The deceptive promise of free trade The History of Earth - Full Documentary 1 month ago   42:26

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Global trade is a hot topic of the G7 summit in Canada. Is free trade truly free - and fair? What roles do US President Trump, economic powerhouse China, and the EU play in global trade?

When it comes to global trade, it would seem that trickery, threats and deception are the order of the day - yet all this takes place largely beyond the reach of the public eye. Donald Trump has made "America First” his agenda and rallying cry. Along with aiming sharp criticism at global export champion Germany, Trump has also introduced punitive tariffs and warned of further measures. Will this fresh wave of protectionism lead to economic isolationism and threaten global free trade? And what about those for whom free trade’s promise of prosperity increasingly rings hollow? Around the world, many people have come to regard themselves as the losers of globalization. If the true winners of free trade and globalization are not ordinary citizens, has the time come to revise the liberal orthodoxy of free trade? This documentary visits Germany, Switzerland, the United States and Cameroon to explore these issues by way of some everyday examples, including the trade in onions, floor tiles, and bicycles.

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Eric Lee
I'm suspiciously interested in where funding for this documentary came from. Hmm.... Not saying I totally disagree with the point though. But let me conjecture this (internationally): First, nationalism, then trade protection, which will lead to war.
Choy Sum
Tariffs are like grading on a curve because the American students are too dumb to keep up.
Africa: We need money boohoo. Europe: Okay, here you go, use them well... Africa: Thanks mate, you don’t want them back at some point? Europe: No, but now our citizens who paid you, really don’t think you used them well, so we had to change some things, so they could get there money back... Africa: boohoo again. - Financial aid to Africa has always been a wast of time and money. It lake giving coffee money to a junky.
Gaurav Dudi
Losers @ 19:00
Gaurav Dudi
At this point one can not ignore China, it's has to be dealed with
Wodan Ymir
Zero sum games Folks! Zero sum games!
Meso Anto
How can global trade be right for a country like America when it have 500 billion dollars in trade deficit??
China and Germany are the top beneficiaries in global trade!
I do t see nothing wrong with protection of your local manufacturers. It’s the right thing to do or Chinese cancer will take over the world
Jay Dillon
Slave labor is so cheap and productive !! And now the moslems are actually buying and selling black slaves again, or maybe we just found out about it happening and it's been going on all along. SLAVERY IS THE NEW FREEDOM. GEORGE ORWELL'S NIGHTMARE COME TRUE.
DW documentary don't talk about taking white Farmers land without compensation. This guy who's with their bread world she must be steak and lobster cuz he's pretty fat
trader boi
the video talks about the wealthy countries. what about poorer countries try to develop manufacturing. the rich countries will stay rich and the poor ones will continue to be poor. the new order, same as the old order. SAD!
People from other countries need to understand this mechanism before making a judgement:
German media is on a venture against german industry, and all efforts are made to project it in a negative light. The people who decide to study and work in media are mostly (mind-) children of a late 70s ideology where industry, particularly technology (and even science, if it benefits industrialisation) are bad. An utopian phantasy, where we all live on a farm and eat homegrown potatoes. The funny thing is that now these SJWs actually meet on the end of anti-development with nationalists and other forms of backwards ideologies that have romantic ideas about "the simple life". And so it happens that left-wing german media actually presents Trump views as recommendations.

But don't be fooled. A big part of germanys economic power are acutally good quality products. And people who don't watch too much hippie media will continue to dirve technology forward and make them.
Michael Olson
This video makes a good point that unfair trade can be the related cost of employing a worker, i.e. the cost of training/education, employee benefits, government safety and environment oversight. If you take away these costs related to labor what is left is the pure net cost of labor once adjusted for cost of living differences. It is this adjust net cost which gives us the pure cost of labor. Here is a link to a cost of living difference between East Coast and West Coast in the United States: These tariffs should circle back to a emerging county in the form of aid through organizations that put these types of benefits in place for the works of that country. The money should not do to the country charging the tariff except for the cost associated with tracking and verifying like they are doing in this video. This way a charity can step in supply benefits back to the works in the related industry since the business and/or country will not. This is how we take care of the World and make it a level playing field for all. This is how I think import tariffs are best used. This way all involved get taken care of in one way or another for their contribution to society. It also, force companies to make it work in their country of origin because if they level and sell back just to source cheap labor the tariff will go back to the country they are getting the cheap labor in to give the benefits that they did not or will not give to the works through third parties such as charities. Also, it would be a end to the human commodity game and force companies to compete like in sports by getting better, the right way to win!:) Not selling the people down the road creating Global issues. Just a thought on fair trade and the use of tariffs to get there. Remember this money is also use to develop the governmental systems above as well. So 1st World works with 2nd, 3rd and 4th World countries helping them get to first World standard in treatment of the human worker. That should be the goal! As they bring these systems online the Charity can convert to a for profit insurance or benefit company. This means as the country confirms the charity slowly converts with it to now employ these people in the charity in the for profit version of the charity doing the same thing it was doing as a charity. These means a charity turns into a long run sustainable business and all the charity funders can become equity shareholders giving them their money back and future profit for their good heart gesture and sacrifice of a little of today for an even brighter tomorrow for everyone. This is a win, win, win, and win! :) Just a thought on how to make the World a better place! :)
jaw hdi
Good job Dw as always
i put Made in USA on all my fаке prоducts
David Clegg
Why is everything made in China on all items and the EU says trading in europe,go Brexit.
I really like allot of the comments here some very well put together and informed on how the world really works DW did good job on this documentary the BBC wouldn't do anything like this they'd do what they usually do blame the victims. Many of these comments sound too sensible to be from British or Americans with their predilection for narrowing everything down to race I don't know what's going to change this situation. Rest assured the British and Americans will find a way to blame this one Russia too.
Matt Faraday
Ah yes whatever it says on a Chinese label must be the truth... let's tax it at that rate. facepalm....
chris paul
20 minutes , the great depression was about restricted money supply .. google it
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The History of Earth - Full Documentary The deceptive promise of free trade 1 month ago   1:31:52

n the very beginning of earth's history, this planet was a giant, red hot, roiling, boiling sea of molten rock - a magma ocean. The heat had been generated by the repeated high speed collisions of much smaller bodies of space rocks that continually clumped together as they collided to form this planet. As the collisions tapered off the earth began to cool, forming a thin crust on its surface. As the cooling continued, water vapor began to escape and condense in the earth's early atmosphere. Clouds formed and storms raged, raining more and more water down on the primitive earth, cooling the surface further until it was flooded with water, forming the seas.

It is theorized that the true age of the earth is about 4.6 billion years old, formed at about the same time as the rest of our solar system. The oldest rocks geologists have been able to find are 3.9 billion years old. Using radiometric dating methods to determine the age of rocks means scientists have to rely on when the rock was initially formed (as in - when its internal minerals first cooled). In the infancy of our home planet the entire earth was molten rock - a magma ocean.

Since we can only measure as far back in time as we had solid rock on this planet, we are limited in how we can measure the real age of the earth. Due to the forces of plate tectonics, our planet is also a very dynamic one; new mountains forming, old ones wearing down, volcanoes melting and reshaping new crust. The continual changing and reshaping of the earth's surface that involves the melting down and reconstructing of old rock has pretty much eliminated most of the original rocks that came with earth when it was newly formed. So the age is a theoretical age.

When Did Life on Earth Begin?

Scientists are still trying to unravel one of the greatest mysteries of earth: When did "life" first appear and how did it happen? It is estimated that the first life forms on earth were primitive, one-celled creatures that appeared about 3 billion years ago. That's pretty much all there was for about the next two billion years. Then suddenly those single celled organisms began to evolve into multicellular organisms. Then an unprecedented profusion of life in incredibly complex forms began to fill the oceans. Some crawled from the seas and took residence on land, perhaps to escape predators in the ocean. A cascading chain of new and increasingly differentiated forms of life appeared all over the planet, only to be virtually annihilated by an unexplained mass extinction. It would be the first of several mass extinctions in Earth's history.

Scientists have been looking increasingly to space to explain these mass extinctions that have been happening almost like clockwork since the beginning of "living" time. Perhaps we've been getting periodically belted by more space rocks (ie. asteroids), or the collision of neutron stars happening too close for comfort? Each time a mass extinction occurred, life found a way to come back from the brink. Life has tenaciously clung to this small blue planet for the last three billion years. Scientists are finding new cues as to how life first began on earth in some really interesting places - the deep ocean.