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My Third Published Book: The Global Balance of Power

Book Description The measurement of the global balance of power focuses on the paradigm shift from the United States post-September 11th, 2001 preemptive doctrine of unilateralism to one of partnerships and corporations in a modern multilateral order. Although the challenge to the unilateral doctrine brought to light new actors on ... read more

Binneh Minteh

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Protests = No school for Leigh Anne

Passing Time During February there was a sequence of protests taking place across the country. As events wore on the protests turned into violent protests, and the violent protests turned into riots. At the end of a particularly dramatic two weeks of manifestations across the country, both groups, pro-government and ... read more

Leigh Anne Stein

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Foreigner at a Funeral

 February 2010 Foreigner at a Funeral   In one of the first few weeks I was here, I unfortunately had the chance to experience one of the sad parts of Latin American culture. My host mother’s brother died suddenly from a heart attack. I heard the family get up and ... read more

Leigh Anne Stein

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Out on the Town

Another piece for my magazine writing class... Mérida, Venezuela is known countrywide as college-town. And like any good student-populated city, it has a thriving nightlife. The University of the Andes is centered in the Mérida area and on any given evening you will find groups of twenty-somethings bumming around downtown ... read more

Leigh Anne Stein

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Money Matters

 So, I had to write a short piece for my online magazine writing class this month. I thought I'd share it here since the topic is relevant to what's up with life right now. Break the law, or break your budget. Travelers exchanging US dollars on the parallel market in ... read more

Leigh Anne Stein

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Life As I'm Living It.

2/28/2010 Some general observations: For some reason, nice imported cars are like a status symbol here. People living in small apartments or old houses can have the most expensive cars on the road. Sometimes people will neglect caring for the little stuff in the home, but own brand new vehicles. ... read more

Leigh Anne Stein

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3000 Meters Up!

 1/20/2010 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough   Communication Confusion   On the second full day here in “beautiful Mérida,” VENUSA planned a day trip for the students.  Before leaving the US, we were all emailed a schedule of VENUSA activities and day trips. Of course, when checking the calendar’s entry ... read more

Leigh Anne Stein

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Arrival In Merida

Jan-18-2010   Getting There   The trip to this semester’s residence took a total of two days. Leaving from Charleston, it started with a short flight along the eastern coast to Miami. A flight I almost missed, but I’m glad I didn’t. (Don’t trust the check-in desk attendants when it ... read more

Leigh Anne Stein

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Etiquette

Wait for the other person to lean forward

Kristen Dennison

23 Jun 2009

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Kristen Dennison

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After a month in Venezuela, I had finally mastered the kiss-on-cheek greeting. Upon being introduced to a highly respected professor from the local university, I shook his hand and gave the customary peck. I turned around, and was subsequently greeted by my friends' shocked faces and stifled laughter. As we walked out of the room, I realized the importance of waiting for the other person to lean forward to receive the kiss. I also earned scarlet cheeks and the nickname of "la coqueta"--the flirt.

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