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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."
BED-INs and Other Protests Needed Now
The 40th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's bed-ins in Amsterdam and Montreal dove-tails this March with anniversaries of the U.S. coalitions invasion of Iraq and Rache Corry's Murder in Israel. George W. Bush commemorates his years in office by visiting Canada--only to find protest. The world needs more active protests and people-to-people cooperation this March 2009. DO SOMETHING. Bed-ins, etc.
TRIBE, TRIBALISM AND CULTURAL CHANGE-KUWAIT 2008
On April 1, 2008 the AWARE Center in Surra, Kuwait hosted a "diwaniya" (i.e. a meeting) which focused on the evolving tribal system in Kuwait and its current impact on Kuwaiti society. The presenter that evening was anthropologist Dr. Mohammed Al-Haddad of Kuwait University, who has published extensively on the phenomena of tribalism for many decades. The presentation and subsequent discussion was considered fairly timely
Tuesday, August 17, 2010(1 comments)
A WORLD OF PRETENDERS: Partial Review of the Filipino Novel, THE PRETENDERS by F. Sionil Jose
When we talk of world literature in the 20th Century, almost the only Filipino author of great fame in Asia is F. Sionil Jose. It is about time to sit down and study his works--as reform may finally be on the way in the Philippines, a land somewhat frozen still by its colonial and tribal past.
The book THE PRETENDERS is a good place for Western educators and academics to start.
Mitigation of Tsunami's and Earthquakes--Has JAPAN DONE ENOUGH?
This means that if Asian countries continue to reclaim land from the sea in their ocean side construction projects, as Japan does, they need to do so while respecting the other ecologically sound demands of our more natural ecosystem. For example, contractors also need to develop or create (and maintain where possible) natural barriers, such as coral reefs and mangroves.
The Obituary of Joey Velasco and the Table of Hope
Velasco's magnum opus, Hapag ng Pa-asa, was seen by the author Lo on the wall of a souvenir store over the St. Nino Shrine in Cebu City several years ago. The tale of this most thought-provoking version of The Last Supper by Velasco had already become the source of sermons and legends.
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.
Saturday, August 30, 2008(1 comments)
The 3 Mistakes of My Life by ChetanBhagat
The article reviews why Chetan Bhagat's recent book represents yearnings of younger Indians who feel held hostage to politics of historical India--even as many do their best to move on and build their own dreams. In this story of love, cricket and business, Bhagat ties the tales of popular culture to the horrific riots of Gujarat and the great earthquake of the early part of this decade.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010(4 comments)
THE KITE RUNNER--AND AMERICAN FANTASY IN AFGHANISTAN
I was riding on a series of trains through Bavaria during a light snowstorm today. As I rode--and then ran through--the central terminals in Nurnberg, Wurzburg, and Aschaffenburg on my way back to Wiesbaden this below zero day in history January 2010, I took time to read through Khaled Hosseini's THE KITE RUNNER, set primarily in pre-9-11 Afghanistan.
How Much Should a Family Do? How much Should Health Care and Government Cover?
We will all chip in what we can financially, but what should one expect from our culture? our society? our country? our healthcare system?
What are you expecting your government to do better in this 2018? The average family is spending about 27,000 dollars a year on health care. It should not be allowed to get any worse.
Change and support from society and government is needed and requested now.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Roberto Clemente: The Enduring Spirit
Roberto Clemente was known as humanitarian who died serving others. He has also been seen as a great athlete, teacher and philanthropist. He was from Puerto Rico but his memory is linked with the of modern U.S. history dealing with integration and hispanic history. His memory should be linked to nicaragua where fundraisers are needed today to help the victims of Hurrican Felix.
HOMESCHOOLING: VERBOTEN IN GERMANY STILL IN 2009
Some Germans have asked for asylum in the USA because Germany still does not permit homeschooling. Homeschooling is a hot issue in Germany--even though most people are begining to see some need for alternatives to the state and private schools, which don't necessarily serve some students well.
Kuwait Expects to Deport over 800,000 Immigrants
It sounds like at least 4 nations will suddenly have to find jobs for nearly a million people in the next year-otherwise Kuwait will not only be exporting oil, but unemployed peoples as well in 2009 and 2010.
On Continued Awareness of Religious Persecution Abroad--as well as in the USA
Progressives should be careful and be fair in our narrations of religious persecution. The USA and other countries are persecuting Muslims. Other countries, like Eritrea, persecute both Muslims and Christians. In September I heard more news of Hindus with political clout persecuting Christians outside of India. USA sends law enforcement officials to force European countries to enforce anti-Muslim legislation..and in Burma..
HOW TURKISH-GERMANS & TURKS IN GERMANY SEE HOLOCAUST EDUCATION--Review of a Recent Poll
Almost a week before international Holocaust Recognition Day (today January 27), the German newspaper, DIE ZEIT, ran a three article series on how Turkish Germans and Turkish peoples in Germany see the Holocaust and Holocaust education in Germany. One of the articles included a lengthy review of an opinion poll exclusively of Turkish Germans and Turkish peoples in Germany.
Sunday, December 7, 2008(3 comments)
"Wakarimashitaka?" Thirty Minutes with Ojii-San Itoigawa
It has been nearly 15 years since I began writing about the issues around international comparative history and social-linguistic and cultural understandings in Japan. In that decade the world faced the 50th anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima, the end of the War in the Pacific and in most of the Western & Eastern World, and the end of Holocaust. It is now almost 15 years since those commemorations & new ones will come
The late Clair Patterson, Dr. James Hansen and the Need for more Scientific Heroes across the Globe
In the 20th Century one scientist was a bigger hero than most. He was Dr. Clair Patterson and against university leaders and against oil companies. He led the campaign to take lead out of our gasoline and stop poisoning our atmosphere. Now, in the 21st Century, we need many more scientists like him (from China to the USA to India)to stand up to their benefactors and leaders and get global warming under control and pronto.
Sunday, December 7, 2008(9 comments)
Business Management Practices Ensure Energy Tech Revolution Will Bypass U.S.
In the Ford story, known as "Business Lesson from the Japanese," Ford management is used as a metaphor for the worst aspects of the anti-labor, and anti-developmental approach (of the worst corners) of the American leadership and corporate mismanagement business model of the 19th and 20th centuries.
However, the same metaphor could be applied to General Motors or Citicorp or even the entire AMERICA INC.
Saturday, May 23, 2009(16 comments)
An Active-Museum and How Oral, Aural, and Visual Memory Are Taught and Can Empower Peoples
At a time when the USA has not even begun to deal with torture, it is interesting and important to see how museums and societies are dealing with crimes of the enormity of the Holocaust.
The author lives in Germany and recently took a tour of the Westside neighborhood in Wiesbaden with the AKTIVE-MUSEUM. The Active Museum sees the whole city of Wiesbaden as living museum of Holocaust and Shoah crimes. If only other lands.
Sunday, May 9, 2010(4 comments)
JEREMY LAURANCE WRITES that MOST BABIES BORN IN BRITAIN TODAY WILL LIVE TO BE 120
I came across a Jeremy Laurance article that really made me think positively about the fact that Europe's population is continuing to get much older each year. The article was in the WORD AND PRESS (Feb. 1, 2009) and was entitled, " Most Babies Born in Britain will live to be 120". This demographic shift is already being perceived in Eastern Asian countries, such as Japan and South Korea. Retirement ages of 70+ are
Thursday, February 28, 2008
SAFETY and LIVING in KUWAIT, i.e. PROXEMICS & LIVING NEXT to the CIVIL WAR in IRAQ
Report of intital research as to how safe the three million residents of Kuwait feel. In the 1980s, U.S. President Ronald Reagan attempted to strike fear into Americans hearts by noting that the wars in Central America were only a day's drive from Texas.
In contrast Kuwait with thousands of Americans and 2 million expatriates from around the globe is both situated only miles from the Civil War in Iraq--yet people feel safe
AMERICANS OFTEN FORGET HOW MUCH HAITI AND EVENTS THERE AFFECTED EARLY U.S.A. HISTORY
Three million human beings have been deeply hurt or affected by the destruction of Haiti, America's neighbor to the south and homeland for many legal residents in the USA. American compassion should come first. Then better education for all about American history and the history of underdevelopment in North America (including the Caribbean & Central America) should follow.
Why aren't more Anti-Trump Christian Ministers being persecuted in America this election?
In the old days,sometimes congregations in America used to tar-and-feather ministers who spoke up against communal vices. In the Bible, Jesus told would-be Christian leaders and disciples: "I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues [temples, churches]." Talk Trump now
Saturday, March 8, 2014(9 comments)
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.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Amritsar Massacre, Memory, misguided religious Nationalism, and recent Homicides in India
This article summarizes the various levels of violence faced by people in India and from India around the world during this third millennium. The author does this by reviewing the linkages between religious attitudes and practices concerning protest, witnessing and violence. He takes a pilgrimage to look at the site of the Amritsar massacre, through India, on to Afghanistan and back to the USA.
Sunday, August 24, 2008(7 comments)
INTERNET BUZZ IS AS HIGH AS EVER ON "IMPEACH BUSH & CHENEY" AS 2008 ELECTION DRAWS TO A CLOSE
Even though media wonks and the Democratic Party leadership haven't got it yet, media consumers and internet users are JUST as interested as ever in seeing an impeachment of both George W. Bush and Richard (Dick) Cheney for crimes against the constitution and abuse of power.
Both YAHOO and GOOGLE SEARCH engines are showing as high (or higher) a number of hits on the topic of impeachment as they have throughout 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Ashes to Memory or Commemoration
As America gets older, it is called to deal with a national issue that involves local communities, individuals and families. More and more Americans--for a variety of reasons--are choosing cremation over buriel. How do americans remember and commemorate their parents? How do parents and others want to be commemorated? How little or how much? America currently has too many rules and laws on this matter,leaving uncertainty
Revolutions of 1989-Part 1: Tiananmen Square & After Effects in Europe
Aside from Jantzen's THE WRONG SIDE OF THE WALL: AN American in East Berlin During the Time of the Peaceful Revolution, there has been far too little written which accurately portrays life in East Germany in the year leading up to the end of communist totalitarianism. Often in Western Textbook narrations, the role of the massacre in Beijing that same year diminished. Likewise, the role of church and students are ignored
Lars Anderson's CARLISLE VS. ARMY-What Does it Tell us about the Way Things Used to Be?
This article reviews the Lars Anderson book called CARLISLE vs. ARMY: Jim Thorpe. Dwight Eisenhower, Pop Warner, and the Forgotten Story of Football's Greatest Battle. It is a book that attempts to combine several histories inlcuding the memory of WOUNDED KNEE, a partial Jim Thorpe's biography, the cadet days at West point of Dwight D. Eisenhower, & the history of American Football. The author does a fine job, but more
Monday, February 2, 2009(2 comments)
POPE BENEDICT GOES OUT OF HIS WAY TO OFFEND JUST ABOUT EVERYONE THIS PAST MONTH
Why do there continue to be similarities of the now-retired U.S. President Bush and the 80-plu year old German born Pope Benedict X. Perhaps both set out to be uniters but every word and act seemed to turn them from uniting to actually dividing peoples. This article explores a bit this similarity and begins to ask what the legacy will be of a German born pope raised in the 1930s and 1940s under Nazism in Bavaria.
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.
Michael Moore's Top Ten Things the President Needs to do in 2009
The interview with Amy Goodman is called, "Moore on the Election, the Bailout, Healthcare, and 10 Proposed Decrees for the New President's First 10 Days" and is a landmark in good progressive analysis and should become a classic--if Tuesday November 4, 2009 doesn't renew the lengthy string of election disappointments progressives have witnessed time-and-again over the past 4 or more decades.
Saturday, June 2, 2007
REVIEW OF BOOK: Gary Chapmen's LOVE LANGUAGES OF GOD
This modified review of the metaphors of LOVE LANGUAGES created by Gary Chapmen in a series of books is used in this piece as a platform or vehicle to augment discussion across religions, sects, churches, mosques, etc.
Monday, March 21, 2011(12 comments)
HBO GETS IT, DO YOU--AMERICA??? GOTTA BE A REVOLUTION
HBO seems to have gotten the spirit of the age. It decided to show the film, TAKING WOODSTOCK, this March while most of the country is fixated on the abuses on "American Working and Poor Peoples' that newly elected state legislatures in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio have been carrying out in the name of the Koch Brothers and the GOP this 2011.
Monday, September 14, 2015(1 comments)
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.
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)
Marriage, Integration, and Immigration Policy -Modern Bureaucracy Reflecting the Worst
Marriage, Visas and Bureaucracy ar e the focus of this piece which attacks the growing love for more control, more planning, more managing, more bureacracy that 2009 and 8 years of Homeland Securty have left us. The example, though, will come primarily from Germany and the EU because the growing rleiance on bigger governemnt is running amok everywhere.
Friday, March 25, 2011(1 comments)
What's a Filipino? What's a Revolution? What's a Filipino Revolution?
Cruz explains that when the Spaniards first came to colonize the Philippines over 400 years ago, the children of the Spaniards who were born on the archipelago, newly named after a King of Spain, Felipe II, were called "Filipinos". In Mexico or Latin America the term would have been "criollos" for such children of direct Spanish descent. In contrast, "the Spanish called the natives of the island "indios'".
VIETNAM TODAY AND AMERICAN'S RELATIONSHIP TO IT
The author sets out to make a case for thousands of more Americans to get involved in helping Vietnam to become more politically economically hopeful in the coming years. He argues that it is not only a historic duty but important in terms of developing global awareness and critical thinking for all citizens in an age that has been lacking such skills.A positive change in American recollection of Vietnam War era is critical.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007(3 comments)
On the Image of EAGLES & AMERICA
According to American mythology. American Bald Eagles are related as a symbol of prestige and power. This article discusses a new metaphor concerning the Bald Eagle and transformation in America.
Editor of Kuwait Times on Press Censorship
On June 10, Jamie Etheridge, the Texas-born managing editor of the KUWAIT TIMES, one of Kuwaits 3 major English daily newspapers, led a diwaniya at the AWARE CENTER where she focused on censorship in the Kuwaiti press. Etheridge, who arrived in Kuwait from Texas in 2004, also writes for STRATFOR and the CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR. She discusses the three main issues related to censorship in Kuwait.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
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)?
Gran Torino Hits European Theatres by Storm
Why is the movie GRAN TORINO doing so well? It has already earned nearly 300 million since it opened last December 2008? This writer discusses the social and material issues in America that the film reveals to watchers from around the world? In short, a society is judged by how it treats the least of its members.
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
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
POOR NEDA SOLTANI--AND ANOTHER FACEBOOK CONTROVERSY LEADING TO EXILE
Neda Soltani, although she is fluent in English, is now in Frankfurt, Germany starting her life totally anew--and with no hope of immediately returning soon to Iran, where she now fears for her life either from state or from citizens because of the mistaken identity episode of last summer. From now on media and citizen users of internet platforms, please be careful with what you put up on the internet and what you take off.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
AMERICA NEEDS CO-DETERMINATION ON ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The concept of co-determination refers to two distinct levels and forms of employee participation: co-determination at establishment level by the works council and co-determination above establishment level, on the supervisory board of companies, which is the main subject of this entry." At the supervisory level of all large companies in Germany, the employees
Sunday, December 28, 2008(9 comments)
BBC reflects bad trends in American media
BBC appears to be going down hill as the news year ends. It appears all the major news media around the globe need to do much better in covering war to environmental issues.
Here is a quick look at two stories that have been neglected or blown on BBC radio around the globe this holiday week.
CIA ON CAMPUS--ARE THEY ON CAMPUS NEAR YOU?
I attended and taught at Texas A&M around the time that 9-11 occurred. Before and after that time, I was continually harassed and chased after by certain students and faculty who might certainly have had direct CIA ties or financial support. (Former CIA Director and present Defense Minister taught in the same building I was enrolled in for my studies at Texas A&M.)I wonder if I shouldn't have ordered that FORTUNATE SON book
Saturday, January 8, 2011(7 comments)
Over 51+ million Americans Living in Poverty
David DeGraw, who wrote this cited Public Record article, went on to say, "Let's also consider the staggering amount of Americans -" 52 million, roughly 17% of the population -" who are currently enrolled in "anti-poverty" programs. Over 50 million are on Medicaid, 41 million are on food stamps, 10 million are on unemployment, 4.4 million receive welfare. Not counted in this "anti-poverty" total are 30 million children
Wednesday, January 20, 2010(5 comments)
FACTS on HAITI
"Two hundred some years ago Haiti was the richest colony in the world, but today it is the poorest and most unequal country in the Americas. A successful slave revolt in 1804 defeated the French planter class, but the only other independent country in the Americas, the United States, refused to welcome a Black Republic because of the powerful example it set for marginalized and oppressed people everywhere.
Citibank, U.S. Credit Management and Me
This is the 3rd of 3 articles on the theme of how Citibank is tied up in world-wide mispromotion of fairness, democracy, good governance, and help for the poorest and more troubled economically. This piece focuses further on credit management scams--namely one by the now bankrupt US CREDIT MANAGEMENT of Irving, Texas.
Monday, April 30, 2007(6 comments)
A Federalist Peace Theory, 1946-1992
Democratic peace theory posits that democratic regimes are in general about as conflict- "and war-prone as non-democratic regimes--as well they have rarely gone to war with one anohter. It "is explained in this article that another regime type does the same--namely the federation as a regime type.
Friday, May 1, 2009(6 comments)
The Berlin Wall 20 Years After: Let's Compare Other Walls
With the 20th anniversary of the End of the German/German wall in 1989, it is appropriate to compare other walled lands around the world. This articles looks quickly at the USA-Mexican fence, the Israeli Barrier Wall and Korean Hermitic wall. This quick tour reminds us that torture and walls are related historically and in our present.
TAKING COMMUNION WITH JACKIE ROBINSON
The feast of Corpus Christi is approaching. In Germanny the day is a nationally recognized holiday. The writer has picked up an old autobiography of Jackie Robinson and finds it appropriate to view communion and the body or life and death of Christ through the memory of the Great Experiment to integrate major league baseball and eventually all of America by end of 20th Century
Saturday, November 22, 2008(7 comments)
Dear Dr. Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize Laureate,
We need to stop the horrid flood of wasted money in Washington being misspent on the so-called BAILOUT this autumn to W. Bush's cronies.
Naomi Klein has called it criminal already and W. Bush has failed to even appoint the full-legally required oversight personnel for the give-away to his cronies.
Ask Obama to have Paul Krugman and Naomi Klein to go to Washington to take over the country till Obama takes over the shop.
Sunday, June 5, 2011(8 comments)
Calling for a National Holiday in Recognition of Whistle Blowers and Profiles in Courage!
Taiwan, China, and several governments around the world technically have a national holiday to promote the region's most honorable civil servant, Chu Yuan,who was also a poet and whistle-blower some 2300 years ago. His legend is part of tomorrow's DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL and legend--which is even celebrated in Washington, D.C. I would like to use this occasion to encourage America to recognize its real profiles in courage, too.
Sunday, March 28, 2010(40 comments)
HERE IS WHY THE TEAPARTY FOLKS SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO LEAVE THE CONTINENTAL USA
This past week (and month), it has become clear to most good and honest Americans that some people living in the United State's, like RushLimbaugh and Sarah Palin, do not need to live any more within the geographic United States anymore--that is, if they continue to evoke violence and oppose the fact that 32-Million more Americans will receive healthcare this next year due to recent congressional passage of HEALTHCARE
REVIEW OF DER SPIEGEL'S "The Dark Continent: Hitler's Holocaust Helpers"
Poles have been upset by a three-part DER SPIEGEL article from early May 2009. The first piece had been entitled, "THE DARK CONTINENT: HITLERS HOLOCAUST HELPERS". I had just finished reading the articles myself and was not quite certain what all the hoopla in Poland might be about. I explained to my friend that the piece's title was just a play on two famous non-fiction works of the past decade.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008(24 comments)
Support Third Party Candidates
In most of America's breadbasket people do have choices beyond the Republican and Democratic parties. Kansas has at least 3 alternatives on the ballot while Colorado may have 14 such alternatives. Sadly, Oklahoma offers no alternatives.
The author encourages Americans to vote for alternatives, like Nader-Gonzalez, or for the Reform and Libertarian parties. Nebraskans can vote Green There are plethora of possibilities
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.
Comparison of Two Large Foreign English Teacher and Internationalization Projects in East Asia
In the 1980s--in order to improve Japanese foreign relaions and image in the world, Japan set out to create the world's largest teachers exchange project, a project largely focused on goals of related to improving international communication. Now, Taiwan is on such a journey--having recently created a modest Foreign English Teacher project. The author has been involved in both projects.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007(2 comments)
IMAGINE IF George W. Bush HAD PARTICIPATED in the MK ULTRA PROGRAM
Imagine if thirty years after the horrible MK ULTRA project was supposed to have been closed down, an American who went through the program is elected President of the United States of America.
This is a piece written mostly in documentary-film style & describing the type of film we are waiting from Oliver Stone and others in Hollywood to give us.
Perpetrators, Victims, Sexual Assaults, Gang-like Behavior and Abuse
"Another child abuse scandal is in the German press. Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper says that up to 100 pupils at a school in Hesse may have been victims between 1971 and 1985. Odenwaldschule is an elitist, private school with famous alumni like the writer, Klaus Mann." The charges at the Odenwald School come in the midst of a major set of scandals raising the same charges against priests at catholic schools
OMAN; Where Motivation is not Enough for L2 Acquisition
Many teachers point out that motivation is a key to learning. However, research into English as a Second or third language education indicates that motivation (in and of itself) is far from enough for us to witness academic success in English for non-native speakers.
The findings Marwan Al-Yafi's study on motivation of students in local colleges and universities demonstrates this.
A Need for Religious Self-Reflection in Memorializing War
What do Adolf Hitler, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, The Pope and the lack of many critical memorials to wars have to do with the average American?
This articles explores the relationship by using the comparative approach, i.e. how modern Germany handles memory at the personal, educational, and national or international level.
Serendipity and a Journey to West Bali 2008
In contrast to Eastern India where Hindus attacking Christians and Christian communities have been high in recent years, the case of Bali and Hindu and Christian relationships have been improving substantially. Bali is an island of Hinduism in the Muslim archipelago of Indonesia. The isle also has christian communities; the author takes the reader to several and points out possible points of integration that could be a model
Saturday, October 4, 2008(2 comments)
Yemen as Tourist Site--Yemen as Site of Culture Wars
This article reviews the current state of life for Yemenis after a year of AlQaeda attacks, which have come in the aftermath of the Sa'ada Peace Treaty. Bombings increase but most Yemenis are not involved nor interested in promoting the violence of extremism. This may be something that is missed in Washington and the West. That is, unlike in Pakistan where AlQaeda is active, Yemenis as whole are positive to the WEST.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Big Boy Rules and the Kuwait Connection
As I have lived in Kuwait for half a decade, I am quite aware of the bad business practices and firms in this country, which have nonetheless made a lot of money for Kuwaiti's many North American- and Middle East-based subcontractors.
Author Fainaru spent time with the K-Marts of American Service companies based out of Kuwait and running their own little sideshows in Iraq.
Naturally, Blackwater is one well-known nam
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.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008(7 comments)
Health Care for America Now Says, "Get Your Congressmen and Senators on Board" NOW!
HEALTH CARE FOR AMERICA NOW is a non-profit organization concerned with this matter of better health care in the USA today. They wrote me recently and stated: The insurance industry is pushing for less regulation. They want more leeway to drop people with pre-existing conditions and deny you care. Today, people around the country are standing up and calling Congress to stop them. . . .With health care costs rising and wages
Saturday, May 6, 2017(2 comments)
Oman: Thoughts on Emotional Intelligence in our Schools, Teaching and Education Practices
In contrast to research on emotional intelligence in the workplace (where research is inconclusive), emotional intelligence in our education systems appear to be quite beneficial and sound practice. This article shares the message on Emotional Intelligence offered by Dr. Faical Ben Khalifa of Dhoar University given at IMPROVING TEACHING QUALITY 1 : a SYMPOSIUM held at ROTANA RESORT, SALALAH, Oman earlier this year.
Friday, June 1, 2012(2 comments)
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.
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.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009(5 comments)
The Lack of Congressional Outrage and the Dollar Decline
William Black was explaining how the stock market boom and the continued existence of many BAD & BIG BANKS in the USA were now screwing up long term investment in all parts of the more “real American economy”. He pointed out that the stock market's current boom or growth was simply a matter of banks sitting on mountains of bad loans rather than declaring the bankruptcies properly.
Friday, November 21, 2008(8 comments)
Vatican Appears to be Attacking Opposition to SOA
...just as much as charging that women have no role in leading churches.
This past week,Democracy Now did a lengthy interview with Father Roy Bourgeois on the surprisingly strong threat he has received from Pope Benedict to be excommunicated before this weekend if he doesn't disavow his belief and support of women taking over leadership and ministry of the Catholic Church.
Catholics need to stand behind women as priests
Saturday, November 29, 2008(5 comments)
Going to Church with Friends from Mumbai during the Seige in India
How should rational people face death? How should spiritual people face terror?
This article starts in Kuwait, goes to Mumbai back and forth with sidesteps to memories of MLK and Studs Terkel back in the USA.
The author and other spiritualists are searching to build a new common dream and a path to get there.
Join in a discussion.
Friday, July 2, 2010(1 comments)
The Real McChrystal FINALLY Gets Raked through the Coals
Many parts of the USA still do not have access to basic good news sources, like Democracy Now. Today, I heard several good stories from Democracy Now Online that I want to share to real Americans facing censorship of sorts. T"he Real McChrystal FINALLY Gets Raked through the Coals" is the focus of this short summary of a great piece
Famine & Endless War Today--WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?
Nowadays, over 17 million people are under threat of famine in war-torn Yemen, making it one of the world's worst hunger crises. Please, try to get your governments to start giving aid and food-- not weapons of war --to the parties and victims involved in the wars and conflicts of Yemen.
CLAMOR LOUDLY, PLEASE--A CRY FROM THE BORDER OF YEMEN.
ARABBOY: A Youth in Germany--or the Short Life of Rashid A., tells about her Childhood in Berlin
Guener Yasemin Balci is author of ARABBOY: Eine Jugend in Deutschland oder Das kurze Leben des Rashid A. ( Frankfurt am Main: S. Fisher Verlag, 2008, pp. 287.) ARABBOY is a controversial book describing the alienation of recent Middle Eastern immigrants to Berlin and Germany. The book offers new insights into the culture of victims and perpetrators, a theme which has marked modern German history
Which damages our children first? the media or fuzzy thinking in society????
Which damages our children first? the media or fuzzy thinking in society????
As many readers know, I became a father last spring, so I am gong to be increasingly concerned with the issue of media and family, child & home. My wife and I, for example, have decided to not have a TV at home for the first few years of our daughter's life. Are we overprotecting our child?
Monday, September 3, 2007
Federalism, American Civil War Musters and the Middle East
On a visit to an American Civil War muster, the author focuses on: (1)what America's Civil War can teach us about issues today, (2) what people to people events and activities might teach us about our own nation's and global history, and (3)how federalism in American history can empower clearer thinking in solving major issues of our time, including how diverse nations and tribes can reach agreements.
Aging Prisoner in 3-Strike-&-You're-Out State(s): America 2018
Mary Price has noted that this 60-year-old prisoner's problem is not rare in America of our century. She wrote, "One of the saddest byproducts of our nation's addiction to incarceration is the graying of our federal prison population, a development comprehensively documented in a scathing Justice Department report that shows caring for aging prisoners is fast becoming a fiscal nightmare."
Growing Moral Relativism among American Evangelicals is Worrying the Rest of the Planet
For decades, for American Evangelical Christians there was "no more a severe charge than the judgement that one has abandoned the gospel." said Wes Markofski in his New Monasticism and the Transformation of Evangelicalism. Now, the overwhelming majority of Christian Evangelicals are proudly using Post Modern Relativism to make their voting decisions. The greater world looks on in horror.
THE RETURN OF THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA
This article on THE RETURN OF THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA, Daniel Ellsburg, was one of the articles that was recently attacked and erased on OpEd News last weekend. Ellsburg an his wife are encouraging more whistle blowers in U.S. government NOW.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
ATHEIST BUS CAMPAIGN TO GO EUROPEAN-WIDE
The campaign by atheists to open the discussion about what is acceptable in terms of publically advertising one's faith has been a successful one in Europe this January. Not only have atheists praised the campaign but Christians and Muslims alike have shown active interest and discussion. Will the signs be on buses in the USA soon>
Saturday, December 1, 2007(1 comments)
I DECIDED TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN THE IOWA CAUCUS AND WHY YOU SHOULD RUN, TOO
Tonight I decided to run for President of the USA.
I initially went to a web page of the Iowa Republicans and registered as follows on a page dedicated to On-Line OR E-leaders with the Republicans: After looking at the candidates in the Republican Presidential arena, I realized that progressive evangelicals were being left out. So, I decided to run and asked for help getting a petition introduduced. Here is why. kevin
Sunday, December 26, 2010(6 comments)
WILL AMERICA CONTINUE TO MISEDUCATE ITS CHILDREN ABOUT REAL COSTS OF WAR????
I wrote a lengthy blog on how the USA always fails its youthful soldiers and then asks the future, current, and older generations to keep paying the costs--over and over. That article was called, " SOME PARENTS OF VETERANS COMING HOME FROM IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN ARE HAVING TO GIVE UP RETIREMENT TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR BRAVE OFFSPRING ." I want to weave the main gist of that article into the Feast of Holy Innocents Day Protests
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.
PAUL NIAVIS, THE ORIGIN OF "AVATAR", and Carl Orff's CARMINA BURANA
The first environmentalist book was written in Latin by a German scholar named Paulus Niavis (born Paul Schneevogel). He wrote a book that condemned the despoilation of the land and destruction of the forests and mountain civilizations in Europe in the late Middle Age. Writing on the Cusp of the AGE OF DISCOVERY and an age of global exploitation, he condemned the blindness of greed which led to destruction of culture & env
Tuesday, December 28, 2010(1 comments)
FEAST OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS IS TODAY--ACT TODAY AND PROTECT MORE INNOCENTS IN 2011
This is the 3rd of three articles connecting innocents and victimhood to war and costs. It is advocated with this peice that the peace movments around the world adopt cyclical calendars to keep us focused and in touch with older traditions as we call for newer and more invigorated mass movements. This invigoration has inspired many longterm movements, memories and disciplined reforms in the past. We can teach our children.
SIGNS OF THE CHANGING GERMANY: THE EXAMPLE OF DOMINIK BRUNNER
As I write this article, there has been another act of violence in schools in Germany. In Ansbach , Bavaria several students and their attacker are now in the hospital. The attacker brought an axe to the Carolinen School. The violent 19-year old then set off several Molotov cocktails in the gym. Today it is 6 months since the last major attack in German Schools, i.e. in Winnenden by Stuttgart.
Thursday, June 12, 2008(1 comments)
U.S. Indebtedness is Rising by over $1 Trillion a Year
This article responds to Kotlicoff, Laurence's "The Emperors Dangerous Clothes", published in Stiegletz's ECONOMIC VOICE. In the piece Kotlicoff shares how carried away not only the media has become in using manipulated neo-con and neo-liberal narrations to tell America's story of the past half century. The world of academia, Kotlicoff notes, has also gone astray. This is why accountants at worldcom, enron, and elsewhere
Friday, June 18, 2010
For Our World Literature Teacher Friends this Summer
Occasionally, the author and teacher, Kevin A. Stoda, likes to make teaching lessons or units available to his peers around the globe. Here is one such unit. It focuses on modern literature and how to get students to do research and put diverse ideas together overa semester. It focuses on literary trends and Nobel laureates. Feel free to share and pass on. HAVE GREAT SUMMER, TEACHERS wherever you are!
Saturday, March 25, 2017(48 comments)
A Letter from Paul to Timothy this Eastertide 2017
Imagine if someone from the Old Testament or New Testament were to come back to life in our day. What would he or she say or write about this planet in 2017. What message would he or she have for this planet. In this tale, I propose that Paul of Tarsus come back to life and write from Palmyra in Syria today to his beloved disciple Timothy one more classic letter. Here it is.
Friday, February 5, 2010
ANOTHER FORGOTTEN BUT IMPORTANT WOMAN OF HISTORY: BERTHA VON SUTTNER
Most people on the planet Earth these days have no idea who likely had the most influence in leading Alfred Nobel to create what has come to be known as the Noble Peace Prize. This was likely the result of the activities and leadership of one Germanic woman, who was born in Prague during the Habsburg final Empire. That women was the Bohemian Bertha von Suttner.
Thursday, May 30, 2013(4 comments)
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.
Declaring Victory and Moving on -What a Horrible Concept!
During the Vietnam War era in the 1960s, several generals and military officers suggested to the President of the United States (and all Americans, including the military), "Let's declare victory and go home!"
I have asked myself over the years whether (psychologically or) orally declaring a victory when there is not a clear victory is a good procedure for America to ever follow.
I conclude by listing 12 facts to guide U
Wednesday, June 5, 2013(3 comments)
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
Sunday, June 12, 2011(2 comments)
Is there a Rise of American Stoicism, American " Inshallah", and possibly American "Shoganai"
As an American, what do you expect of yourself, your destiny, your society? Are your choices limited, such as Middle Eastern and East Asian societies? How has America been changed by its decades of wars since WWII have we adapted limiting world views or will we fall back on the old German "Dolchstoss" stabbed in the back mentality when we bail out of the next two wars. What will be the new dominant typical American view?
"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.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
THREE WALL STORIES, THREE NEWSPAPERS, THREE PHOTOS & THREE EDITORIALS
On the drive to Berlin from Wiesbaden, I came upon a McDonald's offering a free BILD newspaper (dated October 31, 2009) , with cover stories and photos of 3 aging men who are intrinsically intertwined in the popular myths about the collapse of communism and the opening of the Wall in Berlin on November 9, 1989. The faces were of Helmut Kohl , George Herbert Walker Bush & Michael Gorbachev. What do you remember of the days?
Saturday, June 7, 2008(3 comments)
NEWS AND WARNINGS: Westerners Seek Jobs in Gulf to Beat High Living Costs
As many Americans, including many who have lost jobs in the current recession and many who have served in foreign wars, come looking for money and work in the Middle East, the author seeks to share stories of warning about working in the Gulf States--where crony and family capitalism dominate one's freedom, work life, and choices.
Redistributing Wealth, Centralized Planning Has Biblical Roots
Dear America, if socialism is a bad word and central planning is anathema too you, at least, look to your religious and cultural heritage to see that progressive taxation, government regulation and good planning belongs here--along with communities working together for fairness, justice, freedom, liberty, emancipation and harmony.
Key Judge in Lousiana Fails to Recuse Himself--Should He be Impeached?
According to Democracy Now and other national media, the judge who stopped the Obama's Administration's 6-month moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico this week likely should have had to recuse himself before taking part in the case.Judge Feldman may have been correct in his decision, but he was not the judge who should have made such an injunction--his hands and bank account are bloodied and well-oiled
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...
FROM PRAYER TO DEMONSTRATION: The Neglected History of East German Churches in the 1980s
During this 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, many in Germany are reevaluating the events of that age and reflecting on what it means in Germany and in the world today. This article focuses on two pastors involved in the Revolution of 1989/1990 in Eastern Germany. They are Rainer Eppelmmn and Markus Merkel. They faced jail and attempted murder but they fought non-violently and successfully.
Saturday, May 9, 2009(5 comments)
CULTURE, DEMOGRAPHICS, CHURCH-MOSQUE STRESSES
In Europe Christians and others concerned about cultural change are worried about the growth of Islam on the continent. The real sources for the stress are seldome handled. One of these stresses is by the lack of christian and muslim dialogue worldwide to find out what they have in common. Another problems is the unwieldy and unfriendly immigration policies which Americans and non-Americans face when desiring to move to EU
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
A Society without Orientation[s]
How does being a high-context culture make it hard for you to understand the need for having employee orientations and other orientation get-togethers? This is the third part in a series of articles contrasting how Westerners and East Asians handle relationship building. Special focus is made on Taiwanese and Chinese exceptionalism versus how the Japanese have adapted much better to embracing positive attributes of the West
DEAR ARIZONA AND YOU DEMAGOGUE-WANNABEES
I am not certain if any of class of demagoguery in Arizona (and in the GOP) we see today will ever reach the heights of John R. Brinkley or Father Coughlin, but I wanted to write you all this letter and warn you about how the wind is blowing. I should know because I lived most of my life in the land of the goat doctor.
DISCUSSING the N-Word, the B-word, and F-word in our Media, Music, and Images around the Globe
This past week, I was listening to an interview on Democracy Now with Professor Michael Eric Dyson, which also included a report on hip-hop by Mumia Abu-Jamal. The title of the lengthy interview was: "Professor and Preacher Michael Eric Dyson on Hip Hop & Politics, Don Imus, the "N"-word, and Bill Cosby". In the interview, the Georgetown Professor and popular writer Dyson defends the use of the n-word by blacks.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
MEET s REAL ECONOMIST: HA-JOON CHANG
In one recent interview Chang notes that a strange academic culture has been dominate for the past half century. Good economists were considered those who were good at econometrics. Theorists and activists among economists are considered the lower-standard economists. (The same situation functions in schools of political science in the USA and in Europe in this same period.)
Are You Gamed Enough?
Another way that movies are almost fully reflecting our world or reality comes from Gerald Butler's GAMER, FOX Corp., the USA military and the American military and prison complexes.
Saturday, December 27, 2008(12 comments)
ISRAEL, SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS?
In Gaza 140 are dead already as a result of the air attacks partially financed by USA tax dollars. Both Israel and the U.S.A. call unnecessary deaths "collateral damage" this Christmas rather than calling them crimes against humanity.
Friday, February 27, 2009(4 comments)
Lot, Lotto, and Casino Capitalism
What does the Biblical character Lot have to do with casino capitalism today? Is it more than a coincidence that Lot sounds like the word Lotto? The world needs solutions tested in time but new for this millennium in many ways. Where do we begin? How about the World Federalist movement?
Thursday, March 3, 2011
More on Blue Butterflies and Teaching Kids
As I watched the first minutes of the film, I could hardly believe that the tale was even vaguely based upon a true story, but I was wrong. Apparently, the film is, indeed, based on the life of a the Quebec-born, David Marenger, who at the age of six was diagnosed with cancer and given only a few months to live.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008(2 comments)
Zainab Al-Suwaij Speaks at the AWARE CENTER on "A Special Model for Muslim Women in a Modern Society"
Speaking on the topic, "A Special Model for Muslim Women in a Modern Society", Zainab Al-Suwaij visited both Kuwait University and the Aware Center Kuwait this first week of May, i.e. just 10-days prior to national elections, when Kuwaiti women are hopeful of gaining their first seats in parliament. At the AWARE CENTER, Al-Suwaij was introduced as co-founder and executive director of the American Islamic Congress (AIC)
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Thinking through Oman's Current and Future Educational Demands
3rd in a series; In each of the essays, comparisons between Kansas (my homestate) and Oman are undertaken in a way that focuses on past, present and future Omani development. Oman, like all of the GCC countries is overdependent on petroleum industries and needs to think through new possible development activities--and implement them very quickly.
Friday, December 31, 2010(2 comments)
CHANGING CALENDARS, CHANGING WEEKENDS, CHANGING CENTENNIALS
Just a few years back we were all hoping that fex-time would be the way of the future for all employees and students. The benefits to our mental and physcial health were to be enormous. Now with the economies in many lands to be providing few jobs. There is too little serious talk about flexible calendars in education and work. This article reminds us that multiple calendars are already present in much of the world.