Category Archives: World News

This daily review will present headlines and a short paragraph concerning issues presented in newspapers throughout the world.

Oops, Putin Said A Bad Word!

Vladimir Putin has an ability to irritate one and all in this world. He is so confident that whatever he utters will be accepted in the Soviet Union, –oops, I meant, Russia, that he once again angered another government. He was attending a meeting in the nation of Armenia to remember the murder of 1.5 million Armenians residing in Turkey during World War I, when he referred to this disaster as a GENOCIDE. Naturally, the government of Turkey is upset because they prefer living in a world that never happened. Either the Armenians in Turkey killed themselves or they were collaborating with the invading Russian army, but somehow in some way about 1.5 million wound up dead. Actually, the American Ambassador Henry Morgenthau described the atrocities frankly and clearly to his government. Armenians were murdered and it is time for Turkey to recognize this sloughier and initiate an educational program that teaches the truth.

What happened a hundred years is not the fault of modern Turks anymore than the Holocaust is the fault of modern Germans or the massacre of Indians in the West is the fault of modern Americans. As a society we must accept the truth of what happened in the past and work to ensure it does not happen today.

Fallacy Of Drone Wars

The ongoing complaint about President Obama by members of the Republican party is that he is some sort of Neville Chamberlain who wants to appease evil doers. They insist he fails as a war leader because he does not want to take out the bad people. Drone attacks under the administration of President Obama are fifty times more prevalent than under the administration of our prior president, one George Bush. The real criticism of Obama is that he has gone crazy in ordering Drone attacks that have resulted in the death of thousands of bad guys –along with the deaths of thousands of innocent people. The US government has now acknowledged that a drone attack on January 15, 2015 which was directed at a military compound also led to the deaths of two hostages–Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto. The Pakistan Foreign Ministry issued a statement: “The deaths of Weinstein and Lo Porto in a drone demonstrates the risk and unintended consequences of using this use of technology that Pakistan had been highlighting for a long time.”

Where is the evidence that killing bad guys with drones–along with a lot of innocent people–has in any way or any form resulted in the weakening of terrorist forces??? Drone attacks may result in the death of a bad guy but it also results in making other men desire to obtain revenge. The US government is now proud they have been open about admitting these deaths. Terrorism will only be defeated by another ideology that results in people leaving terrorism.

Freddie Gray Story Continues

The story of the tragic death of a black man named Freddie Gray in the city of Baltimore, Maryland continues to unravel with scant credit to the police of that city. We do know that Mr.Gray was stopped by police for some minor infraction of driving codes. We do know that SIX policemen were engaged in subduing ONE man, and we do know that he was placed in the back of a police van in a state of collapse with a leg hanging limp. We do know that he requested an inhaler because he had asthma. That we do know. We do not know exactly what occurred once Mr. Gray was placed in the back of a van. However, we do know that when the van arrived at police headquarters and the back of the van was opened, Mr. Gray was dead due to a broken neck. So, what happened?

1. Mr. Gray fooled around with his neck while handcuffed and twisted it until he was dead.

2. There were other prisoners in the van and they broke his neck.

3. The van halted suddenly and it caused a broken neck.

4. OR?

Michael Davey of the Police Department insists that police did not enter the van after Mr. Gray was placed in it. “Policy is policy, practice is something else. It is not always possible for officers to enter the rear of the transport vans that are very small, and this one was very small.”

So, SIX officers feared for their lives because a single man who was handcuffed somehow in some way posed a danger to their safety?? NO COMMENT

Oh Dem Mosques!

There is a constant fascination within Europe, among those who hate Muslims for the presence of mosques in their towns. There is something about the towers that are found upon mosques that irritates those who oppose the Muslim religion. Cathedrals are OK, they are examples of beautiful architecture, but once a mosque is built–the entire appearance of a town is completely destroyed. And, even worse, those Muslims issues calls to prayer. Talk about the horror of the Muslim religion–it actually gets people to enter a hose of prayer! Wow! At present only about 30% of Christians in Europe go into a house of prayer except for Easter or Christmas. It is simply not fair because them Muslims pack in people just about every day in the week.

Geert Wilders and Machiel de Graat are really angry about mosques. They want every mosque in the nation of Holland to be closed–yesterday! “We want to clean the Netherlands of Islam.” In their view the presence of members of the Muslim religion threatens the identity and culture of the nation of Holland. Gee, I wonder why some Dutch people go to pray and why most Dutch people do NOT wish to enter a house of workshop? Now, that is a mystery of life–and death for some religions!

WE Need More Planes!

The United States Congress has finally figured out how to end violence in the Middle East. Oh, some might argue it is important to assist Middle Eastern nations in creating economies that offer work and development of self concept among youth, but the American Congress is united, bothDemocrats and Republicans, upon the notion that we need more planes in order to do more bombing. Oh, you are complaining that America could use its money rebuilding our aging infrastructure, but that is simply more of that liberal talk about providing jobs when the number one issue in the world is–BOMB THE BASTARDS in the Middle East! A House Committee has come out for passing legislation that would spend about FOUR HUNDRED BILLION in order to purchase more F-35 planes. I do realize some of you liberals complain that we need more money for health care, but which is more important– bombing the bastards of saving all those children by creating early childhood schools and daycare for those with children who work??

The American air force at this moment is the most powerful in the world. It can bomb-at will– because there are no planes to combat their missions. Bombs do kill those on the ground At this point there is not shred of evidence that any bombing offense has led to peace in the Middle East.

Republican slogan: BILLIONS FOR WAR, NOT A PENNY FOR THOSE IN NEED. That, in their view, is the American way of life–AND DEATH!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

There are a lot of people who are happy but not happy about gay marriage.

I have not heard any nonsense from Sarah Palin. I wonder if she spends her time gazing out the window looking toward Siberia?

What ever happened to Herman Cain?

I have lost any knowledge as to the number of people seeking the Republican nomination for president.

Just think, what would America become if Ted Cruz was president??

The eyes of Texas are always gazing at guns.

I assume members of the NRA are buried with their guns, one never knows what lies ahead.

Explaining Turkey

There should be another category in awarding Nobel prizes for peace that is focused on deterring if the nation of Turkey is for or against peace in the Middle East. President Recep Erdogan has been opposed from day one of the government of President Assad in Syria. He opposes this man because Assad is really not a very devout Muslim and he is close to the government of Iran. Of course, the government of Turkey engages in trade and good relations with Iran, but Erdogan does not want them having anything to do with the government of Syria. The Kurds who reside in parts of Turkey and Syria were fighting against ISIS which is another group that Erdogan does not like, but when the Kurds asked for some help, President Erdogan refused. In other words when a group that opposes the group he does not like, he refuses to help them.

The story goes on and on. At no point has Turkey engaged in military action against Syria. As Erdogan notes, ” I do not believe air strikes are sufficient to defeat Daesh(ISIS) in either Syria or Iraq. A rand offensive is needed align with air strikes so that operations can be successful.” Ok, he wants an offensive operation, but for some reason he does not wish Turkish troops to be involved, just the other guys. Of course if the other guys ask for his aid the answer is-NO. At this point Turkey has the best armed force of any Arab nation. But, he wants the other guys to fight.

The Poor Migrant From Africa

Each day they board what is termed to be a “boat,” and each day some of those passengers wind up in the sea because they are simply refugees who have left their homes in search of a safe haven. The European Union has an organization that is known as, “Frontex.” According to its head, Fabrice Leggeri, “in our operational plan, we cannot have provisions for proactive search-and-rescue action. This is not in Frontex’s mandate, and this is not the mandate of the European Union. In simple English this means if a refugee is encountered, the goal is to catch them, hold them, and then send them back to Africa. It is a simple plan that is focused on the reality that Europe does not wish to have refugees within their borders.

Some might argue that a civilized society would at least check on the boats which are carrying refugees in order to make certain they are sea worthy. What exactly is the problem in checking boats? Why are criminals allowed to load up what they term to be a “vessel” in such a manner that many will simply overturn and cause the death of thousands? The “mandate” is not violated when care and concern is carried out. Frontex can easily return living people back to Africa rather than burying the bodies of dead Africans.

As I recall that guy named Jesus was from the other side of the Mediterranean!

Going Wrong Way?

Ordinarily, if one is of Mexican heritage and resides in the United States of America, the police pick you up for one reason or another, and before one knows what is happening, your body is in the nation of Mexico. After all, your ancestors were the original people of European ancestry who arrived in what we now term to be the state of Texas. Alondra Luna was in her high school classroom when the police arrived and before she could say, Houston, the screaming girl was on a plane headed for across the border into Mexico. It appears some woman in Mexico claimed to be the mother of this girl, but the girl had never seen the woman. For some reason, they did DNA testing and it was clear the teenager was NOT the daughter of this woman.

The good news is that Alondra is back in Houston with her real mother. The bad news is that she is back in Houston where people walk around with guns and police enjoy halting those of Mexican heritage and if you are not polite, then you might wind up dead. Violence in Mexico vs violence in Houston, which is worse?

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

WE offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Canada, Toronto Star: “Strange Smell”

Don’t worry, it is jus the aroma coming from the American Congress buildings

USA, NY Post: “Woman Shot On Texas Highway”

At least she was not shot in a Texas church.

Sweden, Local: “One-In-Three Russian Diplomats Are Spies”

That’s all?

UK,Guardian: “Nontraditional Families”

A man and a woman?

Japan, Japan Times: ‘Kim Jong-un Climbs Mountain”

You mean he rolled up a mountain?