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Let’s talk Consuls.

Many readers have asked about a blog, so here it is! I’ll be talking about what it means to be a foreign consul (or is it perhaps “c-o-uns-e-l”?) and share my experience with dealing with these officials in all kinds ...
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Consul, Counsel, Council

Is a consul also counsel or a council? It never stops to amaze me how “everyone” (sorry about my choice of such a broad concept) seems to remain confused about the main term for a foreign consul. While some people ...
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Sub-national vs citizen diplomacy

A column in yesterday’s Miami Herald (Oppenheimer, Oct. 13, 2013) introduced a term that was new to me, but it got me thinking. It seems “sub-national diplomacy” is a much-discussed concept as some city and state governments, here and abroad, have entered ...
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October on-line pick in Politics genre!

You can imagine how excited I was when I learned about the selection. Here’s the “scoop” … As the former manager of Microsoft Network’s Books and Reading Community, Steve Brock has a large following of book fans who read his ...
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Ambassadors of Fun

As a golfer, I got a real laugh out of reading about Davie Golf Course (between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale) that’s added the position of Ambassador of Fun to its management (well, OK, if you really want to be picky ...
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Trade inquiries for the consulates

Recently, a person shared a story about how he called a local consulate with a trade inquiry relating to the country that the consul represents. When he was surprised over the helpful advice he got I told him about commercial ...
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Consulate general and consul general

Consulate general is the office of a consul general. Just like you wouldn’t say about someone that he’s a law office you cannot call a person in the consular service a “consulate.” A consul general is the head of post, which is the consulate general. ...
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Book discussed in on-line radio show

For those of you who like to hear an author speak about his/her book: you can find me on TheAuthorShow.com where the interviewer asks me about such matters as the need for the book, what makes it unique, the fit with the ...
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Consul becomes diplomat when transferred to UN mission

Indian Deputy Consul General Khobragade and the ensuing media discussion have had a ripple effect with some readers of my book, who’re now curious about consular immunity and astutely note that a discussion of this is not a part of ...
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Emilio Estefan, Special Ambassador for Miami

When Emilio Estefan, husband of super-star Gloria, was appointed Special Ambassador for Miami, someone asked me if cities also have consuls. The short answer is that this would make no sense. The honorary, unpaid position of “ambassador” in the context of ...
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