Shawn

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Name: Shawn Smallman
Date registered: December 16, 2010
URL: http://introglobal.wpengine.com/

Latest posts

  1. Remembering Colonialism’s Horrors — September 15, 2017
  2. The costs of drugs — September 15, 2017
  3. Trump’s Image in China — August 28, 2017
  4. Typhoons and Hurricanes — August 25, 2017
  5. The Value of Lectures — August 15, 2017

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Sep 15

Remembering Colonialism’s Horrors

The human costs of colonialism were staggering. Slavery was integral to the political economy of imperial powers from the 16th to 19th century, because of the huge profits that it generated. At times France received more wealth from slave production on the small colony of Haiti than from any other of its colonies, including New …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2017/09/remembering-colonialisms-horror/

Sep 15

The costs of drugs

Marijuana is being legalized in the United States and globally far more quickly than almost any observer could have anticipated. Canada will legalize marijuana nationally in 2018. Given the horrific violence associated with the drug war in Mexico, such steps will reduce the power of organized crime. As early as 2014 the price for Mexican marijuana …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2017/09/global-warming-and-marijuana/

Aug 28

Trump’s Image in China

I’ve just returned from Hong Kong, where I’ve been doing fieldwork around public policy and avian influenza. I recently came across this mural, which is on the Xiu Ping Commercial Building at 104 Jervois Street. The mural shows a long line of people waiting for food at a restaurant or food stall. A smiling man …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2017/08/trumps-image-in-china/

Aug 25

Typhoons and Hurricanes

Like everyone else, I’m watching the news as Hurricane Harvey reaches category four intensity tonight. It will reach the coast of Texas around midnight, August 25th. My thoughts are with everyone in the affected region. I also hope that people are paying much closer attention to the news than I was when Typhoon Hato reached …

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Aug 15

The Value of Lectures

I’m writing this post for my teaching colleagues. One of the things that I have loved about moving to entirely online teaching was that it has encouraged me to thinking deeply about pedagogy. Over the last two years I have become a passionate advocate of the negotiated syllabus and universal design, which I have incorporated …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2017/08/lectures/

Aug 04

A very expensive poison, a book review

Luke Harding’s, A Very Expensive Poison, describes how Russian security services murdered dissident Alexander Litivenko in 2006. While the study of the assassination itself is detailed, riveting, and depressing, the true horror is the picture that the book paints of the Russian state. According to Harding’s detailed and well-sourced account, Russia’s senior leaders -including Vladimir Putin …

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Aug 01

Afghanistan and despair

I love the War College podcasts, which consist of outstanding interviews with key thinkers in the area of security. If you want to understand the current state of affairs in Afghanistan, I highly recommend their podcast, “The Case for Leaving Afghanistan,” which showcases the thoughts of journalist Douglas Wissing. Spoiler alert: the picture is not …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2017/08/afghanistan-and-despair/

Jul 28

Sea level, hurricanes and Tampa

My parents lived in Florida for six months a year over nearly twenty-five years, and other family members have lived there for longer, so it’s a state that I love. I think that the West Coast is a particularly beautiful place, where you can kayak through a river with alligators in the morning, before finishing …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2017/07/sea-level-hurricanes-and-tampa/

Jul 18

Venezuela and Zimbabwe

Last weekend 7.6 million Venezuelans voted to reject a new Constituent Assembly called for by President Nicolas Maduro. Desperate to prevent the Assembly from taking place, the opposition’s leadership have also called for a mass strike this Thursday, and may appoint their own Supreme Court. The Venezuelan military is deeply tied to the current regime …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2017/07/venezuela-and-zimbabwe/

Jul 15

Devil’s Breath: the video evidence

This spring I taught a class on the Global Drug Trade, and one of the students in the class shared a Vice News video with the class regarding a drug called Devil’s Breath. Please be warned that this video contains disturbing content, including discussion of rape and violence, as well as profanity. It is also an …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2017/07/devils-breath-and-colombia/

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