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A Brief #RandomThought

As a new month is at hand, I decided to capture a “blast from the past” as this was quite day in the history of America–it is about an appreciation for the past as the best is yet to come….As S35 Years Ago: STS-41D – First Flight of Space Shuttle Discovery

Source: 35 Years Ago: STS-41D – First Flight of Space Shuttle Discovery

Late last night, I released two notations on #election2020 as I wanted to “close out” my thoughts in my Word Press Corner for August 2020 with this simple word–My Word is Free–how we through our free choice and the right to vote will determine our future. This beautiful song by EMEL that was the iconic theme song of the Tunisian Revolution said it all.

Onward….

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Absentee Voting Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad

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While Out & About…

I normally refrain from updates here in my Personal WordPress Corner–but these are not ordinary times.

America just went past 5,000,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of last night–President Trump signed off on 4 Executive Orders which at best have a dubious legal standing–although many have said the Democrats overplayed their hands. One voice I always listen to to get a true sense of the reality is Marc Cooper, a perceptive long-time observer of the Political Scene. As I was finishing off these thoughts, I saw President Trump’s Campaign fundraising off this.

Profound challenging times…

As I write this, people have taken to the street in Beirut. Yes these names must be remembered–because they died through no fault of their own–and yes the current cabale in charge in Lebanon must be swept out–I know Lebanon will rise again like the Phoenix–but truly enough is enough–and what really riled me up was Hassan Nassrallah and the image Nizar Zakah posted–that says it all.

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Look at their faces.

Say their names.

Think of their grieving mothers and fathers, their fatherless or motherless sons and daughters, their partner-less wives and husbands.

And be angry.

These are victims. These are people whose only fault was to be in a country whose criminals are in charge, whose politicians are so evil they don’t care about any of their lives.

Look at the names that are still unknown, whose families are still looking for them, hoping for life, and be angry.

Their death was preventable. Their lives getting cut short this way was not inevitable. The government must pay for its crimes.

1 Alexandra Najjar (3 years old)

2 Abdel Kader Bloso

3 Abdo Tanious Ata

4 Ahmad Mohammad Ameira

5 Ahmad Ibrahim Kaadan

6 Ali Abdo Ayoub

7 Ali Hussein Zeineddine

8 Ali Ismail El Sayed Chahata

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I normally release a monthly thought here–but the tragedy in Lebanon is just beyond the pale–as now the ruling class in Lebanon is doing this–I add my voice to help pass this on–and this is as I have seen reports over the past 24 hrs about Hezbollah bigwigs being jetted off to Tehran–what I find so irritating is how as workers have not been paid in months, COVID-19 continues to rage on in the country, the regime sent forth field hospitals and planes and pledged support as the disregard shown to force college and graduate students to take entrance exams (over 500,000 people) was done.

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

I don’t know where to even start.

I wanted to write about how Joe Akiki’s mom broke my heart. How Sahar Fares’ funeral tore me to pieces. How little Alexandra’s face, next to her glass, as they announced that she passed was so full of life, gone too soon.

But I am still angry. And right now, I’m even angrier.

The blog may have been retired for a while. But today, I want to use whatever reach it has left to say one message: The Lebanese government is killing us. Right now. Blocking aid, blocking rescue teams, arresting journalists.

You don’t believe me? Well, here’s a French medical team saying they were ready to head to Lebanon tomorrow when they were notified by the Lebanese government they were no longer needed:

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He’s one of the most perceptive observers of Lebanon-It is an honor yet again to feature him here in my Corner at WordPress as my thoughts and prayers are with the people of Lebanon today and as I hope all consider making a donation to the Lebanese Red Cross.

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I was at my office, having just seen a couple patients in clinic, when my friend Elia texts me: “there’s been an explosion at the Beirut port, check on your family.”

I had seen pictures of it on Twitter, affixed to the speculation that it was fireworks related. I didn’t think much of it until I saw a video in which a mushroom cloud ballooned over the port’s hangars, and expanded, taking everything in its wake. In the space of less than thirty seconds, the city where I grew up was essentially no more.

I was lucky to have been able to get in touch with my family right away. They were physically safe, but I wasn’t too sure about their mental state. My brother was in a daze. The apartment…

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The 100-Day Countdown has begun.   I decided to do a “special” in my corner here in WordPress to get things going as I underscore a simple point:  Please Vote!!!

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A Profound Thought….

We in America have been dealing with how to think about a post-racial World & a Post-COVID World. I decided to revisit this and share it here in my WordPress Corner.

The simple and powerful words resonates is ever so now–There should be no small thinking and horrible ideas. I know that #WeShallOvercome. We have got to.