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Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Global Issues, Sixth Edition, is a debate style reader designed to introduce students to controversies in global policy. The readings, which represent the arguments of leading environmentalists, scientists, and policy makers, reflect opposing positions and have been selected for their liveliness and substance and because of their value in a debate framework.

For each issue the editor provides a concise introduction and postscript summary. The introduction sets the stage for the debate as it is argued in the "yes" and "no" readings. The postscript briefly reviews the opposing opinions and suggests additional readings on the controversial issue under discussion.

By requiring students to analyze contradictory positions and reach considered judgments, Taking Sides actively develops students' critical thinking skills. It is this development of critical thinking skills that is the ultimate purpose of each of the volumes in the widely acclaimed Taking sides Program.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780077381929
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 7/21/2010
  • Series: Taking Sides Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Correlation Guide xix

Introduction xxi

Unit 1 Global Population 1

Issue 1 Are Declining Growth Rates Rather Than Rapid Population Growth Today's Major Global Population Problem? 2

Yes: from "Birth Dearth," Newsweek (September 27, 2004) Michael Meyer 4

No: from "The Population Story...So Far," World Watch Magazine (September/ October 2004) Danielle Nierenberg Mia MacDonald 10

Issue 2 Should the International Community Refocus on Programs to Help Developing Countries Curb Population Growth? 19

Yes: from "The Population Challenge: Key to Global Survival," The 21st Century Papers (The Population Institute, 2007) Terry M. Redding 21

No: from "McNamara's Folly: Bankrolling Family Planning," PSI Review (March-April 2003) Steven W. Mosher 34

Issue 3 Is Global Aging in the Developed World a Major Problem? 53

Yes: from "Global Aging," Business Week (January 31, 2005) Pete Engardio Carol Matlack 55

No: Rand Corporation, from "Population Implosion?" Research Brief, Rand Europe (2005) 62

Issue 4 Does Global Urbanization Lead Primarily to Undesirable Consequences? 69

Yes: from "Today's 'Mega-Cities' Are Overcrowded and Environmentally Stressed," emagazine.com (September/October 2005) Divya Abhat Shauna Dineen Tamsyn Jones Jim Motavilli Rebecca Sanborn Kate Slomkowski 71

No: UNFPA, from UNFPA State of the World 2007: Unleashing the Potential of Urban Growth (2007) 80

Unit 2 Global Resources and the Environment 95

Issue 5 Do Environmentalists Overstate Their Case? 96

Yes: from "Debunking Green Myths," Reason (February 2002) Ronald Bailey 98

No: from "Skeptical of the Skeptical Environmentalist," Skeptic(vol. 9, no. 2, 2002) David Pimentel 102

Issue 6 Should the World Continue to Rely on Oil as the Major Source of Energy? 111

Yes: from "The World Has Plenty of Oil," Wall Street Journal (March 4, 2008) Nansen G. Saleri 113

No: from "Is World Oil Peaking?" Earth Policy Institute (November 15, 2007) Lester R. Brown 116

Issue 7 Will the World Be Able to Feed Itself in the Foreseeable Future? 121

Yes: from "Global Food Crisis: Hunger Plagues Haiti and the World," Global Research (April 21, 2008) Stephen Lendman 123

No: from "The Last Bite: Is the World's Food System Collapsing?" The New Yorker (May 19, 2008) Bee Wilson 131

Issue 8 Is the Threat of Global Warming Real? 141

Yes: from "State of the Science: Beyond the Worst Case Climate Change Scenario," Scientific American (November 26, 2007) David Biello 143

No: from "No Global Warming," Environment News, The Heartland Institute (August 2006) Richard S. Lindzen 147

Issue 9 Is the Threat of a Global Water Shortage Real? 155

Yes: from "Is Water Becoming 'the New Oil'?" Christian Science Monitor (May 29, 2008) Mark Clayton 157

No: from The Skeptical Environment: Measuring the Real State of the World (Cambridge University Press, 2001) Bjorn Lomborg 161

Unit 3 Expanding Global Forces and Movements 175

Issue 10 Can the Global Community "Win" the Drug War? 176

Yes: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, from "2007 World Drug Report" (2007) 178

No: from "Drugs," Foreign Policy (September/ October 2007) Ethan Nadelmann 185

Issue 11 Is the International Community Adequately Prepared to Address Global Health Pandemics? 193

Yes: from "Responding to the Avian Influenza Pandemic Threat," World Health Organization (2005) Global Influenza Programme 195

No: from "A Primer for Pandemics," Global Envision globalenvision.org (March 2006) H.T. Goranson 208

Issue 12 Do Adequate Strategies Exist to Combat Human Trafficking? 213

Yes: from "Beyond a Snapshot: Preventing Human Trafficking in the Global Economy," Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies (Winter 2006) Janie Chuang 215

No: 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) Dina Francesca Haynes 238

Issue 13 Is Globalization a Positive Development for the World Community? 257

Yes: from "Why Globalization Is Good," Forbes (April 16, 2007) Robyn Meredith Suzanne Hoppough 259

No: from "How Globalization Went Bad," Foreign Policy (January/February 2007) Steven Weber Naazneen Barma Matthew Kroenig Ely Ratner 263

Issue 14 Is the World a Victim of American Cultural Imperialism? 272

Yes: from "Americanization or Globalization," Global Envision (October 2, 2006) Allan Brian Ssenyonga 274

No: from "Some Countries Remain Resistant to American Culture Exports," The New York Times (February 22, 2007) Tyler Cowen 279

Issue 15 Is the Global Economic Crisis a Failure of Capitalism? 282

Yes: from "Global Financial Crisis Shows Inherent Instability of Capitalism," The Tokyo Foundation, (December 8, 2008) Katsuhito Iwai 284

No: from "Coming Soon: Capitalism 3.0," The Taipei Times (February 11, 2009) Dani Rodrik 288

Unit 4 The New Global Security Dilemma 293

Issue 16 Are We in a New Cold War? 294

Yes: from "The New American Cold War," The Nation (June 8, 2007) Stephen F. Cohen 296

No: from "The Myth of the New Cold War," Prospect Magazine (April, 2008) Stephen Kotkin 310

Issue 17 Are We Headed Toward a Nuclear 9/11? 321

Yes: from "Terrorists Can Think Strategically: Lessons Learned from the Mumbai Attacks," Rand Corporation (January 2009) Brian Michael Jenkins 323

No: from "Time to Bury a Dangerous Legacy-Part I," Yale Global Online (March 14, 2008) Graham Allison 327

Issue 18 Is Religious and Cultural Extremism a Global Security Threat? 331

Yes: from "Global Security in the Age of Religious Extremism," Prism (August 2006) Hussein Solomon 333

No: from "Testimony Before the House Armed Services Committee: Between Terrorism and Religious Extremism" (November 3, 2005) Shibley Telhami 342

Issue 19 Is a Nuclear Iran a Global Security Threat? 347

Yes: U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Subcommittee on Intelligence Policy from "Recognizing Iran as a Strategic Threat: An Intelligence Challenge for the United States" (August 23, 2006) 349

No: Office of Director of National Intelligence, from "Iran: Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities," National Intelligence Estimate (November 2007) 373

Issue 20 Will China Be the Next Superpower? 382

Yes: from "Can China Really Become the Next Superpower?" China Policy Institute (April 2007) Shujie Yao 384

No: from "China, India Superpower? Not So Fast!" YaleGlobal Online (October 25, 2005) Pranab Bardhan 389

Contributors 394

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    helpful critical thinking tool

    I use this book in the high school academic writing class I teach. Every week we read a chapter, discuss it, and I have them form their own opinion on the issue and write an essay in defense of their position. My work is made tremendously easier by having balanced selections of articles, together with references for additional research, made in advance. More charts and graphs would be helpful--the format is a bit dry for high school students. But this book has definitely given my students material with which to hone their critical thinking skills.

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