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Land of Firsts

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER    

Sumer, the world’s best-known civilisation of old, blossoms as knowledge is lowered from “Heaven”

The 17th day of Anu’s visit to Earth was his departure day. On the morning of that day, Anu attended a prayer and thanksgiving service in the Unug-ki chapel, where blessings were requested of him. “Anu is leaving,” the priests chanted. “Anu King of Heaven and Earth, we ask for your blessings.” The Anunnaki then one by one ascended to the pulpit for Anu to lay hands on them and pronounce blessings.

The very last, by deliberate design, was Inanna. Inanna was in for the treat of her life. Anu not only made her his official mistress on Earth for as long as she was single but presented her his personal plane and gave her the keys to Unug-ki. “Anu to his great-granddaughter Inanna took a liking,” the Sumerian records say. “He drew her closely, he hugged and kissed her. ‘Let all my words heed!’ to the congregated he announced. ‘This place, after we leave, to Inanna as a dowry is given. Let the skyship in which we the Earth surveyed to Inanna my present be!’”

Inanna was over the moon. “To dance and sing began, her praises of Anu as hymns in times to come were chanted.” It was at this stage that she was renamed Inanna, “Beloved of Anu”: prior to that, she had been known as Irnini. The farewell service having been concluded, Anu was escorted down the “Street of the Gods” to the “Place of the Barque of Anu”. There, in another chapel called “Build Life on Earth”, the Anunnaki chanted blessings for him. The King  was then flown to the spaceport at Tilmun. On the steps of his rocket, he had one final appeal to Enlil and Enki. “Whatever Destiny  for the Earth and the Earthlings intended, let it be so,” he underlined. “If Man, not Anunnaki to Earth inherit is destined, let us destiny help.” The King then hugged, embraced, and kissed his two sons, got aboard the spaceship, and was off to “Heaven” as Nibiru was then known.  

A SUDDEN, REVIVALIST BURST OF KNOWLEDGE

GENESIS 10:10:  And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel and Erech and Accad and Calneh in the land of Shinar … GENESIS 11:2:  And it came to pass as they journeyed from the east that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there …

Shinar (Sinar in Hebrew) is the Old Testament term for Sumer. Sumer is the English corruption of “Shumer”. Shumer is an Akkadian term, Akkadian being the parent language of Hebrew, the language of the Jewish people. Shumer (from Shem-Ur) means “Land of the Bright Ones”; “Land of the Shining Ones”; “Land of the Guardians”;  “Land of the Watchers”; or
“Land of the Rocket People”. In other words, Sumer was the land of the Anunnaki – the “Lords of Brightness” – who travelled in “celestial chariots” (rockets) and who watched and lorded over mankind, the species they had created by way of genetic engineering about 300,000 years ago.    

However, the Sumerians did not call their land Shumer. They called it Kiengir, which means “Land of the Lords of the Blazing Rockets” – the name King Anu had conferred.  The Sumerians referred to themselves as Ugsaggigga, meaning   "The Black-Headed People". That way, they distinguished themselves from people they called the Dingir, or the “Righteous Ones Of The Rockets” – the Anunnaki.  The Dingir were multi-racial but the majority as well as the ruling class were very light-skinned, almost albino-like; blue-eyed in the main; and predominantly blonde-haired.

Sumer was the first place the Anunnaki settled in when they came to Earth about 450,000 years ago. At the time, they called it Edin, the biblical Eden. The Edin was destroyed in the Deluge of Noah’s day and was reconstructed 6000 Years ago, when it became known as Sumer/Kiengir. Sumer was designated as the crucible for mankind’s civilisation at the suggestion of Enki and at the decree of Nibiru King Anu, “Our Father Who Art In Heaven” when he visited Earth in 3800 BC. It is the world’s best-documented civilisation of antiquity, which arose in southern Mesopotamia in ancient Iraq astride the iconic rivers Euphrates and Tigris.  

The Sumerian civilisation was not gradual but abrupt: in terms of the normal, gradualistic   pace of history, it took place in the twinkling of an eye. Historians and scholars have called it “astonishing”; “extraordinary”; “a flame which blazed up so suddenly”. Leo Oppenheimer, author of Ancient Mesopotamia, stressed “the astonishing short period within which this civilisation arose”. 

Joseph Campbell, in his book The Masks of God, summed it up thus: “With stunning abruptness … there appears in this little Sumerian mud garden … the whole cultural syndrome that has since constituted the germinal unit of all the high civilisation of the world.” Well, the sudden dawn of the Sumerian civilisation was such because it was effected expeditiously by a people who were capable of doing so – the already surpassingly civilised Anunnaki. They handed civilisation to mankind as an already complete package: we didn’t have to evolve with this knowledge over millions of years as per the normal evolutionary process.

THE INFRASTRUCTURE TAKES SHAPE

Sumer was built by mankind with the supervision of either the Anunnaki themselves, who did the schematic and architectural planning, or the so-called demigods – Earthlings who had between half to two-thirds of royal Anunnaki blood in them.  The demigods, from whom Earthling kings were chosen (that’s how bogosi began – with people who had substantial Anunnaki blood [the so-called Bluebloods] coursing in their veins, were the first to receive enlightenment. They in turn passed on this knowledge to the wider mass of Earthlings through the academic and vocational training system, initially using Sumerian and subsequently Akkadian, the forerunner to the Hebrew language, as the lingua franca.

The entire infrastructural erection – palaces, temples, houses, stables, warehouses, walls, gates, columns, decorations, statues, artworks, towers, ramparts, terraces, gardens – was done in the space of only five years. All the streets and promenades were paved. For instance, Uruk, Ninurta’s cult city, was paved with “limestone blocks brought from mountains fifty miles to the East.” All the bricks were made of clay, which was also the fundamental raw material in the manufacture of utensils for daily use and things we today make using steel – containers for storage and transportation of goods.  

Sumerian Earthling cities are said to have been splendidly organised. They had a central government, a municipal bureaucracy, and a social stratification, sadly, akin to what we have today – the haves and the have-nots, the nobility and the commoners, the bourgeois and the proletariat, the blue collar and white collar. But the cities were much smaller than modern ones: each was populated by between 10,000 to 50,000 people.  The bulk of mankind, who now were mistrusting of the Anunnaki in light of what transpired during the Deluge, preferred to live in rural settings far removed from the metropolises and where they would be masters of their own destiny.  

The principal occupation of the Sumerians was agriculture. Sumer, also known as Mesopotamia – the Land Between The Two Rivers (Tigris and Euphrates) – was the global food basket of the day. Most of the Sumerians worked in the agricultural field: only few were in business or the professions. Others served the Anunnaki in their temple-houses. Not only did they cook, clean, launder and maintain surroundings for the Anunnaki royalty but they also worshipped them as gods. Observes one chronicler: “The Anunnaki turned Earthlings’ palace-servant duties into religious rituals that persist to this day. Serving meats on the Anunnaki table became burnt offerings. The table became an altar. The transportation of the local Anunnaki ruler on a dais became a procession of statues. The Anunnaki palaces became temples.”

Sumer was also known for the transportation,  ship-building, and the metals trade, the latter of which gave rise to banking and the world’s first currency –the silver shekel. The shipping industry was in full bloom, with special-purpose ships for passengers, cargo, or goods which required exclusive transportation. As regards overland transport, the newly invented wheel facilitated the emergence of carts and chariots which used the so-called ox-power or horse power for locomotion.

But one of Sumer’s earliest outstanding feat was the development of the textile and clothing industry. Long before   James Hargreaves invented the "spinning jenny”, a device which allowed one person to spin many threads at once, to kick-start the Industrial Revolution in 1764, Sumer was famed for its woolen fabrics and its apparel. The basic garment was known as the Tugtushe,  meaning “garment which is worn wrapped around”, like a toga. The garments of Sumer were so highly prized that once during the Israelites storming  of the city of Jericho, a soldier risked a death penalty when he appropriated to himself “one good coat of Shinar” as per the book of JOSHUA 7:21.

LEARNING AND RECORD KEEPING

What were some of the Sumerian “firsts”? They include the wheel and wheeled transportation; the brick and high-rise buildings; the furnaces and kilns essential to industries from baking to metallurgy; astronomy, astrology, and mathematics; medicine; cities and urban societies; kingship and systems of law; the bicameral parliament; temples and priesthoods; timekeeping; the calendar; music and music instruments; the first money in the form of the silver shekel; and above all writing and record keeping.

Much of the saga of the Anunnaki we have been writing about in this column series was first recorded 6,000 years ago by the scribes of Sumer.  They used monuments, artifacts, foundation stones, bricks, utensils, etc, as inviting slates on which to write down and record events. Above all,   they used clay tablets and cylinder seals. The clay tablets number in tens of thousands (over 30,000 were unearthed at the site of the ancient city of Nippur alone) and have been found in ancient centres of commerce or of administration, temple palaces, and libraries dug up by archaeologists over the years.

It was the Sumerians who were the first to record and describe events and tell the tales of the “gods” – the Anunnaki. We are only just beginning to know about the planet Nibiru, and we began to get acquainted with the geophysical and geographical features of other planets of the Solar System only in the last third of the 20th century, but the Sumerians knew precious much about all of this, including how the Earth came to be – a subject about which astrophycists are still scratching their “terrifically” learned heads. 

“The true treasures of these (Sumerian) kingdoms were their written records,” writes Zechariah Sitchin. “ (There were) thousands upon thousands of inscriptions in the cuneiform script, including cosmologic tales, epic poems, histories of kings, temple records, commercial contracts, marriage and divorce records, astronomical tables, astrological forecasts, mathematical formulas, geographic lists, grammar and vocabulary school texts, and, not least of all, texts dealing with the names, genealogies, epithets, deeds, powers, and duties of the gods.”

The school curriculum was thorough and meticulous. It taught “not only language and writing but also the sciences of the day – botany, zoology, geography, mathematics, and theology. Literary works of the past were studied and copied, and new ones were composed. Discipline was scrupulously and rigorously enforced. There is a record of one school alumnus who was severely flogged for “missing school, for insufficient neatness, for loitering, for not keeping silent, for misbehaving, and even for not having neat handwriting”.

Modern day mathematics is based on the decimal system, the ratio 10:1, also called Base 10. The Base 10 cue was provided by the number of our bodily digits – 10 toes, 10 fingers. On the other hand, Sumerian mathematics was based on the number 60 and so was called the sexagesimal system. Why and how? According to Sumerian knowledge passed to us, mathematics on the planet Nibiru was based on the number 6 because the Nibiruians were born with 6 toes and fingers on each hand and foot respectively (Nibiruian males were also born with a penis that did not have a foreskin – already circumcised by nature! Now we can understand why Enlil – the Bible’s Jehovah – wanted his chosen people, the Hebrews, to be circumcised, that is, to be like their god!)

To reconcile Nibiruian mathematics with Earthly mathematics, the Anunnaki came up with a ratio of 3,600, which was the number of years it took for their planet to revolve around the Sun, and 2,160, which was the number of years it took for people on Earth to experience one age of a uniform star pattern in the night skies, also called a zodiac (Leo, Taurus, Pisces, etc). Thus, 3600:2160 came down to 10:6, or simply Base 60. The 360 degree cycle, the foot and its twelve inches, and the dozen are all aspects of mathematics that hark back to Sumerian sexagesimal mathematics, which was instituted by the phenomenally advanced Anunnaki. There was also a time when a year was 360 days long as opposed to today’s 365 days.
“We were taught all that we know by the Anunnaki,” the Sumerians keep reminding us in their cuneiform clay tablets.   

SUMERIAN MEDICINE

If Sumer wasn’t that endowed with mineral ores, it had fuels galore. It was the ancient world’s primary source of petroleum products, a status it maintained all the way to the Roman era (1st to 5th century AD).  The oil simply oozed out of the ground naturally, as in today’s Kuwait, which incidentally was part of Sumer. Petroleum products were an integral part of Sumerian medicine too, as was water, plants and vegetables (herbal products), and mineral compounds.  Intriguingly, Sumerian medicine was not simply about therapy and surgery: it also involved simple vocalisation – healing by the utterance of commands (probably similar to what the “prophets” of our day do?) and incantations.   Unfortunately, the latter method is not used at all in modern hospitals when it is astonishingly effective when practiced as an art form, particularly in ailments that are inflicted “supernaturally” by dark forces.

Some medicinal powders were taken orally not only with water but in mixtures with honey, wine, and even beer. In our day, doctors who prescribe medication that includes alcohol are non-existent but in Sumerian times, they were the norm rather than the exception (I’m sure my friend Mashele Ishos would love such a doctor!).  And medicine was not administered only through the mouth: there was also rectal medicine, which was poured through the rectum  in the form of plant or vegetable oils. Again this is unheard of in these times of ours which are dominated by  Western medicine but in African medicine it is still in vogue: as kids, my own late maternal grandmother Malia used to administer rectal oils to us when we were afflicted with chronic diarrhea and with speedy results.

In the Sumerian records, we read of “water physicians (doctors who specialised in healing with water only, an echo of the “Holy Water” that is so fashionable today in evangelical circles)”, “oil physicians (doctors who specialised in healing with oils only [anointed oil as in evangelical churches?])”, “veterinarians”, etc.  All sorts of surgeries were performed, including brain surgery. One medical text talks of a surgery involving the “removal of a shadow covering somebody’s eye,” which sounds like a cataract operation. There are numerous depictions of patients lying on what appear to be a surgical table with a team of masked Anunnaki and human doctors all around. On one cylinder seal is a drawing of a pair of surgical tongs against a backdrop of a serpent coiled around a tree, suggesting that the serpent has been the symbol of medicine since days immemorial.

JUSTICE AND THE LEGISLATURE

The first system of laws and the first parliament arose in Sumer. The laws were remarkably just and equitable and profoundly pro-poor. There were laws, for instance, that put a cap on the prices of essential commodities and on the rental of wagons and boats so that the poor were not unduly exploited. There were laws that formed the framework of master-servant relationships. All forms of oppression, exploitation, and extortion were spelt out as “evil” in the statutes.

The laws aimed at  stopping and punishing "the grabbers-of the citizens' oxen, sheep, and donkeys" so that "the orphan shall not fall prey to the wealthy, the widow shall not fall prey to the powerful, the man of one shekel shall not fall prey to a man of 60 shekels." Early law codes included sections dealing with fees payable to surgeons for successful operations, and Shariah-like penalties to be imposed on them in case of botched operations. For instance, a surgeon using a lancet to open a patient's temple was to lose his hand if he accidentally destroyed the patient's eye!

The courts were presided over by a professional judge from the royal establishment; three lay judges; and thirty-three members of a jury. The Sumerian parliament was two-tier, like that of Britain and the US, where you have the House of Lords and the House of Commons, and the Senate and the House of Representatives respectively. A story is told of how Gilgamesh, the King of Uruk,  wished to go to war with Kish. As powerful as he was, he needed parliament to sanction the war. He first brought up the matter before the Assembly of the Elders, who voted against war. But when he tabled the same matter in the Assembly of the Fighting Men, it was a foregone conclusion: they overwhelmingly voted for war.    

 
NEXT WEEK: MARDUK FOUNDS BABYLON

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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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