Oxfam: The wealthiest 8 men on earth possess wealth exceeding the poorest 50% of humanity

The wealthiest 8 men on earth (and yes, they are all men) possess wealth exceeding the poorest 50% of humanity. That's about 3,700,000,000 people. My students are stunned by this simple statistic from Oxfam's new report on economic inequality. The report is readable for secondary students and filled with prescriptions for change. For educators interested in solutions-based... Continue Reading →

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New Topics in Globalization: Chinese Outsourcing to Africa in the “Trump Vacuum”!; Microbeads & Patagonias!

I began a post a new few weeks back, but I doubt I will finish it. I confronted the grief I felt this autumn, teaching about 19th-century imperialism and my misery at the unpaid debts owed by the old empires--the US included--to the so-called developing world. It is unhappy business, teaching 15-year olds about King... Continue Reading →