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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.

Attacks on Assyrians in Syria By ISIS and Other Muslim Groups

De facto information we all need to know.

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Posted 2015-02-27 03:57 GMT

The following is a list of attacks against Assyrians in Syria by ISIS and other Muslim Groups.

See also: List of Assyrian and Other Churches Destroyed in Syria

2012-05-12 Jihadists Seize Christian Village in Syria, Expel Its Residents

Do you think we have no cause to be concerned?

As Russian interests gradually took control of Uranium One millions of dollars were donated to the Clinton Foundation between 2009 and 2013 from individuals directly connected to the deal including the Chairman of Uranium One, Ian Telfer. Although Mrs Clinton had an agreement with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors to the Clinton Foundation, the contributions from the Chairman of Uranium One were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons.

Among the agencies that eventually signed off the deal was the State Department, then headed by Secretary Clinton. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) comprises, among others, the secretaries of the Treasury, Defense, Homeland Security, Commerce and Energy.

What the Clinton campaign spokesman failed to disclose, however, was the fact that a few days before sending his rebuttal to the New York Times, Jose Fernandez wrote on the evening of the 17 April 2015 to John Podesta following a phone call from Mr Podesta (Email ID 2053): “John, It was good to talk to you this afternoon, and I appreciate your taking the time to call. As I mentioned, I would like to do all I can to support Secretary Clinton, and would welcome your advice and help in steering me to the right persons in the campaign”.

Five days after this email (22 April 2015), Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon wrote a memo to the New York Times, declaring that “Jose Fernandez has personally attested that ‘Secretary Clinton never intervened with me on any CFIUS matter’,” but Fallon failed to mention that Fernandez was hardly a neutral witness in this case, considering that he had agreed with John Podesta to play a role in the Clinton campaign.

The emails show that the contacts between John Podesta and Jose Fernandez go back to the time of internal Clinton campaign concern about the then-forthcoming book and movie “Clinton Cash” by Peter Schweizer on the financial dealings of the Clinton Foundation.

In an email dated 29 March 2015 (Email ID 2059), Jose Fernandez writes to Podesta: “Hi John, I trust you are getting a brief rest after a job well done. Thanks no doubt to your recommendation I have joined the CAP [Center for American Progress] board of trustees, which I’m finding extremely rewarding.”

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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.

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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