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Open Letter to NATO Commanders and Political Leaders

Open Letter to NATO Commanders and Political Leaders

21.08.2011

By Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

 

Just what exactly do you think you are doing in Libya? Did anyone elect you? Did you heed the Libyan Government’s call for a democratic election? Since when is attacking civilians with US Apache helicopters in your Rules of Engagement? How do you explain the wanton strafing of civilian structures with military hardware?

Why are you taking sides in an internal conflict which as you know very well, is against international law? UNSC Resolution 2131 (XX) of 21 December 1965, containing the Declaration on the Inadmissibility of Intervention in the Domestic Affairs of States was backed up by Resolutions 31/91 of 14 December 1976, 32/153 of 19 December 1977, 33/74 of 15 December 1978, 34/101 of 14 December 1979 and 35/159 of 12 December 1980 on non-interference in the internal affairs of States. Why then is NATO actively engaged in supporting armed groups of youths, many of whom are not even Libyan?

Why is NATO using armed force to aid terrorist mercenaries shipped in from Egypt and Tunes against Libyan civilians?

Why did the Libyan uprising start on the frontiers and not in the capital city, Tripoli? Why is the vast majority of the capital city firmly behind Colonel Gaddafi? Why are most Libyans in other parts of the country taking a stand with the Government and against the groups of thugs you support with your military hardware?

Why do you support people who commit atrocities? Why do the people of the towns they “liberate” fight them off with guns? Why are they hated across Libya?

Why is NATO strafing civilians and civilian structures with military hardware, against Article 3 of the Statute of The Hague International Penal Court which states clearly that one criterion for indictment for war crimes is:

“Attack or bombardment, by whatever means, against undefended cities, towns, villages, buildings or houses”.

Another clause of the same Article 3 could also be invoked:

“Massive destruction of cities, towns or villages or destruction not justified by military necessity”.

The attack on Libya’s water supply network on Friday July 22 and the attack on the factory making pipes for the supply system on Saturday July 23 in al-Brega were not covered under “military necessity” in which case, under Article 3, this was an act of wanton destruction of civilian structures with military hardware. This renders NATO liable for trial by its own court, the ICC at The Hague;

Why is NATO aiding terrorists which by the definition of its own member states are on the list of proscribed terrorist groups?

There is evidence that armed groups fighting inside Libya include the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) which according to the British Government: “The LIFG seeks to replace the current Libyan regime with a hard-line Islamic state. The group is also part of the wider global Islamist extremist movement, as inspired by Al Qa’ida. The group has mounted several operations inside Libya, including a 1996 attempt to assassinate Mu’ammar Qadhafi” and for which reason is on the Home Office list of proscribed terrorist groups (1);

Why did NATO not aid the UNSC to reach a peaceful solution to this problem, something which the Libyan Government has been trying to achieve from the beginning? Under the UN Charter, Chapter VI, Article 33, member states must “seek a solution by negotiation, enquiry, mediation, conciliation, arbitration, judicial settlement, resort to regional agencies or arrangements, or other peaceful means of their own choice”.

Did NATO do this in the case of Libya? No, it used a false flag event, namely the massacre of civilians by “rebel” forces (the allegations must be investigated).

Why did NATO not convene the Military Staff Committee of the UNSC? Under the UN Charter, Chapter VII, Article 46: “Plans for the application of armed force shall be made by the Security Council with the assistance of the Military Staff Committee”. Such committee was never convened.

This is a violation of the UN Charter rendering Resolutions 1970 and 1973 (2011) void, as indeed is the response by NATO;

Chapter VII, Article 51 refers to the right of States to defend themselves against armed insurgency:

“Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security. Measures taken by Members in the exercise of this right of self-defence shall be immediately reported to the Security Council and shall not in any way affect the authority and responsibility of the Security Council under the present Charter to take at any time such action as it deems necessary in order to maintain or restore international peace and security”

in which case NATO had no reason to attack the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

Why is NATO continuing to arm the terrorist elements in Libya, why is NATO placing boots on the ground, why are NATO forces making raids on the Libyan coastline, why are French contingents in the western mountains, why is the French Foreign Legion involved in the fighting, why is NATO not inspecting vessels ferrying weapons to the terrorist elements, all of these in direct contradiction of the terms on UNSC Resolutions 1970 and 1973 (2011)?

Why is NATO committing war crimes in its attempts to murder individuals? Without any formal declaration of war, NATO’s strikes against civilian structures come outside any possible conditions imposed by rules of engagement, in which case the armed attack against a civilian residence occasioning the murder of Muammar al-Qathafi’s son Saif al-Arab al-Qathafi and three of his grandchildren would occasion a case for prosecution; furthermore other strikes against structures where Muammar al-Qathafi was alleged to have been would constitute cases for prosecution for attempted murder;

Why is NATO violating the terms of the Geneva Conventions in Libya? Violation of the Geneva Conventions by NATO: Under the Geneva Convention IV, Article 3 (a): “To this end the following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever with respect to the above-mentioned persons: (a) violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds:”

Armed attacks with military hardware against civilian structures occasioning murder, grievous bodily harm of actual bodily harm render NATO liable under this clause.

NATO does not represent the collective will of humankind, NATO is a criminal organization which commits murder and attacks civilians arming terrorists and involving itself in the internal affairs of sovereign nations, all against international law, NATO violates the UN Charter, NATO violates the UNSC Resolutions, NATO violates the Geneva Conventions. NATO therefore does not have the right to represent anybody; it is no more than the military wing of the lobbies which control the policies of its member states.

We did not vote for NATO, we do not want NATO. Either NATO listens to the collective will of humanity or else it will suffer the consequences of its actions. You can only spit in the wind for so long. No future development inside Libya will free NATO from prosecution for the crimes mentioned above and whatever development there may be, NATO will not “win” anything in this conflict. How can you “win” a game on an uneven playing field with three times as many players?

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An Ancient Kingdom Demands Reparation from the Queen of England

An Ancient Kingdom Demands Reparation from the Queen of England

 

Reporter, Bamuturaki, Musinguzi informs the East African readers of yet another case against the Queen of England. Not a Murdoch, or a Pope, the Queen of England in one breath has been open and discreet with her activities depending on which part of history one refers to.

This photo does not reveal to the novice the suffering a country and its people either, but it is the photo of Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom, West Uganda, a country that is taking the Queen of England to Court, so it believes for a justified case of reparation. The Queen of England representing the colonial powers that the countries of Africa are still suffering from is guilty of invasion, atrocious human-rights abuses and grabbing of their land in the colonial era, however when it comes to the colonial era as a finite period, it seems to be a an ill-conceived belief that they can return to their old ways at anytime to solve their inability to solve their economic problems.

A paltry reparation of £1.5 billion ($2.4 billion) is being demanded in compensation in a notice that was issued March 31st 2011 by Ayena-Odongo Co Advocates. The British government has been given 45 days in which to reply or the case will be filed in the U.K. courts. This follows a Kenyan application granted by the London High Courts in July 2011 for atrocities meted out to the freedom fighters, the Mau Mau during the 1950s and 60s.  As legal obstacles ensue from Justice Richard McCombe pertaining to the jurisdiction of legal responsibility, Uganda, and Kenya represent only the tip of an iceberg of what could take place to see justice be done.

The Uganda plantiffs declared:

“The invasion of the suit land (present day Kibaale District) and brute, barbaric and savage force used therein to introduce foreign administration and alienate the suit land was a violation of fundamental human rights and adversely affected the plaintiffs; the plaintiffs are entitled to the relief claimed thereunder.”

“The purported establishment of sovereignty over the suit land did not extinguish the customary rights of the intended plaintiffs over the suit land,” the lawyers add. “The defendant is wholly liable for the loss, injuries and damages suffered by the plaintiffs to be claimed in the suit.”

“The so-called Uganda Agreement, 1900… is null and void abinitio and of no legal consequence,”

The British Commissioner in Uganda, Martin Shearman replied:

“We write to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 31 March 2011. Despite the date that it bears, it was received at these offices only on 25 May. We have sent the letter to London, and we shall let you have a response in due course.”

President Museveni informed the Banyoro in 2009 that the Queen of England is willing to pay £700 million ($1.1 billion) to settle the case out of court in instalments over a 10-year period, but the petitioners have been unsuccessful at meeting President Museveni since.

Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom was once a wealthy resourceful nation and was rich agriculturally. It is the oldest kingdom in East Africa and was the strongest economically. It consists of three districts Kibaale, Masindi, and Hoim – 21,376 sq km of which one third is water. Under the British invasion which took place between 1893 and 1900. The land was plundered, pillaged, and devastated, while their forefathers were killed in their thousands.

The country has a strong unbroken royal lineage supported by a Principal Private Secretary, a Cabinet of 21 Ministers and Orukurato (Parliament). Pre-colonial rule, the King ensured the economic development of his country, while each clan had specific responsibilities: the Abaliisa were the shepherds, the Abahamba the hunters, and the Abasiita the artisans for example. The Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom supplied neighbouring regions with food and supplies.

In 1993 Uganda reconstituted the traditional kingdoms that were abolished by the British colonialists. However, the royal family now serve as titular heads, and have no real power. There are different “ethnic” groups that coexist, along with Protestants, Catholics, and Muslims. The Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom produces tobacco, sugarcane, tea, and cereals like rice, and maize. The tropical forests supports the biodiversity of the region and is rich in wildlife, and is known for its mahogany, ironwood and other hard wood timbers; as well as oil,  gem stones: tourmaline, ruby, red and green garnet, titanium, tin and gold, and iron in the Lake Albert Rift Valley. Today, as they contemplate how to develop their natural gas resources, all sections of society are consulted before making a final decision.

Ayena-Odongo Co Advocates commented:

“The suit in London will be about the role of the British in the human rights abuses such as loss of life and properties, violation of the culture of the Banyoro and the resultant damages suffered.”

“The recent London High Court ruling that the Mau Mau can proceed with their case against the British government gives us a green light to file our case in the UK as well. Our case is graver because we lost a lot in terms of human and economic resources as a kingdom,” Batwale said.

 

Musinguzi, B. “Bunyoro Kingdom to Take the Queen of England to Court.” http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/Bunyoro+kingdom+to+take+the+Queen+of+England+to+court/-/2558/1214858/-/mvd96w/-/index.html

“Welcome to Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom.” http://www.uconnect.org/bunyoro/index.html

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The White Brotherhood Welcomes in the New Year

The White Brotherhood Welcomes in the New Year

 

High in the Bulgarian Rila Mountains, near the lake of 4 double concentric circles of men and women dressed in white, sway to the passing of what has been a hot global summer on more levels than one.

Once where this body of people would have drunk themselves until dawn, these followers of a synthesis of Hinduism, occultism, and Christianity known as the White Brotherhood welcome in their New Year by singing spiritual songs dressed in white until the sun rises followed by the Paneurhythmy, a one hour dance to the planets and the stars performed in the open for greater blood circulation, improved physical health, concentration, and positive thinking. The dance is also performed outside to increase a sense of harmony with others, nature, and the universe. Unbeknown to many us, this gathering has been taking place every year since 1929.

Their Philosophy

The White Brotherhood or the Beinsa Douno was founded by Petar Deunov, the son of a priest of the Orthodox church who studied theology, and medicine in the U.S. The feeling of constriction by the orthodox church upon his return to Bulgaria in 1895, Deunov began to give public lectures.

Deunov conveyed the teachings through 3, 500 lectures over a 30 year period. Referred to as a Master, he took the spiritual name Beinsa Douno, and referred to his philosophy as the “The New Teaching” which happens to underlie all spiritual and religious teachings, that of: universal path, judicious development, freedom, personal growth, harmony, and living in tune with nature. Petar Deunov’s teachings professes to recreate the verbal power of the verses of the Bible, and to reclaim the lost mystery of Christian sacred text in their body of text referred to as the Color Rays of Light Testament. Their website describes their teachings as follows:

“One has taken the path of transformation, a path where the person gradually awakens one’s soul to life, which unfolds like the cherry blossom in spring. And for the curious, but impatient and indecisive side-view observer, the New Teaching will normally remain incomprehensible.”

It is considered that the teachings inevitably affects each person differently with the goal towards perfection firstly as an individual, then as a community acknowledging that God lives within each person and their potential  by giving birth to one’s “divine origin.

They believe that the universal powers, which some would refer to as the Laws of Nature, or woven into the existence of everything, again an understanding that underlies most spiritual teachings if not all, and that the vocation of mankind is to live in harmony with those natural forces, the delay of which is bound by our present state of development.

As an individual one is to strive towards self knowledge, to love one’s self including one’s weaknesses, illnesses, and mistakes. By loving all aspects of one’s self, one transmutes one’s weaknesses into virtues, but as long as one despises those weaknesses, those frailties’, and one suffers, and is at their mercy. They perceive evil as a mechanism that serves the good in order to rid humanity of impurities, and to reconcile all contradictions, which differs little to the purpose of jihad an nafs in Islam.

  • “Poverty and wealth are circumstances for the development of human soul – they are equally good.”
  • “Do we not see nowadays more than ever the deficiency and discontent of the business carrier?”
  • “Do we not feel the absurdity of a life which binds us to the work place in 80% of our time?”

The White Brotherhood’s understanding of the purpose of beauty is the same as in Islam, which is:

“ necessary for life to feed the human soul, which would be able to develop rightly in this way. To a great extend, the human life could be made worthwhile through the different kinds of arts. The creative work – closely connected with the world of beauty – is a divine blessing.”

A  blessing that is to liberate the conscious to a constructive and creative purpose.

Spreading the Word

From Deunov’s home in Sofia, gatherings would take place by personal invitation only. This continued through The Balkan War, the Second Balkan War and the World War I. Deunov was against Bulgaria’s participation in WWI, nationalism, and socialism, and was prevented from public speaking by 1917. Exiled to another part of Bulgaria, gatherings continued in Sofia at a lower level (séances). Study groups developed in other localities.

Devastation of the wars increased the popularity of the teachings, as attracting intellectuals who liked the idea of self cognition and self improvement forming the basis of a new order on Earth, while the followers in general were attracted by the union of science and religious belief of which was the principle of love as the principle of existence – an esoteric thread which runs throughout all divine traditions.

Free from exile in his home town, Varna Deunov gave talks around the country. By 1922 the Youth Occult Class was instituted attracting a wide variety of people, then followed the General Occult Class for families introducing vegetarianism, moderation, and fasting. Studies and essays were given a homework, and ‘methods’ that could be applied to everyday life. Discipleship was instituted for the process of internalization. In 1929, Deunov and disciples opened The School at the Seven Rila Lakes where the ritual ceremony takes place welcoming in their New Year at the end of summer. The dance, the Paneurhythmy was introduced in 1934 which is a cycle of 28 exercises, using melody, text and rhythm, which became a ritual at the Rila Lakes by 1939. In 1937, disciple Mihail Ivanov left for France, and established a White Brotherhood Society in Paris. In 1942, the Paneurhythmy also known as the Dance of the Soul/ the Supreme Cosmic Rhythm was introduced to Bulgarian schools by the Ministry of Education for Physical Education.

After Deunov died in 1944, the White Brotherhood Society was of officially registered.

In the fulfillment of God’s will is the strength of the human soul.- WBS

 

Source:

“Petar Deunov   http://digilander.libero.it/vangeli/peterdeunov.htm

Moran, L. “Human Crop Circle: Religious Sect Celebrates The New Year (A Little Bit Late) With Ritual Dance And Song On Bulgarian Mountain Top.” http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2027941/Happy-New-Year-White-Brotherhood-form-human-crop-circles-celebrate.html

White Brotherhood http://www.beinsadouno.org/en

Ramadhan Reflections: Remembering Those Who Don’t Have the Choice to Fast‏

Ramadhan Reflections: Remembering Those Who Don’t Have the Choice to Fast‏

Text Summary:

This month, we’ve given up many things that we would ordinarily think we could not do without. Some of us have heard the comments from some of our non-fasting friends, “There is no way I could do that”. Yet, many of us have found strength inside ourselves that we may have forgotten, or may not have even been aware we had. Some of us depending on where we are in the world have been fasting 16-18 hour days which gives us ample opportunities to feel that sense of hunger and thirst. Yet, again for many of us, we know that at the beginning and end of the day we have the luxury of a meal.

There are many people around the world who do not have this. They fast inside Ramadan and outside of its windows because they have no choice. They have been stripped of their basic human right- to have food to eat to ensure their survival. We must remember that the prophet peace be upon him said, “S/he is not a Muslim- the one who goes to sleep with their stomach filled, while their neighbour goes to sleep with their stomach empty”. This is so critical in parts of the world such as the Horn of Africa, where some parents are being confronted with the horrific choice of deciding which child they have to leave behind to die in order to try and save the others. In other parts of the world, there are those who are affected by war and climate change and so continue to suffer.

As we shift back to our own context, iftar for many of us is a party. We stuff ourselves with food and we overfill ourselves. Many times, not only are we spending extravagant amounts of time preparing food, but unfortunately, food is wasted.

Perhaps one of the things we need to think about this month is to cook less and give more, to cook simple meals and not waste our entire days trying to cook and losing valuable opportunities to do good, perhaps ensuring that our neighbours are ok is of greater significance. We can also prepare food and carry to local shelters or help to feed the homeless around us. THIS is the spirit of Ramadan.

We need to remember that what we have is a gift from God and just as it is a blessing that we have food, in an instant, that could change. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know that in our times of need people will think of us and try to assist?

In the same way, let us think of those who are in need and try to help them as well.  It is our duty and the right of those who are hungry upon us. Let us not say we are busying ourselves with Ramadan and the last 10 days and deny those in need, their most fundamental right to eat!.

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Iftar…

Letter to the Self #30 Remember Me

Letter to the Self #29 Forgiveness

Letter to Self # 28: Those We Ignore
Letter to the Self # 27: Destination or the Journey!
Letter to the Self # 26: Change
Letters to the Self #25: Window of Opportunity
Letters to the Self #24: More Than You Think You Are Able
Letters to the Self #23: Submission
Letter to the Self #22: Do You Have Trust Issues?
Letter to the Self #21: Possessions