CAABU – have you heard of it?

Lord Hylton

CAABU is the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding.  Never has it been more needed than NOW. 

In the Arab Spring, or Uprising, we have seen three Arab dictators overthrown, and major reforms in two Arab monarchies, while in Syria and Iraq the future is uncertain. 

CAABU is urgently needed to interpret the Arab world to Britain, and vice-versa.  Western-style democracy may not be the first choice for many Arabs.  It is, however, clear that almost all Arabs want systems of government that respect personal and family dignity.  Almost anything would be better than tyrants, who imprisoned and tortured as they saw fit.

Each year it costs just over £250,000 to keep CAABU running.  This covers work in Parliament, the media, universities and schools, as well as the organizing of exchange visits and training courses.  Please contribute as generously as you can, to an organization costing a tiny fraction of the smallest war.  CAABU’s address is 1 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE –

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16 comments for “CAABU – have you heard of it?

  1. Twm O'r Nant
    12/04/2012 at 4:57 pm

    Kentucky Fried chicken is owned by Arabs. I enjoy their fare once in a while and that is all the understanding I need with Arabs. I certainly shan’t be giving anything to promore understanding with the owners of KFC other than what I give them already.

    The tradition of chuckin’ your finished pack of KFC out of the car window for the birds is one that a certain Maude Elwes does not approve of, because it is disgustin’. It is basically litter.

    Now with Maude Elwes and litter we NEED understanding.

  2. MilesJSD
    14/04/2012 at 4:45 am

    The inescapable Environment, and the inescapable Human Civilisation that is on-track to having a Planned world-population of 22 billion people by the year 2200, which will require almost 6 (six) Earthsworth of Resources just to be civilisationally still ‘marking-time’ where we were in 2010,

    each need to be “understood” and be first and foremost faced up to.
    Academically “Understanding” comes from
    (1) Intrinsicly perceiving a situation
    (2) Forming extrinsicly-communicable (“understandable”, “comprehensible”) pictorial, graphic, and linguistic images of that situation
    (3) Communicating those images to (“all sorts and conditions”) of People
    (4) Two-way-communicating to ensure verbatim-mutual-understanding of those images (“facts”).

    That requires both a primary shared language and primarily-reliable channels, between the participants as involved or affected parties.
    Since both the Natural Environment and the Human Civilisation, are both intrinsicly and extrinsicly “competitive” in the sense of “rationing” both “Renewable” and “Non-Renewable” lifesupports (Resources), we Humans need to be co-planning using a “win-win-win-win-win-win-win” communication and cooperative-problem-solving Model.
    As far as one can see, neither the CAABU nor NATO nor SEATO, nor even the United Nations,
    has such a “Method III” model up and running.
    Without such Method III capability, CAABU is but another WASTE, not simply of money (“$250,000 per year”) but of the other four essentials to Human Life-Budgeting:
    (i) energies (ii) timeframes (iii) material-things (iv) safe & sustainworthy places within which to work and to live.

    Therefore what is needed is not a council for the advancement of something-that-does-not-yet-primarily-exist (namely ”’Arab-British ‘understanding’ “‘)

    but a United-Nations Method III Cooperative Problem Solving Centre, & Reach-Out Service to such ‘lesser’ conflicting-parties as the Arabs (versus) Britain.

  3. Croft
    14/04/2012 at 1:31 pm

    Can’t say I had heard of it but I have now…just reading their website

  4. 16/04/2012 at 12:08 pm

    I can’t help noticing that since what we have come to know as the Arab Spring, “SPRING”, (“Support for Partnership, Reform, and Inclusive Growth.”) and when 16 Countries joined in with the EU, trouble started.

    In a speech by President José Manuel Durão Barroso made in Cairo 14th July 2011, in which he made clear, the “European Union has no wish to interfere in Egypt’s internal decisions.”

    “We recognise there are many risks still to be faced. We recognise that the revolution is not finished. The expectations are high and the potential for frustration is considerable. Deep change takes time. The road to democracy is not a peaceful stream of water but rather an unpredictable river very much like the Nile used to be before the Aswan Dam. But we fundamentally affirm the spirit that has ignited the revolution thus far. And throughout we remain acutely aware that democracy must come from within. While external assistance may help the flowers of democracy bloom, it is only you who have planted the seeds that can ensure democracy takes root.”

    “Our financial commitments will rise to €7 billion in the coming three years for our neighbourhood, with another €6 billion in loans available. Much of this will come from the European Investment Bank, whose President Philippe Maystadt is joining me on this trip. The bank is the biggest development lender in North Africa. Already there are nine Egyptian projects in the pipeline for the coming 12 month, worth well over €1 billion”.

    “This sits within the overall package of €20bn agreed at the G8 in May. Egypt is in a good position to access these amounts, as it is a leading country in the path to democracy”. I will end this section with President Barroso, “As the turmoil continues, the European Union flag flies proudly in Freedom Square, Benghazi. This flag and the office beneath it is a tangible and symbolic sign that the European Union is ready to support the people of this region.” Noted. Concern for heads of state. Are all Heads of State to be replaced? Perhaps they would not sign Treaties to allow the EU make the laws that the Heads of Government would have to follow?

    CAABU may well be the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding. but it will never succeed for their way of life is far too wide appart from each other.

    • maude elwes
      16/04/2012 at 1:30 pm

      @Anne Palmer:

      I am assuming these billions you wrote of are provided by the European tax payers, collectively? If my assumtion is correct would you detail the benefit this money will have for the European people.

      And would you also clarify why it is felt that rather than using this tax payers funding for ridding EU states of their dreadful austerity and possible demise you choose to benefit Egypt?

      You do realise that taking money under false pretences, even political false pretences, is fraud.

      Why do you feel Egypts people are more deserving of this money than starving Europeans? Especially as it is funded by those same European tax payers in the hope their own people will benefit from their gift.

  5. 16/04/2012 at 4:40 pm

    You will have to write to President José Manuel Durão Barroso for they are his words, not mine, and they were made 14th July 2011.

    The whole of his Speech is here or just type in
    “President José Manuel Durão Barroso made in Cairo 14th July 2011”. As he is YOUR President as well as mine, all of us should read what he has to say, don’t you think?

    • maude elwes
      18/04/2012 at 8:46 am

      @Anne Palmer:

      You are, of course, absolutely right on how we should all be aware of what our ‘leaders’ are doing ‘on our behalf.’

      What I see as happening here with the banks of Europe is nothing more than money laundering. Taking it from Europe and siphoning it off to ‘who knows where.’ In real terms, for the benefit of?

      However, my question in my previous post to you was, what do ‘you’ feel about what you put up for us all to chew on? Do you have a gripe or are you happy with the efforts taken?

      What is your take on it? You give absolutely no clue as to how you stand on the matter. Now why is that?

      You cannot debate a matter if you have no point of view.

      Here is a little thinking that is just as important to know. A broader picture perhaps.

      And this little clip I picked up on the European debating website recently. Another different viewpoint of the financial crisis we find ourselves in through the promotion of raw Capitalism and the NWO. Gobalization and how this ties in with what you have raised here.

  6. MilesJSD
    16/04/2012 at 11:37 pm

    Your human-race-saving “growth” (militarily- politico-economic) is in fact destroying the Lifesupports and their Sources upon which not only our human-race but most other Life on Earth utterly depends upon, not just for thrival but for very survival;
    so how “true” can all this “debating” really be ?
    and where are the truly multi-way democratic Fact-sharing & Discussion esites, for parleying these Our ‘needs’ and those of the Living Earth itself ?

  7. 17/04/2012 at 9:44 am

    I recognised facts. When the EU extended its “welcome” to the 16 Mediterranean Countries, I wondered WHY? It concerns me and should concern everyone why there is bloodshed and the need to replace certain leaders one way or another. Milesjsd has a very good point, but I wish far more people were also “concerned”.

    Quoting from a Debate in our Parliament that “on 14 March 2001, the European council held an extraordinary session to discuss developments in Libya and the Southern neighbourhood region and set the political direction and priorities for future EU policy and action. The council noted that progress and democracy go hand in hand, and all countries in the region needed to undertake or accelerate political and economic reforms, and said the EU would support all steps towards democratic transformation, political systems that allow peaceful change, growth and prosperity, and a more proportionate distribution of the benefits of economic performance”.

    I point you in the direction of COM (2011) 200 final which makes fairly clear where this Mediterranean project is heading, although in March when this was printed matters were obviously not as far ahead as they are at present (23.8.2011) although the beginning makes clear that it is all, “A PARTNERSHIP FOR DEMOCRACY AND SHARED PROSPERITY WITH THE SOUTHERN MEDITERRANEAN”. When reading Numbers 5 and 9 Chapters, it should also be remembered that any money written about here WE have also contributed to, and then ask, when did anyone here vote for this Mediterranean extension?

    How I wish those Countries had been left alone.

    • Hylton
      27/04/2012 at 12:10 pm

      I think there are at least two reasons why Europe should offer some grants and loans to the Middle East and North Africa:

      First to help that region to live at peace with itself. Secondly, to prevent its desperately poor people becomeing “boat people” and illegal migrants in Europe. Too many have drowned already.

  8. Gareth Howell
    18/04/2012 at 9:23 am

    One problem is that many of the countries have been dominated one way or the toher by European powers further back in the past and there are ongoing relationships good or bad, with them.

    France: Libya,Tunisia,Morrocco

    Many French people live in Morrocco; the Tunisians prefer the Brits, but the Brits do not like them so much and so on and so forth ad infinitum. Several hundred thousand Tunisians live in Paris, and are French citizens; likewise Morrocans. The number of people of Algerian Arab stock in France does not bear thinking about.

    The task of Baroness Ashton cannot be easy in formulating European foreign policy, for those countries on the southern side of the Med, when there are so many conflicting interests.

    Why should Anne Palmer object to organising something politically which is already a fait accompli demographically?

    • maude elwes
      18/04/2012 at 11:27 am

      @Gareth Howell:

      Now you have raised the real issue here. And that is, how can you be Morrocan, Tunisian, Libyan and at the same time French? Or, even European.

      You are either French, British, German or whatever. You cannot be both. But in this example you can be and are European.

      This idea that you can be of another country yet still of the country you were born in, is utter nonsense.

      And there lies the essence of our crisis.

      If you are say, Morrocan, how can you be British? You can say I am of Morrocan heritage or race, but, I’m English. And then what do you do? If your allegiance is for a country, whether it is your place of birth or not, that then is your nationality.

      Example: I am English, not because my father was English, as he was a Scot, I am English because I not only was born in England and have an English mother, but, my allegiance is also for my country of birth, England.

      If my allegiance is elsewhere, say to France, then that is what I am, French, with British parents.

      In my case I am English, which has mutated into British. And I am also European. My affiliation is to England which is a part of Europe. I am therefore an English European.

  9. 19/04/2012 at 3:42 pm

    maude elwes if you were born in ENGLAND your allegiance whether said out loud or not at all, it is as if you were born here and from the moment you were born it is also as if you had said the Oath of Allegiance out loud, for from that moment you have protection from the Crown, and your allegiance is also to the British Crown and through the Crown to all the British people. You amy go through life having so swown Allegiance out Loud.

    The Crown covers all four Countries of the United Kingdom held together through ancient Treaties which in themselves protects one to the other. Should Scotland break away as is presently suggested, it “intrudes” on the Act of Union which in turn “intrudes” on the Act of Settlement which affects all the present Members of the Commonwealth, and that is why, when Mr Cameron attended the last Commonwealth meeting-which might just be the last- he asked various Members if changes could be made to the Act of Settlement.

    Baring in mind some Commonwealth Member died along-side UK Members in the last war, when they were presented with Mr Cameron’s Proposals, proposals he had not even had told or explained to the people of this Country-the Mother Country-nor the changes he wanted to propose to Commonwealth Members, I wonder if he realises he is indeed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and all the people in it and they should indeed be told of these proposed changes first.

    The present Commonwealth can achieve far more than the European Union can ever hope to achieve no matter how long the latter survives. If the former is changed however by what is proposed in the Report of the Eminent Persons Group to Commonwealth Heads of Government at Perth, Oct 2011, “A Commonwealth of the people-Time for Urgent Reform”, it too will eventually die as part of the EU is dying at present, for without the people behind it, it is doomed-even though it may take an unconscionable time in dying.

    We are not European because we have never been asked if we want to be, and we bare no allegiance what so ever to an organisation called the European Union. As for our Monarch being made a European Citizen? Will we still be called European when the EU breaks up? I look forward to the day when we find out.

    • maude elwes
      20/04/2012 at 1:22 pm

      I have no protection from the Crown. As the Crown is no longer a functioning, in the true sense, Monarchy. My allegiance is to England and to England as a modern nation within Europe as part of Europe. Not as you are pushing, a subject, but as a citizen of Europe.

      You have every rght to your opinion on whether you feel subjugated and therefore a subject. I feel differently and my opinion is as valid as yours.

      All four countries of the UK were forced into a union they objected in principle to and which finally, the citizens of those countries are now having a voice on the matter. They are wanting to unite with Europe as one people. Which is what we are, like it or not. The Crown being German and French, along with the rest of the once Crowned heads of Europe.

      The Commonwealth is not one people. It is a variety of peoples. And, in the main, I go along with old Enoch Powell’s thoughts on Commonwealth and its so called benefits.

      Some of these colonies were populated by people the Crown banished from the UK and forced to live thousands of miles from their homeland as servants and slaves. Later, children were torn from their parents in WW’s suffered through and likewise banished as unwanted fodder here.

      I wouldn’t call that protection of the Crown. I would call that abuse of the Crown.

  10. 20/04/2012 at 6:13 pm

    Your sworn allegiance maude elwes, if you were born here in the UK, is to the British Crown whether you like it or not. Although Labour “got rid of” some of the Acts of Treason allegedly by accident towards the end of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 repealing them in full rather than just the Death by Hanging clause for treason, they strangely have remained repealed. However, some Treason Acts remain. Much of what I have written you will realise as time goes on and History is made for you to read one day and perhaps begin to understand you may realise what I have written is-at this moment in time, TRUE.

    Whether the Monarchy survives in the future or not, many will realise they are, or were far better under the Monarchy than a Dictator. Had people of my age group not fought off one would be Dictator, or survived the bombing of the Cities in this Country, night after night, many in our Parliament NOW may not even have been born. I beg you to remember that for if you do not, those that gave their lives for the King and Country, gave their lives for nothing.

  11. eureka14
    22/04/2012 at 6:53 am

    Dear Lord Hylton
    More than half a century ago, the oppressed Tamils staged a non-violent sit-in satyagraha in front of the
    i.parliament on 5 June 1956 and were beaten by Sinhala mobs while the police stood by and the Sinhala parliamentarians including the Prime Minister were reported to be watching it through the windows of the parliament and joking and laughing. At the end of the day and the following few days, Tamils were beaten up on streets in Colombo and in Galoya sugar plantation 150 Tamils were burnt and hacked to death (no investigation and no punishment of the perpetrators)

    ii. the government secretariats in the North and the East Tamils starting on 20 February 1961. On 18 April the armed forces sent by the government attacked the ptotesters and arrested many of them.

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