ahmed, a young Emirati who visits Japan after graduating from college, only to find an alien invasion awaiting him there. Through a twist of fate, Ahmed finds himself piloting Torkaizer — humanity’s last hope. Will Ahmed fight to protect everyone? And what will he do when all this chaos follows him back home to the United Arab Emirates? Find out when this series gets funded one day… HOPEFULLY!!”

Studio Website : http://alterego.egonauts.com/

What we’re seeing in the world today is the secession of the middle and upper classes, into outer space, where they all become one country. And then they suck the resources out of the rest of the world. Many of the wars that are being fought now, whether they are in Libya or Syria or parts of Africa, are really resource wars, disguised as wars against Islam or wars against despots. Indian corporations too are now in that race in places like Ethiopia and Sudan. But India is also shamelessly colonizing itself, kind of consuming itself.
—  Arundhati Roy

Globalization should be for people not corporations. In other words, let people freely roam without any rules and make corporations stay within their countries or even cities borders. That would automatically fix the economy. It’s kinda like how regulations should be for corporations not people. Corporations destroy exponentially more and kill exponentially more. Taxes should be taken from corporations not people. Money doesn’t need to come from somewhere like they always say. Money is actually nothing but numbers in computers. Spying should be on corporations not citizens. Take any false choice and you know you have a situation where the thing is not a problem necessarily but it’s use against the poor exclusively should actually be reversed to suppress the powerful.

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The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed

Companies like Facebook and Twitter rely on an army of workers employed to soak up the worst of humanity in order to protect the rest of us. And there are legions of them—a vast, invisible pool of human labor. Hemanshu Nigam, the former chief security officer of MySpace who now runs online safety consultancy SSP Blue, estimates that the number of content moderators scrubbing the world’s social media sites, mobile apps, and cloud storage services runs to “well over 100,000”—that is, about twice the total head count of Google and nearly 14 times that of Facebook.

Read this story at Wired

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