The true face of China: The crushing of the Pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong




What started being called the Peace & Love demonstrations to protest Beijing’s electoral law for Hong Kong was so mismanaged by China who wont tolerate any sort of dissent that the organizers decided to occupy strategic parts of the city in what was then known as the Umbrella revolution organized by a movement called Occupy Central, operated on Ghandian principles of non-violence.

The “one country, two systems” notion promised complete self-rule in Hong Kong as Britain wound down its control over its former colony in 1997. But the recent clashes in the streets seemed to have ended any hope that Beijing would let the city’s long-established democracy continue to thrive. China insists on handpicking a slate of candidates for an election expected in 2017, while the demonstrators demand that anyone should be allowed to stand for election.

Mainland China has been trying to persuade Taiwan to return to the Motherland with the promise  of the “one country, two systems” but the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are sending a grim signal to businesspeople in the region. After years of improved commercial ties between Taiwan and its giant neighbor, many Taiwanese sense that the thaw is moving too fast for comfort. The clashes in Hong Kong between the Beijing-backed authorities and demonstrators bode ill for Taiwan’s advocates of further integration with the mainland.


Hong Kong Students Stage Rally For Democracy

Xi Jinping, not yet two years in office as China’s leader, seems “unpredictable.” The way he has handled the Hong Kong crisis to a conclusion is a proof of his inability  to handle internal affairs but also China’s relations with its neighbors. Force and suppression seem to be the only policy he knows as China seems to have unilaterally reneged on the “One country, two systems” in Hong Kong.

The leader of Taiwan, has publicly said that  “Now that the 1.3 billion people [in mainland China] have become moderately wealthy, they will of course wish to enjoy greater democracy and rule of law. Such a desire has never been a monopoly of the West, but is the right of all humankind.” Xi Jinping and his thugs are not amused.

The one country, two systems concept was initially developed by China’s then-premier, Deng Xiaoping, in the 1980s as a plan to peacefully integrate Taiwan into the mainland. It was only later adapted for Hong Kong, and to this day it remains Beijing’s official plan for Taiwan, which Beijing still considers to be part of China.

But as Beijing is now making it clear it will not allow Hong Kong to maintain its democratic system after all, any illusion that Taiwan would one day agree to a similar arrangement has quickly evaporated.

Pro Democracy Supporters Attempt To Bring Hong Kong To A Stand Still With Mass Rally

It is clear that both Hong Kong and Taiwan are Chinese, but over the years they have each developed an identity separate from that of the mainland, a fact that is apparently lost on Beijing.

Beijing for the moment has crushed the pro-democracy movement in Beijing but at the same time has managed to alienate the people of Taiwan who do not want unification to the mainland until it has a full fledged democracy. The leadership in Beijing has once again shown its true colour: it is a brutal dictatorship who mistreats Tibetans, Ughyers and its other minorities within the mainland and now has  shown that it wont tolerate any form of democracy in Hong Kong!

The Royal House of Bourbon-Bhopal in India

Connetable_BourbonCharles III of Bourbon, Constable of France

The story of this family is absolutely fascinating.

H.R.H. Prince Jean Phillipe of Bourbon, Count of Clermont was son of H.R.H. Prince Charles, Duke of Bourbon and Constable of France. He arrived in India in 1560. He entered the service of His Majesty Emperor Akkbar and eventually married the Emperor’s sister in law, Juliana Mascarenhas. He was made Raja of Shergar in payment for his outstanding services and his loyalty to the Mogul Empire. His descendants served the Empire until the fall of Delhi in 1739 when the Shah of Persia, Nadir Shah, invaded India.
After the fall of Delhi, Frances II of Bourbon moved with his family to rule over the small Principality of Shergar and it was here that the Maharaja of Narwar, taking advantage of the diminished power of the Empire attacked and destroyed Shergar. All the accumulated wealth was stolen and all the archives pertaining to the family and its origin were destroyed out of spite. Since those days the history of the family has been passed from one generation to the other orally.
The family eventually moved to Bhopal where two of his descendants, first Prince Balthazar I of Bourbon and later his son Prince Sebastien of Bourbon became Prime Ministers to the Begums of Bhopal. The ‘fleur de lys’ is part of the Royal Coat of Arms of the Bhopal Royal family as a tribute to the elder branch of the Bourbons.
Today the head of the family is a laywer and he still lives in Bhopal. His name is H.R.H. Prince Bhaltazar IV of Bourbon-Bhopal, Count of Clermont. He is married to Princess Elisha and has 3 children. The eldest, H.R.H. Prince Frederick, Duke of Shergar is currently living in California and H.R.H. Princess Michelle and H.R.H Prince Adrian study in Bhopal.
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Prince Blathazar IV with Princess Elisha and his younger children.


Ekaterinburg 1918: The Survival of four Grand Duchesses


Though it had been rumored  for years immediately after the alleged massacre of the Russian Imperial Family in 1918, that the Empress and her daughters had survived, it was not until the magnificent researched book  and BBC documentary, The File on the Tsar written by Tom Mangold and Anthony Summer in 1976 that the theory was sustained by solid proof that they had been moved from Ekaterinburg to Perm.

French historian, Marc Ferro has just published a new book that confirms this as a fact, in spite of the DNA tests that ‘officially’ have  established the official version of what occurred that infamous night as historical facts. In his book LA VERITE SUR LA TRAGEDIE DES ROMANOVS the author charts his journey to uncover the truth. The recent discovery by Marie Stravlo of  Grand Duchess Olga’s autobiography published in Spain by Planeta under the title YO ESTOY VIVA, proves that the Tsarina and daughters were not murdered that night.

Ferro remarks that historians have been happy to regurgitate the White Russian version of how the story unfolded. He feels there were too many improbabilities in the judicial report and too many unofficial witnesses were eliminated. Such blind faith continued right up until the moment when the Yeltsin government allowed comparative analysis to be carried out on bodies discovered by two historians, newsrooms around the world took the information as fact without verification. Finally, an American Romanov scholar discovered hundreds of documents from the Vatican archives which proved that the Tsarina and her daughters where evacuated and this is another piece of evidence to back up Ferro’s thesis.

The survival of the Tsarina and her daughters was a truth neither the Bolsheviks nor the Whites could disclose. Both sides ensured that witnesses were executed. After March 1918, the Reds feared that Kaiser William II would break the treaty of Brest-Litovsk if the “German” Empress and her daughters were not spared. And so the story begins, the mother and her daughters were evacuated to the city of Perm and then to German-occupied Ukraine. The youngest Anastasia, however, managed to escape. And over the next 50 years there would be sightings of them in Italy, Germany and Canada until their deaths in utmost secret in the 1970s.

At last Ferro sheds light on one of the greatest secrets of the 20th century and one of history’s true taboos.

World-famous historian Marc Ferro has been haunted by this story for 20 years. His biography of Nicholas II: The Last of the Tsars was published in 1990 by Payot & Rivages and was then translated into numerous languages.

So one would asked what happened to the Empress and her daughters. The surprising reply will come in a new book that is now being written by another Romanov scholar, Marie Stravlo  on the fate of the four Grand Duchesses. Mrs. Stravlo is my co-author in the historical novel, The Lost Romanov Icon & the Enigma of Anastasia published by Thames River Press which is worth reading as it sheds new light on the story of Anastasia with never before published documents.

But briefly for those who are eager to know, I have had access to a brief summary of their fate.

Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna Romanov  was kept captive in Perm by the Cheka secret police of the Bolshevicks until October 1918, when she was evacuated to Vladivostok. In her autobiography entitled “I am alive, the published last September 2012 in Spain “Estoy Viva, memorias ineditas de la ultima Romanov”, she gives details of her escape and life under the assumed name of Maria Bottcher in Germany and later in Italy, where she died in 1976. Olga married German Captain Karl Boodts in 1926 and divorced  him in 1928. She then took the name Maria Boodts, also calling herself Marga Boodts. She used both assumed names.

After her passing her bones were interred in Menaggio, Italy. Her original grave was destroyed in 1995, but her remains are kept intact in another grave guarded by a loyal family of friends in Italy.

Anastasia story has been well documented since her suicide attempt in Berlin in 1922. Her story has been recounted in detail by historian Peter Kurth in his book Anastasia: The Riddle of Anna Anderson and by her official biographer, James Blair Lovell in his book Anastasia: the Lost Princess. The results of DNA tests on a piece of intestine that was claimed to be of Anastasia Manahan and found in Martha Jefferson Hospital stated that she was not the Grand Duchess but a Polish peasent and this ludicrous result in unacceptable for all of us that have followed and studied her story for many years. In fact Forensic and graphological testing done during the close to 40 year German lawsuit stated that she was the Grand Duchesss.

A new book published in Russia in 2014 and written by academician Veniamin Alexseyev states  facts that proof that Anastasia was indeed Ana Anderson/ Anastasia Manahan.  Mr. Alexeyev had access to Kremlin classified documents and to the dossier compiled by Grand Duke Andrei Wladimirovich  who recognized Mrs. Anderson as his niece and which were thought had been destroyed after his death by the enemies of Anastasia. For  further information on this please follow the link

Grand Duchess Anastasia is buried at Seeon Castle in Germany.

Tatiana’s fate is very little documented and some believe she was taken prisoner by the Soviets during the II World War and died in a Gulag and others she escaped to the United States.

Grand Duchess Maria also escaped from Russia. She was first taken to Moscow, where Chicherin made arrangements to send her to Ukraine. Once in Ukraine, she was under the care of General Alexander Dolgoruky. Three months later she married, in Romania, Prince Nicholas Dolgoruky (son of Alexander) and when she died she was buried in Rome. She had two daughters and one is still living in Belgium.


Maria Nicolaevna RomanovHER IMPERIAL HIGHNESS GRAND DUCHESS MARIA NICOLAIEVNA ROMANOV, before the fall of the Empire and as Princess Dolgoruky in Italy.

To those who believe the DNA ‘evidence’ that claim that the bones found in the mass grave are those of  ALL the Imperial Family and even though the British lab failed to provide the original lab report, I have news for you. Stanford University repeated the DNA tests and found no match to the Romanov family. In Japan there is actual blood from Nicholas from a 1904 assassination attempt and their DNA tests show no match for the bones the Russians conveniently ‘found’ in an area that had been searched many times including digging and seives to sift the clay topsoil. The Russians are desperate to close the case and are still fabricating evidence to this day  just like they did in 1918, 1919.

I have no doubt in my mind that the Imperial family survived. The secret Archives of the Vatican once opened to historians, will proof this and the book by Marie Stravlo will shock the world with its revelations based on never before published documents. The world deserves to know the truth.

10417432_811795148873100_2408914609181010811_nHER IMPERIAL HIGHNESS GRAND DUCHESS OLGA NICOLAIEVNA ROMANOV as an adult and before the fall of the Russian Empire


51GRAND DUCHESS ANASTASIA NICOLAIEVNA during different periods of her life.

On the 25th of September 2015 the Russian government has announced the decision to dig up the alleged remains of the Tsar and Tsarina for further DNA testing with the object of proving that the bone remains alleged to be of Tsarevitch Alexis and Grand Duchess Maria are so. The Russian government wants to bring this matter once and for all to a conclusion and to bury the bones with whom they consider to be the rest of the Imperial family. They have no intention of revising the previous findings that to my knowledge are a fabricated hoax.

They are comparing the DNA with DNA samples of Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodrovna who is buried in Israel, and from blood samples of the Tsar Grand Father, Tsar Alexander II.

It is about time, in my opinion, to let the world know the truth and the time to also compare the DNA samples of the surviving daughters, Grand Duchess Maria (Princess Dolgoruki) who is buried in Rome, Grand Duchess Olga ( Marga Boodts) buried in Mennagio (Italy) and Grand Duchess Anastasia ( Anna Anderson) as there are hair strands that are kept in a safe place until the time comes.

Anything other than this will be a perpetuation of a historical lie!


The restoration of a Constitutional Monarchy in Libya could bring stability to the region


Muammar Gadaffi overthrew the Constitutional Monarchy in Libya  a military coup in 1969 and I have no doubt that King Idriss successor, his great nephew Crown Prince Mohammed Al- Senussi who resides in London could play a  vital role in bringing the Libyan warring factions to reach a peace agreement.

The restoration of the Constitutional Monarchy could undoubtedly be used as a unifying force and I am surprised that the UN has not invited Prince Mohammed to their brokered  peace  talks  to end the eight month civil war being held in Geneva since Thursday.

The restored King could arbitrate the peace talks between the Islamist-leaning Libya Dawn forces now controlling the capital and the internationally recognised government temporarily quartered in the eastern city of Tubruq.

UN special envoy Bernardino León has been struggling for months to bring together the two warring sides of the conflict that has left hundreds dead, prompted a wave of refugees and drastically lowered the oil-rich country’s hydrocarbon output. So how is it that he has not invited the Crown Prince as  Libya is falling really very deeply in chaos?

Mr León said in a press conference ahead of the meeting that it is not only the political chaos with the competing institutions, competing governments, competing chairmen of public companies but there is military and security chaos, more fighting everywhere in the country. As the aim of the talks is to end the fighting and agree proposals to form a new transitional government it would only be logical that as the revolution that overthrew Gaddafi has adopted the Royal flag and the Royal National Anthem for post revolutionary Libya, the heir to the Crown would be invited to play an active part in the future of the country and invited to participate as a key figure of these peace talks.

Since its longtime ruler, Muammer al-Gaddafi, was toppled in a 2011 by a NATO backed armed uprising, Libya has been spiraling deeper into chaos. A wave of assassinations by presumed Islamist militants targeting the uniformed security forces gave rise to Khalifa Haftar, a former general in the Lybian army, who last May launched an ongoing land and air war against Islamist militias and those rooted in the third-largest city of Misurata.

After losing parliamentary elections in June last year, the Misurata and Islamist-backed Libya Dawn militias seized control of the capital and declared their own government, and began fighting Gen Haftar’s so-called Dignity forces in an effort to take territory. The internationally recognized government was forced to relocate to the eastern city of Tubruq.

The conflict has engulfed much of the north African nation’s densely populated northeast and northwest, and spread to the country’s desert south. Amid the chaos, jihadi groups, including affiliates of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the militant group known as Isis, have emerged in some parts of the country, alarming international security officials. This is a real danger for the peace of the region.

With oil prices near a six-year low, the country’s once robust economy is also in tatters, with the its Tripoli-based central bank governor, Saddek Omar El-Kaber, warning that the country’s reserves are rapidly draining.

Mr León, backed by the US, UK and EU, has been shuttling around the country to muster up support for the talks. Among those in attendance were “representatives” of the elected parliament, including the Dawn and Dignity camps, as well as members of civil society but the Crown Prince sadly is conspicuously  absent

The unfortunate thing is that several key players have flatly rejected the talks but would not the Crown Prince who as Constitutional King should the Crown be restored, be able to invite all warring factions to sit round a conference table to discuss the future of a progressive and modern Libya for the benefit of the nation?

Those factions not willing to accept the invitation of the Crown Prince would be seen as unpatriotic by all peace loving Libyans.

Libyans  cannot allow the extremist  groups  to exploit such talks to allow terrorism and extremism, especially those groups that attack Libyans’ livelihoods, and the state’s institutions, and its airports from Tripoli to oil ports.

Libyan political insiders described the assemblage as positive but were sceptical that the talks would result in a settlement of the conflict. It is my sincere opinion that Crown Prince Mohammed Al-Senussi should be a key player in a peaceful and democratic Libya.

Libya became the first North African country to become independent under King Idriss.  Justly so and to honour this fact, the Libyan government has decided to rehabilitate the late King  by a decree made public on March 4th, 2014  and the government of Ali Zeidan has restored the Libyan nationality to the deceased king and his family  and will return to the royal family all property confiscated by Muammar Gaddafi after his coup.

I trust that the Western forces that helped Libyans overthrow the dictatorial regime of Gadaffi  will have the vision that the  logical future of Libya could be the restoration of its Constitutional Monarchy ,should all sides agree that a King above politics will bring the much desired stability that the country needs and that all Libyans desire.

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True Islam: the voices of moderation.

The last few days have been harrowing for the peace loving people of the world. We have seen Boko Haram murder 2000 people in a Nigerian village and how they have used a 10 year old girl as a suicide bomber, we have seen the abominable murder of journalists in France and the list of terrorist crimes increase day by day.

The time has come in my view to find solutions that go beyond what the Americans called the war on terror as the war of terror cant be fought with terror. Violence always generates more violence and we must understand once and for all that these repulsive crimes have in reality nothing to do with Islam. The only people that benefit from this non-stop spiraling violence are the forces of the extremists on both sides of the spectrum.

We must all show moderation in this up hill battle against violence. the boundaries of freedom always finish where our neighbours boundaries start. Freedom of expression does not mean freedom of provocation or freedom to insult  and on the other hand being hurt in once sensibilities does not entitle anyone to take revenge.

We can ask ourselves and I  do why despite the risks, more imans don’t come out and clearly state that violence and murder are not part of Islam and those that follow this path are subverting the faith and a fatwa declared against them. This should be their sacred responsibility.

Islam has been hijacked by the extremist which are misguided, to say the least, in their interpretation of the Holy Quran  and they have perverted the teachings of the Prophet for their own interests. The time has come for the voices of moderation of Islam to denounce them in all the mosques around the world. This ideological fight can only be won with these voices of moderation as partners. The West can’t fight it alone and should not fight it alone as most followers of Islam are peace loving people. The more and more Muslims that get  enlightened about their own faith by the moderate Imans will lead to a changed picture of Islam.

This must be the goal of the Western governments to engage these voices of moderation as partners in the ideological war against extremism.