Position Yourself To Be Courted By Multiple Governments

This post at The Sovereign Man discusses a new residency program being offered by Latvia. In pertinent part it says,

Latvia is broke… I’m talking flat broke– more than Spain, Greece, California, etc. And because this small Baltic, former Soviet republic is not in the Eurozone, it’s generally been left for dead by the EU’s larger economies save a few handouts here and there.

Latvia has recently taken matters into its own hands, establishing a unique new policy that entitles foreign investors to Latvian residency, as long as they meet minimum criteria.

This is a big deal, and I think it is all part of a new trend that will grow stronger in the coming years: governments competing for residents and citizens.

I believe he’s correct about that prediction. There will always be a flight of capital to lower-taxation jurisdictions. In addition to the something-for-nothing crowd who never wanted to pay taxes, there’s an additional group of people who will begin seeking lower-taxation jurisdictions: People who don’t want to be among the last ones paying taxes to failing governments. In an era of increasingly intrusive Homeland Security, there will also increasingly be a physical flight of more productive citizens out of the United States and into other jurisdictions. Among the savvy, this process of creating other residency options has already begun.

These overall trends (including the repercussions of the emerging Information Age-produced cyber-economy) were predicted by the authors of the 1997 book, The Sovereign Individual (link is to the updated edition of the book). The authors quoted Thomas L. Friedman, who said,

Once a country opens itself up to the global market . . . , those of its citizens with the skills to take advantage of it become the winners, and those without become losers or left-behinds. . . [U]sually one party . . . claims to be able to defy globalization or ease its pain. That is Pat Buchanan in America, the Communists in Russia and now the Islamic Welfare Party here in Turkey.

The Sovereign Individual,pg. 282. Simply update “Pat Buchanan” to “Tea Party” and “Sarah Palin,” and the statement holds true in 2011. As the authors point out, the biggest losers will be anybody who is a tax consumer. Whether they consume those taxes in the form of public aid, social security and other benefits, or a paycheck from a government job. Woe will be to those who depend solely on any type of government check. This process is speeding up as various government budgets continue to collapse. For an example, see here.

Unfortunately, the masses will continue to position themselves to end up being “losers and left behinds.” In particular, African-American Losers and Left Behinds do this by proclaiming various options as “impossible” (such as creating additional income streams, acquiring a second passport, and so on) without ever investigating the possibilities of creating these options for themselves.

Meanwhile, the Sojourners will continue to position themselves to be part of the emerging productive, affluent demographic who will be courted by multiple countries. A critical part of this successful positioning is to develop location-independent income streams in addition to other ones.

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106 Responses to “Position Yourself To Be Courted By Multiple Governments”

  1. Karen says:

    There is a side angle to the issue of state and local government budgets collapsing. Most of these receive their funding through state and local taxes (either consumption or property). Many neighborhoods that are already on public assistance are contributing very little to funding the public services that they almost solely rely on. I would refer to it as a “Perfect Storm”. I foresee many of these neighborhoods within the next 3-5 years devolving into complete chaos as the last line of defence (namely white police protection) disappears. “Peace Walls” will surely follow.

    To the point of your post, I am currently looking at several countries and in addition to my current passport also investigating possibilities for another passport.

    As I also work internationally, I am cultivating my network of contacts within Western and Central Europe along with former East. The U.S. is no longer the driving force in world economic affairs even though mass media would have the masses believe otherwise. I currently do not have much interaction with China but a bit with India, so mid-term, I hope to be able to establish contacts in those countries too.

  2. Karen,

    You said, “There is a side angle to the issue of state and local government budgets collapsing. Most of these receive their funding through state and local taxes (either consumption or property). Many neighborhoods that are already on public assistance are contributing very little to funding the public services that they almost solely rely on. I would refer to it as a “Perfect Storm”. I foresee many of these neighborhoods within the next 3-5 years devolving into complete chaos as the last line of defence (namely white police protection) disappears. “Peace Walls” will surely follow.”

    Oh yeah. Anybody who is dumb enough to continue living in most AA residential areas is already as good as dead. Their bodies just haven’t fallen over (or been knocked over by the criminals) yet. That’s why I linked to a story about police layoffs.

    And let me (for one of the last few times) clarify this point for the offended dummies who are reading. It’s not the fact—in and of itself—that these areas are inhabited by AAs that makes them dangerous places to be. I grew up happy, safe and sound in an all-AA middle class, wholesome neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. What makes modern Black residential areas dangerous places to be is modern AAs’ total inability to exercise common sense or to cooperate with common sense, self-protective activities and plans. This modern inability to use common sense or to cooperate with common sense-based plans is how Black residential areas became dangerous hellholes.

    If the consequences weren’t so severe, it would be comical to see how deeply entrenched most AAs are in Business As Usual. From the conversations going on at most serious Black blogs that I’m familiar with, you’d never know that the wheels are currently coming off of the American national project. I’ve already written off these people; I would suggest the other Sojourners do so as well.

    I would also suggest that the Sojourners check out the this conversation in response to a blog post over at The Archdruid Report blog. A number of commenters said some things worth pondering that are NOT being discussed at any Black blog that I’m aware of. Here are a few examples:

    Fleecenik Farm said…
    When my youngest son, now 4, was just an infant we ran into a friend at the recycling depot at the local state University. He is a climatologist who had just come back from his most recent trip to Greenland. When we asked him how long it would be before we saw serious changes in our climate. His response was,” By the time your son is ready to start school.”

    When I think of all that has happened in this really short period of time; economic collapse, the first major shocks in the price of oil, extreme weather events, I often think about this conversation.

    I don’t hold out much hope that anyone will really stand as a leader to address the challenges we are facing. The price of oil will increase, we will face another food crisis, the flood waters will rise. All the while those who are supposed to be leaders will point their fingers or lay their palms out for payment or throw their arms up in the despair.

    Meanwhile, I’ll learn to make a solar cooker, plant my rows, save my seed.

    . . . Evan said…
    I think one of the major issues here is that, at this point, movement-building of any sort is probably going to fail from the get-go. The only movements that seem to be gaining ground are those that have the financial backing of big business… somewhat like this Tea Party phenom….But it is interesting that almost any “solution” I hear proffered for peak oil typically relies on the idea that the US will go on a “war-footing” as it did in WWII and devote all its energies to doing what’s necessary, making sacrifices, etc. But in reality, the US has not left a “war-footing” since WWII. It’s only this war-footing puts that energy into expanding and maintaining an overlarge empire.

    Too, there is quite a vast difference in people’s attitudes today than those of the populace in WWII. Coming from the Great Depression, and already use to poverty, making sacrifices for some kind of national goal was not out of the question for our parents and grandparents. But the generations that came after WWII don’t have that experience of poverty under their belts and don’t understand the kind of sacrifice that would be necessary for any kind of “Big Project” to mitigate the effects of peak oil or climate change.

    I think this is where the heart of the matter lies, the US is full of softies like myself who have a sense of entitlement about their lives and are unwilling to give them up. I see this in all the movements at large these days, whether it’s Tea Partiers wanting their God-given right to the McMansion/SUV lifestyle or climate activists wanting their Gaia-given right to Solar Panels, Fair Trade Coffee and Hi-Speed Internet.

    Basically what all this comes down to is you can’t have a successful movement whose primary goal is learning how to become poor. The entitlement culture of America prevents this. And for those who recognize the necessity of voluntary poverty, well, they’re like Paul comments above: they become invisible.

    The only kind of movement to voluntary poverty that might have a chance at swinging some converts seem those of a religious or spiritual type that give poverty the virtue and dignity of monasticism. But religious feeling in the US is so tied up with high technology with churches like stadiums serving up Jesus-fries on the jumbotron, that I wonder what’s left of the possibilities for a religious answer. But then again, the collapse of an empire is, as Christians should know from their own history, fertile ground for fledgling religious movements to catch fire….

    . . . Don Plummer said…I can’t speak for John, of course, and I don’t know what he’s going to write in next week’s column, but here are some signs I have noticed that indicate that catabolic collapse has begun:

    1. Infrastructure is beginning to crumble with no real way to pay for repairs. Part of the (borrowed) federal stimulus money was used for infrastructure repairs, especially roads and bridges. But in order for repairs to be sustained indefinitely, costs need to be paid up front. For highway repairs, the gasoline tax was the chief method of finance. But fuel-tax revenues no longer cover the costs, and aren’t likely to in the future as Americans continue a downward trend in total miles driven and as cars burn less fuel than before. And no politician is going to propose increasing the fuel tax, especially with costs on the rise as they are now.

    2. States and local governments are increasingly resorting to gambling and similar so-called “creative” ventures as a source of revenue.

    3. Increasing dysfunction across the board. Things just don’t work as well as they used to, from public education to air travel to our government. Expect this phenomenon to increase as things get further out of control.

    4. The whole incivility phenomenon that has been discussed since the shootings in Tucson on Friday. We no longer know how to relate civilly to each other, especially when we disagree.

    I’m sure I could come up with others if I thought further, but these are the big things I see.

    John, you have me intrigued with your comment about being able to know a specific date and time when collapse begins. I can’t wait to read next week’s post.

    (emphasis added)

    Now that last point about infrastructure is something that most Americans and I dare say 99.999% of AAs are not paying attention to. Scattered throughout the comments to recent posts at The Archdruid Report are extremely telling references to America’s decline: One commenter talked about the US having to rent Russian icebreaker ships for transporting cargo around Alaska. Another commenter talked about how—for the first time in decades—the US has NO currently active space shuttles and is depending on using Russian spacecraft to ferry American astronauts over to the International Space Station. That’s a significant hint about the direction in which America is headed.

    Of course, nobody definitively knows how this will all play out. However, I’ll put it like this: Whatever happens, people with more money and more choices will fare better than those with less. So, a wise person is on the lookout for all opportunities to create additional income streams and choices for themselves. Meanwhile, AAs are avidly discussing topics such as whether or not they feel that during his recent tv gathering Tavis Smiley was “hating on” Pres. Obama….{shaking my head}

    Karen, you said, “As I also work internationally, I am cultivating my network of contacts within Western and Central Europe along with former East. The U.S. is no longer the driving force in world economic affairs even though mass media would have the masses believe otherwise. I currently do not have much interaction with China but a bit with India, so mid-term, I hope to be able to establish contacts in those countries too.”

    I hear you. I’ve started researching investment and other opportunites related to Brazil, since that’s an emerging economy that’s closer and “handier” than India or China. I’ve also added Brazilian Portuguese to my language study list (after European Spanish).

    Expect Success!

    • Karen says:

      Yes, I read those comments at Archdruid’s Blog too…it is no longer the “Canary in the mine”. Those with their eyes open can see what is happening. Unfortunately that excludes most AAs.. however, not.my.issue.

      Thankfully I have am fluent in one foreign language and I am also enhancing my “practical” skills learned in Home Economics. I plan in the very near future to “scope out a few countries” in Europe as possible locations.

      The bottom line is there is a lack of political will to deal with the crisis that is upon us. We have hit the iceberg, taking on water, but the majority of politicians continue to play with the band.

      To the commenter at Archdruid, I agree that most of us are a pale comparison of the type of people our grandparent were. I, personally, am working to be prepared for the times ahead by doing everything I can to in light of the “Age of Turmoil”.

      All of us who are Sojourners need to be doing what they can as the clock is ticking.

      And the ants continued with their work….

    • APA says:

      I remember reading about some these issues at your old blog. I didn’t really get it then, but I do now. I recently watched the documentary Collaspe, which was truly an eyeopener. It has definitely made think about my role in the grand scheme of things. The documentary especially resonated with me because I’m graduating from college this May (chemistry and economics with a minor in french). The film made contemplate what my next move should be given that the current social and economic climate of the world is going to change drastically in the next five years. It really made me question whether the choices thus far were truly beneficial and forced me to think about what choices do I need to make in order to ensure that I come out on top after the impending crisis occurs.

      Last spring,I studied abroad in France and lived with a host family, who had their own garden, canned their own vegetables and fruits, and were Nazis when it came to conserving energy. Initially, I was annoyed by the fact that they kept harping on the fact that I should eat more vegetables, buy locally grown produce, spend less time in the shower, etc. Even though I loved France, I couldn’t wait to get back home where I could live my extravagant American lifestyle without the constant judgment and preaching. However, I now realize that what they were saying was true, and this realization has definitely prompted me to make changes in my behavior and thought processes. In the future, I plan on starting my own garden and learning how to can vegetables and fruits. I’ve even been encouraging my parents to re-plant our old garden.

      Thank you for providing a forum where we can discuss and learn about serious issues. If I hadn’t began reading your blog, I might have never heard about peak oil in time. You’re definitely providing a lifesaving resource for African-American women.

    • Oshun/Aphrodite says:

      “I’ve started researching investment and other opportunites related to Brazil, since that’s an emerging economy that’s closer and “handier” than India or China”

      Hello Khadija,

      I was once looking into Brazil not from a Sojourners standpoint, but a long time ago because I was curious about their culture – film, music, men etc.

      I am/was concerned about the caste system there and wondering if would it apply to me. I have Brazilian friends (Rio, Sao Paulo, and Brasilia), but not sure how they could help career wise.

      • Rhonda says:

        Although, the book Neither Black Nor White: Slavery and Race Relations in Brazil and the United States is a few decades old, the information it provides, the history, will give you a good understanding for navigating in present-day Brasil as a black American woman.

        A few of my favourite Brasilian movies:

        Cidade de Deus (City of God) (If you like the movie, then you might want to check out the subsequent teevee series Cidade dos Homens (City of Men))

        Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus)

        And if you are curious about their music, you can go to Pandora [dot] com and set up a station with the music of Tania Maria, which would get you off to a good start.

        • Oshun/Aphrodite says:

          Thank you Rhonda. I have never heard of that book. I will look into it. I need more understanding and reassurance.

          I have those 2 films and the City of Men TV series. I did a paper on City of God.

          I also have The Man Who Copied, Mango Yellow, Suely in the Sky, Lower City, The Year My Parents Went on Vacation, Blood and Wine, The Three Marias, The Middle of the World, Alice’s House, Viva Zapato, Elite Squad, The Other Side of the Street, Saudade Do Futuro, The House of Sand, Man of the Year, Madam Sata, God is Brazilian, Bus 174, Romeo and Juliet Get Married, Quilombo, Behind the Sun, Bossa Nova, Central Station, Plastic City, Favela Rising, Turistas…(Mancora, not Brazilian but only bc it had Phellipe Haagensen)

          I want to see Sonhos de Piexe.

          Some were good some not so much. I also watch Brazilian TV – Casos e Acasos, Forca Terefa, and Vidas Opostas.

          I love foreign films.

          Thanks for the tips on music. It has been hit or miss for me. I like music, but I never really found any musicians I like. I think at one point I was kind of liking some Brazilian funk (I know sad right) and I liked some of the Jazz compositions, but not enough to follow artists.

  3. This is why I’m pleased to be going into aspects of IT this semester that allow me to work for anyone, anywhere, anytime thanks to the wonder that is the Internet. I was formerly going into fields wholly tied to this government. The career shift is more than worth it and articles like these continue to underscore that point for me.

    I want and I am cultivating a skill set that is not tied to location. Within another year, it’s back to planning my next jaunt abroad…with permanent ambitions.

    • Karen says:

      Good for you!

      Please make sure you are investigating current/future trends in IT, where the needs will be and which countries will be needing/building IT infrastructure, etc. including backbone. Try to avoid areas that are in oversupply or not viewed as “business critical”.

      I would also advise being able to develop a mixed skill set (i.e. technical with some business aspects or project management). Companies continue to pay for people who can get things done on time, in budget and meet the requirements. In addition to being understand the business impact of technical activities.

      • I most certainly will. I’m already meeting with mentors –women– in particular who have worked in a variety of places within the field for years (and were the first to break new ground) to better project where the industry is going and to be sure I have just what it wants at the moment I “arrive”.

        • Karen says:

          I have a tip for you…don’t forget the men. As we live in a patriarchal world and most IT is still a field dominated by men…do make an effort to make contact with potential mentors that are also men.

          Men love to talk about their work and IT guys are no exception.

    • LittleGoldenLamb,

      I second Karen’s reply to you—good for you! {smile} I’m happy to hear that!

      Expect Success!

    • Melissa Q says:

      You have a point. Increasingly, I find it that is in out=r best interests to invest in degrees and skills that can be utilized internationally. Especially fields related to business and trade. Networking and establishing contacts should be another goal, but it is way easier with marketable skills.

  4. joyousnerd says:

    Another well-conceived post, Khadija. I am amazed at how few people seem to see the writing on the wall, but I suppose they will figure things out eventually… By which time any remaining sojourners will be in deep trouble, because the desperate Left-Behinds will start becoming more violent as the foundations crumble.

    I recall many moons ago, you pointed out that the AA underclass will resort to brutality if they are merely *inconvenienced*. What will those types do when there are food shortages, water rationing, and armed guards surrounding the ghetto? God help any sane AA left in their midst.

    Personally, I’m taking my Slovak class offered for free online by the generous government of The Slovak Republic 🙂 and will use my transcript from there as part of my application for a green card. It’s not the most glamorous country in the world, but the Tatra Tiger has a rapidly growing economy and the EU’s rich are pouring money into investments there.

    In addition to my e-book and supplements business, last week I began training for ESL teaching. This skill is one that pretty much every government around the world values right now. (This may change as America’s decline continues, but for now English is the global language of business and is like American Express: accepted everywhere.)

    The students at the language school are mostly the trailing spouses of high level engineers and computer experts from rich Asian countries. These women are very lonely and eager to make friends. I can forge personal relationships with these women that could potentially offer me hook-ups and job tips in their home countries. At the very least, they can recommend me to other students in their social circle.

    I am doing this volunteer teaching WHILE I train for my certificate. So often, people think they need the academic credentials first, and experience second. No, no, no! When my certificate is complete I will also have experience, and a roster of students who may want private lessons.

    The women bring their kids with them, and my kids also can come and play together with them in an adjacent room. So not only am I getting some dearly needed socialization, my kids can form friendships with these likely-to-be-successful children as well.

    • Lynn says:

      That is an awesome plan! Establishing connections and helping those of the technical elite sections of our society is the way to go. I might look into ESL teaching myself. I never thought about that area either. In addition your interaction with this crowd will help to counteract some of the negative stereotypes foreigners have with AAW’s. You will help to uplift us all! For that you have my gratitude and I prayers for continued success in all of your endeavors.

      • I have taught ESL overseas, PLEASE be careful in who you allow to employ you!!

        I had a rather frightful experience that could have led to my Passport being withheld from me. Without God intervening and being blessed to pick up languages easily, I would have been held captive in a small East Asian town for a year–literally and figuratively.

        Being a Black woman overseas offers advantages (yes, advantages!) and disadvantages that are not often spoken of online as well.

      • Joyousnerd says:

        Thanks Lynn, I look forward to providing a balanced view of AA people to my pupils that they can carry back to their home countries. For this reason, I will make sure to always dress myself to the nines for my classes, even though the other (white) teachers are more casual in style.

        I want to have an aura of class that the pupils will hopefully respond to. That way, if a fancier job comes up, the students will already think of me as being a better fit for it than the jeans and tee shirt wearing teachers.

        I am not only representing myself, but also all of us, so I want to give the best impression I can.

    • JoyousNerd,

      Thank you for your kind words about the post; I truly appreciate it.

      You said, “I am amazed at how few people seem to see the writing on the wall, but I suppose they will figure things out eventually… By which time any remaining sojourners will be in deep trouble, because the desperate Left-Behinds will start becoming more violent as the foundations crumble.

      I recall many moons ago, you pointed out that the AA underclass will resort to brutality if they are merely *inconvenienced*. What will those types do when there are food shortages, water rationing, and armed guards surrounding the ghetto? God help any sane AA left in their midst.”

      Indeed. Refusing to face reality is a common human frailty. Oh, well for them.

      You said, “Personally, I’m taking my Slovak class offered for free online by the generous government of The Slovak Republic and will use my transcript from there as part of my application for a green card. It’s not the most glamorous country in the world, but the Tatra Tiger has a rapidly growing economy and the EU’s rich are pouring money into investments there.”

      As you know, it doesn’t matter how glamorous or not any particular European country is perceived to be. The point is that the Slovak Republic is a member state of the European Union. And, as you know, getting one’s foot in the door with one EU member state opens doors to the rest of the EU member states! That’s nothing for anybody to turn up their nose at. In fact, only a FOOL would turn up their nose at the prospect of getting their foot in the door of any EU member state. Finding a way into EU dual citizenship is a significant advantage.

      JoyousNerd, I salute all the things you’re doing to lay the foundation for a prosperous and secure future for yourself and your children! {deep martial arts bow}

      Expect Success!

      • Joyousnerd says:

        Thank you! You know, I get down on myself a lot but I was thinking earlier today that I actually am kicking booty and taking names on several fronts 🙂

        You and I are >>>>right here<<<< about getting that EU membership. Slovakia doesn't have to be fancy to open the doors of the world to me.

        Teaching english as a second language is a skill that can be used at home, at least in the Northeast where I live. And it has the benefit of allowing me to pick up and move if the need arises, and relocate anywhere in the world pretty much.

  5. Traci says:

    ( Khadija, feel free to answer this question personally if you feel that it does not add to the discussion).

    It is easier to relocate when you are young. Most countries have age limits for relocating and you are SOL if you are over 50 or not have certain skills. It is wise to have multiple streams of income but you have to invest the money SOMEWHERE. T bills are only great if the government is backing them up. Foreign investments can also be dicey . I have nightmares of my nest egg disappearing because of hyperinflation. Any suggestions?
    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/hyperinflation-history-visitors-snap-up-100-trillion-zimbabwe-bank-notes/

    • Traci,

      I’ll simply paraphrase the boilerplate statement that I’ve seen other places:

      Nothing in this blog post or comment section should be considered personalized investment advice. Although discussion participants may discuss economic questions, they are not licensed under securities laws to address your particular investment situation. No communication by any discussion participant should be deemed as personalized investment advice.

      Shorter version: Everybody has to figure out their own thing as best they can, in light of their own personal circumstances.

      Expect Success!

  6. Sisterlocgirl says:

    Very very thought provoking post. Unfortunately many people choose the Ostrich approach to life and when the rubber meets the road a great deal of handwringing ensues. The reality of the global economic situation is there, if you are willing to hear the bad news and make plans to prosper during the decline. Robert Kiyosaki, Rich Dad Poor Dad is always discussing how the best financial gains are usually made during times of decline/doom/gloom or as he calls it doom and boom. . .for those who are prepared. Thank you Khadijah for links to additional informational sites to help in preparation for the next phase. There is a definite world outside the US and this may not be the optimal place to live in the future.

    • Sisterlocgirl,

      You’re welcome and thank you for your kind words about the post; I truly appreciate it.

      You said, “The reality of the global economic situation is there, if you are willing to hear the bad news and make plans to prosper during the decline. Robert Kiyosaki, Rich Dad Poor Dad is always discussing how the best financial gains are usually made during times of decline/doom/gloom or as he calls it doom and boom. . .for those who are prepared.”

      That enduring pattern is what I find so interesting and hope-inspiring. No matter what the crisis was, there have always been the small groups of prepared folks who figured out a way to make significant money during the crisis. For one example, fortunes were made during the last Great Depression. I intend to be among the people who prosper while the current situation unfolds; and who are most prepared for whatever comes next.

      Expect Success!

  7. energize says:

    Khadija, here is an article from the website http://www.informationclearinghouse.info that i read to get an better idea of what is really going on in the US.

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27254.htm

    So many are trying to go on with life business as usual barely scraping by. Thanks the msm, I dont believe they understand the level of damage that has been done to the US. It will take years for the US to recover. They are deciding who to layoff at my job as we speak.

    You are so right about the signs esp. the infrastructure. Sometimes I have to weave in the road to avoid potholes that have been there for months. The guy at the tire shop (had a huge piece of glass stuck in my tire) said business has picked up for him repairing tires and wheels. I haven’t seen a street sweeper in years! I was at a sporting event and a kid was injured the emergency response time was very slow. If the mom had known the extent of his injuries, she could have got him to the hospital faster.

    And the only people feeling no pain are the wealthy.

  8. Coffy says:

    Yep, this is why I’ve begun drafting my European emergency exit strategy. In addition to learning Norwegian, (thanks to the commenter who alerted me to Norway’s free graduate studies) I plan on taking IT courses and developing my skills in project management. I’ve noticed that if you have an IT background your chances of immigrating to a desirable country skyrocket. And although Norway offers many graduate programs that are taught in English, you have a much greater chance of finding employment if you speak the language. (If anyone is interested in learning Norwegian or any language for that matter I highly recommend Pimsleur audio series, each lesson is only 30 minutes long and from the beginning they have you learning pronunciation.) From the research I’ve done so far, any American who has found a job over there found it through their personal relationships with native Norwegians, so speaking the language will not only allow you to pass the language proficiency test that most employers require, but will also make it easier to network with the locals.

    As far as tax consumers losing—I’m beginning to see this in my own state, as the new session opens the legislature is already planning on cutting food stamps to legal immigrants in an attempt to save money.

    • palmwater says:

      Coffy, good for you! IT and things related to technology are huge industries. The best part about these jobs is that you can do it anywhere in the world.
      Have you looked into Mozilla P2P school of webcraft and Google University? They have free classes in web design and other web based courses.

      http://www.drumbeat.org/webcraft

      Also you may already know these websites for studying in Norway and Sweden, but it may be useful for other readers.

      https://www.studera.nu/studera/1374.html

      http://www.studyinnorway.no/

    • I completely relate to your European emergency plan-my target country is Finland. I am learning Finnish and have researched the entrance requirements. It is another EU country where studies are free so long as you get accepted to the university and can get your visa. While most of the population speaks English, you must know the language in order to get a decent job-which is why I’m learning it now.

      • Neecy says:

        Miss Glam,

        Like you I too an planning and exit strategy towards a Nordic COuntry. Probably moreso Sweden. Do you have any language courses you are using/recomm to learn Fininish? I am looking to learn one of the Nordic languages as well. I haven’t figured out which one, but it looks like Norweigen is a good one b/c it its intelligible with most of the other languages. i do know Finnish is more seperate and they often have to learn Swedish and such and vice versa.

        • I’ve been using BYKI(which is free software.) It’s a good intro to the language, and it helps with spelling and pronunciation. Another thing that I did was searched for language guides on YouTube, then converted the guides from video format to MP3 so that I could listen to it wherever I go. I used the program here to do it. Listening to it on my iPod has made a huge difference in my overall comprehension of the language.

          It’s been really good so far, though once I get to a certain level, I will probably have to find some more sophisticated language instruction.

          You’re right about Finnish being more separate: Norwegian is a good “middle ground” language as far as Nordic languages go. I wanted to do Norway initially and, who knows-that may be my final choice before the year is out. For now though, Finland is feeling like a good fit for me.

          • Neecy says:

            Can’t thank you enough for the information Miss Glam!!

          • BelleBijou says:

            To Miss Glamtastic:

            Thank you so much for the mp3 info! I too am planning on learning a Nordic language.

            I’m currently studying abroad in the south of France. My roommate is Swedish, and we have become great friends–so great in fact, that her family has invited me to live with them upon getting accepted to a Swedish university for graduate studies!

            In my last semester of undergrad (and beyond), I plan on using my resources at my current internship to learn Swedish, Portuguese, and to maintain my French (I already speak Spanish fluently).

            I’m hoping to be able to use my language skills and computer knowledge to obtain a job in either IT or something else. If all else fails, (as aforementioned in another post here) I’ve made plans to work on a cruise ship in order to gain experience and sharpen any other skills even more. 🙂

      • LaJane Galt says:

        I’ve been thinking of Helsinki myself.

        • Helsinki is a great city-I’ve been researching it and I’m pleased with what I’ve learned. I plan to take a short trip there before the end of the summer. I want to know if I can “see” myself there, and I won’t know that unless I visit.

  9. Energize,

    Thanks for the info about the news site! You said, “So many are trying to go on with life business as usual barely scraping by. Thanks the msm, I dont believe they understand the level of damage that has been done to the US. It will take years for the US to recover. They are deciding who to layoff at my job as we speak.”

    I agree. I also believe the “mainstream” media does this with the cooperation and consent of most Americans. The information is out there; most Americans simply don’t want to be informed. We prefer our bread and circuses. In 2011: A Brave New Dystopia, Chris Hedges brilliantly summed up the current state of the American people. The most chilling part of his essay was the following section, where he said:

    Orwell warned of a world where books were banned. Huxley warned of a world where no one wanted to read books.

    Orwell warned of a state of permanent war and fear. Huxley warned of a culture diverted by mindless pleasure. Orwell warned of a state where every conversation and thought was monitored and dissent was brutally punished. Huxley warned of a state where a population, preoccupied by trivia and gossip, no longer cared about truth or information.

    Orwell saw us frightened into submission. Huxley saw us seduced into submission. But Huxley, we are discovering, was merely the prelude to Orwell. Huxley understood the process by which we would be complicit in our own enslavement. Orwell understood the enslavement.

    (emphasis added)

    Yep. That perfectly sums up current American culture, such as it is.
    ___________________________________________________

    Coffy,

    You said, “As far as tax consumers losing—I’m beginning to see this in my own state, as the new session opens the legislature is already planning on cutting food stamps to legal immigrants in an attempt to save money.”

    Yep. I also want to emphasize that it’s not just the welfare recipients who are tax consumers—“tax consumer” also means everybody who has a “good government job”! So often, edu-ma-cated AAs like to pretend that it’s only the underclass and the undesirables among us who are vulnerable. NO—most One Missed Paycheck Away From Disaster Middle-Class AAs are also vulnerable to these various negative trends.

    We’re vulnerable because roughly 99.999% of us are job-holders and not job-creators. The disproportionate, heightened negative impact that even middle-class AAs feel is the result of several interlocking dysfunctions that we’ve previously discussed:

    Our lack of business creation after the walls of segregation came down.

    Which is connected to the AA consumers’ mass, and permanent boycott of visibly Black-owned businesses.

    Which is connected to the mass modern AA culture of hatred, hateration, and envy for any Black person who is not poor or from the ghetto.

    Which is connected to the mass modern AA culture of celebrating ghetto, gangbanger, and convicted felon-based “cultural” values and artifacts such as hip-hop and (c)rap “music.”

    Which is connected to where AAs went wrong in the 1960s in deciding to celebrate petty criminals as if they were somehow political prisoners.

    Which is why AAs refuse to support having AA criminals punished for their crimes. No matter what.

    Which is why AA residential areas became violent, deadly hellholes.

    Which is why, on a local level, each year numbers of AA schoolchildren are killed by other AAs on their way to or from school in AA residential areas in Chicago.

    Which is connected to where AAs went wrong in the 1960s in deciding to label education and a desire for education as somehow being “White people’s things.”

    And so on. And so on. While AAs bask in their Obama-ssiah delusions, vent their fury at any AA who dares to ask critical questions about the false Obama-ssiah, and spend their time, attention and money focused on worthless male brutes and modern-day Hottentot Venuses such as the creatures who have been the popular Negro “entertainers” for the past 2 decades.

    Expect Success!

  10. foreverloyal says:

    I am determined to NOT be one of those people caught unprepared and unaware. I look at my kids and think how awful it would be to have them go without when I could have done something to make sure they had what they needed.
    My husband is doing fine masha’allah with business showing no signs of slowing down, buuuuuttt nothing wrong with having an additional income. Now that the kids are a bit older I have time to work on that.
    I’m working on the practical, everyday skills too. We will always need to eat, so getting a garden in and then learning how to get the most out of it is high on the list. Having some energy independence isimportant, and basic carpentry is on the “to learn” list for both myself and the kids. In fact, I’ve been working on drawings for building a solar oven.
    It’s very important to me that our family has a good mix of language, technical and blue-collar skills.

    • RColeman says:

      The Archdruid Report blog is one of my favorite sites. Thanks to that site I have been able to further maximize the land I have to produce not only what my family need to to also create several more income streams/barter systems that also benefit.

      Foreverloyal If you scroll to the near bottom of this link there are blueprints so-to-speak for the dimensions for a solar cooker for you to construct that they also sell. Not only that- but it gives detailed directions on how to use it.

      http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/CooKit

      • foreverloyal says:

        Thanks for the link. I was thinking of making a wood one, variation of the global sun oven. I’m sure my kids and I can make it for less than what a gso goes for. I want something really durable.

        However, that link you posted would be a great thing to make as a science project for the kids, to introduce them to the concept! (And as a “travel oven”)

  11. Tasha212 says:

    Hi Khadija!

    This was a great post. I have been trying to convince people in my family and some of my close friends that it’s about to get real. Most people, in particular AAs, are not even thinking about these issues, let alone discussing them. The girlfriend who I talked about who has been out of work for months is one of those people. I have been trying to convince her that she needs to come up with another stream of income that will sustain her whether she’s working or not, the passive income that you always talk about on this blog. I’m certainly planning my 2nd and 3rd income stream as we speak, one of which I hope to have up and running by May.

    As far as being location-independent, I plan on focusing mainly product-oriented business rather than on service oriented businesses. Though as a speech therapist my main gig is service-oriented, the business that I’m planning will offer professional development products to therapists and other service providers. I think it’s easier to move around the globe and still maintain a business if it is based on products rather than service. That’s another thing I can’t seem to get some people to understand, the importance of turning your expertise into some sort of product, which is easier to control and manipulate than service. One of my other friends pointed out to me that the reason why most folks don’t want to take the plunge into making some real changes is because of laziness. No one is really gonna admit that this is the reason, they’ll just come up with other reasons, when they are really just too lazy to do the work that it takes to start a business, or learn a new skill, or create a product, or whatever other activity they are finding a million other excuses not to do.

    • Melissa Q says:

      Basically, things are slowly in decline. I think you shouldn’t waste your time trying to convince those who don’t want to listen. Remember: You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t force it to drink.

    • DiamondLife says:

      Another reason to use your expertise in your chosen field is the colleagues and contacts that you have built up over the years. We all know how valuable established relationships are in business. These relationships can be used to “hit the ground running” so to speak in establishing an initial customer base for your product.

      • palmwater says:

        DiamondLife, great advice! Tasha212 you should also look into using linked in (a professional social networking site) to find therapists (customers) outside of your location. linkedin.com

  12. ForeverLoyal,

    Good for you!
    __________________________________________________

    Hello there, Tasha212!

    Thank you for your kind words about the post; I truly appreciate it.

    You said, “I have been trying to convince people in my family and some of my close friends that it’s about to get real. Most people, in particular AAs, are not even thinking about these issues, let alone discussing them. The girlfriend who I talked about who has been out of work for months is one of those people. I have been trying to convince her that she needs to come up with another stream of income that will sustain her whether she’s working or not, the passive income that you always talk about on this blog. I’m certainly planning my 2nd and 3rd income stream as we speak, one of which I hope to have up and running by May.”

    Good for you! The sad (for them) reality is that most folks are NOT going to listen. The blog host of The Archdruid Report and his readers have been talking about this same refusal to listen. I believe your friend is correct—this refusal IS mostly about laziness (and emotional addiction to Business As Usual).

    I agree with the basic strategy that the Archdruid blog host has suggested—that those of us who know “what time it is” lay low and continue along with our own preparations. As the mess hits the fan, then increasing numbers of our newly-frightened friends and relatives will become more open to our suggestions and ideas. It’ll be harder for them because they’re essentially waiting until AFTER the storm hits them to start making some changes. But that’s their choice. And they’re welcome to it. I choose NOT to wait until the storm catches up with me to make some moves.

    You said, “As far as being location-independent, I plan on focusing mainly product-oriented business rather than on service oriented businesses. Though as a speech therapist my main gig is service-oriented, the business that I’m planning will offer professional development products to therapists and other service providers. I think it’s easier to move around the globe and still maintain a business if it is based on products rather than service. That’s another thing I can’t seem to get some people to understand, the importance of turning your expertise into some sort of product, which is easier to control and manipulate than service. (emphasis added)

    I 100% cosign! And this is a critical point that you’re making here. Personally, I’m just about done with servicing people. I don’t want that level of involvement with customers/clients anymore. Servicing people is usually a much messier and involved transaction than selling them a product. Another thing that you’re pointing out (that most people overlook) is the prospect of business-to-business (B2B) sales.

    I’ve heard accounts of how a small number of professionals (such as dentists and others) have grown wealthy from marketing essential products to other professionals in their fields. Which makes sense, when you think about it. When you’re a practitioner in a field, you understand from the inside what sorts of products could help make other practitioners’ daily work lives easier.

    Expect Success!

    • palmwater says:

      Thank you for this post Khadija! I never really thought about B2B sales, but I’m keeping that point in my mind.

      It’s not just AA that can’t smell the storm ahead, other Blacks tend to also be unprepared. It took a major crisis for my parents to wake up! Now that they are rebuilding their savings over again, I am stressing to them the point of having multiple back up plans and escape routes in case another storm comes.

      A major trend that Sojourners need to keep in mind is the growing elderly population in North America and Europe. There are lots of products that can be targeted to this population and businesses that service that population.

      • Palmwater,

        You’re welcome!

        Expect Success!

      • Neecy says:

        B2B sales has been my profession for the last several years. I have been trained by some of the BEST solid companies out there. i am currently trying to think of how I can expand on my own and create a seperate income for myself through B2B sales.

  13. Khadija, this post is great, and oh so timely! The Sovereign Man blog has quickly become one of my “must-reads.” Lots of good information on that site for anyone who wants to take advantage of all the opportunities available to them, worldwide.

    I’m actively working toward relocating to Europe and creating location-independent income streams (3 streams at the minimum.) The plan is still coming together, but working toward it is the most crucial part. Thankfully, the information here and at other blogs make it clear that ACTION is what separates the sojourners and the left-behinds. Blogs like yours benefit anyone who will heed them: by getting this knowledge, we are “ahead of the curve” and can create defenses to protect our interests.

  14. KimP says:

    Excellent post, I stayed up to consume it all at once. I’ll have to read the links some other time, though. There’s so much going on and so much information, it takes me awhile to get through the posts and the suggested links.

    So many of us don’t realize the U.S. is living on borrowed money and further more on borrowed time. It’s only a matter of time before it all hits the fan and I plan to be prepared.

    I love the point mentioned that people are no longer interested in voluntary poverty for the greater good, I find that few are willing to employ voluntary poverty, even temporarily for themselves. In the midst of creating multiple income streams, I also am learning how to live more frugally. This is the key to retaining and building wealth and the point so many AA’s miss. How will you net anything when you’re spending just as fast as it comes.

    On the point of learning how to turn skills and expertise into profits, every time I get a new skill under my belt, I’m always thinking how I can turn it into a product or improve upon an existing product.

  15. PG says:

    Getting a second passport is definitely a high priority for me. As has been reiterated here, higher education appears to be one of the most effective routes for becoming established in a new country, especially for those of us without access to the significant capital needed for business/economic development.

    Also, as a former liberal arts student, I’m only recently understanding the value of actual hard skills (e.g. web design, photoshop, accounting, etc.). Not to belittle my education, but tons of people can write effectively, research and synthesize information, and speak a little Spanish. 🙁 My goal during this new year will be to acquire hard skills that will increase my value to potential global employers – and may help me along in my path to self-employment. I want to think strategically about this though, and invest in acquiring hard skills that will continually be in demand (computer-based, I imagine).

    • PG,

      I hear you about the liberal arts. I love the liberal arts because they help keep the faint memory of thousands of years of human intellectual achievements alive. But, unfortunately, they’re not very practical in terms of making a living these days. {sigh}

      Expect Success!

      • Neecy says:

        Yes I have an arts degree. Always wanted to be a filmmaker. And still not completely giving up on that dream. However, now that I am considering an escape plan to a EU country, I have to be realistic about many things and may have to go back to school for something more technical. that way i can cover all ground, and possibly pursue my creative talents as hobbies that may eventually lead to other sources of income.

    • Lorie says:

      Hi,

      I agree. As I consider graduate school options, I am also thinking about what hard skills I can add to my toolbelt.

  16. Hi Khadija,

    Thank you so much for all the great and useful information that you make available for us.

    I have a question for you and everyone else. As sojourners, it is most likely that we will be minorities wherever we go, I was reading comments on the club orlov blog about people fearing being the minority if they move to another country and all hell breaks loose there. Granted these were white people talking about moving to non-Western countries but I thought that this would be a good thing for black female sojourners to think about as well.

    How can you make sure you’re not the “other” in times of political, economic, and social unrest? Or is the answer just to get the hell out of dodge?

    This is the post that has the comments that I was referring to above. A quick perusal through the comments will show the fears I was speaking about above.

    • RevolutionaryAndJoyful,

      Thanks for the link to the post at Club Orlov—it was quite insightful!

      You asked, “I have a question for you and everyone else. As sojourners, it is most likely that we will be minorities wherever we go, I was reading comments on the club orlov blog about people fearing being the minority if they move to another country and all hell breaks loose there. Granted these were white people talking about moving to non-Western countries but I thought that this would be a good thing for black female sojourners to think about as well.

      How can you make sure you’re not the “other” in times of political, economic, and social unrest? Or is the answer just to get the hell out of dodge?”

      That’s an EXCELLENT question that Sojourners need to consider—thanks for bringing this up!

      I believe that each individual Sojourner’s “mileage may vary” based on her individual circumstances. So, any answers have to take nuances into consideration. Here’s my overall view:

      Along with the rest of AAs, we’re already “the other” in the US! It’s a matter of weighing the risks/benefit ratio of any particular situation. Let me give some concrete examples of what I mean.

      For the most part, any African-American’s and AA woman’s situation is inherently different from those of the White American commenters over at Club Orlov who were raising the “outsider” question. Unlike the vast majority of AAs, when White Americans leave the US they are leaving:

      (1) Their previous position of being the majority population/demographic.

      (2) Their family ties and roots, which tend to be much more stable, reciprocal, and productive than the stunted family twigs that most AAs have.

      (3) Their previous position of being the majority demographic in a stable, reasonably safe neighborhood.

      Contrast the above with the situation facing most AA women:

      (1) Already part of a minority demographic in the US.

      (2) Family ties consisting of non-reciprocating and totally unreliable biological relatives.

      (3) Either being part of the majority demographic in an unstable and physically dangerous neighborhood (= most Black residential areas). Or part of the minority demographic in a physically safe, and reasonably stable neighborhood (a minority in a nonblack residential neighborhood).

      In terms of being an outsider, an AA woman is an outsider either way. Let’s mention some of what I believe are the enhanced dangers to being an outsider in a collapsing US:

      (1) The US is awash in guns. Most other Western, industrialized countries don’t have a population that’s armed to the teeth with firearms. Is there a meaningful difference between:

      (a) being an outsider in countries (such as Europe) with millions of crazy people and/or racists who don’t have easy access to guns? VERSUS

      (b) being an outsider in a country (the US) with millions of armed crazy people and/or racists?

      (2) In the US, AAs are outsiders who are part of the demographic that is perceived to be/scapegoated as a large part of THE PROBLEM. [And truth be told, many underclass AAs are creating serious problems in the US. And have been doing so for several generations.] In other countries, an AA woman would still be an outsider. But not an outsider who is considered to be part of the group that is THE PROBLEM in these countries. Other outsiders fill that role as being THE PROBLEM in other countries. Such as North Africans and Black Africans in France. And the Turks in Germany. And folks like Gypsies and Romanians in Italy. And so on.

      I would think there’s a meaningful difference in terms of risk to being an outsider versus being an outsider who is ALSO part of an ethnic group that is the designated PROBLEM for a particular country.

      In the US, AAs as a group are already perceived as part of the designated problem group. And we’re already perceived as outsiders by large portions of the White American population. Ominously, the White Americans who are most likely to perceive AAs as outsiders and as not being “real” Americans are also the craziest, the most racist, AND the most likely to be armed—such as the Tea Party nuts and Sarah Palin’s fan base.

      If unhinged, right-leaning White Americans are willing to shoot a White woman politician in the head, what does anybody think these same type of nutty people will do to AAs as the economy continues to shrink? They’ll be looking for their TRADITIONAL scapegoats. Guess who that is in the US?

      And it’s NOT like AA men are ever going start protecting BW. AA men haven’t protected AA women or children in the past from racist nuts. AA men are not protecting BW and children right now from violent Black criminals. And AA men are NOT going to protect AA women, children, or even themselves from the increasingly violent Tea Party lunatics.

      In other countries (such as Western Europe), there are some other folks who occupy that Traditional Scapegoat slot. I’m not saying that Western Europeans won’t give AA Sojourners the side-eye as the economic problems continue. I’m saying that there are some other types of people who are ahead of AA woman immigrants in terms of being the preferred and traditional scapegoats in these other countries.

      As I said earlier, I believe each Sojourner must make her own calculations based on her own personal circumstances. For myself, I don’t believe that France would be a good idea for me because: I have a Muslim name that on paper might have French people mistaking me for their traditional North African scapegoats. On the other hand, one of the reasons why I’ve considered Panama is the ability to physically blend in with the native population.

      But here’s the thing that I believe each Sojourner MUST commit to, no matter what: From the beginning of her journey, a Sojourner MUST be committed to making MEANINGFUL and DEEP connections to the people in whatever country she’s visiting/living in. This has to be part of a Sojourner’s conscious, deliberate “mission plan” when entering any country. Marriage is one of the better ways to make those sorts of connections. Deep and close friendships are another.

      The point is to do everything possible to develop supportive networks of people in the target country who will have your back. A Sojourner CAN’T afford to carry over the standoffish behavior that most AA women have been programmed to engage in with nonblacks. That’s what most AA women do at their jobs. This programmed standoffish behavior when around nonblacks coupled with the near-total lack of support that most AA women get from biological relatives is why AA women (and their children) are so vulnerable in the US—and particularly vulnerable while within Black residential areas where anything goes. The end result is that AA women are left without any meaningful, reciprocating support networks. That sort of behavior is a mistake that Sojourners can’t afford to duplicate in their travels.

      *Addendum*
      Let me add that, for me, the above equation only really applies to Western countries. I think the odds are that it would be dangerous to be a Black woman in Asian countries AND in specific former Communist, Eastern European countries like Russia in particular (which apparently has a serious problem with racist skinhead violence).

      Expect Success!

      • Khadija you beat me to it LOL!

      • Neecy says:

        Khadija,

        I totally agree with the point that BW looking to go into other countries should not be the “typical” acting AA woman who voluntarily socially isolates herself from everything that doesn’t revolve around “Black this, Black man that, Black community this”. I have known several BW like the ones you described in the work force (one in particular now that has had to resort to going out on leave b/c she made it so bad for herself) that simply removes themselves from people and others that could be allies. This Black woman tried to get me in on that and I don’t do the whole “Black people stick together in a group” thing. I interact with EVRYONE in my company. And b/c of that, I have had tremendous amounts of allies who always look out for me when it comes time to disseminate information that not everyone gets. This girl tries to cling to me in National meetings and I make it very clear I have no interest in simply hanging around Black people and isolating myself.

        THAT is why it so easy for outer society to target and have little to no empathy for AA women’s plight. B/C AA women in general withdrawal themselves from most things that don’t revolve around a bunch of crazy Black folks mess. I notice BW who have a myriad of friends and acquaintances from various backgrounds are often looked after, valued and supported.

        We all know that Missing BW get little to no media attention. Well I remember a few years ago an African/Black girl from Chicago (I believe she went to Northwestern? And the fact I remember this one story speaks volumes) went missing. This girl obviously did not hang around just Blacks but had a very large amount of White friends and a popular White b/f who played in a local band. Well A degenerate BM in her apt complex had issues with the fact she was dating White and often harassed her b/c he felt she was “stuck up/uppity”. Of course he was not in college, had no job. Just felt that any BW should give him the time of day b/c he was a BM. And when she didn’t he harassedher about her White b/f and plotted to kidnap and murder her – which he did very brutally He kidnapped her and took her body to Alabama or Georgia and burned her alive. This was the FIRST TIME I ever saw such a huge media push to find this girl. The police and EVERYONE was on the case until they found this girl. This story was reported and updated DAILY. It was a matter of two weeks when they found this girls body in a complete different state. That’s how involved the media, her friends and police were in finding her. You heard about this story EVERY DAY until they finally found this girl and the BM who did it. And I believe b/c her b/f was a popular White guy in the area and her White female friends all were devastated and PUSHED for the media to find this girl. You saw nothing but WW and WM crying and pleading with the media to find her. And they did QUICKLY. People were so outraged and leaving all kinds of messages on her Myspace page.

        I tell that story b/c I believe it lends to exactly what you are saying. That its IMPERATIVE for BW to develop and build strong relationships with others in these various countries and even while still here in America. The BW who do, seem to have more value placed on their lives.

        Also, BW are mainly hated in America b/c of the constant CODDLING of degenerate Black male behavior that causes a burden on society. BW don’t have to be out committing the crimes. The fact they are vocal about protecting BM at all costs says BW have little value for themselves (or others), their communities or children’s nor their well being. People have grown impatient with BW’s constant protection, fighting for Black male criminals who not only are a burden on society but even in the midst of harming BW and children BW still go to bat to fight for their rights. This is very aggravating to greater society who has no more care about BW or what happens to us. If we don’t care why should they?

        I really hope those kinds of BW NEVER try to go to any other countries. They will end up bringing their foul mentalities with them.

        The extension of citizenship to the proper EU countries should only be left to Sojourners.

        • Neecy,

          I totally agree. I do want to mention one point of concern that I have about all of the above observations:

          Indoctrination is the original reason why so many AA women do/did this self-isolating behavior, coddling of BM criminals, etc. I don’t ever want that point to get lost or obscured in any of these conversations.

          YES, AA women have the agency to be able to make other choices. However, I don’t want to say anything that inadvertently helps to cover-up the indoctrination and cultural oppression that led to these bad choices that so many AA women make/made. The danger of challenging AA women to make other choices without being careful to ALSO acknowledge the oppression that led to the original bad choice is that it can often lead to a Marie-Antoinette-ish attitude of “I’m bored with hearing about your oppression. Why don’t you just get over it…”

          [Incidentally, NOBODY ever tells Jewish people to “get over” anything.] The Black Marie-Antoinette attitude ALSO serves to provide cover for DBRBM and the BM-identified Ikettes who justify DBRBM’s foul behaviors.

          YES, AA women need to stop engaging in certain behaviors. YES, AA women need to move forward and seek to get past certain oppressive things (I don’t like the “get over it” expression—it’s callous and disrespectful to my ears). But I think it’s healthiest and safest to get past certain things in the SAME spirit of “NEVER AGAIN!” that Jewish people use regarding their past traumas. As opposed to getting past certain things in the spirit of self-induced amnesia that the Black Marie Antoinettes like to engage in (the attitude of “I don’t know what those other BW are talking about…I never heard of X, Y, or Z…why don’t they get over X, Y, or Z…”).

          *Addendum*
          And just so it’s clear—I’m NOT saying that you in any way have been saying “get over it.” I’m voicing my concerns because this callous, disrespectful, “I’m so bored with your oppression” Marie-Antoinette-ish spirit seems to be the undercurrent to a number of BW’s comments during many of the conversations I’ve read at various Black blogs. [Which is yet more confirmation that there is NO sisterhood among AA women. And probably never was—that might have always been another mirage marketed to AA women. {shaking my head}]

          Expect Success!

          • Neecy says:

            Actually K,

            I am guilty of this callous mindset sometimes b/c I just get so fed up. But my callousness does come from a place of true concern for BW. And i believe the BW who do seem callous DO care thus why they become so fed up. its like when you really don’t care about something or someone you don’t really care enough about them to get angry or show tough love. But when you do care about someone and they keep messing up some people become really angry at them b/c they really want to see said person/group/entity prosper. I go back and forth. One minute I want to help the zombies and the next I just want to write them off completely and say to hell with them. But at the end of the day i do care about BW and want all BW to reach a level of consciousness that they realize the BC is dead, Black love is DEAD and that BW are scarificing themselves and getting nowhere. But I just get so aggravated with so many BW who continue to allow themselves to be Black oppressed. I just don’t understand WHAT more BM need to do or say to show BW they don’t give a damn, never gave a damn and will continue to not give a damn. How many more rap songs or BM entertainers need to proclaim to the masses that BW are “inferior” in their eyes compared to other races of women, how many more Black children need to be abandoned,.. the list goes on. I can say for me its simple aggravation with the zombie BW. And its b/c I really don’t know what more its going to take for them to wake the heck up. Then they turn around and get angry with the BW who are actually trying to show them the light! SO its like what is left to do but simply get mad. LOL

            i often have to tell myself to re-direct my anger by doing something to help open more eyes. Anger doesn’t really solve anything.

            But i feel that others outside the BC do not care whether BW are oppressed mentally or not. They are simply looking and seeing with their own eyes that BW want to fight for and defend criminals. And that is hurting all BW collectivley b/c outside society will NEVER offer protection/concern for BW until BW wake up.

            But like you said, we need to ackowledge the root of the oppression that BW receive from birth and figure out ways to enlighten. but i can’t lie they really make me sooo mad sometimes.

          • Neecy,

            I hear you. And I share much of the irritation you feel about the BW zombies. Here’s my point of concern:

            Now that the BWE message is spreading out into the “mainstream” of AA women’s conversations, the BW-hating Ikettes and BW-human-sacrificing Sista Soldiers are becoming more sophisticated in their trolling and efforts at distorting/blocking the BWE message.

            The BW-hating Ikettes and BW-human-sacrificing Sista Soldiers will use the “get over it” statements made by caring but annoyed BW as CAMOUFLAGE for spreading their DBRBM-supporting verbal poison.

            These BM-identified, BW-hating Ikettes and Sista Soldiers will use frustrated, strategically careless “BW need to get over Oppression X” statements as a defense to any criticism of DBRBM.

            These BW-haters will comb through the conversations at various BW’s blogs looking for an open door that lets them enter the conversation in order to slip in their DBRBM-protecting, anti-BW poison. Careless, frustration-based statements by otherwise sincerely concerned BW provide that open door for the BW-haters. They rush in to agree with the “BW need to get over Oppression X” statements and then add their poison to the conversation.

            As previously noted, sometimes when people hate you…they rush in to join you. To join your conversation. To join your group. To join your organization. To join your campaign. In order to exploit whatever you’re saying or doing for their own purposes, and to sabotage it from within. This is what’s happening RIGHT NOW during many of the conversations at various BW’s blogs.

            This is why I do what I can to make sure that nothing I say fits comfortably in the mouths of BW’s enemies, whether they’re DBRBM or the Ikettes/Sista Soldiers and other BF Zombies who enable DBRBM. So that’s why I try to never omit mentioning the oppression and indoctrination that’s at the root of so many AA women’s bad choices.

            Let me mention another category of BW (in addition to the above) who absolutely HATE other BW: the Black Marie Antoinettes.

            People like the Black Marie Antoinettes who are indifferent to human suffering—and extra indifferent to the human suffering of other BW—are people who actually HATE other BW. No matter how they try to justify their indifference to this form of human suffering, someone who places NO importance on BW’s suffering is someone who does NOT value BW’s and Black girls’ lives. Period.

            I will add that a person who is indifferent to human suffering is inherently a yucky person. And certainly not anybody I want around me. In any capacity. That sort of attitude is what evil and genocide are made of. It’s not cute, and it’s not a trivial thing.

            Respectfully, I would caution you about some of the Black Marie Antoinettes at another blog who rush in to cheerlead “BW need to get over Oppression X” statements. I would respectfully suggest that you examine the totality of everything you’ve seen these women say and ask yourself:

            (1) Has this person who is soooo overjoyed to hear somebody say that “BW need to get over Oppression X” ever done anything at all to help another BW who reached out for help?

            (2) Has this person—who is just so tickled to say that “BW need to get over X”ever opened their mouth online to oppose the oppression of other BW?

            (3) Or are the ONLY things you hear these individuals talk about is how they just can’t understand those other (lowly) oppressed Black women? And how they (the Black Marie Antoinettes) have always had it going on, and therefore had no idea such (lowly) BW had such (lowly) problems? And how these (lowly) oppressed BW need to shut up and get over it?

            Neecy, respectfully—please be aware that these Black Marie Antoinettes will ride the coattails of your concern-based, frustration-based statements as cover for venting their pre-existing hatred and contempt for other BW.

            *Addendum*
            I believe it’s important to do what one can to make sure that any intended-as-“tough love”-statement being dispensed does NOT come off like the statement made by one of the BF neighbors of the Black mother and son who survived The Dunbar Village Atrocity: “So what, a lady got raped? Crime happens here all the time…” [I’ll note that this wretched excuse for a human being’s statement in response to The Dunbar Village Atrocity sounds to my ears a LOT like “get over it…”]

            Expect Success!

        • MsMellody says:

          To Neecy;

          Yes and yes again. Your comments are so very true! I TOO REMEMBER this story.

          The girl was indeed African – because I clearly remember watching the news segments about this Northwestern student being missing. And I clearly remember this story sticking out to me so to speak because of the African accent that this girl’s mother had. I remember that I made a mental note about the girl being from Northwestern and that her African family was very distraught and I believe her father was a professor or doctor of some kind.

          Neecy your comments really touched a nerve for me. I am going to continue with my efforts and THANK you for pointing out an often not discussed social issue – BW isolating themselves.

          • Neecy says:

            Khadija,

            Your points are duly noted. Thank you for pointing this out. i never thought of that and I will be more conscious about what and how I say things as to not encourage the Internet Ikettes to ride my coatails.

            Miss Mellody,

            It was the first time I EVER saw such national media attention on a missing BW. And then as I followed the story more and more ( I also visited her myspace page and there were thousands upon thousands of people offering info, sending out hopeful prayers and asking what they could do) SIMPLY b/c her WHite friends and b/f got out there and fought for her. Its sad that it takes White faces to encourage people to push for finding a missing BW. but it is what it is. And they found her quickly b/c so many people sent in info and clues about the guy and the car etc.

            And I also looked at her pics. She was as you can see very outgoing and fun loving and had various pics with her and people of different backgrounds.

            What I am pointing out is It is to a BW’s benefit to stop isolating herself socially from Non Blacks. Granted there are some Non Blacks BW have to be weary of too, but there are good Non Black people out there that will make great allies to BW, if BW open themselves up.

            Notice its ONLY BW who are raised and taught to socially isolate themselves from anything that doesn’t revolve around Black this, Black that. Notice no pressure is ever placed on BLACK MEN (usually its men who are the backbones of their race/culture and don’t run to other races and cultures and abandon their women and kids).

            I have seen with my own eyes in various setting that BW who open themselves up to others and develop strong relationships with people who are not necessarily Black, tend to be treated quite differently – and usually they are often more protected.

            i think there is often a distrust of BW b/c society believes BW are the main fighters of White hegemony and other racial things that you never see BM out there on the lines fighting for (although it should only be the men fighting for these things in general). And this hurts us (but benefits individual BW who don’t do those things). So we need to be more viligant about showing we do want to be apart of greater society. And this will be VERY important for those of us traveling to other countries for residence.

      • Lis says:

        Once again.. you have hit the nail on the head! THIS is why I continuously check this site.. THIS is the reason that I have begun to get more comfortable and skilled at vocalizing my maturing beliefs! Thank you sister for the roadmap!

    • This is a really good question. I think that as Black women, we are just as at risk in the USA, with it’s increasing governmental controls and the economic mess that’s constantly being downplayed, as we are anywhere else. I think the most important part of not being considered “other” is not to act like “other” when we go to other countries. Sure, it would be prudent to leave places that are extremely dangerous if you’re abroad, if possible. But really, after thinking about the condition of the US right now, I think this country is just as prime for political, economic, and social unrest as any other.

      Trust me, when the fit hits the shan, the people that will be blamed for those problems are Blacks. The US will state how degenerate Blacks are and how many problems they are causing: there are more than enough examples in the media to confirm any allegations that they may have. By virtue of having brown skin, we will be lumped in with the idiots who make things bad for everyone. And when that happens, I will be glad I will be somewhere where I am the minority, and I, as an individual, won’t be treated like a problem-starter.

    • PG says:

      Ditto, Khadija. I had the great fortunate to like in the UK for a short time and I can co-sign to her analysis. Two words: American privilege. No, in the U.S. that’s not a concept that’s readily applied or accessible to Black women, however, as an American Black women (especially in W. Europe) you generally get the benefit of the doubt, or as Khadija put it, you aren’t automatically categorized as a “scapegoat”. I had an incredibly insightful conversation with a French woman of N. African descent about this very topic. Because she had studied English for so long, when applying for a job in France, she said that she was trying to, and I quote, “pass as one of you” (a Black American woman). Hello! Membership does have its privileges. Also, as Khadija said, developing significant relationships with host country nationals is vital! I know that it has been stated on several BWE blogs but since we are perceived as exotic and/or interesting anomalies (at least) in many W. European countries (still!), we should leverage those sentiments to our benefit!

  17. Jarinda says:

    Oooh, me likey this post! Just another option in my plan to establish residency/citizenship in Europe. I’m hoping to have the option to live on any continent in the world (mostly because I think it would be cool, but it’s still practical, lol).

    As a future health professional (dentist), I know I’ll be able to find respect and employment virtually anywhere in the world and I definitely plan to capitalize on that. My income streams and education are coming along nicely. Once I graduate, I will execute the master plan!

  18. MissGlamtastic(Tia) & KimP.,

    Thank you for your kind words about the post; I truly appreciate it.

    Expect Success!

  19. FoxyCleopatra says:

    The links provided are very informative. I can’t even say that I’m surprised that ppl are dismissing it. Some ppl just like to bury their heads. I think it is most severe with Americans bcos your media is so homogenised. For eg, news of the economic crash a few years ago seemed to shock Americans (most only realised when the Lehmans Bros fiasco happened) however news of these financial issues were already being reported in the media in other countries. This is why I suggest that ppl don’t only consume the usual cnn, abc etc. Also look at foreign news channels/networks.

    I’m watchin cbs news right now and they are talkin about Camden in NJ. Slashed budgets has resulted in police numbers being drastically reduced although it is the 2nd most crime ridden city in the US. We know who and which community is most likely to suffer the worst from this. I can only pray for them. Some of these useless criminals r actually walkin round with t-shirts with todays date on it saying ‘its our turn’.

    Its only going to get worse. Get your multiple income streams and make sure that wherever you are, u have a get out plan/ a plan B.

  20. Angelyca says:

    I’m coming late to to this conversation, but I’m so very glad to see this featured here. Clearly, black women that are on their way or continuing to make themselves well-rounded and court-able (in the academic/business realm) will have much greater chances at securing opportunities like these.

    Expatriation has been on my mind for some time now. I was a military brat and got the chance to live overseas when I was very young. Since then I’ve wanted to live abroad again, permanently. I’m still pursuing my graduate studies so it will be a little while before I can move, but I’m learning Swedish and Portuguese this year. Preparing little by little!

    I don’t know how many other the other ladies here are scientists, but I would like to highlight some international science career-related opportunities.

    1. A number of South American economies are rapidly growing. Brazil is actively courting both established and new scientists. http://www.economist.com/node/17851421

    2. For those still in graduate school, there are some international fellowships that can work for you. Please check Yggdrasil graduate fellowships for research in Norway.

  21. Lorie says:

    Similar to what other commenters have been saying, I think it is a good idea to study cultural norms of our intended new country so as to not mistakenly other ourselves socially. Perhaps what works here may not work there.

    • Melissa Q says:

      This is a good point. Search for cultural behaviors guides, especially ones geared at tourists or expats. Acting like a proper ‘lady’ in the foreign county shows respect to them, and they will be more than willing to help you out.

  22. T says:

    Thank you, Khadija, for this post!! For my part, I have been saving money so that I can fund my exit plan; waiting for my passport (which I should have done years ago, but that’s another post entirely) to come through; and brushing up on my French and Portuguese (also considering learning Italian). With the links posted here about free web design classes, I will take advantage of that as well-along with e-learning software so that I can teach online classes and offer online training seminars.

  23. Karen says:

    In order to become a part of the culture of your target country in order to minimize the “other” effect, I recommend the following:

    1) Learn the language
    2) Read/learn about the history and cultural norms
    3) Find out if there are any Rotary, language clubs or other as example Norwegian/American groups that meet in the vicinity of where you live or join one virtually.
    4) Upon arrival in a new country, find out if they have an American/ Business club
    5) If you have hobbies, find out if there are groups that meet and join them
    6) If you have a spouse, of course, their family and friends will help jump-start your acclimation
    7) Be open and friendly, do not assume that there should be a “little piece of America” in your chosen country. Such attitudes/behaviors are quite offensive.

    Just a few tips.

  24. Joyousnerd says:

    Yet another wonderful conversation, chock full of life-saving and life-enhancing info. I’m so impressed by the readers here; you ladies are on it!

    I just wanted to state again for the record that these considerations should be applied when you evaluate men as potential husbands. Does he have citizenship in multiple countries, or can he get it? An American man with one foreign parent or even grandparent may have the ability to get a residency permit in Europe, and expedited citizenship. Italy for instance has a very generous law of return, and many Americans qualify for it. So too do Ireland and Russia (of course Russian Federation isn’t an EU country but it does have universal healthcare and natural gas).

    Also, what skills does he have? I’ve always loved men who work in science, IT and engineering. Those skills are very mobile and desired world wide. You may be head over heels in love with an artist, but if he isn’t willing to expand his skills into graphic design then he may not be feasible for YOUR interests.

    When considering countries, I think it’s wise to examine what resources that country has. Norway has oil (lots of people don’t know that) and is an excellent target country. Russian Federation has natural gas. Brazil has oil but personally I would never consider a country that has such colorism and racism built right into the bedrock of their society. It’s very sexist too. (Not like Slovakia is some paragon of feminism, lol, but since I have the bloodline I’d be a fool not to use it.)

    Those are all things that I think sojourners should consider when assessing a country and a man.

    • NijaG says:

      @Joyousnerd,

      Funny you mention evaluating the citizenship of potential husbands. I’m a dual citizen (US and home country). I keep saying that my ultimate wish is for my future spouse (when I find him) to be an European citizen (hopefully in one of the EU countries) so I’m basically set for life if that happens. That would cover three continents.

      Also have to co-sign on the great information Khadija provides on her site

  25. BeeBee says:

    Hello Khadija,just wanted to de-lurk :).

    This conversation is very interesting to me, since I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I’m very young and I’m considering going to the UK for my (science) degree. Originally I was turned off by the suggestion (by my friend) because they offer very little or no aid to international students (for obvious reasons). But after some research I found out that it actually costs less than some US schools for tuition. The highest price I’ve seen is approximately 35,000 dollars a year in all, for tuition, accommodation, and most costs you need as a student like books. The school I’m interested in is approximately 25,000 grand in US dollars for tuition and accommodation, which is about the price I would pay for the out-of-state college I am also interested in. UK undergraduate degrees are also only 3 years, so you save money from that extra year. Master’s degrees are 1 year and PhDs are also three years and with a little luck you can receive tuition plus a stipend. I think the Marshall scholarship is a big one for masters degrees. Here’s the link: http://www.marshallscholarship.org/.

    UK degrees are generally respected all over Europe and in Asia, especially if you go to a school like the University of York or Manchester. Then there’s Oxford and Cambridge, but I’m not completely sure about how they work regarding internationals (they often have different rules for internationals). Of course with budget problems they may start cutting down on the amount of international students they’ll allow very soon, and tuition can rise, so keep that in mind. Some UK schools also have this ‘sandwich’ degree where you can study or work in the industry you’re studying in other countries for a year (like Germany), so it’s actually a four-year degree.

    The thing about some UK schools is that they only offer a guarantee of on-campus accommodation for a year for international students, so make sure you check carefully the surrounding areas and make sure they’re safe and cheap enough to rent (London is really, really expensive). Overall a UK degree can often be more cost-effective than US schools, but obviously if you plan on staying in-state it will be much cheaper. And UK schools have their own special concerns regarding education and research, so make sure you check into that. The application I think is UCAS.com, where you can apply for up to 5 universities, sort of like the Common Application.

    I hope this post is coherent enough. I’m actually looking into outside scholarships to help balance out the costs. Just wanted to offer another viewpoint, or escape route if you will lol. I’ve just started looking into what you need for citizenship so I don’t know much about it. It IS expensive, but it can be regarded as a stepping stone. I hope this helps.

  26. becomingGiselle says:

    This was a very informative post. I visit your website regularly and if it wasn’t for this site I probably wouldn’t be as aware of the things that are going on in this country and world. So I am grateful for all the work you put into this site Khadija.

    Personally I see that the US is headed downward in the near future and when I talk to my friends and family about it they either don’t believe it or they don’t care enough to do something.I’m still in college so right now I’m taking advantage of every opportunity that is being presented to me. I plan on taking advanced level spanish classes and hopefully start learning
    German or French. I am going to work on my craft skills so that I will eventually be able to create jewelry, clothes, and accessories that people are willing to buy. I am also going to look into teaching myself graphic and web design. In addition to that I am going to work on finishing my book in 2011.

    I am lucky in that I will graduate with no debt and I plan on taking advantage of some of the programs available to me so that I will be able get my graduate degree with no debt as well.I am hoping that obtaining a graduate degree will open up more doors for me and also make me more attractive to other countries. Having no debt will make it easier for me to save money and be in a good position to relocate if I want to.

  27. ak says:

    Hey Khadija how are you?

    Sorry I wasn’t clear I did receive the confidential emails from you but I just hadn’t at the time been able to comment towards those or this blog. Sorry. I was abit cut off during the holidays and missing sadly most of the chance to comment on your previous posts.

  28. Rhonda says:

    A few items in line with this post that might be of interest to you:

    The U S is a dying country: an enlightening and informative interview with Max Keiser on the Guns and Butter radio show.

    I really like the Freedomain Radio YouTube channel; I’ve learned, and continue to learn, a lot from it. Here is the latest video, wherein the host interviews someone named Doug Casey (whom it seems no longer lives in the United States) who also says that the U S is a sinking ship and that it is time to abandon it. You might want to check out this video on the channel, which sums up the “philosophy” of the channel.

  29. Lis says:

    I’m thankful to have found this wonderful site! Very much timely and meaningful.. I began studies in International Business this week and am curious and excited to see how this too will play a role in developing my interest in and understanding of living abroad. Wanted to say thanks for the great post.. I’m in full research mode and am looking forward to everyone’s comments.

    I am most curious as to how you ladies narrowed and selected your future home countries, as one of the greatest challenges at this point is narrowing my focus to which area of the globe will be the best and safest place for my children and I. Considering such factors as QoL, post-secondary education opportunities, on down something as basic as weather.. I’m leaning towards Spain, but I would appreciate your thoughts and inputs.

    • Oshun/Aphrodite says:

      “I am most curious as to how you ladies narrowed and selected your future home countries, as one of the greatest challenges at this point is narrowing my focus to which area of the globe will be the best and safest place for my children and I. ”

      I can relate. I flip flop a lot when I think of this.

    • Neecy says:

      There was no question for me – i have chosen Northern European Nordic countries.

      (1) The standard of living is really high in most of those countries

      (2) They even provide great education cost free to its citizens

      (3) B/C they have no real large populations of Blacks (outside of African immigrants and such) their issues with race and colorism tend to be very low. Also it is said that BW in general are very much appreciated in those countries for our womanhood and beauty.

      (4) I am tired of how toxic America is to BW in general and I want to go to the nearest place that I will least likely experience the same kind of public assassination on my race and gender

      (5) Work opportunites are there

      (6) The Nordic Scandanavian countries hosts many tall males on average (many are over 6’0 tall in these countries) *smile* I know I know. its kinda superficial but hey, that *is* a benefit. And what’s funny is i read that ONE of the reasons scanadavian countries hosts such tall men is b/c in areas where the standard of living is high, the males tend to be taller. now I don’t know how true that is, but hey i buy it!

      The ONLY thing I may have issues with is the weather. I was born and raised in California. I love beaches and water. This will be a challenge for me. So I am praying that God can help me to overcome that b/c I would be going to the most Northeren parts of Europe – i.e. the coldest in the world. LOL

      if there was another place I could venture to that had the same benefits but better weather I would go there. I keep hearing about Brazil and such. But as someone mentioned above, the colorsim there is just too much. that country has a built in caste system (as do many SA countries) that is going to be hard for me to deal with.

    • My thoughts are in harmony with Neecy’s (Neecy and I must have been separated at birth LOL!) I’ve been looking at northern Europe because of each item that she listed. The biggest selling points to me were the low crime rate, the free university education, and the tall men (definitely seeing eye-to-eye with Neecy on that one!) At first I wanted to do a country south of Scandinavia, like France or Italy. But, I figured that most of those places are overpopulated, expensive, and such a predictable move. I’d much rather go somewhere safer, more remote, and physically beautiful than a crowded, popular city that I pay too much to live in.

      Likewise, her concerns echo my thoughts, as well-I’m a Southern girl, and I’m used to 90-degree weather from June to September: northern Europe will be quite an adjustment. I’m trying to fathom having what I’d consider “winter weather” for more than 4 months out of the year. . . The thought of wearing thermals in April saddens me LOL! However, if I play my cards right, maybe it won’t be long before I can cuddle up with a 6’2″-or better :)-cutie that will be gaga over me and my brown skin, kinky hair, and high cheekbones.

  30. Hello there, BeeBee and becomingGiselle,

    Thanks for de-lurking and thank you for your kind words; I truly appreciate it!
    ______________________________________________________

    AK,

    I’m fine, thanks for asking! 🙂
    ______________________________________________________

    Rhonda,

    Thanks for the info—those site sound very interesting. I’m off to check them out! {smile}
    ______________________________________________________

    Lis,

    Thank you for your kind words; I truly appreciate it. You said, “I am most curious as to how you ladies narrowed and selected your future home countries, as one of the greatest challenges at this point is narrowing my focus to which area of the globe will be the best and safest place for my children and I.”

    For me, it was mostly a matter of elimination via:

    (1) reading up about AAs’ experiences in various places, and

    (2) asking folks about AAs’ experiences in various places, and

    (3) visiting some of the remaining places during vacations.

    In addition to reading up on other Black folks’ experiences in Asia, talking to friends of friends who are BF flight attendants who have stayed in Japan and some other Asian countries is how I eliminated Asia. Maybe okay to visit as a woman; doesn’t sound like a place where a BW could put down strong roots (for a variety of reasons).

    Visiting Italy during a vacation is how I eliminated Italy. Okay to visit as a tourist. I just couldn’t visualize myself living there. Although I really enjoyed the Amalfi Coast, Rome was too “sleepy” and slow-paced for my taste in cities. For my taste, sleepy-feeling and slow-paced is okay for a small town or small city. Not for a major (or capital) city.

    France was eliminated because of its escalating problems with French Muslims—specifically with North African Muslims. I enjoyed visiting France as a tourist. I really enjoyed Marseilles, and I’d like to visit Paris. But France wouldn’t be a good fit for me because of the previously mentioned problems.

    Germany has a similar problem—but specifically with Turks. The saving grace (for me) regarding Germany’s problem with Turkish-Germans is that I would never be mistaken for a Turkish woman. I’ll probably eventually get around to visiting Germany, but it’s not a place that I’ve ever been excited about. Some places have always stirred my imagination. Other places, not so much; although I’m mildly curious about many places.

    I’ve been to Spain a couple of times, and greatly enjoyed visiting Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca each time. From what I saw, I could easily visualize myself spending an extended period of time in Spain. Finding a way to spend some extended time there will be the next step in terms of investigating it as a possible relocation site.

    Another next step is to make some preliminary visits to a couple of Latin American countries I’ve identified.

    Another factor for me in eliminating certain places is the weather. I don’t want to freeze during the winters (I’ve had enough of that in the US Midwest, thank you very much). And I don’t want to live in a hurricane zone (which eliminates a number of places in the Americas and the Caribbean).

    Expect Success!

  31. YMB says:

    For those looking for IT skills, there is a free online degree program offered by the University of the People, which is a venture of the United Nations. They have associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in computer science and business administration. Eventually they will charge application and exam fees, but right now it is totally free. The programs are not accredited yet, but it’s one more way to gain the skills without having to pay for them.

    Speaking of the collapse of the U.S., there was this article, Analysis: What is Plan B if China Dumps its US Debt? The answer: Hoping and praying followed by begging and pleading.

    • YMB,

      Thanks for the info! Free and online (which I hope means I could work at my own pace and on my own timetable) would be just right for me! LOL! I’ll look into that—it would be good to have some basic IT skills.

      Expect Success!

    • Neecy says:

      OMG if i could reach out and kiss you right now I would. hell if i could send you some money for this incredible info i would. LOL! AWESOME YMB.

      • YMB says:

        You’re welcome Khadija and Neecy! I do have to give a bit more info about University of the People, though. You do still have to apply for admission although you are not required to send any transcripts or recommendation letters. Also I don’t think it’s self-paced.

        For self-paced, you can use W3Schools tutorials and also books from your library. I am currently using HTML, XHTML & CSS quicksteps by Guy Hart-Davis to learn CSS and it’s a pretty good book.

        Also this website is for fed, state, or local government workers, but a lot of the archived content is available to everyone without having to login: Web Manager University. The resources are geared towards those creating and managing government websites but the resources about using social media, organizing websites, etc, are useful to everyone doing web design.

        • Joyousnerd says:

          Thank you so very heartily for sharing this information. Seriously, this is critical, life saving stuff.

          Whew, I love this blog and you ladies so much it makes me want to cuss! LOL!

    • Cosigning the previous comments. This is a WONDERFUL resource-thanks for sharing this with us, YMB. You just earned yourself a spot on my friends-fo-life list.

      • RColeman says:

        YES!! This is truly a god-send!! I have for months been trying to come up with ways to go back to school without incurring more debt. This is doable!!

        • YMB says:

          You all are very welcome! I am happy to be able to contribute something because I will never be able to share as much as I have already gained through this website.

  32. YMB says:

    I can’t recall whether this has been posted before, but another resource for those looking to relocate or just travel overseas is Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree Travel Forum. A friend of mine moved to Germany 5 years ago and, through the forums, she was able to make friends with an ex-pat living there. This person gave her advice and helped her find her way around when she first moved aboad. I had no plans of ever leaving the US when she left so I didn’t pay much attention to her journey at the time. I will definitely be engaging her in conversation about it now, though!

  33. Joyousnerd says:

    This may be slightly off topic… but I think we should consider also how to wring as much value out of our American citizenship as well, and use it to gain access to overseas travel.(Same for Canadians & Brits). Are you getting full value out of the citizenship you already have?

    College ladies, please look into the internships the US government offers in overseas locations. There are tons of them! A friend of mine traveled to Moscow courtesy of Uncle Sam, in an internship with the Dept of State. There are over a dozen gov’t agencies that offer similar programs. http://careers.state.gov/students/ here’s the link for student programs, so you can go flutter around those EU men :)Even if you go to South America instead, you will be traveling in the social circle of expats from everywhere.

    While googling to look for a link for you wonderful ladies, I happened upon the English Language Specialist Program, which pays Americans who have experience teaching English to travel the globe on short jaunts giving English classes to local embassy staff! (insert me dancing like a lunatic in my living room here!)http://exchanges.state.gov/englishteaching/index.html

    For us adults, working for the US gov’t is a great way to get yourself overseas so that can meet other expats… some of whom will be eligible foreign bachelors! What a great chance to make friends, contacts and even find your spouse! Also, the Dept of Defense hires Americans by the truckload. These jobs include relocation allowances for your dependents as well. Again, there are a whole host of agencies abroad who are hiring Americans, not just the DoS.

    Please don’t think you need a PhD in International Relations to get these jobs. If you can do it here, you can do it there: medical, accounting, foreign language teaching,IT, and even secretaries are hired and sent abroad.

    It’s true the US is on the decline, but we can still get some value out of her yet! Why not get what you can while the getting is good? And of course, always build those alternate streams of income.
    I hope this helps someone. 🙂

  34. Everybody,

    A kind reader sent me the following remarks and links. I have NOT checked them out. I’m just passing along the info she sent me:

    Most universities in Finland, Norway and Sweden and many other EU countries are tuition FREE even for foreigners.

    . . . Just think if Gloria Ray Karlmark, one of the “Little Rock Nine” let her circumstances limit her potential. She would have never become a chemist, marry a Swedish man nor head companies in Sweden, Belgium and Holland. Gloria would not have become the award winning and innovative power house she turned out to be. Just check out Gloria Karlmark on Swedish television talking about Pres. Obama. http://www.tv4.se/1.283438?videoId=1.823154 (takes a few minutes to download).

    . . . Check out the accreditation of the various schools http://www.aboutonlinedegree.org/pages/europe.php

    http://www.studyinsweden.se/

    http://www.studyinbelgium.be/

    http://www.studyinnorway.no/

    http://www.study-in-germany.de/

    http://www.uku.fi/english/

    http://www.universityadmissions.fi/

    http://www2.hi.is/page/HE_in_Iceland/ University of Iceland. Icelandic States schools don’t have tuition but registration fees. They also have a nice student loan program.

    Listing of state and private Icelandic Universities
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_universities_in_Iceland

    General information from an India site about education in Europe, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. You will have to look through to find what you need, but the effort is probably well worth it. http://www.indiaedu.com/education-abroad/

    Listing of EU (European Union) Country universities with Graduate programs.

    http://www.internationalgraduate.net/country/europe.htm

    http://www.internationalgraduate.net/masters_sweden.htm (great site that leads to other info)

    Study in Estonia (may have scholarships) 100 or more programs in English. EU status.

    http://www.smartestonia.ee/index.php?page=84&

    http://www.studyinitaly.it/

    http://www.tostudyinspain.com/

    U of Helsinki Finland http://www.helsinki.fi/internationalprogrammes/

    U of Oslo http://www.uio.no/english/academics/masters.html

    A listing of all the Swedish Universities offering Master level degrees in English. Most are tuition free.

    http://www.studyinsweden.se/Home/

    A Wikipedia listing as well
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_universities_in_Sweden

    These schools are highly competitve and very reputable.

    Funding info for the Netherlands.
    http://www.internationalgraduate.net/articles/grantfinder_find_study_netherlands.htm

    1) Study in German is FREE of charge, i.e. students just to take care of their living expenses and accommodation.

    2) More and more universities are offering MSc degree courses
    in English language as they have realized that it is extraordinary essential to adopt English as the teaching language if they wish to attract international students.

    3) Some universities are even offering BSc courses with English as the medium of instruction.

    4) The standard of teaching and research in German universities is ranked among one of the best institutions in the world. Let me repeat that IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO LEARN/SPEAK GERMAN for the purpose of study in most universities.

    HOW DO I GET IN CONTACT WITH THESE UNIVERSITIES?

    The easiest way of obtaining basic information is of course via the Internet. I will try to provide Internet addresses of some universities offering these courses. One could also request information from the German Embassy

    UNIVERSITY OF STUTTGART

    http://www.uni-stuttgart.de/ia/internat.htm

    1.INFOTECH – Information Technology http://www.infotech.uni-stuttgart.de/

    2.Infrastructure Planning

    3.Physics http://www.msc.physics.uni-stuttgart.de/

    4.WAREM – Water Resources Engineering and Management http://www.iws.uni-stuttgart.de/WAREM/frames.html

    UNIVERSITY OF ULM

    http://www.uni-ulm.de/rektoramt/aaa/international.html

    Communication Technology http://www.uni-ulm.de/c-tech/
    (From contact Pakistani)

    Listing of Australian Schools (Not Free) or universities with graduate programs
    http://www.internationalgraduate.net/country/australia.htm

    Listing of UK schools (Not Free) or universities with graduate programs
    http://www.internationalgraduate.net/country/uk.htm

    Listing of New Zealand schools (Not Free) or universities with graduate programs

    http://www.internationalgraduate.net/country/new-zealand.htm

    Khadija speaking: My goodness, that’s a LOT of links for information about doing something (studying abroad in Europe) that so many AAs would proclaim to be “impossible” for everyday, non-rich AAs! LOL!

    Expect Success!

    • mobile68 says:

      Wow! Thanks Khadija for all the valuable information you are dispensing here!

      Ever since finding this site, it has given me so much hope to try and live my life the way I should have been living 20+ years ago. Thank you for eloquently stating how dysfunctional life is in the BC & how now I no longer feel like I’m going insane. Whew!

      I also want to give kudos to all the other ladies for willingly sharing such very valuable information. As yall know our peeps are not to kind in doing that type of thang, so I am forever grateful to you all!

      After reading all the comments and recommendations, I’m more determined to find out how I can utilize my love of math & skills as an electrican to land in another country.

      What had me so nervous is I’m in a field dominated by men, but after reading Mrs. Gloria Ray Karlmark story, there’s no other way for me to go but up.

      I’m working w/ my therapist to re-refine my social skills so I can take advantage of what’s outside of the BC (which is a WHOLE lot). It’s going to be a lonely journey starting out because I had to cut ties w/ so-called friends & family members. I guess that what happens when you want better for yourself while “the others” are content with crumbs.

      When I’m done with my research, I will come back to share any info I get.

      Peace Within, Peaceout!

    • Mobile68,

      You’re welcome! I recently completed my portion of a mini-email debate that I had with a new school, hip-hop/(c)rap “music” supporter. That nonsensical little exchange reminded me of why it’s so important for the 0.001% of AAs who have common sense to make connections to each other. And cut the clueless, dysfunction-enabling masses of AAs loose. {big smile to my friend who first mentioned the 0.001%—you know who you are—LOL!}

      Yes, indeed, it IS possible to break free and create a good life for oneself. I had heard of the “Little Rock Nine,” but (of course) I hadn’t heard specifically of Gloria Ray Karlmark. Or how she broke free, married a Swedish man, and built a good life for herself in Europe. And she did this several generations ago when it was 1,000x harder for a BW to break free. The children she had with her Swedish husband were born in the EARLY 1970s!

      It’s umm…interesting…how AAs never told/tell THAT part of the story of the Little Rock Nine. Rhetorical question: Gee, I wonder why that is…

      Anyhoo, you said, “I also want to give kudos to all the other ladies for willingly sharing such very valuable information. As yall know our peeps are not to kind in doing that type of thang, so I am forever grateful to you all!”

      Well, a large part of the reason for this is the “casting pearls before swine” type of situation that starts up when you indiscriminately share high-value information with most AAs. Unfortunately, most AAs choose to slander, backbite, and “hate on” any Black person who is generous enough to try to tell them something of value. Nobody in their right mind wants to help people who are slandering and backbiting them. So, AAs with high-value information learn to stop talking about it. Or, they learn to carefully pick and choose the people they give information to.

      You said, “I’m working w/ my therapist to re-refine my social skills so I can take advantage of what’s outside of the BC (which is a WHOLE lot). It’s going to be a lonely journey starting out because I had to cut ties w/ so-called friends & family members. I guess that what happens when you want better for yourself while “the others” are content with crumbs.”

      It can be difficult and lonely at first when you cut confidence-, ambition- and energy-draining vampires loose. But it’s necessary to cut the undead loose in order to make room for the LIVING, productive caliber of people that you’ll meet as you seek out abundant life. Two objects can’t occupy the same space at the same time. The presence of vampires in one’s life blocks access to healthier, LIVING, and life-enhancing people. So, the vampires have to be dispersed if one wants to have abundant life.

      You said, “When I’m done with my research, I will come back to share any info I get.”

      Thanks—I’m looking forward to it!

      Expect Success!

      • mobile68 says:

        A few responses to your response:

        That nonsensical little exchange reminded me of why it’s so important for the 0.001% of AAs who have common sense to make connections to each other.

        (emphasis) HILARIOUS!!!!

        I hadn’t heard specifically of Gloria Ray Karlmark. Or how she broke free, married a Swedish man, and built a good life for herself in Europe. And she did this several generations ago when it was 1,000x harder for a BW to break free. The children she had with her Swedish husband were born in the EARLY 1970s!

        Exactly! It’s folks like her always had inspired me. And now the AA’s like her are dying off & not to be replaced. SMH.

        I’m not saying that racism doesn’t exist to this day, (having been a victim of it repeatly myself & is one of the reasons I’m looking to leave this country) but unlike other groups who have been persecuted in this country & then to turn their persecution into their benefit, we’re the only group of people in this country who had opportunity presented to us & have squandered it like money in a casino. Look at the Congressional Black Caucus.

        As far as giving AA’s information, never again. I’ve helped or tried to help quite a few BW & guess what I got in return for that help? Then when trying to get some info or help from the BC (family members included, in fact they are the worst ones), guess where I had to go & get any help or info?

        So I figured why not move into those (mixed & progressive)communities to go to school, shop, work & LIVE? Why waste valuable resources on a “community” that just want to suck the life out of you & anybody else standing too close to those vampires?

  35. YMB says:

    I can’t believe I forgot this one! If you want to specialize in health IT, look into this programs created by the Dept of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) of Health Information Technology: Program of Assistance for University-Based Training

    These one year programs are available through universities spread across the country and students are eligible for $10,000 tuition assistance through the ONC. I only looked at one program, through George Washington University and the full tuition they charge is $12,000, so students would still be responsible for $2,000 but that’s a minimal investment compared to the opportunities gained. The programs aim to preparing people for 6 different careers:
    1. Clinician/Public Health Leader
    2. Health Information Management and Exchange Specialist
    3. Health Information Privacy and Security Specialist
    4. Research and Development Scientist
    5. Programmers and Software Engineer
    6. Health IT Sub-specialist

    GW’s program started a few weeks ago but there may still be time to enroll with the other institutions. I doubt this will be the only year for this program, so at the very least, investigate it so you can enroll for the next year, if you’re interested.

  36. Faith says:

    FYI, I thought the reading audience should be made aware Jack & Jill politics is looking for contributors.

    http://www.jackandjillpolitics.com/2011/01/wanna-become-the-next-jack-or-jill-help-us-grow-our-team-of-contributors/

    Now as is the case with http://change.org who also states they want a more encompassing group of writers who are “progressive” they usually tend to select those whose perspectives fall under the perameters THEY deem valuable, perhaps someone here may fit their objective.

    Of course we know the BWE bloggers are far too radical…..

  37. Nysee says:

    Khadija,
    Also I reading one of youyr older post on being feminine and I am starting to excercise in the form of walking. Due ot the cold Chicago wearther I just do what I can but Spring is around the corner(LOL). Also I have left my new e-mail so when you leave post for people who leave comments on the blog please include the above e-mail. Also, I will be sending it through the contact us and you will have it for your records because the other e-mail I listed was have tech issues.
    Yahoo is very good at getting e-mails.
    I have been reading more and turning the tv off to not have to much noise in my space.
    So keeo up the awesome work and I have been letting people know about the site. If you ever have a podcast let us know.
    Great success to you.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    [Khadija speaking: Thank you for your kind words; I truly appreciate it. Please be advised that the confidential email posts are only sent to regular commenters. When I first sat down to compile the original email list of regular commenters, I went through the blog comments from the end of July 2010 through the end of December 2010.]