Exploring The English Language; The Lingua Franca

In the early twenty-first century, it goes without saying that the English language holds the title of Lingua Franca on Planet Earth. It is the language of international diplomacy, business, science and broader culture. Lingua Franca, is a latin term that more or less means, global language. It first came into use during the era … Continue reading Exploring The English Language; The Lingua Franca

Exploring "Stranger in The Village of The Sick"

"Time and experience have taught me that everyone, especially cancer patients, can benefit from the world of sorcery." -Paul Stoller, Anthropologist It is well understood that being diagnosed with cancer is a devastating prognosis. However, given the uncomfortable realities associated with the illness, the topic remains for most, something that is out of sight, out … Continue reading Exploring "Stranger in The Village of The Sick"

The Rape of Nanking

Via Amazon For many of us in The West, The Second World War is marked with the atrocities committed by Nazi Germany in the European Theatre of war. The attempted Genocide of European Jews, the massacre of Gipsi's, Slavs, Political dissidents and others, the events that unfolded in Europe during the mid twentieth century, have … Continue reading The Rape of Nanking

Exploring Mesopotamia, The Cradle of Civilization

Mesopotamia is a region centered around the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Southwest Asia. It is an area renowned for being the cradle of civilization and an archaeological hotspot. Mesopotamia is accepted historically, as the first place in the world to give birth to complex human society. It is where Humans first successfully transitioned from … Continue reading Exploring Mesopotamia, The Cradle of Civilization

Yunnan Province; 'South of The Clouds'

Yunnan Province in the People's Republic of China is a province steeped in a rich history, as well as myth and legend. Among the Han Chinese, Yunnan has a reputation of being a wild, untamed region full of 'uncivilized' tribes. The name Yunnan, has been in use since the thirteenth century when China was under … Continue reading Yunnan Province; 'South of The Clouds'

Germany to Lead EU in Post Brexit World

The United Kingdom is officially set to depart the European Union and with it's departure, leaves a vital role that will need to be filled. While there isn't a defacto leader nation among the EU economic bloc, The UK with it's heavily influential economy, has long acted as a steward in diplomacy, military and other … Continue reading Germany to Lead EU in Post Brexit World

The Celtic Tiger and Ireland's Economic Miracle

Via Forbes In the 1990's The Republic of Ireland experienced something akin to an economic miracle. Dubbed the Celtic Tiger in 1994 by an economist at Morgan Stanley, Ireland in an enormous switch in trends, went from being one of the poorest nations in Europe, to one of the richest (2). While it is important … Continue reading The Celtic Tiger and Ireland's Economic Miracle

The Rise of The People’s Republic of China

From Lijiang, Yunnan Province It is not possible to discuss global economics or world affairs without including The People's Republic of China. Home to approximately 1.436 billion people, China is a nation to be reckoned with by population alone. It is astounding that even if one billion of its inhabitants were to somehow leave or … Continue reading The Rise of The People’s Republic of China

A Real Inconvenient Truth; The U.S. Secret War in Laos

(Taken near Vang Vieng) When most people think of Laos, they imagine thick green jungles and epic Karst mountains splaying across an ancient spiritual and culturally unique landscape. Some may think of The Hmong, their especially distinct customs and shamanic practices. Travelers might recall the numerous Theravada Buddhist temples scattered in every part of the … Continue reading A Real Inconvenient Truth; The U.S. Secret War in Laos