The social impact of globalization

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Globalization Encouraging Child Labor
By Amy V. Padilla, People's Conference against Imperialist Globalization (Manila), [11 December 1996]. A study released this week by the Institute of Labor Studies (ILS) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) revealed that the country's export-oriented strategy, its use of sub-contracting in particular, has resulted in the hiring of child workers.
To save society
By Bernard Cassen, Le Monde diplomatique, May 1997. Free markets and free trade are the two age-old articles of faith of the doctrine of ultraliberalism. And, as inevitably happens with articles of faith, they take precedence, whatever the circumstances, over other considerations or values at issue.
Globalization poses threat to human health—WHO (excerpts)
By Adam Jasser, Reuters, 19 November 1997. New and re-emerging diseases along with crumbling health care systems pose an increasing threat to human health around the globe. Globalization exacerbates disparities between the rich and the poor.
Globalisation Hits Women Worst
By Farhan Haq, InterPress Service, 27 February 1998. Financial austerity measures, and the fallout from economic globalisation, have had a disproportionate effect on women's advancement worldwide, forcing them into low-paying jobs or unemployment.
Monocultures, myths and the masculinisation of agriculture
Statement by Dr. Vandana Shiva, 27 June 1998. The corporate appripriation of basmati rice. Genetic Engineering and IPRs will rob Third World women and their creativity, innvoation and decision-making power in agriculture. In place of women deciding what is grown in fields and served in kitchens, agriculture based on globalisation, genetic engineering and corporate monopolies on seeds will establish a food system and worldview in which men controlling global corporations control what is grown in our fields and what we eat.
Global poverty in the late 20th century
By Michel Chossudovsky, 27 October 1998. The late 20th Century will go down in World history as a period of global impoverishment marked by the collapse of productive systems in the developing World, the demise of national institutions and the disintegration of health and educational programs. This “globalization of poverty”—which has largely reversed the achievements of post-war decolonization—, was initiated in the Third World coinciding with the onslaught of the debt crisis.
Tobacco corporations step up invasion of Third World
By Cisar Chelala, Third World Network Features, October 1999. Facing increasing restriction in the USA and other industrialised countries, transnational tobacco companies are increasingly marketing their products in developing countries, particularly among women and adolescents.
Education and the bottom line
By Adam Harden, PIC Press (Kingston, Ontario), May 2000. The intrusion of bottom-line thinking into the public domain seen today in efforts to introduce for-profit clinics in Alberta and for-profit private post-secondary education in Ontario. No area, he says, is immune to the corporate mission: the maximization of profits. Privatization.
Robinson criticised the fortress mentality of richer countries
By Claire Doole in Geneva, BBC News, Monday 1 May 2000. Globalisation and racism are linked, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson. Dome countries, rather than trying to bridge the gap between haves and have nots, were adopting a fortress mentality, determined to keep their wealth for themselves and demonising those who came in search of a better life.
Gangster states
By Jean de Maillard, The Guardian, 2 May 2000. A French judge warns that global crime is exploding as offshore tax havens prostitute their legal systems. The deregulation that characterises current globalisation has opened up a worldwide new market. The dark side of economic globalisation is the market in law, exploited by crime.
Indigenous Peoples Struggle to Protect Culture Under Globalisation
By Ihsan Bouabid, InterPress Service, 24 May 2000. Globalisation is threatening the essence of the cultural diversity of the world's indigenous peoples. The life and the genetics of indigenous people are violated every day despite the efforts and the agreements made by the United Nations to protect them.