La Tiendita Honesta

En “La Tiendita Honesta” los clientes no son tan honestos.En su primera semana de operaciones, tienda en el Tec de Monterrey en donde el cliente elige dulces y otros alimentos, busca el costo en una lista de precios y deposita el dinero en una caja, de la cual también toma su feria, tuvo resultados que generaron señal de alerta.Del ingreso total que debió ser de 11 mil 350 pesos, en cuatro

En “La Tiendita Honesta” los clientes no son tan honestos.En su primera semana de operaciones, tienda en el Tec de Monterrey en donde el cliente elige dulces y otros alimentos, busca el costo en una lista de precios y deposita el dinero en una caja, de la cual también toma su feria, tuvo resultados que generaron señal de alerta.Del ingreso total que debió ser de 11 mil 350 pesos, en cuatro

la cultura neolonesa

Nací y fui criado en Monterrey. Mis raíces familiares en Nuevo León, el Nuevo León histórico que comprende lo que hoy en día es Texas, Coahuila, Nuevo León y Tamaulipas, se remontan por lo seguro a por lo menos cuatro generaciones. Por mis venas corre sangre americana, así que puedo afirmar con contundencia que soy un mexicano con raíces americanas milenarias. Por otro lado tengo ancestros sefarditas, portugueses, alemanes, e ingleses. Aunque mi conocimiento de las culturas y las lenguas maternas es nulo, culturalmente y étnicamente tengo muy poco que ver con la América precolombina. Sé algunos hechos aislados sobre los mexicas y la conquista, y prácticamente nada sobre las tribus americanas del norte que fueron exterminadas por mis abuelos. El carácter de la cultura neolonesa es más bien sefardita: palabras como huerco, comidas como el cabrito y las tortillas de harina, gusto por limones e higos, el acordeón, la circuncisión.

Los sefarditas llegaron a nuestras montañas y desiertos en busca de la libertad religiosa. Vinimos en busca de la tierra prometida. Nuestros orígenes judíos han sido olvidados en la conciencia popular: porque manifestar abiertamente el judaísmo significaba en los tiempos coloniales ser quemado vivo o ahorcado por la Inquisición, cuanto mayor el rango, mayor el riesgo. Con el tiempo, practicar el judaísmo implicaba ser excluido por parientes y vecinos, que se habían convertido en fervientes católicos.

Entiendo porque rusos y neoyorquinos claman con vehemencia que Palestina les pertenece. El pillaje, cuando la escala es lo suficientemente grande, se convierte en botín de guerra, y patrimonio legítimo de la Nación y el Pueblo.

Los hechos son los hechos e Israel existe. Pero Israel no tiene que ser un Estado genocida con un régimen jurídico racista e intolerante. De manera similar a como desapareció el apartheid en Sudáfrica, el régimen de Israel puede cambiar a algo más humano. Ha sucedido y podría suceder de nuevo. La alternativa es la auto-destrucción eventual del Estado judío.

Nací y fui criado en Monterrey. Mis raíces familiares en Nuevo León, el Nuevo León histórico que comprende lo que hoy en día es Texas, Coahuila, Nuevo León y Tamaulipas, se remontan por lo seguro a por lo menos cuatro generaciones. Por mis venas corre sangre americana, así que puedo afirmar con contundencia que soy un mexicano con raíces americanas milenarias. Por otro lado tengo ancestros sefarditas, portugueses, alemanes, e ingleses. Aunque mi conocimiento de las culturas y las lenguas maternas es nulo, culturalmente y étnicamente tengo muy poco que ver con la América precolombina. Sé algunos hechos aislados sobre los mexicas y la conquista, y prácticamente nada sobre las tribus americanas del norte que fueron exterminadas por mis abuelos. El carácter de la cultura neolonesa es más bien sefardita: palabras como huerco, comidas como el cabrito y las tortillas de harina, gusto por limones e higos, el acordeón, la circuncisión.

Los sefarditas llegaron a nuestras montañas y desiertos en busca de la libertad religiosa. Vinimos en busca de la tierra prometida. Nuestros orígenes judíos han sido olvidados en la conciencia popular: porque manifestar abiertamente el judaísmo significaba en los tiempos coloniales ser quemado vivo o ahorcado por la Inquisición, cuanto mayor el rango, mayor el riesgo. Con el tiempo, practicar el judaísmo implicaba ser excluido por parientes y vecinos, que se habían convertido en fervientes católicos.

Entiendo porque rusos y neoyorquinos claman con vehemencia que Palestina les pertenece. El pillaje, cuando la escala es lo suficientemente grande, se convierte en botín de guerra, y patrimonio legítimo de la Nación y el Pueblo.

Los hechos son los hechos e Israel existe. Pero Israel no tiene que ser un Estado genocida con un régimen jurídico racista e intolerante. De manera similar a como desapareció el apartheid en Sudáfrica, el régimen de Israel puede cambiar a algo más humano. Ha sucedido y podría suceder de nuevo. La alternativa es la auto-destrucción eventual del Estado judío.

Levels of Formality Around the World

Heather R Morgan from LinkedIn Levels of Formality in Business Emails Around the World Because German and Japanese have many rules dictating the formalities of the language itself, writing emails to people from these countries is formal and somewhat formulaic. … Continue reading

from LinkedIn

Levels of Formality in Business Emails Around the World

Because German and Japanese have many rules dictating the formalities of the language itself, writing emails to people from these countries is formal and somewhat formulaic. There are strict conventions how to begin, structure, and end emails, so including personal messages and informal language is seen as strange and impolite. Anything outside the box, such as saying “Best regards from California” instead of “Mit freundlichen Grüßen” (“with friendly greetings”) at the end of every cold email is considered very rude in a business email.

When emailing with Germans, the first sentence in the email after the salutation is not capitalized. Here’s an example of this capitalization rule:

“Dear Ms. Morgan,

in regards to your previous email…”

If you think that’s hard to remember, Japanese has a special language for extreme humbleness called “keigo.” When using keigo, verbs and other common phrases change dramatically to their “honorific” form, which has different levels of formality based on the occasion and level of seniority of the person you are addressing. At least you don’t have to worry about writing your next business email in keigo.

Conversely, when sending emails in many parts of Africa and South America, personal anecdotes are almost expected. If you’ve met a Brazilian business contact’s wife, it’s considered polite to ask how she’s doing in the email before you inquire about business matters like price. It’s also not uncommon for Brazilians to send hugs or kisses( “beijos”) instead of using “regards,” even for some mass emails.

What’s In a Name: When Titles Matter in Business Emails

Unlike the more informal addresses you see in America or Brazil, when addressing business contacts in the Emirates, status is crucial. You must know if they’re a “highness” or “excellency,”and if they are, you must address them as “your highness” or “your excellency” throughout the email.

Other countries such as Japan, Turkey, and Germany have specific formal titles you must use for addressing people. In Japan, you must address the reader by their last name using the title “san,” so Takeshi Yamada becomes “Yamada-san.” In German people are addressed by writing “Sehr geehrter Herr” (Dear honored Sir) for men and “Sehr geehrter Frau” for women (Dear honored Madam). In Turkey you must use “Bey” (Mr) or “Hanim” (Ms) after the first name, like “Mustafa Bey” or “Reyhan Hanim.”

Choosing Direct or Indirect Communication Styles

When writing emails to Europeans, avoid using flowery excessive language and get straight to the point. Where Americans might say that someone is “uniquely qualified” for a project, or a product is “great,” Europeans get annoyed by excessive statements. Germans are especially known for their directness.

Other cultures prefer much less direct communications because they are much more relationship oriented. This is true for much of Asia and France. While it is okay to be blunt in the United States, it is rude to ask for something too quickly in Asia or France without building a relationship with a person.

As was the case in the Clinton Global Initiative, smart Western firms often hire copywriters to modify US documents to be softer and more indirect when addressing Asian audiences. To be effective, you must use a “soft opening” and supply some background information leading to the outcome you desire from the written correspondence. Successful business development in Asia requires long-term relationship building, so if your first attempts don’t work, you must be patient and careful not to burn your bridges.

Cultural Time Differences Aren’t Just About Timezones

Email response time varies country to country. Whereas Americans expect quick turnarounds for email, Europeans often take much longer to respond to emails. Instead of next day response, they might not get back to you for a week or two. Those who have worked in emerging markets and have experienced phenomenons such as “Egyptian” or “Brazilian” time understand that much of the world doesn’t operate as fast as the US.

Paying Attention to Sensitive Cultural Issues

You should always do some research when communicating with someone from a cultural that’s unfamiliar to you to avoid faux pas. Where it’s common to list “4 points” in the United States, the number 4 (“shi”) sounds very close to the word “shin,” which means death in Japan and most of Asia (which have similar root words), and is considered an “unlucky number,” much like “13” in the West. So make sure you don’t give presents to your Japanese colleague or exchange student in sets of 4, as it may be taken as a bad omen.

the media campaign against Israel

Published on Jul 22, 2014 Rula Jebreal said on MSNBC yesterday that the network (as well as the rest of the media) is betraying a pro-Israel bias in its coverage of the Gaza conflict, and tweeted hours later all her … Continue reading

Published on Jul 22, 2014
Rula Jebreal said on MSNBC yesterday that the network (as well as the rest of the media) is betraying a pro-Israel bias in its coverage of the Gaza conflict, and tweeted hours later all her future TV appearances were pulled. Fortunately, Chris Hayes brought her on his show tonight for a fierce debate over the media’s “responsibility” in how to cover the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Hayes suggested that certain media outlets, MSNBC included, have been doing a much better job of being fair, even if she’s right about imbalanced coverage. But Jebreal argued it’s not good enough, because the media is still “creating a disservice” by taking a largely pro-Israel side and ignoring the Palestinians living “under siege.”

She said the media is supporting a “destructive” Israeli policy and gives way too much airtime to Israeli officials as opposed to Palestinian ones. Hayes shot back that firstly, it’s been hard for the networks to book Hamas officials in the first place, and secondly, airtime may not be as good a metric to judge with as toughness of the interviews themselves.

Jebreal maintained that they’re not “being interviewed in the same way” and the media’s abdicating its responsibility by essentially taking a side.


Gaza: Israel has Left 1.7 mn. with no Clean Water, Little Electricity

By Luisa Gandolfo, University of Aberdeen

When Operation Protective Edge commenced on July 8, Israel pledged to draw on lessons learned from previous conflicts to ensure that this operation would not near the duration of the 2008-2009 Gaza War. But it’s been three weeks and one day since the conflict began, bringing it in line withOperation Cast Lead.

The infrastructural damage of the previous war has yet to be repaired – and now it has been set back further, following the destruction of Gaza’s sole power plant. Serving 1.8m people, the plant was struck during a seven-hour bombardment in which 128 Palestinians died, bringing the number of fatalities to more than 1,200 Palestinians and 53 Israeli soldiers.

As Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, warned of “a long conflict ahead”, residents of the Gaza Strip now confront severe water restrictions as the loss of the station paralyses the region’s water pumps and electricity will be unavailable for months to come.

A siege

A siege is a military blockade of a city or fortress with the intent of conquering by attrition or assault. The term derives from sedere,Latin for “to sit”.[1] Siege warfare is a form of constant, low-intensity conflict characterized by one … Continue reading

A siege is a military blockade of a city or fortress with the intent of conquering by attrition or assault. The term derives from sedere,Latin for “to sit”.[1] Siege warfare is a form of constant, low-intensity conflict characterized by one party holding a strong, static defensive position. Consequently, an opportunity for negotiation between combatants is not uncommon, as proximity and fluctuating advantage can encourage diplomacy.

A siege occurs when an attacker encounters a city or fortress that cannot be easily taken by a coup de main and refuses tosurrender. Sieges involve surrounding the target and blocking the reinforcement or escape of troops or provision of supplies (a tactic known as “investment[2]), typically coupled with attempts to reduce the fortifications by means of siege engines, artillerybombardment, mining (also known as sapping), or the use of deception or treachery to bypass defences. Failing a military outcome, sieges can often be decided by starvation, thirst or disease, which can afflict either the attacker or defender.

Sieges probably predate the development of cities as large population centres. Ancient cities in the Middle East show archaeologicalevidence of having had fortified city walls. During the Warring States era of ancient China, there is both textual and archaeological evidence of prolonged sieges and siege machinery used against the defenders of city walls. Siege machinery was also a tradition of the ancient Greco-Roman world. During the Renaissance and the Early Modern period, siege warfare dominated the conduct of war in Europe. Leonardo da Vinci gained as much of his renown from the design of fortifications as from his artwork.

Medieval campaigns were generally designed around a succession of sieges. In the Napoleonic era, increasing use of ever more powerful cannon reduced the value of fortifications. In the 20th century, the significance of the classical siege declined. With the advent of mobile warfare, a single fortified stronghold is no longer as decisive as it once was. While traditional sieges do still occur, they are not as common as they once were due to changes in modes of battle, principally the ease by which huge volumes of destructive power can be directed onto a static target. Modern sieges are more commonly the result of smaller hostage, militant, or extreme resisting arrest situations.

Jerusalem

There are differing legal and diplomatic positions on Jerusalem held within the international community.[1] Scholars are divided over the legal status of Jerusalem under international law.[2] No country in the world except for Israel has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. … Continue reading

There are differing legal and diplomatic positions on Jerusalem held within the international community.[1] Scholars are divided over the legal status of Jerusalem under international law.[2] No country in the world except for Israel has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Many do not recognize it as a city that is properly Israel’s. Many UN member states formally adhere to the United Nations proposal that Jerusalem should have an international status.[3]

The chief dispute revolves around Israel‘s occupation of East Jerusalem, while broader agreement exists regarding the Israeli presence in West Jerusalem.[2] De jure, the majority of UN member states and most international organisations do not recognise Israel’s ownership of East Jerusalem which occurred after the 1967 Six-Day War, nor its 1980 Jerusalem Law proclamation, which declared a “complete and united” Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.[4] As a result, foreign embassies are generally located in Tel Avivand its suburbs.

Jerusalem is a contentious issue in final status peace talks between Israel and Palestine, both of which claim Jerusalem as their capital.[5] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated that “Jerusalem belongs to the Jewish people and will remain under Israeli sovereignty for eternity.”[6]

Other organizations and communities advocate that Jerusalem should be an international city