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The World As It Is

The World As It Is

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Over the past year I have had a chance to see the spread of culture and human civilization as it has splayed itself out over the land and through the centuries, both in the Orient and in the Occidental world. Many of the places I go are way off the…

The Development Continuum in Jordan

The Development Continuum in Jordan

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Jordan is a progressive forward-looking country and a beacon of light in the Middle East. This article outlines some of the most important programs they have put in place to empower women in the workplace. …

Optimistically Speaking– The Straight Story

Optimistically Speaking– The Straight Story

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This week, I participated in a panel-discussion hosted by the United Nations University. Four research fellows espoused on the importance of "Safe Water Provisioning as the Key to Global Health." Yep, I agree. There were about 75 people in attendance, which is unfortunately reflective of the abundant indifference permeating populations…

Tinderbox in Burma (Myanmar)

Tinderbox in Burma (Myanmar)

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Conditions in Myanmar (Burma) are coming to a political and economic head. The ruling military oligarchy is moving quickly to consolidate economic power in advance of upcoming elections. There will likely be little political freedom even after elections. …

Building Stupas in the Sand

Building Stupas in the Sand

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Non-zero sum thinking by the political leaders would significantly help the population of Myanmar lift itself out of poverty. Improvements to the basic transportation and communications infrastructure would allow them to participate in the next phase of economic growth and prosperity stemming from the globalization process. …

Water Sustainability – Haiti Has Been Thirsty For Years

Water Sustainability – Haiti Has Been Thirsty For Years

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Until we actually walk in the shoes of another human being or culture, our perspective towards that person / society is filtered through our own experiences, opinions and perceptions. The trauma of Haiti and its people is beyond true understanding, especially when witnessing it via the media, while food, water…

Water Sustainability — Women, Water and Passion

Water Sustainability — Women, Water and Passion

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The IFAD Gender and Water Report gives some startling facts about the difficulties faced by poor women in the developing world...just in their efforts to get water to their families every day. …

Beacon of Creativity and Artistry

Beacon of Creativity and Artistry

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The more I travel, the more I see the potential in all the people and places that I visit. The arts and crafts and musical and theatrical traditions that are being kept alive in many villages and cities around the world are a testament to the resiliency of the…

Water Sustainability

Water Sustainability

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Within all the global issues we face today—economic, environmental, humanitarian, political and social—water permeates each of these in a very significant way. In developed cultures around the world, these major concerns are noticed (or ignored) by the individual-- certainly commented upon.…

The Real Competitive Advantage

The Real Competitive Advantage

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Business theories are often formulated to justify an underlying objective stemming from a perception of the firm’s competitive advantage . And, with the increasing influence of business interests on the formulation and execution of public policy there is a tendency to avoid deep analysis that might reveal a lack of…

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