Queenbee's Inside the Hive Thomas L. Friedman examines globalization - books - History Politics Known as one of the country's most influential foreign affairs writers, New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman argues in his new book, "The World Is Flat," that globalization is the most influential trend of the times. With a focus on India and China, Friedman details the changes that globalization has brought to their societies as well as to America. Chapter one While I Was Sleeping Your Highnesses, as Catholic Christians, and princes who love and promote the holy Christian faith, and are enemies of the doctrine of Mahomet, and of all idolatry and heresy, determined to send me, Christopher Columbus, to the above-mentioned countries of India, to see the said princes, people, and territories, and to learn their disposition and the proper method of converting them to our holy faith; and furthermore directed that I should not proceed by land to the East, as is customary, but by a Westerly route, in which direction we have hitherto no certain evidence that anyone has gone.
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Commanding Heights: Storyline | on PBS A global economy, energized by technological change and unprecedented flows of people and money, collapses in the wake of a terrorist attack .... The year is 1914. Worldwide war results, exhausting the resources of the great powers and convincing many that the economic system itself is to blame. Two individuals emerge whose ideas, shaped by very different experiences, will inform this debate and carry it forward. But a worldwide depression holds the capitalist nations in its grip. For more than half a century the battle of ideas will rage. But in the 1970s, with Keynesian theory at its height and communism fully entrenched, economic stagnation sets in on all sides. As the 1980s begin and the Cold War grinds on, the existing world order appears firmly in place. Western democracies still struggle with deficits and inflation, while communism hides the failure of its command economy behind a facade of military might.
Marginal Revolution — Small steps toward a much better world. Wired 13.05: Why the World Is Flat The playing field is being leveled, says globalization guru Thomas Friedman - from Shanghai to Silicon Valley, from al Qaeda to Wal-Mart. By Daniel H. PinkPage 1 of 3 next » Thirty-five years ago this summer, the golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez was competing in his seventh US Open, played that year at Hazeltine Country Club outside Minneapolis. Tied for second place after the opening round, Rodriguez eventually finished 27th, a few strokes ahead of such golf legends as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player. His caddy for the tournament was a 17-year-old local named Tommy Friedman. Story Tools Story Images Click thumbnails for full-size image: Rodriguez retired from golf several years later. One reason for Friedman's influence is that, in the mid-'90s, he staked out the territory at the intersection of technology, financial markets, and world trade, which the foreign policy establishment, still focused on cruise missiles and throw weights, had largely ignored.
theCHIVE - Probably the Best Site in the World – Keep Calm and Chive On Britain's phone-hacking scandal sizzles on By CASSANDRA VINOGRAD and MEERA SELVA It's the crisis that just won't go away. Britain's phone hacking scandal, where journalists at the News of the World tabloid eavesdropped on the voice mails of royals, celebrities, politicians and even a teenage murder victim, has shaken Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and the highest levels of government. Top people in Murdoch's empire and the police have been forced out. Prime Minister David Cameron's judgment has been called into question for hiring an ex-News of the World editor implicated in the scandal. With the arrests of 15 people and extra police officers drafted in to work the developing case, the details just keep on unraveling -- slowly and painfully -- miring top players in a morass of bad publicity. In the latest twist, the BBC reported that the former editor of the tabloid at the heart of the scandal received payments and benefits from the paper while working as a Cameron aide. She said the most damaging thing for News Corp is the uncertainty.
EclectEcon Tuesdays with Rupert And because he loves newspapers—he may be the last person to love newspapers. He thinks the Times, with its soft stories and newsless front page and all its talk of being a news brand instead of a newspaper, has forsaken what a newspaper is. He’s really not interested in all this talk about newspapers as the basis of new information franchises … blah blah. That’s maybe what they say at News Corp. to gull Wall Street. But Rupert Murdoch wants the physical thing. A newspaper makes you into something. Here’s the headline: Rupert Murdoch is becoming a liberal—sort of. Or, anyway, his purchase of The W.S.J., and his covetousness of the Times, is also about wanting to trade the illiberal—the belligerent, the vulgar, the loud, the menacing, the unsubtle—for the better-heeled, the more magnanimous, the further nuanced. This most unsocialized of men is becoming socialized—sort of. This is, in part, the Wendi transformation. Or it’s his wife’s world, which he’s been drawn into.
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