I wanted to take the time to reflect upon the recent Biden – Putin summit that was held in Switzerland, Geneva at the Parc de la Grange on June 16th 2021. President Joseph Biden JR., stated that President Vladimir Putin is a worthy adversary, and in earlier comments as having no soul. Whilst at first I did take a critical lens, and wrote from a socio-political point of view, the fact that the summit went well prompted a positive shift, to reckon that maybe an adversary can turn into a friend.
a positive shift, to reckon that maybe an adversary can turn into a friend. #ShaziaBlog #quote #BidenPutinSummitTweet
It is difficult especially as the Putin Presidency / Government was involved with the chemical attacks in Syria, and always assisting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to hurt his own people. There is probably much more to mention, but the chemical attack created horror, and I wondered why instances such as these don’t capture worldwide attention from social-political movements?
chemical attack created horror, and I wondered why instances such as these don’t capture worldwide attention from social-political movements? #ShaziaBlog #quote #BidenPutinSummit #WithRefugeesTweet
With an agreement with President Biden the success of a summitt is measured with due-course and time after meetings have been held. I do think that a Biden-Putin conference should have been held together after the summit meetings took place. Simply to acknowledge each others presence, endeavours, and to publically signal the beginning of a successful summit.
I do think that a Biden-Putin conference should have been held together after the summit meetings took place. #ShaziaBlog #quote #BidenPutinSummitTweet
I appreciated the photograph opportunity of leaders together sitting in a room where the summit took place. Which reminded me of my own graduation picture, with lots of books in the background, as well as my Russian immigrant friend from many years earlier. We would sit together in-class and help each other with assignments. I appreciated the location of the summit that offered a point of neutrality, as it was neither leaders home country. I found the link of the location interesting, as Geneva is where the headquarters of The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) exists.
location of the summit that offered a point of neutrality #ShaziaBlog #quote #BidenPutinSummitTweet
IFRC – The IFRC and the IFRC national societies are known for their world-renowned humanitarian efforts, action and assistance in all-sides of the hemisphere, including war zones of Syria and human-made humanitarian disasters such as Venezuela (Hussain, 2020). Maybe this connection is a type of silent summit, to take note of the unsaid. To hint of hope for the end of Chemical weapons of mass destruction and the creation of horrific hurts? Whilst it can be a very difficult moment to believe also as a worthy adversary, it is important to take note of the International Humanitarian, Human Rights and Refugee Law in the context of armed conflict (2004). Where a previous enemy or adversary who is no longer taking part in wars or conflict must be treated with dignity and respect (2004, p. 8).
The IFRC and the IFRC national societies are known for their world-renowned humanitarian efforts #ShaziaBlog #quote #BidenPutinSummitTweet
Spanish America – I also know that history binds Russia well with Spain and Spanish American history. Russia was a crucial ally to assist the Spanish Crown, King Fernando VII to finally put an end to the French invasion of Spain, which was a great source of tension that fluttered to the United States and the Spanish territories of the Americas (Gibson, 2009, p. 175).
history binds Russia well with Spain and Spanish American history. #ShaziaBlog #quote #BidenPutinSummitTweet
Soul – The Biden-Putin summit success will be determined in the days, months ahead. The summit location and the history that I have noted offer hope. To realize that we all have a soul. In my view our soul requires love and tenderness, especially as we give to each other in our various forms. The soul can be damaged and hurt as it is led astray as a simple example we can think of drug abuse, or the psychological trauma of events / wars that one has experienced and so on.
our soul requires love and tenderness #ShaziaBlog #quote #BidenPutinSummitTweet
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: I would like to take the time to acknowledge the ABC World News Tonight coverage. With special thanks to David Muir and his team who report the news at various international / global locations to the public like us, especially with this recent summit in Geneva, Switzerland. Which is the first of its kind as nations emerge from the Coronavirus health pandemic. Thank you!
I would like to take the time to acknowledge the ABC World News Tonight Coverage With special thanks to David Muir and his team … Thank you! #ShaziaBlog #quote #BidenPutinSummit #ThankYouTweet
- The New York Times | U.S. Concludes Syria Used Chemical Weapons in May Attack
- Frequently Asked Questions on International Humanitarian, Human Rights and Refugee Law in the context of armed conflict
Gibson, C. (2019). EL NORTE The Epic and Forgotten History of Hispanic North America. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press.
Hussain, S. S. (2020). An Analysis of International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC). Humanitarian Organization, and Mission within the National Society of Venezuela. [Unpublished Manuscript]. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Inter-Agency Standing Committee (2004). Frequently Asked Questions on International Humanitarian, Human Rights and Refugee Law in the Context of Armed Conflict.
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Notes: These thoughts were originally hand-written on June 21st 2021 and have been referenced as per needed. Thank you.
UPDATE: Since originally writing this American student Catherine Serou studying in Russia was found dead (Source: ABC World News Tonight).
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