The UN general assembly recognized Palestine in 2012 as a non-member observer state, paving the way to a wider official recognition from European states.
British MPs have started debating a symbolic motion on whether to recognize the Palestinian state. Britain’s current policy towards the issue is that it "reserves the right to recognize a Palestinian state bilaterally at the moment of their choosing, and when it can best help bring about peace."
In his opening remarks, Labour MP Grahame Morris, who tabled the backbench Commons motion, said Palestinian statehood recognition "is not an Israeli bargaining chip, it is a Palestinian right". The Labour MP told his peers they have a "historic opportunity to take a small but symbolically important step" by voting in favour of the motion.
Morris said a vote in favour of the statehood will send a message that the UK regards both Palestinians and Israelis "as equal in dignity and in rights; not just in death, but in life too".
According to Reuters, Nov 18, 2014, the Spanish lawmakers on Tuesday urged their government, too, to recognize Palestine as a state, albeit only when the Palestinians and Israel negotiate a solution to their long-standing conflict. The symbolic motion, which echoes similar votes last month in Britain and Ireland, was backed by all the political groupings in the house after the ruling People's Party (PP) watered down the wording hours after an attack in Jerusalem.
France is eyeing its own non-binding resolution this month after Sweden's center-left government took the lead by officially recognizing the state of Palestine within days of taking office last month.
Palestine has been recognized as a state by 135 out of UN's 193 member states, most recently by Sweden, which became the first major EU member to do so.
This change of attitude towards Palestine statehood quest by European block to respect the human rights of Palestinian to exist as a sovereign state has come at the right time when Catalonia and Barotseland are soliciting for statehood recognition too. Zambia, therefore, has to live to the dictates of international law and respect the will of the people of Barotseland to self determination. Nothing will constrain the Barotse people from restoring that which rightfully belong to them. To the people of Barotseland, this is time to remain steadfast so that we can pass this stage, the statehood test!
Tukongote Litunga Ni lyetu, Barotseland ki Naha.
By Saleya Kwalombota
Let no one think or even imagine that the Barotseland struggle will die a natural death or that the Barotse people will be deceived by piecemeal construction of substandard infrastructure, which is being misrepresented as development by the Zambian regime and people who don ’ t know what development is. In their wishful thinking , it is designed to blindfold people from seeing and demanding the actualization of Barotseland statehood following the Zambian government ’ s unilateral abrogation of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 (BA ’ 64) and the peoples of Barotseland acceptance thereof and subsequent declaration of self - rule . The Barotse self - government can n either be suppressed by intimidation nor threats of terminologies like "treason" , for it is an ideal whose time has come.
The Zambia n government may ignore the Barotseland issue at their own peril , because it is like ignoring a virus wasting your body, thinking that it will one day change its mind and go to sleep or retire . The issue of Barotseland statehood precedes the existence of both Zambia in 1964 and Northern Rhodesia in 1911 . If anything, it has only been gaining momentum over the recent past . The remainder of Zambia (or whatever they will call themselves) should not think that the peoples of Barotseland and the international community went to sleep over the Zambian government ’ s unilateral abrogation of the BA ’ 64, which set in motion the separation of the two territories comprised in Zambia that was only delayed by Barotseland ’ s futile attempts to restore the Agreement for the past 47 years . The process to actualize Barotseland state hood continue to unfold and soon, may be sooner than we expect, it will be realized
No one ever thought that the Great Titanic could sink, but it did. Martin Luther King Jr, conquered the Great United States of America after he was assassinated. The white colonialists thought i t was impossible for blacks in South Africa to free themselves. Nelson Mandela conquered apartheid in South Africa while in Jail . When fire started in Benghazi, Libya , might President Muammar Gaddafi thought it was a click of rats and cockroaches , not realizing that one day the rats and cockroaches would reorganize themselves and turn up into formidable militia that could eat him, until he was captured and swallowed alive. Where is Gaddafi today? The results were seen and the world has its own story , which deserves no elaboration. Barotseland shall free herself from the black oppression of W est Nyasa (remainder of Zambia or remainder of Northern Rhodesia or North Eastern Rhodesia)
Our call for self - determination is a human and democratic right enshrined in the United Nations Charter and legally binding since the contract between Zambia and Barotseland was long terminated by the Zambian regime itself . Barotseland ’ s human and democratic right s have been stifled for a long time and this is now coming to an end. W e shall exercise our God given right and will power to redeem our selves. We call on the international community to recognize Barotseland's inherent right to self - determination and self - rule , which is long over - due as Barotseland sets to re - organize its governance institutions. We warn the Zambian regime to stay clear from this process as they will be made to account for their actions before international courts .
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Equatorial Guinea have been named as the hosts for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, the Confederation of African Football has confirmed to the BBC.
Caf selected a replacement for Morocco after rejecting their request to delay the 17 January to 8 February finals.
Morocco were concerned over the spread of the outbreak of the Ebola virus.
Caf subsequently expelled Morocco from the relocated tournament, which will now be held in the country which co-hosted with Gabon in 2012.
The Gospel according to Saint Matthew Chapter 25 verses 41 to 45 record s Jesus Christ’s teaching as follows :
“ For I was hungry, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, In as much as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. ” ( KJV)
Does this sound as one of those Sabbath or Sunday sermons in one of our local churches? Nay, this a preamble to a response to the recent calls from three mother church bodies in the failed unitary state of Zambia comprised of the Council of Churches of Zambia (CCZ), Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) and the Episcopal Conference of Zambia (ZEC) for dialogue over the now defunct Barotseland Agreement 1964 (BA ’ 64) (Daily Nation, Wednesday, 29th October 2014). These are calls from hypocrites , misrepresenting the name of Jesus and the church. The bear facts are hereunder :
The BA ’ 64 unilaterally abrogated by the Kaunda regime was an international treaty that allowed Barotseland and the rest of Northern Rhodesia to proceed to independence as one country called Zambia. In 1969, the Kaunda regime annulled the unity treaty, which action led to arrests of several people of Barotseland who protested against his actions . Since then the people of Barotseland tried in vain to restore the BA ’ 64 . The least successive Zambian governments could do was to kill, mutilate and send more than 500 Barotseland nationals to prison over tramped up crimes.
We are telling representatives from the so called three mother churches bodies from the failed unitary state of Zambia once and for a ll that in as far the people s of Barotseland are concerned, they represent the oppressive state of Zambia and the matter of the BA ’ 64 was shunted to the back yard on 27th March 2012. In other words, it is a dead issue. On the 27th of March the people of Barotseland resolved as follows :
“ The people of Barotseland shall exercise their right to revert to its original status as a sovereign nation, so that the people of Barotseland shall determine their political, cultural, social and economic development. ”
T his resolution was cemented by a letter dated 12th May 2012 to the late President of the failed unitary state of Zambia Michael Sata from the Ngambela of Barotseland (Prime Minister) under the subject: RECOGNITION AND ACCEPTANCE OF THE REPUDIATION OF THE BAROTSELAND AGREEMENT 1964 BY THE ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT.
On the basis of the BNC resolution s , the people of Barotseland took noble and civilized steps to put the Barotse impasse to rest. These include:
1. Affiliating to the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples organization (UNPO) ;
2. Petitioning the Banjul based Africa Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) ; and
3. Inviting the then President of Zambia (Sata) to sign a Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) submission agreement
Unfortunately, these initiatives were treated like child play whereby today some people under sheep skin are making noise about dialogue over the Barotseland impasse . What kind of misguided thinking and foolishness is this? What is even more frustrating is that calls for dialogues are coming from agents of the oppressive regime . Surely, how does one, expect the people of Barotseland to take serious, a person who stole a motor vehicle at a tender age – and asks for forgiveness for stealing the motor vehicle while taking possession of the stolen motor vehicle and that he be allowed to be in charge of running your affairs . Come on guys we are not jokers. You have pushed us too far
‘Do not throw stones if you live in a glass house, ’ so goes an old adage. It is clear from your persistent loud crying that you are simply acting your ‘ master’s voice. ’ Let it be known by you and your sponsors that the matter of Barotseland ’ s self - determination is real and will not die away like you and me. If you are truly peace - makers (bayahi ba kozo) that you claim to be, why don ’ t you assist the Patriotic Front (PF) and the rest of Zambia to resolve their succession wrangles — is it because you cannot see them even where it is clear to blind person? What hypocrisy?
I question the three mother bodies in regard to the now defunct BA ’ 64 as follows :
1. What did you say to Kaunda, when he , in 1969 before and beyond embarked on a destructive path to destroy the very foundation of the so called unitary state of Zambia?
2. Did you not hear the people of Barotseland seek the matter of the BA ’ 64 respected since 196 5 ?
3. Where were you when in January 2012 Zambia n government unleashed armed police , killed , injured and arrest ed Barotse nationals ?
4. Where were you when Barotse people were suffering in Zambia prisons over the past 50 years? “ in prison, and ye visited me not
5. What advice did you render to the late Sata when his government lamentably failed to submit counter evidence to the Barotse forensic evidence contained in the Petition before ACHPR for close to two years now?
6. Why did you not prevail over the late Sata and his government to take advantage of the Barotse initiated PCA process to resolve the Barotse impasse ?
7. Why did you remain mute when Sata and Kabimba (the latter then as PF Secretary General) threw unwarranted scone on Dr. Rodger Chongwe and his team of Commissioners for the report on the so called Mongu riots of 14th January 2012 o r the release of the Rodger Chongwe Commission Inquiry Report?
8. Where were you when Sata transgressed on the Ten Commandments?
9. Where were you when Zambia acquired fighter Jets and intimidated the Barotse peoples ?
10. Why were you silent when the Post Newspaper insulted the leaders of the New Apostolic Church in Barotseland for building a show piece church in Malengwa ?
The answer to all the above question s is summed up by the teaching of Lord Jesus when he addressed the Jews, in John Chapter 8 verses 39 – 44:
“ They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself , but he sent me. Why d o ye not understand my speech? Even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. ” (KJV)
Again, this article is far from being a Sabbath or Sunday sermon but simply an attempt to bring to the fore the behaviour of hypocrites who claim to say or do things in the name of the Christ Jesus or the Church. Th e hypocrisy in them is so deep that they lamentably fail to see ‘ wood for trees. ’
In addition, let the people at the Daily Nation know that I do not agree with them when they said in their paper’s editorial of 29th October 2014 that dialogue over the BA’64 is vital; thus categorically agreeing with calls of the three mother church bodies. I don ’ t agree because the people of Barotseland put the matter of the Agreement behind them way back in M arch 2012. As has been said already, the BA’64 is a dead issue. Moreover, Barotseland has since taken her case to the international level thereby rendering domestic engagements redundant and irrelevant. I am consoled that we all pray to the same God – the same one who referring to the children of Israel when in Egypt said: “ I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey ............” Exodus 3: 7 - 8 (KJV)
My plea to the people of Barotseland is not to waste time with these jokers. You cannot afford to fall over each other when you are fighting to free your country. YES, Bulozi ki NAHA and KINAKO. I urge all the people of Barotseland through the Barotse Government (not Barotse Royal Establishment — a term erroneously introduced by Kaunda) and the Barotse National Freedom Alliance not to relent in actualizing Barotseland statehood . I challenge the three mother church bodies, as a matter of priority , request whoever will succeed Late President Sata to sign the PCA submission agreement and vacate Barotseland within one week of his/he r inauguration. This is so because the matter of the Total Emancipation of Barotseland is IMMINENT.
KI NAKO. TUKONGOTE
A Zambian parliamentarian has observed that late president Michael Sata used the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 to ascend to power.
Mazabuka Central United Party for National Development (UPND) Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo told the Zambian parliament Wednesday afternoon that the results of the lies on the Barotseland Agreement were now clear for everybody to see.
And former Zambian information minister Vernon Mwaanga has said that the new Zambian government that will be elected during the January 2015 presidential by-election should engage into dialogue with the Barotse Royal Establishment over the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
Each time there is a presidential election Zambian politician’s raise the Barotseland Agreement 1964 issue to win votes in Barotseland. With an impending presidential by – election within 90 days of late president Michael Sata’s death this matter will once again be a campaign issue. What is not clear yet is whether Barotse citizens will entertain Zambian electioneering, with Barotseland independence activists already calling for the total snubbing of the by-election.
Although Barotseland declared independence from Zambia in 2012, her processes of citizenship, like many other government institutions, are not yet finalized, and Zambia administration still holds control of the territory, and do not spare a moment to show just how much in control they still are, with thousands of military and security operatives camped all over Barotseland, besieging the emerging country.
The Barotseland Agreement that was signed between Barotseland and Northern Rhodesia in 1964 to form Zambia was abrogated in 1969 by Zambia, and on 27th March 2012, Barotseland resolved to accept the abrogation and revert to her previous status following unheeded pleas by Barotseland authorities for Zambia to restore the defunct treaty.
BEIJING — China and the United States made common cause on Wednesday against the threat of climate change, staking out an ambitious joint plan to curb carbon emissions as a way to spur nations around the world to make their own cuts in greenhouse gases.
The landmark agreement, jointly announced here by President Obama and President Xi Jinping, includes new targets for carbon emissions reductions by the United States and a first-ever commitment by China to stop its emissions from growing by 2030.
Breaking the taboos in this regard is necessary in a debate that deals increasingly with the results of political liberation, analyses the concept of solidarity, and marks the end of the cultivation of “heroic narratives”.
The struggle for political liberty for our people in Barotseland is so great that the triumph over Zambia's fascism alone is worth the sacrifice of our lives, when we successfully hosted the historic Barotse National Council of 2012 against the authoritarian, undemocratic and uncivilized Zambian law. We are determined to work for our freedom today and not tomorrow by accelerating our independence actualization action plans in place.
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The Bahamas Ministry of Transport and Aviation reported that the Lear 36 executive jet departed the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) in Nassau, Bahamas at 4:07PM for the Grand Bahama International Airport, a privately owned international airport in Freeport, Bahamas with nine people on board.