Notations On Our World (Weekly Edition): On Quite a Week….
It has been quite a week as the Markets got trillions wiped off their valuations and as The US Government was faced with another deadline. Earlier this week, the White House Press Secretary called Democrats lazy for refusing to make a deal as she noted how “they won” the last fight. The Democratic Rebuttal to the #NunesMemo was voted out of Committee and it was before the White House. We will continue to monitor Congressman Schiff’s Website & Twitter Feed for on-going updates. For a sense of the debate in Congress, the following two rebukes of the President was telling:
Today @realDonaldTrump said I’d love to see a shutdown. Is this the moment he became our President?
Or was it yesterday when @POTUS accused people of treason for not clapping?
Or was it when he used the term shithouse countries?
So many moments to choose from this year. https://t.co/0pMSVFDXZd
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) February 6, 2018
Mr. President, treason is not a punchline. pic.twitter.com/iQXyzHfTKS
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) February 6, 2018
We have also been assessing the horrific scenes out of Syria — including hospitals hit throughout Idlib Province. This is as we also have been assessing the on-going power struggle in South Africa as the ANC continues its’ struggle to force President Jacob Zuma to resign. We have also continued to assess the on-going situation in Iran especially on the anniversary of the 1979 Revolution — President Rouhani held a Press Conference noting that he heard the People’s Pleas. This is as protests continue onward and as American Dual Nationals continue to be held as noted in this Tweet by the Wall Street Journal’s Farnaz Fassihi earlier this week:
— Farnaz Fassihi (@farnazfassihi) February 6, 2018
Our team was also assessing the on-going developments in the Maldives — as the President arrested his half-brother and two of the Supreme Court Justices after refusing to comply with a Supreme Court Order to release jailed opposition politicans. Maldives is especially poignant as its’ former President, Mohammad Nasheed (currently in exile in Sri Lanka), was one of the leading advocates for Climate Change as his own country is at the forefront of Climate Change — he even went as far as holding a Cabinet meeting under water. As there has been less and less focus on it in the United States, what we found so poignant was what the ever eloquent Kevin Kal Kallaugher noted about the state of Mother Earth right now:
We could not help but be amused by this on the State of the Media in the United States as Fox News continued its’ jealous advocacy of President Trump’s agenda and as Sinclair builds out its’ Media Empire:
As Syria Burns, Iran continues to deal with the aftermath of the protests, Turkey continues to attack Syria’s Kurdish Region, Yemen continues to burn — there is Palestine. The Israeli Defense Minister came out to say there is no crisis in Gaza as Israel continues its’ blockade of it — and as Gaza Hospitals have shut down based on the latest out of intifada. In the aftermath of the President’s Decision regarding Jerusalem, this was published by Ahmed Tibi as Vice President Pence was in the region and the Arab members of the Knesset were manhandled and taken out:
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) January 21, 2018
This was also an interesting snapshot of the State of our World especially as threats loom large in the World Economy:
We also wanted to leave all with this compilation of thoughts:
If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life,
your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.
- Rabindranath Tagore
Your success and happiness lies in you.
Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you
shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
- Helen Keller
Only when life is difficult, are we challenged to become our greatest selves.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie