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Timeline: Snapshot November 22, 2016
Perspective: Fifty-Three Years Since Kennedy
It has been fifty-three years since America lost President John F. Kennedy to an assassin’s bullet. We were still in a state of shock as we gathered for Thanksgiving that year. What were we supposed to feel thankful for?
Now, fifty-three years later, just as we get ready for the Thanksgiving holiday, we are in a state of shock again. For different reasons. And for the same reason.
Half-a-century ago, President Kennedy represented greatness, courage, leadership, and hope. Especially for a generation that was born after the devastating years of the second world war.
Half a century ago, President Kennedy gave impetus to the civil rights movement, with its vision of equal opportunity for all people. He also established the Peace Corps, with goals of mutual understandings between the U.S. and other countries. And of assisting communities in impoverished areas to overcome their challenges.
Today, cynics may be quick to point out John F. Kennedy’s faults. But for me, and I suppose for many of my generation, to recall the days of JFK on the anniversary of his death is to recall the good that he stood for: Service to others was a higher calling than service to oneself. Leadership entailed negotiation, not brutishness. Progress meant advancements in human relations as well as in science and technology.
For the last two weeks, we have lived with the abhorent notion that Americans have just turned it all around. And as we get ready for the Thanksgiving holiday, some people are still alarmed. Many are frightened by what they perceive America has become.
53 years after we lost President Kennedy, we are in shock again. For a different reason. Then, a popular, well-meaning, dignified and accomplished leader was taken away from us. Today we contend with a new president-elect whose words and behaviors recall those of spoiled children and past tyrants.
And for the same reason:
President Kennedy’s death cut a great hole in our collective consciousness. His vision of America that became our vision. His eloquence and dignity that became for us the standards of a great leader. His upholding of American values and traditions. It was all gone. . .
With the startling election of the new president-elect, many of us feel the exact same loss.
I think it is right to remember JFK and what he stood for. I think remembering Kennedy and what he achieved gives us cause for hope. The presidential administrations that came after Kennedy built upon his accomplishments, just as he built upon the work of his predecessors.
Looking back at the days of Kennedy gives us a hopeful reminder of who we were once. And who we could be again.
Malawi President Offers Solutions to Food Shortages
President Peter Mutharika, in his national address Monday to Malawians, said his country has now acquired enough food to feed nearly half of the country’s population in need of food assistance.
This is his second address to the nation since May. Many Malawians had asked the president mostly through social media to address the challenges facing the country.
Malawi is facing many challenges, including drug shortages in public hospitals, corruption and food insecurity.
Its economy declined 6.2 percent in 2014, to 3.2 percent in 2015. Recent statistics show it will decline another 2.8 percent in 2016.
Weather has not helped
Speaking on state-run media, Mutharika said Malawians should not panic because all the measures are in place to address the challenges.
“I know the pain most of us have been feeling. I also understand there is impatience to get out of the challenges because the nation has suffered in poverty for many years,” Mutharkia said. “Ladies and gentleman, the challenges we are facing are not insurmountable; with unity and purpose, we can overcome them.” Read More
Mexico, Central America seek joint strategy on migrants
The foreign ministers of Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala met on Monday to form a strategy to protect their migrants in the United States, in a show of regional solidarity following Donald Trump’s win in the U.S. presidential election.
Trump’s election upset has sent shockwaves through Mexico and Central America, which rely heavily on U.S. remittances and bilateral trade with their rich northern neighbor.
Trump romped to victory in the Nov. 8 election by vowing to end illegal immigration and re-examine trade treaties that he said have led U.S. firms to ship jobs south to lower-wage economies.
During his election campaign, Trump said he plans to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border, insisting that Mexico will pay for it.
Many of the migrants bound for the United States hail from the poor nations of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, and there are concerns that Trump’s promise to deport millions would have grave repercussions in Central American countries with few jobs and shaky security.
On Monday, at a meeting in Guatemala City, the foreign ministers of the Central American countries asked Mexico for help to create a migrant protection network, liaise for coordination with U.S. authorities, and to meet regularly for regional talks.
Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Mexico’s foreign minister, said the U.S. immigration policy remained unchanged at the moment, and added Mexico’s focus on human rights and deepening bilateral links, including at the border, was unshaken. Read More
Many Myanmar Rohingya flee to Bangladesh
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh/YANGON :
Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar crossed the border to Bangladesh over the weekend and on Monday, aid workers said, seeking shelter from escalating violence in the northwest that has killed at least 86 people and displaced some 30,000.
An official from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations’ migration agency, who did not want to be identified, said he had witnessed more than 500 people enter its camps in the hills near the border on Monday.
Aid workers from other United Nations agencies and Reuters reporters in the IOM camps also reported seeing Rohingyas who said they had recently fled the fighting in Myanmar. The UN workers did not give specific numbers, but expressed concern about a sudden influx of people. Read More
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