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What Will Trump’s Legacy Be?

Posted in America, Britain, European Union, Human Rights, Immigrants, Islamic State, News, People's Rights, President, Russia with tags , , , , on 31/01/2017 by floroy1942

President Trump has upset a lot of countries in his first two weeks in office, and we have yet to see how many more are in line. Judging by the number and size of demonstrations against him it seems he is currently the most hated president of all time in the States.

It’s true that he has made some unpopular decisions, like the Muslim immigrant ban and his determination to build a wall between Mexico and the United States and make Mexico pay for it. The burning question is, what else does he have up his sleeve. He is without doubt the most radical president the U.S. has ever had.

I would not be surprised if he ends up being assassinated if he continues on his current path, for there has never been such an unpopular president in all of America’s history. Despite all the millions of people around the world who are demonstrating against his decisions, he still holds fast on the presidential orders he has made.

What does this say for the future of the United States and his legacy? Well, if he carries on with these unpopular decisions he may not last four years and could end up being impeached by Congress.

In contrast, the American people are demonstrating in their millions against the decisions he has made, especially his immigration ban which has affected all Muslims living, or wanting to settle in the United States. Currently there are about 3.3 million Muslims living in the USA and many who wish to move there. Trump’s plan has stopped this and the numbers of those refused entry are growing day by day.

With the number of militants increasing daily, and the rising number of attacks in European countries, it would seem like a plausible idea to stop them entering, but they are a tiny fraction of those who wish to enter. The trouble is, how do you distinguish these radicals from innocent people.

Currently, all Muslims from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen are banned from entering the USA, which is due to the number of radicals that are fighting in these countries. But Trump’s new law goes further than this by banning all Muslims from entering the USA. There can be little doubt that this law cannot be sustained, for many are returning from abroad and live in America with families waiting for their return. How this turmoil will end is anyone’s guess, but for now it is making Trump the most hated leader in the world.

With the tensions between China and the U.S. over the South China Sea, and with the Russians, it is clear we are living in dangerous times, with the threat of nuclear war increasing as is evidenced by the world coming half a minute closer to annihilation according to the scientists. It would seem that once again the world is entering a period of major instability and someone like Trump is not helping to ease the tension.

I sincerely hope that this time of turmoil will pass and he calms down. He needs to improve international relations with the rest of the world and make efforts to ensure the people can live in hope once again. He needs to repair relations with foreign countries he has upset and move forward to making the world a place of peace once more. Given time, he may turn out to be a good president for the USA if he curbs his radical decisions. We have no choice but to wait and see how things turn out.

Roy.

Time To Let Japan Off The Hook

Posted in America, Britain, Europe, Germany, Modern World, News, Politics, Relationships, Spain, World War 2 with tags , , , , on 15/08/2015 by floroy1942
Emperor Pays Homage To The War Dead

Emperor Pays Homage To The War Dead

At every annual Remembrance Day in Japan we hear the same criticism of the country about the actions of Japan during W.W. II and I for one am getting a little tired of it. The war ended 70 years ago and still people criticise the Japanese people for their part in it. It is time this stopped and we all moved on.

Nazi Atrocities

Nazi Atrocities

We do not hear the same about Germany and its Nazi era, for it has moved on and become as respected as all the other nations in the world despite the concentration camps and mass killing of civilians. So why must Japan continue to suffer? I do not wish to minimise what this country did during the Second World War, but surely enough is enough.

We have heard over the years various apologies from previous Prime Ministers and the Emperor, but for this country it does not seem to be enough. Why?

Prisoners of War In A Japanese Camp

Prisoners of War In A Japanese Camp

It would seem that most of the reasons lie in the political sphere with countries like China, and to a certain extent South Korea. Japan, as a powerful ally of the USA in the Far East is considered an enemy by Beijing. The Chinese Communist Party thus has an interest in Japan looking like an aggressive nation run by war criminal-lovers, which of course is not true because Japan has remained a self-protectionist state since the war ended. China also gains by fostering anti-Japanese fervour in South Korea as a way of under-mining the relationship of the USA in South Korea.

Self Explanetory

Self Explanatory

Additionally, the political climate in South Korea makes it difficult for Japan to look sincere in its remorse. Many South Korean officials and politicians want stronger ties with Japan. But for historical reasons, being labelled pro-Japanese is the ‘kiss of death’ in Korean politics. To me it just does not make sense, for the war ended seventy years ago and while the world has forgiven Germany, we still keep demanding apologies from Japan. Enough people! Let the war fade into history just like all the others.

Britain In India

Britain In India

Otherwise, the Americans must keep on apologising for destroying the native Indian culture, Britain must apologise for what it did in India, Africa and many other parts of the world. The Spanish and Portuguese must apologise for what they did in South America, and so it goes on and on, never-ending. Hell’s bells, if we went back far enough we could have Norway apologising for the Vikings who killed hundreds of Saxons.

At some time or other, history must be declared history so let us remember with honour the dead of the Second World War, but stop nit-picking at Japan for its part in it. To continue in this vein helps no-one. What is good for Germany is good for Japan.

Roy.

It’s Time For The Slaughter To Stop!

Posted in America, Britain, Environment, Europe, Modern World, News, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 17/01/2014 by floroy1942

The ElephantThe past forty years have seen the increasing decimation of many major animal species on the planet, mainly in Africa and India. For years poachers have killed elephants, rhinoceros, lions and tigers for profit, until we have reached the stage where many are seriously endangered. At current estimates many of these proud animals will be extinct and only a memory within ten years, for the ruthless killing escalates every year.

Among the most published species, the elephant and the rhinoceros are most in danger with tigers coming in as a close second. Why are these animals hunted?

Removing The Tusks With An Axe

The main trade in ivory is to countries like China where the horns of elephants are made into jewelry, utensils, trinkets and religious figurines. Ivory sells at $1,000 a pound.

The Tortured Animal Is Often Still Alive After The Horns Are Removed

Rhino horn is used in the making of medicines in China and Vietnam where misguided people believe it will cure impotence, cancer, fever, and even a hangover. This is preposterous, for their is no medical evidence to suggest that any of this is true. Year on year the demand for this ‘medicine’ is rising.  Rhino horn sells for $30,000 per pound and is much more valuable than gold. According to government sources 1,004 animals were killed for their horn, a 50% increase over the last year alone.

Its A Wonder There Any Tigers Left In India

Tigers are hunted not only for their skins, but also their bones and internal organs which are believed by some to have medicinal properties. None of which is true. Even zebra’s are endangered because some people like to have a zebra skin rug on the floor of their home.

Lions Hunt Where They Can

The story is a little different for the African lion. Their normal hunting grounds have been lost to the invasion of man, and now, due to the loss of their natural food sources they are forced to prey on cattle, and are therefore being killed by farmers who wish to protect them.

Gorilla Pet

Poachers have even begun stealing the babies of gorilla’s to sell on the black market. An infant gorilla will fetch up to $40,000. I have to ask, what sort of sick individual thinks owning a pet gorilla is ‘cool’. The taking of the young gorilla’s can have no other end but the extinction of the whole species.

Proud Owners Of Dead Zebra Skins?

The numbers are shocking when you consider that the black rhino population of Africa has dropped by 97.6% since 1960. Of the once great herds of Grevy’s Zebra that roamed the plains of Africa, now only 2,000 remain. In the mountainous regions of Africa there exist only 900 gorilla’s, and in seven African countries the lion is extinct. On top of all this, it is estimated that at current rates, the elephant and rhino will be no more than a memory in Africa within ten years.

For Use Against Elephants And Rhino’s?

Apart from the opportunist, most illegal killing is carried out by organised crime syndicates that are very well organised, and make full use of the latest technology. Every weapon, from an AK47 to grenade launchers is used to kill the animals, inflicting terrible pain and suffering. There is no such thing as a quick or merciful killing in this business. The syndicates use helicopters and even night vision goggles to track down the animals they slaughter. The people who do the actual hunting and killing receive maybe a few dollars for each animal, and the bulk of the money goes to those at the top. They have no conscience and think only of getting rich.

There are many other species on the planet in severe danger of extinction and this does not bode well for the future. The shameful greed of man is slowly killing this precious Earth on which we live. All in the name of greed.

Roy.

Should The USA/UK Interfere In Syria?

Posted in Al Quada, America, Arab, Britain, Iran, Obama, Politics, UK, United Nations, USA with tags , , , , on 25/08/2013 by floroy1942

Many of the current headlines indicate that both the American President and our Prime Minister are building up to military intervention in Syria in an attempt to stop the use of chemical weapons. An extremely laudable idea, but is it wise? The Syrian crisis has caused the death of thousands of Syrian people since it began, and there have been suspicions that chemical weapons have been used on several occasions and each side is blaming the other. It is without doubt a serious situation and the end of the conflict is nowhere in sight.

Syria Gas Attacks

Syria Gas Attacks

It is perhaps time that an outside force moved in to stop the violence, but the USA and the UK again? I am sure that would not go down well with other Arab countries especially after the intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan. These two invasions caused much hatred of the USA and the UK in the Arab world, which resulted in bomb attacks in New York, London and Madrid. Admittedly the intervention in Afghanistan was UN sponsored, but still caused resentment from the people because the bulk of the forces were either American or British.

It Is The Rebels Who Are Using Chemical Weapons.

It Is The Rebels Who Are Using Chemical Weapons.

Syria is most assuredly a difficult problem, for American and British intervention would be significant in stopping the needless bloodshed of the Syrian people and save thousands of lives, but must be weighed against the resentment created from other nations.  Iran in particular has warned against such action by saying publicly that ‘the US should not to cross the “red line” on Syria’, adding that such an action, ‘would have “severe consequences”, What those consequences are is anyone’s guess, for unless it resorts to terrorist practices it cannot really strike at the USA.

The Silent Arab Union States

The Silent Arab Union States

What I do find rather mystifying is the silence of the Arab Union states on the question of Syria. Occasionally one or other politician comes out with a half-hearted request for Assad to stop fighting and negotiate a peace deal, but other than that they have remained relatively silent. I would have expected more concrete action from this Arab version of the UN, like embargo’s and real pressure on both sides in Syria to stop fighting, and more importantly, killing innocent civilians. Sadly, they seem a pale reminder of the real UN which has become nothing more than a talking shop these days.

It remains to be seen if the UN will finally take positive action to stop the slaughter in Syria, but after two years, I for one am not hopeful. In political language, the strongest condemnation of the Assad regime has come from President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron this last week, who were quoted as saying, “they were “gravely concerned” about the situation. This is two steps up from ‘concerned’, which is followed by ‘seriously concerned’ in political speak and which indicates they are very unhappy.

 Ayman al-Zawahri - Current al Quada Leader

Ayman al-Zawahri – Current al Quada Leader

We can be fairly certain that if an American/British force take any part in the Syria conflict it will not go down well with the terrorist groups who are looking for any excuse to have another go at us. The al Quada leaders, and every radical Muslim cleric will use it as an excuse to whip up more hatred of the West, and is sure to encourage more young Muslims to enlist as suicide bombers or become fighters. We could see a new wave of bombing attacks, much like London, Madrid and Boston on the cards, and for what, perhaps solving a problem that should be sorted out by the other Arab nations.

Syrian Rebels

Syrian Rebels

Apart from the occasional mild verbal exchange, countries like Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain etc. have done nothing, even though this conflict is happening on their doorstep so to speak, and is a fellow Arab country. They have all steadfastly distance themselves from the entire scenario. Other Arab countries like Iraq and Egypt are not in a position to give an opinion on the Syria conflict for they have internal problems of their own, and interesting to note that other Arab countries are staying out of those problems too. Its like they don’t want to take any responsibility for actions taken to stop these conflicts, but are happy to sit on the side-lines and let the West handle them, and I might add, get all the criticism.

Chemical Gas Attack Victims

Chemical Gas Attack Victims

The only Arab country to so far voice any strong opinions is Iran. This should come as no surprise to anyone for they will use any excuse to have a go at the West, especially America. Another factor is that they are most certainly supplying arms to Syria so do not want to ‘upset the apple cart’ and hit their profits. Another advantage for them is that it is successfully diverting world attention away from their own nuclear ambitions. Notice that there has been practically no mention of Iran’s nuclear ambitions in the world press for months now as everyone concentrates on getting the most they can out of the Syria story!

The UN - All Teeth But No Bite!

The UN – All Teeth But No Bite!

It would seem to me that the only way the world can put a stop to this situation is for the Untied Nations to start acting in the way first intended by its founder, Winston Churchill. At least half the world’s nations should contribute to a UN Force that will go in and separate the two sides and negotiate a peace deal. It should not be left up to America and Britain to supply the greatest bulk of the forces as happened in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nations should be strongly represented by at least a thousand men and associated equipment, although smaller countries would provide something proportionate to their size and available military forces. There are at least 189 independent countries in the world (estimates vary) which means, discounting the very small ones, something in the region of perhaps 150,000 man UN Force could be assembled, which would be more than enough to control Syria. It is quite possible that even the threat of such a move would be sufficient to stop the fighting. Strong UN intervention would not only stop the civil war, but also, if it is proven that Assad actually used chemical weapons then he and his generals could be brought before a UN court to face justice. Naturally, if it was in fact the rebels then they would face justice.

The Russian Fleet Harbour In Syria

The Russian Fleet Harbour In Syria

Naturally, none of this will ever happen for several reasons. Instead of being a force for peace and justice in the world as was originally envisaged, The UN has become nothing more than a toothless tiger, a talking shop where politicians the world over can debate for endless hours without taking any decisions, and do not need to take action on anything. Another reason is the veto exercised by both Russia and China to protect their own investments and trade with the Assad regime. Russia fears it will lose not only billions of dollars worth of trade and arms sales to Syria, but also its only naval base outside the Black Sea. China on the other hand also has a multi-billion trade deal with the Assad regime.

Ethiopian Soldiers Fighting In Korea

Ethiopian Soldiers Fighting In Korea

I can already hear the comments of some bright person who will say that to assemble an international force on the scale laid out above will be nigh on impossible because of the logistics involved. So are we saying that our grandfathers were more capable than we are today, given what they had to work with at the time? The same thing happened with the Korean War in which 22 nations took part, even tiny Luxemburg. That was the only time when the UN acted as it is supposed to do and it stopped the whole of the Korean peninsular becoming like the North is today. Given our much increased logistic capabilities today why can we not make it happen? There are sufficient assembly areas in neighbouring countries like Jordan and Turkey and a two pronged attack is a good way to go if the two sides do not lay down their arms. The forces stay until peace has been established and an interim government is installed, and then leave.

It sounds simple and I know it is not, but this is the only way for the UN to resolve disputes when war breaks out and ensure that the nations on Earth can live in peace with each other.

There can be little doubt that if America and Britain, even with the help of the French, were to ‘invade’ Syria the repercussions could be significant, and drive yet another wedge between the Muslims and Western countries.

Roy.

News Flash:-

Its amazing how just a few short hours can change things. Since I posted this article the US and Britain, along with France have stated that they are planning military action against the Assad regime within the next two weeks according to The Independent. The action will most likely be restricted to missile strikes from the US Carrier Force stationed in the Eastern Mediterranean on strategic government targets in Syria.

William Hague - Britain's Foreign Minister

William Hague – Britain’s Foreign Minister

The British Foreign Minister, William Hague, has said, “We cannot in the 21st century allow the idea that chemical weapons can be used with impunity and there are no consequences,” Another  Downing Street source said: “We intend to show that an attack of this nature will not pass without a serious response.”

American Carrier Fleet

American Carrier Fleet

At this time it is anticipated that all strikes will be with missiles and no ground troops or aircraft will be employed. Although the action will come from the American Naval Fleet, both Britain and France stand together with America politically in this action. Should the strike actually take place, we can all expect a reaction from Iran which can range from threats to subversive action, and there is a likely possibility of terrorist reprisal.

This step has been taken because of the four day delay by Syrian government forces in allowing the UN Inspection Team on the ground to visit and assess the area of the latest outrage. The three leaders are convinced this delay was to allow Assad forces time to remove incriminating evidence.

Roy.

AAAARGH! Its the Apocalypse!

Posted in America, Britain, Environment, Europe, Modern World, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 21/12/2012 by floroy1942

I really don’t know why I’m writing this because chances are there will be no-one around to read it tomorrow, at least that’s what many people believe. At the moment I am torn between going to church to make my final peace or going out and getting drunk!

Because the Mayan calendar stopped on this day many people believe that the world will end and none of us will be here to enjoy the fruits of life and love tomorrow – how strange? I am sure I will still be here on Saturday the 22nd because I haven’t finished paying off the mortgage and I’m damned sure the bank will not accept a little thing like the Apocalypse as an excuse, plus, the electricity bill is due any day. Reason enough to think that life will continue!

Where the Hell Is Batman When You Need Him?

Where the Hell Is Batman When You Need Him?

This whole business of believers travelling all the way to various Mayan ruins in Central America to watch the final ceremonies by the locals, and those who truly believe that all will end today makes me laugh. Don’t they realize that whoever made the calendar in the first place probably just got tired of it and one day turned to the chiefs and said: “Sod this! I’ve covered the next 2000 years, I’ve had enough – I’m going home!” The sad thing is there are still people who believe that just because the guy gave it up the world will end! Whoever the guy is, I bet he’s lying in his grave laughing fit to bust at the antics of today’s believers.

Hang On - I Haven't Finished My Coffee

Hang On – I Haven’t Finished My Coffee

In China there are many people who think all is lost, in fact one farmer is reported to have built seven survival pods, each of which can contain 14 people. In several so-called survival areas like the Rtanj mountain in Serbia and the Turkish town of Sirince, which are said to be ‘Apocalypse proof’, all the hotels are full to bursting as people flock to the places they believe will survive the end of the world. What makes these places so special is anyone’s guess, but maybe the rumour was started by the hotel owners in an effort to drum up more trade!

On the other hand there are those who think today brings a new era for mankind. In the city of Merida in Mexico hundreds of spiritualists have gathered wearing white robes to celebrate this. One man, spiritual leader Alberto Arribalzaga said earlier this week, “A galactic bridge has been established…The cosmos is going to take us to a higher level of vibration… where humanity is in glory, in joy.” To be honest, I doubt that because the bank will still want its money and the electricity bill will still drop into the post box next week!

Me? I gave it all up for Lent! See ya tomorrow!

Roy.

China’s Involvement In Western Unemployment

Posted in America, Britain, Europe, Immigrants, Modern World, UK, USA with tags , , , , , on 02/11/2012 by floroy1942

Just take a look at the label on things you buy these days, anything from a coffee machine to designer clothes, and almost 90% of the time it will say, ‘Made In China’. There can be little doubt that the Chinese manufacturing sector is booming thanks to western companies, and has been for at least the last ten years. In the meantime unemployment rates in most western countries are climbing to an almost unsustainable level, and anyone with half a brain must see there is a link there somewhere.

Apple Production Line China

Apple Production Line China

I took a look at the box for my new iPhone 4S today and sure enough, it was assembled in China. Clothes my wife buys in well-known designer shops all carry a label saying made in China, and sometimes Taiwan, Malaysia and even Thailand.

While this may be good for company profits, it does nothing for the living standards of those who slave away day after day in the Chinese factories.

In many western countries people are beginning to blame the influx of immigrants for taking away national jobs, and naturally this is a factor, but by comparison to China’s contribution it is minimal. But before anyone starts waving the big stick at China we must analyze why manufacturing for western companies has moved to this communist country. The simple answer is economics! But to be honest, you have to dig much deeper to find the real reason, and those responsible. The short answer to that is we are ourselves to blame.

During the seventies and eighties trade unions were the strongest they have ever been, and never a year went by without some union or other going on strike for more pay, less working hours etc. etc. I admit freely that in some situations their demands were quite legitimate, but most were highly out of order. It is true that in many cases the union demands were based on high profits being made by the employing companies, but high profits generate growth and more employment whereas the reverse is true when profits are low. A look at history will show clearly that this incessant demand for higher and higher wages in the western manufacturing sector has generated the need of companies to examine their options for cheaper labour costs.

Designer Clothes Made In China

Designer Clothes Made In China

For manufacturers it is a “Catch 22” situation whereby if they raise their prices to cover the extra labour costs the items became too expensive, the market slumps and down go the profits needed for investment. Also, if prices went up the unions would be back demanding more money and it became a self-defeating exercise in futility. So to a certain extent it was our own fault that companies started looking overseas for a cheaper manufacturing process.

When you consider that the average wage paid by western companies to Chinese workers is something like a dollar a day, whereas in the west that would be a fraction of the hourly payment for a worker, you can see how it makes economic sense to  move your manufacturing base to such countries. Even adding on the extra shipping costs of the raw materials and the finished product it still comes out far cheaper than our own labour.

Unemployment Lines In Spain

Unemployment Lines In Spain

It is inevitable that as American and European manufacturing costs rise, more and more companies will see the sense in turning over their manufacturing processes to Far Eastern countries like China where goods can be either made, or as in Apple’s case assembled, in any country on the other side of the globe at a tiny fraction of the cost.

This will inevitably result in even more job losses in the future and with it will come increased unrest, but when push comes to shove, we will have no-one to blame but ourselves. It is all a sad fact of life that workers today must face up to, even though the truth may hurt.

Roy.

Turkey, Syria and the Security Council

Posted in Afghanistan, Al Quada, America, Arab, Britain, Islamic Revolution, Security Council, Terrorists, UK, United Nations, USA with tags , , on 14/10/2012 by floroy1942

For the last twenty months or so the world has stood impotently by and watched the death and devastation in Syria. More than 33,000 people, mostly civilians, have died so far in the conflict, with more being added every day. The war, for war it is, can no longer be classified as ‘a popular uprising’ for it has escalated far beyond that and now even involves a neighbour, Turkey.

First Security Council In Session- 1946

First Security Council In Session- 1946

When the conflict began it was the Arab League who first requested that the UN undertake action to stop the conflict, but when the proposal went to the Security Council the process stalled because Russia and China were too intent on protecting their interests in Syria and used their veto power. The Russians sell arms to the Assad regime, and both it and China have large trade agreements with his government. Russia also has another interest in that Syria provides it with the only western port for their navy outside the Black Sea. 

Many analysts feared a protracted Middle East War in the beginning if anyone intervened, but considering it was the Arab League that initiated the call for action I fail to see how that is possible. Since the entire crisis blew up into open conflict both Russia and China have sat on the fence blocking positive action by the United Nations. As in many minor wars in the past forty years like Bosnia the world is forced to stand by and do nothing because one or other country in the Security Council votes against action.

The Meeting of the Big Three

The whole idea of the Security Council was the brain wave of Sir Winston Churchill during the Second World War (Yalta Conference) when he proposed to President Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin that while all nations should be members, the victors (USA, Britain, Russia, France and China) should be the ones to have the deciding votes on any decisions taken by the United Nations.

Scene of the First Security Council Meeting 1946

The first meeting of the newly formed United Nations Security Council took place on 17 January 1946 at Church House Westminster in London. It was a noble idea with all the right intentions, but the geographical and political changes that occurred after the war, i.e. the forming of the Soviet Bloc and the Communist takeover of China, caused the introduction of countries looking out for their own interests above that of the world. This feeling has accelerated out of control over the past thirty years.

Now a new dimension to the Syrian conflict has been added by the involvement of Turkey. Because Turkey is a member of NATO, this now brings all the NATO countries on to the stage. This scenario would have dangerous possibilities of serious consequences if mad-men ruled, for just supposing the Syrian Army felt disposed to mounting an attack on Turkey, The Turks and the rest of NATO respond and then Russia steps in of Syria’s side. I don’t even want to go down that road!

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Anyway, the point of this exercise is that Recep Tayyip Erdogan the Turkish Prime Minister has now openly criticised the Security Council for its lack of response to this crisis, and in my mind it is way past time when this whole system came under heavy scrutiny. I have stated previously (https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2012/02/05/should-certain-nations-have-the-veto-power-at-the-un) that I find the idea of certain nations having the power of veto over all United Nations decisions is long outdated. While the original idea was sound and made with good intentions, it has been corrupted beyond measure by nations now looking after their own interests instead of world stability and peace.

This current attitude by Russia and China, and on previous occasions by the USA, has led to the UN becoming nothing more than a very expensive talking shop. Self-important people gather on a regular basis but nothing ever results in action when the muck hits the fan. If we are to have a forum for world politics that actually works, every country needs to have an equal vote, where the majority rule and not a select few.

al Quada – The Scourge of Modern Times.

Islam is on the rise again, and it is well known that terrorists groups like al Quada are deeply involved in the Syrian conflict as well as many other countries that have have played a part in the ‘Arab Spring’. Africa is also going through a period of conflict with insurgents trying to gain control of countries like Mali, Somalia and Yemen. We have the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and so far neither the Coalition Forces or the Pakistan Army have been able to wipe them out.

We seem to be falling headlong into a series of global disputes and insurgency that is going to require a heavy hand by all the countries of the world to put down if we are all to live in peace for the foreseeable future. The only political group capable of solving these problems on a global scale is the United Nations, but they will continue to be impotent if we retain the veto. It is time for all politicians, governments and countries to stand together and say: “Enough!”

Malala – An Unlikely Heroine

It is time for governments to start listening to the people, and act on the will of the people. Since the attempted assassination by the Taliban of 14 year-old Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan who campaigned for the right of Muslim girls to receive an education, the ordinary people of Pakistan have been demonstrating in the streets for an end to the violence and kidnapping in their country by the insurgents. The people of Syria wish no longer to be ruled by a dictator, just like those in Iraq, Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt and Libya. The common people across the world are making their voices heard, and it is up to those in power to listen.

It is easy to say: “Oh, that’s an Arab problem”, but it is seeping into the lives of western nations too. It may only be a trickle at the moment but it grows day by day, until one day it will become a flood, but by then it will be too late.

Roy.

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. 

Human Flesh Pills – Have We Gone Completely Mad?

Posted in Environment, Health, Insanity with tags , , , , , , , , on 07/05/2012 by floroy1942

Would you eat human flesh? Most sane people will find the idea revolting even though there are cases on record. So the next question is: Would you consider taking pills that contain powdered human flesh? Again, most people would be disgusted, but strange though it may seem, many in South Korea do not agree.

Human Flesh Pills Anyone?

I spotted a news item today that really defies all logic, and indicates how far down the road to insanity some people are willing to travel. According to reports, the Chinese are smuggling pills containing powdered human flesh into South Korea because people there think they will cure certain diseases and boost stamina.

To any normal person, the idea of taking capsules that are filled with human remains in powder form is revolting to say the least, but apparently, even the knowledge that the remains are from dead fetuses and babies is not enough to stop those who believe.

Tiger Penis Sex Pills

The Customs Service in South Korea have discovered a growing trade in the pills since they first stumbled across them in August 2011. To combat the menace, customs officials are stepping up inspections at all border crossing in an effort to stem the flow of these ‘medicines’ into the country. Tests have confirmed that the human remains capsules contain lethal super bacteria and other agents harmful to the human body, so it makes you wonder why people are taking them. A customs official was quoted as saying; “It was confirmed those capsules contain materials harmful to the human body, such as super bacteria. We need to take tougher measures to protect public health,”

Bear Bile Medicine

Apart from shipments disguised as other normal drugs, they have been found in the personal baggage of travellers and have been intercepted coming through the post. All have been shipped from a north-east province of China, and it is reported that the Chinese Authorities are investigating the claims first made in a South Korean TV documentary.

The Result Of Chinese Rhino Horn Medicine

China has for centuries been the purveyor of ‘odd’ medicines, for they believe more in traditional, or so-called ‘natural’ remedies than scientific ones. Tiger penis and ground rhino horn are two of the most widely known. The use of these two items has led to tigers now being on the endangered species list, and reduced the world rhino population by 90% in the last 40 years.

Bear Bile Extraction

Another less well-known Chinese ‘cure’ is bear bile. Bears are kept in tiny cages which allow no movement, and the bile  is extracted through a permanent hole in the bear’s abdomen leading to the gall bladder. The animals suffer terrible pain and often try to kill themselves. It is known there are some 12,000 Asiatic black bears in ‘bear farms’ in China where this ‘medicine’ is gathered.

Watch What You Take!

Traditional Chinese Medicine also includes some human parts, including excreta, plus bones, fingernail, hairs, dandruff, earwax, impurities on the teeth, feces, urine, sweat and organs. It must however be said that most of these are no longer in use.

Considering all this though, I suppose we should not be too surprised they are now offering ground fetuses and baby flesh in pills as a cure-all. For myself, I think I’ll stick with the more conventional scientific medicines.

Roy.

Could We Be Heading For Another Great Depression?

Posted in America, Britain, Environment, Europe, UK, USA with tags , , , , , , on 06/04/2012 by floroy1942

Everyone is suffering from the economic crisis and money is tight as people economize wherever they can, but the worst thing is, in countries like Greece, Spain and many others, the end still seems a very long way off. Because so many people have suffered in the current crisis, it will be very unwelcome news to hear that we could be heading for a total meltdown of the world’s financial systems in twenty years time.

Our Exploding Population

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) predict that we could be heading for a global economic collapse by 2030. They give as reasons for this the exploding world population and our ravenous appetite for natural resources. When you think about it seriously, it does seem likely. Estimates of population growth for 2011 show that 135 million people were born and 57 million died, leaving a population increase of 78 million in a single year. Annually this adds up to a major addition to the number of people the Earth must sustain. Since 1800 the world population has grown by a factor of 700% and it should be obvious to everyone that this cannot continue.

The First and the Last For This Family

As you would expect, countries like China and India top the league for growth, and have already reached the stage where they cannot successfully support such numbers. This is leading to huge areas of desperate hunger and poor living standards among its citizens. India has not taken any measures to reduce population growth, but the problems in China were becoming so acute the government had to impose a restriction of one child per family in 1978. This policy is estimated to have stemmed the population growth by between 250 and 300 million births in the country up to the year 2000 and 400 million from 2000 to 2011.

There can be little doubt, that barring a global war or devastating disease decimating the human population at sometime in the future, we cannot under any circumstances continue in this fashion. The time will come when there are just too many people for the Earth to sustain. It seems inevitable that starving millions will begin migrating ‘en masse’ to the richer countries in search of the necessities of life, whether we want them to or not. You can see the prelude to this in the refugee camps in Africa where the starving are supported by western aid organizations.  Food will become an expensive commodity as the population numbers increase, and global food shortages will no doubt become the norm.

How Long Can We Sustain This

As you can expect, the growing of food will become harder as we work the soil to death in an effort to feed everyone, and this will add a further complication. Today, farmer’s already have to use tons of fertilizer for the soil to support our current food production. Even now the soil is dying because of over-production, for it no longer contains the natural elements that promote healthy plant growth. On top of all this there are signs of what may be coming in the form of drought. This year there are concerns about the lack of water in Spain and even Great Britain among others. So what does that tell us of the future? One thing is for sure, it’s not good news!

The Basics of Life Today

The second major point raised by the MIT researchers was our rampant consumption of the world’s natural resources. Our never-ending greed for more and more energy will eventually lead to disaster, but the sad thing is, no-one seems interested so long as it doesn’t affect them personally. We remain indifferent to the fact that there will come a time when, for example, the oil runs out. Our present way of life  is sustained by this precious commodity for it literally fuels our lives, so what do we do when the last well runs dry? One thing is certain, as stocks finally dwindle wars will be fought over the last drops, for remove the oil from our way of life and we are back in the Middle Ages! Just imagine life without it; no more cars, trucks, boats or ships, no more plastic, no more computers or man-made fibres for clothing and a million other things.

Tornado

Another major factor is global warming, for if current weather trends continue large areas of the globe will become uninhabitable, and again we will see mass migration to areas that are not ravaged by savage storms, hurricanes, cold, heat or floods. When large areas of the world are uninhabitable it will also mean large tracts of land that cannot be used for the growth of food, and so we come back full circle.

We Are ALL Greedy

Mankind has unfortunately reached a stage where we, as individuals, have become so self-centred and greedy that we have forgotten how fragile we are. Our very existence on this planet is solely dependent on how we treat our environment and the Earth’s resources, but sadly, it will take a disaster of earth-shattering proportions to wake us up to the fact. Most people will read this post and not give it a second thought because they think it will not affect them, but what of your children? Throughout the universe we are perhaps a young race, but we must make drastic changes to the way we live if we are ever to become an ancient one!

Roy.

The Death of a Chinese Toddler Causes Righteous Indignation

Posted in Children, Europe, Insanity, Modern World, Traffic, UK, USA with tags , , on 24/10/2011 by floroy1942

I have to admit to being as shocked as everyone else when I saw the news about the accident involving two-year-old Wang Yue at a market in Foshan China last week. That the poor child should have lain gravely injured in the middle of the road for so long, and ignored by so many passers-by says a lot about our ‘humanity’, or rather the lack of it.

Just Before Impact

It is distinctly possible the driver of the white van didn’t see her in the road as she was so small, and the same could be true for the second driver also, either way I would not like to speculate. Both drivers have been traced and arrested by the authorities in Foshan so I guess the facts will eventually come out. Today, the news is the poor child died of her injuries.

The Height of Callous Indifference

There can however be no doubt about the callous disregard for such a small human life by the many people who strolled past without a second’s thought of doing something to help.

I have included both the full and edited version of the video of the accident and its aftermath. The unedited version is only fit for those with a strong stomach. 

Full Video: http://youtu.be/oo7BDbH17qA 

Edited Version: http://youtu.be/MQxjiXqBIkQ 

Mother of Wang Yue

I was not surprised at the righteous indignation this news provoked in many countries, in particular the West. Notably, a considerable number of American TV Networks were outraged by the; ‘callous indifference shown to the suffering of a small child in China’ and ‘the Chinese people should be ashamed’ etc. etc.  

Hugo Tale Yax - A Good Samaritan

In April of last year, I reported on a similar incident that happened on the streets of New York no less! He was a homeless Guatemalan immigrant called Tale Yax, who unselfishly came to the aid of a young woman who was being assaulted. He was stabbed by the attacker and left bleeding to death on the pavement by both his assailant and the woman. In total, 20 people walked casually by and did nothing to help as he slowly bled to death. One person even came out of an apartment block across the street and took a photo of the dying man on his mobile before disappearing back inside.

See Post:https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/death-through-indifference/ 

Wang Yue Fighting For Her Life

Before anyone starts getting hot under the collar at the shameful actions of others, we should first look to see if our own hands are clean! There can be little doubt we have become self-centred, and for a great part, extremely callous to the suffering of others in the past decade or two. It says a lot about the way people think these days, and how insular we have become.

Look First To Yourself!

It is so easy for us to point the finger at the failings of others without looking first to our own. Christianity is slowly dying in our world as with each new generation fewer people believe, but one of the good things that comes from having a religion like Christianity, is that it teaches us the need to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Perhaps that is what is missing in today’s society.

It is high time we started to look inward at ourselves, and ask if we really want to live in a world where compassion, and the urge to want to help others less fortunate has all but disappeared. If you pass someone laying in the gutter, do the human thing and help, otherwise you are no better than the people of Foshan or New York!

Roy.

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