Age of Global Migration Disrupts, Stabilizes Politics and Cultures Worldwide

Of the world's 7.7 billion people, half a billion, or more than 500 million people are either global migrants or are supported financially by them through remittances. Labor has shifted dramatically since year 2000 -- the numbers moving from one country to another  have doubled. “Were these half billion or so people to form their... 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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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 →

Are Globalization, Climate Change, Technology, China’s Rise Pushing the World Toward Authoritarianism?

Critics of globalization on the right and left fear that it is creating dystopian societies: migrants, in unprecedented waves, forced to leave their homes and their loved ones to find sustainable work abroad, without the rights of citizenship or of collective bargaining; natives in the bottom 70 percent of society who struggle economically, are poorly... Continue Reading →

When Working Abroad Challenges Values

Sooner or later while working abroad, your values are likely to be challenged. If the salary is good, helping to build a next egg and financial security for you and your family, you may face a quandary. Keep quiet, do what's expected, accept what might be unprofessional or abusive treatment, or ask questions, challenge the... Continue Reading →

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