It was my second trip to Guatemala. This time also work related.
My trip covered a period of 6 days in total. I had to work on Thursday & Friday, and Monday & Tuesday. Leaving the weekend in between to myself. I hadn’t made any plans yet, which turned out to be a good thing.
When my first two days of work were over on Friday afternoon, one of my Guatemalan collegua’s asked me what I was doing the weekend. “Nothing yet, have a couple of beers here and there, that’s it” was my reply.
“Why don’t you come with me, and I’ll take you to Lake Atitlan” he asked. I hadn’t planned anything, and wouldn’t mind the company, so I agreed to his proposal. “I’ll pick you up at 9 tomorrow morning (Saturday)”. Which was fine by me. Read More
Simple question to answer right? Although your answer will vary depending on your culture.
In Individualistic cultures (mainly Western Europe, North America, and Australia & New Zealand), the answer will be something like: “I’ll keep my distance“, or “I’ll leave them to them selves“. Read More
This writing is an attempt to explain, from a cultural point of view, why Democracy is not a World Universal “thing”.
Democratic elections in Pakistan, Russia, Afghanistan, Burma? The list is far from complete.
In the western world we seem to be obsessed by spreading our Democracy. We deploi peace missions and other diplomatic initiatives to spread our Western contemporary “religion“.
My point here is, that that will not work. Here’s why not.
At the time of this writing he has not yet resigned. Mr. Silvio Berlusconi.
And even if he would or does, it will not make any difference to the Italian situation. The situation of (government) corruption, the general chaos in the country and the overall debt Italy is currently in.
From a practical standpoint the reason is that there is very little “better” alternative. As a good Roman friend of mine once told me, when I asked him why (on earth) he voted for Berlusconi, his answer was quite frank and direct “it does not make a difference whom you vote for, all the other candidates are as corrupt as he is…”. Read More
Along the way to Beijing to attend the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony this past week, President Bush made a stop in Bangkok.
His purpose was to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the alliance between Thailand (Siam when the alliance was formed) and the United States.
In his Bangkok address, Bush paid allegiance to Thailand as a significant leader in Asia and applauded the Thai government for the restoration of democracy for its citizens as well as being one of the driving forces that has helped to transform post-WWII Asia into a thriving and dynamic region.