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Global & Human Rights Issues

Elite Globalization vs People's Globalization

Kevin Danaher speaks of two types of globalization. Elite globalization features money values, violence, and the "God is on our side" mentality. It is driven by big corporations seeking to maximize their profits at the expense of human needs. People's globalization is a grassroots movement espousing life values, non-violence, and a "God doesn't take sides" view. This type of globalization is exemplified by fair trade, ecology concerns and micro-lending networks. Danaher explains why, since 9/11, it is important to pursue the grassroots people's globalization path.

Executive Outcomes: The War Business

Tells the story of ferocious battles of the private army of mercenaries, Executive Outcomes, on hire to governments and multinational companies whose investments are being strangled by war. Looks at the battles in Angola, and Sierra Leone for blood diamonds ... of the Executive Outcomes PR machine at the world's biggest arms fair in Abu Dhabi and in discreet Pretoria houses back home in South Africa ... of the apartheid killers who put down rebel insurgencies at the behest of British military men ...

Fighting Poverty Together: The Core Challenges

Thomas Joseph, ActionAid's country director for Kenya, discusses the goals of ActionAid, an international aid organization which endeavors to rid the world of poverty. As an issue of basic human rights, poverty is seen as a moral wrong that must be corrected on a global level. Also discusses the social and political aspects of poverty-stricken societies. c2000. 33 min.

Free Trade Slaves

Film discusses free trade zones and the accompanying human problems that have arisen with human rights, exploitation of workers and environmental degradation. Filmed on location in Sri Lanka, El Salvador, Mexico and Morocco. In English and various languages with English voiceovers. c1999. 58 min.

GATT, What's That?: or Afta NAFTA Where are Worker's Rights?

Through interviews with Nikos Valance of the Foundation for Economic Democracy and Hector Figuerao of the A.C.T.W.U. this program takes a harsh look at the results of NAFTA and GATT and the future predictions and strategies for labor organizing. 1995. 28 min.

Global Capitalism and the Moral Imperative

Moral leaders warn that global laissez-faire is producing consequences similar to those of the 19th century, when gaps between rich and poor kept thousands in abject poverty for generations. In this new era of social Darwinism, moral leaders are asking who in the world community will care for the needs of the poor, and how it will be accomplished. If economic and political reforms are necessary ... who will initiate them and how will they be enforced. 1998. 29 min.

Global Generation

A series focusing on globalization and the implications for both industrialized and developing countries. c2003. 26 min. each installment Beyond Borders Globally oriented young adults who are poised to inherit a world without borders explore the repercussions of globalization including third-world debt, environmental degradation, biodiversity, the concentration of power and the future of democracy. c2003. 26 min. The Global Marketplace This program focuses on progressive efforts being made by businesses to unite profits and principles.

Global Institutions

First segment: Are global institutions outmoded in the new world order? This segment examines institutions like the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and NATO in a post-Cold War context. Second segment: A report on World Bank activities in Mexico and their impact on the daily lives of ordinary Mexican citizens. Third segment: An interview with UN Asst. Sec. General Alvaro De Soto about the role of human rights's organizations after the end of the Cold War. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast May 22, 1996.

Global Village or Global Pillage?

Examines global industrialization and how people around the world are challenging it. Features commentary by consumer advocate Ralph Nader, activist Charles Kernaghan, labor economist Thea Lee, human rights advocate Loretta Ross, and anti-apartheid leader,Dennis Brutus. Based on the 1994 book of the same title. 1999. 27 min.

Globalization & Human Rights

Documentary examining the clash between the trend of increasing economic globalization and international human rights advocacy. Investigates the impact of foreign economic influence on gold miners in South Africa, the petroleum industry in Nigeria, the collapse of the economy of Indonesia, the Nike shoe industry in New York and Indonesia, child labor abuses in Thailand and the situation in East Timor. 57 min. 1998. Related web sites: Globalvision web site

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