Notations On Our World (W-End Edition): On Quite A Week….Notations On Our World (W-End Edition): On Quite A Week….

We begin our assessment with what has been going on in the Pacific Ocean “Ring of Fire”. Vanuatu suffered yet again a number of aftershocks after the big earthquake earlier this week. But beyond the “Ring of Fire”, there is also the political earthquake in the United States that has been quite spectacular.

Donald Trump’s sweep of the so-called “ACELA Primary” has pretty much secured his nomination and he seems to be in a good position to sweep California on June 7. We found it amusing how the Washington Post’s “Daily Trail” headlines read: “….Trump leads California polls — but isn’t feeling the California love….”. It was also quite telling how Demonstrators prevented Mr. Trump from getting to the California Hotel where the Republican Convention was held:

He had to get in through the back door:

The night before, Mr. Trump was in our backyard of Orange County as he spoke in Costa Mesa–and rioting broke out outside the venue that prompted the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to deploy 200 Sheriff Deputies. As this was going on, the Democrats were on a prowl with personalized appeals from Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama as today is the final day of the fundraising goals for the month.

Beyond the shores of the United States, There is some good news to report in that Allies of President Rouhani have won handily in the run off for Iran’s Parliament and will be in the majority for the first time since 2004. Although the powers of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) are limited due to the nature of the current Iranian Political Process, it is still a milestone as the Country gears up for the expected re-election effort of Hassan Rouhani. However, this good news is tempered by the continued calamity in Iraq and Syria. As we went to press with this weekend edition, Shiite protestors have broken into the Green Zone and have occupied Parliament that has prompted the declaration of a State of Emergency. It is no coincidence that US Vice President Biden and US Secretary of State Kerry made unannounced visits within the past two weeks. This is as the Syrian ceasefire has effectively stopped as underscored by what happened in Aleppo with the strikes on the hospitals–and what we view as the true state of what is going on in Aleppo was underscored by the Lebanese Blogger Elie Fares.

We could not help but be moved by this that we saw TED as we went to press:

When Ameera Harouda hears the sounds of bombs or shells, she heads straight towards them. “I want to be there first because these stories should be told,” says Gaza’s first female “fixer,” a role that allows her to guide journalists into chaotic war zone scenarios in her beloved country. Find out what motivates Harouda to give a voice to human suffering in this brave, unforgettable talk. Watch »

Challenging times indeed on this May Day Weekend……


Originally published at on April 30, 2016.

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