Friday, April 30, 2021

Out & About in America This Week

While out & about in America, @KalToons reflected about the State of Affairs and Trevor Noah also reflected: 

Monday, April 26, 2021

Notations On Our World (Weekly Edition): On the Week That Was....

Our team was on the prowl this week as we captured the image above from JFTB-Los Alamitos.  As it was a challenging week, we wanted to begin with praise of all who served in Afghanistan as America withdraws by September 11: 

It was also the week that saw justice for George Floyd although the struggle continues to remain and the Politico's Matt Wuercker reflected about the continued challenges of Racism in America: 

The week that was also was the week that saw the Annual EarthDay 2021 celebration and this admonition was critical to be remembered in this endeavor: 

We leave all with a snapshot of the week that was:   


'We don't need to panic': US and European powers alarmed by growing 'danger' from Putin's Russia

'We don't need to panic': US and European powers alarmed by growing 'danger' from Putin's Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on domestic dissidents and military buildup along Ukraine’s border are driving relations between Moscow and the Western powers toward a perilous inflection point, according to U.S. and European officials.

Read the full story here.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks at the United Nations Security Council, New York, Feb. 11, 2020.

The pressure is intensifying for President Mahmoud Abbas to postpone the elections, which are becoming a dangerous game for the Israelis and other concerned parties.


The vote over the Knesset’s Arrangement Committee has offered the so-called Bloc for Change a second shot at assembling the next government.


Despite government efforts to develop the Egyptian railway network, train accidents have become recurrent.


Although the Palestinian electoral law has been amended to raise the quota for women's participation in the Palestinian elections from 20% to 26%, Palestinian women continue to be unfairly represented on electoral lists.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of April 2021 is a wounded animal, whose attention is focused on one goal only: saving himself.


The Syrian opposition is working to empower women and increase their participation at the political level, amid low female representation in official institutions.


Turkey's promotion of cultural heritage, including through its tourism and entertainment sectors, is one reason for Erdogan's popularity. However, the perception of the Ottoman legacy is gradually shifting from one of praise to one of condemnation toward Turkish policies.


Months after a reconciliation agreement was signed, relations between Egypt and Qatar remain shy amid small steps at rapprochement.


A majority of Israelis have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


Turkish authorities also expanded vaccine eligibility today.


The announcement comes less than a year after the two countries agreed to establish formal ties as part of the Abraham Accords.


Along the lines of the inter-Kurdish talks, Syria’s Syriacs and Assyrians appear to be joining hands in holding an internal dialogue to unify their vision and national discourse in the country.


Talks between the two countries were organized by Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a mass campaign rally this month, despite the COVID pandemic, on behalf of his Hindu nationalist Bharata Janata Party in Kolkata, India
Opinion || How Modi Led India Into a COVID Catastrophe
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Texas Monthly – Aaron Nelsen – Apr 21, 6:00 AM

Every month for the past decade, Scott Nicol, a 51-year-old artist and activist, has set out from his home in McAllen to roam the Rio Grande Valley in search of ladders used to scale the border wall in South Texas. On a cool and overcast day in…