True Self 1/2

I would become a husband, a father, a lover, a writer, a philosopher, a medic, a CEO, and a friend to many people across 36 nations and 5 continents. I would obtain the highest level of credentials in the world to become an industry leading security expert that speaks to thousands across the globe on unconventional violence prevention methods, and advocate for children being trafficked into sex-slavery.

But most importantly, I would learn how to love myself, change my belief systems, and help others to do the same.

Opening up about the self-hatred, guilt, and shame that I once had has helped me to connect with others and give them inspired belief in their self. It has gone to show thousands that anyone, absolutely anyone can change and become more of what they want to be in this life.  I have written out these steps and titled them:

The True Self: Transcending Your Limiting Beliefs and Becoming The Person Of Your Dreams.

Everyday there is still much more work to be done, but to get where I have gotten from where I have been has been nothing short of miraculous. I am going to share my journey with you over the next several months via these emails so you too, can learn how to change and alter your life.

The goals I’ve set, the momentum I’ve gained, and the lessons I’ve learned in the process will all serve to help assist and guide you along your life’s journey, help you overcome anxiety and depression, and give you more faith in yourself.

Infused with tactics, strategies, and skills that will help you become a lethal human, the theme of these messages will not be solely how you can employ violence of action, but instead, how you can reduce violence, be more kind, and be  more capable of perpetuating peace.

How to love more, and live greater.

How to be the warrior in the garden, and not the gardener in the war.

I look forward to sharing this journey with you all, and continuing to see you grow in positive and peaceful ways.

Take care, stay safe, and always be kind.

Surviving a Protest: A Guide for Travelers



Introduction When visiting a foreign country, travelers often receive warnings about potential protest activities. The U.S. Department of State commonly advises its citizens to steer clear of all demonstrations due to the potential for sudden violence. However, understanding the underlying reasons for protests and identifying the primary targets can equip travelers with the knowledge to navigate these situations.


Understanding Protests Protests have seen an uptick in frequency globally. A study by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, a German organization, noted an increase in protests annually from 2006 to mid-2013. It’s essential to note that a country’s history of protests doesn’t necessarily predict the nature of its future demonstrations. Cambodia, known for its peaceful rallies, recently witnessed violent clashes. Meanwhile, in South Africa, often termed the “protest capital of the world,” many demonstrations conclude peacefully.

It’s intriguing for foreigners to observe protests as they provide insight into a country’s political dynamics. However, caution is essential. In some instances, bystanders have been injured or killed during violent episodes, such as during protests in Istanbul, Turkey, and Guangdong, China.


Recognizing Key Indicators Certain indicators can help travelers gauge the potential for and nature of protests. Anti-government protests, while predominantly targeting local law enforcement or infrastructure, can sometimes harm foreigners inadvertently. For example, in Thailand and Greece, 2010 saw anti-government protests that did not specifically target foreigners.

However, protests against another nation might directly affect associated individuals or businesses, like the anti-Chinese demonstrations in Vietnam and the anti-Israeli protests in Germany and France.

Various universal issues can trigger protests globally, such as cuts in government subsidies, allegations of electoral fraud, or perceived infringements on democratic rights.


Common Impacts on Travelers For most travelers, the most notable disruption due to protests is transportation. Protests can block roads, overload public transportation systems, and cause traffic snarls. Thankfully, many protests are publicized in advance, aiding travelers in planning alternate routes. Social media platforms often provide real-time updates on protest activities, helping both residents and visitors stay informed and make necessary adjustments.

During prolonged periods of unrest, companies have sometimes permitted employees to work remotely or even temporarily leave the affected region. While every organization must devise its own response strategy, grasping the basic dynamics of protests can inform these decisions.


For More Information For detailed analyses on recent regional protests, refer to OSAC’s various reports. Direct any queries related to this topic to OSAC’s Cross Regional Analyst.





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