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Sick, Depraved Attack in South Sudan

The details will make your skin crawl. The report has come to light one month later. International aid workers, primarily Americans, were targeted for attack in South Sudan. Living in a protected compound, they never imagined being violently overrun by South Sudanese forces last month who would repeatedly rape, beat and rob them in their…

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The Palestinians are Their Own Worst Enemies

Evil generally does not get better with time. Neither does the Palestinian situation. In the latest untenable situation, a Palestinian father pushes his four-year-old son toward Israeli soldiers and screams at them to shoot his son, to kill him-! Unbelievable. Naturally, the soldiers do nothing of the sort and actually extend their hand in peace…

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Sleeping with Strangers

No, this is not THAT kind of article. We’re talking about professionals having to room with other professionals, whether on a business or remote research trip. It happens. Years ago, I laughed at a friend who always worried about his corporate business trips. Though they were top executives, his corporation roomed upper-tier staff together at…

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Free Land in Russia

A couple of weeks ago, a friend sent a news article announcing free land in Russia. Could it be true? Yes, if you were a Russian citizen and felt the pioneering spirit, you could sign up for the latest in Russian-good-ideas-gone-bad. The Russian president approved the scheme whereby one hectare (2.5 acres) would be given…

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Four Weeks Petya-Free

We are more than midway through and actually nearing the end of the month-long leave of absence our oldest son took from his job… and his university studies… and us. Volunteering as a camp counselor, I hear he’s heading out for whitewater rafting early in the morning. He sneaks the occasional text to us once…

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Quoits, Croquet and Bocce

I am not a snob, really, I’m not. However, as summer swings into high gear, all I can picture is a gathering on the beach, men in khaki pants and white shirts, ladies in white linen tea-length-or-longer dresses and sunhats, playing lawn games. And sipping lemonade. By the seaside. On a grassy lawn. What are…

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Camp Photos from Afar

They are in staff training for the next few days before the campers arrive. Smart move. I ask Petya to send group photos. Here the tribe leaders (counselors) are in a van, smiling wildly. They look normal and happy and dynamic. “Great group!” I text enthusiastically. “They’re all awesome, just like me, hehe,” I receive…

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Desperate Mother Moments

I’m doing okay, thanks, even though my eldest son is far away. Saying goodbye at the train station at 4:00 am was challenging. But he made it to Manhattan, no problem, meeting up with his team and then heading for points north. His two tired parents, myself having slept for all of an hour or…

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How to Negotiate Anything Abroad

You can do this. Doesn’t matter if you’re filthy rich and can’t be bothered, for many goods and services in the rest of the world, you are expected to negotiate and haggle the price down. Not to do so would say something of your naivete, as well as make life difficult for the next stranger…

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Fallout and Followup After a Business Trip

Let’s just put it this way: it takes a long time to get back to normal after a business trip. As a matter of fact, my whole life seems to be either preparing for, or following up after, some kind of travel. I’d like for once, just once to: go, do, and be done with…