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NPR has changed the URLs for all of their older articles. I'm going back and updating these URLs when I have the chance.

[Text] Colombia BBC The BBC reports that tax officials in Colombia inadvertantly mailed a demand to Ingrid Betancourt requesting that the long-held hostage pay her taxes (6 November 2004). Betancourt, a Colombian presidential candidate, was kidnapped by leftist FARC militants at a road block 23 February 2002. See also Ingrid Betancourt Information site.
[Text][Audio] USA National Public Radio's Jerome Socolovsky on the show Day to Day reports on Africans who attempt to migrate into Europe by crossing into the enclave of Spanish Melilla in Morocco (13 October 2004). Once they make it into Melilla, Spanish law makes it difficult to deport them. In a similar article, Sylvia Poggioli reports on All Things Considered on Italy's deportation of African immigrants who risk their lives to make it to Europe and the protests that it triggered among groups who feel that Italy's deportation policy is inhumane (13 October 2004).
[Text][Audio] USA National Public Radio's Jennifer Luddon reports on the show Morning Edition on the topic of assimilation and immigration into the United States (9 March 2004). Ludden places recent immigration patterns into the context of past immigration waves into the US, including quotes from author Tamar Jacoby. The US government has established the Office of Citizenship at the Department of Homeland Security.
Further Reading: Reinventing the Melting Pot: Will Today's Immigrants Become Americans? by Tamar Jacoby.
[Text][Audio] USA National Public Radio's Jennifer Luddon reports on the increasing difficulties of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in dealing with a growing case-load (17 February 2004).
[Text] UK/Europe BBC reports on Great Britain's plans to handle the expected influx of migrants as new member states join the European Union (EU) (17 February 2004). More recently, Prime Minister Tony Blair has made it clear that 'benefit shopping' will not be allowed, and that all migrants from Eastern Europe will be expected to work (23 February 2004). 'Benefit shopping' occurs when migrants move to other nations merely to gain access to better social services.
[Text] WTO Forbes/Reuters reports that James Bacchus, a former appellate judge of the World Trade Organization (WTO), laments the secrecy of the WTO's proceedings, saying that they should be more open to public scrutiny (29 January 2004). He claims that the closed-door nature of the WTO feeds the "unfounded paranoia" of opponents of globalization.
[Text] Europe/World The Guardian reports that snow ski resorts around the world face an uncertain future as temperatures rise due to global warming (3 December 2003). As temperatures rise, snow becomes less reliable and resorts are forced to either close or move to higher elevations.
[Text][Audio] USA/Central America National Public Radio's Jennifer Luddon reports on the struggle of small-town America in dealing with an increasing number of immigrants (21 November 2003).
[Text] USA/Brazil Forbes/Reuters reports that the United States and Brazil are working on compromises that will lead to the establishment of the largest free trade zone in the Western Hemisphere (8 Nov 2003).
[Text] Brazil/World World Press Review reports on Brazil's lead at the recent WTO meeting to encourage poorer nations to push for the reduction in agricultural subsidies in the U.S. and E.U. (25 September 2003). These nations formed a bloc of 22 countries at the recent meeting in Cancún, Mexico, that derailed trade talks.
[Audio] United States National Public Radio reports on the efforts of Las Vegas, Nevada to enforce water use restrictions (19 Sep 2003). As the population grows in the arid southwestern United States, pressures on limited water resources increase. National Public Radio presented a four-part series on the topic, "Water In the West" in August.
[Text][Audio] World Common Ground reports on the changing perceptions and roles of international borders. Jeff Howe, editor of Wired, discusses international borders in the early 21st Century (9 Sep 2003).
See also Border Wars in Wired, part of a special issue on the "New World" in Wired Magazine (June 2003).
[Text][Audio] Brazil National Public Radio article by Martin Kaste discusses the spread of American style cowboy culture in Brazil, including fashion, music, rodeo and bullriding. Although Brazil has long had a tradition of cowboys, the styles of the American West are catching on even in the city of São Paulo, a city that has traditionally shunned all things rural (4 Sep 2003).
[Text] Colombia The Baltimore Sun presents an article on a recently released video recording of Ingrid Betancourt in which she calls for her rescue only under conditions where it would be successful (1 Sep 2003). Betancourt was kidnapped by the leftist rebel group, the FARC, on 23 February 2002. [Ingrid Betancourt]
[Text][Audio] United States National Public Radio interviews author Sherman Alexie, who illustrates how many of today's Native Americans maintain a distinct identity yet are an integral part of the wider American culture. He says that he is part of the 'Brady Bunch school of Native American literature.' (18 Aug 2003).
[Text] Argentina McGraw-Hill via TheCarolinaChannel.com publishes an interview with Argentina's minister of finance, Roberto Lavagna, in which he suggests that although privatization may be painful, but says 'turning back the clock' on the policies of neoliberalization would be a 'huge mistake.' ([undated] 2003).
[Text] Colombia The Christian Science Monitor reports that many Colombia guerilla groups have been laying down their arms, including membersof the FARC and ELN (28 May 2003).
[Text] Latin America San Francisco Chronicle (AP) reports that at a recent meeting ten former Latin American presidents have concluded that Latin America may have lost its ecnonomic presence on the world stage despite increased globalization (20 May 2003).
[Text][Audio] Europe Deutsche Welle reports on Malta's recent vote to join the EU (11 March 2003).
[Text] Europe/North America Deutsche Welle reports on the solution to the recent crisis in NATO regarding the defense of Turkey in case of a counter-attack by Iraq (17 February 2003).
[Audio] Europe Common Ground Radio Show article reports on the success of the Euro since its full introduction as a currency in Europe (11 February 2003).
[Text] United States/Mexico San Francisco Chronicle/Los Angeles Times article reports on the call by Roman Catholic Bishops to resume talks between the US and Mexico on immigration that were stalled by 9/11/01 (25 January 2003). Here is another story on a related topic in The Economist (23 January 2003).
[Audio] United States NPR article by John Burnett considers the struggle of Santa Fe with growing population pressures on limited water resources (22 January 2003).
[Text] Latin America The New York Times' Nicole LaPorte examines recent trends in Latin American literature, including the influences of globalization and American popular culture (4 January 2003).
[Text][Audio] World Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy is a program by WGBH/PBS that addresses the growth of world capitalism and difficulties of globalization. Web site includes audio and video excerpts.
[Text] Mexico Monthly Review presents an article by by Martin Hart-Landsberg that considers the failures of neoliberalism in Mexico (December 2002).
[Audio][Print] United States American Radio Works presents a four-part series on the disappearing Louisiana coast portions of which have appeared on Now with Bill Moyers and NPR's All Things Considered (September 2002). And NPR's John Burnett reports on the disappearing Louisiana wetlands in the context of recent storms (4 October 2002).
[Audio] France NPR interviews David Byrne about his recent projects that include a CD that demonstrates the influences of Hip-Hop and Algerian music on French popular music. (4 October 2002). [URL updated]
[Audio] Mexico NPR reporter discusses the struggles of the Mexican middle-class in the faltering economy (18 September 2002).
[Audio] Europe / USA NPR reporter discusses differences between vacation in the United States and in Europe with Economist Lester Thurow and ethnologist Orvar Loffgren (15 August 2002).
[Audio] Former Soviet Union NPR story reports that Belarus and Russia have been seeking closer ties for years, but now Putin seeks to entirely incorporate Belarus, making it a province of the larger country (16 August 2002).
[Print] Colombia CNN story reports on the declaration of a state emergency in Colombia following the inauguration of its new president, Alvaro Uribe (12 August 2002).
[Print][Audio] United States Articles at NPR and The BBC suggest that the United States is failing at improving its image in foreign countries. Funding has been cut for groups that promote the positive image of the United States (29 July 2002).
[Print] Colombia Ingrid Betancourtwww.betancourt.info reports that the FARC have released video of Ingrid Betancourt recorded in May (23 July 2002).
[Print][Audio] Czech Republic Radio Prague reports on the growing popularity of baseball in the Czech Republic (20 April 2002--link added 26 June 2002).
[Print] Europe BBC article reveals that Europeans outside the EU know more about European history and culture than those inside (24 June 2002).
[Print] Europe BBC reports on strike of European air traffic controllers (19 June 2002). The strike is being held to protest a scheme to consolidate the continent's airspace into one unit.
[Print] Europe TIME reports on the ongoing struggles European nations face with immigration (16 June 2002).
[Print][Audio] Russia The BBC reports on the Russian government's refusal to allow a Roman Catholic Bishop access to his diocese in Siberia (20 April 2002).
[Print] Europe CNN reports on conservative French president Jacques Chirac's campaign against far-right nationalist Jean-Marie Le Pen. Over one million French citizens took to the streets on May Day to protest Le Pen's nationalist anti-immigrant rhetoric. (3 May 2002).
[Print] Venezuela BBC News reports on strikes that led to the toppling of Chavez in Colombia and the pledge by interim president Pedro Carmona to have elections by the end of the year. Here, Robert Plummer analyzes the economic and political turmoil that led to the coup. CNN: The next day, provisional leader Carmona resigns under heavy criticism from the military at his move to dissolve the legislature. Diosdado Cabello—vice president under Chavez—takes oath as new interim president. He serves long enough to allow Chavez to return to office. (11-14 April 2002). Javier Periera provides a lengthy account of the coup in the Venezuelan weekly, Primicia, as translated in World Press Review (18 April 2002).
[Print] Colombia / UN Xinhua News Agency reports on recent United Nations communique calling for an end to kidnappings in Colombia (6 April 2002).
[Print] Ukraine The Washington Post reports on the political shake-up occurring in Ukraine as no political party gains a clear majority in parliamentary elections. Observers criticize election process (2 April 2002).
[Print] Cuba Christian Science Monitor reports on growing trend of self-employed individuals working in the Cuban tourism industry. Starved for cash in the command economy, many professionals work at sideline jobs to earn the foreign currency needed to buy certain goods (29 March 2002).
[Print][Audio] Brazil Radio Netherlands article discusses the ongoing struggle of the Landless Workers Movement (MST) in Brazil. (26 March 2002. Text with RealAudio excerpts.)
[Print] Colombia Population Reference Bureau reports on the prospects for increased migration, deaths and illness from the escalation of violence in Colombia (March 2002). [Colombian Soldiers]
[Print] Russia USA Today discusses how Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to be seeking closer ties to the U.S. and other Western nations. (27 March 2002.)
[Print] Peru The Economist magazine discusses the difficulties of the struggle for democracy in Peru. (21 March 2002.)
[Audio] Colombia National Public Radio Morning Edition discusses the ongoing kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt by the FARC (19 March 2002). [Ingrid Betancourt]
[Print] Europe National Geographic article on the River Danube, a major riverway in central and eastern Europe (March 2002 issue). [Bridge destroyed during NATO bombing in Serbia]
[Print] Latin America / Colombia Washington Post article continues coverage of the Betancourt kidnapping (8 March 2002). Another article covers the congressional elections in Colombia as citizens defy threats of violence to participate in the vote (10 March 2002).
[Print][Audio] Colombia Radio Netherlands article discusses the struggle of Ingrid Betancourt, anti-corruption advocate in Colombia who was recently kidnapped by leftist FARC rebels (Broadcast 25 Feb 2002). (Text with RealAudio excerpts.)
[Audio] Brazil PRI/Minnesota Public Radio program, "Marketplace," has story on how many Brazilians are deciding to live in the favelas to save money. As a result, the slums are seen as up-and-coming neighborhoods despite the relative lack of public services and lack of formal ownership (Broadcast 25 Feb 2002. 30 minute program, and favela story is 10 minutes into it, use the slider to advance to it, Length approximately 4:45).
[Audio] Poland / Europe National Public Radio Article on rural changes that may occur when Poland joins the EU in two years (Length 7:41, Broadcast 17 Feb 2002).
[Print] Caribbean / Russia World Press Review article on Russia's decision to abandon the Lourdes base in Cuba (date 24 Oct 2001). [Aerial Photo of Lourdes, Cuba]
[a speaker indicating this article has sound] North America NPR news story on the Rio Grande River and US-Mexico negotiations over water rights (June 2000).
[Print] Europe / Caribbean BBC News story discusses the connection between high demand for narcotics in the UK and drug smuggling by poverty-stricken Jamaicans (3 January 2002).


[Ataturk's Mausoleum, Ankara, Turkey] Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938), is the father of modern Turkey. He radically changed the political and cultural climate in the country, moving it towards the secular republic that today aligns itself increasingly with Western Europe. This is a photo of his mausoleum in Ankara, Turkey used on the main page in late 2005 and early 2006. Image thanks to cema at the StockXchng--no longer available.

[Painted Huts]

Along the British seaside, vacationers have created elaborate—if small—huts for visiting the beach. Much as fishermen do in the upper midwestern United States with ice fishing huts, these are frequently decked out with television antennae and the like. Lois Wakeman has photographed several highly decorated and colorful huts at Lyme Regis, in Dorset, United Kingdom. Photo of the Month, May 2005.

Image copyright © Lois Wakeman.

Paternoster Square As seen from St. Paul's Cathedral, Paternoster Square is a multi-use development near central London. The Guardian's Architecture and Design editor, Jonathan Glancey, called Paternoster Square, "an insult to St. Paul's." The design is a compromise between the classical and the modern, and comes out rather postmodern, or as Catesby Leigh in a book review in the National Review called it "anodyne postmodern." and in the Weekly Standard, called it "meretricious postmodern". This somewhat less critical commentary in The Daily Telegraph still calls it "an overblown slice of American commercial classicism dropped into London."
Source: Wikimedia Commons, public domain.
[San Francisco Cable Car] Cable Car in San Francisco, California, USA. Streetcars once made up a major portion of the urban transportation system of many cities throughout the world. In the post-WWII years, the were supplanted by the automobile in most US cities. San Francisco's hilly geography made the cable car necessary, as traction on hills could be insured with the use of the underground cable. Thanks to David Fiddes for the photograph.
[Prague Houses] Houses in Prague. These houses in Prague, Czech Republic, illustrate some of the urban architecture common in city centers developed during the Rennaissance and Baroque periods. Thanks to David Fiddes for the photograph.
[Desert Scene in Aruba] Cactus in Aruba, the Caribbean. This scene illustrates the surprising aridity found in Aruba and other "ABC" islands of the Caribbean. These islands of the Netherlands Antilles are dominated by BWh climates, which are "Tropical and Subtropical desert" in the modified Köppen climate classification system.
Thanks to Dan McGlaun for the photograph.
[European Parliament, Strasbourg] European Parliament building in Strasbourg, France. The EU is an example of a supranational organization, an international organization in which individual nation-states may give up some sovereignty to further the goals of the larger organization.
Photo source: The European Parliament web site
[Photograph of a Burger King in Jamaica] Burger King in Jamaica is one example of globalization. Source: Jamaica Observer

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