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September 2017

Prayers for the Victims of Recent Natural Disasters - Hurricanes and Earthquakes

The beautiful wife of a European diplomat last night expressed deep sorrow and profound empathy for the victims of recent natural disasters - hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria, as well as for the victims of two earthquakes in Mexico. Her slightly nasal tone as she spoke outdoors under a clear Washington, D.C., sky, was indicative of her genuine concern for the victims and her alarm that such life-taking catastrophes could occur back-to-back-to-back.

Tearful sorrows felt by this humanitarian and environmentalist lady have been echoed far too often this year.

The 72nd UNGA Debate 2017 - Talks and Speeches, Any Solutions?

Thirty-two years-ago,  as a young journalist, I went to the 40th Session of the United Nations General Assembly(UNGA) in New York City, New York, with great expectations that this international body I had long admired, would fix all of the world's problems - inequality, hunger, war and the environment, while establishing and sustaining world peace. 

My coverage of the event for a small Caribbean Weekly newspaper in New York City were exerts of speeches by the likes of Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and other state-leaders of the world.

Death along the Road - Rohingyas Die in a Scramble for Aid

A Rohingya woman and two children died Friday in a stampede for aid along a road in Bangladesh close to a refugee camp where the persecuted people have been amassing in unprecedented numbers fleeing the Myanmar army.

These new deaths and continued suffering of the Rohingya people, are indicative of the desperation they face, after being rooted from their homes by Myanmar's army, which has carried out ethnic cleansing atrocities against the Muslim sect.

As reported by CNN earlier today, the dead woman and two children met their demise as many refugees rushed for aid, including clothing, tossed from trucks along a road by humanitarian agencies near the Kutupalong refugee camp.

Toward the Continued Protection of the Ozone Layer

Today has been designated by the United Nations(UN) as International Day for the Protection of the Ozone Layer to commemorate the signing of the 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

Thanks to global efforts to reduce the use of many of the chemicals known as hydrofluorocarbons, the closure of the hole in the ozone layer has been observed 30-years-after the protocol was signed. 

The ozone layer is that thin layer of atmosphere that protects Earth from the harmful rays of the sun.

Another North Korean Provocation - Firing a Second Missile over Japan

In a display of utter disregard to international law and to additional United Nations(UN) Security Council(SC) sanctions unanimously voted to restrict oil imports and to ban textile exports, North Korea fired a second missile in less than a three-week span, over Japan yesterday.

While text messages and alarms sent much of northern Japan scampering for cover, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, according to the BBC-News, vowed that his country would "never tolerate" such "dangerous provocative action"

Humanitarian Crisis Deepens as the Rohingya Run out of Myanmar in Masses

Rohingya refugees fleeing persecution in Myanmar have now top 400,000 in Bangladesh -  a clear indication of the impotence of the sect to protect themselves from the atrocities of the Myanmar army. Thus, another humanitarian crisis deepens with no end in sight to the exodus of unprotected people fleeing from a state government.

The Associated Press(AP), citing UNICEF data, reported earlier today that the number of Rohingya people has now reached 400,000 in Bangladesh as they flee an onslaught of atrocities by the Myanmar armed forces.

To Flee or to Fight - Hard Choices for the Persecuted and Oppressed

There was a time when expanding nations gladly welcomed people persecuted and oppressed in their native lands. From famines, economic hardships and religious persecution, masses of people were accepted into lands of opportunity and of liberty.

However, today, given the declining number of doors left opened abroad to those persecuted and oppressed, the election to flee might have to yield to the fight option in order to ensure the non-extinction of these people.

To fight and not to flee is a hard choice for those experiencing near annihilation of their culture and communities.

To Resist, to Fight Back, to Champion against the Foes of Liberty

From the East to the West and even in the traditional seat of freedom - the United States(US), forces of the foes of liberty, civility, equality and the continued advancement of the human race, are rattling the successes of modern human freedom and unity.

In Syria, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Myanmar, China, Cambodia, North Korea, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Turkey, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, the US and in other places, democracy, national and regional integration, unity and the respect of individual rights, are under attack from a variety of sources.

Sixteen-Years-Later, Never to be Forgotten - the Tragedies of 9/11

That we may never forget the victims of the September, 11, 2001 terror attacks in New York City, New York; in Arlington, Virginia; and in Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania; on this the 16 anniversary of the tragedies, we rededicate our resolve to punish and to eradicate terror.

That the tragedies have plunged these United States into a generational-long war against terror, clearly define the resolve of our people, of the victims and of the survivors, to fight terror. Moreover the resolve of this nation - the United States of America, and of our people, mandate that other such tragedies not ever happen here again.

Hurricane Irma Arrives in the United States

Hurricane Irma - the powerful shifting tropical storm that has forced more than 76,000 residents in Florida into emergency shelters, has arrived on the United States(US) mainland.

The storm came ashore in the Florida Keys earlier this morning packing winds in excess of 130-miles-an-hour. Though a weakened system, the storm still remains very dangerous causing major flooding, storm surges and power outages to more than 300,000 residences.

Crossing the Florida keys and tracking just west of the Florida peninsula, Irma will continue to impact the state when it re-traverses the state around St.