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Global & Human Rights Issues


Presents three stories of immigrants who left their homes in Bolivia, Haiti and the Philippines after global economic powers devastated their countries, only to face new challenges in the United States. These powerful stories raise critical questions about U.S. immigration policy in an era when corporations cross borders at will. 2001. 28 min.

What in the World? People of the Developing Nations

2004. 26 min. each installment Malawi: A Nation Going Hungry Documents economic and social conditions in Malawi, where 3 million of a 12 million population live in abject poverty. During the 1990s, non-governmental organizations such as the World Food Program distributed seeds and farm tools to the poor, and the government allowed them to live and farm on public land. The program's subsidies supported the farmers during poor growing seasons. The World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund have forced the Malawi government to stop the subsidies, starving millions.

Who Owns the Body International Human Rights Conference(2000: University of California, Berkeley).

"Human dignity, human rights and the integrity of the body are abused by persons, institutions and governments around the world. The critical questions of State-sponsored torture and terror, repatriation of Native American remains and international trafficking in human organs will be addressed by scholars and human rights activists from the United States, Europe, Bosnia, Croatia, Chile and South Africa." Keynote Address: Modern Slavery and the New Abolitionists. Keynote speaker: Judith Lewis Herman.

Working Women of the Worlds (Ouvrieres du monde)

Focusing on Levi Strauss & Co., this documentary follows the relocation of garment production from Western countries to nations such as Indonesia, the Philippines, and Turkey where low wages are the rule and employee rights are nonexistent. It looks at the working conditions of these third world employees and also presents the stories of their western counterparts who are losing their jobs. A film by Marie France Collard, 2000. 53 min.
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World Banking

Illustrates how the World Bank is at the leading edge of sustainable development; examines the Bank's new thrusts for the 1990's; looks specifically at Barber Conable's plans for focusing the Bank's resources on the economic development of emerging economies and protecting the environment. 1991. 30 min.

World Peacekeeping: Defining America's Role. The U.S. Military: Waging Peace.

First in a two-part series that examines the problems facing the American military in adapting to its new role in the post-Cold War era as peacekeeper in both international and intranational conflicts. This segment shows how the U.S., the world's only remaining superpower, is retraining its forces to maintain peace in volatile areas around the globe. Military experts discuss the difficulties that occur when United Nations forces intervene in the internal disputes of nations. U.S.

World Peacekeeping: Defining America's Role. Tribal Conflicts: New Role for the Military.

Second in a two-part series that examines the problems facing the American military in adapting to its new role in the post-Cold War era as peacekeeper in both international and intranational conflicts. In this segment, a nation used to be defined as a community with a common language, culture, history, and religion, capable of economic and political independence, equipped to defend itself militarily. The definition has changed, as evidenced in Ireland, the Balkans, and the former Soviet Union, where factions within nations vie for supremacy.

Worlds Apart.(Way We Live: Introduction to Sociology ; 10)

Why can one continent be relatively affluent and another mired in poverty? This lesson looks at stratification on a global scale and introduces the ideas of globalization and neo-liberalism. The lesson features Doctors Without Borders -- an organization whose stated aim is to serve populations in need anywhere in the world irrespective of religious, political or social barriers that may exist. Commentary: Suraj Achar, John Macionis, David A.

Worse Than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity

Follows author Daniel Jonah Goldhagen's travels and offers insights into genocide's dimensions, causes, and patterns and the role it plays in politics and human affairs. Goldhagen speaks with killers, survivors, witnesses, journalists and political leaders whose stories provide insights into why genocides continue to plague our planet. Is it possible for us to prevent genocide and save millions of lives? Based on the book "Worse than war" by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen. Directed by Mike Dewitt. 2010. 2 hr.

WTO, A Threat to Humanity.

Presents an in-depth look at the history and current policies of the World Trade Organization. Among the issues discussed are NAFTA's impact on corn production in Mexico, the effects of genetically modified seeds on world agricultural systems, agricultural subsidies in developed countries and their negative impact on food production in developing countries, intellectual property and patents on indigenous plants and knowledge, privatization of natural resources and competition for cheap labor. 2003. 54 min.