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Globalization has not resulted in global prosperity that it has promised. According to the 2006 World Development Report, the gap in income per person between the thirty riches countries and the thirty poorest countries grew from 17 to 1 in 1980 to 27 to 1 in 2002.  People at the top 20% benefit from liberal free-trade policy and the higher they are up the ladder, the higher the profit. However, the lower they are the lower they will lose out in proportion. According to United Nations Development Program, in 1960 the gap between the richest 20 and the poorest 20% was 30 to 1. By 1991 it has grown to 61 to 1 and by 1994, 74 to 1. In 2004 the gap between the top 10% and the lowest 10% was 103.

What is the effect of globalization on labor? Here are some examples:

Globalization and Agriculture

Globalization and Factory Workers

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I do not recall the last time I felt hungry and if I did it was not because I did not have access to food. It was because my work kept me busy or I was busy doing other things. I could not imagine what it is like to feel the hunger and not knowing when the next meal may arrive or to live with hunger over extended period of time. I used to make it a requirement for my class for students to fast a meal and give that amout of money to a needy person. And while the students were all so willing to give, they would complain of how hard it was to go without a meal, to be hungry. My complaint has only been overeating. And we are spending our time trying to loose weight. Yet there is another reality out there. Check out this link. Hunger

 

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Sebsi Goompa…Asanee Wasan sumrub khon ti pid wang rueng kwan ruk……

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I recall lying on a sandy towel by the beach. The high tide was returning to shore. I could hear the sound of waves crashing against the sand. The night was dark and the stars filled the sky. And the breeze was gentle bringing with it the scent of the ocean.  I can still remember the smell, and the sound, the feeling, and the sight of the night. I could sense my finiteness and yet in the midst of all there was something infinite, something of the quality that is eternal, something that will always last. And as I write the sound of waves crasing echoes within brining a sense of comfort. Those moments were like wings of angels embracing…bringing back moments when time is suspended and one is lost in the wonders of nature.

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Sometime you find yourself in a dark tunnel and there’s no light at the end. And you wonder how long is the tunnel and where will it lead. And you wonder when will you see that light or even its shadow. What does it take to walk this path and to keep moving? Perhaps the only thing left is the realization that tunnel does end how ever long it takes, that there’s light somewhere although now it remains within one’s belief, that things do come and go, that life has its seasons. And so comes the next step one takes not knowing what will one be stepping on….only to make sure that it is forward.  I wonder if a certain measure of pleasure could be achieved while in the dark because life has its seasons, and while rain does pour even on a sunny day, it is not forever.  In this dark tunnel, one can’t see but reality remains. And one is left with an invitation to hold on and keep moving forward because some where there is an end, some where there is light and the world with its seasons.

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