Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Global Issues / Edition 4

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Taking Sides volumes present current controversial issues in a debate-style format designed to stimulate student interest and develop critical thinking skills. Each issue is thoughtfully framed with an issue summary, an issue introduction, and a postscript or challenge questions. Taking Sides readers feature an annotated listing of selected World Wide Web sites. An online Instructor’s Resource Guide with testing material is available for each volume. Using Taking Sides in the Classroom is also an excellent instructor resource.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073527246
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 10/6/2006
  • Series: Taking Sides Ser.
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     v
Introduction     xvii
Global Population     1
Are Declining Growth Rates Rather Than Rapid Population Growth Today's Major Global Population Problem?     2
Yes: Michael Meyer, from "Birth Dearth," Newsweek (September 27, 2004)     4
No: Danielle Nierenberg and Mia MacDonald, from "The Population Story...So Far," World Watch Magazine (September/October 2004)     10
Should the International Community Attempt to Curb Population Growth in the Developing World?     18
Yes: Robert S. McNamara, from "The Population Explosion," The Futurist (November/December 1992)     20
No: Steven W. Mosher, from "McNamara's Folly: Bankrolling Family Planning," PRI Review (March/April 2003)     26
Is Global Aging in the Developed World a Major Problem?     43
Yes: The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), from Meeting the Challenge of Global Aging: A Report to World Leaders from the CSIS Commission on Global Aging (CSIS Press, 2002)     45
No: Rand Corporation, from "Population Implosion?" Research Brief, Rand Europe (2005)     50
Does Global Urbanization Lead Primarily to Undesirable Consequences?     56
Yes: Divya Abhat, Shauna Dineen, Tamsyn Jones, Jim Motavalli, Rebecca Sanborn, and Kate Slomkowski, from "Today's 'Mega-Cities' Are Overcrowded and Environmentally Stressed," http://www.emagazine.com (September/October2005)     58
No: Robert McDonald, from "A World of the City, by the City, for the City," ZNet/Activism, http://www.zmag.org (December 20, 2005)     67
Global Resources and the Environment     75
Do Environmentalists Overstate Their Case?     76
Yes: Ronald Bailey, from "Debunking Green Myths," Reason (February 2002)     78
No: David Pimentel, from "Skeptical of the Skeptical Environmentalist," Skeptic (vol. 9, no. 2, 2002)     81
Should the World Continue to Rely on Oil as a Major Source of Energy?     89
Yes: Red Cavaney, from "Global Oil Production about to Peak? A Recurring Myth," Worldwatch (January/ February 2006)     91
No: James Howard Kunstler, from The Long Emergency (Grove/ Atlantic, 2005)     95
Will the World Be Able to Feed Itself in the Foreseeable Future?     101
Yes: Sylvie Brunel, from The Geopolitics of Hunger, 2000-2001: Hunger and Power (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2001)     103
No: Janet Raloff, from "Global Food Trends," Science News Online (May 31, 2003)     109
Is the Threat of Global Warming Real?     114
Yes: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, from "Climate Change 2001: The Scientific Basis," A Report of Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2001)     116
No: Christopher Essex and Ross McKitrick, from Taken by Storm: The Troubled Science, Policy and Politics of Global Warming (Key Porter Books, 2002)     126
Is the Threat of a Global Water Shortage Real?     136
Yes: Mark W. Rosegrant, Ximing Cai, and Sarah A. Cline, from "Global Water Outlook to 2025: Averting an Impending Crisis," A Report of the International Food Policy Research Institute and the International Water Management Institute (September 2002)|p138
Expanding Global Forces and Movements     161
Can the Global Community "Win" the Drug War?     162
Yes: Federico Mayor in collaboration with Jerome Binde, from The World Ahead: Our Future in the Making (UNESCO, 2001)     164
No: Harry G. Levine, from "The Secret of Worldwide Drug Prohibition, "The Independent Review (Fall 2002)     175
Is the International Community Adequately Prepared to Address Global Health Pandemics?     185
Yes: Global Influenza Programme, from "Responding to the Avian Influenza Pandemic Threat," World Health Organization (2005)     187
No: H. T. Goranson, from "A Primer for Pandemics," Global Envision, http://www.globalenvision.org (2005)     200
Has the International Community Designed an Adequate Strategy to Address Human Trafficking?     205
Yes: Janie Chuang, from "Beyond a Snapshot: Preventing Human Trafficking in the Global Economy," Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies (Winter 2006)     207
No: Dina Francesca Haynes, from "Used, Abused, Arrested and Deported: Extending Immigration Benefits to Protect the Victims of Trafficking and to Secure the Prosecution of Traffickers," Human Rights Quarterly (vol. 26, no. 2, 2004)     229
Is Globalization a Positive Development for the World Community?     247
Yes: Johan Norberg, from "How Globalization Conquers Poverty," The Cato Institute (September 9, 2003)     249
No: J. Scott Tynes, from "Globalization Harms Developing Nations' Cultures," in Berna Miller and James D. Torr, eds.. Developing Nations (Greenhaven Press, 2003)     252
Is the World a Victim of American Cultural Imperialism?     260
Yes: George Monbiot, from "Thanks to Corporations Instead of Democracy We Get Baywatch," The Guardian (September 13, 2005)     262
No: Philippe Legrain, from "In Defense of Globalization," The International Economy (Summer 2003)     265
Do Global Financial Institutions and Multinational Corporations Exploit the Developing World?     271
Yes: The Global Exchange, from "The Top 10 Reasons to Oppose the IMF" (2005)     273
No: Hemining Larsen, from "The IMF's Views and Actions in Dealing with Its Poorest Member Countries," Introductory Remarks at World Council of Churches-World Bank-IMF Meeting (September 11, 2003)     277
The New Global Security Dilemma     285
Does Immigration Policy Affect Terrorism?     286
Yes: Mark Krikorian, from "Keeping Terror Out," The National Interest (Spring 2004)      288
No: Daniel T. Griswold, from "Don't Blame Immigrants for Terrorism," The Cato Institute (May 24, 2006)     296
Are We Headed Toward a Nuclear 9/11?     299
Yes: David Krieger, from "Is a Nuclear 9/11 in Our Future?" Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (October 6, 2003)     301
No: Graham Allison, from "Preventing Nuclear Terrorism," Los Angeles World Affairs Council (September 22, 2005)     303
Are Cultural and Ethnic Wars the Defining Dimensions of Twenty-First Century Conflict?     311
Yes: Samuel P. Huntington, from "The Clash of Civilizations?" Foreign Affairs (Summer 1993)     313
No: Wendell Bell, from "Humanity's Common Values: Seeking a Positive Future," The Futurist (September/October 2004)     329
Can Nuclear Proliferation Be Stopped?     337
Yes: Ira Straus, from "Reversing Proliferation," National Interest (Fall 2004)     339
No: Mirza Aslam Beg, from "Outside View: Nuclear Proliferators Can't Be Stopped," SpaceDaily.com (March 2005)     345
Has U.S. Hegemony Rendered the United Nations Irrelevant?     349
Yes: Tom DeWeese, from "The Time Is Now...The United Nations-Irrelevant and Dangerous," American Policy Center (March 28, 2003)     351
No: Shashi Tharoor, from "Is the United Nations Still Relevant?" Asia Society (June 14, 2004)     355
Contributors     364
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