What follows is the 221st Meditation Focus suggested for the next 4 weeks beginning Sunday, March 6, 2011.
ANCHORING THE GOLDEN PATH OF LIGHT
2. Related Inspirational Quotes
3. Meditation times
4. More information related to this Meditation Focus
5. Peace Vigil for the Middle East
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REMINDER: As it was suggested in the Meditation Focus #214: Stepping Up Towards Oneness Consciousness, in which you were invited to develop and explore group consciousness with other like-minded souls, you are welcomed to participate to a global group soul communion, once a week, starting 30 minutes before the beginning of the weekly Meditation Focus, thus building up your level of group soul communion prior to joining with the larger assembly of souls at the usual time (16:00 Universal Time) every Sunday, and applying your revved-up group consciousness towards the current global meditation theme.
Please note that the material for the upcoming Equinox meditation will be networked shortly.
We came here on this planet from many other physical locations and dimensional realms to assist in the global transition now under way into a higher vibrational frequency of existence. Although most of us do not yet have a clear and complete recall of this self-chosen mission of spiritual assistance, we have nevertheless followed the callings from our soul and have prepared ourselves in all kinds of ways to be ready to accomplish what we came to do and, more importantly, to be. Through the collective resonance we hold by being in perfect alignment with our true divine nature as sentient expressions of All That Is, we can indeed provide the necessary global impetus for the ever greater awakening of countless souls on Earth and for their empowerment to be all that they can be. In so doing/being, we cocreate a powerful vortex of change whose near contagious effects can now be observed worldwide and is instrumental in bringing about significant changes in all spheres of human activity. This is directly opening the way towards the Golden Path of Light which all souls eventually take to become reunited and consciously re-absorbed into the Cosmic Matrix of Creator Source while bringing the harvest of many, many lifetimes and countless experiences to further enrich the collective sentience of All That Is in All That Is.
This process which is forever ongoing is part of the natural maturation of souls in their eternal journey of exploration of the myriad experiences offered by all realms of sentient existence. At this stage in this planetary field of evolution, it is vital that we consciously focus our collective soul powers to anchor in humanity's sphere of common awareness the feeling of wanting to be ever more in alignment with the prompts of our still small voice within as it guides us in our moment-to-moment experience of life and interactions with other souls which is how we can all follow the Golden Path of Light. This anchoring process can be best accomplished while we are in a state of deep meditation, with our awareness entirely focused into the core essence of our soul, sensing our collective Oneness and "acting" from this feeling of being One to sow in the heart of humanity the seeds of acceptance of one's true nature and a deep-seated desire to let the Flow of Grace carry us all towards each successive moment of selfless service to the common cause we came here to serve.
Please dedicate your moments of contemplative meditation, especially during the usual time every Sunday for the next 4 weeks, to be a channel to allow the expression of our Omniversal nature to shine through and set in motion the spiritual revolution that will soon transform this whole planet back into an Eden of heavenly life, all encompassing Love and eternal Peace, for the Highest Good of All as One.
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Note: As you certainly know if you have attempted entering a state of deep meditation after reading theme-setting material such as this one above, the only way to actually reach a deeply vibrant sense of Oneness, at soul level, is certainly not to try to remember, while you meditate, everything you've read in this suggested meditation theme. Simply having a general idea of it in the back of one's mind is usually all that is necessary.
2. RELATED INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES
"In the realm of all possibilities, out of the infinite number of pathways we can follow, which one are we going to choose? And what are the choices before us? With the infinitely complex web of causes and past choices that have led to the current situation... a planet perilously hanging in the balance between selfish irresponsibility and divinely guided cocreativity for the Highest Good of all... how can we best use our God-given gift of free will? We choose to believe there is a Golden Path of Light already laid out before us, and that all the challenges at hand have a deeper purpose that we are coming to recognize. Without the intense evolutionary pressure applied upon each one of us to prod us into accessing the deeper universal knowledge of Who We Are and what we can truly accomplish, we would probably not break free from our false sense of separation into our eternal sense of Oneness. Anchoring on Earth this inner vibration of Oneness can be accomplished through dedicating every single waking moment of our existence to actually walk the Golden Path of Light so as to better anchor its energetic blueprint of Love into our worldly reality. Let us therefore strive to align every one of our conscious thoughts and actions with our true Omniversal Nature as One with the higher dimensional realms of Light."
"Like the shining rays of a dawning new era beckoning us to rise from the valley of death and perpetual fear and set the foot on the Golden Path of Light leading back to Source, something most blissfully radiant is growing in us all right now and coming through all the cracks in the crumbling facade of our vanishing illusions as we finally come to realize just Who We Really Are."
"A New Earth is slowly emerging from the depths of our immortal Self as we reconnect with the Source of All in us. A new bright future of untold happiness and spiritual Knowingness is forming as we feel out the inner resonance of its already existing manifestation in the All Now Continuum, and adjust our sentient self-consciousness according to its pulling attraction as it moves us all ahead on the Golden Path of Light. As Light Servers midwifering the emerging new Era of Peace and Love, we are spontaneously responding to this inner call from our future selves in the Continuum and offering the contribution of our resonant field of Love to the many nexuses of Light Servers now appearing in cascading exponentiality all over this sentient living planet. We find and maintain Balance in every waking moment of our lives, and especially more so during our precious moments of global communion every Sunday. We initiate Resonance from the core of our soul being with the perfect Master Plan of the Universal One, ever guiding our steps along the Way back to Source. And once we have achieved inner Oneness with Its Supreme Will, we shine Radiance, as One, encompassing this whole planetary sphere of Life as interlinked nodes in the grid on Oneness Consciousness pervading this beloved Earth Mother and radiating as a permanent spiritual supernova in all dimensions and all directions, so that Thy Will Be Done on Earth as it is in Heaven."
"Love, the unfathomable beauty, power and grace that radiates from the heart of our soul-being as One with All is the only force strong enough to dispel our delusionary sense of disconnection from the Web of Light, Life and Love that animates our physical self since our very first breath. Through changing our vision about ourselves from one of a mere bag of flesh whose presence flickers for a mere instant in the vast expanse of eternity to a living essence of Love embodied in the physical realm to experience, again and again, the challenge of growing out of forgetfulness into full remembrance of our sublimely perfect divine nature, we can and are actually changing the world right now. The blizzard of words and mind-chatter that follows is only the tip of the prodding Force that patiently helps us walk back to Source on the Golden Path of Light we are tracing and blazing ahead all together, as we are moving out of darkness. We are speaking to our Selves through countless channels to gently wake us up from the long, dull slumber of soul amnesia, until we can finally see the Light flashing back into our souls, like an army of blind and deaf automatons that suddenly start seeing and hearing all the magnificence and intrinsically perfect world a Part of us has created for Itself a long, long time ago..."
"THIS IS WHY YOU ARE HERE. TO ANCHOR THE LIGHT. So dearest souls DO SO! Think of yourselves as columns of the Brightest Light. See the LIGHT BEING YOU and extending upwards into infinity. See the LIGHT anchoring into your beloved Earth and implanting itself into her roots. Firmly stand in that LIGHT that you are and KNOWINGLY shine it out as far as you can see. Knowing it reaches beyond the human visual capacity and touches that which you do not even need to be aware of, you just need to KNOW that it is so. Practise this whenever the thought occurs to you. Say to yourselves I AM AN ANCHOR OF THE LIGHT OF CHRIST. (...) How we desire to be able to let you understand in a blink of an eye that which this PUREST LOVE is all about. And yet, from where you are stationed at this time you are at this moment hidden from so many Truths. Yet we say to you in all our KNOWING this will not be so in days ahead. That is why we implore you to not believe but KNOW that you are BEAUTIFUL DIVINE BEINGS. That which you are residing in , the human shell, as you are aware, is just a convenient vessel which accompanies and houses your soul for this very much needed earthly journey. When not restrained with in it you are a free spirit. There is no mind to confuse, there is only your spirit your soul the YOU that is only LOVE and all is accepted and understood."
i) Global Meditation Day: Sunday at 16:00 Universal Time (GMT) or at noon local time. Suggested duration: 30 minutes. Please dedicate the last few minutes of your Sunday meditation to the healing of the Earth as a whole. See the Earth as healthy and vibrant with life, and experience the healing of all relations as we awaken globally to the sacredness of all Life and to our underlying unity with All That Is.
ii) Golden Moment of At-Onement: Daily, at the top of any hour, or whenever it better suits you.
Honolulu 6:00 AM -- Anchorage 7:00 AM -- Los Angeles 8:00 AM -- Denver 9:00 AM -- San Salvador, Mexico City, Houston & Chicago 10:00 AM -- New York, Toronto & Montreal 11:00 AM -- Halifax, Santo Domingo, La Paz & Caracas 12:00 PM -- Montevideo, Asuncion * & Santiago * 1:00 PM -- Rio de Janeiro * 2:00 PM -- London, Dublin, Lisbon, Reykjavik & Casablanca 4:00 PM -- Lagos, Algiers, Geneva, Rome, Berlin, Paris & Madrid 5:00 PM -- Ankara, Jerusalem, Johannesburg, Athens, Helsinki & Istanbul 6:00 PM -- Baghdad, Moscow & Nairobi 7:00 PM -- Tehran 7:30 PM -- Islamabad 9:00 PM -- Calcutta & New Delhi 9:30 PM -- Dhaka 10:00 PM -- Rangoon 10:30 PM -- Hanoi, Bangkok & Jakarta 11:00 PM -- Hong Kong, Perth, Beijing & Kuala Lumpur +12:00 AM -- Seoul & Tokyo +1:00 AM -- Brisbane, Canberra & Melbourne +2:00 AM -- Wellington * +5:00 AM
4. MORE INFORMATION RELATED TO THIS MEDITATION FOCUS
The following is provided as a complement to further the process of inspirational understanding of what, in truth, cannot be grasped from a purely intellectual perspective, for the True Key to unlock the vault of your spiritual knowledge lies within you... and nowhere else.
1. A Message from Archangel Uriel
2. Empowering The Vision of a New Earth
March 9, 2011: Dawn of the Unity Wave http://www.funfactory.spruz.com/pt/March-9-2011-Dawn-of-the-Unity-Wave/blog.htm
Last year large numbers of people gathered in the Conscious Convergence event on July 17-18, 2010, setting an intention to manifest unity consciousness as the Ninth, and highest, of the Mayan waves brings the universe to its highest state of existence. This event served as a base camp for intention setting and ascension towards Unity consciousness; We celebrated in joy in the most varied forms, ranging from the temples of Bali to the Mayan elders in Guatemala and from the Sami in the North to the Bushmen in the Kalahari. We could for the first time ever see our planet emerging as a sacred space encircled by a global medicine wheel.* We are now approaching the actual beginning of this wave of unity consciousness, which begins on March 9, 2011. This is the ninth wave also known as the Universal Underworld. This wave includes thirteen uaxaclahunkin (18 day) periods that propel a process designed to lead the universe and the human beings to their highest state of consciousness. The purpose of this article is to provide some additional background to this wave, its initiation date and suggest how the energy of the wave may be used in the most beneficial way. (...) We are calling for everyone to be part of the initiation of this new wave on March 9, 2011. Each of you is welcome to make use of the web site http://www.treeoflifecelebration.com for communicating with others who share the same intentions. CLIP
The road to heaven is a golden path of light that extends from your heart center to the source of all creation. This connection exists right now, forever linking you to the heart of God. As you open your heart to new experiences and the awareness of the presence of God on Earth right now, you remember how to connect with beloveds on the other side of heaven.
This connection is like a coin in your hand. If you hold the coin flat, you can see only one side. Does that mean that the other side does not exist because you cant see it? A part of you knows that the flip side of a coin usually has a significant building on it. When you turn the coin over, you can see this image. The same is true of your eternal connection with Spirit. You can see your life on Earth clearly, but your view into the eternal realm is obscured. You turn the coin over to see the divine world by meditating and sitting in quiet contemplation. By breathing in the life breath of God, you quiet the soul and gently open your heart center. The path becomes clear, allowing you to link with your higher spirit-self and other spirits in the divine realm.
In asking what happens when we die, you wonder if there really is eternal life. There is fear that you are nothing more than a speck of dust, and that you will blow away into nothingness upon death. That reality is the furthest thing from the truth. You are light and you shall return to light upon your human death. Your human body is a shell, a vessel that allows you to navigate and experience this human life in seeming separation from God. You are like a child on Halloween, experimenting with a different persona for an evening filled with the possibility of fear and love, anger and hope, and distrust and truth. In your costume, you can lose sight of the road of light, and you can become led astray. Upon death, you instantaneously remember your golden path of light and you exit the physical body in a burst of light. All that you are, this light in totality, surges through the heart center, returning to the God source of creation. You experience total union with all that you are, knowing that it has been but an instant that you were away from your awareness of God in union. The night of Halloween ends, and you devour the tricks and treats from your life in human form.
So to answer a complex question simply, you need to reframe your question. Instead of asking What happens when we die?, you can ask What happens when we return to union with God? For truly, your spirit lives on and your journeys of growth never cease. You continue to unfold in the glory of who you are: a grand eternal being of light and love.
Empowering The Vision of a New Earth
I have a vision...
I have a vision that one day soon all humans on Earth will recognize the powerful Force that unites us all, and behave as true brothers and sisters, caring for and cherishing each other, as they contemplate the glimmer of Love emanating from the depth of their soul through the purified window of their eyes.
I have a vision that one day soon every single living organism on the face of this planet will be seen and honored as a sacred, indissociable element of the whole Matrix of Life that for aeons has endowed this world with the sublime magnificence of its infinitely intricate perfection through the multitudinous forms of Life it has designed and animated.
I have a vision that one day very soon, Peace, Love and Harmony will prevail on Earth as it is in Heaven and that the veil which for so long has prevented embodied souls from remembering their innate divine nature will be permanently lifted and all souls, along with their angelic companions, guides and protectors, will celebrate every waking moment of their lives and rejoice at their new found sense of Oneness with All That Is.
This vision of a world in perfect harmony is the very reason we came to live at this climaxing moment in our long evolutionary journey. It is not the fantasy of a single human mind, it is the carefully planned completion of our long established common destiny. The convergence of universal assistance from space-faring, enlightened civilizations and from beings of Light beaming Love and Divine Wisdom at us from their ethereal dimension of existence is making possible the vibrational shift now lifting third dimensional Earth and all its living components into its new fourth dimensional state of radiant perfection.
We must not concern ourselves with how such an amazing metamorphosis is being achieved. We just have to welcome, as the proverbial butterfly gracefully emerging from its cocoon, the warm radiance of our inner Source of Light dispensing in every moment the perfectly balanced amount of stimulation, vital sustenance and imaginal guidance to allow us to follow our Golden Path towards global Illumination as One.
As we collectively reach the Threshold of our Awakening to blissful Unity and Universal Divine Knowledge, we become in a forever more conscious manner what we have always been since the very first Spark of Life manifested Itself as an expression of the Creator's Will to Be.
Humanity is morphing from a collection of individual, fragmented and disparate elements into a unified symphony of harmonized colors shining brightly like a globe-circling rainbow of gilded Love after a long stormy history of war and destruction.
Fear no more that fear itself could prevent us from becoming Who We Are, for Love is shining like a star in our hearts and guiding our every thought, word and deed.
Let there be peace on Earth, joy in everyone, harmony everywhere and beauty in everything.
As events in the Middle East have boiled into a feverish pace of change over the course of the past several weeks, the world has witnessed the power of courageous souls united through a common goal: freedom from oppression and a clear affirmation of the right to govern oneself through democratic means, no matter how imperfect the current forms of representative democracy might still be. Non-violent forms of civil disobedience and resistance have clearly demonstrated that peacefully affirming one's such sovereign rights is the royal way to a freer, more benign and socially equitable society. Yet lately, disgruntled forces not aligned with such non violent principles, as first exemplified by human luminaries such as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi with his Satyagraha (Soul Force) philosophy and Martin Luther King, Jr., have taken to violence in Libya with its inevitable consequences of death and destruction which is definitely not the way ahead towards greater freedom and social harmony. Please hold in your thoughts and hearts during your moment of global meditation over the coming weeks the vision of a peaceful and Light-centered transfer of power from unelected elites to truly democratic institutions and representatives faithfully defending the rights and highly deserved freedom of the people they are elected to govern. May Peace, Love and Harmony prevail in the Middle East and everywhere else in the world. CONTENT
1. Be part of the Change! 2.On March 6, 2011, We Will Liberate the Planet 3.A look at anti-government protests, political unrest and key developments in the Middle East on Saturday 4. Other related news
"The forces of Light are doing all they can from the higher dimensions to bring a quick end to the stand off in Libya. We do not want to see needless death and bloodshed, and the regime change cannot be stopped. Everything is continually changing and the time has come for many countries to move on. Throughout the world people are waking up to what they have been experiencing, and only now realising how they have been kept down and denied their rights. The old paradigm allowed for control and separation but the Light has now fully entered the equation, and is breaking down the hold that the dark forces used against them. It will make the changes much easier to introduce if the right people are installed that put the people first. That is being addressed, and even in countries that appear more stable changes are still necessary. Have no doubts that such souls are waiting in the wings for their cue, and it has been planned that way all along. The desire of the people and the positive energies they are giving out, is your assurance that what you need to bring about a successful conclusion is at hand."
One Million Prayers added to A Peace Pole Planted in the Middle East
A Prayer Anchor From Humanity to Humanity
March 4, 2011
We need your help to reach our goal! Please add your prayer today, then pass this letter on to everyone you know.
For years now, mass prayer vigils have been a popular way to influence the process of peace around the world. The purpose of this project is to anchor a powerful symbol into the earth itself, not just a thought or a prayer, but one million of prayers of peace. You will add prayer (140 character limit) through the link provided, then once we reach our goal those prayers will be placed inside the peace pole and planted adjacent to the Great Pyramid of Giza. James Twyman and a group of other peace volunteers will then activate the pole, anchoring the energy from a million people around the globe.
The intention of this project is to support the people in the Middle East who in recent weeks have been striving to achieve a new level of freedom and political transparency. Currently Libya is embroiled in a powerful struggle for peace, and this is a simple way you can show your support. Imagine your prayer being included in this profound statement of global unity and support. Please help us reach our goal.
Most importantly, we will only reach one million people if you send this email to everyone you know and ask them to add their prayer. Please do what you can to support the people in the Middle East, and reinvigorate this movement.
by Steve Beckow (Vancouver, Canada - email@example.com) -- 2011 February 22
On Sunday, March 6, 2011, the freedom-loving people of this planet agree to peacefully assemble in all town squares around the world at 12:00 noon to liberate the planet. This gathering will be known as World Freedom Day.
We demand the following for our world and will not rest until these goals are met:
(1) All wars on Earth will end.
(2) All dictatorships, despots and undemocratic regimes will resign.
(3) All crime will be eradicated.
(4) All oppression, exploitation, and enslavement of people will end.
The people of Earth demand free and democratic elections in all nations. We demand an end to corruption and elitism on the planet. We demand an end to the use of force against people.
At 12:30 p.m. on this day, the assembled people of the world will join in one minute of silence as our expression of solidarity and our commitment to have the Earth freed from warfare and dictatorship, crime and oppression.
There is no need to organize for this assembly. There is no need to carry placards unless people wish to. The mere gathering of the citizenry will be its form and message.
Everyone is invited to attend. No one is unwelcome. No one will be harmed or turned away.
While further communications may be issued, no further arrangements are needed. While individual communities may choose to organize themselves and select leaders, there is no requirement for it.
This communication supersedes all previous notices.
Every being is a divine and eternal soul living in a temporal body. Every being was alive before birth and will live after death.
Every soul enters into physical life for the purpose of experience and education, that it may, in the course of many lifetimes, learn its true identity as a fragment of the Divine.
Life itself is a constant process of spiritual evolution and unfoldment, based on free choice, that continues until such time as we realize our true nature and return to the Divine from which we came.
No soul enters life to serve another, except by choice, but to serve its own purpose and that of the Divine from which it came.
All life is governed by natural and universal laws which precede and outweigh the laws of humanity. These laws, such as the law of karma, the law of attraction, and the law of free will, are decreed by God to order existence and assist each person to achieve lifes purpose.
No government can or should survive that derives its existence from the enforced submission of its people or that denies its people their basic rights and freedoms.
Life is a movement from one existence to another, in varied venues throughout the universe and in other universes and dimensions of existence. We are not alone in the universe but share it with other civilizations, most of them peace-loving, many of whom are more advanced than we are, some of whom can be seen with our eyes and some of whom cannot.
The evidence of our five senses is not the final arbiter of existence. Humans are spiritual as well as physical entities and the spiritual side of life transcends the physical. God is a Spirit and the final touchstone of Gods Truth is not physical but spiritual. The Truth is to be found inward.
God is one and, because of this, souls are one. They form a unity. They are meant to live in peace and harmony together in a common unity or community. The use of force to settle affairs runs contrary to natural law. Every person should have the right to conduct his or her own affairs without force, as long as his or her choices do not harm another.
No person shall be forced into marriage against his or her will. No woman shall be forced to bear or not bear children, against her will. No person shall be forced to hold or not hold views or worship in a manner contrary to his or her choice. Nothing vital to existence shall be withheld from another if it is within the communitys power to give.
Every person shall retain the ability to think, speak, and act as they choose, as long as they not harm another. Every person has the right to choose, study and practice the education and career of their choice without interference, provided they not harm another.
No one has the right to kill another. No one has the right to steal from another. No one has the right to force himself or herself upon another in any way.
Any government that harms its citizens, deprives them of their property or rights without their consent, or makes offensive war upon its neighbors, no matter how it misrepresents the situation, has lost its legitimacy. No government may govern without the consent of its people. All governments are tasked with seeing to the wellbeing of their citizens. Any government which forces its citizens to see to its own wellbeing without attending to theirs has lost its legitimacy.
Men and women are meant to live fulfilling lives, free of want, wherever they wish and under the conditions they desire, providing their choices do not harm another and are humanly attainable.
Children are meant to live lives under the beneficent protection of all, free of exploitation, with unhindered access to the necessities of life, education, and health care.
All forms of exploitation, oppression, and persecution run counter to universal and natural law. All disagreements are meant to be resolved amicably.
Any human law that runs counter to natural and universal law is invalid and should not survive. The enactment or enforcement of human law that runs counter to natural and universal law brings consequences that cannot be escaped, in this life or another. While one may escape temporal justice, one does not escape divine justice.
All outcomes are to the greater glory of God and to God do we look for the fulfillment of our needs and for love, peace, and wisdom. So let it be. Aum/Amen.
A look at anti-government protests, political unrest and key developments in the Middle East on Saturday
By The Associated Press (CP) March 5, 2011
Moammar Gadhafi loyalists sweep into the opposition-held city closest to Tripoli, tightening security around the regime-held capital. To the east, rebel forces capture a key oil port as the country veers toward civil war.
The contrasting fortunes of the two warring sides suggest that the conflict in Libya could last for weeks and maybe months, with neither side mustering enough military power to decisively defeat the other. The government is fighting fiercely to maintain its hold in Tripoli and surrounding areas and the rebels are pushing their front westward from their eastern stronghold.
Increasing pressure on Yemen's embattled president, several members of his ruling Congress Party resign as tens of thousands take to the streets to demand his ouster and Britain warns its citizens against all travel to the impoverished Arab nation. President Ali Abdullah Saleh rejects a proposal by a coalition of Yemeni opposition groups to end the political standoff by agreeing to step down by year's end.
Bahrain's Shiite protesters form a huge human chain around the capital as their campaign to loosen the Sunni monarchy's grip on power in the strategic Gulf nation enters the third week. No police are in sight when thousands of protesters men and women hold hands to encircle Manama, where Bahrain's Shiite majority has been staging daily marches and demonstrations to end what they say are discriminatory policies and political persecution.
Hundreds of Egyptians march on buildings belonging to the internal security service in Cairo, a day after they storm one of its offices and beat up officers in a show of anger at the agency blamed for some of the worst human rights violations during ousted President Hosni Mubarak's rule. The fate of Egypt's internal security agencies remains one of the most contentious issue facing the military rulers who took charge of the country from Mubarak when he was forced to step down on Feb. 11 after the 18-day popular uprising.
Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry says demonstrations will not be tolerated following a protest by about 100 members of the Shiite minority in the eastern region of the kingdom. The ministry says in a statement that the kingdom bans all demonstrations because they contradict Islamic laws and society's values.
The ministry says some people have tried to go around the law to "achieve illegitimate aims," and it warned that security forces were authorized to act against violators.
Government officials say protests demanding economic reforms by Oman's ruler reached a key oil region in the Arabian Peninsula country.
The officials say workers stage a sit-in at a main oil field in Haima, about 300 miles (500 kilometres) southwest of the capital, Muscat, demanding more state investments in the area. The officials speak on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.
Algerian pro-Democracy protesters' fifth bid in six weeks to march in the capital is again put down by police.
Unlike pro-Democracy movements in neighbouring Tunisia and Libya, Algeria's protest movements have yet to get off the ground. Police put down three separate march bids in the capital that also drew demonstrators who turned out in favour of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Many Algerians say they are tired of conflict after being subjected to years of violence due to an Islamist insurgency.
Other related news...
Libya Live Blog http://blogs.aljazeera.net/live/africa/libya-live-blog-march-6
As the uprising in Libya continues, we update you with the latest developments from our correspondents, news agencies and citizens across the globe. CLIP - Warning: There are some graphic descriptions of the mayhem now underway in Libya.
Economies brace for oil price shock (March 05, 2011) http://www.news.com.au/business/economies-brace-for-oil-price-shock/story-fn7mjon9-1226016469559
GLOBAL economies are bracing for a new oil price shock caused by political unrest in the Middle East, which could put the brakes on the financial recovery that is driving confidence in world markets. The oil price has jumped sharply as the conflict in Libya has intensified, with leader Moamar Ghadafi refusing to step aside. That has led global economists to warn that further conflict in the oil-producing regions cannot be ruled out. British Energy Secretary Chris Huhne this week joined a growing chorus of experts who believe the threat of an oil shock like that of the 1970s --which caused prices to surge to US$160 a barrel - can no longer be ignored. A sustained high oil price poses the greatest risk of a double-dip recession in the US.Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's Friday raised fresh concerns, outlining in a report that no country in the Middle East and North Africa is immune to contagion from the political unrest. CLIP More oil related news
A Middle East without borders? (5 Mar 2011) http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/03/201134154351741689.html
The nation state is ripe for change and people power offers new opportunities for mapping the future of the region. -- The modern geography of the Middle East was carved out by British and French colonialists whose sole interest was in sharing the spoils of war between themselves and in maintaining their supremacy over the region in the early part of the 20th century.The contours of the region, with its immaculately straight lines (see maps of Algeria, Libya, Egypt and Sudan) are much the same today as when they were first drawn up, despite decades of cross-border encroachment and conflict.Never has an imported concept been so jealously guarded by ruling families and political elites in the Middle East as that of the nation state, together with the holy grail of international relations theory, state sovereignty.The artificialness of the borders in question is not in doubt.
(...) All for one -- Given this recent history, then, is the idea of a borderless Middle East still viable? It may well be when you consider that the globalised nature of the world, in its present form, has thrown up possibilities in the region that would have been inconceivable barely a few years back. More precisely, the political convulsions that the region is undergoing right now have revealed glaringly the extent to which the problems and, potentially, the solutions to the Arab world's ills are remarkably similar. The political, economic and social suffocation that the people of Tunisia and Egypt have endured, before popular revolutions swept the countries' dictators from power, were near identical. The political, economic and social ailments suffered in Libya, Algeria, Bahrain, Yemen and now Oman are of the same vein.Obviously, the causes of political unrest across these states are much more nuanced and cannot be reduced to generalisations. However, the future, unsurprisingly, is with the youth, the very demographic that is taking the lead in battling corruption and autocracy and one that is communicating, encouraging and helping others across borders in the spirit and language of togetherness.Sure, this does not by itself denote that borders are now irrelevant. What it does suggest, however, is that political and economic issues and opportunities cannot be dealt with simply within the confines of borders any longer. The pent-up frustrations of the Arab youth, the economic inequalities, the demands for better representation extend across the entire region. A single voice is emerging in search of a single value: Freedom.A single political authority is certainly not about to emerge out of the current political turmoil. But such an authority is not necessary. An appropriate governance model for the Arab world to emulate would be that of the European Union (EU). The 27-nation political and economic union is borderless in the sense that its people can live, work and travel in member countries without much hindrance.
(...) But, this would be to dismiss the thrust towards a common set of goals in the Arab world. Borders are increasingly irrelevant in this new equation. The means of mass communication, interdependency, pan-regional media, ease of access through improved infrastructure, the identification with a cause rather than a country, all suggest that the political awakening in the region may be conducive to a completely different set of political and economic realities.The nation state as we know it, as it was imposed on the region by colonial powers, is ripe for change. The unleashing of people power has now opened up new possibilities for mapping the Arab world's future. While protesters across the region have been waving their respective national flags, the cause for which they are fighting and risking their lives extends well beyond their immediate borders.
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