Extension of our previous foci on the Sudan Conflict
and the Middle East Peace Negotiations
Web posted on September 8 for the week beginning Sunday September 10
What follows is a suggested extension of our previous foci on the Sudan conflict and the Middle East peace negotiations, for the week beginning Sunday September 10.
2. Meditation Times
3. Updated Information in this Week's Foci
In view of the suffering of millions of people in Sudan and the potential risks associated with a failure of the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships to come to a constructive and positive peace agreement within the next few weeks, the Global Meditation Focus Group recommends an extension of these two previous Meditation foci in support of the ending of the war and suffering in Sudan and the successful conclusion of a Peace Agreement between Israel and Palestine, for the highest good of all.
To review the material already prepared on the Sudan crisis, see
To review the material already prepared on the Middle East peace
negotiations, see www.aei.ca/~cep/MeditationFocus12.htm
2. MEDITATION TIMES
i) Global Meditation Day: Sunday at 16:00 Universal Time (GMT) or at noon
local time. Suggested duration: 30 minutes with a special Earth Healing
Focus in the last few minutes.
ii) Golden Moment of At-Onement: Daily, at the top of any hour, or whenever
it better suits you.
These times below are currently corresponding to 16:00 Universal Time/GMT:
Honolulu 06:00 -- Los Angeles 09:00 -- Denver & San Salvador 10:00 --
Mexico City, Houston & Chicago 11:00 -- New York, Toronto, Montreal,
Asuncion & Santiago 12:00 -- Rio de Janeiro & Montevideo 13:00 -- Reykjavik
& Casablanca 16:00 -- London, Algiers & Lagos 17:00 -- Geneva, Rome,
Berlin, Paris, Johannesburg & Madrid 18:00 -- Athens, Helsinki, Jerusalem,
Nairobi & Istanbul 19:00 -- Moscow & Baghdad 20:00 -- Tehran 20:30 --
Islamabad 21:00 -- Calcutta & New Delhi 21:30 -- Dhaka 22:00 -- Rangoon
22:30 -- Hanoi, Bangkok & Jakarta 23:00 -- Hong Kong, Perth, Beijing &
Kuala Lumpur 00:00+ -- Seoul & Tokyo 01:00+ -- Brisbane, Canberra &
Melbourne 02:00+ -- Wellington 04:00+
(+ means the place is one day ahead of Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time)
3. UPDATED INFORMATION ON THIS WEEK'S TWO FOCI
This section is for those who wish to understand in more detail the
situation of this week's Meditation Focus. For those who wish to read on,
we would encourage you to view the following information from a positive
perspective, and not allow the details to tinge the positive vision you
wish to hold in meditation. Since what we focus on grows, the more positive
our mindset, the more successful we will be in manifesting a vision of
healing. We provide the details below because we recognise that the
knowledge of what needs healing can assist us to stucture our awareness to
maximise our healing effect.
i) HUMANITARIAN CRISIS AND WAR IN SUDAN
U.S. Urged on Religious Persecutors (Thursday September 7)
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sudan's bombing of churches, refugee centers and other
civilian targets is one of the worst cases of religious persecution in the
world, and the Clinton administration is not doing enough to stop it, a
senator said Thursday.
``Religious persecution on an enormous scale is taking place,'' Sen. Sam
Brownback, R-Kan., said at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee. ``Why isn't more happening from our own government on this
issue? ``Why are we not seeing more about this genocide ... why are we not
speaking out more?'' he asked.
The latest State Department report on religious freedom does not include
``any coherent, concentrated plan ... for dealing with the atrocities being
committed'' in Sudan, agreed Firuz Kazemzadeh, vice chairman of the
government's U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. He said in
a prepared statement that the atrocities include aerial bombings of
hospitals and schools, abduction of women and children and the burning and
looting of villages.
An estimated 2 million people have been killed by fighting, starvation and
disease as the mostly white and Arab government of Khartoum pursues its
17-year-old war against mostly Christian and animist black southerners.
Former Slave Speaks Out At Summit (Thursday September 07)
As many as 100,000 Sudanese are enslaved, according to Charles Jacobs,
president of the Boston-based American Anti-Slavery Group, which organized
ii) THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE NEGOTIATIONS
U.S. Struggles to Keep Mideast Talks Moving (Thursday September 7)
The United States struggled to put Middle East peace negotiations back on
track on Thursday but Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak said only
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat could break the impasse on Jerusalem by
agreeing to talk about U.S. proposals.
Arafat Rejects US Jerusalem Proposal (Associated Press)
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has rejected a proposal by President
Clinton to split control of Muslim and Jewish holy sites in East Jerusalem,
but Clinton refused to abandon his effort to conclude a Mideast peace
A nominal deadline for a peace agreement expires next Wednesday but in
practice the constraints are the U.S. election season and Barak's need for
a good agreement before the Israeli parliament reconvenes toward the end of
The main obstacle to a deal has been who should control Arab East
Jerusalem, captured by Israel in the 1967 war and annexed in defiance of
international opinion. The Palestinians want the eastern sector, which
includes the holy sites, as the capital of their future state.
Clinton Fails in Mideast, But the Sky Won't Fall
FULL COVERAGE OF THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS AT
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