Community Affairs Consultants
|Posted on May 23, 2022 at 10:55 AM||comments (0)|
I tender a deep feeling of sorrow to all humanity for the continuing struggles and tribulations that appear unending despite the full qualifications of humankind to bring into being a gentler and kinder world of peace, equality and security for all people.
My utter sorrow over the current state of affairs of humanity has contributed to me not posting any Blogs for a considerable amount of time. Since starting this Blog back in 2013, my intentions have always been to promote democracy, the rule of law, equality, hope, opportunity and happiness for all people. I must admit that my hardest years of trying to assure a world audience that hope and security were readily available, were from January 2017 to January of 2020.
Under the Donald Trump presidency; democracy, the rule of law, hope and opportunity for all appeared as mere things written in fairy tale themes. However, with the election of Joe Biden as President of the United States (US), hope for all good aspirations seemed renewed. Yet, persistent influence by Trump, white supremists, economic hiccups, the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and continuing social and political events, I'm forced to sing a bitter lamentation for humanity, especially against the possibility that Republicans, still under Trump's control, could win the US House of Representatives and Senate in the Fall of 2022, thus paving a damning path back to the White House in 2024. Racially motivated crimes and other counter-productive events remain too prevalent in America.
Across the globe, including in many developing countries, economic pressures brought to wrought by the still persisting COVID-19 pandemic and compounded by leaps in inflation rates amid the woeful effects of disasters exacerbated by Climate Change, people and progress remain deeply threatened with hundreds of thousands of people facing immediate food and shelter security.
Humanity can do better, humanity deserves better. But to accomplish better feats, enough of the good people must take a stand for progress, opportunity, democracy, the rule of law and equality. The good people should do whatever is necessary to demand a gentler, kinder, more hopefull, peaceful and secure world. I have taken my stand! When will you take yours?
|Posted on March 14, 2022 at 8:55 AM||comments (0)|
The apparent held impression by Vladimir Putin that the former Soviet Union was somehow wronged by the rest of the world when it met its demise, December 26, 1991, could be construed as a contributing factor to Putin's fallible invasion of sovereign Ukraine. Russia's deadly and destructive continuing invasion of Ukraine has placed the Federation on a path to international isolation and to self-ruin as Putin's Russia realizes significant collapse of influences once held.
The international community has stood before the United Nations (UN) and has condemned Russian actions in Ukraine. Some 141 nations voted before the General Assembly (GA), on March 2 to condemn Russia; voting in support of Russia were Russia, Belarus, Syria, North Korea and Eritrea. Of the 35-nations abstaining from voting to condem Russia, notables included, China, India and Cuba.
The international community has stood in unity in explicit condemnation of Russia's violence exacted upon the Ukrainian people and country. International sanctions are beginning to bite the Russian people with the wealth and property of oligarchs seized as long lines begin to form within Russia for basic banking and other services. Yet, Russian forces continue to bombard Ukraine, closing in on the capital, Kyiv.
Reports surfaced earlier this morning suggesting that Russia, beginning to reel from the effects of Western sanctions imposed for invading Ukraine, has reached out to China for military and economic assistance. Whether or not China capitulates is squarely left to the Communist Party of China (CPC) and its leadership. If China, based upon recent pacts it has signed with Russia, comes to Russia's assistance, then Beijing clearly risks a reversal of economic wealth realized in the past two decades because Western nations would be left with no choice, but to penalize China as a co-conspirator in the crimes against humanity being committed in Ukraine. Again, any decision to help Russia rests solely with China.
Russia's path to ruin has been paved by Putin's assault upon Ukraine acting upon his delusion that some external entity was solely to blame for the demise of the Soviet Union and not the historical processes of political, economic and ethnic disfunctions within the Soviet Union. Putin's delusion to rebuild an empire against all the norms of international law in a non-empire era, will bring stark dire realities to the Russian people. Collapsing Russian influence affirms the dread conditions Russia will face with or without the fall of Kyiv.
|Posted on March 8, 2022 at 11:35 AM||comments (0)|
The utter failure of Vladimir Putin and his Russia to live up to their required responsibilities toward Global security and to the protection of humanity has created an opportunity for Iran to rise from isolation, to endorse the normalities of modern society, to reject terrorism, to embrace the right of all people to a homeland and to generate much needed revenue.
Russia's deadly invasion of sovereign Ukraine was made possible by Putin's confidence that the World could not function without his Russian "gas station". New imposed sanctions on Russia for the action against Ukraine have apparently not deterred Russian forces from prepetrating widespread death and destruction deeper into Ukraine.
Therefore, as more nations ponder addition sanctions on Russia, including restrictions on Russian energy imports, in order to deter further Russian violence upon humanity, Iran, as a major energy producer, could benefit from the severance of Global dependability on Russian energy. [ The United States (US) earlier today announced a ban on Russian energy imports.]
However, Iran should take the necessary steps to demonstrate that it is willing to fully rejoin the international community and to affirm that it would not seek to export religious extremism across Iranian borders. This is an opportunity for Iran that might not surface again for a considerable time.
|Posted on March 7, 2022 at 11:00 AM||comments (0)|
Western leaders, especially United States (US) President Joe Biden, have repeatedly cited non interest in a direct scrimmage with Russia as a paramount reason for not sending troops to help defend Ukraine from Russia's deadly invasion. The said reason has similarly been named for not enforcing a "no-fly" zone over Ukraine.
Also, some defense and political analysts have suggested that Western troops on the ground or in the air of Ukraine, could trigger world war three. In brief, a fear of a direct confrontation with nuclear-heavy Russia has resulted in Western abstinence from sending forces to stop a humanitarian tragedy still unfolding in Ukraine. Thus, Ukrainians will continue to die at the hands of Vladimir Putin's Russian forces with no end in sight to the carnage upon humanity.
I submit that the Western Alliance - the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), faces an inevitable confrontation with Russia. When? That's the only question left to be determined. Russian actions under Putin have created much global insecurity and tensions over two decades. The critical reality of Putin's actions are that they have gotten more blatant, irresponsible, irrational and clearly more violent.
Therefore, whether or not today, tomorrow, in six-months, or in six-years time, logically, Putin's mode of global havoc will continue to be more violent, thus unwaveringly demanding of direct NATO action. In sum, why wait for that which is inevitable when more lives could be saved today from the death-dealing attacks by Vladimir Putin's forces.
|Posted on March 3, 2022 at 11:00 AM||comments (1)|
Among other conclusions, Russia's military invasion of a sovereign democracy, is clearly indicative that democracy - that democracy of liberty, opportunity and rule of law, is severely wounded.
I further submit that based upon the failure of other democracies to send military personnel to assist Ukraine against the violent assault by Russia, no new states will be added to the 'list of democracies' at any time soon nor in the foreseeable future. The reveal of Ukraine is certainly not encouraging to any new democracy seekers. On the other hand, some nations today, deemed democracies, could very likely make transitions to authoritarian states in the near future.
The continuing carnage being dealt to the people on Ukraine and brought to wrought by authoritarian Vladimir Putin and his version of Russia, attests to the impotence or blatant refusal of the so-called stalwarts of democracy to physically protect and to prop up besieged developing democracies that are not already members of the 'club' - the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Other European states and specific Asian nations and territories should take special note of the events in Ukraine.
Clearly, the tragic proceedings still unfolding in Ukraine reveal that democracy is severely wounded and that gone are the days when large and capable democratic powers would easily come to the assistance of almost any land in order to avert humanitarian tragedies and violent attacks upon states of their advocated and preferred form of government - democracy.
Democracy has changed. The concept of the moral and the ideological necessity and obligation to protect any and all democratic states from violent invasion appears to have faded away. Wounded democracy that has also infested large powers, seems doomed to an indefinite convalescence. Best of luck to freedom seekers and fighters everywhere.
|Posted on March 2, 2022 at 11:35 AM||comments (4)|
Intelligence and media reports confirming a 40-mile-long column of Russian military forces moving toward the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, represents a great threat for widespread death and destruction to Ukraine.
Therefore, it now becomes imperative for Western nations to provide whatever assets are needed to Ukraine in order to deter a greater humanitarian tragedy of innocent people. The continuing Russian violation of Ukraine sovereignty should not be allowed to fester any deeper.
Bluntly, the long mass of Russian arms and soldiers invading Ukraine adds up to the unfolding of a preventable humanitarian tragedy. Recorded deaths and destruction leveled by Russia against Ukraine have already created a humanitarian crisis as some 800,000 Ukrainians have sought refuge in Poland, Romania and Hungary.
Words to the effect of standing in solidarity with Ukraine are not sufficient to avert a pending humanitarian disaster brought about by Russia's invasion of a sovereign state.
Now is the hour to conduct at least one pre-emptive mission upon Russian forces in order to prevent unwarranted and unnecessary losses of human lives.
So, if the stalwarts of democracy sincerely care and wish to deter the continuing unprovoked slaughter of the people of a sovereign democracy, then along with imposed sanctions, they should disrupt Vladimir Putin's convoy of death from reaching any farther into Ukraine.
|Posted on March 1, 2022 at 11:40 AM||comments (0)|
Starkly before the eyes of all the world, a human tragey is ongoing and still unfolding in Ukraine because of Russia's violent invasion into the sovereign nation.
There have been many civilian and military casualties already across Ukraine and with a reported 40-mile Russian military armed force closing in on Kyiv, it seems imminent that greater carnage faces the Ukrainian people, especially in the absence of direct western military personnel to help preserve Ukrainian democracy.
Yet, the rest of humanity - the stalwarts of democracy, the Uniteds States (US), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the European Union (EU), the United Nations (UN) and many others, though donating arms assets, continue to sit as observers to the unfolding human tragedy without any offers of manpower to help defend Ukraine, not even offers of a voluntary military force pulled from among the many nations.
That the fear of a direct confrontation with nuclear-Russia has acted as a deterrent to western troops standing with Ukraine, is preposterous. Such counter to reasoning excuses to confront a deadly inevitable were once used prior to another human tragedy - World War II.
Russia's Vladimir Putin has attacked sovereignty, humanity, democracy and the existing world order via his invasion into Ukraine. Therefore, lessons from history should encourage the powers that be to take a firm stand now rather than later.
|Posted on February 28, 2022 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
The meek - out numbered and out armed, but persisting in battling the blundering mighty, clearly sums up Ukraine's resistance to Russia's violent invasion of its homeland.
Media reports have confirmed that the very large and supposedly well-equipped Russian invasion force, has been met in Ukraine by fierece resistance from the local army and people utilizing everything from western-donated sophisticated weapons as well as crude molotov cocktails. Ukrainians have downed Russian planes and helicopters and they have also destroyed Russian tanks, armored personnel carriers, fuel tankers, artillery pieces, cars and missile systems. Thus far, Ukrainians have been able to ward off occupation of their capital, Kyiv and other cities.
Vladimir Putin's order to Russian troops to invade independent Ukraine last week, was suppose to be an easy and quick overrun of the much weaker Ukraine. So Putin thought. Yet, without any North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) personnel to stand with them in defense of their territory, a 'fight-to-the-death' patriotism, a longing to retain sovereignty and a sound opposition to Russian dominance, have stoked Ukrainians to continue to resist the mighty Russia.
Ukrainian resistance is frustrating Putin. Twice last week he alluded to his nuclear arsenal and he has since placed his nuclear force on alert, a plausible indication the Russian leader's rational thought is fading faster than his violent incursion into Ukraine.
Most of the international community, with notable exceptions China, North Korea and Putin's co-hort Belarus, have moved to sanction and to isolate Putin's Russia. Even Switzerland, which historically has been neutral, but sensing the gravity of Putin's unprovoked attack upon humanity via the invasion of Ukraine, has now also moved to freeze all its held Russian assets.
Peace talks set between Ukraine and Russia come as some 500,000 Ukrainians are forced to become refugees and as scores continue to die beacuse of Russia's war on the sovereign nation of Ukraine. Could a ceasefire be accomplished? Would Putin recall his troops? Will there be a wider war in Europe? Only Vladimir Putin appears to hold those answers. The world should stand with Ukraine.
|Posted on February 24, 2022 at 8:45 AM||comments (3)|
Russian forces under the direction of President Vladimir Putin have invaded neighbor Ukraine, an event the United States (US) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), have warned about for a number of weeks as an imminent event.
Under sanctions and threats of greater sanctions for the sovereign assault of Ukraine, Putin has blatantly rebuked the communlative power of the Western alliance and has persisted with his flagrant sovereign violation upon independent Ukraine. CNN and the BBC-News are reporting that Russian tanks, planes, missiles and soldiers have crossed the borders of Russian and Belarus into Ukraine. Deaths and explosions have been reported deep inside Ukraine and close to its capital, Kyiv.
Ukraine, defending alone, stands unmatched to the power of Putin and his formidable military forces. And while the US and NATO continue to speak of sanctions to punish Putin and Russia for the assault upon Ukraine, Ukrainians will die and perhaps lose their sovereignty in the absence of military help from neighbors, friends, NATO and the international community.
That the international community has thus far failed to put together, at least, a voluntary military personnel force to counter Putin's aggression on a sovereign nation, clearly speaks of the weakness, the exposure and the vulnerability of non-NATO members to aggression from any foe.
Eight-years-ago on this Blog, I wrote in support of the Ukrainian youth, who stood at the Maidan and expressed a very strong willingness to be closer to the West, yet, today, they stand alone again amid a heavy assault from Russia as western powers speak of idle sanctions to combat Putin's crimes against humanity. Ukraine needs military defense against the dictator Putin and any failure to deliver assistance to the people of Ukraine amounts to a travesty of humanity.
A Landslide Victory of Confidence Reaffirms Mia Mottley as Prime Minister of Barbados, by Peter Boyce
|Posted on January 21, 2022 at 10:00 AM||comments (17)|
Disclaimer: [I was born in Barbados and worked there as a journalist until my immigration to the Unisted States (US), Christmas Day, 1984. On the island, I was a staunch supporter of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP).]
Barbadians went to the polls on January 19, two-days-ago in a snap election and they resoundingly reaffirmed great support for the island's first female Prime Minister Mia Mottley as they voted all 30-seats in the Barbados Parliament to Mottley and her Barbados Labour Party (BLP).
It was the second landslide victory for the 56-year-old Mottley and her party. They previously accomplished a similar feat back in the General Election of 2018, however one-member of the BLP crossed the Parliament aisle and became the lone parliamentary Opposition.
Wednesday's vote was called some 18-months earlier than the constitutional deadline and it came upon the November 30, 2021 declaration of Republic by the island-nation, which ended more than 400-years of British sovereign leadership despite the country's Independence on November 30, 1966. Queen Elizabeth II has been replaced by a Barbadian head of State, Sandra Mason, who previously had been the Queen's appointed Governor General on the island.
That Mottley and her BLP were that overwhelmly victorius over the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and other smaller political parties, greatly speaks of the confidence Barbadians have placed in their first female prime minister, the nations's eighth leader since 1966. Prime Minister Mottley has achieved international acclaimed ever since her frank ramarks last year at COP26, Glasglow, Scotland, where she deemed any inaction and delay on Climate Change as a death sentence for small island nations. Her stark remarks resulted in much respect from world leaders, including a hand-in-hand walk with United States President Joe Biden.
Mottley in 2018 inherited an almost bankrupt treasury from the former DLP government, which had led from 2008. Negotiations and confidence from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has now netted Barbados much needed fiscal relief. Yet, fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has severely blighted the nation's 'bread-and-butter' tourism industry. Some international investments have rolled in to assist on infrastructural projects and Mottley has promised to build 10 000 affordable homes for Bajans.
The Prime Minister and her new Cabinet will face the reality of meeting IMF obligations via a six percent growth on GDP. And with a resounding mandate of confidence from the people, Mottley must now deliver on relief from a still pestering COVID-19 pandemic as well as increase investments in order to employ and to house thousands of Barbadians. The tenacity of Mia Mottle could certainly deliver the goods and services needed to sustain Barbados. May God Bless Barbados and all its people.