The International Political Climate vs. You

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..Major developments in international political climates are highlighted on news stations daily, along with scenes of millions marching in protest against seemingly rash changes and unrealistic restrictions toward others. The citizens of Earth seem united in the demand to have their leaders represent each and every one of us fairly, whether it’s for the rights of immigrants, equality for women, non-discrimination towards LGBT folks, equitable international trade agreements, access to reproductive choices, protection of environmental/ocean concerns, or compassionate treatment of disabled and/or impoverished citizens. The world is speaking up and taking names! Yet, despite the revolts, some national leaders seem intent upon a future path of xenophobic laws and harsh edicts.

..America and Europe have long been seen by the world as a refuge for democracy. As such, Westerners have enjoyed a certain sense of security/status that ordinarily makes us welcomed guests while traveling in foreign lands. But, that may be changing. If you’re a Westerner living in a foreign land, you could become the target of people who now see you as a representative of an ideology they dislike, or even hate — an ideology that has derailed the course of their lives.

..No wonder International Educators are questioning the potential effects of the current international political unrest on our safety and the future of our careers. ISR asks: As an International Educator, has the sudden change in the political climate of America and Europe given you reason to change your future recruiting/travel plans? Are you aware of any change in attitude towards Westerners in your current location? 

ISR invites to Share your views

20 Responses to The International Political Climate vs. You

  1. Unbeholden says:

    Worried – Had Bernie been nominated and lost, then this would be a different discussion. Unfortunately, the rotten-to-the-core Democrat leadership junta (who are down with the same avaricious horrors as the Republicans, though they insist on trying to signal some sort of nonexistent virtue simply because they champion trendy identity groups at the expense of all those other “deplorable” working and middle class humans who are not fortunate enough to find themselves in one of the fashionable boxes so cherished by the champagne socialists and their acolytes) sandbagged Mr. Sanders in a most undemocratic way. Hillary was a godawful candidate – is that gender-neutral enough for you? What kind of feminist peddles political influence to old guard Middle Eastern autocrats? Darn those pesky WikiLeaks kids revealing inconvenient facts! Luckily for Hillary, she was able to destroy thousands of emails before they locked her up while squeaky-clean Obama’s justice department happily turned a blind eye. Bill was another staggering hypocrite who pushed the nefarious neoliberal military-industrial-financial-corporate agenda with all the gusto of a dyed-in-the-wool Republican, but at least he played saxophone. He and old Clinton pal/accomplice/quasi-son-in-law Anthony Weiner are real gender-equality heroes, aren’t they? Old libidinous Donald can’t hold a candle to either of them!

    As for your own “dubious” claim that leftists aren’t rabid opponents of free speech whenever it doesn’t suit their mysteriously arrogant and self-loathing agenda (curious mix, this), take a stab at justifying the appalling Rotherham outrage and the sweeping double standard-ridden Hate Speech laws that have been silencing anti-globalist Brits for years. Had Hillary or Bernie been elected, the US may well have been saddled with the same sort of Orwellian (an admittedly overused adjective, but entirely apropos in this case) censorship. Where’s Voltaire when you need him? Certainly not to be found among the ranks of 21st century liberals (though the hysterical cultural Marxism we see today isn’t actually liberal at all). As for SE Asia, I’d be a lot more worried about China. To be honest, we in the West should be as well. They’re playing chess while we seem content to indulge in simplistic jigs (this goes for drippy social fantasies as well as scorched earth greed) that may soon enough become a Danse Macabre…

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  2. JLO says:

    Don’t worry as plenty of jobs in the Middle East, Turkey and Egypt. Ha!

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  3. mbkirova says:

    I agree not just that US citizens are going to have a harder time getting hired abroad (esp EU) but that it has already started, as many of you may already be experiencing. I’m lucky- I live in one of the newer EU countries and as I have a native spouse, also have full legal residency. But here I could nearly just say nobody from the US should expect anything but trouble ahead getting work in the EU. Re the UK, it remains to be seen.

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    • Unbeholden says:

      I guess mbkirova is the lucky one and that other Yankee teachers will just have to bypass the EU when those unelected elitists in Brussels thumb their noses at the US and the entire continent becomes a Russian/Chinese satellite. That said, it’s rather hard to imagine all the American School of _______ places excluding American teachers out of hand, but whatever. And has it ever been easy to get hired by a good school in a desirable location? Talk about needles and haystacks…

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  4. LOL says:

    There is a strong possibility that American teachers will begin to have problems getting visas in certain countries in the near future. Wait and see folks!

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  5. Unbeholden says:

    I’d venture that the political realities to which you refer are not so much a “sudden change” as a wake-up call for the globalists who thought their agenda was a fait accompli in the West. Recent elections in the UK and US simply affirm that there are still plenty of aggrieved (if politically unfashionable) working stiffs who feel increasingly disenfranchised by the strident cultural Marxism that has swallowed mainstream media, academia, and the entertainment industry whole. While I didn’t personally vote for He-Who-(apparently)Must-Not-Be-Named, this is a teachable moment in history. The lesson: that bias, censorship, and collusion carry consequences, even when they’re perpetrated in the name of “progress.” Besides, who are we kidding? The privileged kids studying in these international schools will be just fine, regardless of whether Britain leaves the EU or Hillary Clinton loses an election. As for teachers, we’ll continue to be viewed as expendable third fiddles by those who pay the piper and therefore call the tune… 😉

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  6. omgarsenal says:

    The media-stoked hyperbole that seems to have fogged otherwise rational people’s brains is having an effect overseas. That said, Americans have never been seen as being the acme of foreign visitors just about anywhere in the world. There is a strong prejudice everywhere against what people perceive as a cultural and political arrogance, a degree of inflexibility and condescension and a recurring theme from Americans,all too often unjust and myopic.
    The claims that the USA is the ¨greatest¨country in the world,the leader of the ¨free world¨, the model that every democratic country seeks to emulate, etc.,etc. is noisome at best and sickening at worst. Trump is definitely NOT going to improve the image of the US, unlike Obama, who was universally admired and liked and believed to represent the best that America could offer.
    It is an unfortunate reality that many citizens in foreign countries will make unfair generalizations and irrational associations (ugly American) with the jokers in Washington, but most will give their american counterparts a chance to create their own reality.

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    • pnohrden says:

      Obama’s universal prestige was aided and abetted by the media who sits in his and Hillary’s camp. This might explain why there was no outrage when only a couple of days before his presidency ended he effectively ended asylum for Cuban refugees, agreeing to repatriate them to Cuba despite the harsh consequences. Cuban is not known for producing terrorists.

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      • Unbeholden says:

        Yep, plenty of unmitigated disasters were overseen by the last US administration while the media bent over backwards to protect them. I’m not a fan of any political faction, but the overt leftist bias and aggressive censorship of dissenting opinions via nasty ad hominem attacks these days is alarming, to put it mildly.

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  7. TBD says:

    Personally, as a conservative, I have long found the international scene to be rather unaccepting of my political leanings. I don’t make it a habit to discuss politics for the most part, but being right of center has been reason enough for some people to choose to ostracize me and my family at times, simply over a difference in ideology. If we’re going to discuss tolerance, it needs to work both ways. Trump was not my preferred Republican candidate, and I found Clinton equally repulsive, primarily because I think both are dishonest at their cores. But daring to favor the former or criticize the latter in the international community is grounds to be looked down upon or faced with questions about why I hate people, which I don’t.

    Unfortunately, there’s so much misinformation on the Internet from both sides, and there’s a sense that people on the right are xenophobic, homophobic, misogynistic fascists. This is hardly true, as we conservative teachers are here for our kids just as much as more liberal-minded teachers are. Yet, after the election, there were teacher-led meetings on our campus to help kids, many of whom are totally unaffected by the U.S. election in any real sense, cope with the outcome. Imagine had such a thing been held to help kids cope had Hillary Clinton won. There would have been outrage, and the teacher who led the meeting would be viewed with disdain in a lot of schools.

    The last election was about people feeling disaffected and taken for granted. Was there fear mongering? Certainly there was. The tenor of the election was awful, and personally I was relieved when it ended and had gotten to where I didn’t care as much about who won as I did that it would be over with. But fear mongering is not unique to this election, what with commercials suggesting that previous Republican candidates were effectively pushing granny down the stairs.

    It would be worth our while to have open and constructive dialog on the reasons that people feel disaffected enough to vote for candidates who are so incredibly unlikable, which describes the 120 million plus who cast a ballot for the two major party candidates who both carried incredible negatives with them. Perhaps we should take the time to hear what those of opposing ideologies think and walk the proverbial mile in their shoes instead of subjecting them to ridicule, online flaming, or other dehumanizing treatments. And, at the same time, perhaps actually reading these “xenophobic laws and harsh edicts” and understanding what they mean prior to declaring that they are by their nature evil would go a long way in creating dialog. We may not change minds, but we’d understand each other a lot better, and we’d come to realize that our political adversaries are not the monsters we’ve come to assume they are. Isn’t that more the heart of tolerance?

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  8. me back home says:

    I’m back in the States for a school year helping out my aging parents. It’s scary here and I would not recommend anyone make plans to come to America at this time. It’s like everyone looks at each other as if questioning, “are you a liberal or a trump supporter? The country is more divided than ever and I fear we are witnessing the fall of democracy. I don’t know how it is overseas, but here in America there is a definite change in atmosphere. I read today that a bill is in progress to make it okay to discriminate against different groups based on your Christian beliefs. I’ll not shop in any establishment that shows hatred against any group. So as you can see, the climate in America has changed, for the worse. I can’t wait to get the hell out of here while I still can.

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  9. Anonymous says:

    And spare a moment while questioning your assumptions, bias, and perspective – for “foreigners” working in “international” schools.

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  10. Bod says:

    I sit here stewing about Trump and fretting about Brexit, yet I know very little of what goes on around me, in the country I live in, because I can’t speak the language and our TV is streamed from English speaking countries, Three things I can say though, Brexit has confirmed I’ll never live in the UK again, Trump has pretty much put pay to any vacations in the US for a few years, and lastly, I feel particularly blessed to also have a Canadian passport at the moment.

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    • Vanities says:

      See? This is why we can’t have decent discourse. Bod has listened to the talking heads tell him “Brexit bad.”, “Trump bad.” but cannot specify a single consequence of these to situations that would cause her to not visit these two countries.

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      • IB Expert says:

        Vanity, the consequences are to stark for you to stop continue denying the obvious.

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      • Bod says:

        The consequences for me are real. I have a non-British spouse and Brexit may complicate that, from an immigration point of view and financially. On the other hand, it may not. The point is, there is uncertainty, and that uncertainty is driving me to eventually return to my spouses country. I am very much socialist leaning and the direction my country is being pushed in upsets me greatly. The problem is, Brexit ends with the conservatives having unfettered freedom to do whatever they want. There currently is no viable political opposition in the UK.

        The other side to this is, I’ve been away decades and in that time I feel like I have taken on more of a European identity, rather than a British one. I don’t want to loose that, psychologically or in actual reality.

        As for visiting the US, that is purely a choice for me. I can do it, or I can not do it. At the moment, I’m feeling I would rather not.

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      • Unbeholden says:

        “See? This is why we can’t have decent discourse.”

        Yes, for all the talk about 1984 becoming a bestseller again after the recent US election, I’d counter that the labeling and silencing of virtually any perspective that doesn’t fit the globalist agenda as “offensive,” “inappropriate,” “xenophobic,” “bigoted,” or even, wait for it, “Hate Speech(!)” is much more indicative of Orwell’s imagined dystopia. We’re either free to speak or we aren’t. If someone threatens actual violence against another (not some general grievance that might conceivably be misconstrued and acted upon by an unbalanced individual) or shouts ‘fire’ in a crowded theater, then they should obviously have to answer for it. Any censorial legislation more sweeping than this, however, is authoritarian oppression, plain and simple. This hysteria for all things PC has indeed squelched the spirited debate so essential for a free society. That the political class actively colludes with the media to cover up certain outrages (e.g. Rotherham and much of the fallout from the migrant crisis in Europe) while enthusiastically publicizing other unpleasantness (e.g. the worst of Trump’s ugly rants) should remind us to beware of indoctrination and to think/speak for ourselves without fear of reprisal by those unhappy souls who seem to glean satisfaction (if not personal gain) from taking umbrage.

        P.S. Now watch this post get deleted… 😉

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        • Bod says:

          My last response was entirely true, but was somewhat timid. So, I shall start again. The United States just elected a president who has no experience of being a politician, is known to have screwed multiple businesses over, has been taken to court for fraud and breaking contracts on multiple occasions, is well known for being an ego maniac, has no concern for anyone who cannot make a him a buck. This is not about republican/democrat/progressive, this is about an extremely vain man who will bend to anyone who kowtows enough to make him look like the king that he wants to be, He scares the rest of the world, not because of his power, but because he resembles the ball in a pinball machine. Nobody knows what he will do next.

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          • Unbeholden says:

            While Trump is certainly unpredictable, his spontaneity and candor appeal to people who are beyond fed up with career politicians. Do these qualities alone neutralize his lewd shadiness and make him an ideal candidate? Of course not. Pity for the Dems that they tried to ram Hillary down everybody’s throat. Hard to get more predictable than her: a globalist shill who is frigid, arrogant, shamelessly dishonest, and eager to collude with the media, academia, and Hollywood to wield identity politics (every identity box is above reproach, except for one) like a club to signal nonexistent virtue and silence all dissent. “Vote for Hillary because she’s a woman. Otherwise, you’re sexist.” A priceless example of this so-called logic.

            That said, I can’t stomach many of Trump’s cabinet choices as I support better education (DeVos is an unfunny joke), reproductive rights (overpopulation is a huge problem that doesn’t get nearly enough airtime), the decriminalization of most drugs, and the need to rein in the bottomless greed of big business. Unfortunately for the West (and beyond), these mega-conglomerates – and the legions of politicians they own – are so deeply entrenched that properly sorting them out would no doubt lead to catastrophic dysfunction, at least in the short term. No easy answers of course, but simplistic assertions pushed by the mainstream media (i.e. the world was great before Brexit and Trump, but now we’re doomed) amount to agenda-ridden propaganda. If the sky is falling (and maybe it is), this is not a recent development. In any case, I’m all about free and open debate more than anything else, and the left is now the faction that wants to do away with it.

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            • Worried says:

              When the list of pejoratives hurled at a person begin with the adjective “frigid” – then sexism is indeed a logical conclusion.

              The last statement of second paragraph also reeks of dubiosity – where in the preceding sentences was there any support of this assertion? It wasn’t the left that was refusing to consider bills or judges’ appointments for 8 years, and it was the left that got pretty close to choosing a true progressive as their nominated candidate.

              Those people are the same ones fighting for rights for women, LGBTQs and immigrants – that fight does not make them enemies of open debate, just fans of human rights.

              As for the original question of the blog, most students and parents in our SE Asian school express totally mystification by the election results and American politics, and the hope is simply that they don’t pay the consequences as they have in the past.

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