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Alalu Heads For Earth

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER…

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Enki’s marriage to Damkina, a daughter of the deposed and self-exiled Alalu, did not sit well with Ninmah, King Anu’s seniormost daughter.  The matrimony meant Ninmah would be a subordinate wife instead of the principal one.  Since she could not bear to be second-best, Ninmah struck up an affair with her half-brother Enlil. Ninmah was aware a son with Enlil would not inherit the Sirian-Orion throne, but there was a consolation in the offing – the prestige of being Queen of Nibiru, a pre-eminent planet Enlil ruled on behalf of the Sirian-Orion monarch. Of course Ninmah would not be substantive queen considering that Enlil was a Viceroy as opposed to a King with full stripes, but that was secondary: in the eyes of the Nibiriuns, she would enjoy the status of a queen proper.    

Ninmah soon gained a reputation as the leading medical savant on the Wolfen World and as such, she travelled extensively to other planetary colonies to promulgate new breakthroughs in the field of medicine. Whilst she was based on Nibiru in the course of these peregrinations, she became pregnant by Enlil and had a son, NINURTA, or to be exact, NIN-URU-ATA, meaning “Lord of Destruction” (from nin [Lord], uru [to shred, tear], and ata [to kill]), a term that aptly captured the innate ferocity and fierceness of Sirians both as a people and as warriors. Both Enki and King Anu bristled at this development as it amounted to a flagrant breach of the royal fiat: King Anu had decreed that Ninmah was to marry Enki when she came of age. King Anu was so irate he cursed his daughter to lifelong celibacy. She was never to marry for as long as he was alive, which could amount to more than a million years in Earth time.     

Enki also soon had a son with Damkina. He was named MARDUK. This is actually OME-ORI-DA-EKE, meaning “Supreme Divine Spirit/Master” (from ome [divine], ori [spirit or master], da [supreme], and eke [holy]).  The underlying connotation of the name is sanctity. It suggested that the son was of sacred lineage. Of course the one individual who was synonymous with sanctity or righteousness evocatively was the Queen of Orion, Enki’s mother. To ensure that the symbolism was loud and clear, Enki had his son born not on Nibiru, where he was based, but in the prototypical “pure place” – on the SSS world in Orion, where his mother was based.  In the royal Sirian-Orion hierarchy, Marduk was senior to Ninurta as he was designated second only to Enlil as per the terms of the matrimonial union between King Anu and the Orion Queen.   

The wedlock between Anu and the Orion Queen had the effect that the Queen became a ceremonial monarch by and large. It was Anu who now ran the show, particularly in the broader Orion Empire. Anu had given Enlil and Enki to understand that he was going to rule Nibiru jointly with them: he himself would simply be first among a Trinity of Equals. He in effect declared a co-regnum – a joint rulership. Of course this was de facto rather than de jure as the constitution of Nibiru did not provide for such a setup.

When a special meet attended by Anu was in progress on Nibiru, Anu sat on the throne, flanked by Enlil to the right (the origin of the term “Right-Hand Man”) and Enki to the left. Where have you heard this before?    Well, if you haven’t I’ll jog your memory a bit. It is in the Bible, in MATTHEW 20: 20-25. In these passages, the mother of two of Jesus’s disciples, John and James, approaches Jesus and asks him to “grant that one of these two sons of mine sit at your right and the other at your left in your Kingdom”.     Where did “mum” get the idea from? Of course it was from the setup in Nibiru, meaning people of first century Palestine were aware that “Heaven” was actually Nibiru. Intriguingly, Jesus’s reply did confirm such a setup in the “Kingdom”. But were these his own words or the personal interpolation of gospel writers? I know the answer, my brother, but I elect to keep it to myself.

Although Enki was appeased that his son Marduk was the acknowledged heir to the Sirian-Orion throne after Enlil, he and Enlil were to remain mortal adversaries. This was the beginning of two royal, eternally feuding factions – the Enkites and the Enlilites. Enki never really came to terms with the reality of his denial of heirship. Whilst here on Earth, he kept wondering aloud to his compatriots as to why this should happen to him when “I am the leader of the Anunnaki, the firstborn (effectively in light of the union of the Sirian and Orion thrones) of divine Anu, the Big Brother of all the gods (that is, the Anunnaki).”

LITTLE PLUTO SAYS “HELLO!”

When Alalu was ousted by Anu from the Sirius throne, he decided to seek refuge on a far-flung planet that showed the most potential for natural resource endowment. This planet was in the planetary system known as BUIDA, our Solar System. Buida, meaning “The Faraway One” (we’re on the outer fringes of the greater Orion Empre) was also known as ARI-DU, “The Mastered Place” (from ari [master] and du [place]). The planet would later be known, amongst other names, as KISIRI, meaning “Mineral Resource Centre” from ki [to produce, manufacture, or create] and siri [to smelt ore]).   This is planet Earth.     “To snow-hued Earth Alalu set his course,” relates Enki in Zechariah Sitchin’s highly informative work, The Lost Book of Enki.

Alalu’s beeline for Earth was not a journey to the unknown. Whilst he was King, he had sent his most trusted aide, Alalim, the Sirian Master of Genesis Sciences, to assess the prospects of a permanent settlement on the planet. Impressed with what he had found, including that the planet had a clean and abundant atmospheric blanket conducive to life,  Alalim had lingered on the planet for several shars and built a palace that mirrored that of the Sirian King. So contrary to what Sitchin suggests, Alalu did not pioneer the planet: he simply built upon the foundation Alalim had already laid.

Alalu’s journey coincided with the time Nibiru  was heading towards the Sun but before it had reached the ecliptic, the region of the Solar System that stretches from Pluto to Mercury. This is the way he described Nibiru as his spaceship overflew it: “Alluring was its figure, its radiance emblazoned the surrounding heavens. Its measure was enormous, its belching fire (volcanoes)  blazed forth. Its life-sustaining envelope (atmosphere), its hue a redness, was like a sea churning; in its midst the breach (Ozone hole) was distinct, like a darkened wound.”

Whilst en route to Earth, Alalu’s spacecraft had to inevitably go past the planets Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars in that order. Alalu describes the planets exactly as astronomers and planetary scientists know them today and that was over half a million years ago.  “In the expanse of the heavens, the celestials’ emissary was him greeting,” writes Enki of Alalu’s journey. “Little GAGA, The One Who Shows The Way, by its circuit Alalu was greeting, to him a welcome extending. With a leaning gait, before and after the celestial ANTU it was destined to travel. To face backward, to face forward, with two facings was it endowed.”  

“Little GAGA” was Pluto, the smallest planet in the Solar System, now demoted to a minor planet anyway. ANTU was the earlier name for Neptune. Note Alalu’s description of Pluto’s path – that it sometimes went before Neptune or after it. Indeed, that’s what Pluto does in its erratic orbit: it sometimes comes between Uranus and Neptune and is therefore described as two-faced – today it’s facing Neptune only and next time around it’s facing both Neptune and Uranus at the same time. Alalu also records that Pluto had a “leaning gait”. This, again, is scientifically correct, as Pluto is the only one of the familiar nine planets that has an elliptical as opposed to a circular orbit.  

Having encountered Pluto first and not Neptune as would possibly have been the case, Alalu took this to be a harbinger of good luck. “Its appearance as first to greet Alalu as a good omen he at once considered,” notes Enki. “By the celestial gods (planets) he is welcomed! So was his understanding!”  Next to heave in view was Neptune. Alalu was mesmerised by its beauty. “Blue as pure water was her hue”.  That is exactly how Neptune was photographed by the space probe Voyager 2 in 1986.  

After Neptune came AN (Uranus). Alalu described  Uranus as “ANTU’s spouse double, by a greenish blueness was AN distinguished.” If you recall, the planets were originally named by King Enshar, Nibiru’s sixth ruler. He named Uranus and Neptune after Sirius’ first King and Queen under male rule.  The naming was fitting, as Uranus and Neptune are almost identical in virtually every respect – size, colour, watery content, day-length of 16/17 hours respectively, etc.       Voyager 2, when it flew by Uranus in 1986, confirmed that the planet was indeed greenish-blue in appearance!

MYSTERY OBJECT ABOUT SATURN

It was when Alalu was coursing past the planet Saturn that he witnessed something that was as enigmatic then as it is today. Saturn, with its ineffably beautiful, colouful rings, is the most spectacular sight in the Solar System.  In his flight, Alalu too noted the planet’s “bright rings of dazzling colours”.   As much as it is delectably beautiful, Saturn is a most sinister planet.  King Enshar had endearingly named the planet ANSHAR, after his father. But the Anunnaki gave it further names, one of which was TARGALLU, meaning “The Great Destroyer”.  

The planet had often been a death trap to the Anunnaki as they sailed through space. Once, Marduk, Enki’s firstborn son, rushed to his father at his base in Eridu, the Anunnaki settlement on Earth, to report that a SHUSAR (spaceship) lost 50 Anunnaki over Saturn. What exactly was the thing about Saturn that was so life-threatening? (Even the Sumerians, the  world’s best known civilisation of old that flourished circa 4000 BC in modern-day  Iraq, associated Saturn with punishment of some kind: they called it KAKSIDI {Weapon of Righteousness} and SIMUTU {He Who For Justice Kills})   

Alalu encountered the portent firsthand. Alalu’s pilots seemed to have slightly miscalculated their trajectory and in interplanetary travel that can make a very huge and disastrous difference. Saturn, ten times Earth’s size and therefore exerting a mighty force of gravity, tugged menacingly at Alalu’s spaceship. It was thanks to his skill as a space navigator that Alalu flew clear of the dragnet. Alalu too was a rocket scientist and was therefore no ordinary intellect. “With great understanding was Alalu endowed,” confirms Enki. “Much knowledge he by learning acquired.” But he wasn’t off the hook yet. This is what happened next: “A sight most awesome then to him appeared: in the faraway heavens the family’s bright star (the Sun) he discerned. A sight most frightening the revelation followed. A giant monster, in its destiny (orbit) moving, upon the Sun a darkening cast; KISHAR its creator swallowed.”

What Alalu saw and deemed “an evil omen” was a UFO so humongous it for a time bloated out the Sun. Alalu thought it was probably a moon of Jupiter (KISHAR) but it appears he was mistaken:   it was actually an artificial UFO. In the scenario referred to above, Marduk had described the monster object that destroyed a manned Anunnaki spaceship as something that “has been created like a weapon; it has charged forward like death.” This, in other words, was a powerful missile that was fired from this same UFO. Something similar, if you recall, was responsible for the shoot-down of   the Phobos spacecraft over Mars in March 1989.

Exactly what was this UFO that Alalu encountered half a million years ago but thankfully lived to tell the story?

ARMSTRONG’S ENCOUNTER WITH THE ANUNNAKI

In his 1986 book, The Ring Makers of Saturn, former NASA  scientist Norma Bergrun revealed that NASA’s Voyager space probes had captured a cigar-shaped craft (as was the UFO that brought down Phobos)  orbiting in Saturn’s rings. The length of the craft was reckoned at half the size of Earth’s diameter – about 6500 km – and large apertures could be seen in the side of the craft.   Bergrun’s revelation was confirmed in the February 1996 issue of Science News, which reported that the “Hubble Space Telescope had photographed a large, elliptical satellite orbiting Saturn’s rings”.  

Who had deployed this “huge satellite” in Saturn’s rings? Of course it was the Anunnaki, but the fact that Alalu was not aware of it meant these Anunnaki were of a particular clique – Nibiru’s Illuminati. Only the Illuminati are capable of feats the rest of the world populace cannot even conceive of. Today, the Anunnaki Illuminati are present on at least three celestial bodies within the ecliptic. These are Mars, the Moon, and Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. The Phobos incident (we featured it in detail in an earlier piece) attested to Anunnaki presence on Mars. Regarding Titan, a leaked CIA document did confirm the presence of extraterrestrials there. The report said  NASA had on November 20 1986 spied a Titan base where “all personnel  observed appeared to be no different than native Earthlings”.   

How about the Moon? Well, Neil Armstrong, the first Earthling to step on its surface (the official version), revealed a few years ago that the Apollo 11 team found Aliens already established on the Moon, who “warned us to keep away”. Asked what he meant by “warned us”, Armstrong said, “I can’t go into details except to say that their spaceships were far superior to ours  both in size and technology!”   You can also watch Edwin “Buzz’ Aldrin, Armstrong’s deputy on the Apollo 11 flight, explain that their spaceship was followed as they headed toward the  moon here:  HYPERLINK "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7RUwbqrO08" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7RUwbqrO08

Aldrin says Armstrong did not wish to relay the sighting of a stalking UFO to Mission Control back home for fear that they would get alarmed and begin to panic.  

The world has been kept in the dark about what exactly transpired on the Moon during the Apollo missions thanks to a deliberate “CIA cover-up,” Armstrong regretted. This Earth, My Brother…  

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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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