People said “no” in all countries of the world this week: “no” to tyranny and the repressive policies towards the poor and the young. The word “no” could be heard all the way from the continent of the so-called Arab Spring, to a continent filled with free, equal and democratically governed countries.
In the recent past, the word “no” was just something whispered to the wind, a word that would get people thrown into the unknown prisons of autocratic governments.
The Chief Prosecutor in Egypt, Abdel Meguid Mahmoud, said “no” in an episode that will go down in the history of contemporary injustice in the Arab nations, tyranny and the one man monopoly of power that completely neglects all written constitutions of peoples and rulers.
The Prosecutor set an example that should be followed by anyone in a position of authority who speaks truth to power by refusing submission or surrender to the tyranny of the Pharaoh of these times, regardless of their background and history.
The word “no” was present last week here in London, where different people come together with different religions, sects and ethnicities. They demonstrated as unions, institutions, children, women and the elderly to support the ordinary man against the austerity budget, something now manifest in all countries of the European Union. This Union, long considered the cradle of the European heritage and progress in all fields, has begun to collapse.
Somewhere along the way, the EU deviated to become an economic superpower at the expense of poor man, and sided with the rich. So, its collapse began, as did that of its collective economy when Europe’s borders were opened without deep and long-term study, and became involved in paying the debts of countries which only in the recent past had been under decades of communist rule. It opened its doors without fully understanding the issues of those countries.
Now it is reaping what it sowed. Economies are collapsing everywhere, but those who are really paying the price are the people who let the leaders control everything, and who in return sided with the elites. Thus the rich became richer, and the poor became much poorer while the middle classes began to fade away and the balance became upset.
Administrative corruption took root, something sadly familiar to us in our regions, but the difference here is that constitutions protected the rights of the poor to say no and to apply pressure on governments and individuals to fix what they corrupted.
But with hope and popular sovereignty, there will be a shining start without bloodshed, or finger pointing. In Europe, power can be taken away by the ballot box according to the laws and constitutions in a way that protects the public and national gains, and without touching the sovereignty of the law or the heads of leaders.
The people said “no” last week in our dear neighbouring country Kuwait when the Parliament was dissolved. Citizens gathered for the first time in front of the ruler’s palace to say “no” to the poor conditions in this ancient country which was and is still the most civilized Arab country in terms of political processes and democracy. In Kuwait, the idea of the Islamic Shura began, and was applied for decades smoothly. A department was created to administer local issues without fear of excluding the local authorities, and solutions arrived at following in-depth study were implemented on the ground immediately.
This country was a model that should have been followed by other countries. Yet, it is no longer enough as some figures of authority within Islamic Shura diverted power for their own personal benefit, and began the privatization of projects. Here, corrupting hands interfered to spoil everything that people had built since ancient times. Unless Shura and the people say “no” and unite to crack down on corruption and restore sovereignty to the people, Kuwait faces the same fate as other countries in the region.
It is the same case in all countries, whether regional or global. In fact, wherever we look, and on every news channel, we see revolutions at various stages, from America to Europe, Africa to Latin America, and from the Middle East to the Far East. Across the class divides, peoples have got up together to say “no” – but at this point I stop for a moment and say: “Where is the alternative?”
The word “no” is a simple idea, but where are the plans, the alternatives, that can be applied to real life to make moderation prevail, to divide wealth among different classes, to ensure human rights, and to establish a base from which we can progress which fits everywhere and everyone in this global village?
Governments are an established fact ever since the beginning of Athenian democracy two and a half thousand years ago. Since then, we have tried all sorts of alternative systems, so man becomes just an experiment in the international laboratory of politics.
If all previous solutions and systems failed because they are unsuitable, out of date and bankrupt, what then is the solution? The twenty-first century is quite unlike any that has gone before, socially, economically or scientifically.
Here I stop to say that we must develop a new global constitution and law as a foundation for men everywhere to ensure their divine and human rights ordered by God in all religions. Man was ignorant and ignored these orders, and so chaos prevails as history repeats itself.
So, nations and empires fall and rise, but what difference does that make, if history goes only to repeat itself? Wars break out among us, and we trade in human beings and slavery.
In my opinion, we should create a new global system based on five main points:
1) Freedom of thought and expression that is guaranteed everywhere, supported by developing laws and regulations, both universal and local;
2) Civil rights: health, educational and social insurance from the state;
3) The complete independence of the judiciary the world over;
4) A constitution which regulates the application of punishment and sanction;
5) Investing popular power in governments derived from the people, so that governments become properly responsible for all specialized management and reconstruction to be monitored by Parliaments as nations re-build themselves.
These are the ideas that sit at the beginning of my path as I set about writing the Charter of the Nations for the Fourth Way of the twenty-first century. I assert that all the regimes collapsed because of corruption which came of absolute power.
Absolute power corrupts man. Corruption permeates through society if it is present in the higher authorities. It is time to say “no” with quiet insight to everything that impedes our progress, we must see that we should adopt the alternative at a time of peace and not war. We must build not tear down, reform not revolt, and enter into dialogue without resorting to wars. This earth is enough to embrace everyone on equal footing, while maintaining privacy and recognizing the traditions and ethics of each place.
But we should agree on the first step, which is to say “no” to corruption, wars, division, bloodshed, and sedition. First, we must say “no” to those who refuse to allow equality, rights, and justice… say “no” to corrupting minds, say “no” to anyone who wants slavery and subservience to others, and say “no” to unequal distribution of collective national wealth by the elites.
For generations, we have said “yes” – but now we must say “no”.
Let’s prove to the world that we are able to develop the law of a new world that is governed according to good conscience. People act with impunity, some are rewarded for corruption while others are punished for telling the truth and sent to unknown prisons – just because they said “No to corruption.”
The Week’s whisper
The word “no” is the right word in the face of tyranny.
The Week’s blame
To all those who fake news and publish sedition everywhere with a careless pen, whether it is a report or a movie…
To all those who seek power and corruption at the expense of the people sacrificing all ethical conduct…
To all those who already have that power, and to all those who believe the incredible deception that they deserve it, and walk with the herd to the guillotine of history.
I will continue on my way and will not surrender, I will not allow anyone to interrupt and explain my approach in an evil or ungrateful way, because I simply defend human rights everywhere, and for generations to come: “sedition is as bad as murder”. My word is that I will not surrender, and I will go steadily and determinedly on my way.
The determination of the youth is solid and strong enough to achieve real gains, to eliminate epidemics and previously incurable diseases, determined enough that we may begin our long journey steadily, and with planning, justice and equality.