“Someone who only knows one country, knows no country.” Those were the wise words of the New Yorker, Seymour Martin Lipset, not in the context of international travel but in politics. Numerous Americans are still confident the world revolves around the USA and only around the USA. However, for those who find at least a bit of truth in Lipset’s statement, they will recognize democracy elsewhere in world, specifically in Germany.
A flag waves in front of the “Bundestag” in Berlin, Germany. The building’s construction took almost a decade before being completed in 1894, and, after extensive reconstruction in the 1990s, it currently houses Germany’s parliament. Photo by Pxfuel
During the worldwide peak of coronavirus in spring, the metropolitan streets were as empty as supermarket shelves, people feared leaving the house, and all restaurants and shops closed. With the promise of President Donald Trump to approve a vaccine soon and to steer society toward a normal life, one question must be raised: Will there be normal life as we knew it? One thing is clear, humans will survive the virus, but how will it affect our future and our perception of “normal”?
A common view at stores across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic: missing grocery essentials and empty shelves. As widespread lockdowns and quarantines loomed, Americans rushed to get essentials, leading to shortages of many widely used items. Photo by Dan Keck
Spiritual crises, as difficult as they can be in the life of a young Christian, are necessary for a person to truly understand and own their faith. Even though it was the most difficult period of my life, I wouldn’t hesitate to go through it again because I discovered what I truly believed and who I am. This is what I found during my own spiritual journey.
This verse from the Bible has brought me great inspiration in my own faith journey: “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” –Jeremiah 29:13 Photos courtesy of Madisyn House
There’s an idea prominent in the business world that proclaims “the customer is always right.” This overused company framework has led to a toxic sense of entitlement and a need for instant gratification among consumers, which in turn, has made working in customer service a dreaded job among many.
Ratna Rani Das works at the Dhanmondi branch of retail super shop chain Meena Bazar in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is working during COVID-19 and considers her work to be an essential service to help customers during the pandemic. Photo and caption courtesy of UN Women/Fahad Abdullah Kaizer
Every year over a million students from around the world travel to the United States to pursue a degree at one of the hundreds of educational institutions in the country. Apart from a long flight and a different language, many are not aware of what other distinctions an international student faces in the country of “unlimited possibilities.”
Photo by Patrick Szymczak