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On this President’s Day, a lobby wall at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, that normally has portraits of the U.S. president, vice president, secretary of state, and ambassador to the United Nations, sits empty.
Hopefully Mr. Trump will keep the U.S. engaged with the world community, not as a dick nation (fomenter of revolutions and arms trafficker) but rather as a force for solidarity and peace.
In 1917, Woodrow Wilson supported the Russian Revolution and brought the U.S. into the Great War (WWI), in support of a ‘new world order.’ Today, Obama officials are accusing Russian president Putin of being a threat to the new world order. In his final press conference President Obama said the sanctions on Russia were due to Russia violating Ukraine’s sovereignty by annexing Crimea.
Actually it was the U.S. that violated Ukraine’s sovereignty by sponsoring the February 2014 coup that removed the democratically elected Victor Yanukovych from office. When the US-backed replacement government took over they said they would not be paying Russia the billions of dollars that Ukraine owed Russia — moving Russia to then take Crimea as collateral.
It was the U.S. that violated Syria’s sovereignty by calling for a “regime change” and supporting the rebels, seeking to remove the legitimate Assad government. In Ukraine and Syria the U.S. has acted in a murderous way while Russia has sought to preserve/protect order and society.
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou who killest the prophets, and stonest those who are sent to thee! How often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen gathers her young under her wings, but though wouldst not!” Luke 13:34
Claims by the modern state of Israel (a human construct) to merit sole possession of Jerusalem are both misguided and unfounded (in the bible). Jerusalem should be an international city shared by all peoples (of God). One could even say that the term “Israel” is unmerited by those who, seeking to be their own savior, fail to join the New Covenant (People of God), the true Israel.
Artwork: Leonard Baskin, Jerusalem, 1954
Artwork: Dagmar Frinta, Madonna, 1981
“When I had a little passed by them, I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him: and I will not let him go, till I bring him into my mother’s house, and into the chamber of her that bore me.” Song of Songs 3:4
The Women’s International Forum (WIF) paid tribute today to Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, spouse of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. This on the day that Antonio Guterres, former president of Portugal, was sworn in to succeed Mr. Ban.
Joining Mrs. Ban (third from left) were Mrs. Faika Zaki, Mrs. Sofia Herrera Cubillo, Ms. Sonia Balcazar Maza Cuadra, H.E. Ms. Raimonda Murmokaite, Ms. Malini Nambiar, and Ms. Cristina Gallach.
Artwork: Hoi Ling Chu, Deer X-ing, 1979
At a forum, on Monday, addressing the ongoing genocide of Christians in the Middle East and Northern Africa, Ronald Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress, spoke on the matter — describing it as one of the great crisis of our time, and the fact that no one knows about it, saying the “silence was deafening.”
He compared the “indifference” among world leaders today with that of leaders following Kristallnacht, 75 years ago in Germany, adding that “never again are meaningless words” given the catastrophe that has befallen Christian communities that go back two millennia. Mr. Lauder noted the irony that “it’s taken someone Jewish to speak up for the Christians.”
The conference included Ret. General Raymond Odierno, former U.S. Army Chief-of-Staff, Judith Miller and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, among others.
Photograph: Stephen Wise
“Teach their souls to fly.”
Once upon a time the Museum of Modern Art had a Christmas card program that invited artists, some well known, to submit compositions that would be made into cards. Participants included Robert Indiana, whose 1965 “LOVE” card went on to become one of the iconic images of the 20th century.
Lotus Editions is offering its historic collection of 265 unique MoMA Christmas cards from 1949-1999. Interested parties can contact: email@example.com
Cards: (front row) Hannah Wilke, Loren MacIver, Joel Meyerowitz; (middle row) Robert Indiana, Jules Olitski, Florence Bezrutczyk, Jack Youngerman; (back row) Bruno Munari, Ben Shahn, Xanti Schawinsky