Lost Cause: Trying to Teach Democratic Values Abroad in an Anti-Democratic Era

Many of my Middle Eastern students up until 2016 expressed admiration for American democracy, the country's emphasis on human rights, the civil rights movement and leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. Turkey long considered itself a democracy, students said, modeled after the US. The Constitution of the United Arab Emirates, written in 1971, stated that the... 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 →

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 →

Laborers, Indentured Servants, Run-aways, Modern-Day Slaves, Abused Workers Are All Too Common in Era of Globalization

An ongoing campaign by CNN, since 2011, estimates that 40 million people are victims of modern-day slavery, including human trafficking, forced labor, abuse of wage and hour laws, debt bondage, domestic servitude, commercial sexual exploitation, child labor, forced marriage, child soldiers, and forced sex acts for money,   (See the CNN report, "What Is Modern... Continue Reading →

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