It’s election year in the US. The first primaries have been held in Iowa for the bid of the republican candidate who will contest President Obama in November this year. The winner there: Mitt Romney. For now.
Another Republican contestant, Newt Gingrich, who was in the lead before, declared the elections to turn “ugly”. What else is new? Read More
“You don’t change a country culture from outside” – Lawrence Harrison
“Why do diplomats at the UN from countries like Quawait, Egypt, Tchad, Sudan, Mocambique, Pakistan, Ethiopia and Syria collect hundreds of parking tickets in New York every year? And why do Swedish, Danish, Japanese, Israelian, Norwegian or Canadian diplomats never have parking tickets?” David Brooks wrote this in The New York Times, some time back.
He linked this behavior to corruption and the countries position on the “Transparency International”. Is it culture?
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.
It happens ever so often. A shooting by one individual in a public area. Schools have been in the news that way.
Recently it happened at an Amish School in Pennsylvania.
6 people are dead.
So why is there no better/stricter/tighter Gun Control in the USA?
It is mostly because of the powerful Gun lobby.
From a cultural standpoint this is to be explained using two of Hofstede´s cultural dimensions: Individualism and Masculinity. Respective scores of the USA: 91 & 62