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6. “When You Look Chinese, You Have to Speak Chinese”: Highly Skilled Chinese Migrants in Switzerland and the Promotion of a Shared Language · Marylène Lieber, University of Geneva, and Florence Lévy, Neuchatel University

Edited by Paul Spickard Indiana University Press ePub

While commonsense understandings usually consider ethnic and racial identities as natural, researchers have long shown that identity is the unstable, nondefinitive result of social processes involving a very broad range of dimensions. Instead of focusing on the meaning or the acceptance of a type of cultural or ethnic identity, which necessarily varies among people, place, and social contexts, current research analyzes the processes of identity formation.1 As ethnic identity is by nature fluid and multilayered, people’s identity choices depend on the situation, the community, and the individuals involved. According to Pei-te Lien, “Thus, ethnic self-identity labels preferred by individuals of Chinese and other Asian descents may be varied and the negotiated outcome of several competing forces, such as between assimilation and ethnic attachment, or between identification with a specific place or ethnic origin and a pan-ethnic, racialized entity.”2

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1 Tracing the Origins of an Idea and the UN’s Contribution

Thomas G. Weiss Indiana University Press ePub

• Global Governance: The Idea

• Governance without Government

• Globalization

• An Historical Perspective

• Identifying and Diagnosing Problems

• The UN’s Ideational Role: This Book and the UNIHP Series

This chapter explores three themes: the idea of global governance itself, the UN’s ideational role in framing this idea, and the anomalies in the international system that have provided openings for the spread of this concept. The UN’s “ideational role” is fancy new packaging for the world organization’s intellectual or creative capacities in global governance—its efforts to understand problems and address them by formulating norms or policy recommendations.1

We identify gaps or disconnects in order to examine the search for new solutions—including new combinations of actors—to address challenges that are beyond the capacities of states. The essential challenge in contemporary global problem-solving is the fact that no central authority exists to make global policy choices and mobilize the required resources to implement these decisions. Consequently, only second- or even third-best solutions are feasible at present. The United Nations has been more effective in filling gaps in knowledge and norms than in making decisions with teeth and acting upon them.

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34 Conspiracy: Was I Poisoned?

Perkins, John Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

The situation has gotten much worse since Confessions of an Economic Hit Man was first published. Twelve years ago, I expected that books like mine would wake people up and inspire them to turn things around. The facts were obvious. I and others like me had created an EHM system that supported the corporatocracy. Together, the EHMs, corporate magnates, Wall Street robber barons, governments and jackals, and all their networks around the world have created a global economy that fails everyone. It is based on war or the threat of war, debt, an extreme form of materialism that pillages the earth’s resources and is consuming itself into extinction. In the end, even the very rich will fall victim to this death economy.

Most of us have bought into it in a big way; we are collaborators — often unconscious ones. Now it is time to change. I had hoped that exposing these facts, making people conscious, would inspire a movement that, by 2016, would have resulted in a new vision, a new story.

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APPENDIX: WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PROMOTE REGIME CHANGE

Derber, Charles Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Before the elections:

After the elections:

You can’t create regime change alone. But there’s hope, because so many organizations are seeking to bring down the old pillars and build new ones. Here are the websites of a few of my favorites, organized by their focus on specific pillars:267

Regime Change Organizations on Corporations and the Economy

NATIONAL LABOR COMMITTEE www.nlc.net.org

CENTER FOR STUDY OF RESPONSIVE LAW www.essential.org

PROGRAM ON CORPORATIONS, LAW, AND DEMOCRACY www.poclad.org

GLOBAL TRADE WATCH www.tradewatch.org

GLOBAL EXCHANGE www.globalexchange.org

FIFTY YEARS IS ENOUGH www.50years.org

Regime Change Organizations on Politics and New Democracy

TOMPAINE.COM www.tompaine.org

PUBLIC CITIZEN www.citizen.org

COMMON CAUSE www.commoncause.org

MOVEON.ORG www.moveon.org

ALLIANCE FOR DEMOCRACY www.thealliancefordemocracy.org

CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE www.ourfuture.org

RECLAIM DEMOCRACY www.reclaimdemocracy.org

Regime Change Organizations on Social Security and Social Justice

JOBS WITH JUSTICE www.jwj.org

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15. We Are the Only Alternative

Mary Beth Rogers University of North Texas Press PDF

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We Are the Only Alternative

San Antonio, 1986

"Most people have come into our communities to destroy them ... the Klan ... the dope dealers ... the developers ....

The people have looked to their ministers to defend and protect them."}

The speaker is the Reverend Nehemiah Davis, the distinguished black pastor of the Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in

Fort Worth. The setting is the modern new Catholic chancery of the archdiocese of San Antonio. The audience is a group of about 60 Catholic priests, Protestant ministers, and Texas community leaders from eight Texas Industrial Areas Foundation organizations who are meeting to get to know each other better and determine how they can exert statewide influence as a network. Some of them have driven 13 hours from EI Paso to be at the meeting, and several of the EI Paso representatives speak no English. So the low rumble of simultaneous translation from English to Spanish accompanies the dialogue, which is about power and how to solidify it locally and leverage it statewide.

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