Who's grabbing land?; Afghan women rise up; will corporate social responsibility survive the crisis?; China's global moment; the story of ‘oh dear-ism’ and I'm speaking in Dublin tonight: links I liked

Dani Rodrik takes the long view and asks if it actually matters whether globalization is in retreat Global Dashboard provides a helpful map of the current spate of land grabs in which wealthy countries ensure their food security by buying up large chunks of poor ones. ‘Afghanistan’s women find their voice’, according to the Guardian, taking to the streets in the biggest women’s rights protest since the 1970 over new legislation that appears to legalize marital rape. Michael Skapinker in the Financial Times reckons corporate social responsibility is recession-proof Martin Jacques in the Guardian summarizes the evidence that China has shifted up diplomatic gears from mouse to dragon in the current crisis. If anyone in Dublin wants to talk about From Poverty to Power, I’m speaking there tonight. Details here And finally, extraordinary satire from Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe on UK TV: the story of ‘oh dear-ism’ – the dumbing down of media analysis of world events into ‘innocent victims v bad leaders’. Conclusion? ‘It’s like living in the mind of a depressed hippy.’ (h/t Global Dashboard)]]>

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