A Plea

A close friend and confidant, Prince Ali Seraj of Afghanistan, recently published a heartfelt plea to people of Afghanistan. His call resonates with our mission here in CGR.  Our team not only commends but endeavors to bring to action all such courageous voices that have the clarity and vision to see what the people of Afghanistan can achieve, together, unified and with common cause founded on bedrock of natural and immutable principles.

-Alexander

“A PLEA TO HONORABLE FELLOW AFGHANS

As one who has been involved in the affairs of our beloved Homeland for over 35 years I have been a witness to the almost destruction of our culture, history and independence.

I have painfully seen the Martyrdom of tens of thousands of our fellow countrymen and women, at the hands of the Afghan Communists and the invading Red Army of the Soviet Union.

Our once proud and united nation, is now tearing at the seams. Our educated young are fleeing in great numbers to countries far beyond our borders. The decade long enemies of our nation, the Taliban, supported by neighboring countries, are taking control of major areas of different Provinces.

In short, brothers and sisters,  this Great Land, which we call home and one which is our  inheritance from our Forefathers, who fought for its Independence and one which was bestowed upon us as a Gift by Allah All Might (SWT), is in grave danger.

My fellow Afghans, we must accept the facts that all AFGHANS, regardless of ethnicity, religion, color or creed are ONE. We must encourage and promote all AFGHANS to support the future of Afghanistan and the prosperity of our people. Before self, before party, before tribe, our common bond empowers us all to forge a peaceful, unified Islamic Nation with a shared objective, within which we all are free to appreciate and celebrate the rich cultural diversity of our past.

Allah (SWT) has blessed our country with the resources needed for dramatic growth into a modern and progressive nation.
  • Our fertile grounds have long been a source of the food that fed our people. Our rich agricultural history, vividly exemplifies our ability to grow and prosper.
  • Our natural resources, can be developed for the good our entire nation and can be the foundation of a modern nation.
  • Our cultural tradition scholarship, music and art can inspire our people to create new possibilities.
  • Our modern communications  gives us the ability to work together, drawing on the wisdom of the ages, to build a new awareness and speak in one voice.
Our most important asset is our dedicated, hard-working people. may they be young and old, rich and poor, women and men, Northerners or Southerners. Together we can mould our Tribal and Ethnic traditions into an invigorated national force, propelling Afghanistan forward into the 21st. Century. We can draw on the scholarships of Kandahar, the Music of Heart, the Wisdom of Balkh and the historical bravery of our people, to build our new Afghan Nation
The flowering of Afghanistan will be a light for the Muslim World. A beacon for all of humanity to see how a dedicated people can transform their lives and their country.

My fellow Afghans, we owe it to our children and their descendants, to make Afghanistan blossom, to lead Afghanistan to a new life, to light the flame of Afghan renewal.

I, therefore, beseech all of my brothers and sisters to see the bright future before us and unite to prosper.
May Allah All Mighty (SWT) be with you all.

Ameen”   -Prince Ali Seraj

OASIS HAITI

THE OASIS HAITI PROJECT
Investing in Haiti’s Youth, and in Human Development.
Investing in Haiti’s future.

For over a decade now, Haiti has been known as a failed state. Today, the state of Haiti is beyond failure; it has entirely collapsed. We must act now to counter the worse consequences of a major and imminent man-made human catastrophe in our hemisphere’s poorest nation that threatens the peace and stability of the Caribbean region, as well as the national security of the world’s free and democratic nations. Every individual Haitian must be inspired to rise up to the challenge of re-making the state of Haiti for freedom and development.

Toward this noble purpose, we must empower the individual citizens of Haiti to re-create anew and organize their new state of Haiti to achieve the dream of their nation’s forefathers for individual liberties and the rule of law, and to fulfill the hopes of today’s Haitian citizenry and youth to live in a free and democratic society and a prosperous national economy, free at last from poverty, hunger, diseases, lack of opportunities and their accompanying convoys of the worse life destroying evils.

Haitians, however, are not alone in their incessant battle to live in freedom and human dignity. The visionary leaders of the Council for Global Relations and OASIS PROJECTS have forged a partnership to implement the OASIS-HAITI Project, that endeavors to achieve or exceed long term sustainable development goals, as defined in a recent international challenge issued by the United Nations organization, headquartered in the City of New York, NY, in the United States.

The OASIS HAITI Project brings together Haitian and International talent to work together and implement a unique program for investing in Haiti’s future, through investing in Haiti’s youth and in human development.  Visit Project Site

Boots

Armies march with their boots on the ground, sustained with food in their stomachs, shielded by the armor around their bodies, and strengthened by the ammunition in their weapons; they move toward beacon of leadership, emboldened by vision and clarity of their mission, and ultimately united by common purpose.  This is all elementary.

So the question begs:  why is the Afghan Army still marching without proper uniform.  Is this not emblematic of all that has failed and lacks in their leadership? Or perhaps we are all complicit in gross negligence.

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A Time for Everything

A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
A time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
A time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
A time to love and a time to hate, a time for peace and a time for war.

– Ecclesiastes 3

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Tè a fatige

“The earth is tired”

Let us take a moment and acknowledge the valor of our Haitian Joan of Arc, Ruth Chervil, accompanied by the good doctor, Richard, as they spearhead a mission to feed the people of Haiti…  They are both in county right now, charting new horizons.

Ruth is truly a visionary Board Member of CGR, and now Country Project Manger for our campaign for Haiti.

This image is of a Haitian woman preparing mud cookies to feed the starving.  We can help her feed her family, her community, and her nation, can we not?

-A

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Guiding Compas

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In the midst of turmoil and depth of suffering there may just yet be a moment of grace.
So here’s a song by Coldplay for Mr. Martelly to serve as a guiding compass for home.
Let us have faith in a prayer and a song as we step into the eye of the storm.  more…

 

forGIVE the Children

CGR’s Blue Revolution team took the photographs in this video this past week throughout Afghanistan.

We created the video to bring to light the struggle of Afghan children as a central issue facing the failed Nation.
Afghan leadership is lacking commitment and vision to safeguard the most precious element of their nation.  It is a tragic outcome that the youth of Afghanistan are hopelessly seeking refuge in other nations.

In the next few days we will start our campaign to collect donations and supplies for the Afghan children.  CGR is pleased that Prince Ali Seraj has generously offered to sponsor a shipment of supplies to assist the winter’s needs in Afghanistan.

General John Bradley and his wife Jan form the Lamia Afghan Foundation, CGR’s Director in Kabul, Mr. Qadeerzoi, and the Blue Revolution directed by Abbas Safi, will assist me and the CGR Board to reach out to our network and seek partnerships for this effort.  For our US friends, CGR is a 501(c)3 organization, and all your donation will be tax-deductible.

Please watch the video, share with your friends.  Again, these were photographs taken this week by young men and women throughout Afghanistan.  Also, while you’re here, please visit the link below the video to learn about one of our partner organizations — we will send you CGR package request through Blu School Supplies next week.

-Alexander

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The Syrian

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“We’re often led to believe migration is a drain on the country’s resources but Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant.  Apple is the world’s most profitable company, it pays over $7bn (£4.6bn) a year in taxes – and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs.”
— Banksy   more

Spark of Light

Our congratulations to Afghan Scouts for their positive work…the spark of hope shines indomitable…
CGR sends a heartfelt nod of appreciation to the young people featured on this video:

The Story

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Dear Prince,

The only course, the only course ever, is the Story, or the Narrative.  The battles of the world, all battles that have ever been fought, have been over identity or the Logos-narrative, even those based on apportioned resources. 

ISIS, not the God, but the spawn of the God terrorizing the world now, Wahhabism, Talibanism, the bad and the good, all of it is about the narrative.

Flying bullets are extensions of trigger-fingers, which were activated by ideas in the mind, generated by the structure of identity and motivated by fear of loss of Logos.

Logos = Logic, therefore identity is justification for action.  It’s only Logical for ISIS, based on the narrative it operates under, to commit the actions it commits.

Unfortunately the Occident fails to recognize that ideas cannot be killed by bullets, well perhaps brutally maimed as the practitioners are forcibly annihilated en mass.

But the easiest and most powerful way to win the battle of narratives, is to create, or engender, a powerful and eloquent resonant narrative that “motilates” minds toward light based on Natural Principles, much the same as the basic element of life, the unicellular organism, moves toward light as its narrative for survival.

We must motivate oceans of people toward light based on a powerful narrative.  Only then can we emerge from the heart of darkness.

America has lost the edge in the narrative battle and the long view that positions nations in global theater.  Our struggle as a nation to overcome our myopic, rotational, and short term policies has incapacitated us.  This, coupled with the rampantly polarized chasm between our parties has weakened our ability to act precisely and effectively in global policy.  But nothing hurts us more than having lost the American Narrative.

-Alex