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January 2020

Rejection of Xenophobic Rumors about Novel Coronavirus

All racist and xenophobic rumors per the Novel Coronavirus plaguing China's Wuhan city and other environs should be utterly rejected. 

That some apathetic individuals would take to social media sites and in person in places like my neighborhood in Washington, DC,  Singapore, Toronto, Canada, London, England as well as in Malaysia and elsewhere to offer fallible racists and xenophobic rumors about the health outbreak and about the cultural practices of the Chinese people is preposterous, racist and xenophobic.

The Key to Defeating Wuhan Virus - the People

Ultimately, the defeat of a Novel Coronavirus that started in Wuhan, Hubei province, People's Republic of China (PRC), rests with the people.

In as much as whatever the PRC government has done, and is employing to fight the health outbreak, the containment and defeat of the Wuhan virus will only be accomplished through the vigil, healthy and responsible actions of all Chinese people from megacities to towns and villages.

Strict obedience to the honor code of guidelines provided by health authorities is required in order to defeat the coronavirus.

A Case Study into the Control of Epidemics - China's Model to Curb Coronavirus

World governments, health professionals, experts and citizens should take note of China's major measures to close a megacity, and other cities, curtail town and village gatherings and events in a behemoth effort to curb national and international spread of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak.

China's responsible actions will serve as a model to any country that might fall future victim to a similar epidemic.

That China has had the audacious ability to close the city of Wuhan, Hubei province -  the epicenter of the current Novel Coronavirus outbreak, and other cities by closing public transportation by air, land and sea, as well as by dessauding public gatherings at a time of the most significant public holiday, the Lunar New Year celebrations, speaks heavily of the nation's recognition of the potential gravity of the epidemic weighed against the country's international responsible to curb a greater pandemic.

China Takes Bold Measure to Curb Wuhan Coronavirus

In a bold move to curb the spread of a coronavirus outbreak, China will temporarily shut down public transportation - planes, trains, buses, ferries and subways in the city of 8.9 million people,Wuhan, Hubei province, starting at 10:00 a.m. China time, on Thursday, January 23, 2020. 

As reports count 500 cases of the SARS-like Novel Coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, which has already claimed 17 deaths, President Xi Jinping's call to resolutely fight the spread of the virus, has resulted in the government of Wuhan officially stopping public transportation to and from the city starting at 10:00 a.

Fading Dreams, Dividing Realities - America after MLK, Jr.

Today, January 20, 2020, America celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - a Federal Holiday, observed since 1983, on the third Monday of January, to honor the birth of the slain African American Civil Rights Leader.

In the 52-years since the assassination of Dr. King, his dreams of racial equality in the United States (US), remain non-realized. Instead, today, America faces a stark divide stoked by fallible rhetoric from the Executive, a rise in hate crimes, a widening right wing agitation and a continuing insatiable appetite for firearms.

'Twas a Time...

'Twas a time when men and women of honor, integrity and a belief in sound empathetic ideology, walked the face of the Earth in great numbers. They were other-centered humans - a species recognizing and respecting the existence of different cultures, and of the observance of the rights of all peoples to live in liberty with unlimited opportunity under the rule of law.

But that time seems to have suddenly eluded modern humans in 2020 as corruption, populism, division and isolationism with a blatant regard to protections of the environment, flourish under the fallible leadership of old, dying and angry men.

Head to the Mountains - Southern European Cities Advise Residents to Escape Bad Air

Residents in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, have been advised to head for the mountains, where the air is cleaner, in order to escape stifling high particulate air that has been hovering over a large swath of Southern Europe for a number of days.

Sarajevo, according to the BBC-News, is among the cities to record some of the worse levels of air pollution in recent days along with the capital cities of neighboring Serbia, Kosovo and Macedonia. 

Reports indicate that the dangerously polluted smog has been caused by a prolonged period of dry sunny weather with light winds.

Enter the Age of Uncertainty

These are certain: there is no surety to stability, to security, to well being or to protection of the environment - aspects of human life, which could have been implied as sure prior to 2017. As a result, humanity has entered an age of gross uncertainty with frightful prospects.

To this end, as written earlier today byCharles Riley, of CNN Business, experts at consultancies Eurasia Group and Control Risks as well as the World Economic Forum, which is preparing to meet next week in Davos, Switzerland, are warning of increased turbulence this year from trade conflicts and political polarization that all make it harder to tackle global challenges.

European Powers Trigger Final Rites to a Dying Security Agreement

European powers, E3 - France, Germany and the United Kingdom (UK), have triggered a formal dispute mechanism against Iranian breaches of the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal, signed to bring secure stability to the Middle East and the broader World and restricting the Islamic Republic's ambitions to develop nuclear weapons.

The Deal, officially called, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was completed at Vienna, Austria, July 14, 2015, between Iran, the United States (US), the European Union (EU), China and Russia.

The Sum of Tension and Reaction - a Tragedy of Errors

Again, it should be emphasized that political and military tensions are detrimental to the safety of the human species.

Prior and subsequent events to the Baghdad, Iraq, January 2, 2020, assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, are indicative of the dangers posed by heightened tensions between feuding actors.

The Donald Trump ordered assassination of the Iranian general in sovereign Iraq at a time of already high tensions, was a reckless act. Iran's promised and actual response to that event via missile attacks on installations housing United States (US) forces in Iraq, were also risky in adding to an already volatile atmosphere in the Middle East.