Thursday, September 13, 2007

Millennial Opportunities: The Global Rennaissance for Peace and Prosperity for all!

Global Strategic Enterprises, Inc for Peace and Prosperity-

The Beginning of the 8th Millennium : From Adam to the present

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The Beginning of the 8th Millennium- A time of new Rennaissance

11 September 2007 is the beginning of the Eighth Millennium according to the classical Ethiopian/African Calendar.

The Millennium is the beginning of another one thousand years, to be exact the beginning of the 8th Millennium according to the classical Ethiopian calendar- popularly known as the beginning of the prophetic one thousand years of prosperity and peace for all mankind.

The calendar counts from the time of Adam and Eve and records 5,500 years up to the birth of Jesus the Christ and then another 2,000 years to date, making it 7,500 years the beginning of the 8th Millennium.

The solar calendar has the concept of 60 seconds to a minute and 60 minutes to an hour and 24 hours per day gives rise to 7 days a week, 30 days to a month and 52 weeks to a year. The Ethiopian Calendar has 30 months and 5 days and 6 hrs per year making the 5 days as the 13th month of Pagume, which becomes a six day once every 4 years. This year is one of those fortutious leap years, the year of St John which once in a four years, the leap year or Pagume becmes six days.

This classical African or Ethiopian/Alexandrian Calendar and its solar concept has been challenged for its alleged error in accuracy and the Gregorians of the Catholic Church changed the calendar in 15th Century (1582) by adding 7 years and 8 months and 11 days to the current Ethiopian Calendar which gave us the millennium 7 years ago.

Ethiopians believe there is no such error to their solar calendar, and, to date, utilze this ancient classical African Calendar as a uniuqe tool of tracing our history and record of our times. In Ethiopia both Gregorian and Ethiopian Calendar are used side by side to show their competency in Calendar Diversity. Who knows with the Chinese dominating life in Africa, Ethiopians might add the Chinese Calendar to the Jewsish, Muslim and Christian Calendars.

The First Century blessed humans with very long age!

Adam, considered the father of humanity, lived for 930 years in the Garden of Eden which Ethiopians believe is in the region of Lake Tana where the Nile or River Ghion begins its Nile Basin Journey. His son Seth lived for 912 years; Enos for 905 years and Cainan for 910 years, Mahalaleel for 895; Jared for 962 years. Enoch is the first of our ancestors who came down to 365 years and his son Methuselah makes it up for both by living for 962 years- the longest life span than any one on earth.

The Second Millennium: People began losing longevity!

The three longest living humans are: Methuselah (962),followed by Jared (962) Noah (950). After the Flood; Shem is the only one who made it to 600 years. Gradually the age of man dropped to around 175 years by the time of Abraham in 1850 BC. Today, the average age is around 77 in the West and Africans make are lucky if they make to 50 and very few centinarians make it to 100. The Second Millennium may have experienced some tragic ecological events that sharply reduced the longevity of man and wonder what that unique challenge is.

The Third Millennium was African Millennium.

Nile Basin Civilization. The Africans have already began to organize a highly hierarchical form of governance; referred to as the Priest King (pharaonic Kingdoms) as early as 3,200 years before Christ popularly known as the Predynastic period. There are two popularly known separate kingdoms, one of the Upper Nile or present day Ethiopia and Nubia and the second of the lower Nile or the kingdom of Egypt or the Delta Kingdom.

The I Dynasty started at 3,000 B.C. By 2,000 BC, the African Governance has reached to the XII Dynasty where Egypt reaches the apogee of its history by invading Palestine and Syria. The classic period of literary Egyptian language begins around this time. By 1,800 BC and the XIII Dynasty, the Egyptian Civilization begins to decline.

Contemporary Sumerian and Babylonian Empires:

Around the same time the Sumerian Empire had evolved in the Ancient Middle East as the Jemdest Nasr Period (3200 BC).

By 2000 BC, the the III UR Dynasty Period was prominent in parts of Sumerians. The Sumerian Empire disappears giving way to the foundation of the first Babylonian Kingdom in 1800 BC.

Egypt is followed by the Assyria that replaces the Sumerians and Babylonia in the Mesopotamia to become the three prominent kingdoms of the time for another 500 years between 1800 and 330 BC.

The Assyrians and Babylonians combined to form the Persian Empire of Cyrus the Great which reached its zenith in 559 - 529 BC. They were all later conquered by Alexander the Great in 333 BC. Ending the period of classical African/Middle East Civilization in its track.

The Great Ethiopian/Nubian Dynasty:

By 714 BC the XXV Dynasty of Egypt was ruled by the Nubian or the Ethiopian Shabaka which unifies the lower Nile and upper Nile Egyptian Empire. By the time of the last XXX1 Dynasty , Egypt was also conquered by Alenader the Great in 332. However, the Ethiopian Dynasty was never conquered and gave rise to the Axumite, Judith (Jewish) and later Zagwe and Solomonic Dynasty until 1974 when Emperor Haile Sellassie was killed by the Communist Military Junta which was later wiped out by the Joint EPLF and EPRDF forces who are the current rulers of the Horn.

The Hebrews evolve around 2000 BC.

By the time of 2000 BC, or 1850 BC to be exact Abraham who traveled from Ur, Babylonia to Sumaria or Palestine, lived only for 175 years (Abraham to Moses Gn 12-25).

Abraham and Sarah, the Babylonians from UR traveled to Egypt and then to Palestine around 1230 BC establishing Kingdoms based on Hebrew prophets from Joshua to a series of 12 Judges between 1200 and 1020 when the Kings were established in 1020 BC with King Saul as the first King of the Hebrews.

King David surfaced around 1000 BC. followed by King Solomon and Queen of Sheba who ruled in 970 BC and soon by 930 the Solomonic Kingdom divided into three groups: 1) Judah at Jerusalem, 2) Israel at Schechem in the Transjordan and 3) Menelik at Axum, in Ethiopia. Emperor Haile Sellassie; the last Ethiopian monarch (1930-1974) referred to himself not only as the desendant of Menelik and Sheba but the 225th line of the Tribe of Judah of Jerusalem.

The Solomonic Dyansty in Ethiopia ruled until 1974 and more recently has established itself as Solomonic Dynasty without Borders in 2000 AD, the beginning of the 8th Millennium. Crown Prince Zere-Yacob Asfaw Wossen Haile Sellassie lives in Addis and Prince Ermias Sahle Sellassie Haile Sellassie graced the recent Millennium Celebration at the Washington DC Monument where over 10,000 people celebrated with Ethiopian, West African, Caribbean and American music on 11 September 2007. The classical torch lighting ceremony was led by Dr Samuel Assefa (Ambassador of Ethiopia) and the resident South African Ambassador to the US and Rep Mike Honda- Chair of the Ethiopian Congressional Caucus.

The author of this article was a member of the Millennial Organizing Group in North America who witnessed this unique ceremony where prayers were made to the 9/11 Victims and Celebrations were led by local American Indian Chief, African American Civil Rights movements pioneer Rev Fontroy who graced the occassion with his beautiful song, I have a dream and made a highly rapturous speech of "I have a Dream of Rev Martin Luther King with a special touch of making it a unique prophesy for people of African descent all over the world.

1000 BC The Axumite Kingdom, later the Zagwe Dynasty and back to the Solomonic Dyansty at 1270 BC until 1974. Ethiopia holds the landmarks of human civilization where the remains of the humanoid-Dinq-nesh "Though Art a Marvel" or Lucy and her ancesstors lived and her remains are touring the US currently in Texas.

The Axumite Obelisk is the remanent of the the First Century or Millennium; The city of Axum hosts- the church of St Mary that houses the original "Ark of the Covenant of the Jewsih tradition. The Rock hewn churches of Lalibela are testimony of the region's competitive environment with Isalm, where the first Pilogrims during the time of the Prophet Mohammand around 570 AD lived.

Harar in the east is home to one of ancient Islamic Caliphates which just celebrated its 1,000 years of existence. Literally every corner of the country is a living museum of ancient civilizations and traditions projecting a mosaic kleideoscope of diverse culture, language and calendars.

This is the place where ancient remnants of ancient civlization and modern technology live side by side making it truly a landmark for global culture and history; a place to visit and connect with the past and the future.

The millennium ignites a series of emotions and expectations that is unique for the time. When the global community is grabling with different security and technological challenges; Ethiopians continue to mark their historic unique calendar and there are divergent expectations.

Expectations at the new Millennium

As one writer put it , unlike the previous years, the upcoming New Year is marked by a double transitional period for it is an intersection of history that concludes the second millennium and ushers in a new one.

This grand millennial event is an exceptional point in time, coming only once in a thousand years; to be exact the beginning of the 8th millennium which our forefathers promised the beginning of one thousand years of peace and prosperity.

It is even more exceptional that only those who are lucky can celebrate it. Since it is about celebrating an historic double transition, there is no doubt that the event will be marked with unprecedented sense of elation and joy.

Our country witnessed both truly impressive but also unpleasant experiences in its long history.

Nevertheless, all communities need to assess our past and prepare ourselves whole-heatedly towards grasping greater victories in the future.

This historic transition reminds us of the need to exert concerted efforts to forge a consensus towards banking on our positive records, which is the center of the commitment behind the great celebration of the new millennium by the government and the people.

It is the duty of every citizen in every community to create enabling environment for ach family towards sustainable peace and prosperity. The experience in Ethiopia is a typical attestation to this commitment is of course the launching of the millennium celebration by planting seedlings meant to retrieve the forest cover of our country.

We hope September 11 launches a series of one-year celebration of this historic event through various events will focus on concrete achievements of sustainable peace, development and democratization that need to be passed down to the coming generations.

Presently, the environment in Ethiopia, Africa and the global at large is vulnerable and at places favorable to realize our vision of handing over a developed, prosperous and democratic country to the next generation.

The policies and strategies of governments for sustainable peace, development and democracy should yielded clear and encouraging outcomes based on the quantitative and qualitative enabling environments created for each family in every global community.

The multi-faceted transformation the country is undergoing demonstrates our capacity to overcome poverty and become one of the mid-income countries early in the next millennium. Towards this end, we must exploit all the opportunities and utilize our time properly.

The new millennium has availed to us an environment that is favorable to realize a developed and prosperous nation through ensuring the sustainability of peace and democratization.

Through exploiting this opportunity and forgoing a consensus on core family community, national and global values, we must do all we can to achieve the development and prosperity we so much desire.

Every one of us has the opportunity and the capacity to build a family, community, country and global village that we are truly proud of and to promote our homeland’s positive images that it deserves.

The global Millennial Peace and Prosperity is heralded at the dawn of the 8th Millennium where the family becomes the center of the unit of prosperity in all communities and hope good governance and democratic institutions will enable the unit of the family to survive in all communities.

May the Lord bless all humanity and help us make this millennium truly one for the peace and prosperity of each global family, Amen

Belai Habte-Jesus, MD, MPH
Global Strategic Enterprises, Inc. for Peace and Prosperity

American millionaire envisions Ethiopia as the next China

Addis Ababa, September 14, 2007(WIC)- The American millionaire Victor Ozeri said Ethiopia could become the next China if the current economic growth trends continue with all the tremendous potentials just starting to be exploited.

The millionaire who owns five companies in USA and Asia, with 20 factories in China producing 38 million handbags annually, said what he sees in Ethiopia now is what he had seen in China 20-25 years ago.

Ozeri, who is also building a garment factory in partnership with an Ethiopian woman investor, stated that the country's economy is about to explode and Ethiopia is the place that the world has to come to next.

The American investor who specializes in handbag manufacturing also said he would establish handbag manufacturing company in Ethiopia in addition to the significant amount of investment he is putting into the garment factory as he has observed a stable government and encouraging investment atmosphere.

Though there are lots of incentives to attract investors to Ethiopia, naming the AGOA opportunity which he said is a tremendous saving to be earned from investing in Ethiopia, a lot remains to be done in promoting the available incentives to the world, according to Ozeri.

The Ethiopian investor partnering with Victor Ozeri, Lily Betru, on her part said the garment factory to go operational in 4-6 months time would create jobs to about one thousand Ethiopians.

According to her, the factory would solely manufacture garment for export.

Ozeri who is famous for being the first person from his sector to go to communist China in 1981and who considers himself to have contributed to China's economic boom also runs charitable organizations in Ethiopia and New York.

Currently his NGO helps 120 girls to attend private schools while being provided shelter and food in a facility he built, it was learnt.

(c) Walta Information Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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