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Consuls: where business and culture meet

The traditional functions of foreign consuls include their contributions to the development of commercial, economic, cultural and scientific relations between their countries and the United States. Many nations find innovative ways of showcasing their accomplishments in some or all of those ...
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Consuls as bridges to globalism

Consuls have long been the bridge between local communities and the world. They can help identify places for future investment of their countries. They strengthen their national ties in business, education and culture. The U.S. communities in which they serve ...
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Honorary consuls from many professions

People sometimes wander why there are so many lawyers and business people among honorary consuls. The reason is very practical: they often possess the skills that an appointing foreign government is looking for in its consul. Honorary consuls come from ...
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Cuban consulate in Tampa

There’s a lot of buzz out there about Tampa (Florida) actively seeking a Cuban consulate in its area. One source said, “It depends on Havana’s desires.” This is only half of the truth, though. Before any country – Cuba or ...
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Business protocol, Madeleine Albright

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright once said that good protocol can be “an essential ingredient for business success.” The expanded edition of the Foreign Consuls Among Us: Local Bridges to Globalism (now available through major bookstores) incorporates that statement in one ...
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Consuls: natural bridges to globalism

How can the many foreign consuls in our communities be “bridges to globalism?” Think of them as a ready-made, local network with ties to the countries they represent. When we seek out the services of a foreign consul we enter ...
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Consul Opera

The Consul opera takes place in the waiting room of an unnamed consulate. Gian Carlo Menotti wrote this Pulitzer Prize winning piece in 1950. He had in mind a totalitarian state where people were seeking exit visas to leave their home ...
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Consul, honorable honoree?

Consul, honorable honoree? That’s the question for today. When a friend showed me instructions for a certain consulate headed by an honorary consul, the head of that post was referred to as honoree consul. This makes no sense in that context. A consul ...
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Consul collectors

Consuls collect all kinds of things, just like people from all walks of life. I knew of one consul who collected heart-shaped items, and another who had a house-full of cat-objects. But wouldn’t it be funny if there was a consul ...
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Consul typewriter

The word Consul holds a special meaning to a lot of people. To some it’s a title that’s so prestigious that the holder of it should be approached with due respect for the position he holds. For others, it’s some ...
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