French Presidential elections – 2017

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The world is watching to see if France becomes the next major country to challenge liberal values and the political establishment.

Politicians from the Socialist and Les Républicains parties – the mainstream centre-left and centre-right groups that have dominated French politics for decades, but found themselves shut out by voters – united on Monday to urge the country to back Emmanuel Macron and reject Marine Le Pen’s populist, anti-EU and anti-immigration nationalism.

The outgoing president, François Hollande, said he would vote for Macron, his former economy minister, because Le Pen represented “both the danger of the isolation of France and of rupture with the EU”. A far-right president would “deeply divide France”, he said. “Faced with such a risk, it is not possible to … take refuge in indifference.”

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39130072

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/24/macron-and-le-pen-to-face-off-for-french-presidency

 

Mantra

A mantra is a sacred utterance, a sound that generates a vibration that arouses a spiritual or mysterious awe-inspiring that can be perceived by our inner eye or the sixth sense and describes us the presence or realisation of a divinity.

The word mantra is etymologically related to the word manthra in the avestic language meaning “sounds whose vibrations have an inspiring effect on the mind”. 

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Om mani padme hum

Om – sacred syllable

Mani – “jewel” or “bead”

Padme – lotus flower

Hum – spirit of enlightenment

 

 

 

Less Egoistical, more Altruistic

In order to be less egoistical, one has to control his/her reptilian brain and to neutralize the animal and egoistical drives. This process frives us to become a “better” person: less wild and more human. Less egoistical and more altruistic. Less materialistic and more spiritual.

This transformation is called the “Essential Evolution”. This is so to say an inner evolution/transformation which focuse on the process of soul-making and away from all the appearances.

New constitution that significantly increases the powers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

 

 

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The controversial referendum in Turkey on Sunday, did not meet international standards, reported by a group of election observers who have acted on behalf of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, OSCE, and the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, PACE.

– Unequal conditions prevailed during the referendum campaign and the two parties did not have equal opportunities, says Cezar Florin Preda at the OSCE.

With 51.3 percent of the vote, the “Yes” vote campaign has won Turkey’s historic April 16 referendum on a new political system giving enormous centralized power to the president of Turkey. The campaign took place in a climate of unprecedented political repression. The president and government controlled the media,  dominated the public sphere, and ensured that critical journalists and leaders of the pro.Kurdish parliamentary opposition were jailed. The main opposition parties are contesting the results of the referendum on the grounds that Turkey’s Higher Election Board issued a controversial ruling on referendum day to accept ballot papers not bearing official stamps.

In his first victory speech to his supporters on Sunday night President Erdogan referred to plans to reintroduce the death penalty, a repeated theme throughout the referendum campaign. Its reintroduction would be another disastrous step away from human rights norms for Turkey, according to humans rights watch.

Source:https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/04/17/turkey-yes-vote-gives-enormous-power-president

The right to education

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This month the United Nations secretary-general appointed Malala Yousafzai as a UN Messenger of Peace to promote girls education, an acknowledgement of the courage and passion of millions of students who take great risks to learn in the face of adversity and conflict. Access to education in Pakistan, for girls and boys, remains deeply compromised. Human Rights Watch’s March 2017 report, “Dreams Turned into Nightmares’: Attack on Students, Teachers, and Schools in Pakistan”, documents militant violence that has disrupted the education of hundreds of thousands of children, particularly girls.

Pakistan’s militant Islamist groups, including the Taliban, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, and their affiliates, use attacks on schools and universities to foster intolerance and exclusion, to target symbols of the government, and, particularly, to drive girls out of school. The Pakistani government does not collect specific data on the number of attacks on schools and universities. However, according to the Global Terrorism Database, there were 867 attacks on educational institutions in Pakistan from 2007 to 2015, resulting in 392 fatalities and 724 injuries. The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack recorded at least 838 attacks on schools between 2009 and 2012, leaving hundreds of schools damaged.

Source: https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/04/11/pakistan-should-protect-students-militant-attacks

The prophet Mani

The prophet Mani, an Arsacid Persian by birth,was born 216 AD in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) and was the prophet and the founder of Manichaeism. Mani  claimed to be the Paraclete of the Truth, and the continuation of the teachings of Jesus.
Manichaeism taught an elaborate dualistic cosmology describing the struggle between a good, spiritual world of light, and an evil, material world of darkness. Through an ongoing process which takes place in human history, light is gradually removed from the world of matter, through spiritual evolution and returned to the world of light, from where it originates. Manichaeism claimed to present the complete version of teachings that were corrupted and misinterpreted by the followers of its predecessors Adam, Zoroaster, Buddha and Jesus.
Manichaeism was quickly successful and spread far through the Aramaic-Syriac speaking regions. It thrived between the third and seventh centuries or the age of spirituality and at its height was one of the most widespread religions in the world. Manichaean churches and scriptures existed as far east as China and as far west as the Roman Empire.
Manichaeism was the main rival to the religion of Christianity and survived longer in the east than in the west. It appears to have finally faded away after the 14th century in southern China during the Ming Dynasty. While most of Manichaeism’s original writings have been lost, numerous translations and fragmentary texts have survived.

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Patterns of black and white, where a significant trait of the Manichean temples. – Santa Maria Novella Financed by the most important Florentine families.

 

 

The study of the self

All spiritual teachings such as gnosticism, buddhism and Sufism share an equal foundation, that is the development and evolution of our substance, the core of the human beings.

How?

By the study of the self.

How?

Through meditation, self-awareness, and mantras or rythms leading to vibrations, we as human beings are able to close our thinking processes and instead be more in the presence and in touch with our inner substance.

The study is not easy as so many distractions exist and results are not easily maintained, leading to the lack of discipline. However, there is a teaching or a path and it is this path that interconnects the prophets or masters of this school of the study of the self.

As the process occurs the disciple transforms from its egoistic drives, and the drives of the primitive brain, the paleocortex  towards intellectual drives, conducted by the neocortex. The disciple hence acts according to logic and reason. As the development continues the disciple acts according to the attributes of the core, substance or essence which is caracterized by love, compassion and chivalry.

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God’s Articulate Finger Michelangelo

 

 

Say I am You

The true nature of human beings is the same. The true nature of all living beings is love and compassion. We are all bound to one another and share an equal responsibility in our freedom and happiness.

Say, I Am You

I am dust particles in sunlight.
I am the round sun.

To the bits of dust I say, Stay.
To the sun, Keep moving.

I am morning mist,
and the breathing of evening.

I am wind in the top of a grove,
and surf on the cliff.

Mast, rudder, helmsman, and keel,
I am also the coral reef they founder on.

I am a tree with a trained parrot in its branches.
Silence, thought, and voice.

The musical air coming through a flute,
a spark of stone, a flickering in metal.

Both candle and the moth crazy around it.
Rose, and the nightingale lost in the fragrance.

I am all orders of being, the circling galaxy,
the evolutionary intelligence, the lift, and the falling away.

What is, and what isn’t.

You who know, Jelaluddin,
You the one in all, say who I am.
Say I am you.

-Rumi

Iranian presidential election 2017

 

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The current President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani.

Presidential elections are scheduled to be held in Iran on 19 May 2017. It will be the twelfth presidential election in Iran.

The President of Iran is the country’s highest directly elected official, the chief of the executive branch  and the second most important position after the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. The armed forces, chief judiciary system, the state television as well as other key governmental organizations are under the control of Khamenei. The current long-time Supreme Leader,  has been ruling for nearly three decades, making key decisions on economy, environment, foreign policy, national planning such as population growth and much more. Khamenei also makes the final decisions on the amount of transparency in elections in Iran and has fired and reinstated Presidential cabinet appointments.

Any Iranian citizen born in Iran, believing in God and the official religion of Iran (Islam), who has always been loyal to the Constitution and is above 21 years of age may register as a presidential candidate. An institution called the Election Monitoring Agency (EMA) and managed by the Guardian Council vets register candidates (in the 2009 election 36,000 people signed up as candidates) and selects a handful to run in the election. The Guardian Council does not announce publicly the reason for rejections of particular candidates although those reasons are explained to each candidate. Females who register as candidates have been excluded from standing for election by the Council.

The outcome of this election will have a great influence on the world politics to come in the future.

Source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iranian_presidential_election,_2017

Humans rights in China

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China’s human rights environment continues to deteriorate as Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump prepare to meet at a summit on April 6-7, 2017, at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, according to Human Rights Watch.

“Torture, disappearances, imprisoning peaceful advocates, destroying religious communities, internet censorship – President Xi has plenty to answer for on these subjects,” said Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch. “But will he be asked – and asked to change course?”

The Chinese government aggressively stepped up its campaign against civil society activists and online speech in the past year. Many peaceful critics of the government remained locked away, including Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo and Uighur economist Ilham Tohti. Eight of the human rights lawyers and supporters among the 300 detained during a nationwide raid in July 2015 are still facing trial, while another six have been sentenced.

Source:https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/04/06/us-china-rights-abuse-overview-ahead-xi-trump-summit