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There come to us moments in life when about some things we need no proof from without. A little voice within us tells us, 'You are on the right track, move neither to your left nor right, but keep to the straight and narrow way.

A person falsely claiming to act under divine inspiration or the promptings of the inner voice without having any such, will fare worse than the one falsely claiming to act under the authority of an earthly sovereign. Whereas the latter on being exposed will escape with injury to his body, the former may perish body and soul together.

You have to believe no one but yourselves. You must try to listen to the inner voice, but if you will not have the expression"inner voice", you may use the expression "dictates of reason", which you should obey, and if you will not parade God, I have no doubt you will parade something else which in the end will prove to be God, for, fortunately, there is no one and nothing else but God in this universe.

For me truth is the sovereign principle, which includes numerous other principles. This truth is not only truthfulness in word, but truthfulness in thought also, and not only the relative truth of our conception, but the Absolute Truth, the Eternal Principle, that is God. There are innumerable definitions of God, because His manifestations are innumerable. They overwhelm me with wonder and awe and for a moment stun me.









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DonInLondon - August 1 2007 ‘Day In the Life’

How Long Can We Be Hanging On?

A good question for me tonight. I skimmed through last years words and found them just as I found myself back then, still in love with love and not maybe, or yes maybe still in love with a ghost of old times. And all the way through these times of loving and hating me more sometimes and wondering I never realised the world moved on as I was stuck, grieving a loss, as others have felt like I did, and had no clue how to let go.

Grieving takes forever and eternity feels like it is never enough time to find that love we lost. An obsession of the mind indeed. I knew in truth all along it was as big as life itself, and I could never let go. Until now..

It is always hardest when we have unrequited love. No amount of thinking and wishing is ever going to change and pull down that idyll in imagined moments and dreams. We let go as we may, and still love plunders our days and times now as times past hold us to fantasies long dead in others.

Even the kindest of words of let go, where passion is paramount and adoration is complete. Yet I see now let go was all I need do and thank them for the times spent and love lavished, indeed there was nothing wrong with me or them, or love per se. We were star crossed lovers and lost to times and hostage to nothing as dreams turned to dust and reality shammed our hearts discontent.

Today

Indeed today as times move us on. I live by the day, see my physical emotional and spiritual well being pretty right sized. Making the best of good, and living. Seeing another shell crack and release the reality in me and douse old flames and passions long spent.

Complicated Living

We do lead complicated lives, a kiss and hug in friendship, well it seems pretty ok to me, and loving without conditions and also loving as we may. I see temptations touch as even I in my ordinary state of living can still feel the draw of love beyond friendship and beyond some boundaries made safe by our fellowship and our understanding of living to the good of good conscience. I am safe in fellowship and yet, see each moment can convert safety to another plane where love tips into lovers words and so we find our nature pulls us to desires not yet spent. Desires are there for sure, and love is all around as promised in sobriety. And so is good conscience too!

A Friend of Mine

Still defiant and out drinking regales me with stories of their drunken nights and conquests. And I recollect not so many years before for me, there were many times for me as he has shared. Where wine, women and song were just what life seemed all about. I never shared much about those times as no one really seemed to live as I did in this perpetual state of day to day abandonment. A carefree time for me, with a broken heart to mend. So too for my friend today as his love, she is far away and never to come back. I understand his life and stories shared, I lived them long ago, a never really told a soul back then.

As For Me and ‘La Femme Fatale’

I don’t share too much about those times, not really because of any shame or reluctance on my part. And in the end I would not wish you judge me harshly by those times. I loved with passion as sincere in every moment spent, and then as truth became so clear, that my heart was still broken and would not mend with any new love I found. We cannot replace or fix our spirit, or our emotions lost in calamity or grief. We need mend first and then proceed with life and loving.

And this seems a universal truth as we make our way in life. We are often attracted and find ourselves struck and adore and then realise we are still uncertain if we do let go and love again. For in our heart our worries are we will be abandoned once again. It was so for me for many a year..

I do realise though it has taken me longer than anticipated, as my poor head could not let go too well to old connections and loyalties I would have kept sacred had the times been right for us. And they were not. Bitter sweet those memories now, and acceptance has been the dickens to get along this rocky road of love. I am glad my heart feels mended so one never knows where life will lead.. I am hopeful and smiling when I read these words, there is always time if we choose to make it so.

So Much Reflection

And as times are more open and clear, and choices and feelings are felt as they may. I am glad that life affords an open look at love and where it may lead again. We are never beyond these moments, and still we will be careful I suspect, and cherish as we go.

Enough for today, and just for today, we never know what tomorrow may reveal..




August 2nd 2006 [Last Years Journal]

Drawing a Line under Events from our Past

Our problems from the past. Every day we are growing or relatively stuck in problems from the past. Our main problem with our past is it makes us who we are today. Every element and every nuance picked up as we go. Some things to the good and bad are what makes our recipe for today. And as recipes go, only we know or have the opportunity to remind ourselves of every ingredient.

A heady mixture, a brew which foments through time. We develop as we may and with nurture. We thrive inside or wither this way and that, so we grow as spirit moves and experiences enables.

A letter from an old love. Arrives and before I open it, I know what will be said, and with intuitive mind and experience learned there are no surprises left. Not one? Well maybe one, and that one was accepted. The me known from years ago and even close to now has changed again, as sober living makes for better mixtures and enables my freedom to speak with warmer, closer spiritual presence.

Only a soul lost and redemption, then found might offer such a notion I suspect. As living doles out great swathes of life we never dreamed might be ours. We never dream our lives might have a touch of blight so powerful we might never recover our sense of who we are and find our spirit saved. This spiritual us, its just about the size of every other soul we will encounter on our travels in this life and any other I suspect. In case you are wary where I go with this, I do believe those who fear belief itself might wish to leave right now. Those who have soul and spirit might stay a while.

Our inner us, the good bit inside our good conscience, or bad conscience, for I do believe we can be drawn either way as we journey this life. We move where experience and nurture enable our path to living and experience. We are light and dark, of opposites and our magnetic being draws our life to which way? Well I don’t know quite why it is so, our Ying and Yang, our cache of knowing and being, its tempered by knowing all there is to know of all living may offer. And life will offer both and our choices made through time enrich us completely without prejudice one way or another.

Our reactions are best shared as life develops. And our outlook changes by the moment, we are able to get our nurture to light or dark.

Nurtured to the light we flourish and deem ourselves well made for good. Nurtured to our dark and our path flourishes another way, to depths we might wish were never there in the long game of our spiritual being. Without the dark we would never know the light I surmise, so we journey both ways as life offers.

And with hindsight and with a calmer looking at the reality of me. Well now, there have been many travels in darker climes. And light comes shining through as miserable experience develops knowledge and patterns to my good. Redemption is a mighty experience along the way, or reclaiming to the light is offered any soul imbued with every experience we might live, to being ourselves.

And being ourselves as we learn with hindsight leaves open old memories of us. I shudder at the rawness of my callow living for many a year. That cool and clever shadow man. The half shared and known, the dark was on me back then and I see the superficiality in my life. The actor who would protect the inner me, hidden for decades as that shadows dark made good a life I could live no more and came crashing down as integrity put paid to high life living without any feeling or spiritual connection to this ever present, present. That pull to ego’s drift.

And old loves know as they grow, and see the truth of us back then, we were never right. Right for the time, and not right for this time as experience and hindsight deliver their obvious verdicts and testament to time served living, and becoming what we are today. And in our view today, that slice of us makes us wither inwardly and recognise a half formed entity still without the form or wit to know much of anything we can consider worthy of being.

Our world, we sometimes feel hateful towards it as the opportunity to darker us is left open to our choice. We learn if learning is our goal that we need more than we were back then to fill the gap inside as deep as any dark in any life. And the dark is never filled with earthly gold. As spirit is our destiny in our real journey towards who knows? Not me..

Acceptance is the key:

"And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation -- some fact of my life -- unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.
Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God's world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life completely on life's terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes."

I find it somehow comforting to know that the spiritual me which got stuck in time back in the 1960’s or 1970’s somehow comes out and starts to grow again. The odd thing in life is timing works as it might and our growth is certainly apposite.

We need our hard knocks and dark to make sense of light and every shade of what we are through our living. It is a great worry for me that many people never find the path or have opportunity as afforded me. And yet that’s life on life’s terms. I do wonder if we stick around too long. Just a notion not half formed here. Without the benefit of modern science I would be dead a year or more, and that is just this time. And without modern science I would expire quite quickly as my ongoing health depends not on nature but man made science.

Certainly acceptance offers nothing beyond the process of getting to grips with reality. And reality is awkward where we have learned to offer our God like view on living. And we are not Gods for sure, and our views merely the equal of others and their experience.

And it is to experience we must turn to make sense of where we are today, best not done in isolation or we find the path becomes more Godly and God driven in our sanctimony. We need share our experience and understanding so we might inform it and make our perception grow, to its full size, only to our capacity and size equal to our nature, the size of our soul and everyone’s capacity is about equal. Its simply we just get better connections as we develop, we don’t get bigger or better at this than anyone else, just merely more adept in our own journey.

And in acceptance today, I see my view is merely one of many. My view on my living and where I am today is not the view of yesterday, last night or last year. It is improved as letting go the dark grip of ego’s drift unwinds and lets me free to see the wonder of our Universe, and its opposite. And how I choose to move along, its where I best deploy and make good living.

And the letter which like any letter from my dearest love of times past, now far away, is full of everything we know, and takes me with acceptance to another part of journeying. I accepted completely every word, and grimace deep and hold my view to words I have said in heated insanity, as then not now and thank the good in me to see the desperate soul who might make sense of insanities experienced. Those grim times afforded pain beyond measure and without intent it would ever be that way.

Indeed, my insanity over the years is long. And of my old loves quest, well I am glad in many ways her path has found another route to developing her soul and all that makes life to the good. It is not my path or choice, and realise our difference, and our similarities too. Her views hold good about the future that would have been, I agree with hindsight’s gift.

Had I been less than half of what I am, and she too, then we would never have known what we know now. Hindsight masks our trepidation and healing as we learn our new elaborations as time indeed gifts experience in all elements of life, to our good and where it takes us next who knows.

Acceptance is the key today without a shadow of a doubt. It is just so, and there is no argument. And there is no argument of now. As there was back then and never to understand quite why it had to be the way it was, it just was I realise now, well that’s ok I guess and it will be forevermore. And the difference is far more beneficial for us both.

And with this key, the door is unlocked and open to today, where with softer brush with life and experience lets me see, every element we have will come back to me. We will be forever tested and develop our acceptance as we go.

Acceptance is a daily maintenance as we are prone to develop to our ego’s drift. And I am no stranger to that drift to shadow and the Ego man. And we will never quell a part of us we need to understand the light, its there as part of who we are, and never to be left indifferent.

As I do draw the line, and approach the 50th year of living. I realise that we have every element of feeling inside for very good reason, that the journey remains as difficult day to day as it is for any other. And that serenity is merely one day long. And acceptance practised is an art and never to be left too long or we return to insane moments all too quickly as we vie with memories and make them part of this day…

And when I remember how we loved back then, and now we are apart, as the line was drawn back then, to where we are now is different. And we cannot judge either way. For in essence since that line was drawn, we both moved far from what we were, to new being and being ourselves. And development moves at its own pace and where it will on experiences no longer shared or understood. So it is. And judgment is no good. I know I moved so slow to sober living and my journey moves at its own pace, a frustration no longer feared by me, it just the way it is.

And that pull to Ego and the shadow is evoked as we listen to our disharmony, and old things left too, as if tick tock, a time bomb ready to explode or not. We let go and let the good of all come to our ever present, present. The shock of our past although so harsh to touch our innards and make a cold sweat bead, well that is quite right in my opinion about me and my conduct. I need my reminders of the dark, and the of hellish moments to remind me of everything I have been and how I wish to be, of course to the good!

It is so, and now I realise let go, and go. Smiles I don’t know where. It matters not.

Maybe just better able in acceptance now, to make this day the day, and just for today. Someone said, and then everyone says, we need live this day as if it were our last. And we need then find no regrets. And this is true, and in most days we can live as we might. As simple souls of truth.

This does mean we are forever working to our good, or that we agree or understand our world and others in it as we learn to let it be. As we are equal to it, so is everyone to their present capacity and connection. And often we will find our path is not as simple or straightforward as life is just simply how it is. And we can live to our principles and values along the way.
And when we move to shadow times and drift to ego we will find our defiance comes full tilt our way. And in defiant mood we push our views, ill formed and likely only good that moment. And then we find our acceptance comes and keys us to the truth of this day. And only this day, for we change again. And we are not good held hostage to our history, and I feel I have done this far too much with all connections in insane days of living.

Growing up? Maybe just a day at a time. To where, is a good question and have no answer. How and what and why, as Kipling was ready to help us, we can ask ourselves and find answers along our journey.

So with acceptance in my heart and with greater understanding how I may be a more complete being, I move along a day at a time. Happier without solid and easier in the grip of nothing but life itself.

When I judge, it makes me recognise I can judge myself, and get a better view when I share and work it through. And I hope as I am losing my grip on ego’s drift and shadows in the mirror are less dark, there is progress and not perfection.
When we grow and develop notions to our experience and abilities, its merely our own view, where more views help form our overall understanding of living. And to happenstance and obvious things we can hold and let go bigger notions of our powerful selves. For indeed my powerless self works the best.
I will always use my faculties, and we need not remove our common sense, or work to programmes where we will not flourish. And we make the best of what we have in our sober living. And that’s a gift I cherish.

Hold no one person hostage to their history of other times. Unless they stay the same and offer nothing but their duplicate. And we might be better judged this way too. As harm done is undone with time.

There is probably one area of living which is still going to bother me. And this is not because I don’t want to do something, its because I don’t think I have any right to do it. Its about forgiving. And this is not meant to be hard I feel, its to do with powerlessness.

I do somehow get the understanding that I cannot judge others per se and find acceptance helps tremendously. Not judging others means I cannot really form opinion or hurt. Yet events have hurt so deep, I realise they do because I truly was incomplete and Ego pushed me to forgiveness of me and others. I don’t know or wish to try to mend that rift in me right now in my feeling.

I don’t hurt anymore, as if that’s an answer. And this forgiving thing we have well, as has been commented throughout time
" to err is human, to forgive is divine"
And as forgiving seems to be in the God like department, I don’t qualify. As far as life offers me the opportunity to accept life on life’s terms and that people must be as they are, that is a done deal.

For me, whatever I have done life, has been part of a journey. The cost and recognition of every right and somehow wrong part, the good is recognised to the light. The dark of me and my behaviour in this world is my constant reminder and constant companion. My consequences in a restoration to sanity, is to accept how others might view and treat me with suspicion or trust according to what they know of me. As I am today most of all and I have my deep and profound feelings of shame and guilt when times need apply them. I am never going to more sorry for hurt caused, for that sorrow is my mine for eternity and a reminder to how I may conduct myself now and in the future.

I do practice forgiveness every day, and still wonder at my right to do just that, for it implies judgment and power over others I do not feel is ever really in my gift.

Maybe there is a different way of looking at this, its how we behave today and we meet our consequences in our living of the here and now. I meet with regularity others who have worse deeds a plenty, and feel no judgment towards them. For I cannot judge them on their history merely today and how they are with me.

But I do judge every day what is right and comment long and hard on this world and how we are. it’s a hard thing this notion of forgiveness. And I don’t underestimate its importance to many including people who I know. And its still there, as I don’t want to judge anyone in reality, it does not sit well inside me. Its just the way life has turned out and better with acceptance eyes to make my journey work for me.

I must share what I do judge though and sometimes this leads to exclusions in my living. Its when some power is placed on me towards ego’s drift and shadow lands. And where others operate in this dark world, I feel I exclude myself from them. Simply because secrets will kill me stone dead on the path of recovery.

I do judge what is right for me and get a view whenever I can to make sure I don’t judge others too badly on their journey where it will take them, I need not follow as if blind to truth.

This is not a judgment on my dear friend who wrote me, just part of an ongoing debate inside my conscience to the good of living I would hope.

And in good conscience I do draw the line under much of my insanity. As otherwise I would return to madness and darker climes again. We never forget, or lose sight provided we are vigilant each and every day to truth, and through my fellowship I do just that. And what I know in truth we can be bound by whimsy and our ego’s drift to hapless living if we forget to share and live with others views, our equals in every way. That is life.
Connection to our spiritual being is good for just today realise that now. Merely a thread and know the return to other climes is always near at hand. I am cut down to right sized living, and this my lesson learned.
Just for today, if in good conscience I am allowed I forgive everyone everything completely, and when ego’s drift and that dark shadow in the mirror offers another form of forgiving, I may recoil again in case I assume something I am not.
Maybe love is the key to this particular conundrum, and acceptance of life on life’s terms. And in essence being human with every element we have in our reality.

I know this will not haunt me as a conundrum, for I let go so much, it is merely the stirrings in my memory which lead me back this way again, and my part in living life, the past, and this ever present, present. I too am glad to be nearly there to half a century. Not long a day at a time to the 14th August.

Line drawn? Yes and nothing is lost in the time in between for it shapes my present now, and helps me complete my journey day by day. And are you forgiven?

Absolutely and completely

Me? I am working towards it daily as with most things and will let a higher power than me judge.

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At least seven dead as cars plunge into Mississippi August 2 2007




Ewen MacAskill in Washington

At least seven people were killed last night when a bridge over the Mississippi in Minneapolis collapsed during rush-hour traffic, sending cars and trucks plunging into the river.

The entire span of the bridge, a major link between the two cities, fell apart in sections, like an accordion, according to one witness.

The emergency services said that about 50 cars, trucks and min-vans ended up in the river or on the ground below. People were seen floundering in the river, calling for help.

Initial police reports put the death toll at six, with 37 injured. Police warned they expected the toll to rise as they opened the vehicles

Dr Joseph Clinton, who works at the Hennipin county hospital, said at least six injured who had been admitted were critical.

The US department of homeland security said the initial assessment was that there was no indication of terrorist involvement. Russ Knocke, a department spokesman, said: "At this time, there's no indication of a nexus to terrorism."

The bridge dropped about 60ft.

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7 dead, 60 injured in rush-hour bridge collapse August 2 2007




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At least seven people were killed and 60 injured as a Minneapolis bridge jammed with evening rush-hour traffic collapsed into the Mississippi river, crushing vehicles or plunging them 60 feet into the water.

Three sections of the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed at about 6.05pm local time. A large lorry caught fire, and flames and black smoke billowed into the sky.

The US Department of Homeland Security ruled out terrorism and suggested mechanical failure as the cause of the disaster. The bridge had recently been closed for maintenance work. Workers were repairing the 40-year-old bridge’s surface as part of improvements along that stretch of the interstate highway at the time of the collapse. An engineering assessment in May last year recommended monitoring of “fatigue cracking” on the girders.

By 1 am (0700 BST) today, all search efforts had been called off as it was too dangerous for emergency services to work in the dark. Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said searchers did not expect to find any survivors when work resumes at daylight. Fifty vehicles remain in the river according to some reports.

Minneapolis dispatched every ambulance in the city to the scene last night as local hospitals went on a disaster footing. Sixty people have been take to hospitals in the area and the death toll could rise, Minneapolis Fire Chief, Jim Clack said. Dr. Joseph Clinton, the emergency medical chief at Hennepin County Medical Center, said his hospital treated 28 injured people, including six who were in critical condition. At least one of the victims had drowned, Dr Clinton said.

Local television stations showed live footage of injured people being carried up the riverbank. Dozens of rescue vehicles were on the scene and divers were searching through the Mississippi for survivors. Some people were stranded on parts of the bridge that were not completely in the water.

A large, burning lorry and a school bus clung to one slanted slab, while an unknown number of vehicles were submerged. The bus had just crossed the bridge before it failed but local media reported that the children had managed to escape from the bus through the back door.

Witnesses said that they heard a rumbling sound as the bridge collapsed. “First I heard this huge roar,” Leone Carstens, a nearby resident who watched the drama unfold from the window of her 18th-floor apartment, said. “I was at my computer. Initially I thought, ‘Wow was that an airplane?’ ”

Ramon Houge, from the neighbouring city of St Paul, was on his way home from work and was driving on the bridge when heard a rumbling noise before seeing the ground collapse and cars go down.

He said cars reversed as best they could and he parked in a construction zone and was finally able to turn around and drive off the bridge. “It didn’t seem like it was real,” he said.

Gregory Wernick drove over the bridge shortly before the collapse. He stopped to get a drink nearby and heard commotion so he went back. “I figure I crossed about ten minutes before it happened,” he said. “That’s just too close to call.” He was standing about 200ft (61m) away on top of a parking ramp with large group of people. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” he said.

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Darfur: The evidence of war crimes August 2 2007



500 drawings by children who escaped the violence are to be submitted to the International Criminal Court as proof of war crimes by Sudanese forces

By Andrew Grice, Political Editor

Dramatic new evidence of the attacks on the people of Darfur by Sudanese government troops has emerged in 500 drawings by children who escaped the violence by fleeing across the border to Chad.

In a ground-breaking move, the remarkable collection of images will now be submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC), which has started proceedings against a Sudanese government minister and a militia commander accused of committing war crimes in Darfur.

The testimony of the children, some as young as eight, emerged by chance when a peace campaigner handed the children paper, pencils and crayons to keep them occupied while she interviewed their mothers.

Anna Schmidt, a researcher for Waging Peace, which campaigns against genocide, had been hoping to gain information about the atrocities in Darfur from the women, who are among 250,000 to have fled to the relative safety in neighbouring Chad.

Yet it was their children who provided perhaps the most significant indication yet of exactly what has gone on in Darfur. Most of them could not read or write. But they could draw. And, unprompted, they started to reveal what they had seen with their own eyes.

The drawings depict Sudanese tanks, planes and helicopters launching co-ordinated attacks with the Arab Janjaweed militia against Darfuris defending themselves with bows and arrows.

The government of Sudan has repeatedly denied launching military attacks in Darfur.

The graphic images include the bombing of civilians and children; homes being set on fire as villages are destroyed; beheadings; victims lying in pools of blood; women chained together being led away; and mass graves. Many of the children who drew the stories of their lives do not have fathers or brothers. Men and older boys have been slaughtered in Darfur. Childish lines that look as though they should be depicting fairgrounds or farmyards, instead show helicopter gun attacks, tanks bearing the Sudanese flag, and soldiers wearing the uniform of the Sudanese army alongside vehicles with machineguns driven by Janjaweed. The perpetrators are always light-skinned. The victims are always black.

"This is the proof," said Rebecca Tinsley, a director of Waging Peace, who will submit the drawings to the ICC and plans to exhibit them to rally support for tougher international action against Sudan. "If this is not evidence, I don't know what is. The children have provided a photographic record. They have not been manipulated. The pattern that emerged in the drawings is amazing. It corroborates what we know is happening and disproves what we are being told by the government of Sudan."

The ICC has named two suspects wanted for alleged war crimes in Darfur. They are Ahmed Muhammed Harun, formerly Sudan's junior interior minister responsible for Darfur and now humanitarian affairs minister, and Ali Mohammed Ali Abd-al-Rahman, a leader of one of the Janjaweed militias. But there is no guarantee they will be handed over by Sudan.

About 110 people are dying in Darfur every day, according to Waging Peace. More than 200,000 people have been killed since the crisis began four years ago, two million have been displaced and four million rely on food aid.

On Tuesday, the United Nations backed a British and French resolution which will allow a 26,000-strong UN-African Union peacekeeping force to go to Darfur. But British officials admit this is only a first step towards a long-term peace settlement in Sudan and that the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum has made concessions before, only to frustrate progress at a later stage. There are already signs that it may do so again, with one Sudanese minister reportedly saying the UN resolution may be "stillborn".

Ms Tinsley expressed concern at statements by the Sudanese government yesterday that the force would come from African nations. She said the African Union was already overstretched and 13,000 short of the number of troops it needed in Somalia. She saw the statements as "predictable delaying tactics" by Khartoum. She feared the force might not be in place until next February, even though the UN wants to start deploying it in October. Ms Tinsley is campaigning for tougher sanctions on leading figures in the Sudanese government such as a travel ban on its prominent figures.

Omer Siddig, the Sudanese ambassador in London, welcomed the UN resolution yesterday as "a step forward in the right direction". He said it was not true that Sudanese government had given implicit or explicit support to the Janjaweed in their campaign of ethnic cleansing. "We are the government and we know things on the ground," he told BBC Radio 4.

When she visited Darfur, Ms Tinsley gathered evidence of the systematic rape of black women when they left refugee camps to gather firewood. She said rape was being used as a weapon of war, with victims being told: "I want to dilute your blood." Men called their victims abid (slave). A "second wave of genocide" was happening because many women were developing HIV-Aids and could not get drugs to treat the disease. Victims were often subsequently shunned by men.

Some aid agencies are reluctant to speak out against Sudan, fearing that they might be expelled from the country. There are claims that aid workers are being intimidated. One was accused of "telling lies" about conditions in Darfur when he returned after the Sudanese government spotted an interview he gave to his local newspaper.

When Ms Tinsley interviewed women in Darfur, several told her: "You have to be our voice. We don't have a voice."

Now, the women's children have found theirs.

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There come to us moments in life when about some things we need no proof from without. A little voice within us tells us, 'You are on the right track, move neither to your left nor right, but keep to the straight and narrow way.

A person falsely claiming to act under divine inspiration or the promptings of the inner voice without having any such, will fare worse than the one falsely claiming to act under the authority of an earthly sovereign. Whereas the latter on being exposed will escape with injury to his body, the former may perish body and soul together.

You have to believe no one but yourselves. You must try to listen to the inner voice, but if you will not have the expression"inner voice", you may use the expression "dictates of reason", which you should obey, and if you will not parade God, I have no doubt you will parade something else which in the end will prove to be God, for, fortunately, there is no one and nothing else but God in this universe.

For me truth is the sovereign principle, which includes numerous other principles. This truth is not only truthfulness in word, but truthfulness in thought also, and not only the relative truth of our conception, but the Absolute Truth, the Eternal Principle, that is God. There are innumerable definitions of God, because His manifestations are innumerable. They overwhelm me with wonder and awe and for a moment stun me.




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