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Predictions about the death of globalization were, in hindsight, grossly exaggerated. Recovery efforts took hold early compared to two other major economic crises of the past 100 years, suggesting global trade is much more resilient than anticipated. NASA/Unsplash

COVID-19 has shone a light on how globalization can tackle inequality

The outbreak of COVID-19 could be used as a building block in the future to reinforce international co-operation and strengthen the pillars of globalization.
TV and movies are one way we understand people and places we’ve never had direct contact with – and maybe never will. iStock / Getty Images Plus

Netflix’s big bet on foreign content and international viewers could upend the global mediascape – and change how people see the world

An Italian media scholar raised on American TV assesses Netflix's ambitious strategy to create original productions in Italy, Japan, Brazil and beyond – and distribute them globally.
Trump supporters face off against counterprotesters at the Million MAGA March in Washington on Nov. 14, 2020. Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Populism erupts when people feel disconnected and disrespected

Donald Trump has been a populist president. Understanding populism's roots in the US and elsewhere is essential for addressing its rise and threat to democracy.
Protesters take a knee during a demonstration calling for justice for the death of George Floyd and all victims of police brutality in Montréal on June 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Surviving the coronavirus requires escaping the status quo — together

Surviving COVID-19 means reconsidering what type of world we want to build and live in, together. We can no longer feign being a democracy that is not democratic.
‘The Meeting of Two Worlds,’ a sculpture at L'Anse aux Meadows, commemorates the meeting of Vikings and Native Americans around the year 1000. D. Gordon E. Robertson/Wikimedia Commons

Globalization really started 1,000 years ago

The allure of novel goods was so strong that it triggered 1,000 years of trade and interactions among people from different places, but there were limits on globalization then that no longer exist,
Protesters join a demonstration organized by teachers’ unions outside the Ontario Legislature, in Toronto, as four unions hold a province-wide education strike on Feb. 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Canada’s high schools are underfunded and turning to international tuition to help

After years of neoliberal policies eroding the tax base to pay for high schools, mandatory online learning curriculum from classrooms could be the next international money-maker.
A motorcyclist rides across a bridge in Wuhan, China, in January 2020. The city as banned most vehicle use downtown in an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Chinatopix via AP, File

Wuhan, the coronavirus and the world: Thinking beyond isolation

Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the 2019-nCoV outbreak, is now under lockdown. What does that mean for its 11 million citizens, and for the rest of the world?
A seafood counter is shown at a store in Toronto in 2018. A study that year found 61 per cent of seafood products tested at Montréal grocery stores and restaurants were mislabelled. Fish is a common victim of food fraud. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Fish, sausage, even honey: Food fraud is hidden in plain sight

Trust in our global food supply chains remains a concern. For the foreseeable future, much of Canada’s food fraud remains hidden in plain sight, sitting right there on our grocery store shelves.

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