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November 2019

Hong Kong has Spoken - Pan-Democracy Parties Sweep Council Elections

A record number of registered voters in the People's Republic of China's (PRC) Special Administrative Region - Hong Kong, went to the polls on Sunday and overwhelmingly, they elected Pan-Democracy members to the City's District Council amid more than six-months of protests - protests, which have been violent at times.

As reported by the South China Morning Post(SCMP), a record 72.1 % of registered electors turned out to vote -  a stark increase over the 47%, who voted in similar elections back in 2015.

The Case for Impeachment - Compelling

Career diplomats, foreign affairs specialists, veterans and other witnesses have testified in the public impeachment hearing before the Intelligence Committee of the United States (US) House of Representatives into misgivings of President Donald Trump.

When the impeachment hearing concluded its public component this week, I believe a very compelling case for impeachment had been made against Trump for actions contrary to the Constitution and amok of the high office of President of the United States.

Universal Children's Day and Child Protections

Yesterday, November 20, was the United Nations (UN) declared Universal Children's Day, of just plain, Children's Day, even though many countries celebrate an International Children's Day in June of the calendar year. Whatever the celebrated time per country, yesterday's designation was fitting amid too many present events which threaten the futures of too many of the world's children.

Therefore, November 20 should have served and should continue to serve as a reminder to adults to honor the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to keep children safe, to help them learn and to always uphold children's rights to speak and to be heard.

A Day Later

I reached another year of life the other day, which apparently, signified and denoted that I am now on the declining curve of life - lol. And, surprisingly, in the the moments leading up to and during my event, I spent a lot of time in reflection and in vision to peer around the curve to tomorrow.

Not considering my own experiences, but referencing humanity's, I have deducted that humanity's greatest enemy is humanity itself brought to wrought by a failure to right historical wrongs; a waning empathy; classism; populism and isolationism; broken promises; and failures to protect the environment.

Damaged Democracy

That democracy has reached such an abysmal state in the United States (US) that a sitting president would seek to go on social media to "intimidate" a witness of an impeachment hearing as she was testifying before a Congressional committee is affirmation of the depth of damaged inflicted upon the American Republic under Donald Trump.

As former US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, was testifying at the public impeachment hearing of Donald Trump under the roof of the US Congress, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC, Trump took to Twitter to disparage the Envoy.

It Has Happened Again, Too Often - Another School Shooting in America

Sadly, there's been another school shooting in the United States (US) which has resulted in unfortunate deaths and the grim affirmation of the clear and present danger guns pose to innocents across the country.

According to media reports, a male student, on what would be his 16th birthday, opened gun fire with a 45-caliber weapon at Saugus High School, Santa Clarita, California, before 8:00 a.m this morning, and in the deadly echo of bullets, five students were shot - two have since dead, while others, including the gunman, remain hospitalized with injuries.

The First Public Impeachment Hearing of President Donald Trump

The Intelligence Committee of the United States (US) House of Representatives, one of the two entities making up the US Congress, launched a first ever public hearing into the impeachment hearing of republican President Donald Trump.

Trump is accused of holding up Congressional approved aid to Ukraine on the insistence of a publicly declared Ukrainian inquiry into his political opponent, former Vice-President Joe Biden, and his son per the son's seat on a Ukraine gas company. Such an action runs afoul of the US Constitution and presidential powers as delegated by the law of the American Republic.

Losing Grip in Hong Kong - a Prolonged Failure to Engage the People

Hong Kong is unique - its history, its people, its strategic standing and certainly its political condition. With that said, I opine that Hong Kong's local governance, China's influence and control and western input, have all failed to grasp the basic necessities needed to return Hong Kong to its glory as a dynamic city, financial center and hub of East-West collaboration.

As a matter of fact, the failure of stakeholders to bring peace and calm back to the streets of Hong Kong, therefore places Hong Kong into a very peculiar position that could result in more unfortunate violence from radical local factions or from a dreaded invited intervention from Beijing.

The 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall - Reflections and Warnings

November 9, 2019, marks 30-years since the tumbling of the Berlin Wall. That wall, which stood for too long as a demarcation between western ideology - mostly propelled by the United States (US), and communism propagated by the United Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), served as a divider of people, especially Germans, since 1961.

The fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the USSR ushered in a new era of freedoms and integration across Europe, thus the beginnings of modern Europe, which has flourished in the recent decades since the collapse of the wall with a united Germany and the establishment of the European Union (EU).

Finally, a European Awakening to the Reality of NATO

French President Emmanuel Macron has finally said what other European leaders have failed to admit in the age of the Donald Trump administration in Washington, DC: that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the body established to protect Europe's security after the Second World War, is "brain dead".

Media reports have cited Macron's admission from an interview he gave to the British Newspaper, the Economist. The French President attributed his observation to the waning commitment to the transatlantic alliance by its main guarantor, the United States (US).