President Nicola Sarkzoy and Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced a joint British/French fund to improve education for over 16 million children in Africa by 2012. The two leaders discussed a range of topics including consruction of more nuclear facilities in Britain by the French utility company, EDF and a conference for non-nuclear nations interested in developing civilian atomic programs. Their meeting may well mark the birth of a new French/British axis in the world. Sakozy addressed Parliament and outlined ways in which the two nations could become a force for peace in the world. He also promised to reform the Agricultural Program which has been a major British concern for years.
The French president also urged the two nations to work with America and persuade that nation to become more environmentally pro-active. Sarkozy’s talk deeply impressed many members of Parliament and pointed the way to a new era of cooperation between the nations.
The world is witnessing the emergence of new power configurations such as a British-French alliance as well as France’s alliance with Germany. One can expect in the coming years these nations will become an unoffiical bloc exerting pressure on the United States. Senator McCain has already indicated if he is elected president there will be a new American desire to seek cooperation with the world and abandon the unilateral philosophy of George Bush who wants to be the decider-in-chief.
Posted in France, George Bush, Human Rights, Peace, Politics, UK, US Foreign Policy, War, World News
Tagged Brown, England, France, Sakozy
Senator Barack Obama made an effort to address issues of racism in American society. During his speech, he also commented on why he remained in a church headed by a man whose language of peace and love also contained the pain and anguish of a black American who was raised in a segregated society. Senator Clinton is now under fire for her misuse of language which claimed she was “under sniper fire’ while in Bosnia. Naturally, like the good politician she has become, Clinton took the low road of switching the conversation from racism to that of why didn’t Obama leave the church. The Bill/Hillary show always takes the offense when on the defense.
“He would not have been my pastor…You know you don’t have a choice when it comes to our relatives. We have a choice when it comes to our pastors and the churches we attend.” But, the topic is racism, not that of who are or are not our pastors. She did not utter a word about the important topic since her sleaze attack apparently will resonate more powerfully with the public.
Hillary Clinton was not raised as a member of an oppressed group and she does not grasp the meaning of “community” among those who experience bigotry and oppression. I was raised in an east European Jewish ghetto community in the 1930s and 1940s. Many of my friends and relatives continually uttered anti-Christian comments as they discussed the pain suffered during pogroms in Russia or Poland. I did not disown those who spoke in such a way because they had too much pain. I, like Barack Obama, attempted to empathize with people whose life experience contained too many hurtful memories even as I entered the main stream of American society and married a Christian woman. I encountered anti-semitism during my military service, as did many American Jews. We worked hard to deal with such episodes since we simply could not walk away from them. Barack Obama is linked on an emotional level with Pastor Wright, not on an intellectual one. It is hard abandoning a member of your community with whom you shared good memories even when they utter words you find distasteful.
I find the remarks of Senator Clinton disgraceful because she had an opportunity to enter the dialogue about prejudice in American history and chose to take the demagogue route of attacking the messenger.
Top international aid agencies warned that the situation in Somalia had become too dangerous for its workers to provide assistance to one million Somali people caught in the ever escalating war that rages in their nation. Thirty-nine organizations issued their warning of an impending humanitarian catastrophe ahead of the United Nations Security Council debate tomorrow. They initially issued a statement last fall about the situation. “Since then, the crisis engulfing Somalia has deteriorated dramatically while acces to people in need continues to decrease. 360,000 people have been newly displaced and an aditional half a million people are reliant on humanitarian assistance. There are now more than one million internally displaced peple in Somalia. Intense conflict in Mogadishu continues to force an average of 20,000 people from their homes each month.”
A little over a year ago, the Bush administration encouraged Ethiopian forces to invade Somalia and displace a fundamentalist Muslim government, which at least, had restored some semblance of stability to the area. The presence of Christian Ethiopian forces in a Muslim society has merely exacerbated tensions and fostered new outbreaks of violence. There is scant evidence Ethiopian troops are able to control the situaiton and their normal response is violence to violence. One doubts if the people of Somalia are happy that President Bush is getting rid of terrorists in their nation.
Posted in Christianity, George Bush, Human Rights, Military, Multicultural, Muslims, Peace, Politics, Satire, United States, US Foreign Policy, War
Tagged Ethiopians, humanitarian crisis, Somalia