Community Advocacy on Environmental and Social Justice

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Sad documentary from BBC about the "Slaves of Dubai" , migrant workers.

Slaves of Dubai 

http://documentaryh ive.com/slaves- of-dubai- documentary/ 

Ben Anderson from BBC films this documentary in Dubai, the City of Gold daring to defy nature. To many, Dubai is an impossible dream come true, a megalopolis rising from sterile desert sands within a mere decade. Sheikh Mohammed, Dubai's absolute monarch is often credited for being the dreamer of the many iconic skyscrapers and opulence that has put his city on the map. 
http://documentaryhive.com/slaves-of-dubai-documentary/

His name is synonymous with architectural wonders like the Palm Islands, the Burj Khalifa and the Burj Al Arab. But who really built them? Follow Ben Anderson as he documents Dubai's open secret: A caste system lies hidden in plain sight. At the lowest rung sit the underclass, a group of imported modern-day slaves trapped upon arrival. They come from the Indian subcontinent, lured in by tales of high-paying jobs and a lavish lifestyle. 

Then they land. Their passports are swiftly taken and withheld, and they find themselves prisoners. They are forced to labor virtually unpaid in paradise. Meet the Slaves of Dubai, those who build all the glitz and glamour brick by brick, as each additional floor towers into the desert sun.

I was in Dubai 15 years ago about three times. When I saw what was happening there, I decided never to go to Dubai again. Happily there are so many other destinations to visit and I have no desire to drop in to Dubai at all. Nor do I care for their fake designer goods in their boring shopping malls with plastic biggest this and plastic biggest that - where is their biggest mad hose then?

TENDER NOTICE RUNNING PAKISTAN : MUST READ Tender No. GOP 2013/193CTR/ PTL/TEN/420

Tender Notice for Running the Country The Government of Pakistan requires the service of an International Organisation to run the country for a period of twenty-five years. 
Country Background: It is generally believed that Pakistan was created for the Muslims of India. However, there is still debate in the country regarding the ideology of Pakistan. Some say that Pakistan came into being so unexpectedly that no one had the time to define its ideology. 
The state of Pakistan can be categorized as one of the following (or any combination thereof):
Islamic Secular*
Democratic 
Autocratic 
Militaristic
Autistic 
Since the creation of Pakistan, following governments have been in place: 

1947 – 1948 Mohammed Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan was the first head of the state. Unfortunately, he passed away in 1948. 

1948 – 1958 During this period 10 governments came and went. During this time a prime minister was assassinated and another exiled. 

1958 – 1968 First Military coup and Martial law. The new Chief Martial Law Administrator and later President and Field Marshal, Mohammed Ayub Khan, ruled for ten years. People got sick and tired of dictatorship and went out in the streets calling the gentleman-soldier a dog. This broke his heart and he resigned. He was a decent sort of a chap who enriched only his own family and in return built many dams and a new city. He also authored a book titled “Friends and Masters”. Following the poor performance of the subsequent governments, he is today remembered as a Saint. 

1971 The job of running the country became easier as the enslaved half of the country was freed through the goodwill and humanitarianism of the Pakistan military. The freed slaves made their own country called Bangladesh. The people of Bangladesh proved to be very ungrateful and now refuse to play cricket with Pakistan. 

1972 – 1977 A young Oxford educated feudal Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto became the Chief Martial Law Administrator and then the Prime Minister. His main strength was his fiery speeches in good English and bad Urdu. He was such a good Muslim that he accepted all the key demands of the clerics like declaring the Ahmedis non-Muslims and banning alcohol. Being a man of conscience he started drinking heavily to lessen the pain of taking such horrid decisions. He also wisely purged all the left wing troublemakers in his party and replaced them with solid, reliable and wise men from the feudal class. 

1977 – 1987 Mr. Bhutto’s top general Zia-ul-Haq did not see eye to eye with Mr. Bhutto. One part of the reason was that he was squint eyed and the second that he did not think that Mr. Bhutto was Islamic enough. So he did “Istikhara” (requesting guidance from God) and after receiving permission deposed the Prime Minister in a coup. He announced that elections would take place in 90 days. However, the people were so pleased with the General that they beseeched him to stay. Being a true democrat the General could not turn down the request of the masses and decided to stay on to serve them. 

Just to make sure that he could serve the people with his full attention he declared that the pesky Mr. Bhutto had hanged himself in a fierce police encounter. Being a very hospitable man, he invited all the Muslim Afghan brethren to live in Pakistan.

He also helped them fight the infidels from Russia. He had a rich uncle named Uncle Sam who provided the required finances. This pious man would be still in power if it were not for his love of mangoes.
He filled up his plane with so many crates of mangoes that it crashed due to the excessive weight. Many in Pakistan were deeply saddened by the loss of such good mangoes. 

1988 – 2013 The period from 1947 to 1988 was a game of musical chairs and no one remembers who came and who went and where and why. It is not clear who is running the affairs of Pakistan; in an opinion poll majority felt that it was God. 

Scope of Work of the Bidder: The bidder will be solely responsible for running the Government of Pakistan. This will include (but not limited to): 

1. Disbanding the band of thieves that has been running the country for the past 65 years and deporting them to their home countries like the USA, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Great Britain, and Canada. 

2. Ensuring that containers are used for the sole purpose of transporting goods. 

3. Banning spitting of phlegm, tobacco, niswar, and paan peek in public places and particularly on stairwells. 

4. Removing all garbage strewn around the country and dumping it outside. 

5. Arresting all the religious extremists and putting them in a rehabilitation centre run by Doctor Maulana Taqreerul Qadri. 

6. Removing all the political talk show anchors and using them as anchors for the boats in the oily waters of Kaemari. 

7. Changing the foreign policy from misaligned to non-aligned. 

8. Eliminating the police force by making it mandatory for them to have a 32 inch waist. 

9. Making Hijab mandatory for men and optional for women. 

Bidder Qualification: • Bidders from countries deemed to be more corrupt than Pakistan in the Transparency International Rankings will be subject to immediate disqualification. 

Bidders from previous colonising countries like Great Britain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and France will be given preference. 

• Bidders from the USA are not eligible to bid as they are already running the Government of Pakistan.
• Bidders from Nigeria need not apply. 
• The language of the bids can be any as long as it is English. 
• Influencing the bid evaluation process by means of bribery is strictly prohibited unless it is at least $50 million and made through proper channels. Submission of 

Tender:
 • Tenders will be submitted in quadruplicate in hard copy by courier. 
• As per normal procurement rules 10 per cent of the bid price will be deposited as “goodwill” 
• Tenders will be submitted to the following address: The Section Officer Services and General Administration Division Pakistan Secretariat Islamabad Closing date for the Tenders is 14 August 2013. 

Important: If the country disintegrates before the bid closing date, this tender will be considered null and void. The author is an engineer turned part-time journalist who likes to hang out at unfashionable places like shrines, railway stations and bus stops.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

10 Benefits of Flaxseeds : Healthy Foods and Side Effects



Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil are popular among vegans and vegetarians who want a non-animal source of Omega-3 fatty acids. However, everyone can benefit from adding flaxseeds into their diet. While flaxseed oil contains higher levels of Omega-3 than the seeds, the seeds actually have many more benefits than just the oil. Here are 10 health benefits of flaxseeds and flaxseed 
1. Flaxseeds are a a great source of fiber and work as a natural laxative. They are a great way to keep things regular.
2. Flaxseed oil contains concentrated amounts of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fat. Vegetarians and vegans often use this as a substitute for fish oil, although there are differing opinions over whether the Omega-3 in flaxseed oil is as beneficial as that in fish oil.
3. Ground flaxseed has been shown to work just as well as statins in lowering cholesterol.
4. Flaxseeds are a good source of magnesium.
5. Flaxseeds contain high levels of lignans. Lignans may protect against estrogen-dependents cancers such asbreast cancer.
6. An ounce of ground flaxseed per day was shown to regulate estrogen levels in post-menopausal women.
7. Flaxseeds have been shown to protect post-menopausal women from heart disease.
8. Flaxseed decreases insulin resistance and may protect against diabetes.
9. Preliminary research in mice shows that flaxseeds may prevent or slow the spread of prostate cancer.
10. Studies in mice show that flaxseed may prevent or slow the spread ofmelanoma.
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As with everything, moderation is key. Too many flaxseeds may cause negative effects. Just one tablespoon per day is enough in most cases. If you are unsure how much is right for you, ask your doctor how much he or she recommends.
Sources:

American Cancer Society
WHFoods.com


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Thursday, 9 May 2013

Global civil society rejects REDD in climate law.


International Outcry against California’s Forest Offset Scam


From Africa to the Amazon, from Chiapas to Siberia, global civil society is raising an international outcry to resoundingly reject California’s proposed forest offset scam called REDD, which would let climate criminals like Chevron and Shell off the hook, cause human rights abuses and worsen global warming. May 7, 2013, was the last day for public comments on the draft California REDD Offset Working Group recommendations regarding linking California’s cap-and-trade program with a program to supposedly reduce deforestation in Chiapas and Acre, Brazil.  

California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, AB32, is posed to include REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation), a false solution to climate change, whereby California polluters could use the forests of Chiapas, Mexico and the Brazilian Amazon as sponges for their pollution instead of reducing greenhouse emissions at home. California REDD is considered a model for the world and if launched will probably be replicated both nationally and internationally.

“The global movement against REDD has been born!” cried Susannah, a delighted volunteer with the No REDD Group Initiative as she tallied letters from all over the world to California Governor Jerry Brown and the California Air Resources Board demanding that REDD be immediately stopped in its tracks. “The world is uniting against California REDD because it may unlock an avalanche of REDD-type projects around the world.”

According to the news agency Al Jazeera, the opposition to California REDD is “as diverse as it is fierce.” More than a thousand organizations and individuals including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Sierra Club California, Amazonian chiefs crowned in feather headdresses, an African Alternative Nobel Laureate, Mayan healers from the misty highlands of Chiapas renown for the Zapatista uprising, Siberian biologists, Ethiopian village leaders, wonky European experts, Los Angeles high school students, and California communities living in the shadow of cancer-causing oil refineries have united to express their outrage over REDD and the possible betrayal of California’s visionary environmentalism.

Indigenous Peoples and communities of color of the Golden State do not mince words about REDD’s spiritual and physical dangers. According to Chris Peters (Pohlik-lah/Karuk), President of the Seventh Generation Fund, “It is a breach of the ethical foundation of Earth-based spiritual understanding to sell the air and to continue unabatedly polluting for personal and corporate profit. As an Indigenous organization located in the far north redwood forested region of California, we stand firmly and in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of the global south in absolute opposition to REDD.”

California residents know that REDD will sicken them. According to Sandy Saeteurn a community organizer with Asian Pacific Environmental Network, REDD threatens the future of the children of California. "I've been a Richmond resident for most of my life and my elementary school was right next to the Chevron refinery. Everyone I grew up with knows someone who is sick from the pollution: an asthmatic child, an uncle with heart disease, or an aunt dying of cancer. A California REDD program would rob us of the opportunity to reduce the pollution at the refinery, and to give our kids cleaner air to breathe and a healthier future. And the fact that it would be at the expense of communities in Chiapas, Brazil, and Nigeria is unacceptable."

But Chevron is not the only oil giant getting in on the REDD scam. Shell oil company recently purchased 500,000 carbon offsets credits from a forestry project on over 200,000 acres in Michigan “that not only will grant Shell’s refinery in Martinez, California permission to pollute, but will push the planet further down the road to catastrophic global warming,” according to Oilwatch International.

An open letter from Mayan peasants and their allies in Chiapas, Mexico is categorical.  “We reject REDD in all its forms.” They also denounce that the REDD definition of forests allows for monoculture tree plantations and biofuels, which are already causing environmental destruction and social conflicts.

Groups from the Brazilian Amazonian State of Acre condemn REDD as a “neocolonial proposal” that deepens social injustice and does not reduce emissions. They also denounced that in the preparatory process for doing California REDD in Acre, Indigenous Peoples’ rights to full and effective participation and to free, prior and informed consent, enshrined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, are being violated.

Nnimmo Bassey, Alternative Nobel Prize Laureate and co-founder of the No REDD in Africa Network, explains why Africans are vehemently opposed to California REDD. “Major California polluters like oil giants Chevron and Shell, which have caused horrific destruction in Africa, and in the case of Shell, the ecocide of the Ogoni environment, are already doing REDD to greenwash their image and shirk their responsibility to cut emissions. Despite being renowned for its environmentalism, the State of California, by doing REDD, becomes an accomplice to climate criminals and flagrant violators of human rights like Shell and Chevron.”

“In Africa, REDD+ is not just a false solution to climate change but is emerging as a new form of colonialism, economic subjugation and a driver of land grabs so massive that they may constitute a continent grab. We launched the No REDD in Africa Network to defend the continent from precisely the carbon colonialism that the State of California is proposing.”

In Africa, REDD-type and forest carbon projects are already resulting in land grabs and evictions, as well as human rights abuses, servitude, slavery, persecutions and killings. According the The New York Times, over 22,000 farmers with land deeds were violently evicted for a forest carbon credit project in 2011 and Friday Mukamperezida, an eight-year-old boy was killed when his home was burned to the ground.

In Nigeria, REDD is already raising the spectre of persecution and criminalization of activists, including in Cross River State, Nigeria where the State of California intends to have REDD projects. The Executive Director of the Rainforest Resource and Development Centre (RRDC) in Cross River State, Nigeria, Mr Odey Oyama, had to flee his home for several weeks in January and February 2013 due to harassment and intimidation from state security agents. Mr. Oyama is one of the vocal opponents of REDD activities aimed at extracting more forest estates from indigenous communities and similar land grab operations.

“One of the activities placing me in confrontation with the Cross River State Government of Nigeria is my stand against the REDD programme. My reason for rejecting the REDD programme is because it is geared towards taking over the last vestiges of community forest that exist in Cross River State of Nigeria,” declared Mr. Oyama.

Anabela Lemos, Director of Justica Ambiental!/ Friends of the Earth Mozambique warned that “REDD is yet another tool being handed to corporate interests to allow increased abuses of communities, increased land-grabbing and human rights crimes. In Mozambique, REDD will be nothing but a way to destroy the rest of our forests and destroy the communities that rely on them, while benefiting those who already are forest destroyers.” She also added that “In countries like Mozambique, safeguards do not work.”

Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, notes that REDD is particularly dangerous for Indigenous Peoples since most of the forests are found in their traditional land. “I am dismayed that after more than five years of REDD negotiations in the United Nations, there are absolutely no legally binding guarantees on Indigenous Peoples’ rights. Now we have a state government in the United States cooking up a model of REDD for the world that would be an act of environmental racism and could potentially cause human rights abuses and cultural genocide. If it goes ahead with REDD, the State of California could eventually have indigenous blood on its hands.”

In their letter to California decision makers, the Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on Climate Change against REDD and for Life wrote: “We see the link between California REDD and the green economy, which is  nothing more than capitalism of nature; a perverse attempt by corporations, extractive industries and governments to cash in on Creation by privatizing, commodifying, and selling off the Sacred and all forms of life and the sky, including the very air we breathe…We exhort Governor Jerry Brown and the California Air Resources Board to respect Mother Earth and reject REDD from being included in any form in AB32. For the planet and her peoples, it is a matter of life and death.”

But global civil society is not the only one denouncing the dangers of REDD. In the UN-REDD Framework Document, the United Nations itself admits that REDD could result in the “lock-up of forests,” “loss of land” and “new risks for the poor.”

Susannah shrugged as she counted the last hundred letters. “If Governor Jerry Brown does not want to listen to us about REDD, he should at least listen to the UN if he wants to avoid a major international political scandal, which could send him out of office in shame. The political cost of a REDD fiasco could be staggering.”

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For more information:
noredd@igc.org

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Amazing Humor:English to Germany

he European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will
be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was
the other possibility. 

As part of the negotiations, the British Government c onceded that English
spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in
plan that would become known as "Euro-English& quot;. 

In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c" .. Sertainly, this will
make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in
favour of "k" . This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one
less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the
troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f" .. This will make words like
fotograf 20% shorter. 

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to
reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. 

Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always
ben a deterent to akurate speling. 

Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent "e" in the languag is
disgrasful and it should go away. 

By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with
"z" and "w" with "v" . 

During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining
"ou" and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensi bl riten styl. 

Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi TU
understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru. 

Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze
forst plas. 

If zis mad you smil, pleas pas on to oza pepl.

Reclaiming Activism.



    World Peace Foundation
     
    For most of my adult life I introduced myself as an “activist” first
    and a writer, researcher, or practitioner of humanitarian action or
    peacemaking second. Then, about seven or eight years ago, I became
    rather uncomfortable with the word. Not because I had diluted my
    personal commitment to working in solidarity with suffering and
    oppressed people, but because a group of people, in whose company I
    didn’t want to be, were claiming not only to be activists but to
    define “activism” itself. I am speaking of course about the policy
    lobbyists in Washington DC, also known as “designer activists,” who
    took on the role of promoting certain causes related to Africa, and
    who arrogated to themselves the privilege of defining these problems
    and identifying and pursuing ostensible solutions. It was no accident
    that those purported solutions placed the “activists” themselves at
    the center of the narrative, because many of them were Hollywood
    actors—or their hangers on—for whom the only possible role is as the
    protagonist-savior. The actions they promoted all had one thing in
    common: using more U.S. power around the world.
     
    I was not the only one to find this arrogation of “activism”
    offensive, demeaning and counter-productive. One of the most
    refreshing aspects of our recent seminar at the World Peace Foundation
    was finding out just how much the consensus among national civil
    society activists from Uganda and Congo, as well as Sudan, has
    coalesced around the view that the basic narratives and policy
    prescriptions of the Enough Project and its ilk are not only
    simplified and simplistic, but actually pernicious. Theirs isn’t
    activism: it’s insider lobbying within the Washington establishment
    using celebrity hype as leverage. They are not just a benign variant
    of advocacy, perhaps somewhat simplified: they are wrong.
     
    It’s time to reclaim activism. It’s time to reassert some of the
    fundamental principles that made activism an honorable vocation and
    practice.
     
    Some of the principles are contained in blog posts relating to our
    February-March seminar, easily findable under the tag “advocacy.” Let
    me outline three such principles.
     
    First, activism should be undertaken in partnership with affected
    people, under their leadership. It should facilitate those people
    defining the problem for themselves—it is only by defining their
    problem that they can ever be master of it, rather than it becoming
    master of them. It should be sensitive to their leadership. Activists
    should be alert to the possibility that local people will be dazzled
    by the illusory prospect of outside salvation and surrender their own
    leadership to their supposed foreign friends. And so activists should
    approach the people with whom they hope to act, in a spirit of
    humility and self-effacement. That is the practice of solidarity.
     
    Second, activism should seek truth and speak truth. That means being
    honest to the facts, and doing the hard work of finding out realities,
    and when required, changing one’s mind accordingly. There should be no
    sacrifice of uncomfortable and complicated truths for the sake of
    simple messages that foreign audiences can understand and to which
    they can relate easily. A central part of activism is the hard
    intellectual work of understanding.
     
    Third, activism should challenge power. That doesn’t mean abandoning
    the pragmatics of calculating effort and impact, of calibrating
    intermediate and strategic goals. But it does require being honest
    about where the greatest concentrations of power lie, and how that
    power is utilized, and making that power uncomfortable, at least.
    Lobbying that merely adjusts the trajectory of super-power policies,
    in directions that are not uncomfortable for that superpower to shift,
    is not challenging power, but giving power an alibi. The U.S.
    government didn’t need the Enough Project to know that bad things were
    happening in Darfur, that Joseph Kony is a villain, and that the war
    in eastern Congo is causing desperate suffering. But maybe it needs
    principled and brave people to tell it that the interventions in
    Somalia, Libya and Mali are deeply problematic, that its friends in
    power in Juba, Kampala and Kigali need to be more honest and less
    militaristic. “Activists” who pick only on the already-identified bad
    guys are at best activists-lite, whose inconvenience to policymakers
    is that handling them takes up precious time. If these policy
    lobbyists did mount such challenges, they might lose some of their
    insider access and glamour, but they might gain our respect.
     
    So: three clear principles to guide an individual or organization
    aspiring to the honorable term “activist.” One: act in solidarity and
    support of the affected people, and don’t impose on them. Two: be
    honest to the facts, and open to inquiry into the facts. And when the
    facts change, change your mind. Three: be ready to challenge the
    biggest powers: the U.S. government and its allies.
     
    http://sites.tufts.edu/reinventingpeace/2013/04/30/reclaiming-activism/?utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer:%2Bviewfromthecave%2Bon%2Btwitter&buffer_share=076f9
     

Urgent Measures:Countering the radicalization of Kenya's youth: Alshabaab /Alqueda.


    Countering the radicalization of Kenya's youth
     
     
    NAIROBI, 6 May 2013 (IRIN) - Unemployment, poverty and political marginalization are contributing to the Islamic radicalization of Kenya's youth, a situation experts say must be addressed through economic empowerment and inclusive policies.
     
    Youth unemployment is extremely high, as are levels of political disenchantment. An estimated 75 percent of out-of-school youths are unemployed, according to the US Agency for International Development (USAID) [ http://kenya.usaid.gov/programs/education-and-youth/51 ]. 
     
    "The unemployment crisis is a ticking bomb. Over 60 percent of the population is under 25. You cannot ignore that," said Yusuf Hassan, the Member of Parliament for Nairobi's largely Muslim Kamukunji Consitituency. "A huge and significant population is restless. And the gap between the rich and poor is getting wider."
     
    "When access to resources is based on ethnic, cultural or religious characteristics or there is a growing divide between the 'haves' and 'have nots' in countries and communities, economic conditions further contribute to instability," says a new report by the Institute for Security Studies in Africa (ISS) [ http://www.issafrica.org/assessing-the-vulnerability-of-kenyan-youths-to-radicalisation-and-extremism ]. "Countries confronted by large differences between 'haves' and 'have nots' are additionally vulnerable to conflict, which may include resorting to acts of terrorism."
     
    Marginalized and radicalized
     
    A string of grenade attacks - some allegedly by Somali Islamist insurgent group Al-Shabab or their sympathizers - have occurred in the Kenyan towns of Garissa, Mombasa and the capital, Nairobi, since Kenya began its military incursion in Somalia in October 2011 [ http://www.irinnews.org/Report/94018/KENYA-SOMALIA-A-risky-intervention ].
     
    But Islamic radicalization is not new to Kenya. Kenyans were involved in the 1998 US embassy bombings in Nairobi and the Tanzania city of Dar es Salaam; the coordinated attacks, which killed more than 220 people, were Africa's first suicide bombings by Al-Qaeda's East Africa cell. In a 2002 dual car-bomb and suicide attack on a hotel and plane in Mombasa, at least one of the suspects was Kenyan.
     
    Muslims make up an estimated 11 percent [ http://www.knbs.or.ke/docs/PresentationbyMinisterforPlanningrevised.pdf ] of Kenya's population; large Muslim communities can be found in the country's northeast and in the coastal region. Traditionally, Kenya's Muslims are moderate, with the community peacefully seeking participation in politics. But ISS pointed to the historical political marginalization of Muslims - right from negotiations for Kenya's independence, in which ethnic Somalis, who are overwhelmingly Muslim, were not represented - as a contributor to the radicalization of young people. 
     
    "Although Kenya is a secular state, it is essentially a Christian country because of the dominant Christian population. There is the perception that Islam is 'alien', despite the fact that it came to Kenya before Christianity," the report notes.
     
    The report also found that some young Kenyan Muslims have been influenced by radical preaching, which leads them to believe that wars being fought against Muslims abroad - for example, in Afghanistan and Iraq - are part of "a global campaign against Islam".
     
    According to a 2011 report [ http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=S/2011/433 ] by the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea, non-Somali Kenyan nationals constituted the largest and most organized non-Somali group within Al-Shabab.
     
    Taking advantage of vulnerable youth 
     
    "We've already seen the rumblings of 'Pwani si Kenya' [Coast is not Kenya, the slogan of a separatist group in Kenya's Coast Province] [ http://www.irinnews.org/report/96630/Briefing-Kenya-s-coastal-separatists-menace-or-martyrs ] - radicalized, marginalized, poverty-stricken young people are saying, 'we don't belong to Kenya'," said Hassan, who was seriously injured in a 2012 grenade attack in his constituency. 
     
    The ISS report found that Islamist militants were exploiting sub-standard socioeconomic conditions, and the government's inability to provide basic services, by positioning themselves as providers of assistance. "Creating or infiltrating bona fide charity organizations... is a sure way to win the general support of ordinary people," the report said. 
     
    The report points to the growing influence of the Muslim Youth Centre (MYC), a Kenyan group whose objectives include promoting community health and social welfare, but which also advocates "an extreme interpretation of Islam and prepares members to travel to Somalia for 'jihad' [holy war], thus attracting the attention of security agencies in Kenya and abroad." According to the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea [ http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=S/2012/544 ], Al-Shabab announced a merger with MYC in 2012.
     
    Hassan Sheikh, a cleric in the northeastern town of Garissa, said extremist groups have taken control of many mosques and Islamic schools, setup orphanages, and employed teachers and imams.
     
    "North Kenya is a hub for mercenaries. You can easily get [attract] them - it's out of poverty," said Khalif Aabdulla, a civil rights activist from Wajir, also northeastern Kenya.
    NGOs and government officials in Kenya acknowledge an urgent need to develop a counter-radicalization policy to prevent young people from turning to violent groups, and some say Kenya's newly elected government may be an opportunity to tackle the issue. NGOs say the government must do more than promote economic empowerment among marginalized communities; it must also foster a sense of belonging.
     
    "There are some efforts to use the Council of Imams or Islamic Preachers' Association to talk to the youths," said Mwalimu Mati, CEO of governance watchdog Mars Group Kenya. "The moderates are trying to assist the government, but I can't say it's a complete success." 
     
    Counter-productive counter-terrorism
     
    "The problem is exacerbated by counter-terrorism programmes by the Kenya police who carry out mass raids rather than targeted arrests. It keeps the youths feeling repressed generally. They then identify that as oppression based on religion," Mati said. He says the problem is primarily in North Eastern District, Eastleigh and Coast Province. 
     
    The ISS report describes the current approach as "collective punishment based on perceptions".
     
    "Most perceptions are completely wrong, especially that Somali nationals are responsible for attacks in Kenya or that Kenya is an innocent bystander when acts of terrorism are committed on its soil," it stated. 
     
    Following attacks in Nairobi, ethnic Somalis - both Kenyan and foreign nationals - said they experienced xenophobia [http://www.irinnews.org/Report/94090/KENYA-Xenophobia-fear-follow-Nairobi-blasts ] and lived in constant fear of arrest.
     
    Under the government of former president Mwai Kibaki, both the Ministry for Peace-building and Conflict Management and the Ministry for Education told IRIN that they had no programmes to address radicalization.
     
    The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sport said they ran "empowerment programmes" in conjunction with the formal education system. But as Leah Rotitch, a director in the education ministry, said, "The people Al-Shabab target are normally young people who are out of school."
     
    The persecution felt by ethnic Somalis and other Muslim communities has only increased [ http://www.kenya-today.com/news/kenyan-muslims-fear-the-worst-over-proposals-to-boost-police-powers ] in recent years, with police allegedly engaging in extrajudicial use of force and even killings of terror suspects; the police deny these claims.
     
    "Since the passing of the new anti-terror bill, we have seen a huge spike in extrajudicial killings. And terrorism has become an easy label," said Horn of Africa analyst Abdullahi Halakhe. "Such efforts only succeed in alienating the local population, who usually have critical human intelligence. They are turning the Islamic radicalization of young people into a matter of national security, making those young people their enemies, thus making it worse."
     
    The ISS report calls for "introspection on the part of the police officer stopping and searching a person because he looks Somali".
     
    Reaching the young
     
    Tom Mboya, who established the Inuka Kenya Trust in response to the role young people played in perpetrating the post-election violence of 2007-2008, says now is an opportunity to engage the youth. "They're what should be the engine of this country," he told IRIN.
     
    "Devolution is positive," he says, referring to the process of decentralizing power from Nairobi [http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97726/Briefing-Devolution-to-transform-Kenya ], which was set in motion by Kenya's new constitution. Mboya believes this process will create opportunities for young people. But, he says, "in parts of the country more prone to violent extremism, there needs to be policy in place. The leadership will have to be more alive to that problem".
     
    A focus on young people formed a key part of new President Uhuru Kenyatta's election campaign - his government will now have to work out an acceptable and effective approach in tackling the issue of violent extremism. 
     
    Mars Group's Mati says using moderate imams to neutralize potentially radical youths does not work because young people no longer regard them as credible. "It's a generation gap - control over youths has somehow become difficult. In the old days, what an imam said went. The radical preachers are young," he said.
     
    Hadley Muchela, programmes manager for Kenyan rights group Independent Medico-legal Unit, says targeting violent extremism will require sensitivity because, thanks to the way the issue has been handled in the past, it is often seen as an indictment against all of Islam. "You find very few Kenyans willing to go into it," he said. 
     
    Abdikadir Sheikh, who works with the Sustainable Support and Advocacy Programme, a local NGO, said the group has set up a pilot project to dissuade youth in the northeastern towns of Dadaab and Garissa from joining extremist groups. 
     
    "We are very careful or [we could] lose our lives; you can't confront radicalization directly - you need different approaches," he told IRIN. "We have established a strong team of more than 600 youths. some have so far joined colleges. We plan to work with the county governments." 
    The ISS report warns that "there is no quick fix for the level of radicalization seen in Kenya".
     
    "The biggest threat to stability in Kenya will be if extremists succeed in dividing Kenya between Muslim and non-Muslim," the report said. 
     
    jh/na/kr/rz
     
    [END]
     
    This report online: http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?reportID=97982
     

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Bible Wealth Creation Verses.


Proverbs 10:4 ESV / 25 helpful votes

A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

1 Timothy 6:17-18 ESV / 19 helpful votes

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,

Proverbs 11:4 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.

Luke 16:13 ESV / 14 helpful votes

No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

Mark 8:36 ESV / 14 helpful votes

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

Proverbs 30:8-9 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.

James 2:5-6 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court?

2 Corinthians 9:7 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Proverbs 28:27 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.

Proverbs 22:1 ESV / 12 helpful votes

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.

Proverbs 14:31 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.

Luke 6:38 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Proverbs 22:7 ESV / 8 helpful votes

The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.

Proverbs 16:18 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 11:2 ESV / 8 helpful votes

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.

Psalm 94:12-13 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O Lord, and whom you teach out of your law, to give him rest from days of trouble, until a pit is dug for the wicked.

Deuteronomy 8:18 ESV / 8 helpful votes

You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Ephesians 4:28 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

2 Corinthians 9:11 ESV / 7 helpful votes

You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.

Mark 10:25 ESV / 7 helpful votes

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

Ecclesiastes 4:4 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man's envy of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

Proverbs 28:6 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.

Proverbs 13:18 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored.

Nehemiah 5:10-11 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Moreover, I and my brothers and my servants are lending them money and grain. Let us abandon this exacting of interest. Return to them this very day their fields, their vineyards, their olive orchards, and their houses, and the percentage of money, grain, wine, and oil that you have been exacting from them.”

1 John 3:17 ESV / 6 helpful votes

But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?

2 Thessalonians 3:8-10 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.

Malachi 3:9-10 ESV / 6 helpful votes

You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.

Hosea 4:6 ESV / 6 helpful votes

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.

Ezekiel 22:12 ESV / 6 helpful votes

In you they take bribes to shed blood; you take interest and profit and make gain of your neighbors by extortion; but me you have forgotten, declares the Lord God.

Proverbs 23:21 ESV / 6 helpful votes

For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.

Psalm 24:1 ESV / 6 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,

James 5:1-6 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. ...

1 Timothy 6:17-19 ESV / 5 helpful votes

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

1 Timothy 6:9-10 ESV / 5 helpful votes

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

1 Timothy 5:18 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”

2 Thessalonians 3:10 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.

Philippians 2:3 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

Romans 12:19 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

Acts 7:34 ESV / 5 helpful votes

I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you to Egypt.’

Luke 18:22 ESV / 5 helpful votes

When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

Luke 16:22-26 ESV / 5 helpful votes

The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’

Luke 12:48 ESV / 5 helpful votes

But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.

Mark 10:23 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!”

Matthew 25:44-46 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Matthew 18:26-35 ESV / 5 helpful votes

So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. ...

Matthew 4:8-10 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’”

Ezekiel 45:9 ESV / 5 helpful votes

“Thus says the Lord God: Enough, O princes of Israel! Put away violence and oppression, and execute justice and righteousness. Cease your evictions of my people, declares the Lord God.

Jeremiah 22:17 ESV / 5 helpful votes

But you have eyes and heart only for your dishonest gain, for shedding innocent blood, and for practicing oppression and violence.”

Ecclesiastes 4:1 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Again I saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them.

Proverbs 31:9 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Proverbs 28:11 ESV / 5 helpful votes

A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding will find him out.

Proverbs 22:22 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Do not rob the poor, because he is poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate,

Proverbs 22:2 ESV / 5 helpful votes

The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the maker of them all.

Psalm 15:5 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.

Deuteronomy 24:19-22 ESV / 5 helpful votes

“When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat your olive trees, you shall not go over them again. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not strip it afterward. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore I command you to do this.

Revelation 3:17-18 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.

1 Corinthians 7:21 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Were you a slave when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.)

Micah 6:12 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Your rich men are full of violence; your inhabitants speak lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.

Amos 2:7 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Those who trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth and turn aside the way of the afflicted; a man and his father go in to the same girl, so that my holy name is profaned;

Ezekiel 18:17 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Withholds his hand from iniquity, takes no interest or profit, obeys my rules, and walks in my statutes; he shall not die for his father's iniquity; he shall surely live.

Jeremiah 6:6 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For thus says the Lord of hosts: “Cut down her trees; cast up a siege mound against Jerusalem. This is the city that must be punished; there is nothing but oppression within her.

Isaiah 49:26 ESV / 4 helpful votes

I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh, and they shall be drunk with their own blood as with wine. Then all flesh shall know that I am the Lord your Savior, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

Isaiah 19:20 ESV / 4 helpful votes

It will be a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt. When they cry to the Lord because of oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and deliver them.

Proverbs 28:8 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Whoever multiplies his wealth by interest and profit gathers it for him who is generous to the poor.

Proverbs 23:4-5 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist. When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven.

Proverbs 22:4 ESV / 4 helpful votes

The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.

Proverbs 21:20 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man's dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.

Proverbs 20:13 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.

Proverbs 15:6 ESV / 4 helpful votes

In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, but trouble befalls the income of the wicked.

Proverbs 14:24 ESV / 4 helpful votes

The crown of the wise is their wealth, but the folly of fools brings folly.

Proverbs 13:21 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Disaster pursues sinners, but the righteous are rewarded with good.

Proverbs 13:20 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

Proverbs 11:28 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.

Proverbs 10:22 ESV / 4 helpful votes

The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.

Proverbs 10:15 ESV / 4 helpful votes

A rich man's wealth is his strong city; the poverty of the poor is their ruin.

Proverbs 8:13 ESV / 4 helpful votes

The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.

Proverbs 6:9-11 ESV / 4 helpful votes

How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.

Psalm 119:134 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Redeem me from man's oppression, that I may keep your precepts.

Psalm 72:14 ESV / 4 helpful votes

From oppression and violence he redeems their life, and precious is their blood in his sight.

Psalm 12:5 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the Lord; “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”

Job 42:10 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

Job 35:9 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“Because of the multitude of oppressions people cry out; they call for help because of the arm of the mighty.

Nehemiah 5:7 ESV / 4 helpful votes

I took counsel with myself, and I brought charges against the nobles and the officials. I said to them, “You are exacting interest, each from his brother.” And I held a great assembly against them

Judges 6:9 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all who oppressed you, and drove them out before you and gave you their land.

Deuteronomy 28:33 ESV / 4 helpful votes

A nation that you have not known shall eat up the fruit of your ground and of all your labors, and you shall be only oppressed and crushed continually,

Deuteronomy 26:7 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Then we cried to the Lord, the God of our fathers, and the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression.

Deuteronomy 10:18 ESV / 4 helpful votes

He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.

Deuteronomy 8:17 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’

Deuteronomy 8:1-20 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers. And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years. Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you. ...

Leviticus 27:30 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the Lord's; it is holy to the Lord.

James 5:2 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten.

James 1:27 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

2 Timothy 3:1-2 ESV / 3 helpful votes

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,

1 Timothy 6:17 ESV / 3 helpful votes

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

1 Corinthians 16:1-24 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come. And when I arrive, I will send those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem. If it seems advisable that I should go also, they will accompany me. I will visit you after passing through Macedonia, for I intend to pass through Macedonia, ...

1 Corinthians 12:25 ESV / 3 helpful votes

That there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 8:29 ESV / 3 helpful votes

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

Romans 8:28 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

John 19:6-18 ESV / 3 helpful votes

When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no guilt in him.” The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.” When Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid. He entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” ...

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 3 helpful votes

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Zephaniah 3:1 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Woe to her who is rebellious and defiled, the oppressing city!

Hosea 13:6 ESV / 3 helpful votes

But when they had grazed, they became full, they were filled, and their heart was lifted up; therefore they forgot me.

Lamentations 5:3 ESV / 3 helpful votes

We have become orphans, fatherless; our mothers are like widows.

Jeremiah 9:23 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches,

Isaiah 47:9 ESV / 3 helpful votes

These two things shall come to you in a moment, in one day; the loss of children and widowhood shall come upon you in full measure, in spite of your many sorceries and the great power of your enchantments.

Ecclesiastes 5:19 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God.

Ecclesiastes 5:10 ESV / 3 helpful votes

He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 2:1-26 ESV / 3 helpful votes

I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity. I said of laughter, “It is mad,” and of pleasure, “What use is it?” I searched with my heart how to cheer my body with wine—my heart still guiding me with wisdom—and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the children of man to do under heaven during the few days of their life. I made great works. I built houses and planted vineyards for myself. I made myself gardens and parks, and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees. ...

Proverbs 28:24 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Whoever robs his father or his mother and says, “That is no transgression,” is a companion to a man who destroys.

Proverbs 28:20 ESV / 3 helpful votes

A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.

Proverbs 28:15 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a poor people.

Proverbs 27:17 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

Proverbs 19:14 ESV / 3 helpful votes

House and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.

Proverbs 13:22 ESV / 3 helpful votes

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, but the sinner's wealth is laid up for the righteous.

Proverbs 12:19 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

Proverbs 12:11 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.

Proverbs 6:6 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.

Proverbs 6:1-5 ESV / 3 helpful votes

My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, have given your pledge for a stranger, if you are snared in the words of your mouth, caught in the words of your mouth, then do this, my son, and save yourself, for you have come into the hand of your neighbor: go, hasten, and plead urgently with your neighbor. Give your eyes no sleep and your eyelids no slumber; save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the hand of the fowler.

Proverbs 2:1-5 ESV / 3 helpful votes

My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.

Psalm 109:16 ESV / 3 helpful votes

For he did not remember to show kindness, but pursued the poor and needy and the brokenhearted, to put them to death.

Deuteronomy 28:1-68 ESV / 3 helpful votes

“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. ...

Deuteronomy 6:5-7 ESV / 3 helpful votes

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

Leviticus 19:9-10 ESV / 3 helpful votes

“When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.

Genesis 13:2 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.

James 5:16 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

James 1:11 ESV / 2 helpful votes

For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

1 Timothy 6:10 ESV / 2 helpful votes

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 2 helpful votes

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

1 Timothy 4:7 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;

Colossians 2:1-3 ESV / 2 helpful votes

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Ephesians 6:12 ESV / 2 helpful votes

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

2 Corinthians 9:1 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Now it is superfluous for me to write to you about the ministry for the saints,

2 Corinthians 8:9 ESV / 2 helpful votes

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

John 8:32 ESV / 2 helpful votes

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Mark 10:43 ESV / 2 helpful votes

But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,

Mark 10:30 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.

Mark 10:28-30 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.

Mark 8:1-38 ESV / 2 helpful votes

In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat, he called his disciples to him and said to them, “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And if I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way. And some of them have come from far away.” And his disciples answered him, “How can one feed these people with bread here in this desolate place?” And he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.” ...

Matthew 19:19 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Matthew 4:4 ESV / 2 helpful votes

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Malachi 3:7-12 ESV / 2 helpful votes

From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. But you say, ‘How shall we return?’ Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lordof hosts. ...

Ecclesiastes 3:22 ESV / 2 helpful votes

So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot. Who can bring him to see what will be after him?

Proverbs 29:3 ESV / 2 helpful votes

He who loves wisdom makes his father glad, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.

Proverbs 28:25 ESV / 2 helpful votes

A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched.

Proverbs 28:22 ESV / 2 helpful votes

A stingy man hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him.

Proverbs 27:23-27 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds, for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations? When the grass is gone and the new growth appears and the vegetation of the mountains is gathered, the lambs will provide your clothing, and the goats the price of a field. There will be enough goats' milk for your food, for the food of your household and maintenance for your girls.

Proverbs 24:27 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.

Proverbs 23:20 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat,

Proverbs 23:5 ESV / 2 helpful votes

When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven.

Proverbs 22:16 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

Proverbs 21:17 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.

Proverbs 21:5 ESV / 2 helpful votes

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.

Proverbs 20:17 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel.

Proverbs 19:17 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.

Proverbs 19:1 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.

Proverbs 17:18 ESV / 2 helpful votes

One who lacks sense gives a pledge and puts up security in the presence of his neighbor.

Proverbs 16:19 ESV / 2 helpful votes

It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Proverbs 16:16 ESV / 2 helpful votes

How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

Proverbs 15:27 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live.

Proverbs 15:25 ESV / 2 helpful votes

The Lord tears down the house of the proud but maintains the widow's boundaries.

Proverbs 15:16 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it.

Proverbs 14:23 ESV / 2 helpful votes

In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.

Proverbs 14:4 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.

Proverbs 13:11 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

Proverbs 12:27 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth.

Proverbs 11:24-26 ESV / 2 helpful votes

One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. The people curse him who holds back grain, but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.

Proverbs 11:1 ESV / 2 helpful votes

A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is his delight.

Job 1:8 ESV / 2 helpful votes

And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?”

Philippians 1:21 ESV / 1 helpful vote

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Proverbs 11:16 ESV / 1 helpful vote

A gracious woman gets honor, and violent men get riches.

Proverbs 8:18 ESV / 1 helpful vote

Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness.

Proverbs 6:6-11 ESV / 1 helpful vote

Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, ...

Job 1:1 ESV / 1 helpful vote

There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.

Deuteronomy 29:29 ESV / 1 helpful vote

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.





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