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Blog 3 on Organized Crime

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Interview with Journalist Charles Bowden:

When I first started listening to Charles Bowden speak about all the murders occurring in Juarez Mexico, I was a little confused what this had to do with globalization.  While what is happening is horrible, I figured this was an unusual and unfortunate circumstance which was occurring in Juarez Mexico.  Like the interviewer, I didn’t see why Bowden viewed what is happening in Juarez as a “snapshot of the future” for other cities.  However, as Bowden continued it became clear and understandable why he would think this way.  People in Juarez are poor and unemployed.  Many people in Juarez do not even have running water or electricity.  Many people do not have homes.  They do not have public schools.  People are out of control because their surroundings and therefore lives are out of control.  Many people are in gangs.  Police forces on all levels have stepped in and have forcefully and violently been enforcing laws. People in Juarez are not being treated well.  Bowden believes that too many people in the world are being treated like those in Juarez.  Therefore, Juarez is an example of what cities, which are similar to Juarez, will soon look like.  The world should take the city of Juarez as an example of what happens when workers are paid too little, jobs are scarce and the government doesn’t make sure people are supplied with the necessary structure needed to thrive.  Looking at the global economy today, Bowden’s suggestions are frightening.  Too many people, in too many cities, in too many countries, are being treated like the people in Juarez.  This segment got me thinking, maybe Bowden is right.  Maybe it is just a matter of time people chaos and massive murdering strikes these cities too.

Drug Growers- Pakistan

The Holy War in Pakistan is such a “sticky” situation.  While hashish and opium are part of the culture of the Pashtun tribe, it is causing many problems for Pakistan.  One in eleven boys over the age of fifteen are drug addicts in Pakistan!  These numbers are staggering.  I believe that it is the government’s job to protect the people.  The Pakistan government must step in and stop the growing of opium.  It is affecting the lives of too many Pakistani citizens.  The farmers of this opium depend on Pakistani citizens to buy and consume the opium.  They are selling to those outside of the Pashtun tribe and therefore should be forced to put an end to growing opium.  To make matters worse, farmers want to be compensated for their loss, if they are forced to stop growing opium. It is in the best interest of Pakistan and other countries to help switch crop growing from drugs to goods wanted by other countries.  The opium is being exported all over the world, not just to Pakistan.  The war is unfortunate but necessary to protect the people of Pakistan and control drug production and use.

Blog post 1 March 21 audio

Monday, March 21st, 2011

who would have thought so much goes into making cotton? You have to choose fabric design and where your getting your cotton from. According to the audio, there are cotton mills all over the world, including Uzbekistan and Mali but America is the biggest cotton distributor. While talking to a prominent cotton distributor, Pedro, we found out that the US and Brazil are in a war over cotton. Brazil says that America has an unfair advantage because of the help it gets from the government. I thought that was really interesting because I was never aware of that. It makes me wonder what else is happening with the government that we really don’t know about. Where else is our money going?

While it goes back and forth between the countries,  brazil is stated as feeling that they are at a disadvantage. They don’t feel that it is necessary for them to back down when America is at such a higher advantage and they recieve more help. Hearing this audio makes me feel that all America really cares about is money and making a profit. America wants to pay money to get what they want, what a surprise. I agree with Chana, because she says that at the end of the day, we get our cotton from America and its like they basically chose for us and we have already paid for it because of the taxes so why not take advantage.