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Perpetual Struggles of Humankind, by Peter Boyce

Posted on April 1, 2021 at 10:15 AM

The month of April, 2021, has dawned upon humankind carrying the said load of struggles for humanity that were evidential last month and across many of the prior months -  ultimately, underscoring that the affairs of the human species are inherently laced with perpetual struggles. 

The COVID-19 pandemic, despite the introduction of new cutting-edge high technology driven vaccines, remains a clear and present danger to global communities as international health services race to innoculate millions of people in order to out pace new and more contagious variants of the deadly, persistent and still spreading Novel Coronavirus disease. Worldwide infections of COVID-19 have supassed 129 million people according to data by Johns Hopkins University with deaths sadly numbering over 2.8 million. In the United States (US), where the disease was allowed to run virtually unchecked under the defeated Donald Trump administration, infections have climbed above 30.4 million with a stark 552,140 American deaths. In Brazil, infections have gone above 12.7 million with over 320,000 deaths. In India infections are counted as 12.2 million with 163,000 deaths. In Mexico, COVID-19 infections stand at 2,238,887 cases, but with a rising 203,210 deaths. In Russis, infections have been given as 4,503,291 people and deaths at 97,594. In the United Kingdom (UK) infections are 4,359,985 with 126,955 deaths. In France, which recently announced a new round of lockdowns because of rising cases of the disease, infections are at 4.7 million with 95,802 deaths. In Italy infections stand at 3.6 million with over 109,000 deaths. And elsewhere, in other jurisdictions from Papau New Guinea, across Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia, COVID-19 still dominates the daily narratives of societal lives.

With a new President Joe Biden, and a new administration fully installed at the helm in the US, hope remains high to reining in COVID-19 and putting America back on track as the global leader following a democratic crisis instigated by Donald Trump after his flawed four-year-term in the White House. On the other hand, since February, the world community has witnessed a democratic process stolen from the people of Myanmar by its military, which daily sheds the blood of innocent Burmese people and establishing another struggle for humanity.

Thousands of unaccompanied migrant children at the US-Mexico border have forced attention onto the new Biden-Harris administration to live up to America's implied pledge to be a beacon of opportunity and solace to the world's trodden and oppressed peoples. 

Disastrous impacts of Climate Change and natural disasters remain real. War, conflict, death and suffering continue to plague the people of Syria, Yemen, Palestine, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, as well as regions of South Sudan, Ethiopia, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria and Niger. A changed political landscape in Hong Kong has left thousands of democratic activists exposed to prison sentences as some nations raise greater concerns over human rights issues in far western China. In Europe, questions abound as to the practices of the governments of Hungary and Poland in keeping up with the ideals of the European Union (EU). And in the US, concerns are renewed over the deliberate actions by Republicans to restrict voting.

Amid all these events, the economic variable and necessity of trade, especially between the world's two largest economies, continues to demand talks, though at times with some heated language exchanged by the US and China, in efforts to reaching agreements toward the vital and unblocked continuity of global trade. 

While some or all of the afore mentioned events could be satisfied this April, the coming month of May, as well as the approaching other months, all hold varying difficulties for humankind, thus affirming that struggles are perpetual to the experience of human beings.

Categories: The World, In America