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June 2019

Sweltering Unprecedented Heat Across Europe

Imagine a yearly recurrence of the current sweltering heat wave steaming across the European continent...soaring mercury numbers from Germany, to Poland, to Czech Republic, to Spain, to Portugal, to the United Kingdom (UK), and to France, which today reached the unprecedented temperature of 45.9 degrees Celsius (114.6 F). 

Most of Europe has been under a life-taking heat wave for days and the weather pattern could continue for a few more days. While it is not the first time Europe has experienced such high temperatures, there is a genuine fear that said conditions could become more commonplace due to Climate Change.

Expect Little Toward Global Stability out of the G20 Summit

If a courtesy meeting and a handshake exchange between China President Xi Jinping and the United States (US) President Donald Trump, could be construed as a mechanism to calming jitters of instability in the trade war between the two largest economies, then those erroneously measuring this gesture as being successful to promoting global stability would be able to claim victory.

On the other hand, handshake or no handshake - trade deal or no trade deal, I opine that the G20 Summit, now underway in Osaka, Japan, will provide very little substance toward solving global instability.

A Price for Seeking Liberty and Opportunity - Death by Drowning

The attitude of the United States (US) government toward Latin Americans seeking liberty and opportunity within the confines of the US, is shameful. As a matter of fact, the actions of the Donald Trump administration toward migrants at the border and in holding facilities, might add up to human rights violations.

But as personnel of international organizations charged with determining violations of human rights continue to gather evidence of the conditions of migrants at the US border and within government sponsored holding facilities, the deaths of a father and his toddler daughter on the Rio Grande as they tried to reach Brownsville, Texas, stands as a major blight upon the US, democracy and human rights.

Tolerance, Openness, Cooperativeness and Shared Development - Fading Ideals of Global Stability

In spite of the humanitarian travesty of the Syrian civil war, the last decade - up until 2017, appeared hopeful for the human species under a banner of tolerance, openness, cooperativeness and shared development. 

Having weathered the financial crisis of 2007-8, humanity, under a mostly rational political leadership, demonstrated a cooperative, tolerant and opened agenda toward global stability under a common theme of a shared and joint development toward the better welfare of all the peoples.

Evolving Progress, Aspirations and Associated Trials

It's that time of the year in most of the peaceful lands across the globe, when witness is borne to the development and progress of many young people transitioning in education via promotion to higher grades, graduations from High Schools and Colleges, along with numerous entries into Secondary Schools and institutions of higher learning. 

These are the good evolving progresses of the human species offering hope to a better Planet Earth of peace, security, happiness and the rule of law. 

Failure to Fulfill Democratic Manifestations - an Opening to Radicalism and a Repeat of Tyranny

Given the recent expressions to attain democracy by many of the world's youth from Ukraine, to Syria, to Hong Kong, to Algeria, to Sudan and elsewhere, the stalwarts of democracy should be made aware that all failures to support such aspirations could result in the rise and spread of radicalism and a repeat of tyranny.

Moreover, the risk of increase radicalism remains prevalent in all of the lands where the full development of the people is suppressed by conditions that inhibit full human dignity.

Blood in the Nile River - a Blatant Attack upon Democracy and Nobody is Helping

Like the manifestations for democracy and for freedom by youth from Ukraine, to Syria, to Hong Kong, to Algeria and elsewhere, the Sudanese young people have made a similar bid. But just as the world has turned its back upon the many recent democracy seekers, it is doing the same in Sudan as the military there cracks down upon dreamers of liberty littering the Nile River with their bodies - over 40 of them.

This year, the Sudanese people appeared to be well on the way to a reformed democratic government with lofty aspirations to a possible rule of law upon the ousting of the long-term dictator president.

Toward Fixing the Cycle of Global Instability for the Sake of the Environment

Since descending from brachiating among the trees, the human species has remarkably developed into today's highly technological age. From the discovery of fire, to the advent of the wheel, to specialized agriculture, skills and dwellings, to industrial revolutions and established motorized travel and air flights, to the routine of space exploration and satellite launches, science and technology have enabled an easier existence on Planet Earth.

Humans have moved beyond absolute subjection to monarchs to the founding of the principles of the rights of man, republics, communities and the multilateralism of international organizations and trade.

Aspirations of the Peoples - Deferred or Realized

In all the lands occupied by the human species, there are common aspirations shared by most of the people - the hope of liberty, of human dignity, of equality and of happiness within a framework of the rule of law. Yet, unfortunately, in too many jurisdictions, these apparent simple aspirations remain deferred, denied, limited, eroded or challenged.

But the desires of humanity having a strong resolute to achieving the basic necessities to human existence will endure in spite of challenges.

The French Revolution, the Haitian Revolution, the American Revolution, the Cuban Revolution, acts to sovereignty by multiple nations, aspirations of peoples from Ukraine, to Myanmar, to Algeria, to Sudan and elsewhere are historical and current actions to enabling liberty, dignity, equality and happiness under the rule of law.