It should come as no surprise that many of our readers are independent-thinkers, exceptionally freedom-minded and fiercely libertarian. The smaller the government, the better so far as they are concerned. Indeed, some believe there should be no government at all. That said, today's feature might be of interest to the entire spectrum of political persuasion even if for just a lark: a small government without parties - just independents (supposedly) working for their constituents rather than vested interests. Jeff Thomas explains...
Last week Mark Svoboda introduced us to Colombia, a country he toured last year as part of the search for his next perfect homeland. Today Mark continues with his comments on the country, including lifestyle in Bogotá and Medellín, transportation, as well as the most common concern for Colombia: safety.
What if you were paid $40,000 to travel to another country, get a 1-year visa, and work on your technology related business? That's exactly what Start-Up Chile - an initiative started in 2010 by the Chilean government - makes possible, offering grants to small teams of entrepreneurs to come work on their ideas in Santiago. It's all part of the country's bid to become "the Silicon Valley of South America," and today we chat with Kevin Kent, a Chicago entrepreneur who recently received a grant.
The process of tax collection can be compared to that of opening a piñata: one beats the thing and with, sufficient effort, gets a stream of goodies to fall out. Yet more effort = more goodies. With enough effort, every piece of coin, candy and food is shaken out - almost always by destroying the piñata in the process.
Over the last several months we've had the opportunity to meet Mark Svoboda, a Russian-by-birth and current American resident looking for his next "Shangri-La" around the world. So far he has reported on Malaysia, Singapore, and Tanzania. Today Mark heads to South America for his findings on Colombia...
Expatriation, both of assets and oneself, is a common thread in many articles and forum posts on the International Man Network and elsewhere. Today, Jeff Thomas talks about the opposite side of the equation - repatriation - returning to one's original country.
International Man members might be familiar with the Expat Blog, a gathering place for expats living abroad and for people wanting information about specific countries around the world. It is our pleasure today to bring you an interview with Julien Faliu, founder of the Expat Blog.
We'll continue today with a discussion started last week with American-born business professionals Doug Railton and Robert O'Neill of East Asia Global Alliance, a company based in Vietnam that specializes in helping businesses grow in the region - both locally born or those funded by foreign investors.
Is the US taking a cue from Hitler and 1939 Germany in dealing with other nations? If so, what might be the outcome of such tactics? Jeff Thomas examines and compares Hitler's Germany and present-day USA.
In this increasingly international world, many businesses are going global for new growth. Here to help guide us through the "legal minefields" of such a move is US-based consultant and foreign business expert Ed Marsh.
This week, we have the pleasure to introduce you to Doug Railton and Robert O'Neill of East Asia Global Alliance, a company based in Vietnam that specializes in helping businesses grow in the region. Together, they bring an exceptional and diverse level of skills and experience to the field, some of which they have been gracious to share with us...
Have you ever thought about how terribly thin the line is between playing and fighting, between games and conflicts, between sports and battles? This blurry area was in part what inspired author Suzanne Collins to write The Hunger Games. In case you haven't heard of it, the book has been adapted to film and is now showing at a theatre near you. The story raises the question, is this art imitating life, or life imitating art?
Last week we introduced you to Michael G. Hines, an educator living in Bangkok. As Michael noted, teaching English in Asia is a great way to get one's foot in the door, as nearly all the countries will issue a work visa. Then it becomes much easier to pursue residency. Today, Michael continues his tour of Southeast Asia as he covers the basic requirements needed to get residency in Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Last week, we met Bob Adams, a world traveler and businessman now calling Panama home. Today we discover common misconceptions about the country, the drug trade, real estate market, as well as Bob's advice for would-be retirees or visitors to the county...
Entitlements are a dangerous thing for an economy and in today's article, Jeff Thomas analyzes where such things come from and where they can lead.
Many of our readers will know that best-selling author and renowned speculator Doug Casey inspired this project (in fact, it's based on his International Man book by the same name first published in the late 70s). Doug was one of the earliest modern advocates of internationalization - both as a way to generate wealth but also to enjoy a more interesting life. It's a point he has made many times over the years whenever someone complains that there aren't enough opportunities around him. It's a lesson that especially applies to young people as they are in the unique position of having limited connections or commitments at home.
Many native speakers of English are considering a fulfilling career as language educators in Asia. This is not surprising at all, given the high demand for ESL/EFL (English as a Second Language/English as a Foreign Language) teachers in the thriving economies of the region and the reeling job market at home. In fact, quite a number of people from the US, UK, Australia, and other English-speaking countries have already made the decision to leave their home nations and seek more satisfying careers elsewhere in Asia.
If you have ever considered relocating to or investing in Panama, and you do not know, or at least know of, Bob Adams, you are behind the curve. It is impossible to sum up in one sentence who or what Bob is, but suffice it to say he is an American who has lived and worked all over the world for many years, with foreign aid programs, humanitarian agencies and international businesses, all dealing with economic development. As such, he has his finger on the pulse of global economic news, and his eye on the implications of world events.
Though the definition of "inflation" may have changed over the years, there is no confusion as to what "hyperinflation" is. The question is: will hyperinflation occur within our lifetimes? If so, what might it look like? What will happen to our wealth in such a situation? The ever-insightful Jeff Thomas discusses the history, cause, and results of such a situation.
For all those who want to explore the world on a severely limited budget... There is a relatively new way to visit a country and get to know the culture through immersion - without having to spend money. It allows you to see more of a country than most tourists ever dream possible. It's called "couchsurfing," and correspondent Mark Svoboda is here to tell us more about it...
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