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December 2018

A French Fix to Ending Violent Protests

Aware of the power-ending likelihood of France's history of a mixture of labor and student protests, French President Emmanuel Macron, yesterday, unfolded a fresh set of reforms seeking to end four-consecutive weekends of violent protests. 

To appease the "yellow vest" protesters, the French government not only scrapped a pending fuel tax which was the ignition of recent protests, but it went farther to announce a minimum wage increase of about 100 Euros a month or of 7%, starting in 2019.

The Need for Stability in France

Four consecutive weekends of violent destabilizing 'yellow vests' protests will inevitably take a negative toll on the economy of France. Forced to close many of its iconic places of interest and major tourist sites, including the Eiffel Tower, France has been impacted by protests over a proposed, then suspended and now scrapped fuel tax. 

Taxes of 6.9 cents on diesel and 2.9 cents on petrol were slated for January, 2019. However, the French government cancelled the taxes amid continuous protests.

A US Complaint, a Canadian Arrest - the Uncertainty of China's Meng Wanzhou

Canada, acting upon a complaint from the United States (US), arrested Chinese tech giant, Huawei's Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, last Saturday, and has held the 46-year-old woman in custody ever since pending a bail hearing before the Vancouver, British Columbia courts today.

Meng's arrest spreads uncertainty about any immediate and positive outcome to a trade war the US started with China. Huawei is a behemoth Chinese company that sells more cell phones than American company Apple.

Farewell President George H.W. Bush

The State Funeral for the 41st President of the United States (US) George H. W. Bush, who died at age-94, November 30, 2018, has concluded at the National Cathedral, here in Washington, DC. With a heavy heart and with great respect, I bid farewell to a decent and kind family man, who served our Republic honorable.

More so today than at the time he served in the Oval Office, 1989-1992, the decency and civil decorum of our 41st President is very self-evident. 

I never met George H. W. Bush, but one incident that occurred during his hotly contested run for the White House in 1988 and another incident, in 1990, after he won the White House, have both impacted and shaped my life today.

Suspension of Fuel Tax Increases in France - a Move to Ending Violence

Often governments underestimate the consciousness of the people - the small people, the working people, the binders of communities. Emmanuel Macron's government in France is guilty of such a blunder, hence subjecting France to weekends of protests and unfortunate violence. But the French government has now taken a first-step to remedy the fears and concerns of its people by suspending proposed fuel tax increases that were coming on January 01, 2019.

Macron and his government were swept into power in May, 2017, upon promises of reforms.

A Stark Warning on the Environment

Famed biology writer and science documentary filmmaker, David Attenborough, has issued a stark warning on behalf of the world's people to world leaders at the COP24 conference in Katowice, Poland: "...If we don't take action (on Climate Change) the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon."

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is underway in Poland from today until December 14. It is the 24th Conference of Parties (COP24) meeting to negotiate how to tackle Climate Change and how to implement the goal of limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees F a-year.