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January 2018

Hidden Heroes to the Endurance of the Republic

Outside of the Legislative, Judicial and Executive arms of government and the normal business world, there exist a hidden army of unsung heroes who tirelessly contribute everyday to the endurance of the American Republic.

These heroes, though wide and varied, include the many charities and community groups that provide a vital safety net to America's poor, those in need of a leg-up and to those families experiencing economic transition. I speak specifically of Martha's Table, So Others Might Eat (SOME) and Bread for the City, among others here in Washington, DC.

The Rape of a Baby in India - Decadence of a Fractured Society

The BBC-News reports this morning that there is an outcry in India after an-eight-month-old baby was raped by her 28-year-old cousin. 

An outcry is too soft a reaction to such a barbaric inhumane offense. The women and girls of India should be up in arms and fuming mad to demand an immediate change to a culture, which has somehow allowed too many women and girls to be raped by sex-deprived degenerates who often are not prosecuted or too leniently punished for such heinous acts against civility.

Influenza Outbreak in the United States 2018

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported a marked increase in the number of Americans visiting doctors with flu-like symptoms - the highest level of activity for the flu since the 'swine flu" - H1N1, pandemic of 2009, which killed 203,000 people worldwide. 

Hospitalizations in a one-week-period soared to 12,000, surpassing a previous week total by 3, ooo and the numbers appear to be surpassing the 2014-15 flu season, when 34 million Americans got the flu, 710,000 were hospitalized and 56,000 died, including 148 pediatric deaths.

In the Future...

In the future, children should not be laden with the debt of stop-gap fiscal policies of present lawmakers, neither should future generations be forced to inherit the fractured social and political systems that are being broken and marred today.

In the future, a more realistic and immediate solution should be accorded to the people toward the removal of divisive leaders. Also, in the future, all allegations of sexual harassment against any candidate for public office should be settled before a candidate could seek a role to lead the people.

Holocaust Remembrance and Education: Our Shared Responsibility

That history may never repeat itself nor the horrors suffered, humanity should remember and educate toward our shared responsibility for a life void of evil.

The following is a republication, with some edits, of My Blog from a year-ago, done purposely for it remains relevant now, tomorrow, next year and in all the coming years:

Today is the International Day of commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. This year's theme: Educating for a Better Future, is apt to ensuring that the atrocities of the past not happen again.

"Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World"

This year's theme at the ongoing World Economic Forum, at Davos, Switzerland, is: "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World". 

If something is shared, then it can never be unilateral, thus a multilateral approach to solving problems must be utilized in order to reach a common future. Therefore, unilateralism and isolationism cannot be utilized by any partner working to ensure a shared future. Globalization is paramount.

In a stoic and seemingly somber address at Davos, today, United States (US) President Donald Trump, while continuing to plug his "America First" motto, appeared briefly to admit the necessity of multilateralism to solve the world's problems.

Isolationism or Multilateralism - Trump's Way Versus the European Commitment

European Union (EU) leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, have affirmed their commitment to multilateralism and not to  isolationism as a means to greater world prosperity and to solving the problems of the world. 

Unlike Donald Trump's evolving isolationist policies, France's Emmanuel Macron, Germany's Angela Merkel and Italy's Paolo Gentiloni, who addressed the Davos meeting, yesterday, all affirmed Europe's commitment to deeper European integration and to multilateralism through global commerce and not unilateralism,  as an approach to prosperity and as the solution to widening economic inequality, terrorism and the impacts of Climate Change.

...after the Shutdown of the United States Government

The United States (US) Federal Government reopened on Tuesday after a brief shutdown from the lack of funding brought to wrought by a budget impasse between Congressional Republicans and Democrats.

While the White House, Republicans and Democrats have blamed each other for the shutdown, it remains a fact that a deeply partisan divide hovers over Washington, DC, which, if left unchecked, will continue to plague the traditional daily operations of the Federal government and contribute to the general insecurity of the Republic.

High Time to Form a "New Grand Coalition" Government in Germany

Amid the expressed isolationist policy and world-upsetting rantings of United States (US) President Donald Trump, the global community has been missing a sound German input ever since an inclusive election, last September, prevented Chancellor Angela Merkel from forming a new government and to assuming her position as a global leader as she has clearly demonstrated in recent years.

Although Merkel's party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its sister party in Bavaria, the Christian Social Union (CSU), won the most positions, 246, in the 709-seat Bundestag (German Parliament), they failed to gain a majority.

Honduras and the Democratic Republic of Congo - Joining the List of 2018 Uprisings

First Iran, then Tunisia, now Honduras, Central America and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa, have joined the expanding list of nations facing social upheaval and political instability in 2018.

The continuing protests in Honduras that flared again last weekend, stemmed from a disputed presidential election there last November, when incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez, was declared winner in a vote opposition leader Salvador Nasralla, and his supporters, have decried as tainted.