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Name: Vibishana
Race: Rakshasa
Age: 300 (looks 30)
Gender: male
Position: magic teacher

Personality: Vibishana is very even-tempered and coolheaded. He
projects a dignity that is slightly bourgoisie. He is happy to
have so many bright students to carry on the legacy
Weapon: his natural weapons, enormous sharp claws and teeth;
the rakshasa tradition of archery was taught to him from the age
he learned to play hopscotch, he has a soulbound magic bow
that appears when he says the magic word.

Powers: Shape-shifting, celerity, prismatic magic, magic movie

Bio: Vibishana is a rakshasa, which is an ancient race of
blood-thirsty cat demons from the land of Lanka. When he was 12
he chose to leave his jungle home to earn an education to the
mainland. He often entertains at parties with his magic light
shows and teaches class with his magic movie spell. His immensity
forces him to duck under doorways all over campus. His favorite
form for shapeshifting is a lion, one of his two natural forms
beside the upright humanoid form he goes about his daily routine

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Name: Vibishana
Age: 300
Gender: Male
Student or Teacher: Teacher
School Year: Masters Degree in Cosmology from Sacred Forest Polytechnic Institute, 120 years ago.
School House: Cross Academy, Room 205; Office in Magic Dept.
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Globalization is a trend toward unification of the world economies. Two pros discussed in the chapter are Transnational Advocacy Networks (TANs) and merchandise trade. Two cons are cultural amalgamation and the per capita gap. Communications and transportation have facilitated the advancement of globalization.

In the last 150 years the capacity and ease of communications and transportation have, to use an idiom, made the world a smaller place. In the early 19th century a message or package from Boston to Beijing (then known as Peking) would take many, many months. Keeping in mind there were no good harbors on the West Coast, the package would go by ship around the Tierra del Fuego. And then, across the Pacific and then north along Australasia and finally through the South China Sea and Sea of Japan. Today ordinary citizens fly and send packages likewise in a matter of hours and days. Communications are now facilitated by the internet and satellite communications with a latency of about 800 miliseconds to just about anywhere in the world. (Zhang, et. al, 1997)The shattering speed of these new technologies have created a framework for improved merchandise trade and Transnational Advocacy Networks.

Anyone can join a TAN on Facebook or begin a trade relationship with someone in the Czech Republic, for instances. Last night I was looking for a platform for my mobile app and I came across a company in the Czech Republic that already makes exactly what I need. I sent them an email about a liscensing arrangement. Likewise, I joined the Facebook group for Doctors Without Borders a week ago. It was the first I had heard about the free trade agreement between the EEC and India and how it was going to impact the prices of the AIDS medicine they ship to Africa. I shared the article with my friends.

This is an effect of the per-capita disparity of EDCs and LDCs. If the large multinational pharmaceutical corporations in Europe made their medicines more affordable (to LDCs especially,) then Doctors Without Borders would not be buying black-market drugs from India. These drugs are unaffordable in Africa to families who make dollars a day.

When I was in Mexico the poolboy at the hotel offered me $50 for the shirt off my back. I paid $30 for it out-of-season and he would have paid $100 for the same brand in the store. Cultural amalgamation is Tommy Hilfiger in Mexico. It is McWorld, as the text calls it.

External links

Satellite Communications in the Global Internet: Issues, Pitfalls, and Potential. Yongguang Zhang, Dante De Lucia, Bo Ryu, Son K. Dao. Hughes Research Laboratories, USA. Retrieved from

Today's World Governments

The two major types of government in the world today are authoritarian and democratic. Authoritarian governments typically view the population as subjects, whereas the democratic governments tend to view the population as citizens.

Communism is the most popular modern form of authoriatarian government. Modern examples are predominantly the Maoist states of East Asia: China, Myanmar and North Korea, et al. And also, the single-party states of Central Asia: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, et. al. The monarchical form of government is still common in middle eastern countries like Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. as well as the small independant city-states of Europe like Monaco and Leichtenstein.

All of the G-20 states are democracies, except for China and Saudi Arabia. China is evolving into a capitalist-communist composite state. (Hsu, 2007) Saudi Arabia is a monarchy. The remainder of the world's communist states nor of the Middle Eastern monarchies are not considered EDCs. The UAE could be considered an NIC.

External references

Hsu, Robert C. (October 1, 2007). The political economy of guidance planning in Post-Mao China. Review of World Economics.