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The First Galactic War

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER…


Since the Lyra constellation occupies such a special place in galactic history being the womb and  birthplace of the humanoid race, it is important that we get to know more about it.

Lyra comprises of nine stars or suns. As such, it stretches over a very vast expanse of space. It’s most famous star is Veg constellation a, also known as Alpha Lyrae. Vega (Arabic for “swooping eagle”)  is the brightest star in the Lyra (because it is the nearest to our Solar System, about 25 light years away) and the fifth brightest star in the night sky as seen from Earth.
    

Two of Lyra’s neighbouring constellations are the highly infamous Draco and the little known Hercules.
    

Lyra has been described as “the symbolic harp upon which the song of humanity is played” to denote its primacy as the genesis of the humanoid race. As such, it is often depicted as a lyre, a musical instrument with strings that was played in antiquity. In Wales, the Lyra constellation is known as King Arthur’s Harp  (a mythological great king) or King David’s Harp (the David of the Hebrew Bible).
    

For ages, Lyrans, lived in peace and harmony in their vast empire. But all along, Lucifer was simply biding his time. At some stage, he sprang into action, aware time was running out. He now desperately needed a natural energy source powered by the God-force to sustain his race of fallen angels. This energy source as we have long pointed out were humanoids themselves in the form of the low-vibration energy they would generate from externally induced negative mind states. For as long as there was harmony among the humanoids, there would be no emission of  low-vibration energy for Lucifer and his angels to tap into.  It was therefore time Lucifer created polarity amongst the humanoids and consequently the perennial tension that would constantly produce this negative energy.
    

First, Lucifer decided to relocate the physical Reptoids from his galaxy, M-51, to the Milky Way Galaxy, where Humanoids dwelt. The Reptoids set up base in a constellation that we call Draco, which is part of the broader Orion empire. Stewart Swerdlow, a former instrument of the Illuminati who regularly interacted with Reptoid beings whilst involved  in a top-secret “shadow government” project known as the Montauk Project (more about it at a later stage as an own series) has this to say about them in his highly enlightening  book titled Blue Blood True Blood:
    

“Mentally, the Reptilians  were programmed to conquer and absorb all of the races and species that they encountered. Those that could not be absorbed were to be destroyed. The Reptilians are programmed to believe that they are the superior physical form. Scientifically speaking, Reptilian DNA does not change very much over eons of time. It basically remains the same. For them, this is their proof that they are already perfect, without any need to adapt. Mammalian life, on the other hand, evolves and changes form constantly to survive. To the Reptilian mind, this denotes weakness and inferiority.
    

“Reptilians are also androgynous, meaning male and female in one body. This is comparable to all non-physical forms that have no gender … like God-Mind. For this reason, the Reptilians believe themselves to be more godlike because of their androgyny. Due to their ethnocentric values, they also consider it their right to control and conquer all of space and time.”
 
LUCIFER TARGETS RED-HAIRED AND BLONDE-HAIRED LYRAENS

We have already made mention of how the Lyrans looked like in general but we will just recap here for emphasis. The mainstream Lyraens lived either on cooler planets, the furthest from the Lyra suns, or in the cooler parts of the planets that were close to the suns. As such, they were light-skinned, like the Caucasians of our planet. However, they were not pinko-white like white Earthlings but were bluish white. Their main planet was also called the Blue Planet. Hence they were generally referred to as the Blue People. There were variations in skin tone because of differing geographical conditions throughout the Lyra constellation but the most influential Lyraens were the Blue People. The Blue People were the first humanoids to evolve in Lyra, from lions, the reasons they were also referred to as Felines.   The next strain of humanoids to evolve were from primates, or apes. Eventually, the ape humanoids (humans like us) and the lion humanoids blended their genetics and this new hybrid humanoid line became the ruling line of Lyra known as the House of Avyon.  The Lyraens therefore had mammalian primeval genetics.
    

The mainstream Lyraens had one additional, highly significant trait. This had to do with the colour of their eyes and the colour of their hair. Most had blue eyes and blonde hair (like a lion, the animal they evolved from.) A tiny minority, what you would call “gems” as they were so scarce, had red hair and green eyes. This was the most admired race. Says Stewart Swerdlow: “In Lyraen society, red-haired people were considered special with extrasensory powers that connected them to non-physical realms. They were especially desired for breeding purposes. Special permission to breed with a red-haired person was required because of the extra, or superhuman, abilities that came with the offspring. For this reason, red-haired people were kept separate from the rest, and even had their own subculture.”
    

After the Lyraens had been evolving both physically and technologically for about 40 million years, the Reptoids (Reptilians with up to hundred percent Reptile genetics) decided to pounce. Since by this time the Lyraens had become space travellers, they knew of the presence of the Reptoids in the Milky Way Galaxy. The Lyraens were aware the Reptoids were a mighty military power in that they evolved much earlier than the Lyraens. Thus when the Reptoids encroached upon Lyra to flex their muscles, the Lyraens tried to appease them rather than brace to fight them. Exactly how did they do this? Stewart Swerdlow: “The red-haired people were coveted by the Reptilians, who as a species did not have much psychic ability. Often, when Reptilians came to a world for occupation, the Lyraens offered a group of red-haired people to appease them for a while. This practice eventually degenerated into sacrifices to appease the demons.”
    

At first, Lucifer did not press his Reptoids to launch an attack on the Lyraens and go for the jugular (He wanted a galactic war for the haul of negative energy that would generate interdimensionally).  Once again, he decided to bide his time. Aware that blonde haired and red-haired Lyraens were the most significant humanoid strains in Lyra, he targeted them both for incarnation and spiritual (demonic) possession. He took their genetics and mixed them with the collective energy of his fallen angels, who we today refer to as demons. This made it easy for demons from the Lower Fourth Dimension in the Astral realm to incarnate into this particular species of Lyraens. The Humanoids that were thus born were not fully mammalian: they were half mammalian, half Reptoid, what we call Reptilians. Because of this substantial component of Reptoid energy, Reptilians were also very much easy to possess by demons and therefore to influence. That’s why in satanic rituals in the Western world, all their high priestesses are blonde haired and blue eyed, as are the bulk of people picked as a sacrifice to the Devil. And in these rituals, when demons manifest, they do so in the form of a Reptoid being because a Reptoid is the predominant mode of physical expression by demons by virtue of energetic compatibility.

POLARITY DAWNS IN LYRA

Meanwhile, Lucifer’s strategy to infiltrate Lyra shrewdly and systematically both at the physical and spiritual level was proceeding apace. Because of this infiltration, polarity arose in Lyra. First, the pure-bred Felines were disgruntled that that they were ruled not by people of their genetic strain but by the Feline-Human hybrid. Second, another Lyraen race began to assert itself and it too sought hegemony and autonomy. This was the Vegan race. The Vegans were not Caucasians like the Lyraens proper. They were more like our East Indians, Native Americans, and the Australian aborigines. The friction between the Lyraens and the Vegans constituted another aspect of the polarity.
    

In the thick of these polemics, one planet in Lyra was chosen as a prototype integrative planet, a melting pot of all races in the Lyra Empire. This was the planet Apex. The spin was that it would bring about a synthesis that would promote peaceful co-existence.  The real Luciferian motive, however, was to aggravate the racial rifts (as is generally the case here on Earth) and precipitate conflicts leading to the destruction of the planet. Remember, Lucifer and his angels thrived on chaos. Lucifer’s strategy worked like a charm.
    

The planet Apex was inhabited by Lyraens, Vegans, and Reptilians. The Reptilians were mostly Serpentines, that is, those who had evolved from the snake species. With the passage of time, fault lines along racial lines emerged and each race sought dominance technologically, militarily, and industrially.  Says Lyssa Royal, who has a masterful knowledge of the developments in Lyra: “There was severe toxicity and severe radiation from atomic blasts. There was much pollution. The atmosphere began to deteriorate and plant life was shortly thereafter unable to produce enough oxygen to continue the cycle of carbon dioxide/oxygen which kept the ecosystem balanced. Many Apexians were dying from various diseases resulting from radiation or air pollution.”
    

Realising that the planet surface had been destroyed beyond rehabilitation and that it was no longer conducive to life, the Apexians decided to move underground and found a new subterranean world there. In the process, courtesy of Lyssa Royal, “They began learning to use alternate energy sources that could be used underground without any dependency on sunlight or oxygen from the surface. Thus they created a world that would be totally independent from the surface ecosystem.” In the process, they began to alter themselves genetically. “They deliberately manipulated their body type to suit their underground environment. They allowed themselves to become shorter in stature than they originally were so they could make better use of the cavern space. It was merely a conservation effort. Because they were not procreating physically, their reproductive organs atrophied. Their digestive tracts atrophied because they were no longer taking in solid nutrients. They had mutated to allow themselves to take in nutrients through the skin. Their eyes adapted to the environment through the pupil mutating to cover the entire eye. This allowed them to absorb certain frequencies of light beyond the visible spectrum. They had to do this in order to make optimal use of their underground environment.”
    

One hundred years later, they decided to return to the surface in the hope that the atmosphere and environment had now healed. They were shocked at what they found. Lyssa Royal: “Observing the star field, they knew the planet had shifted its position in the cosmos. The stars were very different. The astronomers who had been plotting the heavens during the seclusion were astonished. They realised then what they had done.” How did this come about? “The Apexians did not realise that the planet's toxicity had set a chain reaction in motion. Severe radiation had begun breaking down the planetary energy field on a subatomic level. This created an electromagnetic warp in the time/space fabric surrounding the Apex planet. While they were underground, Apex actually shifted its position in the time/space continuum because of this dramatic subatomic energy breakdown.  Time and space is very much like Swiss Cheese. A planet in one location is connected through a series of multidimensional networks or passageways to other areas of the galaxy. When this warp began around their planet, the planet was moved through the fabric of time/space to another time/space continuum – which was a significant distance from their point of origin.”

The new cosmic location in which the planet Apex found itself was the Zeta Reticuli star system. The benevolent ranks of the Apexians decided to leave the planet altogether to found their own in the Zeta neighbourhood.  This race, which was of  Serpentine genetic stock, is what we Earthlings now call Ebens (see Zeta Series).  

THE REPTOID INVASION

Not very long after the planet Apex vanished from Lyra off to Zeta Reticuli, the Drakons, the Reptoids from the Draco star system, decided It was time they forcefully took over the entire Lyraen Empire, which was rich with highly fertile soils which made the Lyraens the most prolific agriculturalists in the galaxy and a host of natural resources. The planets they first wanted to annex were Bila, Tek, and Merck.
    

The Drakons, however, did not come with guns blazing. Their strategy was to use tact since the Lyraens were no pushovers at this stage: they too had developed sophisticated weaponry that was deemed to be on par with that Draco firepower. The situation was akin to the stalemate that prevailed between the US and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, although it turned out the CIA had exaggerated the military might of the Soviet Union with a mercenary view to help create wealth for the Military Industrial Complex, who were periodically contracted by the US government to produce armaments that were a step or two ahead that of the Soviet Empire.
    

The Drakons pretended to be an empire that was in need of vital raw materials from Lyra and so approached the Lyraen authorities to propose a trade exchange.  But it seemed there was a misunderstanding (a cleverly orchestrated one) because when the trade delegation reported to the Draco authorities, they said the Lyraens were wary of the Drakons and were in fact preparing to wage war against the Draco empire. Thus alarmed, the Drakons decided to launch a decisive, preemptive blow. Shortly thereafter, the Drakon space fleets invaded Lyra, trained initially on the three most prestigious planets. In the event, Bila, Tek and Merck were completely destroyed and were reduced to space debris like the asteroids of our Solar System. The Lyraens were stunned but desperately fought back. It turned out, however, that the Drakons were militarily superior and the Lyraens were simply no match.     
    

Buoyed by their military prowess, the Drakons gave the Lyraens an ultimatum – either you vacate eleven other intact planets that we want the most and never come back again or you hold out foolhardily and face extinction. The overwhelming majority of the Lyraens decided to vacate. They were  given a grace period in which they were to evacuate into their giant space ships, which could be as huge as Gaborone, and head out into space to found new planetary homes. That way, the Lyraens ended up in other star systems such as Orion, Tau Ceti, Procyon, the Pleiades,   Sirius, and Andromeda.
    

The Drakon invasion of Lyra was the first inter-stellar armed conflict in the Milky Way Galaxy and is referred to as the First Galactic War.  

NEXT WEEK: HUMANOIDS FORM GALACTIC POLITICAL BLOC

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STRESS TEST

14th December 2022

We have come a long way from the 19th century, when mental un-healthiness was not recognised as treatable. In those days mental health problems were viewed as a sign of madness, warranting imprisonment in often merciless and unhygienic conditions; and with that backdrop you would think twice before calling in sick because of stress or admit feelings of hopelessness or depression but that’s changing. That may sound like good news but it’s not.

Reasons why employees don’t show up for work can vary, but one thing is for certain; an organisation relies on its staff to get things done and when employees don’t show up for work it disrupts organisational plans, takes up the valuable time from management and lowers the company’s productivity. It’s always been that people miss work for several reasons, some understandable and legitimate and others less so but it’s important that we know the reasons so that such situations can be better managed.

Today stress is one of the most common causes of long-term absence and is especially prevalent amongst office-based staff. This is also related to absence due to depression or anxiety. Is this indicative of where we are as a society, a sign of the times which is that people are constantly pressurised and have less work-life balance?

The British Museum houses a tablet which provides a peek into work-life balance in ancient Egypt. It documents how many sick days and why 40 workers took time off from their workplace in 1250 BC. All sorts of fascinating reasons have been given for why people were away from their work, including a note about someone named Buqentuf, who needed time off for embalming and wrapping the corpse of his dead mother.

There were other reasons like some workers, such as a man named Pennub, missed work because their mothers were ill.  Others had causes that we wouldn’t expect to hear as often today, such as men who stayed home to help around the house due to a “wife or daughter bleeding” – a reference to menstruation. But no mention of mental health, not because it didn’t exist, but it wasn’t labelled thus not reported.

What was reported was a person such as Aapehti who was said to have been ill on a regular basis and also took time off when he was “making offerings to god”.  Workers also took days off when they had to perform tasks for their superiors – which was apparently permitted in moderate amounts. For example, Amenmose was allowed time away from work when he was “fetching stones for the scribe:  And what about other employees who had to excuse themselves from work to brew beer, an activity which was associated with some of their gods and rituals.

All fascinating stuff which provides insight into life at that time. But what insights can we gather from today’s sick leave records? One study recently undertaken gives us insight into the UK police force’s absenteeism. Figures obtained through the Freedom of Information Act from police forces in the UK showed that the number of days absent due to mental health problems increased by 9% in one year, from 457,154 in 2020 to 497,154 in 2021.

And here is the shocker. Police have taken a record 500,000 days off due to mental health issues. Zoe Billingham, a former police inspector, suggested there was a greater prevalence of mental health issues among emergency services, due to what they faced during the pandemic of coronavirus. “Police and other frontline services have protected us during the pandemic,” she said. “The pandemic was a great unknown. People were really scared of dying and coming into contact with the virus, and a lot of people did.”

It is a ‘mental health epidemic’ among police. Alistair Carmichael, Home Affairs spokesman for the Liberal Democrats, said: “Frontline police officers do an incredible job serving their communities. But we know that the stress of policing can take a heavy toll on the mental health of officers, in some cases leading to burnout.

Let’s look at another group. A poll by Gallup reported that in the last three years, 75% of young adults aged 18–22 have left their jobs because of stated mental health reasons. This study showed that employees (millennials and Gen Z) want employers who care about their wellbeing. Contributing factors to mental health stress centre around increases in uncertainty and include: Hybrid work environments and the side-effects: no socialization, no end time, no feedback, caring for others; changing rules around work often with poor communications & clarity;  inconsistency & incompleteness of rule implementation:  Uncertainty from these and other factors leads to anxiety and depression.

 

The real story here is not that burnout, stress, depression and anxiety are becoming the number one reasons for absenteeism but that for a large part they are preventable. We have the data telling us it’s the problem but still organisations are doing very little to proactively manage it. Sure, we have counselling services for staff who are struggling and wellness days to reinforce feelings of wellbeing, but this is not enough.

If we start caring and developing work cultures that do not create unintentional stress through how work gets done, that will go a long way to change the status quo. Simple things like ensuring your culture doesn’t thrive on fire drills and heroics to get things done and that emails do not come with expected responses after hours or over the weekend. If we can stop managers bullying, yelling or losing their cool when there is a performance or customer issue and begin giving people more control over their work – all of these are the kinds of stuff that contribute to weakened mental health and absenteeism.

To sum up, your staff’s stress levels are directly proportional to your business’s absentee levels.  Ergo, lowering the former, will also reduce the latter.  Stress down, productivity up and everybody wins out.

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Contributing factors to mental health stress centre around increases in uncertainty and include: Hybrid work environments and the side-effects: no socialization, no end time, no feedback, caring for others; changing rules around work often with poor communications & clarity;  inconsistency & incompleteness of rule implementation:  Uncertainty from these and other factors leads to anxiety and depression.

 

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Diana Irks Queen

14th December 2022
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In September 1978, General Atiku, Princess Diana had enrolled for a cookery course. That same month whilst she was staying at her parents’ home in Norfolk, her friends innocently asked about the health of her father  John Spencer, the 8th Earl. Hitherto, the Earl’s health had never been a matter of concern but Diana somewhat inscrutably voiced a somewhat portendous outlook. “He’s going to drop down in some way,” she said.  “If he dies, he will die immediately;  otherwise he’ll survive.”  

It came to pass,  General. The following day, the telephone bell rang to the news that her father had collapsed in the courtyard of his Althorp Estate residence and that he had been rushed to a nearby hospital after suffering a massive cerebral haemorrhage. The medical prognosis was bleak:  Earl Spencer was not expected to survive the night. Writes Andrew Morton in Diana Her True Story: “For two days the children camped out in the hospital waiting-room as their father clung on to life. When doctors announced that there was a glimmer of hope, Raine [second wife] organised a private ambulance to take him to the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in Queen Square, Central London, where for several months he lay in a coma.”

Raine was so fiercely protective of her beloved husband that she had the nurses see to it that his own children did not come near him in this critical condition in his elitist private room.  ‘I’m a survivor and people forget that at their peril,” she would later tell a journalist. “There’s pure steel up my backbone. Nobody destroys me, and nobody was going to destroy Johnnie so long as I could sit by his bed – some of his family tried to stop me – and will my life force into him.” But if Raine had steel in her, General, so did the implacable Spencer children, more so the eldest of them all.  “During this critical time,” Morton goes on, “the ill feeling between Raine and the children boiled over into a series of vicious exchanges. There was iron too in the Spencer soul and numerous hospital corridors rang to the sound of the redoubtable Countess and the fiery Lady Sarah Spencer [the Earl’s firstborn child] hissing at each other like a pair of angry geese.”

As Diana had correctly predicted, her father was not destined to die at that juncture but healthwise he was never the same henceforth. First, he suffered a relapse in November that same year and was moved to another hospital. Once again, he teetered on the brink. He was drifting in and out of consciousness and as such he was not able to properly process  people who were visiting him, including his own daughters when nurses relented and allowed them in. Even when he was awake a feeding tube in his throat meant that he was unable to speak. Understandably, Diana found it hard to concentrate on the cookery course she had enrolled in a few days before her father suffered his stroke.

But Raine, General,  was determined that her husband survive come rain or shine. Morton: “When his doctors were at their most pessimistic, Raine’s will-power won through. She had heard of a German drug called Aslocillin which she thought could help and so she pulled every string to find a supply. It was unlicensed in Britain but that didn’t stop her. The wonder drug was duly acquired and miraculously did the trick. One afternoon she was maintaining her usual bedside vigil when, with the strains of Madam Butterfly playing in the background, he opened his eyes ‘and was back’. In January 1979, when he was finally released from hospital, he and Raine booked into the Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane for an expensive month-long convalescence. Throughout this episode the strain on the family was intense.”

Altogether, Earl Spencer had been in hospital for 8 straight months. The lingering effects of the stroke left him somewhat unsteady on his feet when he escorted his daughter down the aisle at St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1981 for her marriage to the Prince of Wales.

 

R.I.P. EARL SPENCER

 

It was not until March 29, 1992, General, that Earl Spencer finally gave up the ghost. He was admitted in hospital for pneumonia but what killed him days later was a heart attack. Rumours of his death actually began to make the rounds the day before he passed on. At the time, Diana was on a skiing holiday in the  Austrian Alps along with  her estranged hubby Prince Charles and their two kids William and Harry.

When Diana was told of her dad’s death, she insisted that under no circumstances would she return to England on the same flight as Charles, with whom she was barely on talking terms. “I mean it, Ken,” she told her body minder Ken Wharfe. “I don’t want him with me. He doesn’t love me – he loves that woman [Camilla]. Why should I help save his face? Why the bloody hell should I? It’s my father who has gone. It’s a bit bloody late for Charles to start playing the caring husband, don’t you think so?”

Naturally, General, Charles was alarmed, particularly that his efforts to use one of his right-hand-men to reason with the Princess had been rebuffed. He therefore  prevailed over Wharfe to try and ram sense into his wife. “Lord Spencer’s death was a major news story,” writes Ken Wharfe,  “and if the Prince and Princess did not return to Britain together then nothing, not even compassion for the grief-stricken Diana, would stop the journalists from going for the jugular. The truth about the Waleses would be immediately and blindingly obvious to the most naive journalist … Returning to the Princess’s room, I told her bluntly that this was not a matter for debate. ‘Ma’am, you have to go back with the Prince. This one is not open for discussion. You just have to go with it’.’’

At long last persuaded, General, Diana said, “Okay Ken, I’ll do it. Tell him I’ll do it, but it is for my father, not for him – it is out of loyalty to my father.” But what in truth got Diana to change tack was the intervention of the Queen, who personally called her at Charles’ own request. That, however, General, was only as far as Diana was prepared to play ball: as far as engaging with Charles in conversation was concerned, that was simply inconceivable. “There was an icy silence for the rest of the two-hour journey,” writes Wharfe. “Nothing was said during the entire flight. The Princess did not want to speak to her husband and he, fearing a furious or even hysterical outburst, did not dare even to try to start a conversation. Whatever the discomforts of the journey, however, it was soon clear that the PR spin had worked. The next day it was reported that Prince Charles was at Diana’s side in her hour of need. Yet as soon as the Prince and Princess arrived at Kensington Palace they went their separate ways – he to Highgrove, and she to pay her last respects to her father.”

Lord Spencer was 68 when he died. He was a remote descendant of King Henry VIII.

 

PRINCE CHARLES FINALLY OWNS UP TO ADULTERY WITH CAMILLA

 

In June 1994, when Diana and Charles had been separated for exactly one-and-half years, Prince Charles was interviewed in a BBC documentary by Jonathan Dimbleby. The interview was billed as intended to mark Charles’ 25 anniversary as Prince of Wales but it was in truth a not-to-cleverly-disguised riposte to Diana Her True Story, the highly controversial 1992 collaboration between Diana and Andrew Morton.

In the interview, which was watched by 13 million people, Charles, General, openly admitted for the first time that he had committed adultery with Camilla Parker-Bowles, who he hailed as, “a great friend of mine who has been a friend for a very long time and will continue to be a friend for a very long time”. Diana had been requested to feature in the interview alongside her husband but she parried the overture on the advice of her aides, which was spot-on as she would have been greatly embarrassed by her hubby’s unsavoury confession in her own face and on national television.

The Prince’s candid confessional was followed weeks later by a book titled The  Prince of Wales: A Biography, which was written by the same Jonathan Dimbleby. The book was even frankier than the interview. In it, Charles put it bluntly that she had never once loved Diana and that he married her only because he was coerced into doing so by his  notoriously overbearing father. Charles also made it known that as a child, he had been bullied by his abusive father, virtually ignored by his mother, and persecuted by a wife he portrayed as both spoiled and mentally unstable.   Both Diana and his parents were revolted by the bare-knuckle  contents of the book though Dana need not have been irked considering that it was she herself who had fired the first salvo in the Morton book.

 

BASHIR INTERVIEW BODES ILL FOR DIANA

 

If Diana’s collaboration with Morton was a miscalculation, General, Prince Charles’ Dimbleby interview was equally so. For in November 1995, the wayward Princess hit back with her own tell-all interview on BBC’s  current affairs programme called Panorama. “She wanted to get even with Prince Charles over his adulterous confession with the Dimbleby documentary,” writes Paul Burrell, her final butler, in A Royal Duty.

The interview was conducted by journalist Martin Bashir who was attached to BBC, and was watched by 23 million people,  conferring it the distinction of having attracted the largest audience for any television documentary in broadcasting history. In the interview, Diana voiced concern about there having been “three of us in this marriage and so it was  a bit crowded”, the intruder obviously being Camilla. Diana also gave Charles a dose of his own medicine by confessing to her own adulterous relationship with James Hewitt, of whom she said, “Yes, I adored him, yes, I was in love with him”. Hewitt had at the time documented his affair with Diana in lurid detail in a best-selling book and Diana thought he had ill-conceivedly stabbed her in the back.

And as if to rub salt into the wound, General, Diana cast serious  doubts on her husband’s fitness to rule as future King and therefore his eventual accession to the British throne.   Unfortunately for her, the interview sealed her fate  in so far as her marriage was concerned. “In her headstrong decision to co-operate with Bashir,” says Burrell, “she had never considered, perhaps naively, the implications that Panorama had for her marriage.” Indeed, just four weeks after the interview, the Queen, after consultation with the Prime Minister and the Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote personally to both the Prince and Princess of Wales requesting that they divorce sooner rather than later.

It was a dream-come-true for at least two parties to the triangle, namely Charles and Camilla. But did it also constitute music to the ears of Princess Diana too, General?

 

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SOWING THE WIND ONLY TO REAP THE WHIRLWIND: Martin Bashir interviews Princess Diana in a BBC documentary which aired on Monday 29 November 1995. The interview incensed the Windsors: the following month, Queen Elizabeth ordered Charles and Diana to sever matrimonial ties. In her vengeful resolve to hit back at her husband following his own interview the previous year, Diana had foolishly sown the wind and reaped the whirlwind.

NEXT WEEK: DIANA REVERTS TO SINGLENESS

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Rights of an Individual in Islam

14th December 2022

Islam is a way of life completed and perfected by the last and final Messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The Holy Quran along with the practical teachings of the Prophet (pbuh) forms the basis of Islamic law, social, economic and political systems of Islam – in short the basis of a complete code of conduct for the entire life of a Muslim

Regrettably in this day and age there are certain views in non-Muslims that have a very negative ‘view’ of Islam. The bottom line is that if a Muslim says that two plus two is four, others can ‘argue’ to say three plus one is four, or two times two is four or the square root of 16 is four. The bottom line is no matter what we may think we all are ‘correct’. The fact is that we are all on this earth for a ‘limited’ time. Regardless of beliefs, tribe, race, colour or our social standing in life, we will all die one day or the other and we will “all” be called up thereafter to answer for our behaviour, beliefs, and our life on this earth.

To a Muslim the Holy Quran is the Divine Revelation which is all encompassing and lays down in clear terms, how we should live our daily lives including the need for humans to allow fellow humans certain basic rights at all times. Due to the limited space available I can only reflect on some of the major fundamental rights laid down by Islam:

Right to life

The first and foremost of fundamental basic human-rights is the right to life. “Whosoever kills any human being (without any valid reason) like manslaughter or any disruption and chaos on earth, it is though he had killed all the mankind. And whoever saves a life it is though as he had saved the lives of all mankind” (Quran Ch5: v 32). It further declares: “Do not kill a soul which Allah has made sacred except through the due process of law” (Quran Ch6: v 151). Islam further explains that this sacrosanct right to life is not granted only to its adherents (believers), but it has been granted to all human beings without consideration of their religion, race, colour or sex

Right to Equality 

The Holy Quran recognises equality between humans irrespective of any distinction of nationality, race, colour or gender. “O Mankind We have created you from a male and female, and We made you as nations and tribes so that you may be able to recognise each other (not that you may despise each other). Indeed the most honourable among you before God is the most God-conscious”. (Quran Ch49: v 13). The Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) further explained this: “No Arab has any superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab…… You are all the children of Adam and Adam was created from soil”. If there is any superiority for a man it is based on his piety, righteousness, sense of responsibility and character. Even such a person with these noble qualities would not have any privileged rights over others.

Right to justice

Allah Almighty has bestowed on all human beings, believer or non-believer, friend or foe the right to justice.  The Holy Quran states: “We sent our messengers with clear teachings and sent down along with them the Book and the Balance so that society may be established on the basis of justice” (Quran Ch 57 : v 25). It further says “O Believers stand for the cause of God and as witness to justice and remember that enmity of some people should not lead you to injustice. Be just as it is nearest to God consciousness” (Quran Ch 5:v  8 ). This makes it obligatory that a believer must uphold justice in all circumstances, including to his enemies.

Right to freedom of conscience and religion

The Holy Quran clearly mentions that there is no compulsion in accepting or rejecting a religion. “There is no compulsion in (submitting to) the religion” (Quran Ch 2 : v 256). Every individual has been granted basic freedom to accept a religion of his or her choice. Therefore no religion should be imposed on a person.

Right to personal freedom

No person can be deprived of his or her personal freedom except in pursuance of justice. Therefore there cannot be any arbitrary or preventive arrest without the permission of duly appointed judge and in the light of a solid proof.

Right to Protection of Honour

Every person has been ensured basic human dignity which should not be violated. If someone falsely attacks the honour of a person the culprit will be punished according to the Islamic Law. The Holy Quran says: “Do not let one group of people make fun of another group”. It further states: “Do not defame one another”, the Quran goes on to say: And do not backbite or speak ill of one another” (Quran Ch 49  : v 11-12).

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