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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.

North Korea – What Now?

Posted in Iran, North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, UN, United Nations with tags , , , on 06/01/2012 by floroy1942

The ‘Dear Leader’, Kim Jong-il is finally dead and has been replaced by his son, Kim Jong-un the ‘Great Successor’, ‘Supreme Leader’, ‘Great Leader’ or  ‘Supreme Commander’ (take your pick). A mere 28 or 29 years old (no-one seems sure which), Kim Jong-un is an enigmatic figure who came to the world’s attention a relatively short time ago.

He has now taken over a nation with nuclear weapons, severe economic problems, and is crippled by UN sanctions. It is a country that has the most inhumane and barbaric prison system in practically all the world, and the entire population is brainwashed from birth to think of their leader is a ‘god’.

Funeral Procession

NK Radio broadcast that even nature itself was in mourning for the ‘Dear Leader’ as ice cracked loudly on a lake on Mount Paekto and a glow was seen at the top of the mountain which is revered by North Koreans for it is from there that Kim Jong-il’s father led the resistance against the Japanese. A crane (bird) circled a statue of the departed leader in Pyongyang three times before perching in a tree. Just about anything out of the ordinary was branded ‘nature’s’ grief’.

 Funeral by Official Korean News:

http://youtu.be/mFqSMdqiLwM 

Kim Jong-un has gained control of the State, the Party, and the North Korean Army all within two weeks of his father’s death, which is essential if he wishes to maintain control of the country. He is a very young man, educated in Switzerland, and the youngest of Kim Jong-il’s three son’s. He has practically no political or military experience and will without doubt be leaning heavily on his ‘advisors’ within the government and military. However, it would seem he has done sufficient for the moment to ‘stay in charge’.

First Public Show of Emotion

The big question on everybody’s lips is; what will he do with all the power that has been thrust upon him at such an early age? Analysts the world over are waiting to see which way he bounces, and with good reason.

As the supreme leader of a rogue state with nuclear weapons he could be responsible for leading the world into another dark period in it’s history, or on the other hand, he could eventually be the one to free his people from tyranny. He has the choice of being remembered by history as just another despot, or a great champion of freedom.

I guess the choice is not all his for there will be powerful men behind him, plus a very capable army. It is for sure, not all the decisions are made by him, as the ‘power behind the throne’ flexes its muscle to see how much it can get away with. This not so unusual in such situations when a young, untried and inexperienced ‘kid’ takes over the ‘family business’.

Eldest Son - Playboy

His history to date has been a closely guarded secret in Pyongyang but it is known he is Kim Jong-il’s youngest son by his third wife. The first two sons were overlooked to take over the reins because of political scandal resulting from the eldest, Kim Jong-nam, being deported from Japan for trying to enter the country on a false passport, and the middle son Kim Jong-chol not being considered ‘manly’ enough by his father, which in plain language means he’s a faggot!

The 'Homo' One

That left Jong-un as the only contender and it’s fairly clear there will be no attempts by his brothers to usurp him, for the eldest is a playboy and the  youngest much the same, so I should think that as long as the money flows allowing them their outrageous lifestyles, they will stay out of the picture. As for the new leader,  he is almost impossible to read, for he has a poker champions face and I for one have yet to see a photograph of him smiling. Even the eyes give nothing away!

While it will be surprising for a power-grab to come from any other quarter in North Korea, there are those among Jong-un’s inner circle, and certainly among the government and military, who have their own agenda’s which as usual in such situations means increasing ones power or influence.

Considering the complete subjugation of the North Korean people it is hard to imagine that any form of regime change will come from there as in the Middle East. It is not possible for any form of action to start a move towards democracy in North Korea for the simple reason there is probably no-one left alive who remembers what democracy is.

Founder of the Kim Dynasty

Since Kim Il-sung began the family dynasty in 1948, all forms of protest and dissention have been punished by incarceration in the labour camps and the entire population have been ‘re-educated’ to follow the party line. It has got to the stage where many of the simpler folk in the country are convinced their leader actually makes the sun rise and set each day. This of course is encouraged by the media and propaganda of the government.

Many western journalists are calling the outpouring of grief at Kim Jong-il’s funeral one of the biggest theatrical con jobs in history. I must admit the scenes I saw on the TV of men and women shedding buckets of tears for the ‘Dear Leader’ were grossly overdone. I get the impression that most of it was for home consumption, because they must have known it would not be believed in the rest of the world.

 Korea ‘Mourns’: http://youtu.be/gd9YEISLlJk

Will Things Change For Them?

But what of the original question; what now for North Korea? In my view, if changes come we will not see any under this new leader for at least five years. If the young man Kim Jong-un has any intention of improving the living standards of his people he will have to proceed slowly, consolidating his power base and waiting for many of the old die-hard generals to die and perhaps replace them with ‘his own people’.

On the other hand, he may be quite content to ‘ride the wave’ as it were just like his father before him. Live the luxurious life while keeping his people under ‘the yoke’.

The one fly in the ointment is the continued affect the UN sanctions will have, not only on the North Korean economy but on the NK political standing in the world. The country is already to all intents and purposes politically isolated, with the exception of Iran that wants its nuclear secrets and the Chinese who tolerate the NK leaderships antics merely to keep the peace.

Korea's Message To the World

It is within the bounds of possibility that Kim Jung-un, if he is indeed a good poker player, can gain much from trading off the NK’s nuclear weapons for aid  through the UN. He would run into problems with some of his generals who naturally enough see the nuclear weapons as a ‘must have’. If he has sufficient hold on power it may be achievable for eventually a ‘bargaining chip’  loses its power if you hold on to it too long.

Whichever way it goes, I don’t see much change for the ordinary people of North Korea, and certainly not for those incarcerated in the merciless labour camps. Life will continue to be a living hell and the ruling elite will pluck the fruits of their labour as always.

In conclusion, will the ‘Supreme Leader’ be the breath of fresh air his country’s people need – maybe, but to be honest I am very doubtful, at least for the forseeable future.

Roy.

The Children Are Dying

Posted in Atlantic, Britain, Children, England, Environment, Forests, Health, Human Rights, Oceans, Somaila, Spain, UK, UN, United Nations, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , on 26/09/2011 by floroy1942

Children are dying daily, and almost no-one notices. It is a sad fact that very little Press coverage is given to the human suffering in Africa, where hundreds of people are dying of hunger and disease.

It is not unusual for such occurences to be pushed from the front page of the newspapers by the attention-grabbing headlines about Libya, the Palestinian situation, and the economic crisis. These stories attract readers, while the problems in Africa have been going on for decades. The sad truth is, the story is just not newsworthy.

It does not detract however from the huge suffering encountered in so many African nations. While small children, and grown-ups, are dying by the hundreds every day on this strife-torn continent, the rest of the world looks on and says; “Oh Dear! What a shame! What’s happening in Libya?”

A Dying Child

Aid, such as basic foods and medicine, have for decades been pumped into various African States by well-meaning governments and aid organizations, but it doesn’t help very much. It has reached the stage where the populace live from hand-to-mouth, relying totally on the aid groups. With this attitude, there is little justification for the respective governments to take long-term measures to fix the problem once and for all time.

What Happens To Aid In Africa

Part of the problem is without doubt the massive corruption and theft of not only money, but aid goods also.

Given As Aid – But Sidetracked To The Local Market

Many corrupt politicians and officials have made themselves rich by siphoning off money from donations. It is an everyday sight in many North African towns to see sacks of aid grain for sale openly in the markets.

There is not much by way of a ‘self-help’ programme that will get water to the areas of drought and famine. Water is always scarce in Africa, but there must be ways of getting this precious commodity to the parched areas of the country.

European Oil Pipelines

We lay pipelines for thousands of miles to carry oil to those that need it, but to lay the equivalent for water seems quite impossible. Why? We have laid oil pipelines from  Russia to Western Europe with a distance in excess of 2,000kms, and yet Lake Turkana is only 700kms from central Southern Sudan, and Lake Victoria is just over 1,000kms! Surely, it must be possible to have pipelines carrying water from the great African lakes and rivers, or even desalinated water from the sea, to make these barren lands fertile once more. Once the ground is fit for purpose, it is necessary to plants huge areas of trees.

I can hear the question ‘why’ already.

Rain Forests Of The World

Think for a moment where the most rain falls annually on our planet. If you check your maps, you will find it is mostly in heavily forested areas such as the Amazon, African and Far East rain forests, which is why they are called ‘Rain Forests’. Trees have the ability to change weather patterns like nothing else on the planet. A century ago there were many trees in northern Africa, and the climate was more stable than it is now.

Britain has seen dramatic changes in weather patterns in the last fifty years, ever since huge swathes of woodland were removed to make room for crop growing. Even Romania on the other side of Europe suffers in the same way.

The Green Wall – An Environmental Group Plan

It is inescapable that much of the African problem has been caused by the people themselves. Their only source of fuel in these poor areas is wood, and over the last century, trees have slowly disappeared from the landscape, and now there is not a single one left. This is one of the reasons why the Sahara Desert is continually growing in size by an estimated 30 miles per year. It doesn’t sound much until you see how it has grown since the middle of the last century. Trees bind the soil together and prevent erosion, and in the long term, eventually ensure sufficient rainfall.

If the soil can be made fertile enough to support such growth again, turning back the clock and revitalising the near desert areas of Africa will, in many years time, bring back the rain.

I know it sounds simple, and I can hear many people scoffing at the idea from here, but take one example.

Senseless Destruction Of The Amazonian Forest

The Amazon Rain Forest was once the mightiest forest on the planet, until greedy men started chopping it down. Now, huge swathes of this important forest no longer exist, and what do we have? This year the area suffered its first drought! Drought in the Amazon Rain Forest is unheard of!

As a subsequence of this malicious attack, we have now made a major change to the weather patterns in the Atlantic, which in turn have affected the weather in the Caribbean, the USA and even Europe.

I Would Never Be A Sailor! An Atlantic Storm

It is impossible to say that the destruction of the rain forests is the only reason for these weather phenomenon, for the warming of the oceans has also played a part, but I think this is more the reason for the increase in hurricane and typhoon activity.

Rain Forest Cleared For A Palm Plantation

This whole scenario has been duplicated to a similar degree in Africa and the Far East. In places like Indonesia and Borneo, whole tracts of rain forest are being destroyed to make way for palm trees. So why you might ask, do they want to plant so many palm trees? Palm oil is used for the production of biofuels that are supposed to help save the planet! Now there’s an irony!

So now you may understand my drawing the conclusion that forests have a significant effect on the weather!

Of course, part of the problem is cost. The countries that need it are not in a position to finance such a venture, but then why should the rich nations of our planet, or the IMF, not foot the bill? Of course it will be expensive, and require huge investment by the rich nations, but is this not preferable to the African Continent continually draining money from the world economy for the next thousand years? For there is little doubt, the problem is only going to get worse!

Money Wasted On Aid?

I would hate to estimate how much money has been donated by individuals, charities and governments over the last forty years or so to help the poor of Africa, but you can imagine it must run into trillions of dollars. Would that money not have been better spent on a long-term solution, or are these same people willing to spend another trillion dollars in the future?

While poor, the people of Africa could sustain themselves if their land was fertile enough to produce the food they need. It is in this area that aid would be most useful.

Unless we can motivate the African people, and countries can come together to make their lands fertile again, they will never be able to get out of the abyss they currently find themselves trapped in.

Roy.

Lebenon Terrorists Above The Law

Posted in Ahmadinajad, Arab, Christianity, Insurgents, Iran, Islamic Revolution, Israel, Muslim, Palestine, Religion, Sharia Law, Terrorism, Terrorists, UN, United Nations with tags , , , , , , , , on 03/07/2011 by floroy1942

It has taken six years, but finally arrest warrants have been issued for four people suspected of the murder of Rafiq Harriri, ex-prime minister of Lebanon. Not surprisingly the four are all members of Hezbollah, the Lebanese terror group that has for years been a tool of Iran. Sadly though it seems they will never be brought to trial.

Head of Terror Group Hezbollah

This was made clear by the Hezbollah leader in a speech last week.  It is no surprise that the killers of Harriri will be shielded by their master Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, for he will not want Hezbollah secrets divulged in a court of law.

Civil War-Masked Gunmen Killing Civilians-Their Crime? Probably Being Christian.

Lebanon is a country divided between Christians (40%) and Muslims (60%) but the two sides lived in relative peace with one another after achieving independence from Vichy France in 1943. Lebanon was briefly involved in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, but thereafter became a tourist hotspot until the bloody civil war, which started in 1975 and lasted 15 years.

Also during this period The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), backed by Hezbollah, used southern Lebanon as a base to attack Israel which resulted in two invasions by Israel in 1978 and 1982.

Harriri Assassination Bomb Crater

After the civil war, Lebanon entered another period of prosperity and stability in which the huge amount of destruction caused during the fighting was repaired. Once again Muslims and Christians lived side by side in relative peace, until 14 February 2005 that is, when a massive bomb went off beside the vehicle carrying popular Christian Prime Minister Rafiq Harriri.

Rafiq Harriri-Lebanese Christian Prime Minister

The government leader and 22 innocent civilians were killed by the bomb.

 

Detlev Mehnis

Following Harriri’s death Kofi Annan, then Secretary General of the United Nations, appointed Detlev Mehnis, a German prosecutor, to head the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) that conducted an inquiry into the assassination.

Ghandy al-Sahmarani-Leader of Jund al-Sham-Found Dead in 2010

He concluded that both the Lebanese and Syrian Intelligence Services were implicated in the plot and was threatened with death by Jund al-Sham, a fringe terrorist group, because they accused him of working for the CIA and Israel.

Although Syria exerted a significant influence in the country through its backing of Hezbollah and had military bases in Lebanon, it was eventually forced to withdraw from the country in what became known as the ‘Cedar Revolution’.

Lebanese Christians At Easter

Year after year since then, Hezbollah has increased its influence in the country with the clear aim of domination over the minority Christian community by systematic assassination attempts against many prominent political figures. Christian of course! 

In January of this year the government collapsed when all ten opposition members and a presidential appointee resigned. This act was in protest against the results of an inquiry that was ready to confirm Hezbollah as being behind the assassination of Harriri. Since then the terrorist group has attained its goal of domination over the Lebanese government and its people by gaining a majority in the parliament and having one of their own elected as prime minister.

Grand Mufti Sheik Mohammad Rashid Qabbani

Grand Mufti (Islamic Scolar) Sheik Mohammad Rashid Qabbani, has today announced that the work of the STL should be kept out of Lebanese politics saying it had been established to achieve justice for  “Hariri and martyrs of the nation, for revealing the killers and prosecuting them and putting an end to crimes going unpunished”. He said that using the STL as a political weapon would “harm the memory of Hariri and all the martyrs who offered their blood to build a sovereign, free and independent nation that can be secure and stable for all the Lebanese.”

I have little doubt that this will fall on deaf ears with Hezbollah for once they have consolidated their power base, we can expect moves to be made against Christians in an effort to drive them from the country, until eventually, Lebanon becomes a fully fledged Muslim state with Sharia Law and all the rest of the trappings.

Hezbollah And Iran Are Big Buddies

I have always been convinced that this has been the aim of Hezbollah from the time of their beginnings, backed by Iran of course. Iran would love to have a satellite  country right on the border with Israel.

Recent events in other parts of the world have shown that Muslims are not prepared to share power with anyone, least of all with Christians. It is after all  a founding principal of the Qu’ran. We can be sure Lebanon’s troubles are far from over, and as for Israel, we shall have to wait and see for she is a sleeping giant.

Roy.

World-Wide Electricity Crisis

Posted in Britain, England, Environment, Europe, Germany, Nuclear, Security Council, UN, United Nations, USA with tags , , , , on 26/04/2011 by floroy1942

At 01.00hrs this morning the switches were thrown to shut off the electricity generators prior to taking the nuclear reactor offline at Gundesheim power plant in Eastern Germany. Gundesheim was the last operational nuclear power plant in the world.

Nuclear Electricity Generation By Country – 2008

As a result of the Fukushima nuclear emergency following the earthquake and tsunami, public opinion and daily demonstrations across the globe finally forced nations to come together at the UN. This resulted in Resolution 1992 which demanded all nuclear power plants across the world be shut down within six months. The first country to complete the shutdown was France, followed by India, Pakistan, Brazil the United Kingdom and Spain.

The net result has been a massive 25% drop in power generation across the world. Consequently, cities have been forced to reduce underground rail and tram systems that rely on electricity by 40%, and electric powered train services across the world have been cut by 57%.

Abandoned Subway System:

All electronic or electric advertising signs have been switched off, and a limit of 10Kwh per household per month imposed which necessitated the removal of household appliances such as coffee makers, mixers, high wattage vacuüm cleaners and the like. Gone also is sphere lighting in our homes for we are allowed only one low energy lamp per room.

Production Ceases!

Many of the goods that people have come to rely on like cars, computers and other electronic gadgets are no longer being made because of the drain on power reserves during their manufacture.

In cities across the planet with well known features like Times Square in New York, Tokio centre in Japan and Piccadilly Circus in London have become dark and sombre places after all the electronic hoardings and advertisements were switched off and replaced by the occasional dim street lighting.

Los Angeles in California has become a virtual ghost town after all the lights went out and the casino’s were forced to close their doors in order to conserve energy. The world economy has been turned into chaos, and millions world-wide have lost their jobs due to factory closures caused by the number of ‘non-essential’ goods which may no longer be produced to prevent a final meltdown of the power generating system.

All this has been necessary to ensure sufficient power for essential services, but power cuts are still a daily occurrence in most of the developed world as we are starved of energy.

Anti-Nuclear Protesters

When instigating the plan, the United Nations Leader, Ban Ki-Moon, stated the will of the people could no longer be ignored. After the nuclear incidents at Three-Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima, the people of the world became so incensed against the use of nuclear power and its dangers that the question could no longer be ignored.

Anti-Nuclear Demonstrations:

Nuclear Electricity Production – 2008

This is of course fiction, but gives a snapshot of life across the world should we give in to the demands of demonstrators currently voicing their grievances. Rallies in Germany and France last week have shown that many people want to see all nuclear electricity generating plants shut down, sooner rather than later! But those who make such demands do not think past their own ideology and imagine what life without nuclear energy would be like. They are lacking the essential foresight to imagine how we would satisfy our ever-increasing demands for power without it. To quote an old saying: ‘They can’t see the woods for the trees’!

There are currently more than 440 nuclear plants across the world providing in excess of 20% of our energy requirements. It does not seem much when you look at the figures for other sources like coal, but to close down all nuclear plants would be catastrophic for the world economy, business and the people. Some countries are already suffering power shortages as our appetite for energy expands. More and more gadgets in the home, increasing transport requirements and even the introduction of electric cars all take their toll on our energy supplies. We are at the moment locked into a vicious spiral that must burst apart at some time in the future.

The Nuclear Rector – How It Works:

In my opinion, we cannot do without nuclear power, and until some scientific breakthrough is made with something like cold fusion, we are stuck with it. Our efforts would be more usefully channeled into making it safer.

Fukushima – Lessons Learned?

The idea of building a six-reactor plant on the coast in a known earthquake and tsunami area to me was a big mistake, which has been born out by recent events.

Fukshima Accident Explained:

It would have been obvious to me that such things as reactor cooling systems, in their entirety, should have been better protected against the sea. It does not help to protect the reactor core, if the power generators for the cooling pumps are vulnerable. OK! This is all with hindsight, but these are the type of lessons that need to be learned, and measures taken to see it can never happen again. I am sure there are many other safety measures that can be taken to protect a reactor from ‘going critical’ even in an earthquake zone such as Japan.

Typical Nuclear Plant

Perhaps the United Nations should consider gathering the world’s foremost experts in this field and have them inspect every nuclear facility on the planet with a view to increasing safety.

Nuclear power is not a demon, it is a tool in the hands of man that can be controlled and used safely, providing all the necessary safety measures are in place and adhered to. It is only when mistakes are made that things can go wrong, and yes, ‘to err is human’, but with our increasing computer abilities it should not be too difficult to have electronic fool-proof safety measures backing up the operators. We already have plenty I know, but I am sure they could be improved.

2008 Energy Production

There is of course another alternative to placate the demonstrators, and that is a return to coal-fired power stations. But considering we turned to nuclear energy as a relatively clean method of generating power, this seems a retrograde step, and lets not forget the effect it has on our planets atmosphere.

Greenpeace Action Against Coal-Fired Plants:

Nuclear power generation has proven its value when it comes to our atmosphere. It has been calculated that the nuclear energy programme world-wide has prevented 38 billion tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, as opposed to continuing with coal-fired power plants which would have added four times as much. It is also just one-twelfth of the total amount pumped into the air during 160 years of electricity generation using coal, gas and oil.

These people seem to be of the opinion that all our power requirements can be met using wind, solar panels and hydro energy, but the reality is, its impossible!

We Need To Keep The Electrons Flowing

Hydro-energy for example provides us with less than 18% of our needs, while wind energy only contributes approximately 3%. Not all countries have rivers, and how do you provide wind energy across Africa? Are we to cover every free acre of ground on the planet with wind farms? There is little doubt in my mind that we will have to make the best of nuclear power until a scientific breakthrough is made with some other form of energy production.

The Future Of Nuclear Power:

Complaining about it, and demonstrating against it will not solve our energy needs, we just need to use our brains and make it safer for all concerned.

Roy.

Rebellion – The Spring Of Discontent

Posted in Arab, Christianity, Demonstration, Elections, Muslim, President, Religion, Summit, UN, United Nations with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 23/04/2011 by floroy1942

Ever since the world ushered in 2011, with the hopes of a fruitful year and a return to economic stability, it seems the pendulum has swung the other way. The prospect of global economic recovery seems as far away as ever, and the news has been dominated by country after country being racked by protests and regime changes, albeit mostly in the arab world.

A New Year With Renewed Hope

As we all know by now, Tunisia was the spark that ignited the trail of discontent across North Africa and on into the Middle East. Protesters in both Tunisia and Egypt have successfully rid themselves of an oppresive regime and may be turning to democracy, but we shall have to wait and see.

Further afield we have seen Libya, Syria, Yemen and The United Arab Emirates among others all suffering civilian unrest. In the case of Libya, outright war between the populace and the government is on-going with Syria heading in the same directiuon. The protesters all demand the same thing, release from an oppressive regime that has held power too long.

Libya: http://youtu.be/nqJgBhDkekc

It has always been the nature of dictators not to relinquish power once they have achieved it, a fact that still holds true today. Many who have, or perhaps will be toppled in the near future, have all held power for many decades and it often occurs that time makes such people lose contact with those they rule.

Libyan Protest

History teaches us that people will accept such a situation with passive acceptance – initially, but over time, especially if their living standards deteriorate, the discontent grows until it suddenly bursts forth in uncontrollable rage. Poor living standards are a great driver to action for those living in oppressed countries.

Desperate measures are taken by some rulers like Gaddafi of Libya and Assad of Syria, who attempt to quell the unrest by force of arms, but as we have seen in both these countries, it only makes the protesters more determined. Libya is now racked by civil war, and even with the help of a UN resolution and the actions of NATO, we are approaching a stalemate.

There are indications the war in Libya will take on a new twist that may well cause headaches at NATO Headquarters. The latest news quotes government sources as saying the eviction of the rebels from Misrata will be left to local tribes who have suffered loss of trade with the city since the uprising began. The army is said to be retreating from Misrata and negotiations will take place between tribal leaders and the rebels. If the tribes do in fact attack the rebel positions in the city it will be civilians against civilians, so where will that leave the coalition forces and the UN Mandate?

Syria Defiance

Meanwhile, Syria is seeing daily deaths among the protesters at the hands of the security forces. International involvement has only taken place in Libya, and it seems unlikely at this time that such action will be repeated in other countries.

Syria: http://youtu.be/qb7Irlq60Ew

Ivory Coast and Nigeria have also been trouble spots for the last few weeks but the reasons there are different.

The Ivorian Protagonists

In Ivory Coast the dispute arose from the failure of its President, Lauren Gbagbo to accept defeat when he lost the election. Fighting has been going on there for some time as forces loyal to Gbagbo sought to prevent the elected President Ouattara from taking office. Eventually Gbagbo was defeated, but now Ouattara is finding it hard to reign in his troops and stop fighting between Gbagbo supporters and his own. Once again, the UN has made pleas for calm which have fallen on deaf ears.

Ivory Coast: http://youtu.be/Y0Lpmdzt6mk

A similar situation is developing in Nigeria where the defeated presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhuri, refuses to accept his defeat against Goodluck Johnson in an election that was cleared by international observers as being fair. Should the violence continue, there is a chance the Muslim north of the country will be at war with the Christian south.

Sectarian Violence in Nigeria

The difference between this altercation and others seems to be religion, for like Muslims everywhere, they wish to dominate, and the north will not be satisfied until it rules the whole of the country purely for the purposes of turning it into a Muslim state. A story we have all heard before.

The UN is still confining itself to useless pleas for calm and a cessation of violence in the various nations currently in the news. This is standard practice for the international body that rarely sees fit to actually take action to prevent bloodshed and war.

Nigeria: http://youtu.be/QzFQ3zrW7QA

The United Nations was formed as a body with the ideal of ending war and insurrection in any country but has over the years been found wanting. The various nations have almost always found it impossible to come to a decision to end violence, for each country must first look to its own interests before embarking on any agreement to intervene in trouble spots around the world.

The Libyan conflict serves as a prime example, for many countries could not bring themselves to endorse Resolution 1973 until it was too late to be of any strategic use, perhaps because they did not wish to offend the Middle East nations for fear of jeopardising their oil imports. Now with Syria and Yemen they again cannot agree for the same reason, and content themselves with platitudes and pleas for a cessation of the violence, all of which go unheard.

A Sign Of UN Impotence At Ending Wars?

It is obvious these nations will not take any notice, for it has become a power struggle with the elite not wishing to relinquish their grip, and the protesters refusing to accept anything less.

Countries like Russia and China who hold veto powers, refuse to allow any UN action to stop the bloodshed for reasons of their own, which is most likely an attempt to gain influence in the area.

There is little doubt the UN, founded with such lofty ideals, is failing in its mandate in a disastrous fashion, for it was intended to end wars and provide a platform for the settlement of international disputes. Something it has never managed to do, and in my opinion, never will. Meanwhile, ordinary people die needlessly!

Roy.

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