Thursday, October 18, 2018

Notations On Our World (Special Edition): Remembering #JamalKhashoggi

The Journalist and Columnist for the Washington Post, Jamal Khashoggi went into the Saudi Consulate over two weeks ago and never came out.     His colleagues at the Washington Post remembered him as we agree with Karen Attah as she noted, "..his words are not gone".      This is as the Washington Post published his final column and the US Secretary of State advised the President to give the Saudis more time: 

We extend our profound condolences to Mr.Khashoggi's family, his fiancee and the Washington Post Family.  May He RIP.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Notations on Our World (Weekly Edition): On the Week That Was In Our World (Updated)

As a new week dawns,  our team decided to do a "snapshot" of the week that was as we await the fate of Jamal Khasoggi (as Saudi Arabia Came out Swinging) , assess the aftermath of Hurricane Michael,  the midterms loom and as the President of the United States sat down with 60 Minutes .   As we went to press with this snapshot, we were seeing reports of Cleaning Crews going into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as Turkish Investigators were preparing to enter the Consulate to do a search to investigate what actually happened--and as President Trump asserted that rogue killers may have killed the Journalist: 

Will the Disappearance of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Bring Down the US-Saudi Alliance?
Journalist James M. Dorsey says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) has suffered significant reputational damage on the eve of a major global trade conference known as Vision 2030 or  “Davos in the Desert”

Climate Crisis is Even More Dire Than the New IPCC Report Says
The IPCC’s new report is groundbreaking, but it misses crucial points on climate tipping points and feedbacks that could make the crisis even more urgent, says Durwood Zaelke of the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

Israeli Authorities Step Up anti-BDS Policies: Political Test to Enter Israel
Israel border authorities have detained US-Palestinian student for her alleged Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activism, denying her entry into Israel, despite having a visa. Tallie Ben-Daniel of Jewish voice for Peace discusses the case and what it means for the BDS movement

What Does Low Unemployment Rate Mean When Most Jobs Created Are Low Wage?
3.9% Unemployment rate with almost half of new jobs low wage no benefits. And how many stopped looking for work? Saurav Sarkar of the Institute for Policy Studies discusses what’s behind the numbers

Author of New IPCC Report Says She Still Has Hope
The IPCC’s new report says we could face irreversible consequences of climate change by as soon as 2030, but a coordinating lead author of the report says policymakers, businesses, and individuals can still make big changes to protect our future

Is the U.S. Complicit in Saudi Journalist's Disappearance?
President Trump says the US is pressing Saudi Arabia for answers on the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But new questions are being raised about the US role after a Washington Post report that U.S. intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture and “lay hands on” Khashoggi. We speak to…

Trump Tears up Treaties Pushing for War on Iran, Using Bush-Style Iraq Lies
As the US ramps up aggression against Iran, withdrawing from agreements and imposing crippling sanctions, Iranians fear Trump and the neocons he surrounded himself with want war – and are echoing Bush-era Iraq “WMD” lies to justify it

It's Time for Chuck Schumer to Go
I'm sure he's a swell guy and a good fundraiser, but Chuck Schumer is not a wartime consigliere. And he is not suited to these times; he's too close to Wall Street and his latest deal with Mitch McConnell makes him look like the biggest sucker in two cordovans. At this point, I don't see a way for the Democrats to take the Senate. But, majority or minority, Chuck Schumer ought to be done as a leader of the Democratic Party in this moment. Gold watch, a hearty handshake, a warm ovation, and off the stage with him. Read More
Anderson Cooper Offered a Stunning Reminder of Where Our President's Attention Isn't
We were treated to another Presidential Circus on Thursday when Kanye West met Donald Trump in the Oval Office for the Narcissism Summit. All the while, though, the Florida Panhandle—and, soon enough, Georgia—was dealing with the worst storm ever to make landfall there. Hurricane Michael slammed into the Gulf Coast as a Category 4 with 155 mile-per-hour winds. It was the most powerful storm to hit the United States in 50 years. That observation was part of a remarkable segment Cooper put together last night, in which he placed footage of the Donald-Kanye summit next to footage of the devastating aftermath of the third-most violently powerful hurricane ever to strike this country. Read More

The Fix •  Analysis
13 ads that define these midterm elections
Republicans are hugging Trump while Democrats suddenly want to talk about health care after years of avoiding it.
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A look at 70 years of approval ratings.
By Philip Bump  •  Read more »
Stephen Miller used to eat glue, his third-grade teacher said. The school placed her on leave.
School officials are reviewing concerns about whether the teacher improperly released private student information in the interview she gave to a reporter.
By Eli Rosenberg  •  Read more »
Trump administration weighs new family-separation effort at border
Determined to stem crossings, officials are considering asking parents to choose between detention or separation.
By Nick Miroff, Josh Dawsey and Maria Sacchetti  •  Read more »

‘Impolite arrogant woman’: Sen. Elizabeth Warren turns John Kelly’s insult into a rallying cry
The White House may have inadvertently gifted a potent catchphrase to a 2020 Democratic front-runner.
By Alex Horton  •  Read more »

Monday, October 8, 2018

Notations On Our World (Weekly Edition): Out & About in Our World

A new week is before us.    We decided to launch a new week with this depiction that is self-explanatory.

We have been assessing the aftermath of the tragedy in Indonesia.   As We went to press , rwe received reports of up to 5,000 dead  and the aftermath of the challenges as a result of the Earthquake and Tsunami as people continue to buried under the mud, rubbish is not being collected , an estimated 60,000 are homeless as epitomized by this courtesy of the team at Al Jazeera:

A girl carries valuables from the ruins of her house after the earthquake hit the Balaroa sub-district in Palu. [Beawiharta/Reuters]

As we went to press, Jair Bolsonaro, is now in the lead as the votes continued to be counted in Brazil as some 147 Million Voters cast votes to choose the country's 38th president, all of  27 Brazil state governors, most of the seats in Congress - including two-thirds of the 81-member upper-house Senate and all 513 places in the lower-house Chamber of Deputies - and 1,059 positions within state legislatures.     Mr. Bolosnaro will face a run-off.   Brazil, though,  is in a state of near chaos as Seven of the World most violent cities are now in Brazil in the midst of a worsening campaign--in addition to the continued profound challenge with corruption in the aftermath of the car wash scandal that has seen over 150 politicians including former President Da Silva jailed.  Some have Mr. Bolsonaro compared him to Donald Trump as it is increasingly clear that Mr. Bolsonaro is favored to win it in the second round of the elections: 

Brazil elections 2018: What you need to know

This is as halfway around the World, the Violence in Afghanistan continues with no end in sight as the 18th year of the beginning of the US Invasion of Afghanistan began.  It must be noted that some 15,000 US Soldiers currently serve in Afghanistan in the midst of a Worsening situation as reported by the Guardian of London as this image below from 2009 headlined by the Guardian continues to be very much a daily occurence:  

We have also been assessing the situation of Bosnia as a Nationalist Leader has won a seat in the National Presidency--another apparent collapse of another international agreement--the Dayton Peace Accords.    This is as we have been assessing the disapperance of the Saudi Journalist and dissident Jamal Khasoggi that reports say has been killed by Saudi Arabia inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul after he went in to pick up divorce papers and never left.   Saudis claim he is not there--and the Turkish President has vowed to get to the bottom of it.  This is also as we saw reports of the President of Interpol disappearing while on a visit to China, China Claiming he was under surveillance and the Interpol President subsequently resigning.   We also continue to assess on-going challenges in Iran with the Truckers' strike, continued economic collapse as additional sanctions loom and opposition figures continue to be under threat of jail or prosecution by the authorities.    This is also as the aftermath of the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to be the next Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court continue to present challenges for the future as noted the Economist Magazine's KAL:

Profound challenging times as a new week looms--our live broadcast pod will be available and our team will update our Twitter Channel daily on key developments from our media circle including the Guardian, NDTV of India, China Daily (for a Chinese perspective) in addition to periodic updates from US Media.