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World Trade and Western Supremacy

• Developing-country and nongovernmental- organization activism may have sparked the beginning of an end to Western supremacy over world trade negotiations

The Changing Geography of Cheap Labor

• Westerners long enjoying global economic superiority rationally accept the advantages of outsourcing jobs. But now the trend appears to have made life more worrisome for white-collar workers at home

Global Economy
Can Globalization ‘Go Social’?

“Going global” typically means corporations expanding their business activities across national borders. Consequently, globalization has for a long time been regarded primarily in economic terms. But are serious concerns about the social dimensions of globalization becoming more and more critical? The slow pace of economic growth in Latin America and Africa, the poverty in the Middle East and former Soviet Union, and the neoconservative economic failure in Iraq suggest that free-market transformations—and macroeconomic solutions—are by no means guaranteed, either overnight or over the long term. In a world continuing to harden socially because of rapid and unsettling modernizations, could prevailing thinking about globalization shift toward the social?

Photo: Children eat their lunch at the daycare center at the Lonmin Platinum mine 65 miles northwest of Johannesburg
Children eat their lunch at the daycare center at the Lonmin Platinum mine 65 miles northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa. Many South African mining companies are working to replace crowded, all-male hostels with low-cost family housing. A new report on the social dimension of globalization is available at www.ilo.org. AP Photo
Report
Better globalization through
the eyes of the people

A new ILO commission stresses the social dimension above macroeconomics.

Letter
South Africa’s Mbeki
rebukes a mining chief

Anglo-American CEO is invited to explain himself.

Op-Ed
Amid scarcity, emerging
global society requires justice

Fairness is more than a nation-level standard. Frank Garcia comments from Boston

Interview
Balancing global competition
with a needs agenda

As Ghana receives its first credit rating, President John Agyekum Kufuor pushes forward.
Special Feature: The Global Compact
Should the UN’s corporate initiative spin off?
Hazel Henderson comments from St. Augustine, FL