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Mahmoud Aghiorly

Planning & Scheduling Engineer, Ahmadiah Contracting & Trading Co. kcsc

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Is globalization the biggest danger to third world cultures and their heritage or is that just an overstatement ?

While the world become more effected by each other than ever .. big questions face us like ..

How can we modernize without being westernized?
How can we manage to keep the balance between our cultures and the economic cultures?
How can we Use the benefit of Modernizations without compromising our thoughts and beliefs?
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Are we heading into one culture world? Is that better or worse ?

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بينما غدت اليوم كل اطراف الكوكب متأثرةً ومؤثرةً فيما بينها تتولد عدة اسئلة في هذا الخصوص اهمها
كيف يمكننا ان نتطور دون ان ننوصم بالوصمة الغربية؟
كيف يمكننا ان نوازن بين ثقافتنا المحلية وبين الثقافة الاقتصادية ؟
كيف يمكننا الاستفادة من الادوات والوسائل المتطورة دون المساومة على القناعات والافكار المحلية ؟
وهل العالم اليوم يتجه نحو عالم احادي الثقافة ؟ وهل هذا يعد امراً جيداً ام انه ليس كذلك ؟

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    Mar 3 2011: As a Chinese, I don't think it's really a danger. If you believe there are some pervasive value for all mankind, we should admit there are better way of action which exceeds all the national difference. We actively choose to be westernized in certain areas, as well as westerners sometimes hope to learn the wisdom of oriental culture. In a word, people are seeking a blessed life, and they don't mind where it is coming from.
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      Jul 13 2011: What you mean is that the globalization helps people to exchange their knowledge to other countries from around the word. It did help people have chance to open their mind and taught them the way to develop/explore the world. Your idea might be appreciated. However, I don’t get along with it. When the foreign countries came to a country to exchange knowledge, they also sent their teachers into the school over there as the language teachers. That was the way that they took our money away. Besides that, while they were teaching the students, they would notice some talented students to give them the chance to study abroad in their countries. For example, the Vietnamese students were studying in the United State. We thought that those were good opportunities for our students to study and came back to help/develop Vietnam, but it was the brain drain for our country. After the Vietnamese students graduated and if they were smart, the government would pay a good price to keep them to stay and work. How could they refuse that valuable invitation? Especially, when these students studied some subjects that didn’t develop in Vietnam, did you think that they would come back to develop their country or not. If yes, could they earn the salary as much as the US gave them or even just enough to live?
      In conclusion, even though the globalization did obviously help people exchange knowledge, they also took our invaluable investments such as talented students. Therefore, I thought that the globalization caused really bad effects on many countries.

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