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What is Globalization?

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This chapter give a loose definition of globalization and sheds light on the history of how England fought for free markets, how the gap between rich and poor peaked in the years before World War 1, how World Wars, the Russian Revolution and the crisis of the 1930s reduced the gap between the classes, and how the era of globalization after 1980 has created a world more unequal than 100 years ago.   A loose definition of globalization Globalization is a term first used in the 1960s. The term does not have one final definition, but many have an opinion of what globalization is and of whether it is good or bad. Very briefly, globalization means “The process of becoming global” and refers to the development of the societies on this Globe where we live. A longer definition could be: “Globalization is a set of social processes that creates and intensifies worldwide social connection and creates a growing awareness among people of the relations between the local and the global reality”. Our world together, where the process of globalization has been going on for some time, may be called a “globalized world”. When globalization has been set in motion, we maybe use the word “globality “ to describe the state of a globalized work or a globalized community. Liberal economists, who analyze the blessings of capitalism,...
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The Four Intelligences

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The concept of intelligence is used to describe how well the brain of a person works. It is important for a child to fully develop its intelligence and for anyone to keep developing the intelligence until old age. You may extend the concept to include different intelligences, and we will here describe four plus one intelligence. Logical intelligence This is the ability to solve logical and mathematical problems fast and correctly, and to analyze a complex problem and find solutions. Traditionally, intelligence was measured by a test, a so-called IQ test. Your score on this test will tell whether you are normal, retarded, above normal or maybe a genius. Much of the logical reasoning takes place in the prefrontal cortex. Emotional intelligence This is the ability to react emotionally, express emotions, understand your own emotions and the emotions of others and use the motions as an active force. Whereas logical reasoning takes time for the brain, for example one second, just realizing the nature of a problem and then start solving it, emotional intelligence works extremely fast. If you hear a lion roaring near by, chills will be running down your spine in a tenth of a second, and you will be ready to run or fight the lion long before you logical intelligence can tell you what would be the most clever way to handle...
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Venezuela's Humanitarian Battle

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By Jomo Thomas, St. Vincent. Frustration always overcomes me when people, who are for the most part sensible, logical and rational, get taken for a ride by the establishment media. In fact, the current 'snow job' being done on Venezuela by the mass media reminded me of the wise saying by Malcolm X 'if you are not extremely careful, the media will c...
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Morning class: Crossing Crisis- Relations between US and Latin America

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Every Monday and Friday we have what we call morning class. Everyone, teacher, student, guest speaker, is welcome to prepare a presentation about any topic that is of interest to them and share their passion about it. This morning a guest speaker that we love inviting for his passionating talks, came to tell us more about the relationship between U...
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St Vincent, God save the Queen!?

St Vincent, God save the Queen!?
It’s been only a few days since my arrival in St Vincent and the Grenadines . A few beautiful days were my eyes have been open to the beauty of nature and where already I have fully fallen for this charming island and its amazingly lovely inhabitants. A few qualms have already risen however, one in particular which holds coincidental synergies with what is happening back home in London. I reached into my pocket the other day to inspect the local currency. Notes usually give some clues about relevant facts on the local history and whilst I’m here I intent to also learn about this beautiful place. I was surprised however, to see the head of the queen smiling back at me and I joked- I’ve come all the way to the other side of the world, and still, I can’t escape this woman’s portrait. Now I’m no anti- royalist , I accept to some extent that the Royal family is part and parcel with British culture and  being originally Maltese I don’t see that I’m in the right position to contest that…at least within the UK. I then went on to discover that St Vincent is in fact a sovereign state and although it is in fact  considered  ‘Independent’, it is in actually Her Majesty’s Territory. According to Cahil: 'She is Queen of 32 countries,...
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The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Andrea

The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Andrea
By Andrea During the 18 months Fighting with The Poor Programs , students have the opportunity to learn about world history, the world of  today and also looking into future tendencies. One of the books recommended to read is Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine" Shock is a word of French origin that means a collision. It refers to aviolent event that shakes up a person. In psychiatry, a shock is mental reaction to a traumatic event such as an accident, a very frightening or tragic situation. Such event may cause an acute stress reaction whereby a great amount of stress hormones are released by the action of the brain. These will prepare the person to flee or fight and can be useful if you suddenly meet a lion in the bush – but if a shock is very severe it may paralyze you so you become disoriented and even unable to remember what is happening because the brain goes into an emergency mode and do not function in a rational way. A severe mental shock may be deadly for people with heart problems who may suffer acute heart attack but even an otherwise healthy person may not survive a very severe shock. After World War I , where soldiers endured horrible battles in thetrenches of Europe it was observed that a great many soldiers suffered mental...
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Resilience Is The Answer To Adversity

[caption id="attachment_6156" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo Credit: http://stockholmresilience.org Resilience is the ability of people to recover from adversity. Difficult circumstances may develop virtues that were hidden in the individual. For example, negative situations like the financial crisis, and natural disasters can stimulate the strength in people. The most important quality of resilience is that help in many cases of life and it grows with a constant daily work. Having a Positive and empathetic attitude helps in difficult circumstances and develop unknown resources inside the individual. Resilience is the human capacity to assume extreme situations with flexibility and overcome them. [caption id="attachment_6159" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo Credit: http://www.een.edu.com   Especially children with good self-esteem become adults with good resilience to overcome the obstacles they will encounter throughout life. Therefore they can develop a constructive way of dealing with life situations positively. In addition to this, parents and children should understand the impact of resilience and how this helps society in general.   [caption id="attachment_6160" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo Credit: http://www.wikipedia.com Humans and nature are one. Resilience starts with the belief that humans and nature are one. For psychology, the problems are addressed and overcome by people, thanks to the resilience in different circumstances that favor or not development in all men as education and social context. Humanity must understand the importance of establishing a good relationship with family and friends....
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The Four Industrial Revolutions In a Glimpse

Mankind has taken gigantic leaps forward in the last two centuries; to the point that, if we were able to travel back in time, we wouldn't recognize life in the pre-industrial era. So much of what we do now has been made easier —or possible!— by the inventions and innovations of the four industrial revolutions. As we dive head first into the fourth one; it is worthwhile to take some time to assess the impact of the previous three in our society and environment. After all, it is only by knowing our history that we can truly move forward and better ourselves. Keep reading for a glimpse at all the Industrial Revolutions. The Original Industrial Revolution [caption id="attachment_5555" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo Credit: Wikipedia Coming from an agrarian society with virtually no urban centers, the shift towards steam-powered textile factories and cities was a momentous event. The First Industrial Revolution paved the way for the remaining three industrial revolutions. Therefore, had it never happened, we wouldn't have the basic goods we now take for granted. The steam engine was perhaps the greatest invention of the First Industrial Revolution. It was used to completely transform the textile industry; which implemented it in the power looms  —for weaving— and cotton gins —for separating cotton fibers from the seeds. Further innovations to the steam engine allowed to use it for...
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Second Industrial Revolution: The Technological Revolution

The Second Industrial Revolution was another great leap forward in technology and society. New innovations in steel production, petroleum and electricity led to the introduction of public automobiles and airplanes. You wanna know how everything began? Let's see The Second Industrial Revolution, which began in the middle of 19th century (1850-1970). It was a period of growth for pre-existing industries and expansion of new ones; such as the steel, oil and electricity fields. The development of new technologies led to the introduction of two things that would change the world: public transport and planes. [caption id="attachment_5604" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo Credit: Industryweek.com The Second Industrial Revolution enabled globalization and created a rough draft of our world today. Interesting, right? Let's take a look at what people invented during this period and how it affected mankind. A REVOLUTION FULL OF INVENTIONS During the Second Industrial Revolution, the existing manufacturing and production methods were improve. For instance, steel replaced iron in the building business. It was strong and it was cheap. So, it made possible to build rail lines at competitive cost and spread transportation. Steel also facilitated the construction of ships, skyscrapers and larger bridges. [caption id="attachment_5605" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Steel displaced iron because it was stronger and cheaper - Photo Credit: Amazonaws Although the Second Industrial Revolution happened just a few years after the first Industrial Revolution, it was...
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