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 →

UAE TV Series Shatters Stereotypes of Subservient Women

I was surprised to find this television series, "Justice," from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Netflix. It certainly shatters Western stereotypes of the subservient role of women in the Middle East. Story line:  An Emirati female named Farah, educated in a U.S. law school, returns to her hometown of Abu Dhabi to practice law.... 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 →

Trump Sides With Authoritarians in Middle East, Says He Doesn’t Care About Human Rights

Emboldened by US President Donald Trump, authoritarian leaders of the Mideast have cracked down on their perceived internal adversaries, with mass expulsions, arrests, deportations, media blackouts, shutdowns and even, in the case of Saudi Arabia, the murder of a journalist. In 2017, Middle Eastern countries cut off diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar, started saber-rattling... Continue Reading →

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