Articles

Germany Invades Poland

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.

Law and the International Businessman

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.

On the Ground in Vietnam…

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...

“Culture Games”

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?

How to Obtain Residency in Asian Countries (Part 2)

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.

Demystifying Panama – Part 2

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...

I Want a Pony for Christmas!

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.

Someone actually took Doug’s advice!

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.

How to Obtain Residency in Asian Countries (Part 1)

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.

Demystifying Panama – Part 1

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.

HYPERINFLATION - “I’ll wait and see how it goes before I make my move”

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.

Creating a Better World, One Couch at a Time…

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...

“Is it possible to minimize and/or defer rental income in an Argentinian property if the funds are r

Question from a US-based IM Member: "Is it possible to minimize and/or defer rental income in an Argentinian property if the funds are retained in a bank or an overseas brokerage account?"

DUMB-OCRACY

A democracy seems a fair way for a group to come to a decision, but can there be times when the majority-rule is less than fair? Jeff Thomas offers his thought-provoking take on the subject...

Thoughts on Singapore

Singapore is widely considered a desirable expatriate location, but why? As the discussions on the IM Forum clearly show, there is great diversity among individuals regarding where they want to live and why. We can research the facts and figures of any given location to learn about its tangible features. But what about the intangibles - our awareness of a place and how it makes us feel? To research the intangibles, we rely on personal opinions and today we share those of Marwood Dent, a first-time contributor and resident of Singapore.

The Real Price of “Free” Online Services

In today's ever-more "connected" and online world, people have flocked to "free" services such as Facebook, Twitter and the like. But at what cost? Kyle Gonzales explores the issue and reveals some startling facts about what really happens to your online data...

Making Money Overseas as a Freelance Writer (Part 2)

Last week, we met Barbara Diggs, an American freelance writer now living in Paris. We continue our interview today and get Barbara's thoughts about the expat community in Paris, the French school system, as well as the (important) cultural differences in the country...

Framers of the American Constitution

The US Constitution is widely touted as one of the, if not the, greatest primary governing document the world has ever known. Enforcement of the Constitution's ideals has fallen under hard times lately, but some want to refocus on them again. In this article, the always insightful Jeff Thomas reviews the background of the creation of the US Constitution and of those who were its authors.

On the Ground in Tanzania: Zanzibar

If you're new to International Man, then allow me the pleasure of introducing you to Mark Svoboda, a Russian-born expat currently living in the US but planning to leave for a new destination sometime in 2012. As he travels the globe looking for his own Shangri-la, he takes us along - allowing us to share in his discoveries and informal opportunity spotting.

“How do I find information regarding the pros & cons of setting up a foreign business?”

This is an enormous topic, and one with many angles and perspectives. I typically work with existing US-based companies that want to internationalize their business. For these companies, there is always a potential "con" in the commitment of resources against an anticipated return. The "pros", however, are numerous.

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