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Eligible course material for next blog deadline (3/29)

March 25th, 2011 · No Comments
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As you can see, we’re a little behind schedule.  So that means you have extra material to choose from.  In addition to the material originally scheduled for 3/29 and 3/31 (below), you still have another opportunity to blog about Ch. 28 (Rodrik) and the Taibbi video, which we’ll talk about on 3/29.  In addition, for those who are especially interested in the financial crisis, I discovered a recent extended interview with Charles Ferguson, director of ‘Inside Job,’ as well as an another interview with the financial journalist, Bethany McLean (right below).  Again, each of your FIVE required blog postings must address at least TWO eligible course items for full credit.

Recommended (video): Commonwealth Club, Charles Ferguson, Documentary Filmmaker, Inside Job and No End in Sight; Adam Lashinsky, Senior Editor at Large, Fortune magazine – Moderator (1 hr)

Recommended (video): “The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis,” interview with Bethany McLean, co-author of All the Devils are Here, RSA.

Ch. 28, “Has Globalization Gone Too Far?,” (Dani Rodrik) pp.  241-246.

Recommended (video): “Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?” (interview with Matt Taibbi), Democracy Now!, 2/22/2011.

March 29 – Political Globalization: The Demise of the Nation-State?

Ch. 26, “The Declining Authority of States,” (Susan Strange) pp. 228-334.

Recommended (video): “Paul Mason on Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed,” RSA.

Recommended (video): “Activist Naomi Klein on her new book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism,” (interview), CTV. (27 min)

March 31 – Political Globalization: Organized Crime

Ch. 27, “Global Organized Crime,” (James H. Mittelman) pp. 235-240.

* Audio (mp3): “Charles Bowden Chronicles the “Murder City”: Juarez, Mexico,” interview w/ journalist Charles Bowden, author of Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields, The Takeaway, NPR, 3/23/2010. (8 min) [in-class]

* Recommended (text): “War Making and State-Making as Organized Crime,” Tilly, C. in Bringing the State Back In, Evans, P. B., Rueschemeyer, D. and Skocpol, T., 1985.

* Recommended (video): “Drug Growers – Pakistan,” ABC Australia (Producer). UK: Journeyman Pictures, 2011. (14 min)  “Growing hasish and opium is part of the culture of Pashtun tribes in northern Pakistan. Many depend on it for their livelihoods. Armed resistance is their only way to fight their governments ‘Holy War’ on drugs. With weapons like the AK47 freely available in Darra (the arms capital of North West Pakistan) neither side will back down.”

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