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June 2018

A Timeout for Reflection in the Quest for Affirmations

My dearly beloved fellow humans, I hereby inform that as of today, June 06, 2018, I will take a timeout from writing this daily Blog. I hope to return in mid-August. However, should there be any major world event in the interim, I'll return from wherever I might be.

My much needed break amid a rapidly changing international socio-political and economic environment, hopefully, should accord me the opportunity to reflect on my love and service to humanity as well as to find the much needed affirmation of ideals I seek.

From Hope and Pride to Uncertainty and Frustration - the United States Post Barack Obama

The United States (US), under the rational and international leadership of President Barack Obama, successfully emerged out of the misery and despair of the financial crisis of 2007-08 and its lingering after years effects. 

Critical banking and business industries were supported, streamlined and mended to weather the crisis. As employment gathered steam and profitability returned to US industries, President Obama maintained a healthy, robust, engaging and cooperative allied relationship with all tradition US friends in Canada, Mexico and Europe.

The Induced Coma of Democracy in America

If Russia, or China, or North Korea, or some other non-western nation deployed the damning humanitarian action of separating asylum seeking parents from their children at their borders, then much of civil society and rights groups would be inflamed in condemning such a practice. Yet the humanitarian-blighting practice is in effect in today's United States (US). 

That the Republic of George Washington, the Land of Abraham Lincoln, the New Deal of Franklin Roosevelt, the Beacon of Ronald Reagan and the Hope of Barack Obama, has been reduced to the terms of separating desperate liberty-seeking families at the border, must therefore be a testament of an induced coma of democracy in America.

Socialist Pedro Sanchez Replaces Conservative Mariano Rajoy as PM of Spain

In an unprecedented move in modern Spanish history, conservative Mariano Rajoy, 63, has been ousted as prime minister by a no-confidence and has been replaced by Socialist Pedro Sanchez, 46, an economist, atheist and former footballer.

Sanchez called for the no-confidence vote last Friday after Rajoy refused to resign amid the conviction and jailing of a treasurer of Rajoy's conservative People's Party (PP), for receiving bribes, money laundering and tax crimes, as part of a wider corruption probe, centered on a secret campaign fund the PP ran from 1999 until 2005, the BBC-News reported.

Italy Finally Gets a Government

Three months after inconclusive elections, a new Italian government has finally been named with Eurosceptic and anti-establishment leaders sharing the top positions. Yet, the mere formation of a government should begin to calm some fiscal jitters in Rome.

March 4 Italian elections delivered most seats in the parliament to the Eurosceptic and and anti-establishment Five Star Movement, headed by Luigi Di Maio and the League, headed by Matteo Salvini. Yet, no one party gained a 50% majority. The top vote getters failed at early attempts to form a coalition government, but reached a compromise last week which was vetoed by President Sergio Mattarella, who did not like the nomination of Eurosceptic Paolo Savona to the import post as economy minister.

Trump Starts a Trade War - Allies Vow to Fight Back - Putin Gains an Objective

The only winner, who will emerge from Donald Trump's first-shot trade war with United States (US) allies, is Russia's Vladimir Putin. By design alone, a trade war between the US and its long standing allies - Canada, the European Union (EU) and Mexico, will benefit Putin and Russia alone.

US President Trump's allowance of stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum products from Canada, the EU and Mexico, at midnight last night, thereby creates a rift among multi-generational allies. Tariff on steel is set at 25% and 10% on aluminum products.