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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.

'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.

...on the Dangerous Consequences of Heightened Tensions

When political and military tensions between states are made heightened, a myriad of dangerous consequences result. And when actual physical events are executed between the feuding parties, even more dangerous consequences could be realized.

Innocent people remain very susceptible to the dangers of actions and responses between feuding entities. Therefore, it is crucial to the perseverance of human life that military and political tensions are diffused and kept to a minimum.

To all innocent victims of consequences of tensions, I extend my deepest sorrow and to their families and love ones, I offer my sincere condolences. 

An Assassination, a Missile Response - Now the Wait on Events in the Middle East

Iranian General Qasem Soleimani was assassinated on January 02, 2020, in Baghdad, Iraq, on the direction of United States (US) President Donald Trump. Tensions immediately heightened in the Middle East as Iran promised revenge for the killing of its revered general. 

Early this morning, Iran, in response to the assassination, mounted missile attacks upon two bases in Iraq that house US forces in the region. Iran had forewarned Iraq and others ahead of the attacks. There were no casualties reported.

Toward Salvaging Human Security in the Middle East and Beyond

One thing is certain: the Donald Trump ordered assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani has not made the Middle East or the World, any safer.

As a matter of fact, the seemingly rash killing has made the world more dangerous and insecure as it serves as a declaration of war and raises a greater possibility of a hot conflict.

While hundreds of thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets of Tehran today to mourn the martyrdom of their revered General, the Islamic Republic has announced that it is withdrawing from all nuclear compliances to the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal - the world security stabilizing agreement, signed between Iran and world powers.