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Become a Champion of Charity by Running the Paris Marathon

15 January, 2014 09:00  EasyExpat EasyExpat

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Egypt’s Media War from the Perspective of an Expat

20 August, 2013 12:36  Erin Erin

A recent participant in our series of expat interviews has been on our mind as Egypt's protests have erupted in an explosion of violence. With hundreds of people dead, it is difficult to tell what the situation is like for people living there. Read about Zareth's life in Cairo here, and find her account of the recent happenings in Egypt below*.

Cairo, EgyptWednesday morning was like any other, I woke up to make breakfast for my husband while he got ready for work. At seven in the morning his work phone interrupted the routine. A call from a friend changed the day completely. From that point on we rushed to the television to see the police making The Muslim Brotherhood abandoned the premises they were in.

As I watched, I knew this was coming. Ever since the Ex-President was thrown out, his followers have been protesting in different parts of Egypt. This has caused a lot of anger, the fact that his people have been saying we are peacefully protesting while of course being armed with weapons and attacking the police, army and the people.  

I guess we have been hearing different things from different points of view.  I will explain what is happening and let this be my opinion and what I am seeing with my own eyes, not them manipulation of the news.



US Issues Worldwide Travel Alert - Should You Be Worried?

03 August, 2013 09:08  Erin Erin

The World Each Nation National flags © Aania - A few days ago, quiet rumblings from expats in the Middle East alerted us that something could be amiss. Whisperings about embassy closings and high security alerts weren't immediately alarming, but indicated that something could be happening. 

It appears those concerns were warranted as the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert, particularly significant in the Middle East and North Africa, on August 2nd.

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula.  Current information suggests that al-Qa’ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August.


Gay Rights Movement Around the World

02 May, 2013 10:18  Erin Erin

Rainbow flag © RikkeIn mid-April, France passed legislation to become the 14th country to legalize gay marriage. This is another sure sign that the movement is gaining momentum, but the march of progress is frustratingly slow. For every country that has recognized important rights for same-sex couples, there are areas of the world that do not acknowledge these rights with conditions that are outright dangerous.

France's Bill 344 was introduced to the National Assembly on November 17th, 2012, it was passed on February 12th, 2013 in a 329-229 vote, and on April 23rd, 2013 the law was approved by the National Assembly in a 331-225 vote. At this time, the Constitutional Council has one month to rule on whether the law conforms to the Constitution. The same-sex marriage bill that also permits gay couples to adopt children must be signed by President Francois Hollande and published in the Official Journal before the new legislation is instated.



Expat Fear: the Situation in Korea

17 April, 2013 15:53  Erin Erin

Happy familySince mid-February, the rumblings of danger from Democratic People's Republic of Korea have grown from the usual wariness to all-out panic by some media sources.

The panic is not all that surprising considering North Korea's own statements and ultimatum. Via the state media service Korean Central News Agency,

"The world is in a festive mood on the auspicious Day of the Sun. It is only the south Korean puppet forces who hurled a group of anti-communist gangsters into a rally against the DPRK in the heart of Seoul in broad daylight at which they set fire to the portraits, the symbols of its supreme dignity."

Not exactly comforting words for it's southern neighbor and public enemy. No "final peaceful settlement" has ever been fully achieved between the two sides and these kind of statements paired with the ramping up of their missile systems are right to raise alarm. However, it is still thoroughly unclear what exactly should be done about the latest threats.  (More)


International Women's Day & Women's Rights

06 March, 2013 16:50  Erin Erin

International Women’s Day logoInternational Women's Day is a celebration and recognition of women's economic, political and social achievements. Falling on March 8th, the day actually began as a Socialist political event in the United States of America on February 28th, 1909. In August 1910, an International Women's Conference preceding the general meeting of the Socialist Second International in Copenhagen expanded interest in "International Woman's Day" (IWD). The next year, on March 18th, 1911 IWD was celebrated by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. In 1975, the United Nations began to sponsor International Women's Day. The date was eventually finalized as March 8th to remember the 1857 strike by garment workers in New York which led to the formation of the first women's union in the United States.  (More)


The Traveling Expat - Top Countries for Travel in 2013

13 November, 2012 14:28  Erin Erin

Old suitcase © rimglow - FotoliaAs 2012 winds down, some people look forward to holiday cheer, while other people are simply on the hunt for where to go next. The fall season is actually a great time to plan your travel for 2013. Lonely Planet's list of Best in Travel 2013 offers travel tips for the coming year. Read up, get excited, and let's travel. (More)


Expat Impact on the United States Presidential Election

05 November, 2012 11:51  Erin Erin

The fate of the 2012 United States Presidency will be decided on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. It will be the 57th quadrennial presidential election and its effects will be felt by its citizens, citizens abroad, and the world at large. It is believed that incumbent president Barrack Obama is ahead in the polls, but nothing is certain until after the election when one of the candidates admits defeat. (More)


Recovery after Hurricane Sandy

01 November, 2012 10:41  Erin Erin

Hurricane SandyHurricane Sandy provided scenes of devastation and awe all along the east coast of North America. The massive storm, also referred to as Superstorm Sandy and Frankenstorm, is the largest Atlantic hurricane on record with winds spanning 1,100 miles (1,800 km). Power outages now stand at more than 5.6 million homes and businesses (down from a peak of 8.5 million). Early calculations put the damages at a minimum of $20 to $25 billion. This would place it as one of the top five most destructive hurricanes on record. The storm killed at least 74 people in the United States. (More)


The Strange New Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

13 October, 2012 16:41  Erin Erin

European Union FlagThe Nobel Peace Prize is an illustrious achievement, awarded annually to those who have "done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses". It is one of the five Nobel Prizes (Chemistry, Physics, Physiology or Medicine, and Literature) bequeathed by the Swedish industrialist and inventor Alfred Nobel. Per Alfred Nobel's will, the recipient is selected by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, a 5-member committee appointed by the Parliament of Norway. Due to its political nature, the Nobel Peace Prize is often controversial.

Such is the case with this years winner: The European Union. The choice seems to be a universal surprise, much like US President Obama's 2009 unexpected win. (More)


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