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A Bitter Lament for Humanity, by Peter Boyce

Posted on May 23, 2022 at 10:55 AM Comments 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?


 

Russia Invades Ukraine, by Peter Boyce

Posted on February 24, 2022 at 8:45 AM Comments 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 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.

Barbados Becomes a Republic, by Peter Boyce

Posted on November 30, 2021 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (21)

History shall now record that on this 30th Day of November, 2021, the people of Barbados - my birthland, on the said day of the 55th anniversary of  independence of the island, stood before the entire World, including the British monarchy, and duly and peacefully declared a new Republic, thus ending 396-years of British doiminance over the 166-square-miles island in the Caribbean.


Barbados first came under the spell of the British Empire in 1625 which settled the island in February 1627. Slavery became systematic at the height of the sugar revolution in the 1640s; emancipation finally came in 1834; and independence on November 30, 1966. Barbadians did not attain full sovereignty via independence as the British monarch remained as head of state of the island, ruling through a Governor General and within a constitutional monarchy system with a Prime Minister as head of government of a bi-carmel parliamentary democracy.


At midnight on November 30, 2021, Dame Sandra Mason was installed as the first President of the world's newsest Republic - Barbados, in a ceremony full of pomp in the capital city, Bridgetown, and attended by the Prince of Wales, Prime Minister Mia Mottley, superstar Rihanna and other dignitaries. So the British monarchy is no longer head of Barbados, a Barbadian is, yet good 'blood' remains between Barbados and the United Kingdom and Barbados will remain in the Commonwealth.


The transition to a Republic was championed by Prime Minister Mia Mottley, the island's first female head of government, who appears to be evolving as a Barbadian, Caribbean and international politician intent on leaving a remarkable mark on humanity.

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

Posted on August 31, 2021 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (14)

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.

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 (10)

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.