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Archive for June 10th, 2010

Freedom of expressions, liberty of conscience, democratic institutions, separation of powers, human rights, and equal civil rights to all regardless of gender, race, color, origin, or religious affiliations turned out to be “lalla Hagoura” . 

In the Moroccan storytelling, Lalla Hagoura is a malevolent old hag that hides in dark staircases and then disembowels kids making noises; the only way for loud kids at siesta time to be saved was for the mother to show up on time and ward off the calamity. Thus, the rowdy kids split into two clans: one clan opting for silence and hanging to mother’s skirt when escalating staircases and the other clan deciding to start waking up early, entraping lalla Hagoura, and then lapidating her with stones to death.           

Lalla Hagoura is someone that everyone wants to see but she never shows up.  Lalla Hagoura became the code name of what is unknown; and thus, a scarecrow for people not falling in line.  One of the many faces of lalla Hagoura are the articles of the UN Charter that, occasionally, a few international gathering divulge the secret of the existence of this Charter but that the general public never read or is aware of being a set of international super laws that should be applied to mankind regardless of political regimes or religious dogma.

            All States in the UN have signed up on the Charter but all States prefer not to take out the skeleton out of the closet; every State desires its own charter commensurate to its political structure and the best way to tame the little people and the frustrated masses.  A few States teach courses in “civic education” for kids, or what amount to fairy tales of how government institutions function. Civic education courses are barely communicated to grown up students for a good reason:  Teachers would feel terribly embarrassed of questions demanding details on how “civility” coincides with real applications by government institutions.  When will the UN Charter be taught and disseminated in schools as pre-requisite to human education and knowledge development?

            It would be a great milestone to humanity if a President or Prime Minister of any State delivers a candid speech on how the State laws fair with the articles of the UN Charter that was written in San Francisco in 1946. The UN Charter supersedes all States’ Constitutions according to the signatory States.  Societies’ organs were asked to keep the UN Charter in their mind and do their best to teach and educate and disseminate the articles to the new generations and to develop respect to human rights, civil rights, liberty of conscience, and equal rights to all. 

UN resolution 116 of the year 1947 stated: “Any State desiring to be member of the UN must apply a formal declaration of accepting the UN Charter.”  Thus, formal declarations poured in stating that the signatory State is a democracy with parliament and intending to enact laws compatible to those of the Charter; foremost laws were stating freedom of thinking, of conscious, and liberty of changing religious convictions.

            Instead of conducting public debates, on the meaning of each article and the proper application of the Charter and what are the representative procedures, most States ignored their citizens and signed up hurriedly in order to side among the war victor States. The UN Charter has become a scarecrow skeleton that should best be kept a secret to the general public.  Even the developed States that claim to represent “humanist civilization” are disseminating lalla Hagoura scare tactics whenever their interests do not match with recalcitrant States.

The veto power States in the UN (US, Russia, China, France, and England) or what I call the “Club of Dirty Five” have agreed on a set of “punishing” program toward the regime in Iran.  We all thought that the latest nuclear treaty that Turkey and Brasil managed to pull off with Iran satisfied the veto power States, especially, that it is the US that asked De Silva of Brasil to undertake the lasted round of this successful negotiations.  So what happened? What’s going so terribly wrong in Iran, besides developing nuclear plants and a nuclear program for civilian usage?  Does Iran has schemes far worse than producing an atomic bomb that India, Israel, Pakistan, South Africa, and North Korea already own? 

“Club of Dirty Five” uses the UN Charter as a big stick for hording hegemony over the world member States in the UN to satisfying their economic and geo-political interests:  They have never cared about the UN Charter during the last 60 years of the institution of the UN.

We are very worried.  If the veto power States, which failed in restoring world peace in the last 60 years, have serious intelligence that are very dangerous to world peace then, we demand from this secret Club of the Dirty Five to come clean and and open up to the general public; we want transparency; we want to know all the States that failed so far in seriously applying the UN Charter.  We are grown up people and “grown up States” and we get upset when this secret club treats us like idiots.

We know that this “Club of the Dirty Five” does not dry its dirty wash in open air and resolves problems among themselves at the expense of the other members of the UN , but if this is that serious then we demand to know “What is happened in Iran?”  This “Club of the Dirty Five” made the third world States and people pay exhorbitant prices everytime they disagree as a club and especially, when they agree as a club:  everytime the “Club of the Dirty Five” meets all the world tremble, huddle, and brace for the coming calamities.  It appears that the “Club of the Dirty Five” is very apprehensive of emerging power States that demand to be counted and recognized such as Japan, India, Brasil, Turkey, Iran, South Korea, Indonesia, South Africa…

We all got it that oil should not be used as a strategic weapon, except by the “Club of Dirty Five”.  We all got it that oil production (with the exception of refined oil products that are the exclusive strategic substance of the superpowers) should be treated as a commodity on the world market.  But why the Middle East has to be paying the price and be destabilized at every corner and every period, even when oil is being distributed without hindrance around the world and at low prices, very low prices?

            The new code names enforced by the “Club of Dirty Five” are loyalty to the status quo and complete obedience to the ruling classes.  Most Arab State leaders enjoy the status of caliph for life and as such are to be revered as infallible.  Modernity means engagement in civil laws and the separation of State and religious powers; the secret for enduring power status was to monopolize communication Medias; this can no longer continue: Internet and satellite channels are forcing despots to re-assessing their controlling techniques.

            The best definition for a democratic political structure is when laws prohibit State administrations from manipulating religious beliefs to coincide with State interests.  Laws are not enough: effective laws have enforcing articles attached to them with sets of harsh punishing consequences.  This definition of democracy has corollaries such as separation of power institutions and representation of the public with no discrimination among genders, race, origins, or religious affiliations.  It is about time that the UN Charter be revisited publicly and frequently and not simply be used as a scarecrow tactics to pre-emptive wars, either physically or psychologically.




June 2010

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