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Nothing Stays Forever: Forever is a Lie.

So much is going on around us nowadays. There are always something new.

Everything changes.

Let’s see what’s happening in some countries.

In America, Sen. John McCain from Arizona, 81, died on August 25 due to brain cancer.

Earlier today, some Americans were disgruntled because the White House flag was no longer on a half-staff in honor of Sen. McCain.

The White House flag was originally lowered late Saturday evening then it was back to full-staff on Monday morning.

The federal code demands only that for a member of Congress, the flag should be flown at half-staff “on the day of death and following day.”

US President Trump issued a proclamation this afternoon, Monday, to fly the flag at half-staff until the day of Sen. McCain’s interment.

At least he was moved by criticisms thus the proclamation.

In the Philippines, President Duterte appointed a new Chief Justice (CJ) of the Supreme Court, the highest court, on August 25.

CJ Teresita De Castro replaces ousted Maria Lourdes Sereno.

De Castro’s term will only last for over a month. She reaches the mandatory retirement of 70 on October 8.

The President said De Castro is the most qualified, she is the most senior among the Associate Justices. That from now on seniority would be the basis of promotion.

What happened to performance?

In Africa, Uganda’s court, frees Bobi Wine, a pop star turned Member of Parliament.

He and other 32 opposition politicians were charged of treason by allegedly throwing stones at a vehicle in President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy a few days ago.

Bobi Wine also known as the “ghetto president” and the 32 others were granted bail.

Is treason a bailable offense?

In the Philippines, no.

In Uganda, yes.

In 2011 though, the President planned to amend the constitution making treason among others not bailable.

The MPs rejected it. They said it was illegal.

In Middle East, Iran’s Members of Parliament used their no-confidence vote to oust the Economy Minister.

Masoud Karbasian was in hot water over problems in the banking system and his alleged failure to fix the economy.

Three weeks earlier the Labour Minister Ali Rabiei was also removed by a no-confidence vote.

A check and balance between the executive and legislative branch of the government.

There are some countries though where the members of the legislative branch just follow whatever the executive decides.

Such a waste of power.

Such a waste of votes.

In UK, Prime Minister Theresa May pledges more investments in African states after Brexit.

UK leaves EU in 2019.

There will be many changes.

Some analysts mentioned job losses, financial ruin, trade restrictions among others.

We will see. It’s a few months away yet.

Nothing is forever.

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