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Law and the International Businessman

In this increasingly international world, many businesses are going global for new growth. Here to help guide us through the “legal minefields” of such a move is US-based consultant and foreign business expert Ed Marsh.

“Culture Games”

Have you ever thought about how terribly thin the line is between playing and fighting, between games and conflicts, between sports and battles? This blurry area was in part what inspired author Suzanne Collins to write The Hunger Games. In case you haven’t heard of it, the book has been adapted to film and is now showing at a theatre near you. The story raises the question, is this art imitating life, or life imitating art?

“Culture Games”

Have you ever thought about how terribly thin the line is between playing and fighting, between games and conflicts, between sports and battles? This blurry area was in part what inspired author Suzanne Collins to write The Hunger Games. In case you haven’t heard of it, the book has been adapted to film and is now showing at a theatre near you. The story raises the question, is this art imitating life, or life imitating art?

How to Obtain Residency in Asian Countries (Part 2)

Last week we introduced you to Michael G. Hines, an educator living in Bangkok. As Michael noted, teaching English in Asia is a great way to get one’s foot in the door, as nearly all the countries will issue a work visa. Then it becomes much easier to pursue residency. Today, Michael continues his tour of Southeast Asia as he covers the basic requirements needed to get residency in Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.

I Want a Pony for Christmas!

Entitlements are a dangerous thing for an economy and in today’s article, Jeff Thomas analyzes where such things come from and where they can lead.

How to Obtain Residency in Asian Countries (Part 1)

Many native speakers of English are considering a fulfilling career as language educators in Asia. This is not surprising at all, given the high demand for ESL/EFL (English as a Second Language/English as a Foreign Language) teachers in the thriving economies of the region and the reeling job market at home. In fact, quite a number of people from the US, UK, Australia, and other English-speaking countries have already made the decision to leave their home nations and seek more satisfying careers elsewhere in Asia.

HYPERINFLATION – “I’ll wait and see how it goes before I make my move”

Though the definition of “inflation” may have changed over the years, there is no confusion as to what “hyperinflation” is. The question is: will hyperinflation occur within our lifetimes? If so, what might it look like? What will happen to our wealth in such a situation? The ever-insightful Jeff Thomas discusses the history, cause, and results of such a situation.

HYPERINFLATION – “I’ll wait and see how it goes before I make my move”

Though the definition of “inflation” may have changed over the years, there is no confusion as to what “hyperinflation” is. The question is: will hyperinflation occur within our lifetimes? If so, what might it look like? What will happen to our wealth in such a situation? The ever-insightful Jeff Thomas discusses the history, cause, and results of such a situation.

Creating a Better World, One Couch at a Time…

For all those who want to explore the world on a severely limited budget… There is a relatively new way to visit a country and get to know the culture through immersion – without having to spend money. It allows you to see more of a country than most tourists ever dream possible. It’s called “couchsurfing,” and correspondent Mark Svoboda is here to tell us more about it…

Creating a Better World, One Couch at a Time…

For all those who want to explore the world on a severely limited budget… There is a relatively new way to visit a country and get to know the culture through immersion – without having to spend money. It allows you to see more of a country than most tourists ever dream possible. It’s called “couchsurfing,” and correspondent Mark Svoboda is here to tell us more about it…

DUMB-OCRACY

A democracy seems a fair way for a group to come to a decision, but can there be times when the majority-rule is less than fair? Jeff Thomas offers his thought-provoking take on the subject…

Thoughts on Singapore

Singapore is widely considered a desirable expatriate location, but why? As the discussions on the IM Forum clearly show, there is great diversity among individuals regarding where they want to live and why. We can research the facts and figures of any given location to learn about its tangible features. But what about the intangibles – our awareness of a place and how it makes us feel? To research the intangibles, we rely on personal opinions and today we share those of Marwood Dent, a first-time contributor and resident of Singapore.

The Real Price of “Free” Online Services

In today’s ever-more “connected” and online world, people have flocked to “free” services such as Facebook, Twitter and the like. But at what cost? Kyle Gonzales explores the issue and reveals some startling facts about what really happens to your online data…

Framers of the American Constitution

The US Constitution is widely touted as one of the, if not the, greatest primary governing document the world has ever known. Enforcement of the Constitution’s ideals has fallen under hard times lately, but some want to refocus on them again. In this article, the always insightful Jeff Thomas reviews the background of the creation of the US Constitution and of those who were its authors.

On the Ground in Tanzania: Zanzibar

If you’re new to International Man, then allow me the pleasure of introducing you to Mark Svoboda, a Russian-born expat currently living in the US but planning to leave for a new destination sometime in 2012. As he travels the globe looking for his own Shangri-la, he takes us along – allowing us to share in his discoveries and informal opportunity spotting.

Your Online Privacy Plan

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that privacy, at least in much of the Western world, is pretty much dead. Every day seems to bring a new assault on this most basic of human rights – whether it be to do business and hold bank accounts in another country without government influence, to travel from one place to another without in-depth tracking or simply to surf the Internet without government, business, and/or criminals keeping tabs on everything we do.

By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them

With so many economic problems in the world, why is so much attention being paid to the Greek woes? Is there more to the Greek debt problem than is apparent on the surface? Jeff Thomas considers various possibilities and why we should pay attention.

Touching Down in Kilimanjaro

Last week we featured part 1 of native-Russian Mark Svoboda’s recent trip to Tanzania as he looks around for his next Shangri-la. We discovered that, in addition to its friendly people and their celebrity-like acceptance of foreigners, the Sub-Saharan African country seems poised for a big economic boom. Today Mark continues with his “on the ground” notes as he touches down in Kilimanjaro…

Breaking Down the Language Barrier

Relocating to a foreign country may entail myriad challenges. Sometimes, one of the biggest barriers is language. Because many people around the world speak English (and business is often conducted in English), learning to speak a foreign language may seem unnecessary or irrelevant. Any excuse to avoid the struggle of memorizing irregular verbs will do. If, however, you want to be a participant and not just an observer of life in your new home and if it is important to you to feel at ease among the citizens of your adopted country, then it is essential that you be able to communicate with them in their language.

How to Avoid Diversification Disappointment

There are many things to consider when one decides to internationalize. There will be some give-and-take, and we probably won’t find everything that we want in any one location. However, with some forethought and imagination, we can find a place that will suit us fairly well. Jeff Thomas discusses a few of these considerations and how to avoid being disappointed.

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