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Politica: Debunk national mythologies

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Practica: Sharing work opportunities

http://blueskygis.blogspot.fr/2013/06/amber-rousses-quilled-map.html – Can you find Berzerkistan?     Many of you interculturalists, I suspect, like myself, regularly receive requests from other individual consultants or consulting/training organizations, that read something like this: "Can you do a training on Berzerkistan in June, or know anyone who can? Thanks, for your help and best wishes, Hermen R. Yermen, TrainNotPain Inc." Though I've read Doonesbury, I've never been to Berzerkistan, and know only a few phrases in Bezerkistani, and, though I would love to see the place, it would probably not be an assignment I should take on. However, chances are that through SIETAR,...

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Ramadan Mubarak

Ramadan - Poem by Mariam Khan Farah Abdulahi     Today is the day a brand new day A day for sharing, caring and reading qura'an As we fast all day We thank Allah We hope and pray that others who have less than us will stay strong We give what we can for the sake of Allah For sisters and brothers are crying and dying With drought and fighting all over the world May Allah be with you  This Ramadan 

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Politica: Travels with Oriana

John Steinbeck in his Travels with Charlie & A mural in Carthage, MS, photo by Oriana Schwindt     No, I haven’t forgotten about updating my perception and presentations about the USA, but I have been feeling increasingly inadequate for the task, given that I have only spent a couple of weeks there in the last 10 years. Like too many expats, since last elections I have been addicted to the newscasts, almost as if they were the soap operas that my mother and her girlfriends used to watch afternoon in the afternoon. Today I ran across this post, “I...

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Gender and Gamification: international academic collaboration

Information about gender and sexual identity can be a useful starting point for learning, but usually facts are not enough to set new behaviour into motion. Today it seems that, the more shocking the news of gender misbehaviour in high places, the more it seems to be digested by much of the public as a part of an old normal, politically weaponised, becoming a new normal. Not surprisingly, in many cultural and familial contexts people sidestep touchy subjects and avoid those whom they suspect strongly hold contrary opinions. Both discussing, as well as ignoring, this elephant in the room can...

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