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November 2017

That it be Done...

To protect the Republic, its people and the principles upon which it stands, it is becoming increasingly necessary that a course of action not taken before be completed in order to reverse the impending isolation of the United States(US) and a looming decay of its traditions of liberty, democracy and world leadership.

The influence of Republic-busting localists upon the Federal government, which has a far reaching international sphere, will inevitably degrade the prestige and global respect of the US.

Conflict-torn Yemen - the Worse Place on Earth to be a Child

War is hell. It is a discriminatory act of violence perpetrated supposedly against an enemy, but often, its victims are meek innocents - many children, caught up in an egotistic battle between opposing sides for influence over the people.

Since 2015, the children of Yemen have become such targets. A conflict complicated by the involvement of a Saudi coalition against Houthi rebels, has decimated normalcy of life for the people of Yemen. The suffering effects of conflict have killed some 8, 000 people.

A Papal Refrain on Rohingya - An Urge for Respect and Dignity of all Ethnic Groups

In defense of ethnic rights, Pope Francis in a keynote address in Myanmar, has demanded "respect for each ethnic group". Yet, he refrained from identifying the Rohingya people, thus bowing to the wishes of the local Cardinal, who had urged restraint on naming the persecuted group because Myanmar authorities reject the name Rohingya opting to use the term "Bengalis".

While Pope Francis made no direct reference to the Rohingya people, the BBC-News editorialized that "the Pope's speech was a strong defense of ethnic rights.

Standing with Pope Francis for Justice in Myanmar

Whether or not the rulers like it, Pope Francis now visiting predominantly Buddhist Myanmar, should refer to the persecuted and displaced Rohingya people by their name in a clear papal stance for justice. The Pope should not accept any intimidation from Myanmar's army to reference the Rohingya people as Bengalis - for to do so, would be turning an impotent eye to violence and ethnic cleansing - sins and crimes, the Pope has often spoke out against.

The Pontiff arrived in the former Burma earlier today for a three-day visit to be climaxed by a Mass in Yangon on Wednesday, after meetings today with the powerful army chief, General Min Aung Hlaing - the man in charge of driving the Rohingya people out of Rakhine province, and the associated crimes committed against the Muslim sect in the mainly Buddhist country.

Finally Humanitarian Aid Arrives in Yemen

Desperately needed humanitarian aid has over the weekend, finally reached Yemen, where 20-million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance and where 400,000 children are at risk of dying from severe malnutrition.

According to reports by the BBC-News, which cited a tweet from UNICEF's representative in Yemen, Meritxell Relano; a United Nations(UN) flight carrying some 1.9 doses of vaccines, has touched down at Sanaa's airport after a three-week blockade of rebel-held areas by a Saudi coalition following a missile attack upon the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh, on November 6.

Terror Shocks - A Massacre in the Egyptian Sinai, November 24, 2017

News reports on this November 25, 2017, confirm a shocking terror event, in the town of Bir al-Abed, on the Sinai peninsula, Egypt, on Friday, November 24. 

During Friday prayers at the Al-Rawda Mosque, explosions, supposedly within a building adjacent to the mosque, were set off sending fleeing worshippers out of the doors where they were machine-gunned massacred by some 30-plus assailants laying in waiting, who blocked access to the mosque by setting parked cars on fire. Thus far, 305 people, including 30 children, have been reportedly killed.

...after Thanksgiving Day

This Blog fell silent yesterday, November 23, 2017, Thanksgiving Day in the United States(US), in empathy with those unfortunate lacking an occasion of comfort: the war-scarred children of Syria, the displaced and persecuted Rohingya people of Myanmar, the slaves of Libya, the separated people of Gaza and Palestine and all present and future victims of conflict and economic hardship.

After Thanksgiving and our own celebrations of plenty in secure settings, we must continue all work and efforts toward the alleviation and the closure of human suffering across all borders. Here's to peace, comfort, liberty and happiness of all peoples and to the restoration of childhoods lost.

Robert Gabriel Mugabe Resigns - Now What Zimbabwe?

Nonagenarian Robert Gabriel Mugabe has resigned his presidency of Zimbabwe. 

Sworn-in as Prime Minister on April 17, 1980, of the new and independent nation of Zimbabwe, Mugabe's long tenure as head of the African nation since his ascension to the presidency in 1987, ended yesterday, November 21, 2017, at the age of 93.

Media reports have described jubilant celebrations marking the end of the era of Mugabe in Harare and across Zimbabwe. His vice-president he fired over a week-ago, Emmerson 'the Crocodile' Mnangagawa, will become the new President.

The Epitome of African Underdevelopment - Corruption, Dictatorships and Dynasties

As a clearer understanding of the reality of African underdevelopment emerges out of the dire attempts by Nonagenarian Robert Mugabe to cling to power, Zimbabwe's circumstance and its economic challenges are indicative of the epitome of a wider failing that is suppressing social and economic growth across the continent - corruption, dictatorships and dynasties.

Zimbabwe's current predicament tells the story of very much of Africa - hopes and development deferred via corruption, dictatorships and dynasties.

Accorded Respect to a Dignified Exit, Robert Mugabe Elects Defiance

He who wields almost absolute power never readily yields that strength. Therefore, for the good of any nation or any people, such power, must then be wrestled away by the people in order to sustain the welfare and the future of the community.

Robert Mugabe, 93, the deposed Zimbabwe President, has ruled the economically-challenged African nation for more than 37 years. During his tenure, there have been some brief spells of prosperity, but severe economic and harsh social conditions, have now engulfed the state of current affairs in Zimbabwe.