PEACE WORLDWIDE ORGANIZATION CIVILITY REPORT 2021

In Civility Report 2021, Peace Worldwide Organization Founder Mehdi Alavi reviews all countries within the United Nations and provides human rights, democracy, peace, and civility scores for 193 countries. We urge you to read Civility Report 2021 today.

PEACE WORLDWIDE ORGANIZATION CIVILITY REPORT 2021

In Civility Report 2021, Peace Worldwide Organization Founder Mehdi Alavi reviews all countries within the United Nations and provides human rights, democracy, peace, and civility scores for 193 countries. We urge you to read Civility Report 2021 today.

KEY AREA FOCUS: TUNISIA

Africa is the world's second largest and second most populous continent, after Asia. Africa covers 6% of the Earth's total surface area and 20.4% of the total land area. With 1.0 billion people, it accounts for about 14.72% of the world's human population.

KEY AREA FOCUS: COSTA RICA

Americas are lands in the Western hemisphere of the world. In English, the plural form of the Americas is often used to refer to the landmasses of North America and South America with their associated islands and regions.

KEY AREA FOCUS: AFGHANISTAN

Asia is the world's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the eastern and northern hemispheres. With approximately 3.879 billion people, it hosts 60% of the world's current human population.

KEY AREA FOCUS: ENGLAND

Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering about 10,180,000 square kilometres or 2% of the Earth's surface and about 6.8% of its land area. Yet the borders of Europe, can incorporate cultural and political elements.

KEY AREA FOCUS: SYRIA

The Middle East is a transcontinental region centered on Western Asia, Turkey, and Egypt.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD IN 2020

In 2020, coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) expanded rapidly triggering a global crisis. Many political leaders manipulated the occasion, spreading propaganda to gain popularity. They often used the spread of the virus as an excuse to oppress their own citizens and persecute minorities. Consequently, human rights, democracy, and civility globally declined; however, global peace slightly improved relative to the previous year due to political leaders being preoccupied with domestic matters from the virus.

Courage was shown by doctors and other health workers on the front lines who many times put their own health and livelihoods at risk to help others. Courage was shared by those who followed health protocols by staying home when they could, wearing masks, observing social distancing, and frequently washing hands. Sadly, the worst impact, as expected, was felt by the indigenous people due to poverty, lack of clean water, hygiene, and health services.

The rise of nationalism kept threatening the fabric of democracies and instilling fear in people, resulting in human rights abuses, arms proliferation, proxy wars, and waves of unsettled refugees.

Western countries, particularly the United States (US), suffered from a decline in political and civil rights. Discriminating against immigrants, forced migrants, and refugees both from the Middle East and Latin America continued. The Western politicians continued disseminating negative rhetoric against Muslims, causing increased Islamophobia, which caused unwarranted hardship on their own Muslim citizens. As part of the backlash in the spread of COVID-19, Asians faced discrimination and hate rhetoric leading to the movement ‘Stop Asian Hate’. The Western actions led many people to question whether they were truly open societies.

Humanitarian crises continued in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Congo, Libya, Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Myanmar’s ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya, the Chinese crackdown of the ethnic Turks, India’s lynching of Muslims and Dalits, and the global oppression of the indigenous people persisted.

Discrimination against females remained widespread. Culturally, many people in overly populated countries like China and India continued preferring male offspring, leading to an influx of infanticide or patterns of “honor killings”. The female shortage in the population further exacerbated the sex trafficking issue in order to bring females back into the population. The #MeToo movement provided a continued platform for women to open up on their personal experiences and better corrective practices and measures to be put in place.

According to Amnesty International (AI), indigenous people constituted about 5 percent of the world’s population. Wherever they lived, they usually faced discrimination, oppression, exploitation, eviction, and other human rights abuses.

People became a serious threat to their own existence. Much of the world continued facing catastrophic wildfires, intense droughts, frequent and bigger tropical storms. In the pursuit of wealth, environmental pollution along with corruption, aggression, inequality, dreadful poverty, and armed conflicts persisted.

The UN veto powers (the US, the UK, Russia, China, and France) remained the culprit of much of the global problems. These powers continued stockpiling offensive chemical and nuclear weapons, arming other nations, having military presence in other countries, giving military aid to belligerent parties, and participating in military alliances. They continued being the first to violate their commitments to the UN, making them the world’s worst troublemakers.

Americans continued being deceived by the US government and its media into perceiving Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Syria as the sources of world tension. However, these other governments remained more globally peaceful as their military expenditures were by far much more restrained than that of the US. The US relationship with Saudi Arabia indirectly funded much of the terrorism and extremism that the West fought. The US arms proliferation kept contributing to the global conflicts, depriving the poor from opportunities, and leading to many shootings and deaths at home.

The US’ continual arming of Israel, in a very explosive region, was counterproductive. Israel remained as one of the world’s largest weapon exporters; it did not need arms. What Israel truly needed was to resolve the conflict with its neighbors and Native Palestinians and that was where the US should help.

Western media remained biased and disseminated propaganda in favor of its corporations and governments, right or wrong. For instance, the 2015 Zaria Massacre in Nigeria left 348 innocent peaceful worshipers dead and some burned alive did not make headlines and was soon forgotten, but the 2002 Iran’s stoning of a single man for adultery kept making headlines.

As the result of the Black Lives Matter movement (BLM) in 2019, more improvements, accountabilities, and efforts were exerted across all industries to raise black voices and equality within the workspace.

In closing, some of the world problems could be addressed if we could work together to solve them. To start, the following actions would be helpful:

  1. Follow the recommendations by health authorities in handling coronavirus.
  2. Stand against injustice, oppression, and persecution everywhere.
  3. Advocate understanding, equality, compassion, love, and harmony.
  4. Vote for officials and leaders standing for brotherhood, freedom, and peace.
  5. Verify media’s information free from biases through independent sources.
  6. Honor and stand with indigenous people in respecting the environment.
  7. Recognize oneness in humanity, knowing that resources are abundant to feed, clothe, and share with one another.

We hope 2021 will be a better year for human rights, democracy, and peace.

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May peace be with you!

Dr. Mehdi Alavi, President

Peace Worldwide Organization

The United States Can be a Global Peace-maker


The permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) —United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK), France, China, and Russia— stockpile offensive chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons. They arm other nations and have military presence in other countries. They give military aid to belligerent groups and participate in military alliances. Instead of leading the world to global peace and security, they are amongst the first to violate their commitments to the United Nations (UN), making them the world’s worst troublemakers.

According to SIPRI, they were collectively responsible for about 80 percent of world’s weapon exports in 2019. The US arms exports constituted nearly 40-percent of the world’s arms exports, far more than that of any others. Thus, the US remained by far the world’s biggest arms exporter, the world’s worst trouble-maker among all nations.

The EU records are not good, either. The EU, along with the US, supports the most oppressive regimes and spends the most on the means of destruction. Together, they remain as the largest suppliers of arms in conflicts. In Iraq, they armed Iraqi government and managed to smuggle weapons to its sworn enemy, the opposition rebels. In Libya, they armed the Libyan government and those forces that rose against it. In Syria, they supported numerous rebel forces aimed to topple the Syrian government, which led to the rise of ISIS. Consequently, Iraq, Libya, and Syria remained major theaters of conflicts with foreign fighters armed and supported mainly by the US, the EU, and their allies.

None of the EU countries are peaceful. Even Switzerland, which is portrayed as neutral with the world’s best watches and chocolate, is a trouble-maker. The country protects tyrants and thieves who blunder the wealth of their countries and deposit them in Swiss banks; thus, it is contributing to global corruption and anarchy. Militarily, it is the world’s 12th largest arms exporter. Along with the US and other EU countries, its arms recipients include Saudi Arabia, which has been bombing Yemen since 2015. Yemen has consequently become “the world's worst humanitarian crisis”.

5 Easy Steps for the United States to Lead Global Peace

The US as the world’s superpower is in the best position to lead global peace. It is the US moral duty to facilitate peace among nations. To achieve global peace, the US must take these actions:

1.     Military Reduction. The US military spending constitutes nearly 40-percent of that of the whole world, nearly equal to the combined 10 next largest military spending countries. It is over 2 times of China and Russia, combined. The US military has been informally aligned with the defense industry. This alignment encourages military expansion, resulting in further arms production. If the US reduces its military spending, it will enable ALL Americans to pay less taxes and use the funds to better their own lives. For global peace, I suggest the US reduces its military spending! 

2.     Arms Exports. To sustain the arms expansion, the US requires arms exports. The US arms exports constitutes nearly 40-percent of the world arms exports, far more than the combined 4 next largest arms exporting countries. The US arms, exports keep being major contributors to the global instability and repression. They support brutal regimes such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and others, causing countless deaths, refugees, and destruction. They make the US the world worst trouble-maker. Arms exports must be stopped for it supports oppression. For Global peace, I suggest the US stops Arms exports!

3.     Arms Control. The US must use its position at the UN to work with the UK, France, China, and Russia to implement a verifiable way to bring arms under control. The negotiations must include the following weapons:

a.      Conventional

b.     Chemical

c.      Biological

d.     Radiological

e.      Nuclear

For global peace, I suggest the US leads global arms control.

4.     Military Alliances. The US must use its position at the UN to work with the UK, France, China, and Russia to dissolve all military alliances, which are threatening to other countries not in any alliance. For global peace, I suggest the US initiates a movement to dissolve all military alliances threatening to other nations!

5.   Public Participation. In democracy like in the US, the power to govern rests with the people. Simply, People are the power behind the government. Therefore, we must assume responsibility for all our government’s actions. We must question our government on issues and vote by our conscious for the candidates who stand for world peace. It is only then that our government begins to act responsibly, not just on international affairs but also domestic policies. For global peace, I suggest we hold our government accountable!

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May peace be with you!


Dr. Mehdi Alavi, President
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Universally Mastering the Basics is Paramount in any Relief From COVID-19



Regardless of the vaccine, quarantine, and testing, we must continue working together to beat this coronavirus. The vaccine reduces severity, but it is not 100 percent guaranteed and we may still get infected by other strains. Therefore, we must continue mastering the established protocols to protect ourselves and others.

Covid-19 is a global pandemic. This outbreak has spread over a large geographic area, countries, continents, and the world, affecting a large number of people. It continues to threaten. It threatens all populations and people worldwide if not brought under control. We all have a role to play to help reduce the spread and protect our global citizens.

In 2019, COVID-19 began in China, but spread within months across the world, causing millions of deaths. So far, it has infected over 105 million people and caused over 2.2 million deaths across the world. The United States leads the world in both infection, with over 27 million, and deaths ranging to over 467,000.

Well before the vaccine, we may learn lessons from countries with the lowest COVID-19 infection and death rates. They include Taiwan, Vietnam, Fiji, New Zealand, and numerous other countries, where the authorities aggressively enforce wearing masks, early screening, contact tracing, travel policies, and who implement quarantine.   

Nevertheless, we must work together to overcome this virus by faithfully mastering these well-established four protocols:

1.     Properly Wearing Masks. Wearing a mask shows we visibly care for others. It protects ourselves and prevents them getting it from us. Near other people, we must properly keep our masks on all the time. When around others, we must kindly speak out to encourage others to cover both their mouths and noses with their masks.

2.     Observing Social Distancing. If we stay close to infected persons, even in silence long enough, we may also contract the virus. We should stay far from other people since they initially won’t know that they are infected. The 6-foot distance protocol is the minimum, but 11 feet or more distancing is preferable.  

3.     Sanitizing Hands. Whenever we are outside of our home, we must wash our hands frequently. If we touch anything, we must avoid touching our face until our hands are thoroughly washed with soap and water. For me, I lather my hands with soap and water while slowly counting from one thousand one up to one thousand twenty. Washing hands for 20 seconds, with soap and water, is a minimum recommendation.

4.     Staying Home. The best way to stay safe from the virus is to stay home, but if we must go to work, the store, or wherever else, we must keep masks on properly and observe social distancing, especially when we are in an enclosed building and around people. Stay home, if you can.

If we join together to master these basics and follow the above established four steps, we are on our way to overcoming COVID-19. This all comes down to loving oneself and others.

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Dr. Mehdi Alavi, President
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“Black Lives Matter”





Throughout the United States, there are large protests in support of Black Lives Matter (BLM). In response to the 2013 acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer, BLM was formed to challenge racial injustice against Blacks. It advocates non-violent civil disobedience protests, whenever police brutality incurs against Blacks. BLM received national attention for the 2014 protests in Ferguson, near the city of St. Louis, for the death of Michael Brown and the protests in New York City for the death of Eric Garner.
Slavery, bondage, and oppression in various forms are still prevalent across the world. American-Blacks continue experiencing discrimination across the US and are targeted for abuse by the police. According to the Washington Post, blacks are “2.5 times as likely as white Americans to be shot and killed by police officers."
Of course, all lives matter but not all of us are being equally subjected to discrimination and other human rights violations. Presently, the issue remains that blacks are continuously being targeted for discrimination, harassment, brutality, and other abuses. Family provides a good analogy. All members in a family matter, but, when one is sick with fever, the family turns attention to that one. If one of the healthy family members cries that we all matter, the family considers it out of place, insensitive and selfish. If a single home in our neighborhood is on fire, are we going to give attention to that home on fire or cry that all homes matter?
In the Americas, the Native Americans have been brutalized and murdered since the arrival of the first white people in their territories. Millions were already massacred before the first group of black slaves put foot in the Americas. That is the continent’s chronic illness and must be addressed once the present situation returns to normal. Right now, BLACK LIVES MATTER remains the burning issue. Even the Natives are supporting Black Lives Matter.
We are all born free; thus, we must continue living free. No individual, group, or nation has rights to enslave our beings, keep us in bondage, and limit our activities where they do not infringe upon the rights of others. The law of nature, first noted by Greeks and Romans, expanded by Muslims, and later by Christians, demands that we must not wish for others what we do not wish for ourselves.
Right now, we must stand for “Black Lives Matter”. We must open our hearts to this cry for justice and provide equal opportunities. We must all join together to correct the wrong. The process starts with each one of us. It begins with in our own family, community, and peer group. We must assume responsibility for our conversations, dialogues, and actions instilled within our family, peers, colleagues, communities, and friends. We must not laugh, condone, support, talk or joke with any racist undertone. We must expect our judges and security forces, such as the police to be retrained to treat all people with respect equally.
Sa'adi, the great thirteenth century Persian poet, provides a poignant tribute to the morals of equality and tolerance that must be observed by all peoples and nations:
Human beings are limbs of one body indeed;
For, they’re created of the same soul and seed.
When one limb is afflicted with pain,
Other limbs will feel the bane.
He who has no sympathy for human suffering,
Is not worthy of being called a human being.
Translation by Ali Salami

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Time to Work Together to Defeat Coronavirus

In March 2020, COVID-19 was announced as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.). “We have rung the alarm bell loud and clear,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the W.H.O.’s director-general.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 19) is an infectious disease. It has become a pandemic over the last few weeks and has caused adverse global economic, social, and health impacts. Such an occurrence has reminded us that we are all equal regardless of our gender, age, race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, occupation, social and financial status. Wherever we live and whoever we are, the disease affects us all. Although it arose in China, we are threatened by it everywhere. Therefore, we all must collaborate in controlling its spread.
COVID-19 generally spreads through saliva and nasal discharge when an infected person sneezes or coughs. The symptoms include fever, fatigue, dry cough, aches, pains, runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, diarrhea, and respiratory problems. The incubation range for this virus is from 1 to 14 days. Most infected people recover from it within a few weeks. Generally, elders and those with pre-existing illnesses seem to be more vulnerable to the more serious consequences with virus infection. As properly stated by the W.H.O., “young people are not invincible”.
Public health supersedes all other considerations. In the aftermath of 9/11, airports across the world implemented draconian polices to bring terrorism under control considering public safety. Similarly, the global initiative should continue to minimize the further spread of this virus. Governments expeditiously and aggressively must act responsibly in controlling the spread of it. Each person plays a part in the spread, whether in reducing or fanning the flames of the spread. Nations must unite in defeating it. Desperate situations require immediate measures of action.  
To protect ourselves, we can take the following steps:
·       Stop all travels.
·       Practice food safety and hygiene.
·       Cough and sneeze into disposable absorbent or into elbow.
·       Self-quarantine, if concern for exposure or symptoms.
·       Observe social distancing to minimize exposure and spread (6 feet or more).
·       Keep hands away from face, head, and neck before they are thoroughly washed.
·      Wash hands frequently, using water and soap while lathering for at least 20 seconds. If not available, use alcohol-based rub or hand sanitizer with at least 60-percent alcohol. Then, rub hands until dry.
To kick out coronavirus, W.H.O. recommends the following:
·       Washing hands
·       Observing coughing etiquette
·       Avoiding touching face
·       Keeping physical distance
·       Staying home
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we may experience fever, cough, and shortness of breath 2-14 days after exposure. And, emergency warning signs for COVID-19 requiring immediate medical attention include, but not limited to:
·       Trouble breathing
·       Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
·       New confusion or inability to arouse
·       Bluish lips or face
Let us come together and unite in defeating the virus and properly containing it.

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Aftermath of Soleimani: The Reckless Behavior and Violence Must Stop


Friday, January 3, 2020, Iran’s Major General Qasem Soleimani was assassinated near Baghdad’s international airport by weapons launched by the US drones. Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds force, is known for masterminding the defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He was feared by all Islamist terrorist groups, not just ISIS but also al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, and others.
Without offering any evidence, the US President Donald Trump said that he ordered the attack to prevent plots to endanger the US troops and officials. "It was a stunningly, can I say, stupid and counterproductive move on the part of the United States,” said Barbara Slavin, director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council, a think tank, on CBS This Morning: Saturday (January 4, 2010). “And we're going to pay the price of this, and the people of the Middle East will pay the price for this for years to come." She added that the action makes it, "untenable for American forces to stay in Iraq."
“We are waking up in a more dangerous world, said Amelie de Montchalin, France’s deputy minister for foreign affairs, on RTL radio. China expressed, “highly concerned”. Russia condemned the assassination and warned that "retaliatory strikes will certainly follow".
“Trump promised to end endless wars,” US Senator Bernie Sanders said, “but this action puts us on the path to another one.” Other US Senators fear escalation of hostility due to the US action. "I do not see any avenue or any way that talks could begin again,” US Senator Rand Paul said, “And I have been one in favor of talks. But I think, unfortunately, diplomacy is dead now in the Middle East with Iran."
After 10 years of negotiation, the 2015 nuclear accord was reached between Iran and the P5+1 (the US, the UK, Russia, France, and China—plus Germany), known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA). In 2018, the US President Trump unilaterally withdrew from it against the advice of his Secretary of State, his Secretary of Defense, and the European allies. He began economic sanctions to dry out the Iranian exports and forced Iranians into a new negotiation. To the Iranians, his actions were an economic war against the nation. So, the tension escalated and led to shooting down one another’s drones in the Persian Gulf.
Now, the tension between Iran and the US has peaked with the US assassinating Iran’s top general in Iraq without the US getting clearance for the fly over Iraq and discussing the assassination plans with Iraq’s officials. Mr. Trump also did not consult his plans with his top officials or the US Congress. He reportedly consulted with Israel, the archenemy of Iran. "Donald Trump started this cycle of escalation,” Slavin said. “If there is a war, it is Donald Trump's war."
Terrorism in any form or shape, by individuals or state, is morally wrong and against international law. Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said the men martyred were “major symbols in achieving victory against” ISIS and other Islamist terrorist groups. He called the US attack that killed General Soleimani and Iraqi Military Commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis an “aggression against Iraq.” Unfortunately, the UN Security Council is impotent in this case for the US would veto any decisions condemning the US aggression.
Historically, the US involvement in the Middle East has been disastrous for the people in the region. In Iran, the US accompanied the British and the Russians into Iran in 1941, leading to the starvation of thousands of Iranians. It masterminded the 1953 coup against the first ever democratically elected government in Iran to install the Shah, causing the deaths and tortures of thousands of Iranians.
Furthermore, bringing the deposed Shah into the US in 1979 made Iranians feel that another US coup was under way and triggered the taking of the US hostages. The US supported Saddam’s war against Iran. It provided Saddam’s forces with the element for chemical weapons and offered intelligence to Saddam’s forces to use the chemicals on the Iranians in clear violations of international law. For the last 40 years, the US has used every means to depose the Islamic government of Iran. As a sovereign state, it is surprising how cleverly Iran has exerted its independence in the face of continuous US threats.   
As for the Arabs, the US has continuously worked against them. It has supported the brutal Saudi regime since 1945 that keeps secret trials, regularly beheads in public, commit crimes against humanity, and is responsible for the growth of the Wahhabi sect that has been terrorizing the world through al-Qaeda, ISIS, Al-Nusra, Boko Haram, and other splinter groups. The US has collaborated with the Saudis in bombarding the poor country of Yemen, producing the “worst humanitarian crisis”. It has pampered other ruthless dictators in the UAE, Bahrain, Jordan, and other Arab countries. It has toppled Saddam, a US ally against Iran, in a bloody invasion under false pretenses when Saddam was perceived no longer serving the US interests, destroying Iraq’s infrastructure and causing millions in deaths, injuries, and refugees.
Against the Arab interests, the US was the first state that recognized Israel and has been supporting it ever since with billions of dollars in arms that has made Israel the most aggressive and oppressive regime in the region. Israel has invaded neighboring Lebanon three times, attacked Gaza repeatedly, and kept the Palestinians oppressed. In some of its strikes against Gaza, the UN evidence suggests it may have committed crimes against humanity. With so much aid from the US, Israel has little incentive to stop the bloodshed, negotiate with the oppressed Palestinians, and pursue peace with its Arab neighbors.
Since Israel’s inception, the region has been in turmoil. Israel does not need more US aid; it is already one of the world’s largest weapon exporters. The US must stop supporting Israel. What Israel truly needs is the courage to reach peace with the Palestinians. That is where the US can help. Once that is done, a comprehensive peace with the Arab neighbors could be achievable.
For the Arabs in the region, the US presence became even more catastrophic since 2011. After the Arab Spring, the US enabled el-Sisi of Egypt to rise to power through a bloody coup. It instigated the civil wars in Libya and Syria, causing millions in deaths, injuries, and refugees. It facilitated the emergence of the terrorist groups such as ISIS and al-Nusra in the region.
In fact, the US actions in the Middle East, Korean peninsula, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Somalia, and other countries have set examples that every atrocity is justified by might. It is no wonder that North Korea is pursuing nuclear weapons to prepare itself in case of a US assault. Other countries fearing the US will gradually follow North Korea. Like the US, Russia used its might and annexed Crimea in 2014. More powerful countries will do the same, manipulating, attacking, and annexing weaker countries in the future. Thus, the US as the world’s superpower has set terrible examples and keeps undermining global peace and security. 
Let the region have peace. The assassination of Soleimani appears satisfying for now to Mr. Trump’s insatiable ego, while distracting the attention from his impeachment for a short time. If retaliated, it would put many Iranians, Iraqis, US forces and allies such as Saudis, Bahrainis, and others in harm way. It could escalate into war with Iran and even Iraq that could lead to thousands of innocent people being killed and no winner. To keep some respect, it is time for the US to take its forces and calmly exit the region. Otherwise, to the surprise of Mr. Trump and the neoconservatives, the assassination will mark the fall of the US hegemony in the region, and perhaps the world.
There is no justification for violence. There is neither peace in war nor war in peace. Although we cannot change history, we can learn lessons and be willing to begin to understand one another. Sometimes, we must agree to disagree, but at least be willing to hear other perspectives of a situation. Power, greed, and control are behind all our mishaps. In an historical perspective, what made, but also broke every empire.
“Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding,” said Albert Einstein. If we truly want peace, we MUST lead by example. We MUST act responsibly, stand for freedom, true democracy where all can have voice, and promote global peace. These deplorable US examples of invading, attacking, and terrorizing other countries are leading the world and any prospects of peace into annihilation.

Dr. Mehdi Alavi, President
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What You Need to Know About World in 2019

Our world is going through a precarious time when human rights, freedom, and peace are under assault. Political and civil rights continue to deteriorate. According to Freedom House, over 70 countries, including the United States (US) and the European Union (EU), suffered from a decline in political and civil rights.
Nationalism is on the rise in much of the world. It keeps threatening the fabric of democracies and instilling fear in people, resulting in human rights abuses, arms proliferation, proxy wars, and waves of refugees. In countries like Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, and the US, nationalist politicians continue building roadblocks to prevent the arrival of migrants and refugees, causing an international crisis. Instead of the roadblocks, they could clearly define the criteria for admitting migrants and refugees with an aim to unite families.
The US President Trump has not been helpful. He has popularized nationalism among democracies worldwide. His erratic decisions have shocked the world. He has discarded Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran against the advice of his advisors and British, French, and German leaders. Mr. Trump has denied the climate change despite the international and US reports that the climate change will have severe impact on the world economy and widen the US trade deficit. He has triggered trade wars that already adversely impacted the economy bilaterally. He has interfered in Venezuela, causing many more to flee the country. He has unwaveringly supported the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen, contributing to the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. He has ignored the CIA’s conclusion that the brutal murder of the dissident reporter Jamal Khashoggi was ordered by the Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salmon (MBS). A great country as the US must work to bring Americans together and promote global peace rather than generating trade wars, stirring up crises in other countries, and supporting dictators.
The humanitarian crises continue in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Congo, Libya, Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Myanmar’s forces continue committing ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya. The Chinese brutal crackdown against the ethnic Turks, India’s lynching of Muslims and Dalits, and the global oppression of the indigenous people continue. China, Egypt, Iran, Russia, and Turkey continue harassing and arresting their perceived political opponents. Consequently, thousands of people have died in conflicts and millions more are fleeing their countries. The UN Refugee Agency reports the two-thirds of the world’s refugees come from conflicts in Afghanistan, Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan, and Syria. The UN Security Council must fulfill its responsibilities by keeping international peace and security.
According to Amnesty International, indigenous people constitute about 5 percent of the world’s population and they are spread out in 90 countries. Wherever they live, they generally face discrimination, oppression, exploitation, eviction, and other human rights abuses. Their lands are often confiscated by the government for development or they are forced off by corporations and landowners in order to access their natural resources. The indigenous people have been suffering much pain. It is time for the UN to devise protection for their persons and properties.
The #MeToo movement went global. Women are now speaking out in France, Italy, Spain, and other countries, detailing how they were discriminated and sexually exploited. It has awakened us to ongoing savagery inflicted on our daughters, sisters, and mothers. Women and girls globally continue be discriminated against, manipulated, and oppressed. Even in Western nations, relatively few women serve in legislative assemblies or are among top government officials. Seldom are they ever represented in the supreme judicial bodies.  We should all stand up for women’s protection and their rights.
A review of the global conflicts, including those in Syria, Libya, and Iraq reveals that the UN veto powers (the US, the UK, Russia, China, and France) are the culprit of much of the problems. They stockpile offensive chemical and nuclear weapons, arm other nations, have military presence in other countries, give military aid to belligerent parties, and participate in military alliances. Instead of leading the world to global peace and security, they are amongst the first to violate their commitments to the UN, making them the world’s worst troublemakers. The UN veto powers must retrain themselves if we are ever going to achieve world peace.
We must work together to solve global issues by creating platforms for positive change driven by holistic peace and equality for all humanity. We are one. We must open heart-to-heart dialogues across borders. We must strive to advance understanding, compassion, and peace everywhere. We must create a world where no women will be used sexually by men, particularly for financial gain. We must realize that none of us will ever be truly free and happy unless we are all free and happy.

Dr. Mehdi Alavi, President
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New Zealand Prime Minister Sets the Example for Addressing Terrorism


On Friday, March 15, 2019, in Christchurch, New Zealand, an Australian gunman shot 50 worshippers in two mosques. In contrast to the other political leaders who felt confused and provided notoriety to their terrorists, the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern firmly led her nation in depriving the terrorist of any publicity. The US former President George W. Bush’s reaction to the 9/11 terrorist attacks made a-Qaeda a household brand. Additionally, the 2017 Las Vegas shooter who killed 58 people and injured over 850 wasn’t called a terrorist because he was a white man, likewise he was given notoriety. The media’s focus remained on him rather than his victims. He received notoriety that millions of dollars couldn’t have bought. A few days later, the US President Donald Trump briefly visited some of the victims and the first responders.
“He sought many things from his act of terror, but one is notoriety,” Prime Minister Ardern said after the attack in reference to the terrorist who struck New Zealand. “And that is why you will never hear me mention his name. He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless.” 
In this tragedy, the victims happened to be Muslims. For her, it didn’t matter who the victims were regardless of religion, sex, race, nationality... Senseless violent tragedy has no honor. Respect and honor to the assaulted and loving compassionate support for ALL survivors in mourning remains appropriate. She made the terrorist(s) nameless and attended to the victims.
By her actions, she demonstrated her knowledge of world affairs and her mental strength to stay calm and fair. She challenged bigotry, and united her nation as well as millions of others across the world. She became a symbol of compassion and love. She brought together the teachings of all masters that we are all one. When one of us hurts, we are all hurting whether or not we are aware.
It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,” Ms. Ardern said. Although being white, she didn’t hesitate and confidently called the killer a terrorist. She bravely led her nation through the worst terrorist act in her country. She moved the focus away from the terrorist, made him nameless, and put attention on the victims. She showed compassion and humility unseen among the modern political leaders. She hugged and cried with the victims and their families. She personally provided solemn sympathy to them in the mosques, the Parliament, and funeral processions. Her courage and determination lifted her nation to a new height. Unlike other political leaders who would be forgotten soon after their terms, she is embossed in the minds of her nation and the world as well. Thus, she put an example for other political leaders to follow in facing terrorist attacks.

Dr. Mehdi Alavi, President

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