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Global & Human Rights Issues

Globalization and the Media.

Undercurrents explores how the media is involved in shaping public opinion of globalization, with a wide range of viewpoints from broadcasters, journalists, computer hackers, media activists, and news editors. Traveling across the USA, Nigeria, Britain and Italy, they report on the violent suppression of the alternative media, and how new technology, such as the internet and camcorders, is challenging the role of the traditional news gatherer. Director, Paul O'Connor. 2001. 23 min.

Globalization and the World Trade Organization: Debate.

Panel participants: Ralph Nader, Paul Magnusson, David Aaron, Jagdish Bhagwati, Vandana Shiva, John Cavanagh, R. Scott Miller. A debate on the pros and cons of the World Trade Organization. Proponents of the WTO argue that membership benefits the economy, could further democratic institutions in developing countries through regulation and that WTO rules and regulations provide sufficient protections for consumers, workers and the environment.

Globalization is Good

Controversial writer Johan Norberg argues forcefully for one side of the globalization debate. In this program he examines three developing countries and how they fit into that debate, building a case for deregulation, the abolishment of subsidies and tariffs, and a long-term view of industialization. He frankly defends the use of sweatshop labor, through which Taiwan has cultivated a vigorous, targeted manufacturing sector and transformed agrarian poverty into affluence.

Globalization: Winner & Losers

In this program examining the pros and cons of doing business in the global marketplace, industry leaders attest that globalization has raised the standard of living in developing economies through high-tech opportunities, foreign investment, and debt relief. Harvard's Jeffrey Sachs and other experts point out that the world market is being exploited through shortsightedness, including the deployment of genetically modified crops, environmental negligence, and the abuse of NAFTA. Looks at the impact of globalization in India, Australia, Nigeria, China, Mexico and South Africa. 2000.

Great Decisions 2001, Programs 1-4.

Presents four U.S. foreign policy cases based on U.S. foreign policy issues analyzed in the Great decisions briefing book published annually by the Foreign Policy Association. Contents: Program 1. Coping with globalization; guests: Charlene Barshefsky, Thomas R. Pickering. -- Program 2. China and Taiwan: an American tightrope; guests: Doug Paal, Nancy Bernkopf-Tucker -- Program 3. High stakes of missile defense; guests: Joseph Cirincione, James Lindsay -- Program 4. U.S. and Iraq: Baghdad dilemma; guests: Graham Fuller, Charles Duelfer.

Great Decisions 2001, Programs 5-8.

Presents four U.S. foreign policy cases based on U.S. foreign policy issues analyzed in the Great decisions briefing book published annually by the Foreign Policy Association. Contents: Program 5. Global health on life support; guests: Lee Hamilton, Anthony Fauci -- Program 6. Mexico: Prospects for prosperity; guests: Arturo Valenzuela, Doris Meissner -- Program 7. European integration: U.S. challenge; guests: Antony Blinken, Bruce Jackson -- Program 8. Conflict resolution in Africa; guests: Chester A. Crocker, Marina S. Ottaway. 2001. 147 min.

Human Rights

Discusses international human rights law including historical background, the United Nations Charter, the International Bill of Human Rights, protection and enforcement of human rights, regional systems for the protection of human rights, and new developments. Narrator: Elizabeth F. Defeis. Commentary: Charlotte Ku, Larry D. Johnson, Carolyn L. Willson, Roy S. Lee, Rosalyn Higgins, Joe Luis Jesus, Oscar Schachter. 1995 29 min.

Human Rights & Wrongs : 1993 UN Human Rights Conference Preview

Segment one is a behind-the scenes look at the problems, priorities, and players at the 1993 United Nations World Conference on Human Rights, the first to be held in 25 years. Includes interviews with undersecretary of State Timothy Wirth and former President Jimmy Carter and UN Sec. General Boutros Boutros-Ghali. The second segment examines a Chicago based campaign against capital punishment by families of murder victims who tour the United States to combat the death penalty. 27 mins

Human Rights & Wrongs: Ethnic Fault Line Revisited

Contents: [Pt. 1] Ethnic frontlines: Nogorno Karabakh -- [Pt. 2] Serbia's muslims. The first segment examines the ethnic tensions in Nogorno-Karabakh, an Armenian Christian enclave surrounded by the largely Muslim former Republic of Azerbaijan. The second segment is a report from inside Serbia about a large Muslim enclave that was, until recently, free of the horrors of "ethnic cleansing." Includes interviews of these Serbian muslims about their hopes and fears for the future. Broadcast September 22, 1993. 27 mins

Human Rights & Wrongs: Female Circumcision

In the first segment female genital mutilation in Africa and Asia is described in personal testimony as well as in an interview with Alice Walker about her documentary films. Scenes from Fire Eyes and Warrior Marks are shown to demonstrate how mutilation is often performed, and Walker reads from her novel Possessing the Secret of Joy, about an African woman who responds to the cultural tradition of female circumcision.