Iran votes in second round
The people of Iran are voting in the second round of their elections for the country’s parliament. Early indications are that the conservative factions will remain in control.But dispite this they have admited that there are splits developing in the concervative side with critics of the President being one of the reasons for the splits that are know developing.But it is still a credit to any county no matter what the views of the leadership that it can hold free and democratic election.
Hamas offers truce
The Palestinian Islamist movement, Hamas, has proposed a six-month truce in the Gaza Strip, which it says could then be extended to the West Bank.Former Palestinian foreign minister Mahmoud Zahhar said the truce would have to be mutual and include the lifting of an Israeli blockade of Gaza.He gave the proposals to Egyptian negotiators, who were expected to pass them on to the Israeli government.Israeli officials said they were sceptical about the chances of a truce.For so many years this land has been drenched with the blood of those who call it their home land.Is is not time that the blood stops flowing and words of peace begin to flow in their place.If thedifferent sides can just put aside their weapons for just a few months like proposed here then surely they will see that there is a way forward other than through the use of weapons.Let us hope that this latest truce offer will be taken up by all sides and that it will lead to an even longer period of peace for all the people in this part of the world.The time has come for peace.Let us hope that the international community will also see this & finally push both sides to talk to each other over a table rather than the gun of a tank.
Call for peace in Kenya
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has called for reconciliation during a tour of the Rift Valley, the area hardest hit by post-election violence.Mr Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who were on a joint visit to the region, said those displaced by the unrest would soon be able to go home.Local people have welcomed the words of their leaders but do not want this rushed.All the same it is good to see these two men finally putting the people first and the interests of the nation.It can only be hoped that it will continue & that the problems of the past are firmly put behind them never to raise their head again.
World Malaria Day
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is to launch a new campaign to eliminate deaths from malaria, to mark the first World Malaria Day.The disease causes over a million deaths a year, with 90% of all cases occurring in Africa.Mr Ban wants all of Africa to have access to basic measures to control the disease by the end of 2010.”We need desperately to step up our efforts to roll back malaria”, he says in a statement.More than half a billion people are infected with malaria each year, and the disease kills a child every 30 seconds.Despite this, it is preventable and treatable.The Pharaoh and the Federation has also made it clear that they are fully behind the words & actions of Mr.Ban Ki-moon .The Federation has urged its followers to get behind this program 100% and do all they can to help.But also the nations of the world must also get behind this program.It is our duty to work together to bring an end to diseases like this.So much money is spent on weapons of war that kill so many innocent people should we not stop the killing and take this money and put it towards such programs like this.Turn away from war and look to peaceful ways of spending this money.
Animal loss bad for our health
A new generation of medical treatments could be lost forever unless the current rate of biodiversity loss is reversed, conservationists have warned.They say species are being lost before researchers have had the chance to examine and understand their potential health benefits.The findings appear in Sustaining Life, a book involving more than 100 experts.It is being published ahead of a global summit in May that will look at ways to stem biodiversity loss by 2010.”While extinction is alarming in its own right, the book demonstrates that many species can help human lives,” said co-author Jeffrey McNeely, chief scientist at IUCN (formerly known as the World Conservation Union).This is further prof that the Federations views on the future of our planet are right.We must now do all we can to stop the decline of our natural resources and try to maintain our planet rather then continue to destroy it.The Gods have given us a natural balance in nature through millions of years of development.With in this natural order the chaos of illness can be kept at bay and cures are there waiting for us to find.If we continue to distory the natural order the chaos will grow and we will find it harder and harder to find ways to stop illness.Why spend billions on artificial drugs when they already exist in the natural world already.Look to the planet for the answers that we are all looking for.
Pakistan top militant calls for peace.
A top Taleban commander in Pakistan has ordered his followers to stop all attacks in the country.Baitullah Mehsud is the man the Pakistani authorities say ordered the killing of Benazir Bhutto.Pamphlets containing his order appeared in tribal areas along the Afghan border. Mehsud said anyone found violating the order would be punished.Pakistan’s new government has said it will deal with Islamic militancy through dialogue and development.On Monday night the authorities set free Maulana Sufi Mohammad, the founder of an outlawed Islamist group that has fought in Pakistan and Afghanistan.He was released under an agreement to renounce violence and help restore peace in the north-west valley of Swat.The release has been welcomed by Pakistani Taleban.This is the news that we have all been waiting for the call for peace.If this man keeps his word and his followers do lay down their arms in favour of peace it will be a great victory for the world in general and for the Pakistan government in particular.Yet again the Federations views that the way froward is through peaceful means has been proved.Again and again the Pharaoh has called on the world to solve this problem through peaceful means.Here we have seen that his words have rung true.So let us keep on this track and bring in other parties to peace talks and lay down the weapons and pick up the words of peace. .Let us hope and pray that this will be the first rippals in a tidal wave of peace that will sweep over this troubled region of the world.
King denies exile claims
King Gyanendra of Nepal has dismissed reports that he will go into exile after the election success of former Maoist rebels.A statement from the king’s press office said foreign media reports – which have said he will leave Nepal – were “totally fabricated”.The Maoists say their main concern is that he steps down voluntarily, rather than being forced out of office.The Maoists were the surprise winners of this month’s elections.The poll was for a constituent assembly that will decide Nepal’s next constitution after a decade of civil war.The Maoists have emerged clearly as the biggest party but look like they will fall short of gaining an overall majority.It can only be hoped that some where in this country there can be a glimmer of hope that the monarchy can even at this late stage be saved.The Maoist have declared their determination to declare Nepal a republic as soon as they can.
Olympic torch hits more problems
A religious leader in Nepal’s Everest region has criticised security measures ahead of the Olympic torch’s arrival on top of the world’s highest mountain.Ngawang Tenzin Jangpo told the BBC that the government had gone too far in the precautions it was taking before the torch arrives at the summit.Nepal says it will use force to prevent anti-Beijing protests during the Olympic torch relay up Mount Everest.The torch is scheduled to be brought up the peak in early May.Nepal is determined to prevent protests which may damage relations with China, Ngawang Tenzin Jangpo, the Rinpoche or Reincarnate, of Tengboche Monastery, is the man from whom Nepalese and foreign climbers of mountains in the region traditionally seek a Buddhist blessing.Yet again the men of peace are having to try to show the way yet at every move the underlying power of China keeps on showing through.Why should any nation & its people be forced into the views of another state because they fear what will happen to them.Every man should have the right to express their views in a peaceful manner, this right should not be prevented by any state no matter what their views.Freedom of speach is the basic right of every one those who prevent this is committing a major crime against humanity and will find that in the end they will fail in their aims.this has been proven time and time again in history.Dictatorship is always the road to disaster & failer for all democracy & the freedom that it brings will always last.This can be seen in the most clear example in the History of the Roman empire.Once the democracy ended so did the greatness of their nation falling into depravity and final destruction.Some times it only takes years for this to happen others it may take 100’s of years but no matter what it will always happen.