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Donald Trump and Olympics and Oscars, by Gabriel C Banda

Donald Trump and Olympics and Oscars**

by

Gabriel C Banda

DONALD Trump, newly in office as United States 45th President, signed orders to implement the human divisions he had promised in his campaign. He, by decree, restricted persons of seven countries from entering the USA.

As during the campaign for presidency, for days, we have continued to wonder about practical aspects and effects on the world, and the implementers themselves.

There was confusion as some aspects and effects seemed not to have been considered by Trump and company. But the Trump enterprise is determined to implement controversial things it had said it would.

Some aspects were happening as intended by the Trump spirit and were being defended while some things were bringing about critical questions about human relations.

There was confusion at airports, border points, and in the travel process. There was fear and apprehension. And there were protests in the United States and many other parts of the world.

One aspect that came to mind was sports and the international interaction that it involves within societies and during international events. I then wondered whether United States cities and government will bid for some international tournaments.

                                                                      Olympics

These include the Olympics. United States cities have since 1904 hosted many Olympic games, summer and winter. After the St Louis games in 1904, winter ones were held at Lake Placid in 1932, with the Los Angeles summer games taking place again in 1932.

Lake Placid again hosted the games, in 1980. Los Angeles hosted the summer ones in 1984. Atlanta, in Georgia, hosted in 1996. The 2002 winter games were held at Salt Lake City.

For now, Los Angeles is amongst cities bidding for the 2014 summer Olympics that will follow the 2020 games in Tokyo, which has previously hosted them, October 1964.  Los Angeles wants to go on to host for the third time.

There is expectation that some US cities may compete for future Olympics in collaboration with other USA cities and with some cities of Canada in the north. But a question right now is the effect of the Trump entry rules.

                                                                    Refugees

President Trump also signed the ban on some refugees coming to the USA. This ban has implications for Olympic games being held in the USA. In Rio de Janeiro in 2016, there was excitement as an international team of refugees was assembled and took part.

As Trump’s term in office is scheduled to be four years, the Olympic movement should be considering the effect of the Trump entry ban.

Olympics cannot take place with citizens of some seven member countries not allowed to enter a host country. The seven countries are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan, and Yemen.

Of these, the US government military intervention, in team with other regimes, for regime change in Iraq, Libya, and Syria contributed to instability, displacement, and refugees in these societies.

                                                                 Trump Card

Sadly, the Trump factor may act as a card against the Los Angeles Olympics 2024 bid.

And the United States is expected to be among those that bid for World Cup soccer tournaments. There are also other sports events that involve international participation. Some will involve persons from the seven societies banned entry into the USA.

Sport is not the only field affected by the Trump spirit. Trump has sought isolation and exclusion in other fields, including trade and economy. For instance, we wonder if under the Trump spirit the USA will continue to be members of the World Trade Organisation.

                                                                          Reaction

Of course, actions against others will not always go without reaction from the others. Some governments and societies may react through counter-actions that will greatly affect the United States.

There will be prolonged reaction to the Trump isolationism and apartness. As in the times of apartheid, Afrikaans for “apartness,” in South Africa, some persons will protest international events taking place in the US in sport, film and arts, education, research, and various fields. Some persons, due to conscientious positions, will decline attendance.

                                                                       Oscars and Farhadi

Already, I hear that in reaction to the Trump entry decree, a film director from Iran, Asghar Farhadi, and whose film was being considered for the 2017 Academy Awards, has said he will not travel to the Oscars this weekend.

And reports have followed that Khaled Khateeb, filmmaker of Syria, has been denied entry to attend the Oscar Awards his documentary is contesting in.

                                                                               Basketball

While I was wondering about the Olympics in view of the Trump entry ban, I learnt of some great concern in the USA basketball fraternity.

“I do have concern on the travel ban,” Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner, told the BBC. “We are a business based on global mobility,” he added. “25 per cent of our players were born outside the United States. We do a tremendous amount of business on a global basis…”

Adam Silver said the NBA stands for “…the best in the world all coming together to perform at the highest level.”

“So, government restrictions on travel, I am concerned about. It goes against the fundamental values, and the fundamental ingredients of what makes for a great NBA, and that is: the very best of the world coming here.”

                                                                                    Unpredictable

Yes, like other Trump decrees and measures, the entry ban will have some predictable and unpredictable reversed effects that will be unfavourable both to the USA and others in the world. Some measures are working against the development of healthy human relations.

With government policy contributing to an enabling environment seized by them, some vigilantes will take it upon themselves to search for migrants and even to punish and harm them.

                                                                         All inter-dependent

It appeared to me that through wholesome banning of entry into the United States of members of some whole nations, Trump was banning the United States from hosting major international sports tournaments, and events from other fields.

Citizens of the United States are not special isolated species but are also members of one humanity and one life, all interdependent for various things and for the continuity of the whole.

And it is known that some advances were made in the United States because of migrants, from other parts of the world, that contributed greatly in various fields. In past times, persons of Africa were forcibly taken to the United States to toil as enslaved persons.

Life continues on in the United States because of the contribution of others from other places and across all fields.

Now, courts have put aside the entry ban but Trump is trying other ways to achieve the intention.

If Los Angeles does not get the 2024 Olympics, it might be that the Trump card might be a factor.

(**The title has been slightly expanded to include the Oscars focus that this writing already includes. All content is exactly the same. Thank You).

ginfinite@yahoo.com

Based in Lusaka, Zambia, the author is involved in writing, social development work, and observation of peace issues.

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GCB, February 2017, LUSAKA.

 

US Elections, Hillary and Trump final effects, by Gabriel C Banda

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US Elections, Hillary and Trump final effects,

by

Gabriel C Banda

AS 2016 election day finally cometh, the results will have deep and long-term effects on the stability of United States and the whole of humanity.

The current and future character, temperament, beliefs, and approaches of both the front candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, will affect how human relations and the world proceed.

 The Trump Spirit

The Donald Trump spirit is very active and unprecedented. It is a very difficult spirit. Donald Trump speaks, and behaves, rough. He insults, demeaning women, persons of other colours, migrants, persons of some religions, and persons and communities in various situations. He is defensive and proud of actions some may consider shameful.

The spirit in Trump is troubled and troublesome. It can very negatively affect the world. The Trump spirit comes forth showing some inner violence within it. It has bothered many persons in the world that such a spirit can actively roam amongst human beings and this beautiful creation. And that he actually does have significant numbers supporting him.

The Trump Doctrines

Donald Trump shows pride in having tricked the financial system and gained on things like taxes. By the way, we are now not hearing much about Trump’s promised release of his controversial taxes status!

Donald Trump believes in some Republican positions and more. Trump is for lowering taxes for the financially rich, whose efforts in enterprise are supposed to benefit others through trickling down.

Trump is strongly for removing Obamacare, which has been intended to help a huge uncovered part of the American society have some access to healthcare. America has had situations where some fifty million Americans when in need did not have access to health facilities.

About fifty million American have lived in poverty. By volume and ratios, these high ratios of want in society cannot be found in places like Britain, the Nordic countries, and China, whose welfare systems have provided social stability for decades.

Trump invokes against migrants, even though his current wife Melania migrated from Slovenia. Perhaps Trump is against migrants of some types, some colours, and some cultures. The anti-migrant fight is a fight against the natural intermingling that leads to growth of individuals and societies in the whole of humanity and life itself.

Trump wants to take America to an era of racism, as when there was a Constitution proclaiming freedom while there was slave trade and, even up to the 1960s, apartheid in America,

There are some things Donald Trump has that are strong Republican beliefs while other things currently defy existing classification. Donald Trump is for firearms with little regulation, even though firearms misuse and mistypes have led to much violence and deaths in America. Donald Trump also has a pro-life stance against abortion. Some Republicans and Democrats are pro-life and against abortion.

Externally, Trump has expressed reservations about the Syria, and USA seeking good relationships with Iran. Trump wants to build a rough Superpower, Superpower itself, I believe, being some unachievable concept based on myth.

Trump is for building an America that is strong militarily, politically, and economically – achieving this economic strength through protection from imports from places like China, having firms bring jobs from China and other places to the USA, and of course through exporting to others while restricting importing from countries growing and becoming economically strong.

Donald Trump wants an America that is a bully, not just a crucial part of humanity. In many parts of the world, Donald Trump is exhibiting characteristics, qualities, values, and policies not compatible with criteria of a good leader or ruler. Stock markets had been disturbed by Trump rising in polls and have been stabilising when Hillary Clinton appears in lead.

Though painting Hillary Clinton as a continuation of some bad establishment, Trump, reputed to have assets worth billions of dollars, is himself from the business establishment. It can be a mistake to think of him as “one of the people,” and, with his vile actions, a “people person.”

Evil’s Workshop

Donald Trump lies about some things he hears about. Some things he just creates, and keeps on repeating the lies and untruths. And insults. Some unproven things he has thrown, with hostility and hatred, at Hillary Clinton and current president Barack Obama. Trump speaks lies and sticks to them, even when the lies have been shown as untruths.

Trump has come with hate speech unfairly protected under the shield of election campaign. He has little limits to his insults and who he insults.

Some speech and actions of Trump are evil apparent, evil evident, exhibited, and manifested. Some of Trump’s utterances and intensions, like on migrants and Muslims, come directly from evil’s workshop, with the devil’s imprimatur. These are some of the things he wants to unleash upon the earth. The Donald Trump spirit is one that can make the world divided and unstable.

Unrealisable   

And although raising some emotions in some persons, Trump’s policies, stances, and hate-speech are in practice disjointed and not easily implementable. From building walls against other human beings, to blocking Muslims, insulting women, removing the benefits of Obamacare health system to millions, and fighting US businesses from establishing plants in China and other areas, blocking other countries exports to USA, and putting Hillary Clinton in jail for the mail servers, Trump’s evil speech can, when practiced, create difficulties for the USA and the world.

  Other Republican messengers

At the same time, it is possible that some other candidate with some position similar to Trump’s might have got a more respectable assessment from some in America and other parts of the world. The 2016 electoral contest might have even been more civilised.

A problem is more than about the content of Trump’s message and what he stands for. A problem is how Trump packages his positions and messages. He wraps them in insults and uncouth behaviour that insults and demeans other candidates and other members of society.

Would some people have listened to someone who is not Trump but raises some issues similar to Trump’s? Are there some messages and positions that persons who are anti-Trump would have tolerated in other Republican candidates? Are some anti-Trump persons reacting more to his character, which they find undesirable, than to his messages and positions?

Trump himself may be thought to be aggressively raising some issues, in some rough and populist ways, just in order to get into presidential office but it may not be known how he will practically stick to those issues if in White House.

There are some issues that would ordinarily have been more considered if they had not been raised by Trump, and in the ways he has raised them. For instance, the situation in Syria has been complicated by the role that the United States and allies in Middle East and the West have sponsored armed groups, of the so-called “Arab Spring,” to fight Syria’s Assad regime. The rebellion against Assad has provided some window for ISIS to flourish in the region and also to threaten the Western world.

There are also other issues like abortion, that would have given a non-Trump Republican candidate more understanding and attention from those who consider the complexities of this abortion and life issue.

.Hillary’s Issues

While there are concerns about Donald Trump because of his open projection of crudeness, there are concerns about what will be Hillary Clinton’s positions when she becomes president. Some concerns we have previously raised are around how she needs to avoid supporting the American military belligerent machine and its allies in interventions and regime change.

The USA government and allies created problems for the world and themselves when they invaded, with much opposition from many in the world, Iraq in 2003. They continued the error when, reluctantly for Obama, but that reluctance not a big excuse if they still went along, the USA joined France’s warlord Nicolas Sarkozy to intervene in Libya and remove ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

This became a regime change contributing to later disability of Libya and the nourishing of armed uprisings by extremists in Africa and the Middle East, right up to the current ISIS problems in Iraq and Syria.

On Syria, like war monger and rebel supporter John McCain, she has at times been for a more active intervention by the United States including the difficult to impose No Fly Zone.

Important on Syria is the fact that the US government and allies have contributed to problems and instability by supporting the armed rebels fighting the Assad administration. The western and allies supported armed rebels have kept the Assad administration fighting them, limiting Assad’s ability to fight ISIS.

If Assad had fallen, ISIS would have taken over Syria, with Syria becoming the ISIS state and government. The problems for the world would have been deeper had ISIS taken over Syria. It is important for a President Hillary Clinton to take the American machinery away from belligerence and regime changes that are creating instability and difficulties for the whole world, including the United States itself.

Hillary Clinton seems to have realised that Iraq and Libya interventions she and others tolerated or supported were inappropriate. But that lesson is still not being applied to Syria. If she is in control of government, Hillary Clinton must retrain herself and approach things differently.

Hillary’s Putin

Another thing Hillary Clinton must deal with is her fixation with Russia and President Vladimir Putin. Russia has a presence in Syria, supporting the Assad government being fought by American and allies supported armed rebels and ISIS. In some interesting way, Russia’s support for the Syria government has helped Syria not go to ISIS or get into some other deeper disintegration whose consequences would greatly affect the world, including America and the West.

Hillary’s fixation on Russia and Putin may enable some of her local opponents and schemers against her to go unnoticed. It may not be that the thins linked to Russia are from the Russian government and Putin. Some may be locally, American, grown, thriving under protection of a shield that has been formed by Clinton and her people diverted by looking away towards Russia. The recent work under the FBI on so-called new email issues worked against Clinton but was not Russia made.

Hillary and Health

Hillary Clinton was a pioneer in the USÁ’s recent drive for Health for All, as in welfare Europe. Although she does not mention it much in her debates and campaigns, when she was at White House as First Lady, she worked strongly for widening access to health services. She was forerunner to the revolutionary “Obamacare” health act Trump and others condemn.

America needs to work on things and find ways of effective health reach for all, as in much of welfare Europe. This theme Hillary already started on should enable her to do well through improving Obamacare in practice.

Hillary and Abortion

Hillary must also address the concerns of Pro-Life and anti-abortion believers. For too long, in America, abortion has become like a form of birth control. It may not be enough for Hillary to believe that the abortion issue should rest in the control of the women involved and family members. Of course, issues around abortion involve many things and are complex.

Without criminalising those involved, many times without much joy for it, in abortion, it is necessary for America to work on making things move more towards effective birth control practices that prevent women reaching the situation of abortion.  Hillary Clinton Vice President running mate, Tim Kaine, who comes across as a very mature, thoughtful, and mentally organised person, is personally pro-life and not for abortion, but treats the issue with other considerations.

It may be from Tim Kaine’s Catholic faith, but there are many persons from various faiths and no organised faith, who are critical of the current situation of abortion in America. Some Pro-abortion believers are for Hillary while others are not. Some Pro-Life persons are for Trump while others are not. While this is an important issue for many, other factors become more key than others.

Sadly, our other concern is that Hillary also seems to tolerate the vision of an American government in the world’s forefront and an American “superpower.” In President Barack Obama’s rule, the world has given America some respect because of less bullying and “superpower” myth action by Obama.

Hillary Clinton is a good person that has shown some imperfections. So, there are some things that a President Hillary Rodham Clinton will need to re-learn and re-train her mind on.

Hillary the Survivor and Victor

There are many lessons about US Elections 2016. One lesson is that where even Republican candidates in the primaries had been shaken and even humiliated by Trump, Hillary Clinton has managed to stay focussed and unruffled by rough Donald Trump. With dignity, in the discussions she has managed to rise about the Trump spirit.

Trump threw all sorts of mud at Hillary Clinton. Not many of us would have survived the onslaught of the Trump spirit. Many of us would have been broken where Hillary survived and even triumphed. In the world, not many persons, Democrats or Republicans, could have succeeded, as Hillary Clinton has, in not being unruffled by the Trump spirit’s attacks and acts during debates. During television debate, Hillary succeeded to tame the harsh Trump spirit. Yes, it is possible to rise above rough characters and be in control.

Trump and Rigging

Instead of letting the people of America make free electoral choices, Trump has tried to criminalise his opponent. He has recently, days just before election day, even tried to get through the elections some poisonous coup that disables the participation of his stronger opponent, Hillary Clinton. He does not want the public to choose but he wants to push to become the president

He has, without fair evidence, stigmatized and criminalised Hillary Clinton, using the unconvincing reason of email server, which issue in itself is no evidence of criminality. Without proper evidence, some Trump supporters have labelled Clinton criminal.

Trump has tried to discredit the elections by claiming unsubstantiated organised rigging. Trump himself wants to rig the elections by having opponent Hillary disqualified or throwing fears of later disqualification and removal from office if she gets in.

Timed in with the Trump attack, the late FBI actions also contributed to the unfairness against Hillary Clinton. The FBI unusually, without complete facts, threw in the “new emails” card that helped Trump against the Clinton rising wave. The emails were later, as expected by some who thought them unnecessary, proved not to have contained criminalities linked to Hillary Clinton. The FBI actions had done damage but it was not known how repairs would occur, save for hoping that some persons unhappy about the FBI action would turn up to vote in large numbers.

In other places of the world, the FBI head would be expected to resign if not now, just after the elections.

Matter for All

Nothing is ever an “internal matter” of a country for everyone is related to everyone else in the world. One thing has effects on others in the world. If a population, about five percent of the world, is going to be under a ruler that threatens the integrity of humanity and creation, that should concern everyone in the world. The USA elections of 2016 have effects on all of us, wherever we are domiciled.

The Hillary Clinton character effects or the Trump character effects will in presidency have great bearing on not only the United States, but the whole world, future generations and what the world has so far achieved.

The result of the 2016 US elections will not just be about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. It is about ways of life and values. It is about life and living in American and beyond. It is about good, bad, and ugly. It is about creation itself. We trust that Conscience and long-term Goodwill should dominate and triumph.

ginfinite@yahoo.com

Gabriel C Banda, Lusaka, Zambia, based, is independently involved in writing and the arts, social development work, and observation on conflict and peace issues.

GCB, October 2016/November 07th, 2016, LUSAKA.