Joyce AmericaSpeaks Periscope@11amYou asked I’m doing it ! Syria Today!!!

December 16, 2016

 

Dear Followers:

 

Larry Brinks requested that we discuss “the Syrian Crisis”.  I’ve enclosed this paragraph from the NEW YORK Times and direct you to an email link, directly from Syria, “Syria Deeply” for further reading.

  • “And Aleppo continues to burn.
    “When a free-trade agreement with the U.S.A. drives hundreds of thousands of people to the streets, but such horrible bombings as in Aleppo do not trigger any protest, then something is not right,” said Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel.
    No, not right. Pictures of war and suffering have pricked the public conscience and provoked action before. There was Kevin Carter’s photograph from 1993 of a starving toddler and a vulture in Sudan. There was the photograph of the dead American soldier dragged through Mogadishu, which hastened the United States’ retreat from Somalia. There was Nick Ut’s 1972 photograph from South Vietnam of the naked 9-year-old Phan Thi Kim Phuc, screaming, burned by napalm. These pictures drove news cycles for weeks, months, years, helping tip the scales of policy.”

We see the images of carnage and we’re numb to hostile?  Why?  What has changed our culture from care and compassion for others, to a passive curiosity about what happens on our “Planet”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/15/world/middleeast/aleppo-syria-evacuation
-deal.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share

Hundreds of families gathered in the rebel enclave of the Syrian city
 to be picked up. Later Thursday, the first wave had reached the
 government-held side.

 

At this moment, 8000 men, women and children have been evacuated as the fighting continues.  Gun shots heard outside the City has stopped the further evacuation of civilians.  After 6 years of war, when does it end?

 

See you at 11am.  Your thoughts count and I look forward to our discussion!

 

“the heart and pulse of the Middle Class”

 


Joyce: AmericaSpeaks :Let’s Start a REVOLUTION!

July 29, 2016

 

 

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IMG_5737Dear Followers:

Keep the heat on Hillary!   Start now, #Countdown102days till the election.  Why wait, let’s see Hillary be the leader she says she is?   Let’s we the people help her and urge all her committed Congressmen and women to support the following 1 02 Laws in the next 102 day.  Let these days represent her first 90 days in office.  If , as she claims, she’s better qualified then all other leaders for this job, let her prove it, now!    We the people, can’t wait for the first 100 days to see results. We can’t afford to put our lives on hold for another year at least. We need new laws and reforms now! Hope is nice, laws that change Income Inequality now are better. To remain in Congress, to be elected to serve the people, we demand change now!:

“We the People’s Platform” : Reduce Income inequality

  •  How?  Lower the Corporate tax to 21-28%  and close  all corporate loopholes

The revenue generated should be close to a Trillion $ , since most corporation pay 0-15%.  Use that money to stimulate the economy .

 

  • Create Stimulus programs for Jobs with accountability, work with government and the private sector to start infrastructure programs now! Start at the Dept of State and authorize accountable funds for technology. Then move to the private sector. We have 4 or 5 months before a new President is elected. Don’t be idle. Show us the leadership you bring to the table. The American people are waiting.

 

 

2nd Change the payroll tax  law:  increase the income ceiling to include all incomes , no matter what the amount.  This way everyone pays their share into the system.  Securing Medicare solvency forever!  The old argument, the wealthy don’t benefit, doesn’t work.  We the people haven’t benefitted from their Millions and Billions either!

It’s a start.  It takes a Village, and your leadership.  We already know JohnMcCain, Tim Kaine, Elizabeth Warren and Al Franken and many others in Congress support you.  Why make the people wait?  Shine now and give us a reason to “Hope”!

 

Donald Trump supporters, we need your help too.  Donald Trump he can do everything.  He is particularly fearful that ISIS will come to our shores.  However, with his connection to Putin, let them talk and assist John Kerry in hammering out a lasting in Peace in Syria, bringing the Shiites,  Sunni’s , Isreli’s, Turks, Kurds and the other 14 factions together to defeat ISIS .  This is a big job but someone has to do it.  As our potential leader, you have 102 days to jump start this process.  I’m sure you’ll have help from your supporters.

 

I offer my services to my country, becasue I believe in America and I believe in the power of Americans.  All potential leaders should be motivating as many chagemakers as they can now!  Why wait.  The 102 day countdown has started.   I know  you are both ready for this challenge, you’ve told us so.  You care about all 360 million of us!

 

The winner gets our votes.  Good luck!

 

 

 

 

 

” the heart and pulse of the Middle Class”


The Voice of Joyce: Foreign Policy and the Middle East 

March 4, 2016

 

Dear followers:

 

As an American, I am concerned about Terrorism coming to our shores. As a realist, I believe there is one way to keep terrorism at bay, that’s with muscular diplomacy. If we care about the Middle East or Africa, we should support governments that provide human rights to their people and wish to establish working institutions based on the Rule of Law.

 

  • If we continue to support despots, the people get none of the aid designated for them and   all the money goes to the  corrupt officials in charge.
  • If we remove despots without putting a provisional government in place , that everyone trusts, we have a failed state and the people are brutalized , once again.
  • If you reward good behavior and compassionate leaders, people do not revolt.
  • If we promote human rights before getting to a failed state, terrorism will not have a foothold in that country or in a failed province.

To decrease terrorism we should support” good regimes” with working institutions and the rule of law.

If we continue to support despots who ignore the needs of their people we are certain to have a failed state that is a breeding ground for ISIS or their affiliates. Worse, failed states supporting terrorism, destabilize other states in the region as their propaganda recruits more soldiers for the terrorist cause. Then, Like a giant squid ISIS, AND/ or AlQaeda , et al send their lieutenants to provinces within neighboring Nation States to set up shop. Once people are vulnerable and unprotected, the ” neglected” province is over run by terrorists too! If we can’t reclaim the people peacefully, Coalition forces may be required  .

 

In Iraq “we” allowed the Islamic State to get a foothold in the provinces where the population was already brutalized by the Shiite government in place.  A committed group of diplomats and military advisors can support and reinstate institutions , creating  a fair and balanced military composed of Shiite and Sunni factions.  The solution seems so easy,
funding the old order has led to chaos and oppression. Train an army of the people for the protection of the people, insure stability, be committed to training the next generation of compassionate leaders without the influence of malevolent foreign powers and their proxies.

 

In Syria, now that ISIS is feeling the strength of coalition bombing and being cut off in the Syrian provinces, it is time to bring the warring factions back to the peace table. ( article in the financial Times 2/29/16 ” Syria Enjoys relative peace of ceasefire”)  I’ve counted 14 separate groups with a stake in Syrian Peace. All factions need to feel that we are,  in fact,  honest brokers and will maintain the peace.  AlQueda and the Islamic State, don’t thrive in States that treat their people humanely and with compassion.  A true peace is not viable, unless and until, all foreign governments and their proxies exit this state.  The long term objective is a self governing independent Syria.

 
Terrorists won’t thrive if we change our foreign policy.  ( This is a long term goal.)  If we reward regimes that institute reforms for the benefit of their people, we would decrease graft, military supplies and decrease our foreign aid budget. America would have a method and a policy of giving , that is judicious , cheaper and more effective,  benefiting our fellow man while creating a state that supports it’s people, rather then another despot on the verge of civil war.

 
Civil war is contagious. When People in one country are oppressed ISIS enters and then finds a niche and oil revenue  to maintain itself. Though their tactics are  purposefully  horrific, they do set up a functional system of government. It looks tantalizing and exciting to young people and they join their revolutionary brothers setting up ” shop ” in the  vulnerable provinces. Our lesson should be, never give Terrorists a reason to enter a country. Once there is a failed state, a government without a leader, it is difficult to rout the Terrorists. That’s reason enough to change our Foreign Policy going forward.

 

  • Change  foreign Policy to prevent destabilization of a society, whether it’s in the Middle East or Africa.
  • Stop the spread of terror by advocating good humanitarian Policy and supporting the people of a nation not the despot.
  • Win the hearts and minds of the people , care about their plight, intervene in a humane manner before there is strife, then we can save ourselves from international terrorism.

We can continue to be the World’s policeman, with a coalition of Nations, dedicated to diplomacy rather then civil war, dedicated to humanity, rather then despotic leaders.

 

If you’re interested in our security, dear followers, please read Angus Deaton’s book, “the Great Escape”. I became a believer. Bill Gates is a believer in measurable positive outcomes, too!  Additionally, I recommend, this month’s issue of Foreign Affairs Magazine, though I’ve given you a summary of their topic “GeoEconomics”, before I knew , what I’m advocating, had a name!  LOL.

 

If we value life, why not value this type of Foreign policy and aid. “GeoEconomics”

“the heart and pulse of the Middle Class”


Joyce America Speaks: Periscope at 11am How Fed Rates effect us

December 17, 2015

Dear followers:

We’ll discuss Fed Rate rise and it’s potential effects.

Isis and failed states

Persistence and our Platform, let’s consider a Book!

See you at 11am

“the heart and pulse of the Middle Class”


The Voice of Joyce: Periscope 11am ISIS, etc

November 18, 2015

Dear followers:

See you at 11am.

You shape the conversation.  There is much to discuss.

“the heart and pulse of the Middle Class”


PUBLIC ADVOCACY: IRAN, BiBi, AMERICA & ISIS

March 9, 2015
From my desk to you:  Dear readers 5/21/14

From my desk to you: Dear readers 5/21/14

Have you read the news today?  While we concern ourselves with worries about Iran’s Nuclear capacity , the World belongs to Isis.  Israel is afraid to leave the Jordan Valley in fear of ISIS filling a Political vacuum.  15 recruits for ISIS have already been detained  in Israel and those are the identifiable folks.  Young kids everywhere are enticed by this “romanticized cult of death”, only they don’t see it as a brutal alternative to their already desperate or bored lives.  Young unformed minds are attracted to new ideas , especially if they are presented as a way forward for oppressed people.  Who doesn’t want to help the oppressed?  The only problem, these young kids are fleeing to Syria and Iraq to become slaves of the ISIS regime.  A well organized military unit that believes in rewarding their followers in the here and now with good pay, slave girls and whatever technology is desired.  This is a shrewd, organized, brutal regime, sweeping up whole territories in the Middle East.  They are unstoppable because, as they consume territory, they confiscate oil wells, antiquities, and what ever other loot they can confiscate and sell their ill gotten gains to Syria and Iraq.

With the support of some Middle Eastern Nations, it’s never been confirmed that Saudi Arabla  or other Sunni States are involved, ISIS flourishes with outside funding passing through Syria, Iraq and Turkey.   It has just been revealed that Syria’s Assad is funding ISIS as it pretends they are an enemy of the State?  See the Financial Times article attached, detailing the recent transactions uncovered by EU Sanctions.

  • I saw this article when using the Financial Times app and thought you might be interested:

Financial Times,
New EU Syria sanctions reveal regime collusion with Isis

Sam Jones, Defence and Security Editor

Clandestine relationship sustains the jihadis with significant income

Read the full article at: http://on.ft.com/1BdGqUx

The next article,  by Howard J. Shatz , appeared as an opinion piece in “the New York Daily News” , Sept. 8th 2014.  Mr. Shatz is a Sr. Economist at the non-profit Rand Corporation.  His article, How ISIS funds it’s reign of Terror” appears in it’s entirety.

The next attached article, read on Al Jazeera, details the efforts of a home grown Assyrian  Christian militia in Iraq, intending to reclaim their homeland. They raised the money for their Army through crowdfunding and telethons.  Evidently, People with a vested interest in this region are becoming involved.  The article is dated 2/26/15.

Based on this information, Iran may want to rethink their alliance with Syria.  Assad is playing a win win game while Iran and Hezbollah may turn out to be “cat’s Paws”, pawns in Assad’s ruthless quest for continued power.

This Post is dedicated to my friend Eunice, who insisted, that Iran was less  of a concern at this moment,

to many,  then ISIS?

You dear reader be the judge.  Certainly I will continue to write on all topics that interest US.  Politics does effect US, but we have choices.


PUBLIC ADVOCACY:  If I were BIBI ?

March 1, 2015
JOYCE /2/11/15 @ 12:50pm

JOYCE /2/11/15 @ 12:50pm

I read Bibi Netanyahu,  the Prime Minister of Israel,  should offer a counter plan for negotiating with Iran. Since I’m not privy to the negotiations, I can only state some known facts about Iran and their military aspirations and my personal concerns!

9 nuclear power plants have been built in Iran.  How many produce energy and at what cost, I have no idea.  15 more plants are proposed to go online  in the next 15 years scattered around  The Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea.  Many of the existing plants are built on seismic fault lines. Some of Iran’s neighbors fear nuclear fall out in the event of an earthquake.  Iran’s nuclear energy program was started in the 1970’s.  It is said , the cost was $100 Billion.  Did  9 plants cost in excess of $10 Billion each?  How many of these plants produce clean nuclear energy today?    Why has it taken 40 yrs to produce so little clean energy?
While looking through the IAEA reports I was unable to determine the following:
1. Have all nuclear power plants been identified?
2. Have inspections been occurring on a regular basis?
3. Has uranium enrichment continued during negotiations?
4. How much uranium has been enriched and to what level?
5. Is there a proposal to remove enriched uranium?  To what site?
6. Why haven’t alternative energy solutions been proposed and implemented?
7. What are the Geo political consequences of a “nuclear weaponized ” Iran?  For the record, I will state,  another member into the Nuclear Club is not in the best interests of our Planet. Iran,  as an armed Aggressor,  is not acceptable.
I find it difficult to separate Iran’s nuclear plans from their geo political position as a player in destabilizing the Middle East.  It is known that Iran supplies Hezbollah and HAMAS with ICBM’s. Iran and their proxies threaten the annihilation of the State of Israel .  Yet they tell their people, the Iranian people, that they fear Israeli Bombing of their nuclear facilities.  A  little disingenuous?
Iranians believe Israel is out to Bomb them. They don’t hear the real story. For Iranians to hear the real story, they would have to be told that Iran funds terror groups who  murder Israelis and JEWS .  The Iranian people may not realize that their country is an “evil player” on the Geo Political stage?  That can be rectified,  if Iran truly wants to ” reform”.
If I were BiBi,  I’d want to know the extent of Iran’s peaceful nuclear aspirations and the reason they won’t switch to 4 th generation Clean Nuclear Energy.  The Chinese have proven thorium a safe alternative to the use of Uranium and Plutonium in Nuclear Power Plants.    Thorium , also degrades over decades and leaves less problems of waste disposal.  We may find,  after an assessment of Iran’s energy requirements they have mismanaged their energy program.  They may require international aid and advice in establishing better, cheaper and cleaner forms of alternative energy?  Fuel cells, wind and solar power are also alternatives!
So I d ask Iran for the following  concessions before releasing funds  with the understanding that trust and cooperation occur over time.  What have we achieved to date?  What are our goals?
  • We want a lessening of terrorist activity in the region.  Iran supports both Hamas and Hezollah.  Is Iran willing to talk disarmament !  We’re taking about stopping the Caliphate mentality in the Middle East!
  • Will Iran meet with all relevant parties in the Middle East to develop a strategy of mutual cooperation and coexistence?
  • Is Iran ready to stop the hate dialog?   Stop calling for the annihilation of Israel and targeting Jews for murder through their proxies.
  • Is Iran willing to to cooperate with the World and remove their enriched Uranium to a place of neutrality?  Let’s clarify, the World does not object to Clean energy.  The World objects to enriched uranium that can be weaponized.

I believe Iran should address Israel’s concerns and alleviate the fears of ordinary citizens in the US and Sunni Arab States.  What is Iran willing to give up for a lifting of Sanctions?  Money can always flow to Iran in phases..  No pun intended, but I do not believe Iran has the right to “call the shots”.

We have choices when Politics effects us!  Have a great day!  From my vantage point, when the Jersey skyline disappears, that’s scary!


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