Monthly Archives: July 2007

Southeast Asian Nations Hold Off on Human Rights

An attempt at the recent meeting of southeast Asian nations to issue a statement on human rights was shot down mainly due to opposition from the brutal military dictatorship of Myanmar. The generals who rule the country refused to allow even a mention of human rights in any statement. They were quietly supported by diplomats from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

At least the topic got a hearing at the meeting of Southeast Asian Nations. Hopefully, in the coming year it will get further along than a hearing.

Putin Uses Soviet Tactics Towards Opposition

During the era of the Soviet Union, a favorite tactic utilized by its leadership was to send those who opposed policies to the nearest psychiatric hospital. Many prominent dissidents were imprisoned in these institutions for years. Gary Kasporov, the famous chess play, is leading an opposition group which is against Putin’s policies. Last week, a member of his party was sent to a psychiatric hospital. The charge obviously was not following the leader.

2,000 Daily Flee Iraq

The Middle East is experiencing its greatest exodus in history of people from a single nation as 2,000 per day flee Iraq. Millions are now refugees in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, etc.. where they live under miserable conditions. Most fled because of fear of death or due to loss of jobs or witnessing the killing of a relative or family member.

UN relief organizations are being overwhelmed with the number of refugees. So far, limited aid is coming from oil rich nations such as Kuwait or Saudi Arabia or Qatar. This exodus surpasses in numbers Palestinians who fled their homeland during the 1948 war with Israel. Will the world twenty years from now be dealing with this refugee problem?

US Army Builds Afghan Army Barracks in Germany

The United States army is constructing a training base barracks for Afghan soldiers in the Hohenfels area of Germany. The barracks will house Afghan troops while they undergo training in Germany. I amy not be a military expert, but wouldn’t it make sense to build barracks in the region in which soldiers must fight? I assume geographical features in Hohenfels differ markedly from those in Afghanistan. Perhaps, the problem is that it is safer training in Germany than in Afghanistan.

Flash! US General Says Lack of Iraq Army Leaders

General James Dubick complained that while the number of Iraqi troops is rising there is a significant lack of qualified leaders to place in charge. He believes this will be a problem “for years.” As I recall, during the 2004 election, President Bush challenged Kerry’s concerns about the ability of the Iraqi army and claimed things were progressing. It is now three years later without any evidence Bush’s claim has any resemblance to reality. How is one to believe the September report from General Petraeus can be believed.

Violence Continues In Zimbabwe

Members of the National Constitutional Assembly who were demonstrating in favor of free elections were beaten and sent to the hospital by Zimbabwe police. President Robert Mugabe continues his chaotic rule in which inflation has gone up 10,000% and a majority of the population lacks jobs or food. Zimbabwe was among the most flourishing African nations prior to Mugabe’s assumption of power. He is a brutal dictator who rules by force. Last March, the opposition leader was sent to the hospital by police thugs.

Where are African leaders who should be standing up for African rights? They were willing to protest against colonialism but remain silent in the face of an African leader who makes colonialism look like a time of prosperity.

BBC Documentary Reveals Baby Smuggling

A new BBC documentary examines baby smuggling in Europe. As the birth rate declines in Europe, more and more couples are going to countries such as Bulgaria in order to obtain babies. The going rate is about $80,00 for a baby. One can only wonder why people prefer paying for babies rather than creating babies, but there is no question this has become a normal practice in those societies in which both husband and wife are working. It means they hire nannies to raise children.

90 More Members of Kenya Parliament

the Kenyan government has discovered a novel way to deal with unemployment in the nation. The president is going to nominate 40 people to sit in parliament and 50 new seats will be created at the next election. The good news is the president has promised to nominate more women to Parliament. The US Congress has about 430 seats, the Kenya Parliament will have about 250.

Astronauts Drunk!

Recent studies indicate that at least on two occasions astronauts were allowed to fly when they fit into the legal definition of being drunk. It appears astronauts are allowed to drink alcohol on the day of a launch. It is they become high before they get high?

Like most people, my money is in the stock market. It goes up and it goes down. It has something to do with people’s attitude. I want everyone to feel confident so my money can become more confident.

I think Barry Steroids owes it to society to reveal the secret of how as we grow older, we become physically stronger.

In my youth the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was a great crusading newspaper. Today, its front page story dealt with finding the gene for itching.

I refuse turning on the air conditioning in my sweltering St. Louis apartment. If God had meant us to be cool, he would have made the weather cool. Or is it, I am just a Depression era cheap skate.

I hope before my death to see a picture of Fidel Castro that does not depict him swaggering around in his uniform. Why do old men revel in physical activities of their youth?

Do you wonder if we are headed to a real impeachment process as the ineptness of the attorney general becomes increasingly clear?

New York Governor Elliot Spitzer assumed office promising to be a tough guy who goes after evil-doers. So far, his macho man approach to digging up dirt on his Republican opponent, State Senator Joseph Bruno, proves tough guys may finish last.

I sometimes wonder if we made a mistake in invading Iraq rather than Saudi Arabia. Saudi religious leaders are the ones funding madrassa schools all over the world which educate youth to hate America and join terrorist gangs. Oops, I forgot, the Bush family has oil connections with these terrorist connections.

The song, “The Rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain,” will have to be changed to “The Rain in England falls nonstop all over the land.” OK, so there is no evidence of global warming, tell that to the British people.

Darfur has disappeared from the news this summer. People suffer, people die, and we go on vacations.