global wave of opposition to the US imperialism’s latest act of terror and
aggression washed through Iraq and throughout the Middle East, around Europe
and in many cities in North America on January 4 and 5. Commission 4 of the
ILPS salutes this staunch response and encourages more action to show
solidarity for just peace and deter an outbreak of global or regional war in
response. We applaud the Iraq government’s resolution to get US forces out of
Iraq as we do NATO’s decision to suspend the NATO mission led by Canadian
forces in Iraq.
A deep recession is forecast in 2020. Despite official claims of low unemployment and increased retail activity in the US in 2019, economic growth in the US and the world is predicted at a rate of 1.7 to 2% in 2020. That is because of hyper-inflation and high debt. Products are artificially over-priced and consumers (corporate, government and individual) are dedicated to spending beyond their means.
House prices and rents are at an all-time high in major cities around the planet while wages decline, mass layoffs multiply and bankruptcies increase.
I am continuing my exercise system into 2020. I began working on building general strength in a low-impact way and with emphasis on strengthening my knee joints. I took this step in response to a diagnosis of early stage arthritis, which explained the swelling and pain in my left knee joint.
Helped by a physical trainer for the first few weeks, I learned more about my fitness situation and needs. First, I learned about core strength, which is the capacity of the abdominal area, chiefly the diaphragm but also the sides to the hip tops; core strength affects all body movement and balance and coordination.
My personal experience of the past 10 years.
10 years ago, I was taking a 3-month break from living in Korea. I stayed in Victoria, BC, making visits to Vancouver and one to Calgary from there. It was a very snowy winter in BC.
I had just been hired to start working as an Assistant Professor in the English foreign language section of the English department, which was housed in European Languages division at a private, foreign languages university in South Korea. This was reason to celebrate.
I am active in just peace activism and anti-imperialist solidarity. One way I partake in this kind of activity is through my Just Peace Committee and its role in a local Venezuela solidarity committee.
I attended a huge conference for Latin American solidarity with the people against coup attempts, right wing resurgences, state repression, unjustified economic sanctions that hurt the people, militarization and the threat of military invasions. OUt of that conference came a declaration of solidarity against US-led imperialism and pledges to support particular struggles of people in Latin America and the Caribbean regions.
Just passed another birthday and the calendar year is closing. Time to review the year.
I always review my goals and see what I accomplished or changed. I refer to both short (1-year and 5-year) and long term (10 years).
What's more, I consider a few categories of life: finances, career, social, travel, health, activism.
I've had a steady income from self-employment and employment, working generally part-time, with a few relatively high-income months. My savings have remained frozen this year.
I live alone and sometimes it seems that I am losing social contact. However, I can take stock of acquaintances and remarkable conversations I am able to engage in, if I take the time to both engage here and there in the first place, and, in the second, make note of them. We must stop and count our blessings, so to speak. I can cite a few examples of unexpected yet very pleasant exchanges I've enjoyed recently. Reflecting back, they were little gems of social life,
Today, for example, I had conversations in the course of returning a bag of can to the recycling depot and going back home via the neighbourhood park.
Statement of the ILPS Commission 4,
November 25, 2019
NO TO NATO!
Build the anti-imperialist movement!
Struggle for just peace everywhere!
Commission 4 called for activities to join in the protests against the North
Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) during the time of the NATO Summit held in
London, UK NATO 70
anniversary events will take place from December 1 to 3 this year.
What is worth celebrating? NATO is a
military and political alliance established decades ago. It has been building
and running more and more military bases in Europe, keeping military
surveillance of the Middle East, practicing war games, mobilizing forces around
states it sees as deviants and threats, developing misinformation campaigns to
justify aggressions or foster counter-revolutions, carrying out invasions such
as the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq, and making strikes such as the
bombing of Yugoslavia, Libya and Syria.
This entry regards news posted on Youtube by Epic Economist yesterday, November 24. This seems to be the channel of a very credible person with extensive knowledge who regularly monitors the financial system and global economy. Based on the factual detail he always presents, this economist is predicting a collapse of the global economy and its major institution.
Epic Economist forecasts a major recession in 2020. He has been reporting frequently on the US economy. After examining the weaknesses in the lending system and slowdown of industrial activity, he believes that many banks in the US will fold and that millions more people will lose their homes soon.
So glad I am able to post daily here. My posts were blocked for several months, probably because of some sort of hacking/ cyber-intrusion.
Topic today: art and mental health
I recently visited my former university campus to run an errand there. The visit prompted some reminiscing. One memory that comes up from time to time is my decision not to become an English major. Considering that creative writing and literature feeds mostly off emotions, I was a bit afraid of going in that direction when I was around 20.