After Pandemic, How Will Globalization Change?

The travel industry has clearly been decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The NYT examines how the industry will change.  The BBC asks if the coronavirus will reverse globalization? Clearly, Americans' views of China are more negative. The US needs to rethink global supply chains "to snatch critical power away from China," writes Aaron Friedberg in... Continue Reading →

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Living Abroad As Fairy Tales, Comedies, Tragedies

Living abroad, life seemed so much more dramatic and starker than in my home country. At first, our time abroad seemed like a fairy tale. My family and I escaped the restrictions of life in our native land, the US, during the Great Recession. While our extended family and American friends, it seemed, were suffering... Continue Reading →

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Experiencing a Foreign Country Is Like Time Travel

The popular novels and television series "Outlander," about a woman from the 20th century "falling through time" to 18th century Scotland, France, Jamaica and America reminded me of my own experience of travel, falling back into an exotic, enchanting land of deep history and culture, Turkey, where citizens revered the Ottoman Empire. And then, after two... Continue Reading →

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Travel As An Act of Religious and Political Bridge-Building

Before I traveled abroad, it was easy to disdain or ridicule religious differences and conflicts like the Jewish-Muslim-Orthodox-and-Evangelical-Christian conflict in Palestine, the Catholic-Protestant divide in Ireland or the Sunni-Shia conflict in Middle Eastern Islam. "Why can't they just get along?" I would grouse impatiently. America, on the surface at least, seems to be a very... Continue Reading →

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What Travel Does For You

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta, 14th century Muslim traveler. Learn more about him. (Hat tip, Charlotte McPherson.)

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Why Travel? Mark Twain Explained

-- Conclusion of "Innocents Abroad."  Following the path of Mark Twain, my sons and I cruised the Mediterranean, toured Southern Europe and the Middle East as 21st century innocents abroad. Click. -- Conclusion of "Innocents Abroad." 

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Thinking of Living and Working Abroad? Here’s Our Story, And Some Things to Consider

Aspiration. When American Economy Collapsed, We Found Jobs Abroad. Fantastic Alternative to Underemployment. Seeing the World and Somebody Else Pays. Intimidated By Saudi Stereotypes. Venturing Outside Comfort Zone. Know Your Limits. What Are You Running Away From? Jobs of Expat Friends. Can a Trailing Spouse and Children Find Happiness Abroad Too? Fear, Disorientation and Sheer... Continue Reading →

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US Foreign Service Officer Forced to Retire After Authoritarian Goons Stalked Her; Military Officer Smeared; Civil Service Politicized

US Foreign Service Officer Marie Yovanovitch has retired from the State Department after a 30+ year stellar career. She unintentionally got in the way of unethical people who worship power over principle at the top of the US government. They placed her under physical and electronic surveillance. She was stalked by authoritarian goons, "a  victim of... Continue Reading →

Academic Freedom In Danger Worldwide, Especially in China and Other Authoritarian Countries

Repressive governments are cracking down on colleges and universities in more than 60 countries, according to a report by Professor Kirsten Roberts Lyer and researcher Aran Suba for the International Center for Not-for-profit Law. They outlined ways in which educators, administrators, and students are losing freedoms: When colleges and universities lack institutional autonomy and face... Continue Reading →

Conspiracy Theories Spread Worldwide. What Can Be Done?

With the advent of social media, conspiracy theories spread like wild-fire. I'm generally not one to believe sinister and preposterous conspiracy theories about the New World Order, one-world government, the Illuminati, involving the Rockefellers, the Rothschilds, or George Soros. Especially theories tinged with racism and bigotry like economic anti-semitism, nativism, or isolationism.  In my experience and observation,... Continue Reading →

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