This year’s conference of the Francophone European Association for Bahá’í Studies (Association francophone européenne des études bahá’íes, AFEEB) on 24 and 25 October 2009 in Luxembourg discussed the future world order and global governance.
The programme included a presentation of the concept of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) by the Chairman of the Committee for a Democratic U.N., Andreas Bummel. Outlining the path towards a directly elected world parliament, Mr Bummel stressed the “spiritual dimension” of the efforts. “The establishment of a UN Parliamentary Assembly would represent a changed consciousness. For the first time in human history such a body would establish a direct political connection between every human being and the planet,” Mr Bummel said.
Daniel Schaubacher, European Bahá’í Business Forum, and Jean-Francis Billion, Council Member of the World Federalist Movement, further elaborated on the representation of the peoples in the United Nations and the efforts towards world democracy. Among other things Mr Billion stressed the success of the international coalition of non-governmental organizations which advocated the establishment of the International Criminal Court. Mr Billion noted that the World Federalist Movement spearheaded this effort and that the International Bahá’í Community was part of the coalition. In the discussion it was agreed that the Coalition for the International Criminal Court is a good example to draw upon in the efforts for a UNPA.
Further speakers at the conference included, among others, Esther Zana-Nau, Programme Manager at the International Master Programme in Social Policy Analyis IMPALLA who gave an introduction into globalization and global governance.
For Bahá’ís, the term “new world order” has a special and clear-cut meaning. More than one hundred years ago, Bahá’u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, invoked the phrase to categorize a future series of momentous changes in the political, social and religious life of the world. According to Bahá’u'lláh, these changes include the setting up of a world government, an elected world parliament, a binding world tribunal, and a world police force.
Archive for November, 2009
The U.S. dollar is one of many symbols of U.S. power after World War II and after the end of the Cold War, but we are now in an increasingly multipolar collegial world, according to Morrison Bonpasse, president of the Single Global Currency Association. A multicurrency system simply does not provided the stability now needed, he argues.
Theodore F. di Stefano - 11/03/09
There have been several suggestions by China, Brazil, Russia and other countries, and by a U.N. Commission headed by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, as well as by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development for a new global reserve currency to replace the U.S. dollar. Increasingly, the media are running stories and comments about the “demise of the dollar.”
Recently, I asked the president of the Single Global Currency Association, Morrison Bonpasse, about his take on the future of the U.S. dollar and the global monetary system. In previous interviews, we’ve explored the idea of a single global currency.
A unique, rare and supressed film by the late great documentary filmmaker Allen Francovich. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is the US government’s most controversial branch - with a controversial mission to match. This clandestine organisation’s top secret methods of political warfare and undefined goals have been the topic of much speculation… until now! Inside the CIA: On Company Business is a long and penetrating look inside one of the world’s most powerful secret organisations. This long suppressed, award-winning documentary consists almost entirely of insider eyewitness accounts of CIA Covert Operations and their role in the political intrigues of the late 20th Century. Part 1 of 3: The History. What part did the CIA play in the Cold War? How instrumental were they in Cuba’s 1961 Bay Of Pigs invasion? Did they cause the overthrow of President Allende in Chile? This volume starts at the end of World War II when ‘The Company’ was formed out of the wartime Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and takes us through the various political incidents that the CIA has played a major role in for forty years from the 1940s to the 1970s. (approx 58 mins.) Producers: Howard Dratch and Allan Francovich. Research: Howard Dratch, Allan Francovich and Kathleen Weaver. Featuring: Philip Agee, James Wilcott, William Colby, Victor Marchetti, John Stockwell, David Atlee Phillips and Joseph B. Smith.
James Slack - 28th October 2009
A Big Brother landmark has been passed with ten per cent of the population now stored on the Government’s DNA database.
In total, there are now an astonishing 5,532,847 individual profiles logged on the giant computer system - out of a population of 54million in England and Wales.
Around one million of those included on the system have never been convicted of any crime.
It will fuel the public backlash against the march towards a surveillance state, with polling released today showing eight out of ten voters are now fed-up with the increased use of surveillance powers.
Chris Gourlay - November 1, 2009
Scientists have discovered how to “read” minds by scanning brain activity and reproducing images of what people are seeing — or even remembering.
Researchers have been able to convert into crude video footage the brain activity stimulated by what a person is watching or recalling.
The breakthrough raises the prospect of significant benefits, such as allowing people who are unable to move or speak to communicate via visualisation of their thoughts; recording people’s dreams; or allowing police to identify criminals by recalling the memories of a witness.
A new model of the way the THz waves interact with DNA explains how the damage is done and why evidence has been so hard to gather
October 30, 2009 - Physics arXiv
Great things are expected of terahertz waves, the radiation that fills the slot in the electromagnetic spectrum between microwaves and the infrared. Terahertz waves pass through non-conducting materials such as clothes, paper, wood and brick and so cameras sensitive to them can peer inside envelopes, into living rooms and “frisk” people at distance.
The way terahertz waves are absorbed and emitted can also be used to determine the chemical composition of a material. And even though they don’t travel far inside the body, there is great hope that the waves can be used to spot tumours near the surface of the skin.
With all that potential, it’s no wonder that research on terahertz waves has exploded in the last ten years or so.
27 October 2009 - Alex Newman
All across the world, collections of global-warming protestors financed by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund gathered on October 24 to call for forceful “climate change” action at the United Nations summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, this December.
Most of the gatherings were minuscule, even in big cities, but the effort did receive widespread publicity. According to organizers cited by Agence France-Presse, over 5,000 demonstrations were held in more than 180 countries.
The protestors rallied around the motif of “350” — the supposed level of carbon dioxide in parts per million that some scientists claim is an acceptable ceiling. They carried signs and unfurled banners reading 350, even forming themselves into giant human numbers to illustrate their point.
“We had no idea we would get the overwhelming support, enthusiasm and engagement from all over the world that we’re seeing,” explained Bill McKibben, a climate-change activist who founded the Rockefeller-funded organization 350.org that coordinated the day of protests. “It shows just how scared of global warming much of the planet really is, and how fed up at the inaction of our leaders.”
October 26, 2009 - Byron Richards, CCN
It should come as no surprise when a Monsanto product poisons the earth and our food. Our planet has never recovered from the forty-year Monsanto-led PCB contamination that was banned in the U.S. in 1977. To this day environmental PCBs continue to degrade into highly toxic furans and dioxins, wreaking all manner of human health problems. The new case in point involves several aspects: 1) the bizarre alteration of the nature of food itself by splicing viral, bacterial, and other life forms into the DNA of food (GMO seeds and crops), and 2) the massive increase in the use of glyphosate pesticide (Round Up), which is polluting the water, soil, and food across the globe. Both issues are extremely problematic to human health.