Sunday, March 21, 2021


WELCOME TO MENFRANCO GENERAL BLOG. Today we will talk about general news, since some important things have happened. 

Oprah Winfrey interviewed Meghan Markle and prince Harry, knowing that this is an issue that most people want to know. Okay I can see that. But what else she wants to achieve with this interview I do not know, because these people are important people, this can turn into anything 


Welcome to our article,  World News and My Views, March 2021.

Dear readers, we are continuing to keep our diary, so that we can compare what is happening these days one day in the future. Anyhow, during the month of March 2021, there are a couple of extra things that are on the news, and we want to report them here: one is the interview of Oprah Winfrey, with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry that is upsetting the royal family in England; this is not good news, but it gets a lot of people interested, I believe that is why Oprah Winfrey made the interview, this issue is going to be in the news for a while, but for me it is not a great deal, because it only affects the people involves and not the general public. I know that things may change, and it can affect the monarchy and the commonwealth, but that is unlikely, the most likely scene is that people can get upset and hurt, if they take part in these conversations. Looks like that Oprah Winfrey has opened a modern Pandora box, and a lot of arguments can come from this. I believe that this would have been better for everybody, if these matters were resolved privately, but now it is too late; so, we must wait and see what happens. 

Anyhow, we have some feedback, after the interview, and some people are suggesting that Meghan will not be happy until she brings the royal family down, if that is the case, then prince Harry better divorce her, take the children and go back to England. I believe that this Meghan woman, is the luckiest woman in the world and she does not know it. 


The other news that we want to talk about, this month of March 2021 is pope Francis visit to Iraq, now, we can say that this is good news, since the pope visit can bring good result in the future; you see, when the religious leaders of different religions get together, it has the potential to change the views of their followers, since they can become friendly with people of other religions and end isolation, and above all it may end extremism, since they now don’t see that people of different religions are their enemies.

Looking at what the pope is doing, it seems almost crazy, he goes in a nation where most people hate Christianity, he puts himself in a dangerous position, in the hope that he can change for the better those people beliefs, he wants them to see us Christian as their friends and not their enemies. Will the pope succeed in what he wants to do? We just must wait and see, if what he is doing will continue and one day religions can amalgamate. 

You see, the pope is gone to Abraham promised land to meet a Muslim leader, hoping to bring religions together in the future. 


Now let us go back to talk about the usual things that are happening in the world.


When you think what else can go wrong in the world today? Suddenly something else hits, and you know that there are many more problems in the world.

Today the 23rd of February 2021, I was watching the Italian news hoping that they had progressed politically to a better stage, since, they have a new government with Mario Draghi as prime minister. So, they could look at how to finance whatever needs to be financed in Italy, to get Italy working again, and to control the corona virus. Instead, what hit me is this shocking news about the Italian ambassador and an Italian carabiniere killed in the republic of Congo. Today is seems to me that there is always bad news around the corner, and while you hope for the best, something else hits you hard. 



Today apart what we have said above, the world problems continue to be mostly as they were two months ago, the corona virus pandemic continues with variant, the world of politics continues blaming each other: in Australia they are talking about sexual harassment happening in Canberra parliament building; in Italy they are having all sorts of problems, forming a new government guided by new designated premier Mario Draghi, while it seems that they have the numbers, somebody resigns and they have to start all over again; in America President Joe Biden thinks that he is doing okay, but there are signs that not everything is well, some people say that sometimes he forgets names of people, and this is not a good sign. They are worried that he may not be well enough and strong enough to be the leader of the USA, one of the strongest nations on earth.

Now, let us continue and compare, what we said in our last article.

We wrote about the COVID19, so, we want to check out its progress; we wrote about the American presidents and their arguments, and we wrote about that the Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte that has resigned and they are now trying to form another government. Anyhow, will come back to this issue soon.   

Anyhow, what we can tell you today 17th of March 2021 is that the COVID19 continues, in the USA last fortnight has gone up considerable; from 26,300,000 positive and 445,000 deaths to 30,000,000 and 541,000 deaths; Brazil has 280,000 deaths. Anyhow, it goes up and down in different places, but the other countries that need mentioning here is the U K with 125,000 deaths and Italy with over 103,000 deaths. Again, here looks like that Italy has been hit hard from this virus, and every time I look at the Italian news there are more people sick. I hope that it will improve soon, since they have started vaccinating everywhere.

But wait a minute, there seems to be a problem with the vaccine supply, Italy is stopping of 250,000 doses to Australia, because they have not received enough themselves, and this is how it was reported in the news, and I quote;  

London: Italy has vowed to reject more vaccine exports and France has threatened to join the blockade, as European officials scramble to justify the decision to ban a shipment of 250,000 doses to Australia.

Trade Minister Dan Tehan discussed the standoff with his Brussels counterpart Valdis Dombrovskis on Friday night, but the European Commission has no plans to step back from its dispute with the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.

The decision was the first-time special powers have been used to stop coronavirus vaccines manufactured in Europe from being sent abroad. The shipment was banned because the drug giant has not provided the bloc with as many vials as expected. End of quote.

This pandemic has created many problems, and even though the vaccine has been made and is being used, it will take a long time for things to go back to normal; it also seems that there might be a problem with the vaccine.



First let us talk about America, since it is the most important nation in the western world. Anyhow, in January as expected the new American president took over. So, they have changed President in the middle of so much fuss. And just as I was saying, the democratic wanted President Donald Trump impeached, but they have failed, so, Trump is no longer being impeached, and other things are slowly going down. Anyhow, let us hope that Joe Biden has enough energy to run America the right way, since this influences the rest of the world. Now that we have talked about America politics, let us look at the Italian government crisis, since I follow it closely.  

They are forming a new government in Italy, and this man below is their leaders.  

The new premier of Italy today is Mario Draghi. 

When I started writing this article, it was the 16th of February 2021. At that stage they had failed to form a new government for a second time under Giuseppe Conte as prime minister. So, the Italian president Sergio Mattarella, appointed Mario Draghi as a possible new prime minister. So, Mario Draghi has consulted with the other political leaders, and has been able to find enough followers to form a new Government; so, a new government is being sworn in soon.  

Anyhow, I have noted that in politics everything can change quickly. But who is going to be this this new prime minister Mario Draghi? From what they say, he seems to be a well-known person throughout the world, so, there are high expectations. 

For what I know, Mario Draghi is a top economist, and perhaps this is what Italy needs. But is that enough to solve most of the problems that they are facing in Italy today, this nobody knows.

Anyhow, the new government has been sworn in, now they are voting to check if there is enough support for this new government, then they can start debating what needs to be done.

The new prime minister Mario Draghi has pointed out what he wants to do, so, new laws need to be discussed and approved, but that is happening in the future. Meanwhile we must wait and see. So, we start thinking that this Italian problem is solved, but it is not, suddenly the PD leader Zingaretti resigns, and after a while, Enrico Letta a former prime minister has been elected as leader. Let us hope they can make it work this time.     

Anyhow, now we must wait and see what really happened over there. This is all what I know today, see you next time.   

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