Posts tagged: Faith



Obama: What’s next?

What barrier to break next? Now that race has finally become irrelevant, nationalism and religion loom large. How to reconcile nationalities and ethnicities? How to achieve peace between religions? Not 'tolerance', but 'peace'. Tolerance is like saying: 'The Muslim errs in good faith'. It means you ...

Mieke & Zoran; Statia’s extraordinary artists

This edition of ARCO we step into the colorful world of Zoran and Mieke. They have lived on St. Eustatius  (Statia) since 2000 and for them Statia is one of their main inspirations. Statia is the place where they both find the exact atmosphere needed to dedicate their lives to their art. When asked ...

Solidarism, Interfaith Spirituality & Ecology

What is interfaith spirituality?

The definition of the Center for Economic & Social Justice (‘CESJ' ) is as good as any:

‘There is a Source of all creation and of all universal and absolute values such as Truth, Love and Justice, which represent the ultimate ends of human actions. Many people call ...

Back to health with Reflex Zone therapy.

What is Reflex Zone Therapy?
Reflex Zone Therapy, more informally called Reflexology, is a method of healing by which the soles of the feet (or the palms of the hands) play an important role. There is an invisible map of all the organs in your body, drawn in the hands and the feet. Applying ...

Caribia in the New Age

Perhaps the Mayans did get it right by intimating that the shift to the New Age will not take place until 2012. That would coincide with the US presidency following the one we are expecting shortly. If that is so, then the ‘signs' we see now are just precursors. However, we believe the shift has ...

ALBERT [E = MC2] EINSTEIN’S GOD

Often when asked if he were religious, Albert Einstein gave this answer, “I’m not an atheist. I don’t think I can call myself a pantheist [one who believes the existing universe is God; or one who believes in the worship of all gods]”. What he did believe, it seems, is that nature followed laws ...

The flaw in humanity

This article is the first of many. For many people, much of what is in these articles will be disturbing, to say the least.  For most people many statements will even be unacceptable. The statements made in these articles will understandably require many demonstrations, as they are contrary to much ...

Change; Opium for the Masses?

Obama will bring some change. Important change, even. But not yet the change the whole world needs. It appears we'll have to wait until 2012. That is when shift is supposed to happen. We do not mean this in any mystical sense, although we do not slight mysticism. We are referring to the expected ...

Faith-based Politics or ‘Themocracy’?

Haven't we had enough of that already? Well, that depends on what you mean by ‘faith'. George Bush apparently believes that ‘faith' means the ‘Christian faith'. He's wrong. There are many faiths (in this sense) and all faith-based states, no matter whether Christian, Jewish, Hindu or Muslim, always ...

Escalating Food Prices

‘I told you so!' is a terrible thing to say. But - alas! -, ARCO did tell you so. About water too (see ARCO 33 and before). It won't be long and we'll have a serious problem with water shortages also. But, let's leave water aside for a minute. The acute problem now is food. Staple foods, such as ...

Jamaica’s Crime & Failing Capitalism and Socialism

Jamaica's poor have been left to the mercy of violent criminal gangs, Amnesty International says in a new report.  The human rights group said inner-city Jamaicans were being "held hostage" in the battle between gangs and the state. Amnesty said Jamaican authorities had stigmatized and "wilfully ...

Chavez: crazy no, misguided yes

'10 battalions and tanks to the border! Try crossing our border Uribe, and see what happens! Don't even think it!' Obviously the USA, CIA, FBI etc. are all behind this, Chavez claims (which could well be true, by the way). Meanwhile, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe is asking the International ...

Showdown time

This moment had to come. The moment of truth. Curaçao and the opposition in Bonaire have been yelling all the time that ‘Holland cannot be trusted’. They did
everything in their power to make sure their prophesy would be fulfilled, namely that Holland would prove that, indeed, they cannot be ...

Not a burden, but a chance!

Apology to our readers in Saba and Statia
Maybe we should include more stories in English to better inform Sabans and Statians. And we will in future. In this special edition, however, we choose to convey our message mainly in Dutch for the simple reason that it is of the utmost importance that our ...

Why write about the need for equal rights?

Need for equality obvious
Some ARCO-writers wondered why we should write about this at all. ‘Isn’t it obvious?’, they protested. The BES-islands are going to be part of Holland. This has been agreed in the ‘Final Declaration’ (‘Slotverklaring’).

Art. 1 Slotverklaring reads:
‘BES krijgen in de ...

A Yearlong Christmas Spirit


By Caritas Puella

While blooms are still on the Poinsettia and the Mistletoe has not yet lost its charming spell, a powerful thought comes to mind:  What if the world were like Christmas every day?

With months-long hustle and bustle of preparing for one glorious holiday, all of a sudden everything ...

Presidential Coup

We normally write our own stories. This time we make an exception. The story we copy here below is by Jim Hightower and was posted on www.alternet.org/story/65450. We copy this story without having asked permission and take the risk of violating his copyright, because we are convinced that Mr. ...

Muslims write to Christian Leaders

It’s not only the Pope they addressed their letter to. They wrote to all most prominent Christian leaders. They open by saying: “Without peace and justice between these two religious communities, there can be no meaningful peace in the world. The future of the world depends on peace between Muslims ...

The Importance of Natural Law

We were off the net for a week. A combination of personal disasters plus an extra heavy workload was the cause. But we’re back just in time for a comment on Pope Benedict’s pronouncement on natural law. He said last week that natural law must be the foundation of democracy, so that those in power ...

Countless are the Beings ...

What can we do to help the Burmese monks? Their answer would be: Pray. Well, let’s do that then. At a certain stage in their training Buddhist monks take the following oath: ‘Countless are the Beings; I promise to save them all’. So the Burmese monks are now doing what they have promised. This is a ...

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