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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.)

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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.

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

The Face of War 2016

We can see the thousands of movies, films, documentaries, newsletters, all saying what they are showing you are the faces of war.

We see and look into the face of war by two pictures.
One is this one.

Secondly, picture of war is this one.

Warning!!!! Do NOT look at these pictures unless you are an adult. Children under 13+15 NOT ALLOWED.

They take pride in speaking Aramaic, language Jesus Christ speaks. (Eashoa M’sheekha)

Syriacs, Assyrians and Chaldeans are ethnically and linguistically the same people. They take pride in speaking Aramaic, the language Jesus Christ spoke.

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Assyrians in Iraq Seeks Autonomy in Post-Mosul Iraq
By Cengiz Çandar
An Iraqi Christian prepares for the first Sunday Mass at the Grand Immaculate Church since it was recaptured from the Islamic State in Qaraqosh, near Mosul, Iraq, Oct. 30, 2016. ( REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah)

One of them was Syriac, the other was Chaldean. The Syriac speaks Arabic but understood my conversation with his comrade in English. The Chaldean is a member of the Kurdistan parliament who speaks in perfect, fluent English. Among the three denominations that constitute one of the oldest Christian communities in Mesopotamia, only a representative of the Assyrian community was not present.Syriacs, Assyrians and Chaldeans are ethnically and linguistically the same people. They take pride in speaking Aramaic, the language Jesus Christ spoke. Generally, they do not like to be asked whether they are Syriac, Assyrian or Chaldean. They insist that they are all the same and that such a question is of a divisive nature.

Nevertheless, I asked and found that one of them is Syriac, belonging to the Orthodox church, and the other one Chaldean, connected to the Vatican.

Read the full story here.

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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