Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Multicultural Blogs - update

"International Stuff" NEWS [Introduction]

Back Room Deal ▪ Crazy Corral ▪ Arson, Foreclosure, Trajectory (California)

Kurt Beck, SPD [Germany] ▪ World's Threat ▪ Scare Force One

Manipulations (Beck) ▪ Russia's Putin ▪ Shere Hite (65) ▪ Break

German Social Democrats [Beck vs. Merkel's Union] ▪ Rainstorm Poem

Merkel's Attitude ▪ Polls ▪ India Visit ▪ Access ▪ Poem

Kurt Beck’s Chancellorship Competition with Angela Merkel

Merkel who was TV interviewed (ZDF), on October 28, feels quite comfortable with the development at the SPD congress. She's got no problem with Beck's thesis and competitive leadership approach.

The polls indicated a large sympathy percentage for Merkel and only little for Beck. But recently, as Beck fought within his party, he acquired a better leadership profile which brought him already a few more sympathy points. Of course, he's got to convince a broad mass of regular and potential SPD voters that his 'social-oriented' programs are better and, moreover, affordable - in view of Germany's hard globalization challenges.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Multicultural Blogs - update

"International Stuff" NEWS [Introduction]

Connections ▪ Emerging Leadership ▪ Reforms & Conflicts ▪ Venice Blog

Poland's Winner DONALD TUSK ▪ EU Issues ▪ Arlington's Eateries

Honesty Costs (Germany) ▪ Diwanerias ▪ California Fires ▪ Thoughts

Honesty vs. Business ▪ Burmese Junta ▪ Ballston Neighborhood

Business Suffering From “Honesty” – The “Merkel Cost”

Excerpts - German Chancellor Angela Merkel prides herself on being honest with - and critical of - world leaders. But within her government, dissatisfaction is growing, and German trade may be suffering…

Merkel feels that there is no evidence that an offensive human rights policy jeopardizes investments or lessens political influence. She believes that only those who express their opinions openly are treated with respect.

Others, though, aren't so sure. Whereas Merkel is inclined to ignore the aggressive posturing her foreign policy generates, others see warning signals that need to be taken seriously. BASF Chairman Jürgen Hambrecht criticized the reception of the Dalai Lama as "tactless" and promptly delivered a sweeping attack. "The way we deal with China is absolutely unjustified," he said. His deputy Eggert Voscherau echoed the boss in saying: "We have pushed open the door, but others are going through."… More at Spiegel International

Thursday, October 18, 2007

USA, Russia, and Iran – Avoiding a World War III Prospect

Bush’s Warning (Oct 17)

President George W. Bush warned Iran must be barred from nuclear weapons to avoid the prospect of "World War III," and dismissed suggestions of a US-Russia rift on the crisis.

Bush intervened hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin made a new proposal to end the nuclear crisis as he met Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for landmark talks in Tehran… More at
AFP hosted by Google

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Paris Fashion Week in Wall Street Journal’s “WSJ Blog”

A series of inspiring WSJ.com articles and fashion photos on the Paris Runway Spring 2008 were mentioned in the Designer Fashion blog of the Haplifnet as well as in the multicultural blog International Stuff, jointly with e-glob, Washington (DC), titled ‘Paris Fashion’ and ‘Week Dollars vs. Fashion Shows’.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Haplif & Haplifnet legally approved by German Press Association

A comprehensive documentation of Haplif & Haplifnet publications on political and multicultural issues, implying a promotable US-EU community, was thoroughly reviewed and, as a result, legally approved by DPV Deutscher Presse Verband (German Press Association), Hamburg, on October 5, 2007.

It comprised in particular: The GLOBAL HAPLIFNET in context with the multicultural blogs INTERNATIONAL STUFF (soc.culture.europe, s.c.usa, s.c.japan, s.c.australia), jointly with e-glob, Washington (DC), the Haplifnet
Governance, Designer Fashion, and Deutsch (German) as well as Haplif Governance Highlights (future-oriented), Haplif Highlights & “FK”-Themen at the publisher’s Navigation Center, “Globalisierungsoptimierung” at the FOCUS Politikforum, and several “EU-Reformprogress” series at the SPIEGEL ONLINE FORUM (“Suche alle Beiträge von Frank Kalder” to be clicked).

Monday, October 1, 2007

European Executive Education [ESMT/USW] in Germany

The USW NETZWERK 2008 program (52 pages) is available in German language.

USW Network (formerly Universitätsseminar der Wirtschaft) is part of the private leadership college European School of Management and Technology (ESMT).
USW executive seminars are held on Schloss Gracht, a water castle near Cologne.

Mission of ESMT

▪ We develop entrepreneurial and responsible leaders who are globally minded and respect the individual.

▪ Based on European values and the potential of technology, we develop and impart new knowledge to foster sustainable economic growth.

Fortunately, as an ESMT/USW alumnus, I'm pleased to highly recommend participating in those seminars.

Among the 24 founders and sponsors (
pdf page 1 of the 2008 program) you’ll find the McKinsey & Company, Inc. as well as the Boston Consulting Group (Deutschland) GmbH (BCG) with its traditionally close relationship to the world’s foremost executive education at Boston’s Harvard UniversityMore at the websites of ESMT and USW Netzwerk