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Humiliation in a Globalizing World
Humiliation in a Globalizing World: Does Humiliation Become the Most Disruptive Force?

Executive Summary

In order to understand a globalizing world, we need "global" research, as well as the participation of researchers who have a global outlook and global experience. In my case, a specific biography made me acquire a profoundly global perspective and identity. This experiential background has led me to conceptualize psychology in a specific way, firstly as being embedded within broader historic and philosophical contexts, secondly as being profoundly intertwined with global changes, and thirdly as currently gaining significance. I avoid single interest scholarship, work transdisciplinary, and probe how even local micro-changes may be embedded within larger global changes.

In my case, the lack of a clear sense of belonging during childhood (being born into a family of displaced people) made me particularly sensitive to identity quests and urged me to learn about and become part of the rich and diverse world culture that belongs to all of us, as opposed to being part of any particular national sub -culture. Nagata, 1998, wrote an article, Being Global: Life at the Interface, whereby living at the interface means living as an immigrant in another culture. In my case, I have accustomed myself to living in many cultures and in many interfaces, more so, have made the very interface my home.

Humiliation, Human Dignity And The Eradication Of Extreme Poverty In The World

Some Preliminary Thought

Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains. ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Wherever one may happen to live on the planet, all modernisation is henceforth westernisation.
~ Amin Maalouf, Les Identités Meurtrières pp. 83-4

The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change

In Al Gore's movie An Inconvenient Truth, he discusses a study in Science magazine which found no scientific papers disputing the reality of human-caused climate change over the past ten years.

Dirty Secrets of the Temple

Years ago I read William Greider's excellent book published in 1987 on how the US Federal Reserve System works. It was detailed and explicit and makes wonderful and informative reading, except for the solution he suggests to a huge problem. His was far too timid.

Failure to Deliver on G8 Pledges Has Left Millions to Die, Says Charity Report

The huge pledges of aid, debt relief and trade reforms that were promised at last year's G8 conference at Gleneagles have not been delivered, according to a report by Action Aid.

Dealing against the poor

The WTO is entering the last stages of talks to determine the rules of the global economy for the next 20 years. The developing world is set to suffer

Bush Is Not Incompetent

Progressives have fallen into a trap. Emboldened by President Bush’s plummeting approval ratings, progressives increasingly point to Bush's "failures" and label him and his administration as incompetent. 

So Many Have Sacrificed So Much in Iraq, and For What?
In any discussion of the war in Iraq and its consequences, it is obligatory for everyone to acknowledge the sacrifices required of the men and women who have been sent there. More than 2,500 of them have died and about 18,000 have been wounded. The rate of post-traumatic stress disorder among those who have returned has been estimated to be as high as 20 percent.
The Wall Street Journal Calls Hugo Chavez A Threat to World Peace

You won't find commentary and language any more hostile to Hugo Chavez than on the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal. Their June 23 piece by Mary Anastasia O'Grady in the Americas column is a clear, jaw-dropping example. It's practically blood-curdling in its vitriol which calls Hugo Chavez a threat to world peace. The sad part of it is Journal readers believe this stuff and are likely to support any US government efforts to remove the "threat."

Airlines Must Lose Their Right to Pollute the Skies
We must reduce aviation's expansion or give up on tackling climate change
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