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What To Do In This World

Posted in America, Britain, Canada, England, European Union, Human Rights, News, People's Rights, Political Correctness, UN with tags , , , , on 30/09/2018 by floroy1942

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The whole world is going crazy and it is the people that are to blame. When  will we become sane in this world and look after each other. There are millions of people who are starving to death and the countries do nothing about it. In Africa there are thousands of people who are dying of hunger.

We should be doing something to help these people, but apart from Aid Organisations there is little help. The Aid Organisations have little money and they can only help the few. Governments should be in the forefront of those helping to save the starving children and their parents. But we ignore them and do nothing.

The whole world needs to help these starving children and parents before they die in misery. Most countries have enough wealth to stop this, and they should do something about it. Give money to Aid Agencies to stop the starving children and parents.

There are battles across the world we have to stop this. We have the United Nations who will go in and put an end to tragedy in many countries, but the U.N. will never go into countries and stop the war.

Its about time the U.N. put an end to fighting around the world. This what is what the U.N. about, stopping fighting in various countries, but they do nothing except ‘chat chat chat’. In Syria, and many other countries there is still fighting going on and the U.N. does nothing about it.

In the Far East there are battles raging, and the government does nothing about it. What is it that the governments ignore these terrorists who are trying to take over the country. If they do they will be as hard as nails and take down the government, and then we will see the people fleeing to other countries. This whole world is a mess and we cannot do anything about it without the cooperation of governments and U.N.

Roy

Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands – The Dispute

Posted in America, Demonstration, Environment, Insanity, Oceans, UN, United Nations, USA with tags , , , on 18/08/2012 by floroy1942

Part of the Chain of Islands

It seems incredible that two of the world’s most powerful economies can get into a major political spat over a small group of uninhabited islands, that with the exception of one or two are not much bigger than a postage stamp, and most appear to be nothing more than large rocks sticking up out of the sea.

The Bonito Factory

The world has had to listen to claim and counter-claim over the disputed islands for the last few months, and there seems to be no end to it. History tells us that the Chinese first recorded the existence of this pimple in the sea as early as the 15th century but did nothing further about them. On 14 January 1895 the Japanese government claimed the islands as part of Japan and built a bonito (a species of predatory fish) processing plant on the islands, and at the time the Chinese made no objections. The business failed in 1940 and the islands have remained deserted ever since.

In 1945 the islands came under American control until 1971 when they were handed back to the Japanese under the Okinawa Reversion Treaty. While under US control, in 1969 a UN Economic Commission  (ECAFE) identified possible oil and gas reserves under the seabed surrounding the islands, and suddenly China started to take notice. Oops! Now money enters the equation! In fact its the Falklands scenario all over again.

Senkaku Islands Location

We have recently entered the period of diplomatic warnings and landings by the Chinese on the islands to claim sovereignty, but how this dispute will end is anyone’s guess. However,  with oil and gas in the mix you can bet there will be a long hard struggle between China and Japan for final control of these otherwise useless rocks.

Roy.

Latest update 19 August: Now many Chinese people are demonstrating in the streets about something they never even knew existed at this time last year. Talk about a crazy world!

How Long Must The Syrian People Endure Assad?

Posted in Al Quada, America, Arab, Human Rights, Insurgents, Security Council, Terrorism, UN, United Nations with tags , , , on 14/07/2012 by floroy1942

For more than sixteen months the people have been dying on the streets of Syrian towns at the hands of a dictator who does not wish to relinquish power while the world stands by spectating. The crisis is no nearer ending than it was in the beginning, despite the useless but well-meaning intervention of Kofi Annan and his ‘Peace Plan’.

Russian Built Attack Helicopters

The plan, such as it was, never even got off the ground despite Annan’s assurances, for people are still dying daily in mortar, artillery and helicopter attacks such as we have recently seen in Tremseh in which an estimated 200 people died in a single strike. Pretty soon Assad will have no people left over which to govern, but still the world stands idly by because two countries, namely Russia and China, are more intent on protecting their interests in the country.

Apart from losing multi-billion dollar trade agreements with the Assad regime, Russia also stands to lose Tartus, its only Mediterranean port for its naval fleet. China on the other hand also stands to lose multi-billion dollar trade agreements with Syria if Assad should fall. These are reasons enough for them to stonewall any UN action to end the fighting with their veto powers at the UN.

The current veto powers of the UN top five countries (USA, Great Britain, Russia, France and China) goes back to the end of WW2, when the conquering nations agreed at the Dumbarton Oaks (August–October 1944) and Yalta (February 1945) conferences that such a move was necessary in the interests of unanimity and to protect their own interests after the bruising battles of the war.

Russian Warship

Since that time it has been used on various occasions by the five powers, normally to protect their own interests as is currently the case in Syria with Russia and China. So long as these two powers refuse to sanction moves against Assad, the world is unable to intervene with a UN military force to stop the killing.

Assad continues to blame terrorists for the troubles, and to be fair, there may be a grain of truth in that for it is certain there are elements of al Quada fighting within the country against the regime, because they probably see an opportunity to gain a foothold there from which to continue their nefarious campaign of terrorism.

Doctor Tries To Save An Injured Girl

It is however clear that Assad will not give up his power struggle unless he either wins, or the world powers step in to remove him. So the onus is back on Russia and China to get off the fence and vote for UN action against this man and his government before thousands more die.

In the past few months China has exercised its veto and otherwise remained fairly quiet, while Russia has made overtures to Assad to end the violence but the one quality missing was conviction.

There can be little doubt that something concrete must be done to stop this useless slaughter, and as I see it, the only way is to rid the United Nations of the stigma of the veto which has so often prevented proper action. Once no country has the right to prevent any UN action approved by the majority can the UN take its rightful place in the world as a leader and peacemeaker.

Roy.

What’s The Point Of The Rio+20 Environment Conference?

Posted in America, Britain, Environment, Forests, Oceans, Pacific, Plastic Rubbish, UN, United Nations with tags , , , , on 22/06/2012 by floroy1942

Why are so many world leaders gathering in Rio de Janeiro if they knew beforehand that it will accomplish nothing? The run-up to the conference has been splashed across the news for the past week, and any fool who imagined something useful would come out of it will be disappointed. I, like most other people, thought it a waste of time and that nothing would be achieved. We are not wrong!

Jaw Flapping and Empty Promises

When leaders get together in this fashion to discuss something as important as the future of mankind on this planet of ours, all we get is jaw flapping and empty promises.  The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNep) has a team of very gifted scientists who warned prior to the conference that humanity may be heading for a ‘tipping point’ which will become ‘irreversible’. That is to say, we are currently doing so much damage to our environment and the planet’s biodiversity, that we will soon reach a point where the damage cannot be undone.

Despite all the empty promises made by governments during the last twenty years of the conference, improvements have been made on only four issues like green house gases and the ozone layer, while the rest, which include the phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies, preservation measures for the world’s oceans and seas, safeguarding the world-wide fresh water supplies and over-population are still awaiting any concrete proposals after twenty years.

Brazilian President

It is without doubt ironic that this years conference is being held in Rio, situated in a country that is doing more than any other to contribute to the devastating storms, floods and drought being experienced in the western hemisphere by decimating the Brazilian rain forest.  

The Amazon, the largest rain forest on the planet, is steadily being burnt and hacked away, and at the current rate will be a shadow of its former self in just a decade or two. The world’s oceans are rapidly becoming a cesspool of discarded plastic and rubbish, and the fish stocks are being decimated without being given time to recover. Fairly soon water shortages in many countries will become so acute, as to cause mass migration to areas more capable of sustaining human life. This in itself will cause major upheaval across the world.

Another problem such conferences fail to discuss is the steadily climbing over-population in the world. China is the only country that has imposed limits on how many children a married couple may have in order to stem the booming population growth, and that was enacted in 1978.

Population Growth

India is another nation with an unsustainable population growth, but is doing nothing to address the problem. Within a couple of decades we will surely see many other countries enforcing a similar rule to that of China, for population growth is expanding like a runaway train, and pretty soon the Earth will simply not be able to sustain that level of life.

Biodiversity is also being hit hard, and soon we will begin to see the effects of our carelessness as more and more species of plants, insects and animals disappear for ever. 

But can we expect governments to address these problems comprehensively, not on your life! As an example let me use the oil producing countries and the oil industry. They refuse to even hear about removing the subsidies on fossil fuels – why? Because the former will sell less oil and the latter will make less profit!

The World’s Plastic Islands

Knowing full well about the country-sized gyres that have become floating islands of discarded plastic in all our oceans, does any government look to ban a simple thing like the plastic bag – No? Why? – Because it is being blocked by the plastic industry.

The Brazilian government has the power to stop illegal loggers and farmers devastating the forest with their activities, but do they do it – no! Why? – Because there’s money in it.

Biodiversity Loss

Why don’t the fishing nations crack down on illegal fishing and declare far more areas of our oceans protected in order to allow the fish stocks to recover? Why are the Japanese still allowed to ignore the ban on hunting whales with the laughable excuse that ‘its for research’?

We all need to put some serious thought into these problems and force governments to take positive action to save the planet, for if the scientists are correct, we have a very small window of opportunity to act before its too late.

Roy. 

The Syria Farce and the UN

Posted in Demonstration, Human Rights, Muslim, Security Council, UN, United Nations, World War 2 with tags , , , on 09/04/2012 by floroy1942

Honestly, did anyone really expect UN peace envoy Koffi Anan’s peace plan to work in Syria? Personally I didn’t believe it for a minute. It was an elaborate flop before it even got off the drawing board. Throughout all the world’s troubles in the last fifty years where the UN has been involved, very little has been achieved by this talk shop. The Syrian crisis of the past year is a prime example.

Assad in Obstinate Mood

Both Russia and China voted against measures of censure being taken against the Assad regime even though it was requested by the Arab League, and why, because Russia views Syria as an important strategic ally that buys billions of dollars worth of arms from them, and also provides a Mediterranean port for the Russian fleet. China also does does not want to damage its important trade ties with the Assad regime. So there  you have it, greed and self-interest! Of all the many times when the UN has been called upon to act against rogue states, civil wars and outright aggression, it has failed dismally on all but a few occasions.

Winston Churchill - Statesman Extraordinaire

Few people will know this, but the concept of the United Nations was the brainchild of Winston Churchill during the early years of World War 2. At his instigation it began life as the Inter-Allied Declaration of June 12 1941 between Churchill and President Roosevelt of the United States, declaring that both Britain and America would work together to destroy Nazi Germany. On August 12 1941 the Atlantic Charter was proclaimed by the two statesmen to give the world a set of conditions for the management of the post-war world once Germany had been defeated. It stated that all national boundaries would be respected and all Allied nations would work together to ensure world peace. It was later re-released with the inclusion of Japan after the Pearl Harbour attack as the Declaration of the United Nations  (Allies) after being co-signed by all 26 powers on the Allied side on January 1st 1942.

At meetings in Moscow on October 30 1943 the governments of the United Kingdom, the USA, Russia and China called for formation of an international organization to maintain peace and security throughout the entire world. This was reaffirmed at the Tehran Conference on December 1 1943.

Yalta Conference - October 1945

At joint conferences between 21 September and 7 October 1944 the final draft was thrashed out in Washington. Following the Yalta Conference on the 11th February 1945, Winston Churchill, President Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin declared their resolve to establish  “a general international organization to maintain peace and security” and on April 25 1945 the leaders of fifty nations stepped forward to sign the United Nations Charter which came into force on the 25th October 1945. The first meeting of all signatories took place on the 10th of January 1946 in Westminster Hall London.

Korean War 1950-1953

Since that time the UN has had to take action on several occasions. The first great test of the Council was the Korean War of 1950-1953 in which it made the decision to send an international force to stem the Communist North Korean invasion of South Korea. Since its creation, the United Nations has been directly involved in about thirty incidents or wars world-wide but sad to say, has failed in more than half to put an end to the trouble.

First UN Meeting - London 1946

This is in direct contradiction to the original aspirations for this body by Winston Churchill. He envisaged an international ‘powerhouse for peace’ with the express purpose of enforcing peace upon all nations. His idea was that any country bent on aggression would be completely shut off from the world, including its neighbours who would close all borders. By isolating the trouble-spot in this fashion he was of the opinion that wars between nations could be consigned to history. It did however assume that all nations would immediately agree to such a move. Unfortunately he did not take into account the modern attitude of greed and self-interest among the world’s nations – like Russia and China for example who, among others, have used their veto power to block legislation and action.

Another Ruthless Dictator

This of course brings us back to the current crisis in Syria. In the last year thousands have died, and there is no end in sight to the suffering inflicted on the Syrian people by its own government. It is a scenario often seen in the world today where a dictator will do whatever it takes to hang on to power. These individuals will stop at nothing, and do not care if their people are dying by the thousand from military action or from hunger and disease in places like Zimbabwe.

Blah Blah Blah!

As always, the United Nations becomes little more than a talking shop, where endless discussions are held and countless votes are cast, all in the name of humanity. I am not saying the UN does not do some good, for to say that would be to ignore many of the charitable campaigns it is involved in, such as feeding the starving. It has over the years however fallen far short of the lofty ideals of its creator Winston Churchill. 

What Really Goes On Behind The Smoke Screen?

In the meantime, Assad has agreed to countless proposals to stop the slaughter, but much like Iran and its nuclear programme, these are nothing more than a smoke screen and it is clear he will not stop until all protestors are either dead or in prison.

Casualty At Turkish Refugee Camp

Today reports are coming in that Syrian troops are firing at refugees across the borders in Turkey and Lebanon, and Human Rights Watch reports that one hundred civilians and protesters were summarily executed by Assad’s forces sometime in March

So you don’t have to wonder what Assad’s ‘master’ plan is for this crisis, he wants to win at any cost. Until an end comes to the violence by whatever means, the people of Syria continue to suffer and bleed with no end in sight. A sad indictment not only the toothless UN, but of our world today.

Roy. 

Is the Arab League Impotent?

Posted in Arab, Muslim, Security Council, UK, UN, USA with tags , , , , , , on 22/01/2012 by floroy1942

Much has been written about Syria and the Arab League handling of the on-going crisis, but to this bystander it comes as no surprise that they seem powerless to stop the killing of innocent civilians by government forces. There can be little doubt that President Assad is tremendously unpopular in Syria and the people hoped for a new beginning much as happened in Tunisia and Egypt. It has become clear that Assad is made of sterner stuff than Ben Ali or Mubarak, for it is obvious he will not give up his hold on power without a fight.

A Young Girl Casualty

When the first rumblings occurred some ten months ago, Assad sent his bully-boys out on to the streets to quell the unrest but since then things have escalated out of all proportion as the opposition refused to give up. To date it is estimated that more than five thousand people have been killed in Syria by government forces and the number continues to rise despite the best efforts of the international community to stop it.

They Who Have Eyes And Yet Cannot See

After months of wrangling, the League decided to send in observers, but as we now know, their presence was completely ignored and the killing continued. Despite all the assurances given by Assad to the League, and all the promises to end the violence, it goes on day after day. Now the League is sending the monitors back for a further month, although Saudi Arabia and Qatar, who are regional rivals to Syria have said they would like to see Arab peacekeeping troops in Syria. Many seem content for the observer mission to continue and some want UN intervention, but as usual, politics gets in the way.

Army Fired on Demonstrators in Front of the Monitors

I, like most people, want the killing to stop and a just settlement to be reached, but I don’t think the UN is the answer, except as a last resort. It is after all an Arab problem and they should solve it themselves. If the UN steps in, it will be countries like the USA, Britain, Germany, France, Canada etc. that will have to shoulder most of the load in any UN action as usual. This fact alone will be sufficient to raise the hackles of the majority of Muslims as they see this as another ‘Infidel’ interference in Arab affairs. In short, this will go some way to enhancing the terrorist cause in some people’s eyes.

Protest Banner Plea to the UN

So now we must wait and see if the monitors can stop the violence on their second try, though I don’t think we will see much change. Having the observers in the country will be nothing more than a ‘face-saving’ gesture by the League and will certainly give Assad more time to remove his opponents. Those fighting in the streets of Syrian towns and cities must surely be ready to give up on international intervention to stop the killing, for it is certain the Arab League observers have not been able to. It is the people who have made desperate appeals to the League for the UN to intervene, which of course has fallen on deaf ears. It is certain that without the approval of the Arab League the UN can do nothing.

Hmm! What Can I Promise the League Next to Keep Them Off My Back?

Many Western nations have shown their disapproval of Assad’s actions by placing sanctions on Syria but these alone will have little effect on the crisis. It is for sure they will not be able to take any positive action without UN and Arab League approval, and must stand on the sidelines awaiting developments. In my view, the best option all round is for the Saudi/Qatar solution to be implemented as soon as possible, for it is an Arab problem which should be solved by Arab countries. It is a tricky situation with little or no hope of an answer until the League decides on what to do further.  

Roy.

Is Time Running Out For the USA and Israel?

Posted in Iran, Islamic Revolution, Israel, Nuclear Weapons, Security Council, UN, United Nations, USA with tags , , , on 08/01/2012 by floroy1942

Ouch! The latest news from Iran is going to cause consternation in both Washington and Tel Aviv because the Iranians have just announced their underground nuclear facility at Fordow is beginning production of enriched uranium! This will considerably narrow the window for offensive operations by both parties if they wish to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons programme.

Fordow Enrichment Facility

Although the Iranian government strongly denies their nuclear programme is for weapons, all the evidence enforces the contrary and to put it bluntly, no-one believes them! Iran has already admitted enriching uranium to 20% which is far beyond the 3.5% required for a nuclear reactor to generate power. Their excuse is this highly enriched material is necessary for ‘medical purposes’ like X-Ray machines. Yea Right!!!!

While western scientists agree that uranium requires enrichment to 90% for a nuclear device, the fact that Iran has already reached 20% means they are on the fast track to full enrichment.

Next With a Nuclear Weapon On It?

Just about any intelligent person will realise the danger to world peace of a radical Islamic nation with nuclear weapons, and that is reason enough for all nations to step in and say no. Unfortunately the only ones likely to do this are the USA and Israel, both of whom could expect to be the target of a nuclear Iran.

So long as all the facilities remain above ground these two countries can put an end to Iran’s nuclear ambitions whenever they wish with Tomahawk missiles, but once the production of fissionable material goes deep underground it makes it that much harder to destroy.

Skilful Delaying Tactics At The UN

International negotiations have gone on now for several years in an effort to stop Iran’s nuclear programme, but all that has come out of Iran is vague promises and prevarication that even an idiot could see was nothing more than an effort to gain time. Now we are rapidly approaching the crunch!

Any overt action against Iran, be it from the USA or Israel, will be classified as an act of aggression on the international stage and as an act of war by Iran. No matter how much the other nations breathe a sigh of relief at such an event, they will be forced to back Iran on the world stage at the UN.

Israeli Missile Test

There is little doubt that military action will be necessary to force the Islamic country to back down from its nuclear ambitions, which are to be a key player internationally, and the dominant power in the Middle East. Iran has made it very clear that nothing will dissuade  them. The country is already under severe UN sanctions and more are piling up by the week, but still they refuse to back down.

Considering that much of the world’s oil comes from the Middle East this can be seen as a major threat, although it must be said that western nations do not rely on this source as much as Asia.

Straits of Hormuz Oil Traffic

Recently, during military exercises in the Gulf obviously meant to impress everyone, the Iranian government threatened to close the Straits of Hormuz through which most of the world’s oil is transported. It didn’t come to that, and such an act would have been very short lived for it is something they could not hope to sustain for more than a day.

So now the eyes of the world will be focussed on Israel and the United States to see what these two powerful nations will do to counteract the threat of Iran’s nuclear programme going underground. If they do in fact plan any military intervention it will be necessary to act before the full move from the current site, the easily targeted Natanz, takes place.

Watch this space!!!!!!

Roy.

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