When Ignorance Is Not Bliss
I learned how ignorance is not bliss when I eavesdropped on a conversation between an American couple and a Norwegian during recent travel on a coach through Cambodia. You may have heard the old adage “Ignorance is Bliss when it is Folly to be Wise”? This ill thought out adage distracts and demeans the search for human understanding and we need be careful about what we automatically assume to be wise sayings.Iran And The Nuclear Bomb
The world is aware of nuclear related activities being carried out by the Islamic Republic of Iran. However, what it is not certain about is the direction of these activities. Are they purely for the purpose of generating energy, as the leaders of Iran claim, or are they directed towards constructing nuclear weapons?Freedom and the French-American Friendship
The Statue of Liberty, Normandy, Casablanca all speak of a friendship between France and America. Both countries value freedom highly.Tips for Expats Relocating to Bulgaria
It takes some time for freshly relocated expatriates to comfortably settle into the surroundings of their newly chosen home country. Let’s be honest – even in some of the biggest expat hubs, such as Dubai, Shanghai or Moscow, and even after some time spent acclimatizing, foreigners are still quite easy to spot.“I Know You Are, But What Am I?” – Closing the Cultural Gap
Conflicting values, mixed with impatience and a lack of understanding, are often at the root of discontent. Accusing the Chinese shopkeepers of being rude may appear reasonable until you learn their culture considers placing money directly in a customer’s hand a sign of disrespect. What needs to be changed; your assumption or their actions?Artist Usher Raymond’s New Look Foundation Continues to Grow After More Than a Decade of Service
Often is the case that when celebrities reach certain levels of success, they get involved in philanthropic initiatives or take the ultimate step by forming their own charitable organization. Following a successful breakthrough into the American R&B music genre in the 1990s, Usher Raymond IV (known simply as “Usher”) did just that, founding a non-profit organization by the name of New Look Foundation.First Government Overthrow, Then Chaos, and Next Legitimate Elections – How Does That Work?
It is rather interesting that the world media convinced US citizens that all of the turbulence, protests, riots, and “Days of Rage” in Egypt and Tunisia were all about democracy and power to the people. Unfortunately, what many people didn’t understand was that the utter chaos, anarchy, and problems that followed, and will continue into the future will be far worse for the citizens living in those countries. Right now, the populations of these countries are having a tough time feeding themselves, and their economic base has been destroyed.Oldest News Report Was Printed In Mexico City
The first ever news report was an eight-page booklet published in 1541 after a storm and earthquake devastated Guatemala. Although the printing press had been invented in Europe about a century earlier, in 1440, the field of journalism had yet to be invented.It’s Now Greek to All of Us – Market Draws Line in the Sand Around Greece
The market has drawn a proverbial line in the sand, and it runs along the Greek border. Investors have decided that the future of the free world lives and dies with Greece. The thinking is that if Greece defaults, it will have a Lehman type domino effect and not only bring down other weak nations like Portugal, Italy and Spain (those are the PIIGS you’ve probably heard about, add in Ireland and you see the acronym), but strong banks too. There is certainly reason to worry. They are right.Abu Mus’Ab Al-Suri’s Teachings on Fourth-Generation Warfare, Individual Jihad and Future of Al-Qaeda
The writings and teachings of Abu Mus’ab Al-Suri, who is one of Al-Qaeda’s most prominent ideologues and strategists. It laid the foundations for the current generation of followers of Al-Qaeda in the West who would be willing to engage in jihadi activities without leaving their home countries, and with little or no contact with the organization.