Embassy of Sweden in Harare

Embassy of Sweden in Harare Welcome to the Embassy of Sweden in Harare! The role of the Embassy is to represent the Swedish government and to promote relations between Sweden and Zimbabwe.

At the Embassy 26 people work with matters relating to political relations, development cooperation, business promotion, cultural and trade, as well as consular and administrational issues. The Embassy also represents Sweden in Malawi and in Mauritius. For further information, please visit our homepage: www.swedenabroad.com/harare The Embassy will use its page as a means to promote Swedish interests in Zimbabwe, give an insight into interesting Swedish-related events and to show the wider public the daily work of the Embassy. The page will also be used as a channel to inform the public (especially Swedish citizens residing in or visiting Zimbabwe) about various events and matters related to Sweden and Zimbabwe. Note that this Facebook-page is only used as an information tool for activities of the Embassy, not for consular or administrative matters. If you need to get in contact with the consular section we refer you to our website; www.swedenabroad.com/harare Please also note that the Embassy will not answer any questions asked here. Please email your questions to: [email protected] or visit our website for more information: www.swedenabroad.com/harare Visiting hours: Monday to Friday 09.00-11.00 hours Ambassadens uppgift är att representera Sveriges regering och stärka relationerna mellan Sverige och Zimbabwe. På ambassaden arbetar 23 personer med politisk bevakning, Sverigefrämjande, utvecklingssamarbeten och bistånd, kultur och information, konsulära ärenden samt administration. Ambassaden representerar även Sverige i Malawi och på Mauritius För mer information om ambassadens verksamhet, besök ambassadens webbplats: www.swedenabroad.com/harare Ambassaden använder Facebook i syfte att marknadsföra Sverige i utlandet, informera om intressanta Sverigerelaterade nyheter samt ge en inblick i hur Sveriges ambassad i Zimbabwe arbetar. Facebook-sidan kommer också att användas för att informera allmänheten (speciellt svenskar som bor eller besöker Zimbabwe) om händelser och angelägenheter som berör Sverige och Zimbabwe. Notera att Facebook-sidan endast används som en informationskanal för aktiviteter relaterade till ambassaden och inte för konsulära eller administrativa ärenden. Om du behöver komma i kontakt med konsulära-enheten, vänligen rådfråga ambassadens hemsida: www.swedenabroad.com/harare Vänligen notera också att ambassaden inte besvarar frågor som skrivs här. Maila dina frågor till: [email protected] eller återigen besök vår hemsida för mer information: www.swedenabroad.com/harare Besökstid: måndag-fredag 09.00-11.00

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Dear audience, welcome to the European Film Festival in Zimbabwe 2020. Join us, starting tomorrow 30 October, when we ki...
29/10/2020

Dear audience, welcome to the European Film Festival in Zimbabwe 2020. Join us, starting tomorrow 30 October, when we kick off the first ever virtual European Film Festival taking place.

Find out more about the movies to be screened, format etc on the festival homepage:

https://www.festivalscope.com/page/euff-online-film-festival/

The variety of movies, reflecting different topics and themes, will hopefully contribute and work as a driver for continued dialogue on various issues of importance, including culture, freedom of expression and on-line creativity. Enjoy!

EU Delegation to Zimbabwe

The Heads of Mission of Australia, Canada, the Delegation of the European Union, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, S...
10/10/2020

The Heads of Mission of Australia, Canada, the Delegation of the European Union, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom issues this statement on the abolition of the #DeathPenalty in #Zimbabwe

Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Today the 🇸🇪 Embassy's #GirlTakesover ambassador Catherine Murumewangu hosted an #IDG2020 virtual round table to present...
09/10/2020

Today the 🇸🇪 Embassy's #GirlTakesover ambassador Catherine Murumewangu hosted an #IDG2020 virtual round table to present her experiences, and that of many other young Zimbabwean women, from the Corona pandemic. SRHR related rights, early pregnancies, the right to education and access to clean water and internet, just to mention a few, are challenges facing many young women. Thank you Plan International Zimbabwe, Saywhat Organisation and Population Services International for your participation and work promoting girl's/women's equal enjoyment of human rights. But first and foremost, thank you Catherine for speaking out!

#FeministForeignPolicy Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

08/10/2020
Plan International Zimbabwe

Join us celebrating #IDG2020 together with Plan International Zimbabwe and partners Saywhat Organisation Population Services Zimbabwe. With a virtual round table we want to provide a platform for 🇸🇪 Embassy #GirlsTakeover ambassador Catherine Murumewangu and other young women to tell their stories and make their voices heard. #FeministForeignPolicy Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

As we count down to International Day of the Girl and we’re delighted to partner with the Swedish Embassy through a historic virtual #GirlsTakeover to give Zimbabwean girls a platform to develop their leadership potential and share their stories that celebrate their power, talent and creativity.

The COVID-19 pandemic has increasingly moved our lives online. Due to existing gender inequalities, girls are already less likely to be online than boys. Online harassment cannot be another barrier to them accessing online spaces. In all their diversity, girls must be able to access and use the internet without fear of abuse. Join us on Friday at 10am for updates where Her Excellency Ambassador Åsa Pehrson virtually hosts Cathrine Murumewangu on Friday 9 October 2020 at 1000hrs. Join the movement #FreeToBeOnline.

15/09/2020
International Day of Democracy

Today is the International Day of Democracy!

Democracy means the freedom to think, speak, and love who you want.
Democracy enables you to make your voice heard and gives you the right to influence and demand accountability.
Democracy provides hope and the conditions to shape a common future in a safe and peaceful society.

Democracy must never be taken for granted. It is worth protecting every day.

Join us! #drivefordemocracy #InternationalDayofDemocracy

This COVID-19 pandemic is challenging on so many levels and the Swedish Embassy 🇸🇪 is recognizing the important work per...
05/09/2020

This COVID-19 pandemic is challenging on so many levels and the Swedish Embassy 🇸🇪 is recognizing the important work performed by all our dedicated partners (and their partners).

Our final special THANK YOU goes out to our partners working with LIVELIHOODS & MARKET DEVELOPMENT.

Sida - Styrelsen för Internationellt Utvecklingssamarbete
Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Covid19 – an emergency within an emergencyNever has it been more important to stand up a...
02/09/2020

Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Covid19 – an emergency within an emergency

Never has it been more important to stand up and promote equal rights for all. As part of 🇸🇪 #DriveForDemocracy and #FeministForeignPolicy the Embassy together with Population Services International hosted a round table discussion on the work and efforts against an increased presence of GBV during the Covid19 pandemic. Thank you to stakeholders and partners for your participation and engagement – Let’s all take a stand!

ARC Childline Zimbabwe Trocaire Culture Fund Zimbabwe Council of Churches Zimbabwe Gender Commission @bobby.mkondiwa Glen Dhliwayo Ammara Brown Namatai Kwekweza

During this COVID19 pandemic Human Rights are being seriously violated. Action is much needed.The Swedish Embassy 🇸🇪 THA...
20/08/2020

During this COVID19 pandemic Human Rights are being seriously violated. Action is much needed.

The Swedish Embassy 🇸🇪 THANK and salute all our partners (and their partners) for keeping up the very important work with HUMAN RIGHTS & CHILDREN’S RIGHTS – GENDER EQUALITY & fighting GBV.

UNICEF Zimbabwe UNFPA - Zimbabwe IOM Zimbabwe @Plan International Zimbabwe Legal Resources Foundation - LRF
Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe PSI Zimbabwe
Trocaire Sida - Styrelsen för Internationellt Utvecklingssamarbete Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Free media is a cornerstone in a democratic society. During COVID19 this is even more obvious.The 🇸🇪 Embassy THANK all o...
20/07/2020

Free media is a cornerstone in a democratic society. During COVID19 this is even more obvious.

The 🇸🇪 Embassy THANK all our partners (and their partners) for their efforts in theses trying times to continue to work for FREE MEDIA & to strengthen DEMOCRACY.
#DriveforDemocracy

Next for us at the 🇸🇪 Embassy to THANK are our partners (and their partners) working withRenewable Energy & Climate – Li...
09/07/2020

Next for us at the 🇸🇪 Embassy to THANK are our partners (and their partners) working with
Renewable Energy & Climate – Livelihoods, Resilience & Rural Development.

Keep up the good work and we cheer you on in these trying times of the #COVID19 pandemic!

UNDP Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund We Effect Practical Action Oxfam in Zimbabwe @Green enterPRIZE Innovation & Development in Zimbabwe UNICEF Zimbabwe – Green Innovations Hub
International Labour Organization

Sida - Styrelsen för Internationellt Utvecklingssamarbete
Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

‪The 🇸🇪 Embassy is now providing solar panels for a number of our partners – as an adaption to mitigate #climatechange. ...
08/07/2020

‪The 🇸🇪 Embassy is now providing solar panels for a number of our partners – as an adaption to mitigate #climatechange. These solar projects will also reduce high electricity costs and ease the burden of accessing scarce expensive fuel. Let the generators rest!‬

Here with Zimbabwe Election Support Network(ZESN)

ENDING GBV IN ZIMBABWE? Watch #Heartbeat on Zimpapers TV Network tomorrow tuesday 7 July, 10am as UNFPA - Zimbabwe launc...
06/07/2020

ENDING GBV IN ZIMBABWE?
Watch #Heartbeat on Zimpapers TV Network tomorrow tuesday 7 July, 10am as UNFPA - Zimbabwe launches the #SWOP2020!

🇸🇪Ambassador Åsa Pehrson will join the panel to discuss ’What has been the journey towards ending #GBV in Zimbabwe’?

#GetThePicture #Zimbabwe

These trying times of #COVID19 has affected us all. On a personal level but also in work situations. The 🇸🇪 Embassy woul...
02/07/2020

These trying times of #COVID19 has affected us all. On a personal level but also in work situations.

The 🇸🇪 Embassy would like to take a moment to THANK our partners (and their partners) for keeping up the good work and we start with a shout out to our partners in HEALTH & SRHR!

UNICEF Zimbabwe UNFPA - Zimbabwe
Population Services Zimbabwe
Saywhat Organisation Population Services International Africaid Zvandiri
Sida - Styrelsen för Internationellt Utvecklingssamarbete
Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

25/06/2020

Stay home = stay safe.
This is not true for many women and girls. Lockdown and isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic means more abuse.
Our Gender Champions from Because I'm a Man Zimbabwe once again step forward to Speak Out against GBV.
Albert Nyathi Saba Magacha Shingi Munyeza

In collaboration with Speakout Campaign & Trocaire

Sida - Styrelsen för Internationellt Utvecklingssamarbete
Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

24/06/2020

‪The COVID-19 pandemic is worse for women & girls. We see alarming reports on increasing Gender Based Violence during Lockdown. ‬

‪Our Gender Champions from Because I'm a Man Zimbabwe once again step forward to Speak Out against GBV. ‬

‪Comrade Fatso, Conrad Mwanawashe and Samson Muripo.

A collaboration with Speakout Campaign & Trocaire.

Sida - Styrelsen för Internationellt Utvecklingssamarbete
Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

18/06/2020

Please note that the Embassy will be closed on Friday June 19th due to the celebrations of the Swedish holiday Midsummer's Eve! 🌸🌼

One of our most beloved traditions!

17/06/2020

‪TRADE & DEMOCRACY
A sustainable business sector, with human rights as a cornerstone, is absolutely necessary for any country’s future welfare. #drivefordemocracy #FreeTrade

And the 🇸🇪 initiative #Trade4Health – Free movement on pharmaceutical products, to fight Corona continues.

Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Today is International Day of the African Child.Join our partner Legal Resources Foundation - LRF on their page...
16/06/2020

Today is International Day of the African Child.
Join our partner Legal Resources Foundation - LRF on their page where they will discuss this year’s theme "Achieving a child-friendly justice system in Zimbabwe".
Today 16 June 2020 from 2PM.

#drivefordemocracy for the children!

Join the Legal Resources Foundation - LRF CATCH (Care At The Core of Humanity) Justice For Children on HSTV and LRF page as we discuss the International Day of the African Child under the theme "Achieving a child-friendly justice system in Zimbabwe" on Tuesday 16 June 2020 from 2PM.

#DAC2020
#AnAfricaFitforMe

Kubatana Embassy of Sweden in Harare EU Delegation to Zimbabwe Lucia Masuka Childline Zimbabwe UNICEF Zimbabwe

‪As a part of 🇸🇪Sweden’s #drivefordemocracy the Embassy held a dialogue with key players of the media sector in Zimbabwe...
11/06/2020

‪As a part of 🇸🇪Sweden’s #drivefordemocracy the Embassy held a dialogue with key players of the media sector in Zimbabwe. Journalists and defenders of #freedomofspeech are corner stones in all democratic societies‬.

‪Swedish Minister of International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson supported the event in a speech.
#democracytalks ‬

Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Sida - Styrelsen för Internationellt Utvecklingssamarbete

Sweden is now adding SEK 15 million to the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund to further build resilience needs. This fun...
09/06/2020

Sweden is now adding SEK 15 million to the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund to further build resilience needs. This funding aims to improve access to clean water & sanitation for at least 160,000 households by rehabilitating over 500 boreholes across 18 districts.
🇸🇪 is proud to support UNDP Zimbabwe

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07/06/2020

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05/06/2020

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05/06/2020

#WorldEnvironmentDay & it’s #TimeforNature

#Biodiversity is the foundation that supports all life. It affects aspect of human health, providing clean air and water, nutritious foods, and climate change mitigation. Our solutions are in nature and it’s time for #GreenRecovery

05/06/2020

Save the date! 🇸🇪
A warm Welcome to join in on our virtual celebration of Sweden’s National Day @ Home on JUNE 6.
Featuring music & performances, museum tours, food, guests & more. It’s a long fun day and you are welcome to join as much as you wish!

Link will be shared

#Edutainment & #SRHR TODAY!🇸🇪’s partner Population Services Zimbabwe is sharing information about SRHR services during t...
04/06/2020

#Edutainment & #SRHR TODAY!
🇸🇪’s partner Population Services Zimbabwe is sharing information about SRHR services during this live music show.
Join Trevor Dongo and learn What, When & Where SRHR services are offered in these restricted times.

⭐️CONGRATULATIONS⭐️Zimbabwean Lesley Hakunavanhu is studying in Sweden and is 1 of 19 top international students recogni...
01/06/2020

⭐️CONGRATULATIONS⭐️
Zimbabwean Lesley Hakunavanhu is studying in Sweden and is 1 of 19 top international students recognized as a ’Global Swede’ and received the award from Swedish Minister for Foreign Trade Anna Hallberg.

“I was overwhelmed with emotions, I could only express gratitude because no one achieves success without the help of others”
– Lesley Hakunavanhu

Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

‪SWEDEN SUPPORTS #MHDAY2020‬‪Talking about menstruation means talking about #GenderEquality. Lack of information and san...
28/05/2020

‪SWEDEN SUPPORTS #MHDAY2020‬
‪Talking about menstruation means talking about #GenderEquality. Lack of information and sanitary products excludes women in society and the stigma limits their lives – it is a physical and mental health issue.‬
‪ ‬
‪#ItsTimeforAction‬
‪#FeministForeignPolicy ‬

UNICEF Zimbabwe Plan International Zimbabwe UNFPA - Zimbabwe Population Services Zimbabwe PSI Zimbabwe Sida

‪Swedish Ambassador Åsa Pehrson is speaking at the Menstrual Hygiene Day Webinar arranged by our partner UNICEF Zimbabwe...
27/05/2020

‪Swedish Ambassador Åsa Pehrson is speaking at the Menstrual Hygiene Day Webinar arranged by our partner UNICEF Zimbabwe

Join in to commemorate #MHD2020

Thursday May 28 2020, 09:00 am Harare

Please register here:
https://bit.ly/2TG5in3

22/05/2020
Sweden.se

A very special 🇸🇪 girl’s birthday today – Pippi Longstocking! 🎈

We will return to this strong, independent and free-spirited charachter and celebrate her properly when the situation allows us to gather again.

Happy birthday, much loved Pippi Longstocking – 75 years old today! How much do you know about Pippi?
#CongratsPippi #BeMorePippi

Anxious about the reopening of tertiary institutions? Tune in at 14:00 on the Heartbeat Show where students are put on t...
21/05/2020

Anxious about the reopening of tertiary institutions? Tune in at 14:00 on the Heartbeat Show where students are put on the #COVID-19 Agenda.
Saywhat Organisation
Zimpapers TV Network

Joint local statement by Heads of Mission on the human rights situation in #ZimbabweEU Delegation to Zimbabwe Embassy of...
20/05/2020

Joint local statement by Heads of Mission on the human rights situation in #Zimbabwe

EU Delegation to Zimbabwe Embassy of the Netherlands in Zimbabwe @UK in Zimbabwe @U.S. Embassy Harare
Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

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The role of the Embassy is to represent the Swedish government and to promote relations between Sweden and Zimbabwe. At the Embassy 26 people work with matters relating to political relations, development cooperation, business promotion, cultural and trade, as well as consular and administrational issues. The Embassy also represents Sweden in Malawi and in Mauritius. For further information, please visit our homepage: www.swedenabroad.com/harare The Embassy will use its page as a means to promote Swedish interests in Zimbabwe, give an insight into interesting Swedish-related events and to show the wider public the daily work of the Embassy. The page will also be used as a channel to inform the public (especially Swedish citizens residing in or visiting Zimbabwe) about various events and matters related to Sweden and Zimbabwe. Note that this Facebook-page is only used as an information tool for activities of the Embassy, not for consular or administrative matters. If you need to get in contact with the consular section we refer you to our website; www.swedenabroad.com/harare Please also note that the Embassy will not answer any questions asked here. Please email your questions to: [email protected] or visit our website for more information: www.swedenabroad.com/harare Visiting hours: Monday to Friday 09.00-11.00 hours Ambassadens uppgift är att representera Sveriges regering och stärka relationerna mellan Sverige och Zimbabwe. På ambassaden arbetar 23 personer med politisk bevakning, Sverigefrämjande, utvecklingssamarbeten och bistånd, kultur och information, konsulära ärenden samt administration. Ambassaden representerar även Sverige i Malawi och på Mauritius För mer information om ambassadens verksamhet, besök ambassadens webbplats: www.swedenabroad.com/harare Ambassaden använder Facebook i syfte att marknadsföra Sverige i utlandet, informera om intressanta Sverigerelaterade nyheter samt ge en inblick i hur Sveriges ambassad i Zimbabwe arbetar. Facebook-sidan kommer också att användas för att informera allmänheten (speciellt svenskar som bor eller besöker Zimbabwe) om händelser och angelägenheter som berör Sverige och Zimbabwe. Notera att Facebook-sidan endast används som en informationskanal för aktiviteter relaterade till ambassaden och inte för konsulära eller administrativa ärenden. Om du behöver komma i kontakt med konsulära-enheten, vänligen rådfråga ambassadens hemsida: www.swedenabroad.com/harare Vänligen notera också att ambassaden inte besvarar frågor som skrivs här. Maila dina frågor till: [email protected] eller återigen besök vår hemsida för mer information: www.swedenabroad.com/harare Besökstid: måndag-fredag 09.00-11.00

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Unite, unite for Universal Peace I am Retnasamy Thankaiyan. My prime ambition in setting peace in the world by eradicating the peace eating monsters such as religions, racial conflicts, the supremacy of languages and altercations and arguments on territorial boundaries. The most conflicting factors linking to the territorial boundaries are languages and religions. The partition of territories in the democratic system through the conciliatory process mainly related to religions and languages. Palestine and Israel, India and Pakistan, Azerbaijan and Armenia, etc. After the partition is in 1991, the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia exists. Major Armenians are Christians and major Azerbaijanis are Muslims. The conflicts arising out of religions are the most meaningless and excruciating factor. When Columbus visited America, the red Indians were friendly at first. When his people started the exploitation of the local people and assets, they turned against him and took weapons. Columbus tackled the situation by expressing a lie. On that particular day, a solar eclipse was to happen very soon. It would exist for about twenty-five minutes. He said to the crowd of people that God is angry with you, and he is going to hide from the sun forever. If you obey my orders, I will speak to God and relieve his anger. The crowd disagrees with him at first. When the sun was hidden, they were puzzled, and then they requested Columbus to talk to God and allow the sun to rise again. He knew that it would extend only twenty-five minutes, and so he asked them to sign up an agreement suddenly. As soon as the written agreement was over, he knelt down as if he was saying something to his God to release the sun from his hold. The sun appeared again. The whole mass was happy and allowed him to do anything. Aggressive, and ambitious policies of adamant rulers not thinking about the right for living in a peaceful atmosphere. A lot of litter of weapons piled up, soldiers are stacked up as a feast for devils. Refugees become vagabonds with baby strollers and gunny bags. Humans are treated as buffaloes in slaughterhouses. Human Homes are losing their family leaders. Tears from wives and children. Their dreams are sold for money for the sake of holding victorious flags by devilish savages. Display of human hunters with horrible weapons. Robots succeed in their missions of killing noble humans. Monkeys sing epic poems of human beings. Far below monkeys are aggressive war commanders. Say “no” to religions. Worship God without priests in temples, churches, and mosques. No special languages, no special chants to please God. Please, stop all the unwanted rituals-wearing sacred thread-the old custom of a bachelor who was honored with a symbolic degree when he acquired the skills on Vedic scriptures. Stop all the rituals, being done in the churches with priests of various degrees after studying in the seminaries, and ban the special costumes of the priests. Stop all the rituals in mosques, and adore our God in addition with your beloved parents, and all the saints and well-wishers of the world. Ban all the bad customs and male dominance. Worship the Universal God who is omnipresent with your own voice, and with your own pains and pleasures. Sing the song aloud to hit all the corners of the world. O my dear humans You are the miniature Of the Universal God. The mighty spirit That permeates all Over the Universe Is our God. O humans your tongues Are twisted by your soul With a rule of your brain. Our God lies in you, In your subconscious mind. Your mind is covered with Rude manners and dirty customs. Pride is your dirty companion. O man peace is far away. Your mind is in the bed of Physical pleasures, Not in the bed of others’ tears or pains, yet A sound is heard in Your conscience, The sound of your own father. Focus your mind- on the welfare schemes- On the researches- to protect yourselves. The life is within you Life is within you. Heaven or hell is within you. Our earth rotates 1000 miles per hour on its own axis. The spirit all throughout the Earth appears as motherly shapes in the different parts of the world. In India, the spirit of Earth is called Kali. Even I had seen Kali in my dream. Then how can I desist from worshipping the mother goddess who strives for the lives of humans and human kids. Because of her movement, we have different seasons. We fill our meal plates and feel happiness. The Moon is located 380,000 kilometers from Earth. The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is actually not that big of a telescope. Its mirror is only 2.4 meters (less than 8 feet) in diameter. We have to use Kepler’s laws to find out the distance in the space. Voyager 1, which is zipping along at 38,000 mph (61,000 km/h), is currently 11.7 billion miles (18.8 billion kilometers) from Earth. Voyager 2 took a different route through the solar system and is now 9.5 billion miles (15.3 billion km) from home. An astronomical unit is a method that astronomers use to measure large distances in the Solar System. 1 astronomical unit or 1 au, is the average distance from the Sun to the Earth. 1 AU in KM = 149,598,000 kilometers. MACS0647-JD is the farthest known galaxy from the Earth based on the photometric redshift. The number of stars 1 billion in the farthest galaxy. The number of stars in a galaxy varies, but assuming an average of 100 billion stars per galaxy means that there are about 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (that is 1 billion trillions) stars in the observable universe! Notice that I have been saying the observable universe. The nearest stars to Earth are in the Alpha Centauri triple-star system, about 4.37 light-years away. One of these stars, Proxima Centauri, is slightly closer, at 4.24 light-years. Light travels 300,000km in a second. The light takes 8minutes to reach our Earth from the sun. One light-year is the distance light travels in one year. That is 300000 x 60 x60 x 24 x 365 km is one light year. Why people support investing more money in wars and warfare. Why don’t we set up research institutes for enhancing food sources, and food processing concerns? The giant nations are threatening the weak nations in terms of warfare. The value and power of the nation should not be in terms of weapons. Weapons should not be heroes of the world. Robots should not be the heroes of the world. Money should not be the hero of the world. Mercy and compassion should be heroes of the world. The architects, the sculptors, the farmers, the producers of food products, and above all the scientists who are striving for our works easier, and the selfless doctors and well-wishers are the real heroes. I honestly call upon all the nations’ leaders to sign to abolish the research cells of modern weapons, and delegates should be allowed to examine all the nations. The United Nations should give the right equally to all nations. Veto power to the giant nations should be abolished. All the nations unanimously sign up for the eradication of bombs and harmful weapons. Your thought should be rational. We need to respect the overall gems of humans. No matter which is their country. Whichever is the country the life, their well-being is the basic matter to be considered. Our nations are separated by the Rocky Mountains, vast seas, our people are separated from various religious rituals, and languages, yet our blood color and ambitions are the same. More luminous distant star Icarus is 9.3 billion light-years away from our Earth. Icarus, the son of Daedalus who created the maze that held the Minotaur was given wings which allowed him to fly away from the Island of Crete. He was told not to fly too near the Sun nor too close to the water, as these wings were driven by the interaction of Sun and Water. He flew too close to the sun, his wings melted, and he fell to the Sea. When he forgot to follow the advice of his father, Daedalus he went near to the sun, and the wax on the feather joint melted and fatally plunged into the sea. The story is 1000 years old. The present moral should be: listen to your elder’s precautionary instructions and use forethought before risk-taking. The mythology that resounds with us the most reveals much about our own fatal flaws. Ambition is not always rooted in pride. Why did Icarus fly so high? We can only speculate, but perhaps it was because he just desperately wanted to know what it would be like to touch the sun. Maybe Icarus wasn't motivated at all. Maybe he flew too high purely by accident. Icarus was simply enthralled by the pleasure and exhilaration of the flying-- the wind in his hair and the sun warming his face-- and forgot to pay attention to where he was going. Maybe he was chasing a high, longing to experience what he thought the ecstasy of that warmth would feel like after being locked away in a cold stone tower in the dark for such a long time. Is it an example of greediness or foolishness or losing senses to the dark pleasures of floating on warming comforts? In Greek mythology, the Minotaur was a monster with the body of a man and the head and tail of a bull. ... Due to the Minotaur's monstrous form, King Minos ordered the craftsman, Daedalus, and his son, Icarus, to build a huge maze known as the Labyrinth to house the beast. The Minotaur remained in the Labyrinth receiving annual offerings of youths and maidens to eat. He was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus. Queen Pasiphae slept with a bull sent by Zeus and gave birth to Minotaur, a creature half man – half bull. King Minos was embarrassed but did not want to kill the Minotaur, so he hid the monster in the Labyrinth constructed by Daedalus at the Minoan Palace of Knossos. According to the myth, Minos was imprisoning his enemies in the Labyrinth so that the Minotaur could eat them. The labyrinth was such a complicated construction that no one could ever find the way out alive. According to the myth, Minos was imprisoning his enemies in the Labyrinth so that the Minotaur could eat them. The labyrinth was such a complicated construction that no one could ever find the way out alive. Son of Minos, Androgeus, went to Athens to participate in the Panathenaic Games, but he was killed during the Marathon by the bull that impregnated his mother Pasiphae. Minos was infuriated and demanded Aegeus the king of Athens to send seven men and women every year to the Minotaur to advertise the plague caused by the death of Androgeus. The third year, Theseus, son of Aegeus decided to be one of the seven young men that would go to Crete, in order to kill the Minotaur and end the human sacrifices to the monster. King Aegeus tried to make him change his mind but Theseus was determined to slay the Minotaur. Theseus promised his father that he would put up white sails coming back from Crete, allowing him to know in advance that he was coming back alive. The boat would return with the black sails if Theseus was killed. Theseus announced to King Minos that he was going to kill the Monster, but Minos knew that even if he did manage to kill the Minotaur, Theseus would never be able to exit the Labyrinth. Theseus met Princess Ariadne, daughter of King Minos, who fell madly in love with him and decided to help Theseus. She gave him a thread and told him to unravel it as he would penetrate deeper and deeper into the Labyrinth so that he knows the way out when he kills the monster. Theseus followed her suggestion and entered the labyrinth with the thread. Theseus managed to kill the Minotaur and save the Athenians, and with Ariadne’s thread, he managed to retrace his way out. Theseus took Princess Ariadne with him and left Crete sailing happily back to Athens. Theseus, a genuine Greek hero of the Mythology, and Minotaur, one of the most devastating and terrifying monsters are the main protagonists of a myth that involves gods and monsters, heroes and kings, and two of the main city-states in the Hellenic world: Athens and Crete. The same folklore is twisted and portrayed as miracles of other religions. Maldivian people twisted the character Minotaur as Santamaria. Hindus imitated as ghosts. Folklores and myths paved the way to set imaginations of miracles and God-ghost stories bye-gone era. The fictitious writers made miracles to please the common people in their stories and epics including characters of God and angels and ghosts. One man throws his prayers with folded hands with eyes closed on a focus of an idol, an image of assumed God who is omnipresent. The true reverence of his or her shines to please the widespread God even in one's subconscious mind. One man throws his prayers with ears covered to focus attention on assumed heaven. Both are real reflections of people's innocence. God who is omnipresent knows a devotee's, true love whatever the way he thinks and loves God. He is only pleased with his pure love of life-saving tendencies. My message to my fellow humans to set peace in the whole world, and to save our talented future generations. I humbly request all the people of the world to worship God without religions. The principle is called Universalism. Avoid all the frictions arising out of religions, races, languages, and territorial boundaries. It is the peak hour to learn ourselves from coronavirus. The whole Universe is God's body and the invisible Great Spirit is God who knows everything. Save the world, and set peace is my slogan. Discard all the differences. Go to the temple. Assume in front of you, your God is there. Kneel down. Your degree of love reveals your God to relieve your pain. I know people go to the temple when they feel uncomfortable and painful. No priest or no chants are needed to please the God or Goddess. They are always awake and always pleasant. You go to church and pay your respect to our God. Kneel down, and say your prayers. You go to Mosque or synagogue or Gurudwara or Buddhist temple, pay your respect, and kneel down to please the omnipresent God. Discard all the rituals and symbols that show you belong to a particular religion. Near my native place in a place called Palliyadi, all the religious people assemble together and cook dishes and share the food in a unified manner. There I see the union of human souls in a real paradise. There is no hate, only love, and sharing of food together to please our real God of the common creator. All the hate there melts and all the rivers of love join the mighty ocean of God. The Romans turned to Christianity during the emperor Constantine. Vestal Virgins (Latin: Vestales) were the priestesses of the Roman goddess of the hearth, Vesta, in the state religion of ancient Rome. ... They also ritually prepared the herbs sprinkled on sacrifices and made the bread (pane) which was offered on feast days such as March 1st, which was the Roman New Year. The vestal virgins were turned into nuns when the emperor Constantine adopted Christianity as the state religion. Jesus was the follower of omnipresent God. He opposed all social depravities in the name of religions and the priests. He loved the abandoned people. He begged the rich and helped the poor. His teacher John the Baptist and he were accused and sentenced to death one after one with the approval of Roman officials. After his crucifixions, he was connected to the prophecies of the past, and religion was set up using his relics and cross. It was really a cross made upon his noble death for others’ commercial benefits. Priests and founders of religions declared his blood would wash up all our sins that are right from Adam and Eve, and so they have a custom of using wine to indicate his blood, and a piece of bread to indicate his body. The sinners can be easily forgiven with a drop of wine and a piece of bread. People who had committed sins queued up to get blessings of the priests. Just a confession of stating one’s felony or crime expects immediate emancipation from the sins. Wonderful things. Priests became rich with people’s offerings. Some moral scriptures say that God’s form is not to be seen; no one sees Him with the eye, but God sees everyone everywhere. The sinners may meet the effects of their sins. One’s sinister actions may get imprinted in the mind and those evils grow as ghosts that chase after the sinners to be met the due consequences. That is true. God’s link is in everyone’s mind. No one can escape from the effects of sins. Make a rosy bed of your own. A beetle may spread its shining wings. A lady may bare her morals. Stay away from rotten habits. Don’t mind pink cheeks and blue eyes. Expose yourself to a bright band of full moonlight to get your life’s full satisfaction. True love matches nothing. Love opens the gate of Heaven. There honey showers in the heart. Thin silky see-through dresses may reveal one’s unrestrained pride and filthy mood. Don’t bare your breasts for beetle’s care, they are designed to feed our future generation. Don’t worship Stone Age trashes before planets and sea routes had been discovered. Parasites and paralyzing factors! Incongruent philosophies Hanging from imagination! Scientists and saints are epitomes of meditation, which means opening our thoughts and letting it move away from the existing boundaries, as God infinite, invisible, and the mightiest. Our thoughts bring solutions from God. Lord Buddha sent his thoughts towards God without taking any food for a long time. He wanted to find the solutions for the miseries of people. He got enlightenment and got answers to his queries. Oh, my planet, green and blue Goddess! Our sun flashes golden rays! When will a peace rise from the dark? Lucifer, God’s most trustworthy angel turned against God and went to the Garden as a serpent. He wanted to be worshipped by Adam and Eve in the place of God. And then he took embodiment as a serpent and stealthily moved into the place of Eve. He misguided her to eat an apple from a forbidden tree. She was convinced by Satan’s flattery, and so she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. (Genesis 3:1-6). It opens our eyes also as to the question: who is superior. The fruit opened their eyes with wisdom, and Satan spread the seeds of humans. The myths created polarization of God and Satan, and Satan gives more pleasure than God, and pave the way the roads for human lives! Stupid imagination of the stone era. Noah was a righteous man and walked with God. Seeing that the earth was corrupt and filled with violence, God instructed Noah to build an ark in which he, his sons, and their wives, together with male and female of all living creatures, would be saved from the waters, a severe flood created by wrathful God. During the flood, all except Noah and his family died in the longstanding flood. Fraudulent revelations and creative sentiments of writers. After the complete annihilation of the people and animals, Noah restored again all species in the newly settled area by taking millions of species in a ship made by him. Does it match with scientific knowledge? Secondly in God’s creation, it was mentioned that God created water-covered earth on days one and two. Drylands and plants were created on the third day. Sun, moon, and stars were created on the fourth day. Is it scientific? Sun and stars were created on the fourth day and plants were created on the third day. How is it possible? If you help the poor, the lord may repay it. In your mind, our Lord dwells. We need food and shelter. See Jesus was accused and crucified and then adored. In his name, a new religion was founded. Arguments by early Muslim scholars for Ishmael as the intended sacrifice include that Jews claim it is Isaac only because they are jealous that it was actually the ancestor of Arabs, Ishmael, and that the horns of the ram that was sacrificed instead hung in the Kaaba at one time. Ibrahim was born 4,000 years ago in Mesopotamia. Son of an idol maker, he rejected idolatry and prayed to the one true formless God, Allah. Allah made him a prophet and declared he would have as many sons as the stars in the sky. However, his wife Sarah had passed childbearing age and was childless. So, she encouraged Ibrahim to take another wife, Hagar, the Egyptian, who bore a son, Ishmael. Many years later, Sarah miraculously gave birth to a son, Isaac. She should have never doubted Allah. To avoid household conflict, Ibrahim took Hagar and Ishmael to Arabia where they made a home in Mecca. There, Ibrahim and Ishmael rebuilt the Kabah, where Adam and Eve had once prayed. One day, Allah asked Ibrahim to sacrifice his favorite son. Ibrahim agreed unhesitatingly, as did his wife and son. The Devil (Iblis) tried to dissuade all three, but he failed. Hajj pilgrims still throw stones three times at the Devil pillar in memory of this incident. When Ibrahim brought the sharp knife down to cut his son’s neck, the sharp edge of the knife turned. Allah, in His infinite mercy, had stopped the sacrifice, pleased with Ibrahim’s unquestioning faith. The boy was released, and a ram provided by angels was sacrificed instead. This event is remembered during Bakra Id (Bakrid). Ishmael became the father of the Arabs, who are in conflict with Isaac’s descendants, the Jewish people. In Jewish and Christian traditions, Ibrahim’s favorite son offered in sacrifice was Isaac, but Muslims insist he was Ishmael. Some stories said that God appeared in his dream, but holy books say that a tree spoke to him. At the last moment, Isaac was saved from death and Abraham saw a male sheep and sacrificed it instead. God had provided a ram and the ram took the place of Isaac. Abraham lived 4000 years ago, traveling to modern-day Israel. Tributaries come to a river, water a common name All our good actions are counted for Heaven. People should stop these kinds of segregated customs. People need to worship God or deities in a simple way without any kind of artificial rituals. In south India, in the nineteenth century, the universal God embodied in a saint. The embodied God declared as Vaikunter means the spirit of the Universe. A lot of poor people gathered around the Lord. He cured their diseases with powdered clay and water. He was arrested and was tried to kill him by the ruling monarch. The king understood that the saint was an embodiment of God, and he was released with great honors. He set a mirror in front of him and told the people that people’s actions reflect their future fate. God has no enemies. There is no heaven or hell. Bad actions and sins lead to hell-means their life brings miseries in the future or their souls may witness the inflictions of their future generations. Good and honest actions may lead to permanent heaven of happiness. Their souls may see their good generations, and the souls may travel everywhere in the universe in the mission of creation and protection. Lord Vaikunter’s holy shrine is now in the place called Swamithoppu near the place Kanyakumari in south India. Later the people used a symbol of straight mark on the forehead to indicate that they are the followers of Lord Vaikunter. He asked the people to wear a turban which was only used by the upper community persons in his time. He requested the people to be brave to meet the atrocities of the dishonest people without violence. He reminded that God never likes bloodshed, and so when he was arrested by the king’s soldiers with false accusations, he urged the people to be non-violent and peaceful. He requested the crowd to disperse, and then he stood there alone to face the soldiers. He said that a new era would come into existence after some terrible consequences. He said that the world will never perish. He said that all the monarchisms die out. He said that females would change to males and males would change to females. He said that electric and electronic mediums would spread out everywhere, and he said that only charity and honesty would be alive in the new era. He said that no rituals to please God are needed. He said that we should worship God with our own voice without any mediators without religious practices. He said, “say God as Ayya in Tamil, and then Siva, Siva, that means the universal spirit, and then Arahara, that means the universal vibration of sound. Swami Vivekananda said that sounds like “Om” during meditation to invoke God in our mind. It is my duty to honor my Lord Vaikunter in working for fulfilling His mission of sending messages throughout the world. I felt a kind of heavyweight in my soul in passing His messages to all sorts of people. So I founded the concept called Universalism, a concept to worship the invisible widespread God through meditation without any religious rights and mediators. Build up mutual respect and reverence, not repulsion. Discard all your spiteful selves, As Hate and hate makes sparks, Sparks that eat all delights, Sparks that make human ashes, Sparks that bury all Hunan drives, Sparks that bury all our dreams. Kill me and spill my blood If it satisfies your evil spirit. Yet my spirit of love never dies, Yet I love you, as hate is not my weapon. If your wish is heaven, go to heaven. Nobody will stand on your way. Translation of Bible William Tyndale was trained in Greek and Hebrew. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Oxford in 1512 (at the ripe old age 16 or 17!), and his master’s degree in 1515. He later studied at Cambridge, to round out his education. In due time, he became fluent in six or seven languages. In short, Tyndale was no dummy! Further, his sense of English style was unparalleled. He was kidnapped in 1535 in Antwerp, and burned at the stake the next year for heresy.20 His charge? A corrupt translation of the Bible. The reality? A superb translation of the Bible. But the clergy were ostensibly afraid that common folk could not understand the Bible; they needed the clergy and tradition to interpret it for them. Tyndale’s dying words were “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes!” But Tyndale did not know that just a few months before his death a version of the Bible in English—based largely on his own work—had already been printed in England with King Henry VIII’s blessing. “In the sense which Tyndale intended, the King of England’s eyes were already opening when he voiced his dying prayer.” The Tyndale Bible generally refers to the body of biblical translations by William Tyndale ( c. 1494–1536). Tyndale's Bible is credited with being the first English translation to work directly from Hebrew and Greek texts. There is an Old Italian proverb about the nature of translation: “Traddutore, traditore!” This means simply, “Translators—traitors!” Of course, as you can see, something is lost in the translation of this pithy expression: there is great similarity in both the spelling and the pronunciation of the original saying, but these get diluted once they are put in English dress. Even the translation of this proverb illustrates its truth! Another Italian dictum expresses a similar sentiment: “All translation is a polite lie!” translations of scriptures are twisted and shaped to please the followers. The translators become puppets in the hands of rulers. They have to please the rulers to spare their lives and a pleading tool for gold coins. What will they like? Gold coins or a death sentence. All scriptures bear the fake imaginations of God and angelic characters connected with the rulers who forced to write the book. Translators twist the contents to fit into a ring of particular culture and conduct. Why people support investing more money in wars and warfare. Why don’t we set up research institutes for enhancing food sources, and food processing concerns? The giant nations are threatening the weak nations in terms of warfare. The value and power of the nation should not be in terms of weapons. Weapons should not be heroes of the world. Robots should not be the heroes of the world. Money should not be the hero of the world. Mercy and compassion should be heroes of the world. The architects, the sculptors, the farmers, the producers of food products, and above all the scientists who are striving for our works easier, and the selfless doctors and well-wishers are the real heroes. I honestly call upon all the nations’ leaders to sign to abolish the research cells of modern weapons, and delegates should be allowed to examine all the nations. The United Nations should give the right equally to all nations. Veto power to the giant nations should be abolished. All the nations unanimously sign up for the eradication of bombs and harmful weapons. There are 195 countries in the world today. This total comprises 193 countries that are member states of the United Nations and 2 countries that are non-member observer states: the Holy See and the State of Palestine. We people learned from the attack of COVID-19. People were not able to assemble anywhere. It teaches that mass gathering is harmful to human beings. Unite with your hearts, opinions, and working materials, not with religious rituals, wars, and gathering towards preachers. Worship the Universal God without religious rituals and symbols. Expose your innocent love, natural frank approach towards all the wish wishers of the world. Worship God in your mind with supplication or with sound requests and thanksgiving. Worship the embodiment of God as a mother with statues or without statures to focus your attention. Worship Kali, the Mother Goddess in India, or worship God through your dead parents or worship God following Jesus or worship God following Buddha or worship God through our holy teachers or worship God as Allah or worship God as Ishwar. All are ok. The only thing not ok is the rituals, and symbols with indicating as different groups. We must have the freedom to worship the universal God in any form. There should not be religious barriers and supremacy. Holy books and quotes should be common to all. All good works should be adored. All good practices should be followed irrespective of religion. We should avoid religious rituals and symbols. In Hinduism, the priest wears a cotton thread, In Christianity, a priest holds a cross, and does baptism. In Islam and Judaism, the youth undergo circumcision, and they are christened by old Arabian religious characters. People should stop these kinds of segregated customs. Darkness pervades over consciousness like weeds surrounding the fruitful trees. We should use our power of conscience to save our people worldwide and plant fruitful trees watering with love in a peaceful atmosphere. We have to weed out all the hate arising out of social customs. The current US Census Bureau world population estimate in June 2019 shows that the current global population is 7,577,130,400 people on earth, which far exceeds the world population of 7.2 billion from 2015. Our own estimate based on UN data shows the world's population surpassing 7.7 billion. China is the most populous country in the world with a population exceeding 1.4 billion. It is one of just two countries with a population of more than 1 billion, with India being the second. As of 2018, India has a population of over 1.355 billion people (135 crores), and its population growth is expected to continue through at least 2050. We went from swords to machine guns and nuclear bombs, but what are the next weapons on the horizon? New Scientist rounds up ten of the most promising technologies. We went from swords to machine guns and nuclear bombs, but what are the next weapons on the horizon. Now the wars depend on Autonomous weapons-robotic vehicles, under development, that search and destroy enemy troops and equipment on the ground or in the air, without risk to friendly troops. Systems that check with human controllers are vulnerable to communication failures. Malfunctioning robots could fire wildly at anything. The second one is High-energy lasers These are powerful energy beams that travel through air or space in straight lines. They travel at the speed of light and can strike over distances of thousands of kilometers and the third one space-based weapons and the fourth one is hypersonic aircraft. A hypersonic aircraft could fly faster than Mach 5 to strike anywhere in the world within two hours. Nuclear missiles, Stun guns (Tasers) Tasers disable people with bursts of high-voltage electricity, allowing police to subdue them without lasting injury. Rockets, machine guns, tanks, and cannons, all are threatening warfare in this world. They must be banned. Countries must respect the agreements and norms of boundaries. All the boundaries should be governed by the sole body of the United Nations. The only way to escape from all these evils is to depend on our conscience. We need to discard all the conflicts making sparks in the minds of diplomats. So we humans should unite together to avoid wars. We must consider the victories of wars are victories of devils and pride. Those instigate wars, giant devils, with sinister records of crimes. In my view, Countries must unite together in one circle without discrimination. That is the house of the United Nations. More norms should be enacted to please all the peoples of different countries with more policies of democracy. People also have a view of Universalism, the way to worship God without religions and religious rituals and mediators. People should boldly come forward to make changes in the existing systems. Let’s dream a peaceful world with all freedom and morals without having the policy of polygamy for real pleasure in homes. By Retnasamy Thankaiyan, Vellicode, Mulagumoodu P.O, Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu, India 629167. Email: [email protected] Mobile number: +918778631634.