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June 2017

A World Wish List

...that it should come to past that peace comes to Syria, thereby restoring the childhoods of millions of children and providing the much needed and desired stability and security that families and communities need to preserve a dying culture.

...that radicals and extremists forego all and any actions of violence against the French state and its people and that they would integrate into the decision making process so that forthcoming reforms could be enacted with consideration of their input in order to forge a more open, tolerant and integrated Republic.

Fatigue Sets in - Vacation Nears

The past year -  from the British vote to leave the European Union(EU), to the stunning presidential election in the United States(US), to violent events on the continents, to the effects of nature upon the natural environment -  has been unprecedented. It has been tiring, scary, unpredictable and disappointing. Violent conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Ukraine, Central Africa Republic, Yemen, Venezuela and elsewhere remain. An arms race widens.

Yet, hope remains with the ascension of Emmanuel Macron in France, a general beat-back of right wing agitations cross Europe and with the reaffirmation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change by those learned world leaders.

65 Million People Displaced - an Appalling Reality of Humanity

That aGlobal Trendsreport admits 65 million people as being displaced, clearly underscores an appalling and failing reality of humanity. More stark is the realization that that number could increase by 10 percent this year, if current trends and conflicts do not end.

The United Nations Refugee Agency(UNHCR) included this dismal fact of humanity in a report onGlobal Trendsto mark Wold Refugee Day, 2016. The 65.3 million people displaced represented the first time ever since WWII that the 60 million mark has been crossed in terms on human displacement.

World Refugee Day 2017 - Tens of Millions Displaced

"I've met so many who have lost so much. But they never lose their dreams for their children or their desire to better our world. They ask for little in return - only our support in their time of greatest need."United Nations(UN) Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres  remarks on World Refugee Day, June 20.

That half of the world's 22.5 million refugees today are children, is preposterous and a damning reality of humanity's failing to provide peace and comfort to too many of Planet Earth's inhabitants.

Completion of a Political Revolution - Macron, Women and Freshmen take France's Parliament

The French political revolution 2017 that started with a newcomer, age 39, taking the presidency in May, was completed yesterday, when Emmanuel Macron's newLa Republique En Marche(LREM) party, took a clear majority of the seats in the National Assembly, thus handing the new president a clear mandate to social and economic reforms.

Without doubt France has undergone a revolution under Emmanuel Macron, whose political party was virtually unheard of a-year-ago. Not the case today. Riding a wave of change across France that began with Macron's presidency, the LREM have captured 308 of the 577 seats in parliament.

Memoirs of a Fatherless Boy

...a long anticipated inquiry of my absentee mother, whom I had not seen in over nine-years, as to "what did my father look like?" was answered by a hopeful self-pleasing and daunting, "look into the mirror and you would see."

I could never accept this explanation from my mother because everything from her to me appeared questionable that summer in New York City, New York, where I was seeing her for the first time since she left me at the age of seven on the Caribbean island, of Barbados.

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day! 

Though the actual celebration is tomorrow, June 18, 2017, I would like to take this early opportunity to wish all the fathers -  who parent, male relatives, friends and associates, who have all taken time to assist in raising a child, a very Happy Father's Day.

I wish also to extend a very special happiness to those mothers who double-duty as fathers in the absence of a male significant other in the lives of their children. May the Blessings of God and of prosperity shine upon you today, tomorrow and for time indefinite.

A Lament of the London Fire

Being a benefactor of government housing should not preclude anyone from the full rights and protections of safe housing. This should be a rallying cry of those living in said dwellings across Great Britain and everywhere else people benefit from government assisted housing. Therefore, all banned materials and building methods and techniques not employed in private housing, should never be used in public housing.

It is with the deepest sorrow that we must mourn the dead ill-advised residents of the Grenfell Tower in north Kensington, London, who stayed in their 24-story high rise inferno on Wednesday, instead of evacuating.

The London Fire - a Tragedy Rife with Safety Lessons

The death toll, as sadly expected, has now risen to 17, and could go higher, from Thursday's tragic fire over London at a high rise apartment tower. 

British Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the fire that raged at Grenfell Tower, a 24-story, 20-floor residential high rise in west London, north Kensington. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn visited the site of the tragedy and spoke with firefighters and community organizers, the BBC-News reported. London-born pop queen, Adele, also visited the scene of the tragedy and comforted victims.

A Fiery Tragedy Unfolds in London - a Residential High Rise Inferno

In the first hour of the day, today, in London, England, fire erupted and quickly consumed a 24-story residential high rise apartment building in West London. Thus far, 45 engines and 200-plus fireman have battled the blaze. The death toll stands at six, but is expected to increase. There have been 70 injuries, 20 of which are reported as critical, the BBC-News reported.

The tragic spectacular fiery flames engulfed the Grenfell Tower from about 12:54 a.m.(00:54 BST). The 24-story tower that has 20-residential floors, has 120 living units.