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KEVIN STODA-has been blessed to have either traveled in or worked in nearly 100 countries on five continents over the past two and a half decades.--He sees himself as a peace educator and have been-- a promoter of good economic and social development--making-him an enemy of my homelands humongous DEFENSE SPENDING and its focus on using weapons to try and solve global issues.

"I am from Kansas so I also use the pseudonym 'Kansas' and 'alone' when I write and publish.- I-keep two blogs--one with BLOGGER and one with WORDPRESS.- My writings range from reviews to editorials or to travel observations.- I also make recommendations related to policy--having both a-strong background in teaching foreign languages and degrees in teaching in history and the social sciences.--As a Midwesterner, I also write on religion and living out ones faith whether it be as a Christian, Muslim or Buddhist perspective."

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Sustainable energy. Wednesday, June 29, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Another Modest Development Proposal for my Omani Friends: Renewable Energy In my college days in Kansas 4 decades ago, I studied a few courses related to international development and the courses often focused on concepts like sustainable development.The Sultan of Oman, i.e. in the country I have lived and taught in for the past 5 years, is currently suffering from a economic and development downturn.The problem is that, like my home state of Kansas, Oman has focused on austerity.Renewable Energy...

Saturday, June 25, 2016 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
To Oman from Kansas: Humble Solution for one Petroleum Overly Dependent Economy Oman went from one of the most underdeveloped nations in the 1970s to one of the more developed Arab nations in a period of about 30 years. It did so by over-relying on petroleum industry--as did all the other countries in the GCC. With the recent glut in the oil market, all petroleum countries are scrambling to create a sustainable economy. The problem is these lands have focused on austerity. (This part 1 of a series)

Garrotte Thursday, June 9, 2016 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Will Duterte Help Reform the Philippines or Will he be a Black Mark and Repeat Abuses of the Past? The garrote was the principal device used for capital punishment in Spain and the Philippines for one and a half centuries. Will the new President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, take the Philippines forward or will he join the long history of mediocre to bad presidents? He has promised to resign if he fails in 6 months? Can we hold him to that? In this book review of DEATH BY GARROTE, these issues are discussed.

Thursday, May 12, 2016 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Federal Solutions are in Semitic Tradition and Arabian Peninsular States Should Embrace Them The great federalist Daniel Elizar wrote, " The biblical grand design for humankind is federal in three ways: " It is based upon a network of covenants beginning with those between God and man, which weave the web of human, especially political, relationships in a federal way -- that is through pact, association and consent." Arab, Hebrew other cultures have historically embraced federalist solutions but not enough these days

Priest and activist Daniel Berrigan - Differences Activist Daniel Berrigan uses the Civil Rights movement as an example Wednesday, May 4, 2016 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Dan Berrigan: "How can people who are supposedly so wise, respond to realities in such a base or baseless manner?" Have you ever tried to debate with or simply lobby the powers that be? What was the response? Learn what always dumbfounded Daniel Berrigan--and me.

Korea_Pope_Francis_Haemi_Castle_15 Thursday, April 14, 2016 (14 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why Sanders and the Pope Mostly Get Along All and all, Sanders and the leaders of CST teaching of the Catholic church have a lot in common to think and talk about this weekend. I am looking forward to seeing what comes of the renewed Socialist-Catholic relationship in years to come.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Will Oman Ever Get Saudi Arabia (Kicking and Crying) out of its Yemeni Quagmire? As the USA continues to sell billions of dollars of military hardware and manpower training to the Saudi Kingdom, the nation of Oman sits perched to help the KSA get out of its quagmire in Yemen. However, isdom in Saudi Arabia is still lacking as bombings of Sana'a and other parts of Yemen continue to destroy the lives of thousands and millions

Monday, January 18, 2016 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Americans are ready for a surcharge on fuels to be used for making the economy more sustainable In order to transform the country's economy into a more sustainable one, citizens and expats are welcoming a 20 to 25 % price rise in fuels this week. Meanwhile, Americans are asking for a transformation to a more sustainable political-social economy. Polls show it.

Sunday, December 13, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
U2: THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY--Does it Fill Me in? i.e. As I work and Spin Around the Globe as they have done? Should a biography of anyone really try to call itself definitive? Is even attempting to write a biography on U2 something doable?

Hunger of Memory Wednesday, October 14, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Hunger of Memory--Nearly a Quarter Century Later It has been over a quarter of a century since Richard Rodriguez hit the national stage in American imagery and media. Has he been a positive or negative force in the modern era of multiculturalism? I think so--even though Rodriguez has been anti-affirmative action, anti-bilingual education, and been anti-chicano.

Is Mother Teresa and our youth. "Be happy in the moment, that's enough Wednesday, September 23, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Children's Books, Inspiration, Biographies of Faith: Example of Mother Teresa: Missionary of Charity Christopher Hitchens called her a fraud. Many catholics around the world call her a saint. But is Mother Teresa a good read for our youth? Let's look at this book through the eyes of children readers.

Thursday, September 17, 2015 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Tories and Immigration: "Is Cameron in the minority on the issue of Immigration?" Spectator wrote, "In theory, the Conservative party should be the natural home of new voters who are ambitious, entrepreneurial, hard-working and family-orientated. The immigrant vote--to the extent it can be considered a coherent block at all--ought to be fertile Tory territory. By and large, these are families who have moved to Britain to get ahead and to avail themselves of what Michael Howard called 'the British dream'."

Jim Morrison Monday, September 14, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Jim Morrison, the Beat Poet?, and a Revolving Door Upbringing The whole world would have looked like a Revolving Door to Jim Morrison after visiting just a dozen schools--but he had to move to nearly two dozen. In those cold war days, if you were an American kid, like Jim Morrison, you'd have had to become (or develop) a new person/person in every place you arrived at, i.e. if you didn't wish to be quashed by the authorities pigeonholing you.

Edward Snowden Friday, September 11, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Book Review: Two Years On-- Review of The Snowden Files--and Media Oversight still Needed Luke Harding presents a fine introduction and overview to the Snowden Files and what they have meant to all of us--any where on the globe. He also turns his attention particularly to the UK and how the lack of constitutional restraints on secret services are more out of hand than in the USA.

Thursday, September 10, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Don Mosley's book, Faith Beyond Borders, Calls Us to Act Since the 1990s, Mosley and his Jubilee Partners have been speaking to Christian churches every where.M says "I long for the day when every church congregation in the United States that claims to follow Jesus clamors to have the privilege of sponsoring at least one of these refugee families! The churches themselves would be tremendously blessed, and the suffering in those 'warehouse' camps would be drastically reduced, What i

The 'Decisive Storm' Coalition Wednesday, July 1, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The View From Yemen's War From Across the Border Are you still having a sense of media black out on the war in Yemen? Here is the view from the corner of Oman which borders Yemen.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 (16 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Obama is Going Back to Basically Sound Political Science & Should Veto and Carry Out Executive Orders! Game theory is the study of strategic decision making. Specifically, it is "the study of mathematical models of conflict and cooperation between intelligent rational decision-makers." By failing to use veto power and executive orders properly both the Clinton and W. Bush did much less in their second terms of office than they could have. Only by using vetoes and executive orders more often can a president be effective.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (11 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
OMAN & ITS SPECIAL HISTORY: Retrospect, Present, & Future? How has Oman managed to mostly stay out of the Middle East debacles in Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Iraq and Syria while its neighbors, like Saudi Arabia and the UAE (along with Yemen) have been engulfed in fighting and in financing civil wars? Let's review the history and see if peacemakers can learn from the Oman story, which in the 1950s and 1960s saw jihadis from Saudi+Maoist and Soviet insurgencies+ other fighters here.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
In your opinion, what are possible reasons behind reduction in oil price? Oil price has declined. It has impact on overall price level. It is believed that the general inflation rate throughout the world is likely to fall only a little bit due to reduction of oil prices. What are your views on this issue?

Sunday, April 12, 2015 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
What's it like living next door to War-Torn Yemen? (Part 3): More on Empathy & Reflections What does American national religion have to do with what America represents or abroad? If you are not American, what kind of national religion did you grow up in or were you programmed with? What about Christianity? what other religion holds sway? What ideology? What theology? What is the way to live now and when the warring is done?

Friday, April 10, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
What's it like living next door to War-Torn Yemen? (Part 2): More on Empathy, Life & Pilgrimage Some 30+ years ago, I went abroad the first time in my life to see if I could make it as an international development worker. I was from the wealthy United States of America but I felt called to serve abroad. This academic and educational training work is the sort-of-work that brought me here to Salalah in 2011.

Oman_Sea_map.png: Oman Sea map Thursday, April 9, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
What's it like living next door to War-Torn Yemen? (Part 1): Remain Empathetic & Function as Though Nothing Will Change All over the world ex-pats are to be found. There are some countries, like the UAE, where ex-pats are a majority of the population. Some people see there work as short term. Others word abroad most of their lives and raise their families abroad. What is there to do, though, if war is on the horizon?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Oman, its Youth, Their Job Security, Omanisation, Inefficiencies, & the Future Currently Omani women make up about 45 or 46 % of the jobs in the government or public sector while only making up about 22 percent in the private sector. The military provides the largest numbers of jobs in the country of any entity but women play less of a role in that sector. The military and government of Oman are putting up a lot of monies now to retrain those leaving the military, i.e. forced to retire young

Sunday, March 29, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Low Level Mutual Embargo via the USA and Oman through Postal System--Why? Who says government agencies are logical? or supportive of community interests? An embargo by definition is a "governmental restriction on trade for political purposes." But there are other ways intergovernmental agencies use embargoes to make it hard for their cross-national partners (and its own citizens) by usage of embargo by state authorities. Kevin Stoda discusses this with his example on Oman-USA today.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Iranian Apples and a thought on Americans' relationships to Cuba When will the boycott with Cuba end and when will we (in North America) be connected to each other as Middle Eastern states are connected despite so many tensions to neighboring states, like Iran?

Sunday, September 7, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
"Spiral of silence" ensues when we begin one-by-one silencing ourselves in social media, so as not to be embarrassingly Self-censorship? Is it the worst sort of censorship? A lot of people are tending these days to only share political issues, social issues, and other issues of our day with those who are like minded, i.e they share their thoughts usually only on a particular social media platform if they feel there are like minded persons reading their material.

Sunday, September 7, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Disowning Sons? (in Islam?) Is there a growing trend for parents to disown their offspring who go off to fight in jihads without their permission? What is the rationale for the trend (if there is one)?

Saturday, July 5, 2014 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Based on several recent Supreme Court Decisions, I have .... Would you, your state, or your country like to incorporate to? The precedent is there and the benefits appear to be manifold.

Saturday, June 21, 2014 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Rolling Back the Clock? --Progressive Style? By rolling back the clock on injustices, we (and our children) will experience an America where cases of war criminality are tried in court and not by drone attacks from above. We could even offer up former presidents, vice-presidents, defense secretaries, lawyers and others up to the International Court in the Hague to show our contrition to the world and immediately take real acts of remorse--paying indemnity to victims.

//www.flickr.com/photos/105752696@N08/13905648583/: Grapes on the Vine - Opihi Vineyard Thursday, April 17, 2014 (93 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Clive Bundy and Jesus' Parable of the Vineyard "A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time." So, starts one parable that raises up the sins of the posse of Clive Bundy.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
“The Koran tells us to cover our nakedness–not cover ourselves in black bags.” Some people wish to be able to discover more civilly topics about head coverings and other cultural practices. Too few people, however, often take enough time to research the many Koranic texts online in order to do so.

//www.flickr.com/photos/46959433@N05/7679505602/: Police Brutality Protest - Anaheim - July 29 2012 - 48 Saturday, March 8, 2014 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How to Think and Survive in a Militarized US Society This is an important time for us in the peace movements in the USA and around the world. We are finally gaining a mass of heroes around which we can raise generations to think, act, and serve the country and the world differently. The struggle for resistance to a militarized American mind is important. As a lifelong educator, I wish to share part of the process and insights from my early life. I also lift up new heroes.

Thursday, February 27, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The relationship between an SS-WhistleBlower in Nazi Germany and what we need to be witnessing MORE OF Dear Americans and proponents of peace, justice, and freedom world wide, Creative resistance is now more needed than ever. Begin to react, infiltrate, and change this status quo that has spiritually, emotionally, and socially impoverished our world with endless war as its only main productive aim. Stop terrorism and all its ilk–even if it is state terrorism as Kurt Gerstein faced on a daily basis throughout his youth.

Friday, February 21, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Empathy for Learners—One Way to Have more for TESOLers in Oman and Elsewhere Currently on Planet Earth, roughly one hundred million people have found themselves teaching English or some other second, third or fourth language, like Chinese, Spanish or French, to others. Teaching and Learning Languages is a lifelong project for some. For others, it is just the act of helping one's fellow man become economically viable. This article is about empathy, and lifelong learning for the teacher/student.

Image created from image crediting Friday, December 20, 2013 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How Barack Obama reflects his father's traits in his Presidency--his confidence and uncompromising approach to his NSA In an incident shared in Obama's DREAMS FROM MY FATHER, Obama's Kansas-born grandpa related how his Kenyan father, Barack, physically and verbally threatened to throw a visitor to Hawaii down a 90-degree incline if the man did not do what the father believed to be right and proper in the circumstances

Thursday, October 10, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Should I do like the Romans do or should I make waves? How Migrant Teachers and Students face Issue of Attendance Today At times, migrants, academics, and students simply conform to one another's expectations, but more often than not either the instructor, the administrators, or students will have to be subservient to the historically dominant culture on campus. However, sometimes this approach to living and working abroad is not the one that is needed nor most useful. Taking time-spent in the classroom as one issue the author explores change

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Memory from Nazi Germany and Images of the Trial of Bradley Manning Nazi-led Total War (1943-1945) under Goebbels and Hitler brought only further starvation and destruction to his homeland--even after Thoelking had been thrown in the brig and he had been threatened with charges of aiding and abetting the cause of the enemy. Why should not a soldier (Manning) speak the truth about war to his comrades and the powerful military brass in such an instance? Likewise, why should soldiers be prohi

//www.flickr.com/photos/23471940@N02/6025686799/: Maui 2011 042 Thursday, May 30, 2013 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Collective Occlusion: American Narratives and Silencing of Important Cultural Memories Each of us grows up in a home with a distinct history and a distinct perspective on the meaning of larger historical events. Our parents' stories shape our historical consciousness, as do the stories of the ethnic, racial, and religious groups that number us as members. We attend churches, dubs, and neighborhood associations that further mold our collective and individual historical selves.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Is it possible to learn three languages at the same time? Yes, if you have the motivation and reason for doing so. I have had to learn or tried to learn many languages as an adult working & living abroad. However, my primary and secondary school experiences in Kansas, Missouri and Illinois did not prepare me to do so. In fact, my high school offered no foreign language class at all. Is it possible to learn three languages at the same time? Yes, if you have the motivation and reason for doing so.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Supportive Culture of Learning May Fail Academically: Example from Middle East For centuries European and American universities have been opening programs overseas. This article looks at how local cultures of learning interface with acquisition of academic curricula.

Monday, April 22, 2013 (22 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How to Help your Employees, Administrators, and Students Understand What Unites Them - and What Makes Them Unique Too many countries, especially those here in the Middle East, are focusing on high-stakes exams instead of making the classroom reflect more of what we experience in the real world. In this paper the author encourages colleagues, trainers, and teachers across two continents to strive to use simulations and simulation games in class and in training sessions. He focuses on on well-known simulation on culture: BARNGA.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
German Leadership and Media Just Don't Get It--Will Germany Fail to Ask Key Questions and Reform its Approach? Instead of trying to change course on its relentless austerity binges of the past half-decade, Germany continues to feel itself to be simply misunderstood--as a whole German leaders and German government paid for propaganda simply feel that what Germany needs to do is to spend more effort improving its image.

Thursday, March 21, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Primer for Middle Eastern and Asian Instructors on Studies and Research on Negative Impact of "High-Stakes" Exams Only this past week, while working with staff from several continents, did I slowly come to realize that a majority of of those involved had cognizance of how much literature was already available concerning the negative backwash of high-stakes testing on students, teachers, and educational systems.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
My Octogenarian Taxi Driver and finding Insights into Oman In no other country have I learnt more from indigenous Taxi drivers than I have in Oman. (I have been to over 100 lands.) I suggest you probe your taxi driver to find out what is going on when you travel here. I have heard that even the Sultan sometimes drives a taxi to get the pulse of his nation, too. So, take advantage of this opportunity for insight when in Oman.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Annoyed by Christians in USA who saw the Cease-Fire in Israel on Thanksgiving Day as "ONLY" a Gift from God We are thankful for the Thanksgiving Ceasefire in Israel, but we need to speak up and recall many of our dollars back from Israel.

Monday, July 2, 2012 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Attendance Reforms Still Needed in Schools & Universities of the Arab World The issue of "dumbing down" the curricula has been a worry for educators , students, and families for generations.But the government can do better when it allocates resources, so that "dumbing down" is not demanded of a curriculum.This article makes a proposal concerning student allowances and bonuses to promote good learning behaviors and models, especially in Middle Eastern classrooms.Unemployability is already a big issue

Monday, June 25, 2012 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Angela Merkel should be asked to leave office or to learn from history The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has failed to learn what was good about the economic systems in either the former East or the former West Germanies. This failure is killing Europe and the Eurozone.

Monday, June 4, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Encourage immigrants and émigrés of the world to unite and demand better treatment before so-called legal regimes People emigrate from one country to another for a variety of complex reasons. Some are forced to move, due to conflict or to escape persecution and prejudices, while others may voluntarily emigrate. Although such a move may be necessary, it can be quite traumatic on top of the challenges experienced so far. Read about Ziyad's story and understand that with 200 million emigres, change in status quo is essential this century

Friday, June 1, 2012 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Culture Shock Oman: Modesty in the LR I want to share the following anecdote not-because the incident in-itself is all that profound--, but rather, it is how I responded and began to search for explanation behind the "culture shock" or how I sought to recover from it which provide a model for what I suggest you follow when living and working abroad, especially in the Arab world.

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MISSING CLASSES--What to do when Motivating Lessons are not Enough: Notes from Developing Lands Over 25 years ago, when I first studies international development, I was told to not allow a lot of cultural baggage to get in the way of development. We were told to not judge nor impose. However, I have come to one of those junctions where the society is developing adversely and a spade needs to be called a spade. Learning does not take place in a vacuum. I am talking about issues of absenteeism, truancy and time.

Saturday, April 28, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Group Evaluations that Support and Clarify Professional Practices and Soft Skills for Students In the Arab world, there have sometimes been discrepancies between the training offered at the tertiary levels and the present (& future) needs of the labor market, many students, teachers and integrate themselves as individuals in a successful group, office, or team. Evaluation practices that support students and society well in terms of both improving individual achievement in the academic- and professional worlds.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How important is Classroom Attendance for University Students? On the one hand, American university students are forced to have high attendance in the classroom. In contrast, universities in other lands are often not too concerned at all about attendance. Only recently in India and the Middle East have schools even begun to consider actual attendance in courses to be of concern. This is because they are test -driven societies. The test is more important than time in the class.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Jeff Quinn's "Man On The Scene: Kaliu"--Insights into Taiwan and East Asia In a way, this sort of confusion at what it means to live and travel in a globally integrated world are revealed both in Jeff's reflections in Kaliu and in the reality of the confusing geo-political hotspot--which we all still-know as the Two-China Policy reality that U.N. member states and their citizens have been confronting for 4 decades now

Sunday, February 12, 2012 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
"SUBCONTRACTING" and Teaching Word-Wide Have you worked as a subcontractor? How have you been treated ? how secure have you felt? This article looks at the topic of subcontracting and education--world-wide.

Monday, January 23, 2012 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
(Part 2) Two Large Scale English Teacher Exchange Programs Compared in Japan and Taiwan East Asian states are turning to foreign language education and foreign language teachers from abroad to empower their students. This second article, which focuses on the issue of grassroots and the need to empower local stakeholders early on, is part of a series of pieces comparing large-scale teacher exchange programs.

Sunday, January 22, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Pauline Searle's DAWN OVER OMAN What do you know about Oman?

Monday, January 9, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Among the Darn Things that Kids Draw We often say that kids say the darndest things but they also draw the darndest things.

Friday, November 18, 2011 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Better Library and Social--Economic Infrastructure Needed in Arab World to Enable more Permanent Transformations Concerned educator encourages more substantial learning infrastructure, libraries, etc. in the Arab world to more permanently anchor and transform the reforms in societies as the modern social media have enabled ( in terms of change) during the Arab Spring to-date.

Friday, July 22, 2011 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Trouble with Californian Communities and Corporate Housing--Hyprocracy and Hybrids" The apartment complex I was going to move in to told me that I can't due to my electric car -- they don't want a cord dangling out my window and 30 feet to where the car would be parked. So I am looking again

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Part 3: Teaching and Contrasting Cultures "Blowin' in the Wind" In short, most of the class of Taiwanes students focused on the straining and stoic momentum expressed in the text, "Blowin' in the Wind". Well over the majority did not interpret it as a hopeful, marching, protest song. In short, these students would concur with Bob Dylan himself, who had said, " "This here ain't no protest song or anything like that"."

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