Altered States: Globalization, Sovereignty and Governance by Gordon Smith

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In Altered States, the authors supply sensible concepts for more desirable governance and for strengthening and reforming the United international locations. They discover the dynamics of globalization and talk about what makes today’s globalization particular. They try the existing knowledge approximately sovereignty and kingdom capability, and type out the humbug. they give thought to no matter if sovereignty itself is an obstacle or a demand to defense and prosperity. And, in 3 pressing parts ripe for development – fighting lethal clash, delivering possibilities for the younger, and handling the numerous harms of weather swap – they enhance plans of motion in which states, with others within the worldwide neighborhood, can govern effectively sooner or later.

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Amnesty International? Reebok? This has been called the democratic deficit – the nonaccountability and seeming inaccessibility of intergovernmental organizations, transnational corporations, and those fluid, stateless networks of finance, production, politics, and communications where power is exercised in the global community. People have a right to a say in the conduct of the institutions that govern their lives. That requires a transparency and responsibility in these institutions of governance, and regulation where appropriate by democratic governments.

By the end of 2000, 13 million or more of the world's children will have lost their mothers or both parents to AIDS. Ninety percent of new infections occur in poor countries, disproportionately in Africa. Two million Africans were killed by AIDS in 1998, 10 times more than in all the continent's wars that year. Women and children suffer especially. In sub-Saharan Africa, six adolescent girls are infected for every boy the same age – the misogynistic arithmetic of male promiscuity and female powerlessness.

If they survive, they grow up and die poor. The diseases of poverty prey with special tragedy on the young. Malaria, for example, claims as many as three million lives every year, 80 percent of them children. With up to half a million new cases occurring a year, the incidence of this disease, once assumed eradicable, is actually rising around the world. Malaria is one of the many preventable diseases that thrive in poverty. In point of fact, the best that could be done for the health of the world's children (including those in rich countries) would be to raise the incomes of the poor.

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