The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Europe

In 2015 more than a million refugees and migrant people crossed the borders of Europe and Europe was really not prepared for it. It has created a classic case of talking a good game, but really not being prepared to cope with the difficulties that have been the result of this mass migration.

Yes, the people are largely displaced, honest and hurting by virtue of what is going on in Syria. If your home, your city and your entire existence is totally destroyed by war, you will do anything you can to survive.

Plus the fact that there is no easy way for any society to adequately come up with easy solutions to a crisis of the magnitude that has been occurring. Arrangements have to be made for housing, food, medical help and all of the other logistic needs that such a large group requires.

The real threat is the possibility of terrorists being among the group as there is photographic documentation of ISIS leaders being among some of the groups of people coming in. What does that fact foretell for the future of any area with such a crisis that is ongoing?syria-refugees

Most of the people came by water on the sea, but many also were able to come into Europe by land, mainly through Turkey and Albania. It is one thing to help people and reach out to them, but it complicates matters when incidents like the shootings in the Paris nightclub occur and other terrorist actions loom as possibilities.

Countries have borders for a reason, and it is not just to punish others who may or may not be as fortunate as you. To level down the more successful countries in a way so as to make everyone more equal is not the answer.

There have always been inept leadership in countries throughout history that have caused populations to suffer, but to blindly accept the theory that if you live in a successful country, you should decrease your success and immediately accommodate everyone else, regardless of their abilities or intentions.

From a practical standpoint, that just doesn’t work because in the end you wind up with not just one impoverished country, but two when the invaded country runs out of resources because of the unplanned “peaceful” invasion.

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While it is so that these huge populations of migrating people are desperate, countries should not be expected to blindly take in mass populations without having the opportunity to prepare for the onslaught.

It is also interesting to note that Arab countries such as Saudia Arabia, which has the means and the capital to be of great assistance in this matter, staunchly refuses to have anything to do with helping any of these people.

Of course, Europe is much closer to the problem, so they get the first stop of desperate populations seeking refuge. But in this modern age of travel, transporting people is not the problem.

What make the issue especially sad is that the entire problem is politically driven and should not have happened in the first place.…

A Glimpse At 2016 US elections

2016electionWith fall approaching and election season heating up, it is becoming clear that people are choosing sides. There are a lot of things going on that indicate we may be in for a shift in the political landscape. The lines in the sand have been drawn, and after two historic terms, Barack Obama will leave office and voters will name another president. You should understand a few points about what is currently going on in the political landscape, so that you understand more about what to expect from the 2016 US elections overall.

The Republican Field

One thing for sure is that Donald Trump has been the most polarizing figure of the entire US presidential election landscape. His outspoken ways have garnered him plenty of criticism and praise alike. Those who criticize Trump see him as a substance-less candidate who is only ruffling feathers. He has made disparaging remarks about certain minority groups and has posed controversial ideas, such as building a wall to keep Mexicans out and to forbid Muslims from traveling in and out of the country. There have been a number of moments in recent weeks that Trump rallies have been scrutinized, due to them being canceled after being overtaken by protesters, certain individuals have been removed and Trump has made remarks that created headlines. When it is all said and done, Trump will be the most standout candidate in terms of notoriety and controversy, whether he ends up winning or not.

By the looks of polls and primaries, Trump will receive the Republican nomination, as other top candidates, such as Ben Carson, have already dropped out of the race, Carson in particularly, dropped out and yielded support to Trump. With Trump clearly leading the pack, it remains to be seen who he will square off against in the general election.

The Democratic Field

After the Democratic field has shaken out, it appears that  there are two candidates left duking it out — Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Clinton has the backing of many years in the limelight of the political scene, and a near successful run for president prior to Obama taking office. Sanders has been a long time politician and activist, but has re-energized a segment of the voter base who believe he could be the change that the country needs on the political scene.

As you can see, whether you are voting Republican or Democrat, there are a lot of storylines that you can follow in order to see where you fit in, in terms of the political process. The primaries will run into the summer time, at which point the general election will begin in earnest and then heat up going into the fall. Take advantage of these points and use them in order to be sure that you are able to do your due diligence and learn more about how you should vote, depending on what you believe in from a political standpoint.…