Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Notations On Our World (Special Tuesday Edition): On #Turkey; #Syria-On the View From the Ground

As we went to press, the Turkish Army continued its' assault in Northern Syria.     President Trump imposed sanctions and noted that Vice President Pence and the National Security Advisor were slated to be dispatched to try and end the fighting.   Vice President Pence was adamant in stating that the United States did not give a green light to Turkey to invade.   There was a perception that the United States was trying to mitigate what was perceived as a Foreign Policy blunder.  

As our team continued to assess the changing true realities on the ground, we captured the following which captures the profound seismic shift in the Middle East right now : 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Notations From the Grid (Special Sunday Edition): On #Turkey, #Syria & the War...

It has been a challenging few days as the Turkish Army continues its' assault in Northern Syria.   The National's Joyce Karam released the following to get a sense of the challenges at hand in this regard as the United States is withdrawing Troops:

UPDATE: #Syria - #Turkey • Kurds/SDF STRIKE DEAL W ASSAD • Syria Regime Deployments NE to counter Turkey • 24 Civilians Killed (SOHR) • US to start withdrawal “in days” • Trump declined defending SDF • Merkel
Erdogan • US to stay in Tanf (Al Monitor) • Putin
This is shaping up as most chaotic US withdrawal from region. Rivals hurrying to collect the spoils. With Assad deal with Kurds, a Turkey- Syria regime battle in horizon. Russia role on the rise as Trump packs and leaves

A Sampling of the engagements over Social Media underscored the challenging reality on the ground :

This is a sense of the aftermath of President Trump's Decision on the long-term impact of the challenging times before us: 

 The Economist' Kal also weighed on: 

Friday, October 11, 2019

A pictorial Memoir of my days in Kenya, Summer 2019 ( Part III)

Breath-taking only begins to make meaning here!

Now I know why President Jomo Kenyatta, the first President of The Republic of Kenya made a very profound statement : "Facing Mount Kenya!" My experience was of a nourishing beauty.

So beautiful to say the least.

Rich soils, rich vegetation. It is amazing that the Cradle of Humanity spreads this far in deep Africa!

Final work of an intensive Results Oriented Management Course at St. Mary's S.S., Vocational training and Child Rescue Center, Nyeri, Kenya.

Statement of Belief

A home where we were at home and where we were told of the ancient myths of Mountain Kenya. At 5,199 meters above sea level, Mountain Kenya is the second tallest mountain in Africa! Here Ngai a great God among the Kikuyu shared nature with humans. This same Divinity is called Engai, among the Maasai.

Charts showing Logic Frames

River Chania coursing through this family's garden and many other gardens is part of the clean water sources used by Nyeri Town

Mighty Chania churning away!

A Furniture Mart that serves as an internship point for St. Mary's S.S. Vocational Training teams

And back to the gardens. It was that hectic!

Back to the Furniture Mart!

The Basil plants, made our herbal teas so savoury! From garden to Kitchen to Table lifestyle!