We begin this edition of Notations on a somber note: The US Secretary of State paying his respects to a fallen soldier who died as a result of the Taliban attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. US President Donald Trump noted that he abruptly cancelled a meeting with Taliban Leaders and the President of Afghanistan to try and achieve peace as a result. The Taliban condemned the move and warned of even higher US Casualties. President Trump's Twitter feed on this on Sunday was in our view quite a read:
What was also known as #Sharpiegate also was the talk of the Social Media Circuit which entailed the President noting that Alabama was due to be hit and noted a sharpie--and then Administration Officials came out to basically take the fall for President Trump--and President Trump continued his attacks on the Media. What was also of note was how NOAA staff was warned early in the month not to go against the President. A sampling of the discourse over Social Media was telling--even Fox News:
There is the issue of the Border Wall--The President released a Clip to his Twitter feed underscoring that the wall is being built although the Pentagon has cancelled contracts including a Middle School at Ft Campbell, Kentucky and a State of the Art Science Building at the US Military Academy. There is also the controversy over the routing of US Air Force Flights to help prop up Trump Properties--although someone said the contract was signed in 2016. This Tweet on the State of Wall Funding was telling:
Across the Pond in the UK, there is the continued drama over Brexit that our team noted in its' weekly notation last week. The latest bombshell was the dramatic resignation by Amber Rudd both from the Government and the Conservatives that has effectively made the current Government int he UK a minority Government as one of the senior ministers, Sajid Javid, countered what Amber Rudd noted and as Boris Johnson is trying to prop up a Government that is on the brink of collapse:
We could not help but choose those courtesy of the Economist' @Kaltoons that captured how the British Lion Feels right now:
We also have been following reports from Iran on harsh sentences handed down to Civic Activists. Our team is assessing it--in our Education Property, we have released a special edition courtesy of Iran Human Rights as we will be assessing the state of affairs this week. As our team is assessing on-going developments, there is Israel--it has elections in nine days and the headlines from Haaretz was telling:
Profound Challenging Times.....