The violence in the newest round of conflict between Israel and Hamas is escalating out of control. This morning official counts say more than 219 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli airstrikes. Several Hamas leaders are included among the dead, but civilians make up a far greater portion of the deaths in Gaza. At least one hundred Palestinian women and children have so far been killed by Israeli strikes. One Israeli airstrike on Saturday wiped out a family of ten, including two adults and eight children. A surviving infant was pulled from the rubble. …


America has demonstrated a complete and utter lack of leadership throughout the pandemic.

Continued from Part 3.

These gaps and systemic flaws identified within America and discussed in the prior pieces of this series are repairable except for the most significant gap of all. America has demonstrated a complete and utter lack of leadership throughout the pandemic.

President Trump counted every escalating pandemic tracker as a personal affront to his own greatness, much as he perceives all negative news. To that end, he moved from denial to attacking and finally to ignoring the pandemic. His loss in the November elections afforded him a great reprieve. …


2020 revealed how fully American Christianity has compromised its role of moral leadership for political power.

Continued from Part 2.

Historically, global pandemics have produced many of the same byproducts we are witnessing today. Social anxieties gave way to conspiracy theories. An array of health advice and research contributed to good ideas and other ideas that were simple quackery. But past pandemics also produced religious awakenings and revival. Anxious populations confronted by their frailty from the Black Death to the Spanish Flu were frequently met by religious leaders who directed them to God and a hope beyond this world.

But not this time.

While there are exceptions on the margins, in the mainstream, America’s religious leaders…


The pandemic did not cause economic inequality in the US. It revealed a long-standing divide that may be too far gone to repair.

Continued from part 1.

The coronavirus lockdowns in the first half of 2020 triggered an explosion in unemployment. More than 14 million Americans became unemployed between February and May in the first wave of America’s pandemic experience. More Americans lost their jobs in three months than in three years of the Great Recession (2007–2009). The US unemployment rate rose from 3.8% in February to 14.4% in April — the highest rate since the Great Depression.

Personal incomes among nearly all Americans dropped in 2020. …


COVID-19 revealed an American system unprepared for a crisis and unlikely to quickly recover from the damage done in 2020.

As I write these words, the United States is approaching 20 million confirmed coronavirus cases nationwide and more than 340,000 deaths. In many instances, these figures far surpass the worst-case projections of the spring when the nation went into lockdown to “flatten the curve” of this deadly pandemic. India, the world’s largest democracy, is second to the US, with just over half of the confirmed case count as America. Brazil is second on the death count total, more than 120,000 fewer deaths than the US.

By Christmas Eve, the US was averaging more than 2,500 coronavirus deaths per day. There…


We have grown uncomfortably numb to the waves of crisis in 2020, but the end is not in sight.

One month from today, the US will vote in the long-anticipated US elections. On November 3, everything will change. Or will it?

Much of America, if not the world, is enduring this terrible year through a posture that amounts to little more than holding our breath. There is a subtle operating assumption; if we can only make it to November 3, everything will be better, relief will come, and the worst will be over.

That hope is unreasonable. There is no reason to believe that. …


All manners of big companies and name brands are seizing the national platform to define and defend our society’s moral standards today. By virtue of their considerable financial imprint, corporations are learning they can impose their values of right and wrong upon various nations, states, and cities, not to mention employees, whose ideas of justice, freedom, and equality violate those defined by the corporations. Actively engaged voices of big corporations toward various social concerns is an expectation today. Their silence can lead to dangerous accusations and losses of both business and influence.

Recent years witnessed an unprecedented surge in corporate…


Generational moments, or defining moments, are rare by definition. The easiest way to identify them is everyone in your age group can recall where they were when the moment occurred. Some examples include President Kennedy’s assassination, the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion, the 2001 terror attacks, and so on. If you remember where you were and what you were doing when these events occurred, it is likely your friends of the same age group also do. …


Last week it was announced that Pranab Mukherjee, a former President of India, and a politician who served 51 years within the young nation’s government, died after being diagnosed with the coronavirus 21 days earlier. Later the Indian government also announced a return of tensions at the border with China. This is the second time in 2020 that the hotly contested territory between the two nuclear-armed enemies has heated up.

Both of these significant stories missed most of the headlines and major television news outlets in the west. …


Every child since the end of World War II grew up in the shadow of the end of the world. The baby boomers huddled under their desks in fear of imminent nuclear holocaust during the Cold War. Recent generations heard warning after warning of environmental catastrophes and climate change, which signaled the coming end to life as we know it. We are not strangers to messages about the end of the world, but a moment arrives when the messages turn from dire warnings about our future to descriptions of the present reality. That time is now!

Across the world, a…

JB Shreve

Current events. History. International relations. Global crisis/chaos. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Z33T26Z

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