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October 2019

An Autumn of Protests - the Ire of the People

If major concerns have emerged over the months-long protests in Hong Kong, then the invocation of the ire of the people in Chile, in Lebanon and in Iraq is affirmation of an autumn of protests by the people, and that outside of Hong Kong, more than enough ill conditions exist to unleash the ire in many other people.

Inequality and other grievances are fueling protests in Chile, where the government has moved to cancel two world summits because of the associated violence with dissent felt across that Latin American country.

39-Lives Lost in the Pursuit of Opportunity - A Tragic Omen of Times to Come?

Last Wednesday, British authorities discovered the bodies of 39 people in the cargo section of a refrigerated truck in Essex, England. The deceased - would-be migrants, were apparently smuggled into the United Kingdom (UK) via Belgium from Southeast Asia. Their tragic deaths are a stark reality of the lengths and breaths oppressed people would risk in pursuit of opportunity.

While full identification of the departed souls might prove difficult to ascertain since media reports first suggested they were all Chinese, yet recent revelations have named some of the dead as Vietnamese, whatever their nationalities, 39-people have died horribly, perhaps by asphyxiation, in the back of truck in the pursuit for opportunity.

That Day Will Come...

In die illo veniet- that day will come - a day will come, when all of the peoples who have been denied a homeland, after many life-sacrifices and failed unwritten promises of protection, will inherit a land to caller their very own.

Whether or not they are the Rohingya people of Myanmar; the Palestinian people of the Middle East; the Kurdish people of Syria and Iraq or some other indigenous or asserting people of elsewhere,in die illo veniet- that day will come when all of them will become secure in their homes.

Solace in Canada Amid Current World Turmoil

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will get to form another government based upon Monday night's results of voting for the Canadian Parliament. 

Though Trudeau and his Liberal Party failed to reached the massive victory attained back in the 2015 elections, Canadians, in giving him another win at the polls, have contributed some solace to a world currently embroiled in political misconduct, controversy and upheaval from the United States (US), to the United Kingdom (UK), Spain, Syria, Turkey, Bolivia, Chile, Lebanon, Hong Kong and elsewhere.

Manifestations of Angst of the People - Lebanon, Chile, Spain, Hong Kong, etal

In Chile, South America; in Lebanon, Middle East; in Spain, Europe; in Hong Kong, China; manifestations of the angst of the people are on full display. And while these locations might be in a present state of flare-up, demonstrated by the actions of the people to conditions they feel dread and anxiety about, they are not alone.

There is a broad feeling of global dread and anxiety percolating among the people and fueled by changing and broken alliances, economic woes and austere measures as well as declining social conditions amid an endangered environment.

Flagrant Actions, Damaged Alliances and Harsh Sentences - Weakening Democracies

Flagrant actions by administrations in the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK), Turkey, Spain and elsewhere are contributing to the weakening of democracy as it has evolved as a trusted political system.

Blatant acts by the Donald Trump administration in dealing with immigration issues, to inaction on gun control, to disregard to Congressional investigation directives, to the conferring of foreign aid, to apparent unethical doings, to fights and broken protections with allies, to a trade war with China, to threats to ruin the economy of an ally along with a host of other actions, including the rantings from the chief executive, all underscore a weakening of the American democracy and Republic as it has traditionally been known.

Humanity's Needed Next Step Toward Security - Global Cooperation

Now that more troubles have emerged in the realm of attaining greater human security and continuity, the daunting task before humanity, therefore, becomes the recall of beneficial progress within a secure global environment - the natural, social, economic and political fronts. 

Though more easier said than done, achieving a secure world is a tall task which has eluded humanity by all means toward any full accomplishment. World affairs at times have given the appearance of securing a broad peace, but too often the waters become quickly muddied by the actions of despots, populists and isolationists, whose actions heighten insecurity and account for the reversal of eras of developmental progress and global cooperation.

The Replanted Seed to Yet Another Humanitarian Failing

...and so the story lines of the still developing humanitarian disaster in northern Syria will add to the chronicles of our times and the predicament - the displacements, the deaths and the injuries of yet another people, thus confirming another failing of humanity in the Levant.

Even while the pages of recent tragedies in Iraq, in Yemen, in the said Syria and elsewhere remain open, humanity is now confronted by what could materialize as a major suffering of the Kurdish people occupying northern Syria brought to wrought by the withdrawal of protective United States (US) troops and the advancement of Turkish forces under the disguise of creating a "safe zone" within Syria.

How People Become Radicalized

People become radicalized after winding up on the wrong side of any battle, especially when such a fight was a bloody and passionate attempt to right historical wrongs. 

Whether or not that battle be economic, social or political, it is the sheer sum of experiences and impacted events upon the people that caused the wrong sidedness, which in turn, incubates radicalization.

Ending up on the wrong side of any battle is not necessarily as cut and dry as the two-choice option of heads or tails resulting from a coin-toss.

A Cry for American Democracy

For those like me who have come to love, to cherish and to believe in American democracy, recent years have been trying and the most recent weeks, have even been more troubling, concerning and sorrowful. 

American democracy has declined. And I submit that the Republic, which has been revered and respected for decades, is now failing under the Donald Trump administration in Washington, DC.

Previously, I never entertained any thought that the day would ever come when the Executive branch of the United States (US) government would actually insist that those who serve it, not cooperate  with the Legislative branch of the Republic.