Meditation Focus #21
EXTENSION OF THE FOCUS ON SERBIA
Web posted on September 29 for the week beginning Sunday October 1
What follows is the 21st Meditation Focus suggested by the Global Meditation Focus Group for the week beginning Sunday October 1.
EXTENSION OF THE FOCUS ON SERBIA
2. Meditation Times
3. More information on this week's Focus
After what appears to be a clear democratic victory for the opposition leader against the regime that has held Serbia for the last 13 years, a victory achieved despite allegations of widespread electoral frauds and a tight control of the state media by the current government, the stage is set for a week-long series of massive street protests throughout Serbia to force the regime out of power and prevent a second-round voting run-off to take place on October 8 as the regime would like to do in a desperate attempt to prolong its slipping grip on power. Since the army does not seem to want to take side in support of the now widely unpopular regime, it is unlikely that violence will flare up and some even envision a swift shift of power similar to what happened in many Eastern European countries after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Please hold in your heart and mind a vision, as guided by Spirit during your meditations, of a peaceful transition towards a new era of democratic freedom in Serbia and a renewed tolerance and openness towards and between all the different communities of this area of the world. See the growth of forgiveness, compassion, and love flowing in every heart and every community. May peace prevail in Serbia and in the surrounding states and countries, for the highest good of all.
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. MORE INFORMATION ON THIS WEEK'S FOCUS
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.
To review what we prepared last week about the "Elections in Serbia and Montenegro", please go at:
Yugoslavia elections: Outcome hangs in the balance
The race for the Yugoslav presidency has devolved into a tactical war of attrition, with opposition leaders appealing for a "campaign of civil disobedience" aimed at forcing President Slobodan Milosevic to accept an apparent defeat in the September 24 ballot.
The opposition is hoping that at least 100,000 people will heed its call for individual Serbs to voice their protest at Milosevic's refusal to step aside by blocking roads, schools and shops over the next several days.
Vojislav Kostunica, the leader of the country's multi-party democratic opposition bloc, earned 48.96 percent of the vote to 38.62 percent for Milosevic, according to the State Election Commission. Those numbers fall short of the outright majority required in order to avoid a second-round run-off, set for October 8. Yet it remains unclear whether a run-off will actually take place.
Kostunica and his followers are refusing to accept the commission's tally. Their own count indicates a resounding first-round victory for the opposition, with Kostunica trouncing Milosevic by 51.34 percent to 36.22 percent. The opposition has called a general nationwide strike for Monday.
Meanwhile, political analysts say it is unlikely Milosevic, given his increasingly precarious position, will be able to resort to force to get his way, as he has in the past. The Yugoslav army chief has been unusually explicit this week in insisting that his forces have no intention of meddling in a political affair - a sign that the top army brass may sense an erosion of support for Milosevic among junior officers.
The civil disobedience campaign marks the latest stage in an escalating showdown between the highly visible opposition on one side, and a cloistered Milosevic and his dwindling circle of supporters, on the other.
Up to 200,000 Kostunica supporters -- many members of the student-based Otpor, or Resistance, movement -- rallied in Belgrade in the wake of the vote, brandishing anti-Milosevic banners reading "He's finished".
The Serbian Orthodox Church has also endorsed the 56-year-old opposition leader and Belgrade lawyer, whom it now refers to as 'president-elect'.
Hopes for greater ethnic tolerance
The post-electoral mudslinging in Belgrade has cast a pall over other elections scheduled for later in the autumn -- most notably in Albania and Bosnia. These ballots are likely to be scrutinised for signs of a shift towards greater ethnic tolerance and openness and less bloodshed. With the possible exception of Slovenia -- which escaped virtually unscathed from the Balkan conflagrations of the 1990s -- these issues await resolution throughout much of the region.
Yugoslavia Opposition Spreads the Word to Protest
(Reuters) - A call to protest, boycott and disobey spread through Yugoslavia Friday as the opposition started a marathon campaign to force President Slobodan Milosevic to quit after losing elections. The opposition begins five days of strikes and civil disobedience with a rally scheduled to start at 8 a.m. EDT in central Belgrade, and has left itself the option of continuing such action if it does not quickly succeed.
But Milosevic and his backers have made it clear that they will defy pressure to cede power after 13 turbulent years marked by ethnic wars, international isolation and economic decay. The opposition hopes to crank up support for its refusal to take part in a runoff vote ordered by the state-run Election Commission, arguing that its candidate, Vojislav Kostunica, won a majority in Sunday's presidential voting.
Milosevic was under pressure Thursday after a former political ally jumped ship and the influential Serbian Orthodox church declared for Kostunica. He appeared to recover some ground when state television showed him meeting aides to launch preparations for the runoff, scotching rumors the leadership was paralyzed and in disarray. Analysts said the opposition would have a tough job dislodging Milosevic, who has survived many previous street protests and maintains tight control over most media.
Milosevic facing mounting unrest (September 29, 2000)
Catholic church fears civil war
Belgrade's Roman Catholic Archbishop France Perko has urged a "just solution" to resolve the discrepancies between the opposition's election tally and the regime's count, but expressed little faith in a general strike being beneficial.
"At the moment, there is great danger of violence, widespread unrest and even civil war," the archbishop said in an interview with the Beta news agency. Many foreign leaders have promised a government led by Kostunica would enable them to lift economic sanctions and restore Yugoslavia's full U.N.-member rights.
Chronology of recent events in Yugoslavia
In Depth analysis of the situation by CNN at:
(Numerous aspects covered above including maps at a glance)
FULL COVERAGE AT http://dailynews.yahoo.com/fc/World/Yugoslavia/
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