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Archbishop of Punjab, Pakistan agrees with Archbishop of Canterbury

“The Syrian Church represents a very ancient and a very rich strand in the great tapestry of Christian witness,” said the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

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His Excellency continues, “And perhaps most importantly to most people in maintaining the language that is closest to the language spoken by Our Lord himself across these centuries.

“I can still remember the experience of first hearing the psalms sung in Syriac and realizing that was probably the same kind of sound heard by Our Lord as the psalms were sung in Aramaic in his day.” (Look at the date of this article. It appears on the surface to be almost a prophecy of what the Syrians are experiencing now. Various human societies obviously are not as interested in preserving the Original Christian History as they pretend.)

Eashoa:(eeshoo) Sound

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Archbishop of Canterbury opens Tur Abdin exhibition at Southwark Cathedral

Giulio Paletta’s exhibition of photographs of Tur Abdin in Turkey has been opened at Southwark Cathedral by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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Photojournalist Giulio Paletta, who specialises in small Christian groups, has been to Tur Abdin in south-east Turkey to record the life of the Syrian Christians.

The little ancient Christian community in the mountains has been immune from Roman influence but suffered in recent upheavals which saw death or exile from beginning of the 19th century to the 1990s. The Syrian Orthodox minority now finds itself struggling with little support from the Turkish authorities.

“The Syrian Church represents a very ancient and a very rich strand in the great tapestry of Christian witness,” said the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

“And perhaps most importantly to most people in maintaining the language that is closest to the language spoken by Our Lord himself across these centuries.

“I can still remember the experience of first hearing the psalms sung in Syriac and realising that was probably the same kind of sound heard by Our Lord as the psalms were sung in Aramaic in his day.”

Speaking of the community’s present struggle with poverty and harassment, Dr Williams said that he wanted to express solidarity with them and pray for them.

“Turkey has an honourable tradition of tolerating and protecting religious minorities and it would be a tragedy if the next generation were to see that tradition becoming any weaker.”

The Bishop of Woolwich read out a message from the Bishop of Tur Abdin who said that it was a great comfort to have support from the British ecumenical Tur Abdin Focus Group which is staging the exhibition.

A second message was received from the Patriarch of Antioch who visited Lambeth Palace last year. The Patriarch’s representative Bishop Polycarpos also spoke.

Canon Bruce Saunders, welcoming the Archbishop, said: “Southwark Cathedral is a parish church rooted in this local community, we are the mother church of the diocese but from time to time we also behave like an English cathedral should with a national profile doing something which takes our interest beyond our own boundaries.”

Among guests at the opening were the Syrian Ambassador, diplomatic representatives from the Netherlands and Turkey, Metropolitan Seraphim of Glastonbury, the Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe, Fr Stephen Griffith who is both Anglican Chaplain in Syria and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Apocrisiarius to the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch and the Archdeacon of Southwark.

For the Archbishop it was his second visit to Southwark in 6 days; last week he opened a new nurture room at Cathedral School in Redcross Way.

The Tur Abdin exhibition is at Southwark Cathedral until Monday 18 October.

KWABENA Frimpong Boateng – Environment, Science, Technology

Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng is 67 years old.

Graduated from the University of Ghana Medical School in 1975 with MB, ChB degrees, and qualified surgeon, cardio-thoracic and vascular surgeon after undertaking his postgraduate studies at the Hannover Medical University, Germany in 1978. He subsequently worked as a consultant cardio-thoracic surgeon and was one of the pioneers of the heart transplantation program in Hannover.
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng has received several local and international awards in recognition of his medical work and service to humanity. In 1999 he was the Ghana Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Marketing Man of the year and also, a recipient of the Millennium Excellence Award. In 2005 the Millennium Excellence Foundation awarded him as Personality of the Decade. Prof. Frimpong-Boateng was the winner of the 2012 edition of the prestigious African Heroes Award, presented by Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, USA, on February 12, 2012. Prof. Frimpong-Boateng is married and has five children.

JOHN Peter Amewu – Lands and Natural Resources John-Peter Amewu is 48 years old, and holds an MBA (Finance) from University of Ghana. He also has a Post Graduate Degree (Executive MBA in International Energy Industry Management), and Masters in Petroleum Law and Policy from University of Dundee (UK). He has more than 15 years’ experience in Government, Private Sector, Civil Society and International Development Organizations. He has participated and undergone several mining professional training and attained various certificates from some Australia’s prestigious Universities (University of Sydney and University of Western Australia). He is a Cost Engineer by profession with broader knowledge in the Energy and Mining Industry. He is a Co-founder of Africa Center for Energy Policy – ACEP; and also worked as the Director of Policy and Research where he provided pro-active and comprehensive policy related advice to support a variety of Government and Private Sector Projects. He is the Chairman of Board of Directors of major private institutions in Ghana and a professional international consultant in his area of expertise (Mining and Petroleum). His contributions in providing solutions to the problems in the Energy Sector in Ghana have earned him both local and international acclamation and recognition. He is currently the Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Volta Region. He is married with three children.

Physicians Approve our Return to Pakistan, Ghana, and Philippines

Release and Permission from Physicians to return to Pakistan, Ashanti Kingdom, Philippines.

Rt. Rev. Archbishop Corlis Dees II and Archdeaconess Datha Dees

Terrorism Has No Borders?

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  1. Tuesday, October 26, 2010 Indian Weekender India Correspondent
    London: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said that the West has always ignored India’s warnings on terrorism.
     
    “Despite India’s warnings on terrorism, it took 9/11 for us to wake up,” Blair said in an interview to NDTV news channel aired on Monday. 
     
    “I used to say towards the end of prime ministership that we should have listened to India more…we should have watched what’s happening there and taken more account of it. 
     
    “It’s for our arrogance, something West is known for, that we didn’t quite understand it and ignored India’s warnings on terrorism,” Blair said.
     
    “Now I realize that it is a global war (against terrorism) and it threatens all.”
     
    Asked if terrorism is rooted in Pakistan, Blair said there is strain of extremism in Islam itself.
     
    “I have many Pakistani friends and I have realized that they (Pakistan) too wants to defeat terrorism,” said Blair.
     
    He further said: “I think it has more to do with the fact that this trend of extremism within Islam. What I learnt from the Indian experience is, you can’t hide away from the fact that this (extremism) is an element within Islam.…it doesn’t express itself as an accepted terrorism but as a narrative of extremism about society, about relations between countries and people of different places.” 
     
    “I think fundamental has to be confronted. That fundamental, I am afraid, is present as a strain in the Pakistani society,” said Blair.

Nature vs Nurture

The nature vs. nurture dialogue is a cultural and logical journey made possible with the help of scientific  and spiritual study about whether tribal culture, behavior, social communication is primarily the cause of nature or nurture. Nature, by both sides give definition by journeying into genetics and hormonal influences. Nurture, by both sides give definition by journeying into environment and experience. Wholeness in the dialogue manifest evidence as we move through time, and not taking snapshots of intermediate slices of time and space.

What man seeks is utter freedom, endless happiness and zero pain. In other words, everything.

Eashoa knew. He fulfilled the Scriptures and sent out his disciples into the world to preach about a spiritual kingdom — life everlasting, outside the realm of the visible world; to teach about the Scriptures and how they were fulfilled through his life and mission; and ultimately to give us peace in understanding how the universe works, how to live and never lose heart.

Eashoa knew that his teachings would be misinterpreted by many, but that they would be accessible to those who didn’t use them for self-aggrandizement and personal profit. All I can do is to translate the Scriptures as I find them. I can’t reconcile all the doubters to one set of beliefs. I can only do my best as a translator. I’m satisfied with that.

Eashoa knew everything. His birth, teachings, death and resurrection were the only proof humanity needed to find meaning in life. He picked a narrow sliver in the timeline of the universe to place the historical mission that would make sense of all the history and philosophy of the world. He knew that there were great kings and empires such as those of the Pharaohs, the Babylonians, the Ashurai, the Greeks and the Romans. He knew many others would come and go. He knew of the great philosophers and scientists of all the ages before and the ages that would come. You may not believe it, because you might be thinking how could Eashoa have known everything?

Eashoa knew everything because the best of the scientists have to offer is, “We don’t know.” Man does not understand what gave him birth, what happiness is, why there is pain, and why he must die. (I refer to man not as a Chauvinist, because women know more — they know about birth anyway, and a few other things I don’t wish to go into now.) Eashoa is the only one who has explained this aspect of human consciousness: a seed is nothing more than the genetic basis of what the plant needs to grow out of. So is the human being nothing more than the forty-six chromosomes that make up his or her genesis. The seed and the fetus are the basis of life as we know it. Where did this knowledge come from?

The universe is made up of dark and light elements, negative and positive forces, and the observable world for us is an endless mystery that most of us don’t even care to grapple with; we are so concerned with our own little world, and Eashoa knew that. Ultimately the human being isn’t interested in a scientific explanation, but an opportunity to seek some measure of happiness within the confines of the human culture where he or she lives.

Eashoa knew that. He came to the world two thousand years ago and answered all the questions humanity would ever ask. The questions and the answers are here in the Ancient Aramaic Scriptures. I want you to learn to say “Eashoa”. You say, “Jesus.” It’s Eashoa — not Ye-shoo-wa — Ee-sho. I transliterates it Eashoa. It’s not asking too much, and maybe it’s not all that important, since we all know who we’re talking about. Do we not?  Read more…

‘Eashoa knew’ taken from Victor Alexander

Pashtuns in the grip of violent conflict

Phashtun from Northern PakistanNon-violent Pashtuns in the grip of violent conflict

 (An edited excerpt from the article.)

The non-violent struggle, led by the Pashtun freedom fighter Khan Abdul Ghafar Khan well-known as Bacha Khan, against the British colonial rule is a great lesson in the history of political movements.

AjmalshamsAfter a careful look into the tragic events and misfortunes of the past three decades in Afghanistan beginning with the Communist Coup of April 1978 followed by Soviet military intervention in December 1979, one is readily convinced that Pashtuns on both sides of the Durand Line have been the prime victims. It is true that Afghans in general have suffered tremendously by a perpetual bloody conflict that has shattered their lives in varying degrees. However, the Pashtuns in both Afghanistan and Pakhtunkhwa have been most severely affected by the ongoing strife. The consequence of the armed resistance against the Soviet occupation forces, almost two million Afghans, mainly Pashtuns, lost their lives. The spy agencies of the Communist regime in Kabul continued to perpetrate terrorist activities in Pakhtunkhwa which killed hundreds of Pashtuns both local and refugees from Afghanistan.  Similarly, after the collapse of Dr. Najib’s regime, when the Mujahedeen came to power, the major battle grounds of the civil war were the Pashtun areas. Now, after decades, the legacy of this virtual massacre of Pashtuns still rages in the form of ongoing insurgency on both sides of the Durand Line.

It is an open secret now that the ongoing insurgency in the lands of the Pashtuns is mainly driven by regional and global rivalries for gaining political influence and economic superiority.

The Taliban emerged in the early Nineties in the country’s south and gradually grabbed power in 1996. Their absolute majority being Pashtun triggered international propaganda against the entire Pashtun ethnicity. Pashtuns were portrayed as being against civilized culture that only believed in extremism. Whatever actions the Taliban committed were associated with the Pashtuns. Regrettably, the Pashtun character assassination has sustained to this day in one form or another.  It is to be noted that the Taliban rarely committed actions that favored one ethnic group over the other and never identified themselves with being Pashtuns. Members of the Taliban from Badakhshan Province, the ethnic Tajik, were actively involved in the movement with some holding high ranking positions. Thus the perception of identifying Pashtuns with the Taliban or vice versa has no logical grounds.

The non-violent struggle, led by the legendary Pashtun freedom fighter Khan Abdul Ghafar Khan well known as Bacha Khan, against the British colonial rule is a great lesson in the history of political movements. He has been called the non-violent soldier of Islam. It was nearly eighty years ago when he had called upon the Pashtuns under the British rule to stand up for their rights and struggle through peaceful political means without resorting to violence. This was in line with his most cherished Philosophy of Non-Violence.Thousands of Pashtuns associated themselves with his non-violent method of uprising under his charismatic leadership. Bacha Khan and his companions spent years in prisons and suffered enormous hardships in pursuit of their enduring peaceful struggle for freedom. If it were true that Pashtuns only believed in violent methods of political struggle, they would never have united under Bacha Khan’s banner of peaceful uprising. Pashtuns’ adherence to Bacha Khan’s peaceful political movement is self-evident proof of Pashtuns’ faith in tolerance and peaceful co-existence.

Khushal Khan khattak has been called a man of sword and a man of letter

Pashtuns have entrenched principles of resolving their conflicts among themselves and with others through dialogues and their traditional peace Jirgas. However, when there is legitimate need for the use of force, they are readily willing to rise up in arms.  The pages of history, on one hand, illustrate Pashtuns’ valiant struggle, bravery and courage and on the other hand portray them also as inheritors of nearly five thousand years of a legacy of civilization that thrived between the great rivers of Amu and Indus. Among many of Pashtun’s heroes, a reflection on the life of Khushal Khan Khattak sheds enough light on the character of a typical Pashtun leader. Khushal Khan is known as a man of sword and of letter. Khan fight Mughuls defending the rights of Pashtuns and  first class in his literary achievements. His work have inspired writers and poets for the last four hundred years.

The re-emergence of the Taliban after being thrown out of power in late 2001 by the US led international military coalition are attributed to several internal and external contributing factors. It is unfair media bias to say that the Taliban led insurgency was initiated by the Pashtuns.

Reality is the violent conflict on the Pashtuns are their own victims.  Pashtuns themselves have on the frontlines of both payment in life and disorder. It is a misnomer that Taliban Insurgency is called what is going on in the area. There is absolutely no logic in this notion. This portrays a fictional negative image of the Pashtuns worldwide. Pashtuns are NOT radical extremists who cannot come to terms with attributes of modern society. 

It is an open secret now that the ongoing insurgency in the lands of the Pashtuns is mainly driven by regional and global rivalries for gaining political influence and economic superiority. Surprisingly, Afghanistan, due to its geo-strategic location, remains the battleground for such rivalries but neither their owner nor beneficiary. Part of the blame also lies with a fragmented Pashtun leadership that has little or no vision for the future.

It is a crucial moment for the Pashtun political leadership as well as religious and social intelligentsia to redefine and present the true image of Pashtuns as a tolerant nation having a long cherished desire to live in peaceful co-existence with others so long as their relationship is based on mutual respect and trust. However, one must also be mindful of the fact that as long Pashtuns are not given their legitimate political and cultural rights and equal access to economic opportunities, not only will the entire regions remain in the grip of conflict and tension but the world at large will continue to feel the adverse impacts.

Writer: Ajmal Shams

The writer is President of the Afghanistan Social Democratic Party well know as Afghan Millat National Progressive Party. He also served as policy advisor to Dr. Ashraf Ghani when he chaired the security transition commission before running for president. He tweets @ajmshams

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