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.

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East Needs a Rethink

 The US has a responsibility to right its many wrongs, starting with the Middle East.


In 2019, former US President Jimmy Carter told a church congregation about a conversation he had with Donald Trump, the incumbent president at the time. He said Trump called him for advice about China. Carter, who normalized US ties with China in 1979, told the president that the United States had only been at peace for 16 years since the nation was founded. He also called the US “the most warlike nation in the history of the world.”

Carter considers his time in office to be peaceful, but his record says otherwise. Under his one term as president from 1977 to 1981, the US was still instigating conflicts across the world. The most notable was the Iran-Iraq War, which the US, the Soviet Union and their allies were heavily involved in by supporting the Iraqis.

Causing Trouble

The Civility Report 2021, a publication of the Peace Worldwide Organization, labels the US the world’s worst troublemaker, followed by Russia. The evidence for this is clear.

First, the US maintains at least 750 military bases in around 80 countries. It also has more than 170,000 troops stationed in 159 countries. Second, in 2016, The Washington Post reported that the US has tried 72 times to overthrow governments of sovereign nations between 1947 and 1989. These actions were in clear violation of the UN Charter. Third, the US continues using economic sanctions against numerous countries to force their leadership to bow to Washington’s demands.

The worst example is Iran, which the US has sought to use a policy of “maximum pressure” against. Sanctions are also in clear violation of the UN Charter and affect civilians more than the political leaders they seek to squeeze. These unwarranted interventions in Iran have brought pain and suffering to people in a country that is not known for its human rights.

The US, meanwhile, is known well as a country that pays lip service to human rights, democracy and peace. It talks about a lack of democracy in some nations but favors tyrannical rulers in others. This includes countries like Bahrain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

The US today is the world’s only superpower, and with such power comes great responsibility. If the US is truly interested in human rights, democracy and peace, then it too must change its actions. It must begin by complying with the UN Charter and respecting international law. Washington must right its many wrongs — particularly in the Middle East — not because it is forced to do so, but because it is the right thing for a world in which peace can prosper. For this to become a reality, there are a number of areas for the US to consider.

The Coup That Has Never Been Forgotten

The first area is addressing the US relationship with Iran. In the 1980s, in violation of the Geneva Protocol of 1925, the United States and its European allies provided assistance to Iraq when it leader, Saddam Hussein, ordered the use of chemical weapons against Iranian troops. Most victims of that attack in 1988 died instantly, while many others are still suffering from the consequences. Some survivors of the chemical warfare now struggle to find inhalers in Iran, which is scarred by sanctions. The US should acknowledge the role it played in the war and provide reparations for the injuries and damage it caused. 

Today, the draconian sanctions the US has placed on Iran has deepened a rift with the European Union, Russia and China, all of which signed a nuclear agreement with Tehran in 2015. The US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2018 under US President Donald Trump led to the reintroduction of crippling sanctions that have hurt the Iranian middle class and the poor, causing hardship and death.

Washington must lift its unlawful sanctions, which Trump introduced to bring Iran to its knees. The US thinks that Iran is meddling in the affairs of countries like Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen, and that a policy of “maximum pressure” will force it to rethink its foreign policy. The Trump administration used this as an excuse to pull out of the nuclear deal, despite the Iranians complying with all of its obligations under the JCPOA. The US under President Joe Biden should do the same by rejoining the agreement and lifting sanctions.

In the long term, a détente between the US and Iran could pave the way for the Iranians to forgive the 1953 coup d’état against the democratically elected government of Mohammad Mossadegh. At the time, a US-orchestrated campaign led to the overthrow of Prime Minister Mossadegh. He was replaced with Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the brutal last shah of Iran, who himself was overthrow in the 1979 revolution. Yet the memories of the coup have never been forgotten.

Lies Over Iraq

Iraq is another country where US actions have not been forgotten. If you attack anyone without being provoked, any court with ounce of justice would require you to repair the inflicted damage. Relations between nations work in the same way. If a nation harms another without provocation, the aggressor is expected to repair the damage caused.

In 2003, under the false pretext that the Iraqis had weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and ties with al-Qaeda, the US under President George W. Bush invaded Iraq. The result was the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and his government, the destruction of infrastructure, the death of hundreds of thousands in the years to come and the displacement 9.2 million Iraqis.

The US invasion inevitably led to the rise of radical groups like the Islamic State (IS), which in 2014 seized territory in Iraq and Syria. The trillions that American taxpayers paid for the Iraq war could have been well spent in the US on addressing poverty, building high-speed rail networks or repairing infrastructure. Instead, the dollars were spent on bombs and bullets.

When Iraqis led by Iranian General Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Mahdi al-Muhandis formed resistance against IS militants and expelled them from Iraq, many people were jubilant that their country was freed. Instead of congratulating Soleimani and Muhandis for the role they played, the US violated Iraq’s territorial integrity. In a US drone strike at Baghdad airport in January 2020, both men were assassinated in violation of international law. The US action was not only unlawful, but it also puts all foreign diplomats in danger by setting a precedent for other countries to assassinate enemies.

There are two ways the US can make up for its illegal actions of 2003. First, holding those responsible to account for the invasion and human rights violations would show the world that the US is serious about the rule of law. That includes the likes of Bush and his accomplices, who lied and betrayed the trust of the American people, as well as security and military personnel who went beyond the rules of war. Holding such persons to account would restore respect for the US across the world by demonstrating that no one, not even the president or American soldiers, is above the law. Second, providing reparations for the loss of Iraqi and American lives, the injuries caused, the people displaced and the property destroyed is essential.

Famine in Yemen

Yemen is another country where bombs have destroyed the country under the watchful eye of the Americans. In 2015, a Saudi-led coalition supported and armed by the United States, Britain and France began indiscriminatingly bombing Yemen in response to a takeover by Iran-backed Houthi rebels. The destruction of Yemen has led to accusations of war crimes by all parties involved. It has also resulted in 5 million people being at the brink of famine and millions more facing starvation.

The US must promptly stop all military and intelligence support to the coalition. As the one nation with such political power, the US must work on bringing the combatants together by implementing the UN Charter that calls for respecting “the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace.”

As citizens in a free world, we must assume responsibility for our political leaders’ actions. First, as a bare minimum, we should realize that the problems we cause for others, sooner or later, will come back to haunt us. The example of US support for the mujahideen during the 1980s in Afghanistan is well known. Second, electing the right political leaders who strive for freedom and peace will not only benefit people in faraway lands, but also in the US itself. Instead of taxpayer dollars being spent on weapons, cash can be reinvested into our society to educate children, improve access to health care and do much more. 

United, we can put “maximum pressure” on the US to become a leader in creating a world free from war, oppression and persecution.

*[The author is the founder and president of Peace Worldwide Organization, a non-religious, non-partisan and charitable organization in the United States that promotes freedom and peace for all. It recently released its Civility Report 2021, which can be downloaded here.]

This article was originally published on Fair Observer on December 21, 2021.

Giving Thanks to Indigenous People Throughout the world, indigenous people continue to face discrimination.


Thanksgiving provides us once again with an opportunity to introspect and appreciate our blessings. But for many Native Americans, the day is a reminder of all the slaughter, destruction and loss of lands inflicted on them by outsiders, starting with the pilgrims arriving in Massachusetts some 400 years ago.

The plights of indigenous people in other places are, in many ways, similar with those in the Americas. To this day, they still face challenges every day.

According to Amnesty International, 370 million indigenous people across the world constitute about 5% of the global population, living in more than 90 countries and speaking over 4,000 languages. Wherever they live, they often face discrimination, oppression, exploitation, eviction and other human rights abuses. As expected, the COVID-19 pandemic has particularly impacted them due to poverty, lack of clean water and access to health services.

In much of the world, indigenous people suffer from high unemployment, poor education and domestic violence. They are often targeted for mistreatment and abuse and have the least access to health services compared with other groups. They are usually imprisoned disproportionately and some die in custody.

Around the World

In Australia, indigenous people constitute around 3% of the population, but they form more than a quarter of the prison population. Their children are 17 times more likely to be incarcerated than non-indigenous children.

In the Americas, indigenous people are subjected to discrimination, harassment and violence, particularly in countries like ArgentinaChile, Paraguay and Nicaragua, among others. They may also face unsubstantiated charges that include sabotage, terrorism and murder and are particularly, vulnerable to human trafficking. In Argentina, indigenous people are further deprived of their rights to ancestral lands. In Paraguay, they continue being evicted and denied their lands. In Peru, the killers of indigenous people are often not brought to justice.

Similarly, Canada and the United States have discriminated, mistreated and manipulated their indigenous people. Both of these nations have exploited and mismanaged the assets of the native population. Canada has continued oppressing its indigenous people, confiscating their lands and eliminating their cultures.

In June, more than 600 unmarked graves were discovered in Canada at a Catholic-run school for indigenous children that operated from 1899 to 1997. This followed a previous report of 215 bodies at another Catholic school that was open from the late 19th century to 1969.

The Contributions of Native Americans

The contributions of indigenous peoples to the world are countless. Native Americans alone brought us many plants from beans and peanuts to pineapple and herbal medicines. They also greatly contributed to our democracy, inspiring the Founding Fathers in fashioning the US government. The Six Nations, known by the French as the Iroquois, provided a great example of participatory democracy where the government was truly founded on the consent of the governed.

The delegates from the 13 English colonies were inspired by the Native Americans who were endowed with a rich heritage over thousands of years that included counseling among the elders in the affairs of the tribes. As early as 1744, Canasatego, the Iroquois Confederation’s spokesman, advised the colonists on how to form a union in order to become a powerful confederation. The colonists listened to his advice in forming what became the United States of America.  

In 1751, Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter inspiring the 13 colonies to follow the Iroquois Confederacy in forming a union. John Hancock, speaking on behalf of the 1775 Continental Congress, expressed it well when he said “the Six Nations are wise people. Let us harken to their Council and teach our children to follow it.” In 1988, the US Senate finally paid tribute to the Native Americans by saying that the “confederation of the original Thirteen Colonies into one republic was inuenced by the political system developed by the Iroquois Confederacy as were many of the democratic principles which were incorporated into the Constitution itself.”

Giving Thanks

Those who live in democracies today, including the United States, owe a lot to Native Americans for their freedom. Indigenous peoples have served us well and deserve to be treated with respect, provided with the same opportunities and appreciated for their contributions to the world. We should work to ensure they have equal rights where they live and raise them out of poverty, enabling them to have access to clean water, hygiene and health services.

In the US, let us make this Thanksgiving Day special by embracing our Native Americans, paving the way to remedy some of their wounds. As Amnesty International recommends, we should follow other countries in the Americas by replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in recognition of their contributions to the United States of America.

By Mehdi Alavi

*[Dr. Mehdi Alavi is the founder and president of Peace Worldwide Organization, a non-religious, non-partisan and charitable organization in the United States that promotes freedom and peace for all. It recently released its Civility Report 2021, which can be downloaded here.]

This article was originally published on Fair Observer on November 24, 2021.


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.

Also, you may visit peaceworldwide.org, download our annual Civility Report, and join our Peace Contest. Let’s be peace-makers together!

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!

Also, you may visit peaceworldwide.org, download our annual Civility Report, and join our Peace Contest. Let’s be peace-makers together!

May peace be with you!


Dr. Mehdi Alavi, President
Peace Worldwide Organization
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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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“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

Dr. Mehdi Alavi, President
Peace Worldwide Organization


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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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Dr. Mehdi Alavi, President
Peace Worldwide Organization