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The 59 Countries That Are Most Prepared To Handle An Uncertain Future

The 59 Countries That Are Most Prepared To Handle An Uncertain Future | Current Events from an Intercultural Viewpoint | Scoop.it
A new report ranks the world's countries not on their economic indicators but on their ability to safeguard the needs of its future generations. The...
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Yes! Sustainability and looking out for our children and grandchildren's futures, rather than just tracking short-term economic gains. I am happy to see this becoming more of a focus.

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Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person | Current Events from an Intercultural Viewpoint | Scoop.it
I, maybe more than most people, can completely understand why broke white folks get pissed when the word "privilege" is thrown around. As a child I was constantly discriminated against because of my poverty, and those wounds still run deep....
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Excellent article on intersectionality, layers of culture, and privilege.

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Should the UK National Health Service Respect the Cultural Traditions of its Patients?

Should the UK National Health Service Respect the Cultural Traditions of its Patients? | Current Events from an Intercultural Viewpoint | Scoop.it
A recent appearance by the Mayor of London (and potential future leader of the Conservative Party) Boris Johnson on a local London radio station has created controversy.
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Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person...

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Being a Straight White Middle Class Able-Bodied Male can be like winning a lottery you didn't even know you were playing.
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Significant development of McIntosh's work, I feel.

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Giving Money to Child Beggars Is the Least Generous Thing a Tourist Can Do

Giving Money to Child Beggars Is the Least Generous Thing a Tourist Can Do | Current Events from an Intercultural Viewpoint | Scoop.it
I still remember him vividly. He was a little boy, maybe 10 or 11 years old, who navigated the streets of New Delhi by lying, stomach-down, on an old skateboard, and pulling his body along with his arms.
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Living in Mexico, I know this first hand. Please, don't do it! Let's break the cycles of poverty and slavery in ways that work!

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Language-Culture Ceiling and Breakthroughs of Immigrant Women Leaders

Language-Culture Ceiling and Breakthroughs of Immigrant Women Leaders | Current Events from an Intercultural Viewpoint | Scoop.it
When I lived in Europe, I taught English for a living. In the U.S., however, people keep asking me where I'm from. I never take it personally; still, I could not help but notice that the media foster the intolerance of non-native English speakers.
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What the world can learn from Canadian multiculturalism

What the world can learn from Canadian multiculturalism | Current Events from an Intercultural Viewpoint | Scoop.it
Bucking the trend in the rest of the world, Canada's immigrants are settling very nicely in this easygoing country.
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Excellent article and example. 

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Why France is gearing up for a culture war with the United States

Why France is gearing up for a culture war with the United States | Current Events from an Intercultural Viewpoint | Scoop.it
Agnès Poirier: The recent transatlantic trade agreement talks have reawakened a long-running dispute about the French 'cultural exception'
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Perfect illustrations of how deeply cultural differences can go, and how very difficult they can be to bridge.

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Dianne Hofner Saphiere's curator insight, June 9, 2013 2:45 PM

Perfect illustrations of how deeply cultural differences can go, and how very difficult they can be to bridge.

Jenny Ebermann's comment, June 10, 2013 10:08 AM
Especially when it comes to arts and culture for everybody! I truly believe that everybody should have access to theatre, movies etc. so that cultural richness and ideas can spread to everybody, rich and poor, old and young.
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Will Disney’s new Tonto be any better?

Will Disney’s new Tonto be any better? | Current Events from an Intercultural Viewpoint | Scoop.it
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Hollywood image of Tonto once had the Lone Ranger’s sidekick wearing a thin headband and lots of dangling fringes.
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Can "pop" culture be culturally sensitive? Of course. Can "mass" culture?

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Is the Lady in the Muscle Car a Good Lawyer?

Is the Lady in the Muscle Car a Good Lawyer? | Current Events from an Intercultural Viewpoint | Scoop.it
April 18, 2013 - "The new focus of our civil rights battle is the discrimination faced by anyone whose gender expression is diverse."
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EXCELLENT post on discrimination and bullying of all sorts, with important insight into gender identity

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Argentine father of soon-to-be Dutch Queen can't escape history as dictatorship minister

Argentine father of soon-to-be Dutch Queen can't escape history as dictatorship minister | Current Events from an Intercultural Viewpoint | Scoop.it
Prince Willem-Alexander's ascension to the Dutch throne in April promises to be a shining moment on the world stage for his wife, Maxima, and her home country of Argentina. But there will be a g...
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Who’s Really Japanese?

Who’s Really Japanese? | Current Events from an Intercultural Viewpoint | Scoop.it
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The complexity of cross-cultural relations, definitions of culture, blended culture, changing societies, the shortcomings (and value) of labels and boxes

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“The Innocence of the Muslim” Provokes Mismatch in Cultural Understanding

“The Innocence of the Muslim” Provokes Mismatch in Cultural Understanding | Current Events from an Intercultural Viewpoint | Scoop.it
Media has indeed become the strongest destructive weapon one can dare to imagine. An idiot with next to no ethics or professional knowledge can produce a stupid, laughable, amateuristic film about ...
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Religious Parent, Secular Child: The New Culture Clash | Wendy ...

Religious Parent, Secular Child: The New Culture Clash | Wendy ... | Current Events from an Intercultural Viewpoint | Scoop.it
I was quoted in the New York Times Magazine's Sixth Floor Blog a couple of weeks ago, which, admittedly, is not the same as being quoted in the New York Times — or even the New York Times Magazine — but, hey, it's still ...
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The Words Every Woman Should Know

The Words Every Woman Should Know | Current Events from an Intercultural Viewpoint | Scoop.it
Men discount what women say with surprising regularity. Here’s how women should respond.
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How Japan stood up to old age - FT.com

How Japan stood up to old age - FT.com | Current Events from an Intercultural Viewpoint | Scoop.it
Akira Kawahito and Shigenobu Kambayashi don’t exactly look like doctors.
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Excellently researched and reported article, that contains ideas for constructively dealing with changing demographics and aging societies, useful for so many.

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Cheap razor made after P&G watches Indians shave

Cheap razor made after P&G watches Indians shave | Current Events from an Intercultural Viewpoint | Scoop.it
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Very interesting and powerful example of a major corporation learning about customer needs, and learning from those very customers, in order to adapt and develop product.

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The Changing Face of America

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We’ve become a country where race is no longer so black or white.
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About time race is more publicly acknowledged as bogus. Ethnicity and race-related cultures, yes. Biological race, come on.... Interesting article by Nat Geo.

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Melissa Hahn's curator insight, October 8, 2013 4:01 PM

Celebrating who we REALLY are.

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Italy’s First Black Minister Cecile Kyenge Wins EU Support to Beat Racist Slurs

Italy’s First Black Minister Cecile Kyenge Wins EU Support to Beat Racist Slurs | Current Events from an Intercultural Viewpoint | Scoop.it
Anti-racism declaration signed in Rome by 17 European ministers urges end to racist abuse by politicians.
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The 59 Countries That Are Most Prepared To Handle An Uncertain Future

The 59 Countries That Are Most Prepared To Handle An Uncertain Future | Current Events from an Intercultural Viewpoint | Scoop.it
A new report ranks the world's countries not on their economic indicators but on their ability to safeguard the needs of its future generations. The...
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Yes! Sustainability and looking out for our children and grandchildren's futures, rather than just tracking short-term economic gains. I am happy to see this becoming more of a focus.

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The Economy: Under New Ownership

The Economy: Under New Ownership | Current Events from an Intercultural Viewpoint | Scoop.it
How cooperatives are leading the way to empowered workers and healthy communities.
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The new economy spreads equity and power more broadly, and hopefully helps preserve our natural environment as well. Intercultural at its best!

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What the Muslim world believes, on everything from alcohol to honor killings, in 8 maps, 5 charts

What the Muslim world believes, on everything from alcohol to honor killings, in 8 maps, 5 charts | Current Events from an Intercultural Viewpoint | Scoop.it
A sweeping study of Muslim attitudes in dozens of countries turned up some fascinating results
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The diversity within any culture, including religious tradition

Be sure to check out Cultural Detective Islam, part of the Cultural Detective Online system.

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The China-Japan-Korea Triangle by Jean-Pierre Lehmann - The Globalist

The China-Japan-Korea Triangle by Jean-Pierre Lehmann - The Globalist | Current Events from an Intercultural Viewpoint | Scoop.it
Do the ghosts of Northeast Asia's past imperil the region's future stability and prosperity?
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History and its effects on modern-day mentalities is soooo important.

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Can Healthy Food Eaters Stomach the Uncomfortable Truth About Quinoa?

Can Healthy Food Eaters Stomach the Uncomfortable Truth About Quinoa? | Current Events from an Intercultural Viewpoint | Scoop.it
The people who first cultivated the grain can't afford to eat it.
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Happy New Year! New Year’s and Calendars Around the World

Happy New Year! New Year’s and Calendars Around the World | Current Events from an Intercultural Viewpoint | Scoop.it
Happy New Year!! Our greetings are sincere; we wish the best for our colleagues, partners, and friends. Intent is important. However, even the most sincere greetings, when unaccompanied by a broade...
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No, the world didn't end on December 21, but it was the first day of a new Mayan cycle or baktun, 13.0.0.0, full of insight and compassion. Learn a bit about calendars around the world.

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White Wolf: Mistake on the Mountain - Crazy Horse Memorial

White Wolf: Mistake on the Mountain - Crazy Horse Memorial | Current Events from an Intercultural Viewpoint | Scoop.it

Very interesting story of well-intended cross-cultural miscommunication. I do hope this error can get corrected now, while there is apparently still time to correct it.

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