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Two Moldovan women apply makeup before going out with friends.
Mimi Chakarova

The liberalization of the global economy has made it much easier to move goods and people from one location to another. But it also makes it much easier to engage in criminal practices as more and more substances and enterprises are banned.

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A report from a gay civil rights group says the city of Norman ranks higher than the national average for supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

The third annual report from the Human Rights Campaign ranks more than 350 cities nationwide, including four in Oklahoma — Broken Arrow, Norman, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa. The 2014 Municipal Equality Index rated cities based on 47 separate criteria under categories like non-discriminatory laws, relationship recognition, law enforcement, and employment policies.

Narendra Modi, who swept into power in May, used the country’s Independence Day to make some unprecedented public comments about sexual assault. He called on parents to treat their sons and daughters equally, and teach them the difference between right and wrong.

A fatal gang rape on a bus in Dehli in 2012 caused outrage in a country that has been inured to sexual violence against women. But the outrage sparked new and tougher prison terms for rapists, and Prime Minister Modi is trying to keep the progress on that issue moving.

Rebecca Cruise returns and guest-hosts while Suzette Grillot joins the program from Italy to talk about protests sweeping Brazil's largest cities, and the implications of the newly-elected moderate president for the future of a nuclear Iran.

University of California, Berkeley historian Daniel Sargent argues the 1970s were a pivotal decade on the global stage. He calls U.S. foreign policy immediately after the Cold War “uninspiring.”

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University of California, Berkeley historian Daniel Sargent says the 1970s were a turning point for American foreign policy.

“Prior to the '70s, the U.S. was very actively engaged in working to promote development and modernization within foreign countries in the developing world,” Sargent says. “And these efforts proved largely unsuccessful.”

Sargent says President Carter was the first, and last, president to make human rights a central policy issue. After Carter, the United States took a step back from actively promoting development and focused on maintaining an open system of international trade.