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A Failing of Humanity - Selling Children for Family Sustenance, by Peter Boyce

Posted on October 26, 2021 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

[NB: I took a much needed break (from writing) from bleeding my heart and feeelings out in love and in servitude to humanity. After four-trying years of bearing witness to an unprecedented assauilt upon humanity, democracy and decency under the Donald Trump presidency, I thought the adaptation back to some forms of normalcy for humanity under a new President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris, would be easy. It hasn't. In the United States (US), Trump and his cohorts remain as stumbling blocks to the continuity of democracy and western rational thought. And across the globe from Sudan, to Afghanistan, to Syria, to Brazil, to Poland, to Hungary, to Latin America and elsewhere, there are examples of other failings of humanity. So i've returned to bleed a bit more in admonishing humanity to mend its ways.]


Perhaps the most heart-wrenching example of humanity's failing is that revealed in recent news reports of families in Afghanistan, living under the returned Taliban regime, forced to sell children in order to obtain means for mere sustenance. According to the report by the BBC-News, an "Afghan baby girl sold for $500 by starving family" amid a stark warning from the United Nations (UN) that millions will die if urgent aid does not reach Afghanistan soon. "Afghanistan is facing the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world, with the country seeing a sharp deterioration in the situation since the Taliban seized power in August," the BBC-News reported.


Some international funds to Afghanistan have dried up with the return of the Taliban to the helm of the nation of 40-million people. With the Taliban not allowing girls in schools as well as many women back into the workplace, obviously, international donors are very concerned about financing such a system. Therefore, a secondary effect of Taliban rule sadly brings the selling of children for family sustenance - a gouging blemish upon modern humanity.


Any and all sales of persons should be condemned in spite of any known cultural acceptances. Modern humanity must reject any and all circumstances and conditions that yield such extreme practices. 


The socio-economic conditions of Afghanistan are sadly too similar to other jurisdictions, including, Yemen, Syria, Central African Republic, Sudan, and Venezuela. Impacted by war, internal strife, the COVID-19 pandemic and Climate Change, many more nations will join a growing list of peoples who will fail humanity's norms in desperate attempts for unsustainable short-run relief from long-term problems and issues.



A New Beginning Amid Some Uncertainty and Some Chaos, by Peter Boyce

Posted on August 31, 2021 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (1)

My two younger sons - both now High Schoolers, yesterday, returned to their classrooms in Washington, District of Columbia - the first time since Friday, March 13, 2020, when District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), shuttered its education institutions because of health concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.


Today, places of learning in the United States (US) and in the continents - from elementary to tertiary level education, are functioning once again. That my sons and millions of other American school children and others across the globe were absent from physically being at school for some 18-months, is truly extraordinary. 


Yet, the resolve for human continuity questing the light of knowledge within a framework toward the polonged existence of humankind on Planet Earth, was clearly  exhibited by many children, therefore underscoring a new beginning for humanity - a new beginning, mindful of humanity's inherent weaknesses and of humanity's direct responsibility for the health and welfare of the environment.


The COVID-19 pandemic is still very much evident and up-ending millions of lives across thje world. While new highly contagious variants of the disease account for uncertainties as to humanity's immediate future, very effective vaccines made available by reputable drug companies and taken by informative adults and children (12-17-years-old) offer wide stability in a chaotic world of mis-information and vast stupidity.


Uncertainties per the full impact of human actions that have harmed the environment are major sources of concern. But with increasing numbers of youth now more aware of the necessity to protecting the environment, there's high hope for an emergence of a large and sustaining generation of environment-conscious leaders. Today's youth are the vanguard of all change in society. Their return to a certain degree of normalcy denotes a leading path for other branches of humanity out of uncertainty and chaos and into a new charted future of human exploration, discovery and continuity.

An Arduous Task - Salvaging Damaged American Democracy, by Peter Boyce

Posted on June 22, 2021 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (2)

As long as those who explicitly tried to maim American democracy remain free -  living, under an assumed impunity to callous inciting speech and violence, and deliberate acts against the security of the Republic, then democracy in the United States (US) will not return to its pre-Donald Trump highs of great integrity, admiration and wide global influence.


Moreover, the added reality that many Republicans are championing voter restriction laws nationally and across the many States, underscores the arduous task toward salvaging America's injured democracy, which grossly suffered with the violent and deadly insurrection at the US Capitol, January 6, 2021. 


Furthermore, Republican pushback in the US Senate against an inquiry commission into the events of January 6, 2021, also confirms the extent to which democracy has been damaged and surppressed in America. 


The difficult task of halting the waning of American democracy should include a broadening of voter rights in full rebuke to Republican efforts toward voter suppression. And even more crucial to the salvaging and resurrecting of the integrity of democracy would be the held-accountability of those responsible for the events leading up to, including, and after the deadly violent insurrection at the seat of the US Legislature - the Capitol, January 6, 2021.

A Summit of Two Worlds - Democracy and Diplomacy v. Authoritarianism, by Peter Boyce

Posted on June 17, 2021 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

An apparent inherent weakness of democracy has been its genuine kindness; its gentleness; its strong reliance upon diplomacy as a problem solver; its willingness to compromise and to be empathetic with others, while often offering an olive branch to wolves to join the flock of passive and forgiving sheep. Such was the circumstance of the Summit between United States (US) President Joe Biden and the Russian leader Vladimir Putin, yesterday, at Geneva, Switzerland. A Summit of two worlds - democracy and diplomacy pitted against authoritarianism. 


And as is often the case with the "nice guy" getting the worse of any outcome, it might appear in the short-run that Putin got the best of Biden at the meeting in Switzerland. He got a prime showcase spot on the world stage thanks to the invitation of President Biden. Putin made no concessions or admissions of Russian guilt to any meddlings and agitations or to cyber crimes. He dscribed the meetings as "constructive". 


Amid facts and allegations of Russian meddling in many areas from the US Presidential Elections, to the security of Ukraine, to agitations across Europe and elsewhere along with involvement in assassinations and attempted poisonings at home and on foreign sovereign soils, Putin was still invited by President Biden, who being a seasoned politician, former Vice-President, now President and an avid believer in democracy, hoped diplomacy extended to a bad actor could better global security and cooperation. 


In the long-run, history could show that Biden's overture to Putin did better the general security of humanity. If that is not manifested, and eventually, the US and allies are forced to counter Russian actions, then Biden will have justification for any reactions taken since he first waved an olive branch at Geneva, Switzerland, June 16, 2021.



No Concessions to Russia

Posted on June 15, 2021 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

When United States (US) President Joe Biden meets tomorrow with Vladimir Putin, in Geneva, Switzerland, Biden should make no concessions to the Russian leader.


In lieu of coincessions, President Biden should seek to caution Putin of greater Russian isolation, along with possible broader and more in depth sanctions on top of some already in placed, as punitive acts for Russian meddlings and agitations against international peace and security. 


It is imperative the American leader not overlook clearly established Russian links to assassinations and attempted poisonings on foreign sovereign soils, Russian meddling in Ukraine, agitations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as Russian connections to escalating cyber crimes. 


In recent years, humanity has suffered greatly at the hands of despots and authoritarians. Russia annexed Crimea and supported armed conflict in eastern Ukraine; Bashar al-Assad has prevailed in Syria amid tens of thousands of deaths and explicit evidence of crimes against humanity; Alexander Lukashenko has made a mockery of international law and the rule of law and human rights in Belarus; the Myanmar military has thrown democratic principles to the curb; allegations have sufaced of Russian torture of Africans in Central African Republic (CAR); all these events and others have a common link - Russia.


Therefore, no concessions should be made to Russia in light of established Russian actions. Westerners held illegally should be freed by Moscow. The international community should demand accountability and responsible world citizenship from Russia as the US and allies stand firmly and united against Russian meddlings and agitations.

NATO Summit 2021 - Re-Affirming a Strong Western Alliance, by Peter Boyce

Posted on June 14, 2021 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (1)

The 31st Summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) meeting in Brussels, Belgium, represents the re-affirmation of the unity of the Alliance as evident by President Joe Biden, having succeeded an unassuring Donald Trump, firmly re-committing the United States (US) to transatlantic security and collective defense. 


And the need for Alliance surety was later made known via a communique issued by the 30 NATO allies that acknowledged a "threat" from Russia and "challenges" from China as real threats to the group. As reported by CNN, NATO confirmed: "We face multifaceted threats, systemic competition from assertive and authoritarian powers, as well as growing security challenges to our countries and our citizens from all strategic directions."


The NATO communique added: "Russia's aggressive actions constitute a threat to Euro-Atlantic security..."China's growing influence and international policies can present challenges that we need to address together as an Alliance." NATO concluded: "We will engage China with a view to defending the security interests of the Alliance."


After four-years of insecurity and unsurety within NATO during the one-term presidency of Donald Trump, new US President Joe Biden and the 30 NATO allies have now strongly re-affirmed the unity of the Western Alliance.

Toward Sustaining Newly Recaptured Global Confidence and Security, by Peter Boyce

Posted on June 11, 2021 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Ever since the election of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States (US), American confidence of a better tomorrow has soared. So has global confidence to the real prospect of a returned rational American ally to help yield broad world security.


Moreover, the nationally and internationally accepted level-headedness of the new Joe Biden-Kamala Harris administration in Washington, DC, has made marked early success in setting a global backdrop toward sustaining newly recaptured global confidence and security. This has been accomplished in stark contrast to the tone once set by the one-term Donald Trump, whose foreign policy veered significantly from the historically sound and ally-faithful policies of all other administrations, in Washington, DC. Trump was unpredictable, often appearing irrational as he ranted and feuded with traditional American allies in deference to despots Vladimir Putin of Russia and Kim Jong-un of North Korea.


President Biden's current and his first overseas trip as president affirms actions toward sustaining international confidence and world security. His visit with allies the United Kingdom (UK), NATO and the European Union (EU), underscores decades of American friendship and partnership with trusted and loyal allies. What these friends accomplish and agree to over the next five-days, will go a long way in sustaining a re-claimed world security and confidence.

To Re-Affirm American Commitment to the Alliance and to Caution a Despot - Joe Biden's First Overseas Trip as President, by Peter Boyce

Posted on June 9, 2021 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

United States (US) President Joe Biden will arrive in the United Kingdom (UK) today, June 9, 2021, on the initial-leg of his one-week first overseas trip as President - a visit, which among other elements, will re-affirm America's commitment to its European allies, while cautioning Vladimir Putin about numerous Russian agitations.


President Biden's arrival in Cornwall, England, will add a much needed sigh of relief to allies, who suffered four-years of confusion under former one-term President Donald Trump, who repeatedly quarreled with allies, instigated trade feuds with some of them and even appeared to put the welfare of Russia and Putin ahead of historically loyal and trusted European friends.


Ahead of an in-person G7 Summit on June 11 and 12, Biden will meet with his British counterpart, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on Thursday. The President and First Lady Jill Biden will be received by British Monarch Queen Elizabeth II, on Sunday before he attends the first NATO Summit since 2018, in Brussels, Belgium, next Monday. President Biden will also sit at the first United States - European Union (EU) Summit next Tuesday, the first such event since 2014.

President Biden will meet Putin in Geneva, Switzerland, next Wednesday, when the US leader is expected to caution Putin on Russia's many agitations.


With the trip of President Biden to Europe, four-years of American unsurety in foreign policy toward the continent, is thereby reversed into a sound re-affirmation of US commitment to allies including the UK, NATO and the EU.



On Consideration of Free Speech Balanced on the Security of the Republic, by Peter Boyce

Posted on June 8, 2021 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (1)

Many Americans readily boast of the right to free speech as allotted to citizens under the social contract of the First Admendment to the Constitution of the United States (US).


Ranging from not wearing facial masks in the midst of a deadly pandemic to the spewing of inflammatory words and actions aimed at insurrection, some callous Americans have elected to place their personal fallible political controversy theories ahead of the sound well being and reputable, international and influential sphere of the Republic. 


Spearheaded by a sore-loser and one-term former president, a minority number of Americans continue to raise false damning rumors about the course of the Republic's leadership and government that on their faces, in any other jurisdiction, would amount to high treason at the very least. Yet, this ill-led group continues to function in the US because they believe their right to free speech is non fathomable even if matched against the national security of the Republic. The January 6, 2021 insurrection upon the US Capitol is an example of violent non measurable free speech with no regard whatsoever for national security.


But free speech is not limitless. There are boundaries to free speech and especailly when the security of any nation stands threatened by such speech. Therefore, with the precedent of the event of January 6, 2021, as a deliberate and real attack upon American national security, US intelligence agencies as well as defense and justice departments are directed by law to protect the national security of the American Republic. National security trumps free speech.

Canada's 215-Mass-Graved Indigenous Children, et al, by Peter Boyce

Posted on June 7, 2021 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The gut-wrenching recent discovery in Canada of the remains of 215 Indigenous children in a mass grave, at a site of a former state-ran residential school for the forced assimiliation of First Nation children, is damning proof as to why the spirit of humanity could never find peace while historical wrongs against innocents - both people, and nations, remain non atoned.


I offer it as a speculation that the reason humanity remains troubled even in the face of many beneficial events and deeds, is because of the too many historical wrongs, especially those committed by colonial powers, which have never been atoned. 


With regards to the recent grim discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children found in a mass grave in British Columbia, the event serves as yet another painful reminder of sufferings of Indigenous people at the hands of religion, independent governments and colonial powers. In Canada, from the 1870s to 1997, thousands of First Nations children were forced into residential schools by authorities in a willful plan at the cultural genocide of the Indigenous people. 


Some 6,000 Indigenous children in Canada died in these schools from abuse by priests, nuns and teachers. The recent sad discovery of 215 remains of children raises the likelihood that there may be more dead children than officially tallied. While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government appear genuinely sorry about this horrible aspect of Canada's past, the official Catholic Church, which played a major role in the operation and management of these schools of cultural genocide, is yet to atone for all the wrongs.


Canada is not alone in the historical notoriety of having committed crimes against innocents. Belgium, Australia, the British Empire, France, Denmark, Portugal, Spain, Germany and others are very guilty. And until such a time that most historical wrongs are atoned, humanity will continue to be bothered by a restless spirit - a spirit of all the historical innocent victims of the acts of empire, nation and religion.








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