By Arol Dut Jok, Nairobi, Kenya
February 1, 2017 (SSB) — As the title states, it is perplexing to discern the path that the world is headed to. The so many discrepancies or discords between cultures on one hand and nations on the other (inter & intra) are obtrude and big threats to international peace & security. The world system is facing virulent attacks spurred by selfish interests and this suffices to exemplify that the world is in a retrogressive state.
The West wanting to impose their ideologies on others, and the rest resisting such ideologies is the ignition of most world problems. The other problems in summary being the pursuance of selfish interests by each state in the international arena, and the ever conflicting religions (which has led to rise of the many extremist militant groups).
Apposite to that is the Mainstream Media that conducts misguided reports that are duplicitous and imprecise. It promotes antipathy, abhorrence and viciousness amongst people. An epitome here is South Sudan and to some extent, the Libya destabilisation of U.S by use of propaganda which was executed by the mainstream media.
Partially, due to the media’s indescretion of information and its duplicity (extreme propaganda), the South Sudanese people have become very recalcitrant to the government and are therefore unable to contribute positively to the prosperity of the nation. The mainstream media is reprehensible.
Another alarming issue is the rise and trending of the “anti” sentiments the world over. For instance, the West have the anti-globalisation, anti-immigrants, anti-EU and anti-Muslims sentiments; the Asians have the anti-America and anti-terrorism sentiments; and Africans with their thinking have anti-governments, anti-development, anti-humanity, and to a little extent the anti-West sentiments. Such sentiments may prove horrendous to world citizens if a common policy is not developed.
Howbeit, finding a common policy to resolve and put to an end the “anti sentiments” which are mainly driven by selfish interests remains elusive given the fact that such sentiments are now at an apogee. Perhaps, the panacea would be encouraging the application of Theory-Practice Learning (TPL) and to a little extent borrow some concepts from the 4th Political Theory of Aleksandr Dugin.
The Theory-Practice Learning would expose policy makers to real world issues and how they can possibly be resolved. If there is one thing the world citizens must never dissociate themselves from, it is the sense of human importance. It is in such a way that a possible human extinction and a total human isolation may be slowed.
On the other hand, Africans are being strayed by some of the Western cultures. However much the Western cultures have always been inimitable to the Africans, it is high time we Africans forbear from putting all of them in to practice because of their inopportuneness. In addition, some of them have desecrated our traditions, norms & values that once used to be the guiding pillars of African cohesiveness.
The theories of Functionalism and Symbolic Interactionism have to be considered in this case. The Africans must not force themselves to fit in the western traditions or ideologies. We can as well polish ours and modify them to suit our contemporary lives.
In final consideration, Extremism and Insurgencies in the form of terrorism have to be extirpated for the world to be a safer place for the citizens. These include but not limited to; ISIS, Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan, Al-Shabaab, Hezbollah, Boko Haram, Taliban, Al Qaeda and the Unknown Gunmen of South Sudan.
The mentioned groups have bombed, beheaded and shot dead hundreds of thousands of world citizens. Their continued uprisings and existence poses a big threat to humanity. The world governments must cooperate now or never. Cooperation is the only way to eliminate terrorism.
I am pleased with Russia’s efforts in exterminating the ISIS and President Trump’s defence priorities. The recent phone call made by President Donald J Trump of U.S to Vladimir Putin of Russia to talk about how both countries can unify their efforts to destroy terrorist groups in Syria is a very important step towards achieving a possible stability in Syria and Middle East.
In addition, the coming together of Turkey & Russia to counter terrorism in Syria is a positive sign. The cooperation between Turkey, America and Russia to extirpate terrorism in Syria and parts of Middle East would be indomitable, and that could benefit the world from many angles.
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