Belarus - Culture Smart!: the essential guide to customs & by Anne Coombes

By Anne Coombes

Tradition shrewdpermanent! presents crucial details on attitudes, ideals and behaviour in several international locations, making sure that you just arrive at your vacation spot conscious of simple manners, universal courtesies, and delicate matters. those concise courses let you know what to anticipate, the best way to behave, and the way to set up a rapport together with your hosts. This inside of wisdom will show you how to stay away from embarrassing gaffes and errors, believe convinced in strange events, and improve belief, friendships, and winning company relationships.

Culture clever! bargains illuminating insights into the tradition and society of a specific state. it is going to assist you to show your visit-whether on enterprise or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching adventure. Contents include:

* customs, values, and traditions
* old, spiritual, and political background
* lifestyles at home
* relaxation, social, and cultural life
* consuming and drinking
* dos, don'ts, and taboos
* enterprise practices
* conversation, spoken and unspoken

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He may find that it is many months before he can get started again on any considerable project. ) But a writer is not entitled to this kind of deduction, nor is he in a posi- 30 The Cold War and tbe l11come Tax tion to resort to the large-scale juggling devices exploited by millionaires. He cannot, for example, take over a money-losing winter resort, dissolve it as a corporation, and deduct its current expenses, as long as it continues to lose, from his own personal tax; then reinstate it as a corporation from the moment it begins making money and get the benefit of the tax on corporations, which has a ceiling of 52%, instead of the ceiling of 91% on private incomes.

Among presidents, Franklin Roosevelt in his feudal Hudson River way had something of this generous spirit; President Kennedy, as an Irishman and a Point of View of a Fonner Socialist 45 Catholic, has something of this magnanimity, too. But our gigantic bureaucracies in Washington have shown as little of this once much-advertized American spirit as any government of a Communist state. One can as little imagine a member of either saying with Eugene Debs, "So long as there is a soul in prison I am not free" as the prosecutor who carried out Stalin's orders to have millions of Soviet citizens executed, the judge who sentenced the Rosenbergs to execution and Morton Sobell, on very slender evidence, to thirty years in Alcatraz or the FBI officials who, on evidence equally dubious, constructed the case against Alger Hiss.

The IRS ruled," says Time, "that a Hollywood actress could deduct the cost of her expensive wardrobe on the ground that a movie star is required to look welldressed; but [that] she could not deduct the cost of undergarments because the public did not see them . . The court has permitted a taxpayer to deduct the cost of clarinet lessons for a child whose orthodontist recommended them, and a psychiatric patient got away with deducting automobile expenses because his psychiatrist prescribed driving as therapy.

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