The Impact of Globalization on Indigenous Peoples in Mexico and Bolivia

The following is a paper written for the author’s PLS 315 – International Political Economy class.

Globalization has presented itself in many different forms, affecting nearly all people of the planet. While much attention is paid to the extreme positive and negative impacts, the process has created both winners and losers. The same mixed result can be seen amongst the indigenous peoples of Mexico and Bolivia. These two significant indigenous populations have faced sizable challenges due to the integrating economic, political and cultural landscape. Nevertheless, the forces behind globalization have not only provided a means for resistance, but also a chance to confront the long-standing marginalized status of indigenous peoples. Despite these efforts, the effectiveness of political and social leaders as well as the policy of developed nations and multilateral institutions will determine the lasting impact of globalization.

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The Pope to be heard on contemporary issues

Pope Benedict XVI will release a new encyclical letter entitled “Caritas in Veritate” (Charity in Truth) concerning social issues.  It is said to deal with issues such as globalization, the food crisis and climate change. It is definitely time to address these issues, both for the world and for the Catholic Church, who is in danger of losing ground in the developing world to Protestantism and Islam.


What Pope Benedict XVI has to say will be intriguing. He has taken a stance against excessive consumerism in the past, especially in children. In January 2008, he spoke on the themes that are expected to be in “Caritas in Veritate.”

There is a need for greater hope, one that permits a preference for the common good instead of luxury for a few and misery for the many.

It will definitely be a message that the world needs to hear. Whether this progressive pontiff will influence anyone other than the devout, remains to be seen.

Who Needs Trade Talks When You Can Have……

US Intervention in the Currency Market?

Too much power for the congress? Maybe.

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