Military veteran whose aviation career began at Mather Field returns to airshow this weekend as children’s book author
Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, aka Captain Mama, will showcase her bilingual book trilogy on the flightline at the California Capital Airshow October 1-2Graciela's adventurous storytelling, Linda's engaging illustrations, Kiyoshi's origami activity, meld together to lead you on a lasting journey with ideas that extend far beyond the end of the book.”— Ziwa Hampshire, teacher, USAF veteran, Lexington Elementary, Los Gatos, CA
SACRAMENTO, CA, UNITED STATES, September 29, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- A military aviation career that began at Mather Field, when it was Mather Air Force Base and the nation’s Undergraduate Navigator Training (UNT) school, has inspired an award-winning bilingual children’s aviation book series that takes place on a flying gas station.
UNT graduate Graciela Tiscareño-Sato will be a featured author on the flightline this weekend at Rancho Cordova’s much-anticipated California Capital Airshow, October 1-2, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on both days. Details here.
Tiscareño-Sato’s innovative series, published fully in Spanish (her first language) and English, takes place onboard the iconic KC-135R refueling tanker, the jet in which she served for eight years after receiving her navigator wings at Mather Field.
In the series debut, "Good Night, Captain Mama," a young boy named Marco learns why his mother wears a military flight suit and why she serves. In the second book, "Captain Mama’s Surprise," Marco leads his class field trip to tour the aerial refueling jet where his mother works and narrates the experience in the unique voice of a military-connected child. Tiscareño-Sato was inspired to create the series by her son when he first saw her in her flight suit and called her “Captain Mamá.”
Now, in the third book, “Taking Flight with Captain Mama/Despegando con Capitán Mamá,” Marco and his classmates take flight on the KC-135 refueling tanker. They see Captain Mama and crew in action refueling some of the coolest jets in the Air Force, and witness what happens during an emergency. This title will be nationally available on October 27th. Preorder at publisher’s store here.
Here's an excerpt of a book review by D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer at Midwest Book Review:
“The "you are there" feel is heightened by action-packed experiences, aircraft communications and explanations, and discussions of military deployment that help the young narrator better understand his mother's service, duties, and the special role she holds as a Captain on a military aircrew. Details about the stealth fighter jet educate kids about different types of military planes, while the adventure component keeps children both involved and educated.
The result is an important and unique survey of women, including Latinas, in aviation and military service that showcases several women’s important work, reflective of other women who have earned command and aeronautical positions in our armed forces. These facets, and the bilingual approach of the story, make for an outstanding opportunity to learn more about women in service and in active military roles, making "Taking Flight With Captain Mama" the perfect picture book of choice for assignments during Hispanic Heritage Month, Veterans Day, Women's History Month, and general-interest reading year-round. Its information, delivery, and action-oriented story are compellingly presented and unequaled in the picture book world.”
Come to the airshow and visit the veteran and author in the autograph tent at show center. Tiscareño-Sato will be signing books, taking pictures with kids, and offering children a chance to try on her flight suits.
“I bring my flight suits to airshows so that families can take home very special airshow memories - photos of their kids in real flight suits, striking confident aviator poses, and imagining themselves in this profession one day,” said the author. “I love answering questions, in Spanish and in English, about pathways to college for first-generation scholars like me, the Air Force ROTC scholarship that made my bachelor degree at UC Berkeley possible, and tips for young women on how to thrive in the most male-dominated technical profession of military aviation. It's phenomenal to be back at Mather where I received my wings!”
Tiscareno-Sato will serve local youth as a table mentor at Friday’s STEM Expo at Mather Field. She's taking her inspirational aviation picture book series to approximately 10 airshows across the nation in 2022. Next year, she’ll attend air shows as a contracted Ground Performer to inspire families and gift books to children, and as a logo-sponsored author too. Airshow organizers should contact publisher Gracefully Global Group to book the author and veteran in 2023.
For more info about the Captain Mama book series, the planned airshow calendar, Teacher Packs, Virtual Author Visit Packages (in English & Spanish) for classrooms, teacher testimonials, and more, please visit CaptainMama.com
Reach the author at (510) 542-9449 to coordinate interviews between Friday, September 30th and Sunday, October 2nd (Friday afternoon after the STEM Expo and Saturday and Sunday at the airshow’s autograph tent at the Captain Mama table. Email the author at info@CaptainMama.com. After the airshow, contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Gracefully Global Group is in the business of inspiración. The premiere independent publisher of positive media images and case studies from the Latino community in book, eBook and live presentation formats, the firm is certified as a Woman-Owned Small Business and also veteran-owned. The firm’s first book "Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them" (978-0-9834760-0-9) received multiple honors from a variety of literary organizations for its unique focus on showcasing Latino-led innovation and entrepreneurship in the green economy. The Captain Mama / Capitán Mamá series inspired by Ms. Tiscareno-Sato’s aviation service has won six international book awards, the first bilingual children’s book series about women serving in uniform in our nation’s armed forces. The firm’s 2021 title, "B.R.A.N.D. Before your Resumé: Your Marketing Guide for Veterans & Military Service Members Entering Civilian Life," was awarded the Silver Medal in the How to/Business category by the Military Writers Society of America. The company’s innovative literature can be found in schools, libraries, and homes in 48 of 50 U.S. States and several countries outside the USA.
Using inspirational multicultural literature, the firm helps organizations with diversity and inclusion initiatives reaching out to veteran and Latino communities with a creative blend of literature, culturally-competent marketing, and public speaking offerings. Its mission is to “create literature that showcases the positive contributions of Latino Americans in the USA.” Ms. Tiscareno-Sato is also available to facilitate professional development training for K-12 educators, veterans, and corporate ERG members. shop.gracefullyglobal.com
Dr. Michael Armour of Strategic Leadership Development International to be Featured on Close Up Radio
DALLAS, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, September 29, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- For decades, Mike Armour (or Doctor Mike, as he is popularly known) has compiled an exceptional leadership record in far-ranging fields of endeavor. Today the cumulative wisdom gained from such broad experience puts him in constant demand as a keynote speaker, executive coach, and inspirational trainer in management, leadership, and cultural transformation. Businesses of every size seek out Dr. Mike (he holds a PhD from UCLA) to help them develop more professional leadership teams.
“Leadership is different from management,” he notes, “but the two are often misconstrued and seen as one and the same. Management is largely process oriented. Leadership is uniquely people centric. Leadership is about uniting people around a shared purpose, the motivating them and mobilizing them to achieve it. And good leaders build esprit de corps along the way.”
Esprit de corps was originally a military term used to denote the pervasive spirit of unity within combat units. Dr. Mike knows this spirit well, having spent nearly half of his life in naval service. After a 10-year enlisted career, he was commissioned as an intelligence officer and eventually rose to the rank of Captain.
Dr. Mike points out that American Armed Forces understood leadership long before regular industry grasped it. because military command structures envision an orderly succession of leadership. Enlisted personnel and officers alike are trained in leadership from their earliest days of service. Having worked in this leadership environment over 35 years of Navy experience, he urges companies to have comprehensive leadership development programs at every level of their organization.
When you hear Dr. Mike on the radio series, you will note the charisma and sonorous voice that make him such a likable speaker. You will also experience the direct language and sense of clarity which characterize his work. In the interest of clarity, he is committed to precise and consistent usage of terms in communication.
Dr. Mike is so stirring and expert that he has been likened to Tony Robbins or Marshall Goldsmith, and yet he is distinct from any other coach, trainer or motivational speaker. His clients benefit from the wisdom he draws from a lifetime of experience in demanding leadership roles, including service as a college president, the CEO of an international humanitarian organization, and the CIO of a nationwide intelligence community.
Dr. Mike founded his flagship entity Strategic Leadership Development International (or SLDI) and its Leader Perfect services to help companies and individuals achieve peak performance. His firm offers comprehensive leadership development services to organizations of every size, from start-ups to some of the world’s largest corporations. Listeners will learn more about this company and its core beliefs in the coming weeks.
Dr. Mike is also an author who has written about people management, culture and diversity for over 30 years He is about to release the second edition of his most-widely read book in Corporate America, Leadership and the Power of Trust book. You will hear more about Dr. Mike’s new volume during the series
Dr. Mike’s works are particularly well-read in Eastern Europe, where he was instrumental in re-introducing Judeo-Christian values to school and university curricula in countries where religion had been a forbidden topic for 70 years (under the Soviet system).
“My purpose in life can be distilled: to help people succeed by equipping them with clarity and insight. And to empower them to make better decisions and confidently move forward,” Dr. Mike stresses.
Close Up Radio will Feature Dr. Mike Armour in a series of Discussions with Jim Masters at 2:00pm EDT, every Monday in October—the 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st
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Poor Information Governance is Cause of Federal Document Leaks and Missing Secret Service Texts, Expert Claims
The leaks of classified documents from the White House, and 'missing' Secret Service text messages, are due to poor Information Governance practices.Misplacing, losing, or stealing classified documents would not be possible with proper Information Governance practices in place.”— Robert Smallwood, Managing Director, Institute for IG
SAN DIEGO, CA, USA, September 22, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The leaks and alleged misappropriation of classified documents from the U.S. federal government, as well as the claim that Secret service text messages surrounding the January 6 uprising in Washington D.C. went missing, are the result of poor information Governance (IG) practices, claims Robert Smallwood, Managing Director of the Institute for Information Governance. Smallwood, a leading expert on IG, is the author of, "Information Governance: Concept, Strategies and Best Practices, 2nd Edition" (Wiley, 2020) and seven more books on IG topics. He stated, "With good Information Governance, all documents and records are tracked and controlled, and there is a 100% audit trail of who accessed which documents, and when. And that includes printing out hard copies. Misplacing, losing, or stealing classified documents would not be possible with proper Information Governance practices in place."
Information Governance, or IG, is an emerging discipline that takes a holistic approach to governing information. IG includes aspects of records management, cybersecurity, privacy, data governance, eDiscovery and FOIA, and more. The goal of IG programs is to minimize information risks and costs, while maximizing information value. "In short, IG is security, control, and optimization of information," Smallwood stated.
IG first entered the mainstream in the 2000-2001 time frame, when the UK National Health Service (NHS) started requiring IG training for all staff who handled patient clinical information. It has now matured and become a more formal discipline, with the advent of ISO 24143: 2022, the new standard for IG, established in May, 2022. That new standard emphasizes information risk mitigation.
"Also, the idea that those Secret Service texts just were 'wiped away' when cell phones were changed or a new system was put in place, is a complete falsehood. Those messages are still around - on a server, on backup tapes - or, heck, doesn't the NSA keep all those messages?" Smallwood asked.
Information Governance may be one of the most crucial issues of our time. Poor IG processes and practices are what led to the ability to misplace or even steal highly classified documents. It is also the cause of the Supreme Court brief leak.
Smallwood is the host of the podcast, "IG Talk w/ Robert Smallwood," and is Chair of InfoGov World Conference 2022, an educational event, which will take place virtually on the 29th and 30th of September, from 7:00am to 5:00pm EST (12 Noon to 10pm London Time). The Trans-Atlantic conference targets all privacy, security, eDiscovery, and Information Governance (IG) professionals, across industries. This virtual event will have over 80 expert speakers from the cross-functional IG discipline. InfoGov World 2022 will be held in a unique immersive 3D virtual reality environment. Interested participants can register for the event at no cost here: https://infogovworldconference.vfairs.com/ There are also conference session passes and press passes available.
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Imam Hassen Chalghouni claims that extremists are always looking for scapegoats to blame for their actions
Imam Hassen Chalghouni presented his latest book in Brussels today, which aims to liberate Islam of Islamists.The Imam of Drancy is a staunch supporter of interfaith harmony and collaboration, and his words and actions reflect this.”— Manel Msalmi, European Association for the Defense of Minorities
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, September 22, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- A presentation of great significance took held today, on Thursday, September 22, at the European Press Club in the European capital of Brussels. The Conference of Imams of France and the European Association for the Defense of Minorities worked together to put on this event, which drew a great number of attendees. There, they had the amazing opportunity to sit down together and have a conversation with Imam Hassen Chalghoumi about his most recent book, which was titled "Libérons l'islam de l'islamisme" (which literally translates to "Let's liberate Islam from Islamism"). The conversation was absolutely fascinating. The book was the topic of discussion at this gathering. This meeting was adjourned following the presentation of the "Prize for Dialogue and Peace" by Andy Vermaut, president of the World Council for Public Diplomacy and Community Dialogue. The presentation was very skillfully facilitated by Manel Msalmi, president of the European Association for the Defense of Minorities. The European Association for the Defense of Minorities is now led by Manel Msalmi, who serves as its president.
Secularism and freedom
The role of France as one of the focal points for the Islam is very important. As a consequence of this, he is a staunch supporter of secularism and freedom of religion, and he puts the facts and context into proper perspective with respect to both the minority and the majority. Hassen Chalghoumi: "The evidence both against the very few Islamists who are hostile to the Republic of France and against the extremists who are sometimes also in control of decision-making in France. These extremists are always looking for scapegoats in France as well, with Jews being at the top of their target list but also Arabs who do not share their values coming in a close second. The Jews are currently in the lead in this competition to be hated by Islamists. As a result of this, it is the conviction of mine that the religion of Islam ought to provide women a more important role. Not only are they the most effective communicators of information and tolerance inside Islam, but they are also the most effective remedy for the excessively violent practices of Islamism. I do not take this lightly since I am appealing to history, culture, and the knowledge that my parents gave me. However, I also want to promote the recuperation of the Arabic language and social networks, which should not continue to be the exclusive domain of those who are radicalized. You may read in more depth in my book the reasons why I maintain this viewpoint. So I want to help spread the recovery of the Arabic language and social networks, I am not going to take this action lightly.”
Opposition to anti-Semitism
"He claims the patriotism of his fellow soldiers and their love for their homeland," said Manel Msalmi. "He claims the patriotism of his fellow guys." It is the duty of Muslims, in his view, to liberate Islam from the shackles of Islamism, which has a stranglehold on the religion. There is no one else who can do this activity in their place. Because he is a strong opponent of anti-Semitism, his book will also irritate the individuals who threatened his life and the lives of his family and forced him to live under the protection of the police. After that, Andy Vermaut continued by adding, "Hassen Chalghoumi is the chairman of the Conference of Imams of France in addition to being the imam of the mosque in Drancy, and I find him to be a very friendly and charming person. His reputation as a critic of anti-Semitism and Islamism is fairly extensive, and he has been the target of a number of fatwas, including one that was issued by the Islamic State (Daesh). Because the Imam places a strong emphasis on both peace and open dialogue with his disciples, we have chosen to provide today's reward in recognition of these two core values. "
Very important discussion
Andy Vermaut:”They couldn't have asked for a better president at the Conference of Imams in France because he elevates Islam above Islamism and above any extremism and because he is a true supporter of what religion truly represents. In that regard, I agree with him that this should be the one of the legitimate versions of Islam; yet, who are we to pass judgment on other people's religious beliefs? I think that it is the obligation of Muslims worldwide to reject individuals within their religion who advocate violence and bigotry and to issue a fatwa denouncing such conduct in order to put a stop to this once and for all. In this sense, the imam has sparked a significant social problem that will generate a great lot of fuel for internal debate; but, I feel that the ideal course of action in any religion is to keep away of violence perpetrated in the name of a faith. This is my opinion. Because it would be disrespectful to all faiths, regardless of which faith is being used as an explanation, no one may ever use any religion as a justification for committing acts of violence under any circumstances. To answer your question, yes, it does make me extremely pleased that this guy has such a kind heart and the intestinal fortitude to have this discussion in such depth in France, Europe, and now all around the globe. You should read his book. The conclusion that we need to do get rid of Islamic extremism, which is disrespectful to Islam, in order to preserve an authentic version of Islam, is very powerful. I am overjoyed that this guy has the compassion as well as the intestinal fortitude to engage in this very important discussion. In this context, it is always an extra pleasure for me to collaborate with Manel Msalmi, the president of the European Association for Minorities, since she, too, works tirelessly every day to uphold the ideals that are espoused in this book. Therefor it is not surprising that she was asked to introduce the book here at this event today. I wholeheartedly endorse Hassen Chalghoumi's efforts and message for educating everyone in the (Islamic) globe.”
Andy Vermaut: "Yes, yes, yes. It is for me always a tremendous pleasure to meet Hassen Chalghoumi, provided that he really presents a hee good tale, since the title "Let's liberate Islam from Islamism" is something he genuinely wants to see come to fruition. This imam surely has a lot of guts. That's another reason I appreciate him so much. This is a debate not everyone dares to enter." Manel Msalmi asserts that Imam Hassen Chalghoumi believes without a doubt that secularism safeguards religions against extremism. Manel Msalmi:"In the meanwhile, Hassen Chalghoumi has grown to have a profound respect for the religious beliefs and practices of others. The Imam of Drancy is a staunch supporter of interfaith harmony and collaboration, and his words and actions reflect this. Throughout the whole of his work, Hassen Chalghouni offers his reflections and ideas on a wide range of subjects."
NYC Big Book Award Recognizes "The Unfakeable Code® by Tony J. Selimi as the 2022 Winner in Two Self-Help Categories
NYC Big Book Award recognizes "The Unfakeable Code®" by Tony Jeton Selimi as a 2022 NYC Big Book Award Winner. Showing readers how to unmask their weaknesses.An inspiring, enjoyable, fast-moving book that shows you how to unlock your full power for unlimited success.”LONDON, GREATER LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, September 21, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- NYC Big Book Award recognizes "The Unfakeable Code® - Take Back Control, Lead Authentically and Live Freely on Your Terms." by Tony Jeton Selimi, Multi-Award-Winning #1International Bestselling Author and Consultant, as a 2022 NYC Big Book Award Winner in the categories of Self-help: General and Self-help: Spiritual, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/3991073854.— Brian Tracy, Author, Chairman, and CEO of Brian Tracy International
The Secret to Building Upon Your Strengths Instead of Masking Your Weaknesses.
Modern life comes with much stress: work, relationships, health; you name it. While we sleep, our brains and bodies work hard to heal past wounds... But why should we be the victims when we can teach our minds and bodies to rest while awake? Selimi shows you the secret to Reclaiming Your Power and Living every part of yourself Prudently by Being Real. By. Combining over 30 years of research, the cutting-edge power of neuroscience with an inspiring testimony, and timeless wisdom, Selimi shows you how to grow your authentic power and develop your self-governance and leadership skills needed to empower every critical area of life you can live freely on your terms. You can use the five-step method to learn the antidote to living with a 'mask' and break free from fake-it-till-you-make-it culture, reinvent your life and become the master of your destiny.
This is a well-researched, skilfully written book redefining the healthy body-mind-soul connection. It is filled with lessons on authenticity, growth, inner freedom, meaningful work, and much more. The author writes confidently and in crisp and upbeat prose, connecting with readers through a conversational tone and sharing real-life examples and experiences that drive the message home to readers in a compelling manner. The book challenges readers to ditch the 'mask' they have been wearing, embrace who they are, and share some rules where people can come back into authentic living, leading, and loving, where old wounds can be healed, and masks can be unveiled.
This Amazon bestseller in four categories also was awarded the Finalist Book Shelf 2022 Writing Awards, Readers' Favorite Finalist 2022 Award in the Non-Fiction - New Age category. Silver Winner of Literary Book Award 2021, and a Winner of USA Book 2021 Award, Top Shelf Magazine, Maincreast Media Book, and Book Excellence Award Winner 2022 in the following non-fiction ten categories: Business/Finance, Personal Growth and Development, General, Self-Improvement, Self Help, Inspirational, Motivational, Entrepreneurship, New Age, and Business and Leadership.
Tony Jeton Selimi has a compelling message for contemporary readers; it is hard to ignore the confident voice and the convincing statement of the book. The Unfakeable Code©: Take Back Control, Lead Authentically and Live Freely on Your Terms is one of those rare books that transform lives —easy to read and packed with beautiful insights.
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Here is what Five Star Reader's Favorite reviewers had to say about "The Unfakeable Code®" at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/the-unfakeable-code.
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Publication date: April 2021
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A unique, unconventional and compelling true story, written by former Legionnaire Giorgio Pozzoli.BONNE, FRANCE, September 18, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- There’s a certain mystique associated with the French Foreign Legion. Most of us have seen the romantic stories as portrayed in Hollywood movies about passionate young men who run away to join the Legion—men who fight heroically, putting their lives at risk for causes not their own. In reality, there’s a lot of truth behind the legends. And in fact, since 1831, when the Legion was first formed by King Louis-Philippe, more than 35,000 legionnaires have died in battle.
For anyone curious to find out more about the Legion, author Giorgio Pozzoli has just published the English version of his new book, In search of wide open spaces: Six years in the French Foreign Legion. Available for immediate download on Amazon Kindle, the book is a true account of how the author travelled to France to join the Legion and became involved in conflicts around the world, from Europe to the Comoros Archipelago, and Iraq to Djibouti and Somalia.
Explaining that he joined at the age of 21 and remained a Legionnaire for six years, Pozzoli says his experiences were so profound that he felt the need to share them with others.
“The book tells what I saw and lived during those six years,” he says. “The Legion is so very different to other armies and institutions in the world. It has its own rules and characteristics, made all the more intriguing by the fact that I was fighting alongside foreigners from all over the world. These young men all have their own different and personal motivations to join such a rough and merciless army with an iron discipline.
“I found myself living unique experiences, abandoning my own culture of origin to adopt a new point of view with new values and principles. It was an experience that gave me incredible insight into the human soul.”
Described as a ‘frank and authentic’ biography, the story is told with startling directness with no attempt to romanticize the realities of life as a Legionnaire.
For more information, or to download the eBook, visit Amazon.
About the Author
A former Legionnaire enrolled as a young man, Giorgio Pozzoli experienced six years in the French Foreign Legion. After the Legion, and after different struggles, he became an airline pilot, and currently flies commercial airplanes around the world.
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For Hispanic Heritage Month, Latina Veteran Graciela Tiscareño-Sato Announces 3rd Book in Bilingual Aviation Series
Because military service is part of Hispanic heritage, TAKING FLIGHT WITH CAPTAIN MAMA advances series skyward & introduces readers to STEM, aviation conceptsAviation, military service, family roles, and a class field trip on a refueling plane provide this delightful bilingual story with the excitement of an aircrew's responsibility in the line of duty”— Lisa K Hauner, Oregon Trail Library District, Libros for Oregon
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA, September 14, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Gracefully Global Group, an award-winning, Hispanic-woman-owned publishing company, announces the upcoming national release of the third installment of Graciela Tiscareño-Sato’s groundbreaking children’s book series, inspired by the author’s daughter-of-Mexican-immigrants-turned-military-aviator story and her decade of aviation service.
"Taking Flight with Captain Mama / Despegando con Capitán Mamá" - ISBN: 978-0-9973090-2-7 (hardcover), 978-0-9973090-9-6 (paperback), 979-8-9856862-0-3 (eBook) is now available for preorder in HARDCOVER format, preceding its publication in early October. Preorder at publisher’s store here.
In the series debut, "Good Night, Captain Mama," a young boy named Marco learns why his mother wears a military flight suit and why she serves. In the second book, "Captain Mama’s Surprise," Marco leads his class field trip to tour the aerial refueling jet where his mother works and narrates the experience in the unique voice of a military-connected child.
Now, in the third book, Marco and his classmates take flight on the KC-135 refueling tanker. They see Captain Mama and crew in action refueling some of the coolest jets in the Air Force, and witness what happens during an emergency.
This sophisticated 60-page title includes an original origami jet project, glossaries and educational resources… all bilingual. Readers are introduced to rich aviation vocabulary while learning about aircraft systems and celebrating bilingualism.
“This book is more than a STEM-related story of careers in aeronautics. Text in Spanish and English, beautiful illustrations, women leaders, multi-ethnic representations in the students and crew, a glossary for highlighted words in the story, and extension activities and resources. Enjoy this wonderful classroom field trip adventure in the sky!” said Karla Orosco, science teacher at Naval Air Station, Lemoore in California’s Central Valley. Orosco was among a group of teachers first to review the new book.
This title will be most appropriate in 3rd to 6th grade classrooms for a variety of content lessons ranging from language arts to physical sciences. Like its predecessor "Captain Mama’s Surprise," this title will be used in middle and high school career vocation, dual-language and Spanish-language programs to expand student vocabulary.
“Since the publication of the series debut, I’ve been eager to get this story into the sky,” shared the author. “At last, Marco and his classmates will see with their own eyes, the spectacular aerial refueling mission I enjoyed while on active duty. Illustrator Linda Lens has created stunning, mixed-media art that will transport readers into the sky as the tanker attaches to other airplanes to refuel and so much more! I’m especially excited for readers to fold their own paper stealth fighter jet with the original origami project, fully in Spanish and English, that my son Kiyoshi contributed to this book.”
“Illustrating this series has opened my eyes to the many pathways to service in uniform and the open-mindedness that military members can achieve by serving,” said illustrator, Linda Lens. “I now see the peacekeeping roles, young people pursuing their dreams, and the many adventures where military service can take you. I want to inspire this and future generations with the good that our service members do every day for our country. I love contributing to the military mission in the unique way I can as an artist. I’m hoping this story helps young readers and their associated adults to see beyond any preexisting stereotypes about military service.”
Ms. Tiscareño-Sato, a first-generation college graduate, served in the Air Force as a navigator and instructor on the KC-135R. She became the first Hispanic female aviator in the U.S. Air Force to earn an Air Medal for service during air combat operations (over Iraq.) Teaching children about aviation, the Air Force ROTC scholarship that made her university education at U.C. Berkeley possible, and showcasing technical careers available to college graduates, in her first language of Spanish and in English, has been the author’s mission for over two decades. Graciela is a sought-after bilingual keynote speaker at teacher conferences, corporate ERG & Belonging events, universities, school assemblies, and community events hosted by veteran-serving organizations. She’s currently booking for Veterans Day and beyond. See creator bios here.
"Taking Flight with Captain Mama / Despegando con Capitán Mamá" will be available through all bookstores via Ingram. The publisher is currently adding trade distribution partners that include Lectorum Publications, Military Family Books, Mackin, Baker & Taylor, Follett, Brodart, Midwest Library Service and others. Retail partners who've preordered the new book include The Museum of Flight in Seattle and USS Hornet in Alameda, California.
Second Editions of "Good Night, Captain Mama" and "Captain Mama’s Surprise," were released this summer with more Spanish than ever before. Available via distributors above, Amazon, and publisher's store here.
Gracefully Global Group LLC is in the business of inspiración. The premiere independent publisher of positive media images and case studies from the Latino community in book, eBook and live presentation formats, the firm is certified as a Woman-Owned Small Business and also veteran-owned. The firm’s first book "Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them" (978-0-9834760-0-9) received multiple honors from a variety of literary organizations for its unique focus on showcasing Latino-led innovation and entrepreneurship in the green economy. The Captain Mama / Capitán Mamá series inspired by Ms. Tiscareno-Sato’s aviation service has won six international book awards, the first bilingual children’s book series about women serving in uniform in our nation’s armed forces. The firm’s 2021 title, "B.R.A.N.D. Before your Resumé: Your Marketing Guide for Veterans & Military Service Members Entering Civilian Life," was awarded the Silver Medal in the How to/Business category by the Military Writers Society of America.
Using inspirational multicultural literature, the firm helps organizations with diversity and inclusion initiatives reaching out to veteran and Latino communities with a creative blend of literature, culturally-competent marketing, and public speaking offerings. Its mission is to “create literature that showcases the positive contributions of Latino Americans in the USA.” Ms. Tiscareno-Sato is also available to facilitate professional development training for K-12 educators, for veteran-serving organizations, and for corporate executives in ERG and Employee Belonging groups. See the firm’s uniquely inspirational innovations at: shop.gracefullyglobal.com.
This Friday, September 16, 2022, is the launch of a powerful new book “Ever Vigilant: Leadership and Legacy, by the Executive Chairman of CACI.”"Our character would be tested and developed. We had to live to the standards of the institution and those role models who had come before us. The Academy shaped me and my life for the better."”WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, September 13, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- This Friday, September 16, 2022, is the launch of a powerful new book, “Ever Vigilant: Leadership and Legacy, by the Executive Chairman of CACI.” Dr. J. Phillip “Jack” London’s memoir is about a rare and unique life well lived, tracing his journey from his childhood in Oklahoma to his graduation from the United States Naval Academy, followed by active military service to become a successful defense industry executive and expert on business ethics for almost 50 years.— Dr. J. Phillip London
Through his unique vision and remarkable leadership built on the foundation of patriotism he adopted from his military service, Dr. London built CACI into a $5.7 billion fortune 500 company supporting some of the most important and critical national security priorities in America.
Drawing upon his military experience, he set a high bar for leaders across the government contracting industry in establishing standards for ethics and integrity. He tells how the Naval Academy created the foundation for his later successes and where he began to understand the concept of serving a cause greater than self – the cause for his country. His strong patriotism served as a compass throughout his life and career.
"The first time you have to stand on your own can be very intimidating.
For me, this was the Naval Academy. Beyond the traditional college
experience, we were being groomed as patriotic citizens and Navy leaders.
Our character would be tested and developed. We had to live to the
standards of the institution and those role models who had come before us.
The Academy shaped me and my life for the better."
Dr. Jennifer London, co-author, and wife of Dr. London, stated. "As my husband led by example, from the making of a sailor, a man, a citizen, and a leader, the power of American patriotism transformed his life. Through his leadership and example, we see the importance of preserving our patriotism and our way of life in this country. America’s freedoms and opportunities support our successes. There are a lot of fractures in our society today, a society that seems to have lost its moral compass. We should not lose the message of patriotism but pass it on to our children. They are our ambassadors to the future."
Ever Vigilant is endorsed by General Jack Keane, USA (Ret.), Roger Staubach, Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboys quarterback, USNA '65, and Ambassador James S. Gillmor III. Ever Vigilant will be available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble on Friday, September 16, 2022. All of the book proceeds will be donated to various Navy organizations and charities.
Dr. J. Phillip “Jack” London was Executive Chairman/Chairman of the Board of CACI International Inc (NYSE), a $5.7 billion technology solutions and services company with twenty-three thousand employees in 155 offices worldwide. During his twenty-three years as chief executive officer (1984–2007), Dr. London built CACI into a leading information technology and network communications services company.
Dr. Jennifer London holds a PhD in psychology from the Ohio State University and postdoctoral education in marketing from the University of Pittsburgh School of Business. She has a diversified background in strategic planning, business development, executive hiring, development, and outplacement, as well as marketing and community relations. She is the President of her own consulting firm, where her work has included evaluating and developing potential customers nationwide for the development of new and expanded markets for companies ranging from private businesses to Fortune 100 corporations.
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Heroes are Human: Lessons in Resilience, Courage and Wisdom from the COVID Front Lines - Publishes September 27
Important New Book, Heroes are Human is “An eye-opening work about health care workers’ sacrifices and burdens.”—Kirkus ReviewsThis is a story that needs to be told, and Heroes Are Human tells it brilliantly.”WESTPORT, CT, USA, September 13, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Heroes are Human: Lessons in Resilience, Courage and Wisdom from the COVID Front Lines honors front-line healthcare workers—recounting the gripping, first-hand stories of their struggles through the pandemic. With empathetic guidance from Bob Delaney—internationally recognized in the field of Post-Traumatic Stress—Heroes are Human is at the forefront of new books that deal with this critical issue, deepening our understanding of the toll this work has taken and offering invaluable strategies for self-care and healing. His message to frontline workers—not all wounds bleed, and invisible wounds may hurt as much as the wounds we see.— General (Ret). Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
The book is co-authored with award-winning journalist Dave Scheiber, and contains a foreword by renowned Harvard Global Mental Health director Dr. Richard Mollica. Publication date is September 27, 2022 by City Point Press, distributed by Simon & Schuster.
Heroes Are Human is comprised of powerful stories told by frontline health-care workers, their family members, and those they care for in the harrowing fight against COVID-19. In addition, Delaney shares lessons on how caregivers can navigate the resulting stress and potential burnout through an uplifting message of resilience, self-care, and post-traumatic stress education.
Delaney comes by his healing wisdom from hard-won experience. He learned about PTSD firsthand, developing the condition after emerging from grueling and prolonged undercover police work in a three-year undercover infiltration of the Mafia in the 1970s. He went on to become one of the NBA’s top referees for twenty-five years.
But it’s what Delaney does off the court that has truly defined his legacy. Since recovering from the trauma, he has made helping others overcome the condition his life’s focus. His contributions to PTS awareness and support to military officials and their families have been recognized with honors and proclamations from many, including:
• President Barack Obama’s Volunteer Service Award for Delaney’s ongoing PTS education and awareness work with the military
• Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award, 2014
• Tragedy Assistance Programs for Survivors (TAPS) with the National Community Partnership Award for his work with military Gold Star families (2017) and is a TAPS Advisory Board member
• U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal in 2011 for his assistance in the aftermath of the Fort Hood shootings and his work with troops in Iraq and Afghanistan
• Special Advisor for the Southeastern Conference and an NBA Cares Ambassador
• 2020 National Collegiate Athletic Association’s highest honor—The Theodore Roosevelt Award, bestowed on four U.S. Presidents (Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan) and other distinguished citizens
• Harvard Global Mental Health Trauma Recovery alumnus; presents globally on leadership, resiliency, trauma, self-care
Delaney and Scheiber have collaborated on two previous books. Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob – the thrilling story of Delaney’s experience as a young Jersey State Trooper and his undercover investigation of the Mafia, named a USA Today 2008 Best Book of the Year (Sterling Publishing, 2008); and Surviving the Shadows: A Journey of Hope into Post Traumatic Stress, which shares stories of courageous women and men who experienced trauma and how they successfully dealt with it (Sourcebooks, 2011).
What They Say About Heroes are Human
“Bob Delaney speaks straight from the heart and from hard-earned experience. His practical approach to coping with the ‘operational stress’ of life reaches every audience. The beauty of those who work to heal shines through in this book.”
—Catherine S. O’Neal, MD, Chief medical officer, Our Lady of the Lake Hospital Baton Rouge; associate professor of medicine, infectious diseases, LSU Health Sciences Center
“With his special gift for storytelling, Bob Delaney brings us into the world of those on the front lines in our battle with coronavirus. This is a story that needs to be told, and Heroes Are Human tells it brilliantly.”
—General (Ret.) Martin E. Dempsey, 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
“Bob Delaney speaks with great authenticity to those among us who have experienced trauma. He has brought a message of hope to scores of wounded warriors and now is offering his message of resilience in the face of distress to frontline clinicians in the struggle against COVID-19.”
—Dr. Gregory Fricchione, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital
Adventure, Drama, Controversial, Inspirational, Political, Acton Packed, Riveting and Exciting.Author Karl A. Peterson who grew up in Monmouth County, New Jersey enjoys stamp collecting, hiking, reading and traveling nationally and internationally.”WANAMASSA, NEW JERSEY, USA, September 12, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- It's an exciting story about a young man and his best friend as the embark a dangerous adventure.— Karl A. Peterson
Their on a unusual mission to help his cousin in Germany who's in a bind. It's 1933 and the Nazi's are up to no good.
Under their regime, Alois Dorman is forced to work on a secret project that could lead to devastating and catastrophic consequence's.
Alois reaches out to his cousin Alex and his friend Manny Guzman in Paraguay. Realizing Alois needs their help desperately, Manny and Alex leave their home and find themselves in Espionage danger, horse riding in their effort to help Alois in anyway they can.
Author Karl A. Peterson, he opens the story seemly quietly and serene.
"It's was a beautiful morning as the Sun rose over the eastern horizon. Southern Paraguay had a beautiful rolling landscape, and the people in this area had lived off the land for generations".
It goes back to the time the Spanish ruled here. Karl's book has been Published by Newmansprings Publishing Company.
His compelling tale takes readers along as Manny, Alex and Alois strive together to complete their mission.
Will they succeed?
Readers interested in this book can purchase "Journey to the Prize," at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple I Book, Amazon, Barn's and Noble, and Thrift books.
In the past, this time period was covered fully and still popular today. In writing his story Karl A. Peterson wanted to show some unique differences.
For more information contact Newspringman Publishing at 732-243-8512.
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Andy Vermaut:"Many Chinese Belt & Road Initiative projects fall too heavily on the debt of underdeveloped countries"
Andy Vermaut:"Sri Lanka must lease their port of Hambanthota to China for 99 years. This is a China Debt Trap."I became persuaded after three months that the myth was not the China Debt Trap, but the myth of the China Debt Trap being a myth.”— Andy Vermaut
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, September 8, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- On Thursday, September 8, 2022, Andy Vermaut of the World Council for Public Diplomacy & Community Dialogue & the fundamental rights movement Postversa and Manel Msalmi, head of the European Association for the Defense of Minorities, together with David Vander Maelen, were holding a symposium titled China Debt Trap in the Brussels press club. China Trap for Debt? What's up? Debt Trap Diplomacy" refers to an international financial relationship in which a creditor nation or organization transfers debt to a borrowing nation in order to strengthen the lender's political clout. It is argued that a creditor nation extends excessive loan to a debtor country in order to coerce economic or political concessions when the debtor country is unable to satisfy its repayment commitments. Frequently, the terms of the loans are not made public. The conference included notable speakers, and it was attended by a large number of people. Monica Andrei (International Programme Manager working for the European Commission), Paulo Casaca - Democratic Forum for South Asia, former EP, Manel Msalmi (EP Mena Affairs and European Association for the Defense of Minorities, President MR Women Brussels), David Vander Maelen - Hiking for Children, Tibet Support Group Belgium, Sid Lukkassen, Author and political philosopher, Eliyar Jan Tursun, Independent Human Rights Activist, and Razvan Hoinaru, policy consultant and former IFRS Permanent Representative.
Correct from the beginning
Andy Vermaut states, "Today, you can read everywhere that the China Debt Trap is a hoax, a fabrication of those who want to portray China in a negative light. Or is it just Western propaganda? First and foremost, I would want to express my love for all individuals who have fallen into the trap of rejecting the China Debt Trap, since this is the falsehood that is now being propagated worldwide under pressure from the Chinese propaganda machine. However, I wish them all love, but it is intellectually dishonest to deny the existence of anything. I understand everything, though. Oftentimes, many intellectuals and academics are blind, willing to go to any lengths to get the conclusion they want, and have also invented a great number of plausible tales designed to make you question. Nonetheless, with Sri Lanka's bankruptcy, a new consensus has arisen among the very people who are now seeing in reality the chaos that the China Debt Trap has produced on the socio-economic front; this has also affected the Sri Lankan people's basic fundamental and human rights. They need us to reveal the profound truth about the China Debt Trap. Then it turns out that I concur with former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, his replacement Mike Pompeo, and Mr. Peter Navarro, the U.S. director of office of trade and manufacturing. They were correct from the beginning, and the effects of the China Debt Trap have been etched repeatedly into our retinas. The whole world is aware that Sri Lanka has declared bankruptcy."
Andy Vermaut says, "The situation of Sri Lanka is raising a new global worry as a result of China's global lending to underdeveloped nations. This is a very serious and timely problem. Clearly, the debt that developing nations owe China is a significant issue. Many Belt & Road Initiative projects fall too heavily on the debt of underdeveloped countries, and many of these nations are unable to fulfill their debts. Thus, this is an actual issue. Sri Lanka has awoken the global community to this problem. The notion that China is accumulating debt with weaker nations in order to gain power over them and acquire both private and public assets is a very sophisticated strategy to completely rule the globe. I believe that this narrative has come true. This is also a significant concern in Africa today. There are significant issues in Zambia, Djibouti, and Kenya in a variety of locations. And I believe that part of the difficulty is that many people are unclear about the Chinese government's goals, in part because the Chinese have not spoken up. Therefore, I believed we should attempt to go a little more into this topic of guilt, without ignoring the subject of myth. After diverting and examining every stone in this respect for four months in preparation for this conference, I became persuaded after three months that the myth was not the China Debt Trap, but the myth of the China Debt Trap being a myth; consequently, I pretentiously titled this conference "China Debt Trap."
Sri Lanka has shaken the world awake
Andy Vermaut:”Relations between China and Sri Lanka, with an emphasis on economic growth, are at an all-time low.Sri Lanka must now lease the famed port of Hambanthota for 99 years in order to utilize it. This is the ultimate evidence of the China Debt Trap, since several generations are getting sucked into it. This is the instance that I intended to investigate more. The transfer of the port of Hambanthota to China is an unsustainable Chinese infrastructure transaction, in my opinion. Under pressure from China, the Sri Lankan government signed an agreement to give over the port for 99 years since the debt had grown too costly and the government could not afford to repay it. This is the evidence that many pro-China think groups would prefer not to consider. The Sri Lankan government was unable to pay the approximate 6.3 percent commercial interest rate. There is a certain mode of operation used by Chinese loan providers that is especially tempting to politicians who do not plan beyond their single time in government. For instance, each loan had a grace period of around five years. After 5 years, payments must be paid, but Sri Lanka was unable to do so. As a result, Sri Lanka has lost a crown gem to China and must now lease its own port from China for 99 years. This is evidence that the China Debt Trap exists. Sri Lanka could no longer meet its financial commitments; as a result, it must lease its own port from China for many generations, so forfeiting a portion of its sovereignty. This was a tremendously awful choice for Sri Lanka, but certainly a great one for China. The cooperation approach with China is a worse business choice. There was no way out for a poor nation such as Sri Lanka, whose per capita debt was around €2100 at the time, and where almost all government revenue is spent on debt payment. There were no other choices, so the Chinese tiger seized the opportunity to wage a 99-year battle of attrition against Sri Lanka. It is unacceptable that this agreement was ever formed. Obviously, a large portion of this is also attributable to the country's entire debt portfolio, but the Chinese bankers laughed gleefully and truly got the prize with this agreement, and Sri Lanka is now permanently in the grip of Chinese lenders. Therefore, the notion that the Chinese use debt to obtain strategic assets or influence is not unfounded. Unfortunately, nations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America continue to make similar judgments and are overwhelmed with Chinese debt; governments frequently have limited alternatives, particularly in places where there has been violence. Certainly, there are politicians who like cutting ribbons in advance of elections and make decisions based on short-term benefit, which is terrible decision making. Specifically for this reason, the World Bank and other development and financial organizations have, throughout time, included essential governance checks and procedures. China's project selection procedure is extremely political, but also involves meticulous economic considerations.In several instances of these failed transactions, Chinese players have assumed control. Since 2013, when the Belt Road Initiative was launched, an increasing number of nations have relied on Chinese financing for real estate development and infrastructure projects. "
The Chinese are aware of their actions
"The Chinese are not incompetent," Andy Vermaut continues. "They are well aware of their actions and their actions. Many of those who assert that the China Debt Trap is a fiction just assert that the Chinese do not know what they are doing or that the Chinese in the largely managed economy do not have a plan, that they are oblivious of the debt trap they are constructing for themselves. Those who believe in fairy tales will undoubtedly find this to be true."
It is not a matter of China's miscalculations
Andy Vermaut: "I think that the Chinese administration understands precisely what it is doing and also implements the Belt & Road Initiative's many initiatives in a well-planned manner. China is completely rational. They examine all cultures, nations, backgrounds, and histories of the nations with whom they do such financial transactions. China's expertise as the world's top lender is extraordinary. As a result, it is not a matter of China's miscalculations, as their ultimate purpose is to increase their strength, not to make mistakes. Many so-called investments are really loans whose repayment is not required until after five years. At this point, the shoe pinches. Sri Lanka is an excellent illustration of this. The nature of Chinese finance, which exacerbates structural and institutional inefficiencies in developing nations, is the true source of the issue. Sri Lanka is a post-conflict middle-income nation, and many aspects of infrastructure funding and development work against it, while China benefits. China is fully aware that, for instance, Sri Lanka lacks an independent technology management body. Currently, Sri Lanka has no framework for establishing infrastructure priorities. And I believe that Chinese sponsorship or China's mistake exacerbates these problems further and adds to Sri Lanka's sovereignty being undermined in particular. The Chinese risk assessment is predicated on a political evaluation and risk analysis, which does not take into consideration the carrying capacity of the nation to whom they are lending."
Economic and military concessions
Sid Lukkassen says:”Complete laissez-faire liberalism cannot resist the aforementioned Chinese strategy. What do we do with our money, once other states decide to feel their people first? The information economy is a high risk in the long run. A wiser Europe should invest in industrial production capacity, and would equip itself to develop new resources by manipulating elementary particles. The US and China are one step ahead of Europe. They understand that currencies are but pieces on a game board of strategy and that money is worthless if it cannot be turned into tangible products. Information by itself cannot bring wealth to a people – access to resources must be secure at all times. China can now spread its centralistic and authoritative model. Chinese authoritarianism isn’t just a rebellion against democratization: China acts in accordance with its millennia-old tradition of centralism that united the country around a single center of power. The nation possesses the capabilities of a high-tech totalitarianism. In 2022 it is more simple than ever to influence the thinking and acting of a potentially dissident populace. Through the system of Sesame Credit, the Chinese government is able to award good behavior points to its citizens, for actions such as posting positive messages about the government on social media, or for buying local agricultural products. Aside from modern gadgets, and the rise of Communism in the twentieth century, this new China is thus a continuation of the centralism of the ancient Chinese empire. This is best known through its so-called ‘development assistance program’. Reality demonstrates that China will eventually pick up the bill, but always at the price of strategic economical and military concessions. An example of this is Sri Lanka, where an enormous harbor was built and financed by Chinese loans. The Sri Lankan government could not meet its payment obligations, forcing it to pawn the port to China until 2116. This means that China gained a geopolitical base in the heart of the Indian Ocean. Fitting in with this is the Belt and Road Initiative. China invests seven trillion dollars in building a network of transportation and energy connections across 64 countries. How many of these deals will eventually turn out to be ‘Sri Lankan ports’? Also in Europe, China wishes to deploy its geopolitical soft power. China has a long-standing tradition in which enterprise and state power are intertwined. But that is not the most far-reaching consequence for the peoples of Europe. Whoever controls the flow of capital also influences geopolitics. Whoever controls geopolitics, influences culture.“
China wriggles its way
“China’s authoritarianism surfaces as a legitimate alternative for the free, democratic society that the West promotes as the only justified model for statecraft. Big Western tech firms are willing to share their futuristic technology with China in exchange for access to the enormous Chinese market, where they are then allowed to operate with the privileges of state companies. This can have dire consequences. The West is currently in a philosophical crisis – I mean a crisis of morals, identity and democratic political sovereignty in the face of immigration, tribalism and globalism. This moat can make authoritarianism inspired by China even more attractive. What do we do when even liberal elites turn towards authoritarianism in the name of progressive beliefs? The negative consequences of globalism – such as immigration and the outsourcing of jobs – makes many Europeans and Americans highly critical of the Hosanna-liberalism that seemed unchallengeable in the nineties. The left, meanwhile, relapses into identity politics. Polarization in the West undermines the legitimacy of liberal democracy. China can benefit from this in many ways. We must conclude that China is an impressively successful, but threatening, power to the West. Not only economically – as the EU seems to think – but also geopolitically and culturally. And the only answer that EU-politicians offer to fighting this threat is the tried but worn out call for ‘an ever closer Union’. But even if this could unite Europe and strengthen liberal democracy philosophically, which remains to be seen considering the unpopularity of a far-reaching European merger of nations, it remains unclear whether that will be enough. Europeans will have to fight harder for their economic interests on the world stage. Everything depends on this: freedom, stability and the influence Europeans can wield. Where major undemocratic countries as China are concerned, this has to be specifically taken into consideration. It is naive to think that democratic nations can merrily continue as usual, whilst the second largest world economy behaves as a player that hardly follows the rules. For example, when Covid19 broke out, the Chinese government covered it up, then bought up medical equipment on the world market, and only took international accountability once the corona virus had already spread globally. China wriggles its way into the vital parts of the European economy. If one day the havoc in Western Europe is great enough, we will beg the Chinese to clean up our mess – inaugurating them as our new rulers. We may lose all our freedoms. and everything that makes Europe Europe, but by then this will seem like a good deal to us,” said Sid Lukkassen.
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