Global Business Education, Global Business Horizons
Q: The US government currently maintains economic sanctions against dozens
of countries around the globe. Individual states and even municipalities
are now putting sanctions of their own in place. Proponents say
sanctions are an effective foreign policy tool. Critics argue that they
mainly harm US business by closing markets to American exports and
strengthening our global competitors.
The next Global Business Horizons briefing will examine both positions
in a freewheeling exchange between speakers on opposite sides of the
A:We know colors because they are reflected light at specific frequencies that allow the eye to see them with particular resonances that appear to us as something we define as colors. White is the reflection of all light and black is the absorption of all light. This means that black is not a color, but the absence of color. A car that appears red is not really red, but it is everything but red, since it reflects red to our eyes. Religions are belief systems that allow us to explain what we don't know, and dispel our fears regarding what we don't know. We really don't know, but we believe God(s) is/are responsible. We see evidence of evolution, we see mutations that seem to prove mutations occur during evolution, and we believe this explains it. If you say you don't believe in God, you may not be without a belief system since you believe in science even though there is really no definitive proof with either. The belief that the adjudication of precedent as a logical justification for an unresolved issue is non-sequitur. Is it that we don't believe in God(s) and we do believe in science, or do we believe that we can find the answer to our questions no matter what that answer may be. If we believe an answer to be true because it can't be proven false, is it true for us? Isn't it wonderful that we have the option to believe in what we want to believe in and call that belief whatever we want to? Foreign enrollment at the top 30 American business schools dropped to 30 percent in 2002 from 32 percent in 2000, with further declines predicted, according to Business Week, the U.S. magazine. While the tough recruiting climate for graduates entering the U.S. job market is a factor in the decrease, another pressure point seems to be restrictions on visas for travel, education and work in the United States after the war in Iraq, severe acute respiratory syndrome in Asia and political changes related to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Five Chinese students, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they did not want Cambridge to know that it was not their first choice, said they had refused offers at top MBA programs in the United States because of visa problems. One student said that she had been offered a full scholarship to attend the University of Michigan's MBA program in 2002 but that a visa request had been denied two years in a row. Another could not obtain a visa to enroll at the University of California at Los Angeles.
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