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2012: Creating Your Own Shift

2012: Creating Your Own Shift Lowest new price: $7.80
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2012: Creating Your Own Shift summarizes the best insights thirty-seven of the world s most authoritative sources have to offer, providing readers with a vast cross-section of information and perspectives on the 2012 transition. One thing on which all the authors of this work agree is that 2012 will mark an initiation into a completely new consciousness and a divinely ordained new beginning for our world. Some discuss how to prepare for this on an individual level. Others suggest needed institutional reforms. Topics discussed range from the esoteric to the down-to-earth. Authors have condensed the body of their works into concise summaries, exposing readers to the essence of their unique knowledge and discoveries; many also end their sections with information on how readers can access additional details. This prophetic anthology explains what s happening in our world and what ascension is all about. It recommends ways to cooperate with the changes on personal and social levels. The book ends with inspirational visions of the future, mapping the way to a harmonious new world with more humanitarian priorities.

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What the U.S. Can Learn from China: An Open-Minded Guide to Treating Our Greatest Competitor as Our Greatest Teacher

What the U.S. Can Learn from China: An Open-Minded Guide to Treating Our Greatest Competitor as Our Greatest Teacher Lowest new price: $13.85
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Author: Ann Lee
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While America is still reeling from the 2008 financial crisis, a high unemployment rate, and a surge in government debt, China’s economy is the second largest in the world, and many predict it will surpass the United States’ by 2020. President Obama called China’s rise “a Sputnik moment”—will America seize this moment or continue to treat China as its scapegoat?

Mainstream media and the U.S. government regularly target China as a threat. Rather than viewing China’s power, influence, and contributions to the global economy in a negative light, Ann Lee asks, What can America learn from its competition?

Why did China recover so quickly after the global economic meltdown? What accounts for China’s extraordinary growth, despite one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world? How does the Chinese political system avoid partisan rancor but achieve genuine public accountability? From education to governance to foreign aid, Lee details the policies and practices that have made China a global power and then isolates the ways the United States can use China’s enduring principles to foster much-needed change at home.

This is no whitewash. Lee is fully aware of China’s shortcomings, particularly in the area of human rights. She has relatives who suffered during the Cultural Revolution. But by overemphasizing our differences with China, the United States stands to miss a vital opportunity. Filled with sharp insights and thorough research, What the U.S. Can Learn from China is Lee’s rallying cry for a new approach at a time when learning from one another is the key to surviving and thriving.

Winner of the Gold IPPY award in the category of current events.

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Shaping Globalization: Civil Society, Cultural Power and Threefolding

Shaping Globalization: Civil Society, Cultural Power and Threefolding Lowest new price: $58.59
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Author: Nicanor Perlas
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Civil Society has become a major power in the world. The stunning defeat of the controversial and secretive Multilateral Agreement on Investments, the massive worldwide WTO protests, and the yearly meetings of the World Social Forum are testimony to its coming of age. With tens of millions of citizens and more than a trillion dollars involved in advancing its agenda, civil society now joins the State and the Market as the third key institution shaping globalization. However, it cannot fully mobilize its resources and power because it lacks clear understanding of its identity.

Shaping Globalization argues that global civil society is a cultural institution wielding cultural power, and shows how, through the use of this distinct power, it can advance its agenda in the political and economic realms of society without compromising its identity. The book then outlines the strategic implications for civil society both locally and globally, and explains that its key task is to inaugurate "threefolding:" the forging, where appropriate, of strategic partnerships between civil society, government, and business. Such authentic tri-sector partnerships are essential for advancing new ways for nations to develop, and for charting a different, sustainable kind of globalization. Using the model of The Philippine Agenda 21, the book shows how civil society and pro-gressive individuals and agencies in government and business are demonstrating the effectiveness of this new understanding to ensure that globalization benefits the poor, societies, and nature.

"Nicanor Perlas is one of the profound thinkers of our time. Shaping Globalization is a must-read for all who work for a positive future."-David C. Korten, author, The Post Corporate World

Nicanor Perlas is President of the Philippines Center for Alternative Development Initiatives (CADI). An international award-winner for his advocacy work on globalization and sustainable development, he has authored seven books and numerous articles, and frequently speaks at international conferences.

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Dead Heat: Global Justice and Global Warming

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Author: Tom Athanasiou
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Today's "extreme weather events" (record-breaking heat waves, droughts, and melting ice caps) foreshadow an increasingly unstable and dire future. Yet, despite all, the US government continues to reject the Kyoto Protocol, to deny the catastrophic consequences of oil dependency, and to define the politics of oil as the politics of U.S. unilateralism, domination, and war.
Dead Heat argues that justice—not rhetoric and "aid" but real developmental justice for the people of developing world—is going to be necessary, and surprisingly soon. It argues, more particularly, that such a justice must involve a phased transition from the Kyoto Protocol to a new climate treaty based on equal human rights to emit greenhouse pollutants. Dead Heat makes the case for climate justice, but insists that justice and equity, for all their manifold ethical and humanitarian attractions, must also be seen as the most "realistic" of virtues. It insists, in other words, that our limited environmental space will itself show that it is the dream of a "business as usual" future that is naïve and utopian.

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Understanding International Conflicts: An Introduction to Theory and History (Longman Classics Series), Fourth Edition

Understanding International Conflicts: An Introduction to Theory and History (Longman Classics Series), Fourth Edition Lowest new price: $12.74
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Author: Joseph S. Nye

Part of the "Longman Classics in Political Science" Series, this highly readable and respected book balances history and theory to give international politics students a framework for analyzing the past and using it to understand the issues confronting us today. Part of the "Longman Classics" series, Nye's Understanding International Conflicts has been completely updated and features a new Foreword by Stanley Hoffman. A book that students enjoy reading, Nye's volume deftly balances theory and history to help students develop a well-rounded is a book that students enjoy reading, Nye's volume deftly balances theory and history to help students develop a well-rounded, informed framework for analyzing current issues and dilemmas. Updated with the most recent scholarship and replete with illustrative examples, the Fourth Edition explores the international issues confronting us at the beginning of the 21st Century. Understanding International Conflicts aims to provide students with the conceptual tools that will help them shape their own answers to the unfolding developments in our world long after exams are done.

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The Secret Empire

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Author: Cushman Cunningham

A penetrating analysis of modern events, revealling underlying trends of great significance.

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10 Million To 1: Refugee Resettlement-A How-To Guide

10 Million To 1: Refugee Resettlement-A How-To Guide Lowest new price: $10.41
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Author: Jeffrey Kirk
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They are coming. Who? Refugees. Every year, the President and Congress determine the arrival quota, the small percentage of refugees who will have a chance to start a new life in the United States during that year. But just because they're coming does not mean they are somehow lucky or that they are even going to make it in our land of opportunity. To have the best shot at success, they need your help. 10 MILLION TO 1 is about the help, direction, and love you can provide to refugees as they arrive in our country and take their first steps toward self-sufficiency. This book describes how you, who have likely grown up in the comfort of America, can welcome a refugee family and get them started on the path to a new and prosperous life as contributing members of our society. You will discover all the steps you need, from meeting them upon arrival at the airport to getting them housing to finding them jobs. Along the way, you will experience personal growth in ways you never imagined. In time, you may witness the ultimate heartwarming outcome when you see the decision, the steps, and the fulfillment as former refugees become citizens of our great nation. Oh, yes, the world is a better place.

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10 Reasons to Abolish the IMF & World Bank (Open Media Series)

10 Reasons to Abolish the IMF & World Bank (Open Media Series) Lowest new price: $8.95
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Author: Kevin Danaher
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A veritable "Globalization for Dummies," 10 Reasons to Abolish the IMF & World Bank lays bare the most common myths of globalization in a clear and understandable way. Looking with hope to grassroots movement-building on a global scale, Danaher presents ten arguments for abolishing the IMF and World Bank and replacing them with democratic institutions that would make the global economy more accountable to an informed and active citizenry.
Conceived as an effort to educate the public about how international institutions of "free trade" are widening the gap between the rich and poor globally, Danaher reveals how the lending policies of the IMF and the World Bank fail to benefit Third World peoples, and instead line the pockets of undemocratic rulers and western corporations while threatening local democracies and forcing cuts to social programs.
Through anecdotes, analysis, and innovative ideas, Danaher argues that the IMF and the World Bank undermine our most basic democratic values, and calls for reframing the terms on which international economic institutions are operated using the principles of environmental sustainability, social justice, and human rights.

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Islam, Fundamentalism, and the Betrayal of Tradition: Essays by Western Muslim Scholars (Perennial Philosophy)

Islam, Fundamentalism, and the Betrayal of Tradition: Essays by Western Muslim Scholars (Perennial Philosophy) Lowest new price: $12.82
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Author: Joseph Lumbard

This book offers an analysis byWestern Muslim scholars of the key reasons behind the dangerous breaksown in understanding between Islam and the West.


The No-Nonsense Guide to International Migration (No-Nonsense Guides)

The No-Nonsense Guide to International Migration (No-Nonsense Guides) Lowest new price: $10.99
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Author: Peter Stalker
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Virtually any commodity can move around the world to satisfy demand, but human beings have far less freedom. Many would-be migrants are forced to risk life and limb traveling illegally. Yet most rich countries are short of workers, have shrinking populations, and need more immigrants. This is a timely guide to a major issue that is never far from the political headlines.

Peter Stalker is a former co-editor of the New Internationalist who now works as a consultant to a number of UN agencies. He has written two books on migration for the International Labor Organization.

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