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November 2018

Happy 52nd Anniversary of Independence Barbados

Today, November 30, 2018, is the 52nd anniversary of independence of my birth land, Barbados. 

Congratulations to Prime Minister Mia Mottley and to all the people of Barbados both on the island and abroad. A special congratulation also to the new Ambassador, Noel Lynch - welcome to Washington, DC, Mr. Ambassador, may you serve the people well.

The sovereignty of Barbados has always been a special attribute to the industry of its people and a fact of enduring Barbadian pride ever since the first Prime Minister and father of Barbados Independence, Errol Barrow secured nationhood back in 1966 from Great Britain.

Humanity's Needs

Humanity's obvious needs are the secure and the happy continuity of the human species. These needs are not insurmountable: they are attainable, thus humanity is tasked with finding the multilateral cooperation, mechanisms and systems to achieving these goals.

Therefore, with regards to conflicts, agitations, trade wars, actions of division and the failing environment, it becomes imperative that a balance be found to ensuring the harmonious and secure development of the human species.

But this balance will not be found until past wrongs are made right, desires stated and the general welfare of all the people sustained.

Not the Prediction - What Matters is the Apparent Russian Impunity

A headline on CNN's website dated today, at 10:02 a.m., an analysis by Nick Paton regarding the Ukraine-Russia debacle read: " No one can predict what Russia will do next." The writer suggested: "The fact that nobody really knows what's going to happen next in Ukraine is the entire point. It is the core of Russia's strategy."

While Nick Paton pens a fitting analysis, I however, counter with the submission that it is not the prediction of Russian action that matters, but the apparent impunity of Russia to any severe punishment for meddling in many lands and for its continuous actions against Ukraine.

Ukraine's Predicament - a Perpetual Decrease in Sovereign Land

With nobody to physically come to its aid, Ukraine's predicament appears dire: a perpetual loss of territory, including sea, to its former soviet master, Russia. And given the current status of United States (US) refusal to engage or to loudly criticize Russian actions, Ukraine could be invaded by Russia at sometime before 2020.

A naval incident between Ukraine and Russia, on the Sea of Azov, this weekend, affirms Ukraine's delicate sovereignty. Russia fired upon, seized three Ukrainian vessels and detained 24 Ukrainians in a remilitarization of the sea that Ukraine depends upon for trade access to its industrial city in the east, Mariupol.

These Defining Times

From a report affirming the possible catastrophic impact of Climate Change on the United States (US) economy, to protests against rising fuel prices in France, to Russia flexing its naval might over Ukraine, to an unfolding immigration crisis at the US-Mexico border, to the seemingly perpetual struggle of Palestinians, to the war in Yemen, to winning the peace in Syria, to the blatant action to render economic difficulty to the Iranian people, to the European Union (EU) approving the United Kingdom's plan to leave the behemoth trading bloc, to the destruction, death and despair of the California wildfires and to the numerous other testy affairs of the human species, it could now be deducted that these times of 2018 that will certainly transcend into 2019 and beyond, all represent the defining moments of this era.

A Few Things Growing Old has Taught Me

First, I apologize to my loyal readers for not posting a Blog in the past few days. I had a milestone Birthday and that brought a needed time of reflection and projection.

With regards to today's topic: a few things growing old has taught me, I opine that a major lesson has been the sad realization that all the people cannot, do not and will not be saved. Many more will have to suffer, many more will have to die - the system of things is starkly designed this way - a designed implemented many generations ago and sustained by the todays mode of living - the political, economic and social system, reinforced by today's electorate and their choices for governance.

66-Dead, 600-Missing - the Fiery Tragedy of California

The sorrowful confirmation of 66 reported deaths and 600 missing in the wildfires of California is a reality of the complex relationship between nature and humankind, not a result of forest mismanagement. 

The natural environment of California has never been easily harnessed by humankind. Technology has had to be keenly utilized to permit human habitation in many areas of California. It is a most arid land - susceptible to landslides, earthquakes, droughts and wildfires. 

That 66 people have perished and some 600 are missing in the three-plus wildfires in the state of Tinseltown should not be taken likely or blamed upon the authorities in California.

The Transitional Revolution

As a boy of the tenantry in the Caribbean in the 1970s and as a student of history in the 1980s, revolutions were very appealing. Considering the conditions of the people around me, revolution, I thought then, offered the best and immediate amelioration for all of the people. 

Forget about dilly dallying and long and drawn out processes, revolution, I thought was the inevitable vehicle to uplifting the masses. Overnight, the landless tenants of plantations would become owners of what was rightfully theirs and cooperatives of the people would form governments to represent the interests of all the people.

Toward a Return to Pre-2017 Global Hope and Confidence

I admit that the era prior to 2017 were not easy years. A global financial crisis, the Syrian War, agitations in Ukraine, the spread of the Islamic State, terror threats and acts, Europe's migrant crisis, the plight of Palestinians, the persecution of the Rohingya people, Russian meddling in Europe and a host of other issues dominated the period. But humanity weathered the tests of that time.

Most people felt hopeful and confident in their persons and toward their futures. Diplomacy and international cooperation on a number of issues from security, to trade and to environment gave the world's people hope for a more secure tomorrow.

The Wildfires of California - Deadly Events Influenced by Nature

Whatever sparked the deadly wildfires of California that have now claimed the largest death toll - 44,  from such events, in the state's history, one factor remains constant in all the tragic episodes: nature - the arid environment of California coupled with the Santa Ana winds, and not forest mismanagement.

Sadly, 42 deaths have been claimed thus far by the monstrous Camp Fire, according to CNN and it has scorched 117,000 acres in Northern part of the state, gutting 7,000 structures, including 6,453 single-family homes and almost wiping out the entire town of Paradise, which has lost between 80-90% of its homes.