Japanese Gift Giving Customs
In Japan, there are two gift exchange traditions. They are Ochugen and Oseibo. This article provide you with the information on Ochugen and Oseibo.September 16th, 1810 – The Day the Bell Rang for Independence
There’s a misconception that Cinco de Mayo is in celebration of Mexican Independence. In truth, Mexican Independence day is on the 16th of September. Here is a brief history of events outlining Mexico’s revolt against Spanish rule.Nation Building: The Difference Between Unity and Uniformity
In nation building, it requires patriotism to recognize the wide difference between the two related terms: unity and uniformity. In places where there are regions, religious differences, tribes, etc, it will take time to achieve progress if uniformity, and not unity, takes the centre stage.What Franchising Taught Me About International Diplomacy and Geo-Politics
Before retirement, I had franchised my company in many states in the United States and other countries as well. It was quite interesting to me that when you’re doing business with your customers, vendors, and partners in other countries you make friends quickly. Any preconceived notions that bother you about the culture, the structure of their society, or their government quickly become irrelevant.Foreign Correspondents Face Dangers – But Mostly Frustrations
In some countries, trying to dig out the news can be decidedly dangerous. In Arab countries in particular journalists are about as welcome as tsetse flies. They are whistled up when some official pronouncement has to be made. And swatted if they get out of line.A Trillion Dollar a Year Cartel – Wow, How Can I Get a Piece of That?
Most people don’t realize how damaging monopolies and cartels can be. It is quite serious in many industries – just take the oil industry for instance. Everyone around the world is held hostage by the OPEC cartel, and since OPEC has a valuable commodity that we need for our industrialized nation, we have no choice but to deal with it.Fascinated by Stalin: Heart Versus Brain
This article describes Stalin, and attitude of today’s Russians toward him. Stalin believed that the masses must be brutally manipulated and that punitive organs were essential tools for governing. Those “who are not with us are against us” was the slogan of the day. The class struggle, he wrote, intensifies after the victory of the revolution.Who Killed Stalin?
Stalin’s death remains a mystery. One thing is certain, his chief of secret police, Beria, and other close associates, came for a late dinner on February 28, 1953. They left the dacha at about 4 A.M and Stalin went to bed. That was only several hours before he was found on the floor, after a presumably unnatural stroke.Indians Can’t Say No – Fact or Fiction?
I just read an article on a famous Dutch IT news site (webwereld) about Indians not being able to say ‘no’. The article was based on an interview with another Dutch firm with an office in India. What strikes me is that my experience is opposite the general notion and even the experience of a competitor. The sample used in the article is a customer approaching a sales manager of the Indian company with an RFP. The Indian team makes an estimate and says the project will take 10 days. The customer asks whether they can do it in 6 days and the deal is made.Should We Allow China to Participate in the ISS Human Science Project?
It wasn’t more than a few years ago when the Chinese military shocked the world by shooting down one of their own satellites. Why would any nation shoot down one of their own satellites you ask? To prove to the world that they could is the legitimate answer.