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Mirage – The Illusion of Global Economics

A few weeks ago, Miguel Franco, mayor of the Mexican town of Tepatitlan (about 60 miles NE from Guadalajara) gave, with the typical candor & honesty of those lands, his diagnosis about the financial crisis. More or less, he said the there is no such crisis, because more money is being made from business everyday “today there´s money & the day after the guys from the stock market say that is gone, who ate it? The money is still there and they’re not going to cheat us”.

Iraq – Governance, Past and Present

Iraq’s capital city of Baghdad is located on the Tigris River. With a population touching 7 million, it is the nation’s most important metropolis, and the one of the largest of its kind in southwest Asia. With its history dating back to the 8th century, when it was renowned as a hub of learning and knowledge, it was the home of the House of Wisdom created solely for Greek, Middle Persian, and Syriac works’ translations.

The Great Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933 and Why We Should Never Forget It

This article is about the great Ukrainian Famine in the early 1930’s which killed millions of poor Ukrainian farmers. We talk about the events leading up to it and the possible causes and what could have been done to stop it from ever happening.

The Challenges For Islamic Finance in Hong Kong

In the past I touched upon the challenges that Hong Kong’s government faces when trying to implement the required changes to establish a level playing field between traditional financial products and the alternatives presented by Islamic finance. This article looks at the experience in the UK and thus provides a useful example of the absolute potential and growth this financial services niche offers.

International Trade in the Midst of Global Financial Crisis

With the world in the grip of a deep recession and no clear way out, how have imports and exports been affected? How have those who rely on shipping trade been getting along? This article will explore some of these issues.

Is Teaching English As a Foreign Language Abroad Dangerous?

Is English Language Teaching Safe? With news of the suspicious deaths of several English as a Foreign Language teachers in various countries during the past few weeks, the question now arises: “Is teaching English as a foreign language abroad safe?” For those who want to work abroad, there are a variety of options. Teaching English as a Foreign Language is but one of these, although for native English language speakers with a TEFL certificate it can be a simple, yet profitable and rewarding one. Recently in the “ESL Daily” reports of the “suspicious” deaths of EFL teachers in Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, China and now Benin, have now rocked the TEFL ex-pat world. True, some countries and locations are well-known to be inherently more risky and dangerous than others. I certainly know first hand of what I speak. I live and teach English as a Foreign Language in Colombia.

Pathway to Peace?

Global Hosting Operating System, also known as G.ho.st, is a joint business venture between Israeli’s and Palestinians. Even though they can’t cross borders to meet they are working together even as the political conflict rages on. Could this be a model for peace in the region?

Like a Flowering Cactus

Israel exists as a nation with a rich history and contemporary significance due in no small part to her involvement in Biblical tradition and role in future events. Whichever direction one looks, forward, present day, or backward, Israel stands out like a flowering cactus in the scorching desert.

Shipping Containers Being Used to Build Homes in Costa Rica

In the United States, the importation of goods and services is nearly 60% higher than exportation. This influx of imported goods creates what is known as a trade deficit. America is buying so much merchandise from other countries, primarily China, and selling so little back to them that shipping containers are an impending waste disposal problem and a potential environmental hazard.

Why Are NRI’s Returning to India?

Non Resident Indians or NRI’s are making a comeback to their homeland. In recent times, the number of NRIs returning home is growing rapidly. The NRIs appear to be an attractive resource pool to many multinational companies in India. Indian companies in the US are wooing Indians in USA to take up job offers in their homeland. Many Indians in USA are realizing the need to be with their close family like their aged parents, brothers, sisters and other close family members.

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