I have a friend I haven’t seen much of lately, because he is busy cleaning out his apartment. He has accumulated so many books over the years that he readily admits his place has become a fire hazard. His landlord … Continue reading I’m Moving On
It was Palm Sunday. A group of us from the Jesuit business school gathered after the liturgy for dinner at the Jesuit residence in Abidjan. The kitchen staff had prepared an assortment of liquors and snacks for us before dinner, … Continue reading Je Suis Américain
The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) turns seventy this year, which ought to be cause for celebration. Unfortunately, things aren’t as straightforward as the anniversary slogan, “#STANDUP4HUMANRIGHTS,” would have you believe. The declaration states that “recognition” of … Continue reading #STANDUP4WHAT?
It has been a fascinating week in Brazil. The conviction of ex-president and founding member of the Workers Party, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (“Lula”), for money laundering and corruption was upheld by three appellate court judges in the southern … Continue reading A Lullaby for Lula
I am a man. I am a man with an ego, which means I am like most other men. It’s true: we don’t ask for directions, because we believe it is a sign of weakness. Besides, what does anybody else … Continue reading Everything Happens to Me
For the 2014 World Cup winner–Germany–the Empire State Building was lit up in red, old gold, and black, the colors of the national flag of unified Germany, which also happen to be the colors of the Protestant Reformation. Speaking of … Continue reading The German Empire State