Controversy, by dictionary definition, is a prolonged public disagreement or heated discussion surrounding a specific topic.
And if that definition doesn't adequately surmise 2020, then I don't know what does. In ode to the thankful and ever nearing cessation of this annum, here are five controversial topics, where I discuss my personal beliefs and opinions amidst a pool of statistics and facts to enlighten and educate you on the facets of the year that may have slipped by you... 🧠 💭
the key points in a nutshell:
🇦🇲 Artsakh (Karabakh) is an integral part of historic Armenia. During the Urartian era (9-6th cc. B.C.) Artsakh was known as Urtekhe-Urtekhini. As a part of Armenia Artsakh is mentioned in the works of Strabo, Pliny the Elder, Claudius Ptolemy, Plutarch, Dio Cassius, and other ancient authors.
🇦🇲 The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is an ethnic and territorial conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, inhabited mostly by Armenians
🇦🇲 In July of 2020, Azerbajhan started yet another conflict in their bid to seize this portion of historic land from Armenia. They succeeded and have now taken what is NOT theirs.
🇦🇲 Some 150,000 Armenian's have now been left distraught, homeless and desolate from the attack as their homeland has been seized and they have been exiled
🇦🇲 The entire Nagorno-Karabakh conflict began in 1917, during the formation of three ethnic republics of Transcaucasia - Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, as a result of the collapse of the Russian Empire
why trump was not a totally bad president and actually did accomplish some good pre-Biden
the key points in a nutshell:
🇺🇸 President Donald Trump has been among the most controversial presidents in US history...Though his accomplishments are not popular with his critics, Trump, for better or for worse, has been a consequential president - largely when compared to Biden.
🇺🇸 Trump's most lasting impact on the country will be the reshaping of the federal judiciary. He installed three Supreme Court justices and 220 judges overall to the federal bench — all for lifetime appointments.
🇺🇸 Three years into his presidency, Trump's signature legislative achievement remains a Republican tax bill that made sweeping changes to the tax code: The Tax Codes and Jobs Act. It permanently slashed the corporate tax rate to 21% from 35% while also providing temporary benefits for individuals and their families.
🇺🇸 Trump signed the First Step Act into law in December 2018, marking the first legislative victory in years for advocates seeking to reform the criminal justice system.
🇺🇸 He has got NATO allies to cough up more money for our collective security. Allies have increased in defence spending by $130 billion since 2016. And the White House reports almost TWICE as many allies are meeting their commitment to spend 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense today than before Trump arrived.
😷 Why should we wear a face covering? Face coverings reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets from coughs, sneezes and speaking. They should mainly be worn to protect other people from coronavirus, rather than yourself.
😷 The problem I have with masks from a more virologist perspective is the sheer fact that if a germ is airbourne and has an approximate lifespan of 72 hours on cloth... do you not think, on the basis of common sense, that the virus can and will "stick" to your mask exposing you to infection, regardless of whether you are masked up or not?
😷 The most common ways we’re wearing face masks incorrectly: by not covering the nose. Which I will just confess upon doing myself. As someone with anxiety, along a pool of others suffering things like claustrophobia, asthma, hypertension, delirium or any orher medical concern, a mask can and does exacerbate existing conditions in the individual.
😷 plain and simple: masks do not work (my opinion, do not hold me at gunpoint for saying this). But here is my explanation as to why...
😷 First, let's be clear. The premise that surgeons wearing masks serves as evidence that "masks must work to prevent viral transmission" is a logical fallacy that I would classify as an argument of false equivalence, or comparing "apples to oranges."
Although surgeons do wear masks to prevent their respiratory droplets from contaminating the surgical field and the exposed internal tissues of our surgical patients, that is about as far as the analogy extends. Obviously, surgeons cannot "socially distance" from their surgical patients (unless we use robotic surgical devices, in which case, I would definitely not wear a mask).
The CoVID-19 pandemic is about viral transmission. Surgical and cloth masks do nothing to prevent viral transmission. We should all realize by now that face masks have never been shown to prevent or protect against viral transmission. Which is exactly why they have never been recommended for use during the seasonal flu outbreak, epidemics, or previous pandemics.
black lives vs all lives matter
✊🏿 All Lives Matter (#AllLivesMatter) is a slogan that has come to be associated with criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement
✊🏾 The fact remains that multiple different races experience far more discrimination than that of the black community.
✊🏽 Black lives matter. White lives matter. Tan lives matter. Olive lives matter. Brown, cafe au lait, orient and aborigine; darkest of dark, palest of pale and anywhere and everywhere in between. Highlighting our differences will only sharpen the contrast between races. Equality needs to be blanketed across everyone; and it’s my belief that only then will we be able to reach a foundation for the future of being able to simply ‘be’
✊🏼 In studies conducted specifically by the UK government, the majority of the population think people from ethnic minority backgrounds face no more discrimination than white people in the news (53% vs 30% who say they face greater discrimination), in TV or films (60% vs 23%), in the workplace (54% vs 29%), and in access to finance (57% vs 17%), access to jobs (52% vs 31%), university (52% vs 20%) or good schooling (54% vs 23%).
Six in ten (61%) believe there is no difference in discrimination faced by people of an ethnic minority background or white people among friends or family.
✊🏻 Chinese, Aboriginal, Armenian... there are more races discriminated far more profoundly than those from an african or other black background. Allow me to elaborate:
The world’s indigenous population has been estimated at 370 million individuals living in more than 70 countries and made up of more than 5.000 distinct peoples. Although representing 5% of the world’s population, indigenous peoples account for 15% of the world’s poorest people1. Indigenous peoples face many challenges and their human rights are frequently violated: they are denied control over their own development based on their own values, needs and priorities; they are politically under-represented and lack access to social and other services. They are often marginalized when it comes to projects affecting their lands and have been the victims of forced displacement as a result of ventures such as the exploitation of natural resources
🏳️⚧️ In 2020, a record number of anti-trans bills made their way through state legislatures. This assault on trans rights comes just as the Supreme Court
🏳️⚧️ Some main bills passed this year include... in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, Washington, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, South Dakota, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennesse, Mississippi AND South Carolina: it is written that transgender youths are excluded and entirely prohibited from participating in athletica, which include sports games, after school clubs, and sports scholarship programmes.
🏳️⚧️ Transgender people in thirteen countries live under specific laws that criminalise them, punishing them with prison, corporal punishment and, where anti-gay laws are also used against trans people, even death.
🏳️⚧️ Consensual same-sex acts, being LGBTQ, is still illegal in 70 countries around the world. In 12 of these countries, you can even be punished by death for consensual same-sex sexual acts between adults.
🏳️⚧️ In the UK, the GRA (Gender Rights Act) is still being towed back and forth in an attempt to establish some positive modification. Currently, GRA requirements include a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria and proof of a person having lived in their preferred gender for at least two years before their birth certificate can be changed. Campaigners have said that this is invasive, and places trans people in the uncomfortable position of having to “prove” their gender to an independent panel of strangers.
from a psychological perspective...
🧠 People are becoming morw privy to the "snowflake generation" way of thinking, whereby individual seemingly seek out to find things to be offended by (ie Uncle Bens rice being REBRANDED because "it's racist"... please get over yourselves 🤦🏻♀️)
🧠 There is an evident exponential rise of PTSD and anxiety within various age groups as a result of war and conflict, specifically in the Middle East, which is likely to lead to signficiant problems as there is notoriously a lacking of mental health resources in the Middle East due to a long standing social stigma that mental health problems = a weakness of character
🧠 The LGBTQ communitys existing statistics of depression and suicidality are found to be significantly higher than among the general population. The passage of laws that discriminate against LGBT people have been shown to have significant negative impacts on the physical and mental health and well-being of LGBT youth; for example, depression and drug use among LGBT people have been shown to increase significantly after the passage of discriminatory laws. And unless we make a conscious effort to eradicate discriminatiom amongst this pool of people, it will only continue to permeate society.
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