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November 2019

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).

A Word to the People

It's been a couple of days, by choice, that I have not written for fear that my words might be deemed as inciting to the people, who are stressed and pressured by and under the systems of their governments. Moreover, a mounting disgust over the attitudes of some leaders and their cohorts, both near and afar, is forcing me to rethink my allegiance to serve and to love humanity.

Although I respect and understand the lawful due process, specifically, as instituted in the United States (US), toward the removal of a world-disrupting chief executive, I especially find it very troubling to the integrity of our beloved Republic that selected parts of the present administration have the audacity to actually instruct individuals not to cooperate with a bona fide investigation by Congress into alleged Constitutional misgivings committed by President Donald Trump.

Those Responsible for Present and Future Migrants

People are migrating - they are on the move. More people will migrate soon and even more later. Whether or not they are refugees from conflicts or economic woes, present migrants will soon be joined by those fleeing the impacts of Climate Change. Thus, the question: who are responsible for housing this inevitable movement of people?

First, it is proper and fitting to extend sincere gratitude to those leaders and nations who have sacrificed political comfort and gains to accommodate thousands of refugees in recent years: Chancellor Angela Merkel and most of the German people are deserving of praise; so are the French government and people who continue to host large numbers of refugees from war and economic hardships; deservingly, the government of Canada and its people; and with some reservation, the governments of Turkey, Iraq and Jordan.