“Jasmine Revolution”
Symbol of peace: Flowers placed on the barrel of a tank
in very much calmer protests than in recent days in Tunisia

'The Protester' - Time Person of the Year 2011

'The Protester' - Time Person of the Year 2011
Mannoubia Bouazizi, the mother of Tunisian street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi. "Mohammed suffered a lot. He worked hard. but when he set fire to himself, it wasn’t about his scales being confiscated. It was about his dignity." (Peter Hapak for TIME)

1 - TUNISIA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

How eyepatches became a symbol of Egypt's revolution - Graffiti depicting a high ranking army officer with an eye patch Photograph: Nasser Nasser/ASSOCIATED PRESS

2 - EGYPT Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

''17 February Revolution"

3 - LIBYA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

5 - SYRIA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

"25 January Youth Revolution"
Muslim and Christian shoulder-to-shoulder in Tahrir Square
"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -
(Subjects: Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" (without a manager hierarchy) managed Businesses, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)
"The End of History" – Nov 20, 2010 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll)
(Subjects:Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, Muhammad, Jesus, God, Jews, Arabs, EU, US, Israel, Iran, Russia, Africa, South America, Global Unity,..... etc.) (Text version)

"If an Arab and a Jew can look at one another and see the Akashic lineage and see the one family, there is hope. If they can see that their differences no longer require that they kill one another, then there is a beginning of a change in history. And that's what is happening now. All of humanity, no matter what the spiritual belief, has been guilty of falling into the historic trap of separating instead of unifying. Now it's starting to change. There's a shift happening."

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

African Union (AU)

African Union (AU)
African Heads of State pose for a group photo ahead of the start of the 28th African Union summit in Addis Ababa on January 30, 2017 (AFP Photo/ Zacharias ABUBEKER)

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela
Few words can describe Nelson Mandela, so we let him speak for himself. Happy birthday, Madiba.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Central African Republic: opposition candidates complain of poll irregularities

Strong turn-out for presidential and parliamentary elections but opposition claims of fraudulent cards and names could undermine the process

guardian.co.uk, Michael Tantoh for All Africa, part of the Guardian's Development Network, Wednesday 26 January 2011

A man walks past dug out canoe's at the Obangui river in Bangui,
Central Africa Republic Photograph: Schalk Van Zuydam/AP

About 1.8 million voters cast their ballots on Sunday for the Central African Republic's presidential and parliamentary elections. The turnout is reportedly better than that of the 2005 polls, and security officials were better behaved than in previous elections.

Central African Republic - Key facts
  • Capital: Bangui
  • Population: 4,422,397
  • Year of independence (from France): 1960
  • Adult literacy rate: 55%
  • Population under 15: 41%
  • Life expectancy: 49 (women), 45 (men)
  • Under-5 mortality rate (per 1,000): 171
  • Internet users (per 100): 0
  • Cell phone subscriptions (per 100): 4
  • Source: The World Bank's World Development Indicators

However the election was marred by irregularities, with opposition parties denouncing the confusion, which they said characterised the exercise. They presented a long list of grievances, among which were fictitious and displaced polling stations and problematic electoral rolls.

Voting commenced with some difficulties in the Batalimo 3 polling station close to the capital Bangui. Some who wanted to vote had their voter's cards but their names did not feature in the electoral lists.

Observers reported the problem to government and electoral officials, who acknowledged it was an irregularity which could have a severe impact on the elections. The prefect of Batalimo 3 promised to get in contact with the electoral commission's office in Bangui and to ask for an additional roll including all names.

Bongolo Bonaventure, the community leader, also said that there were voting card holders whose card numbers did not correspond with their names on the voting station rolls. They were unable to cast their ballots. He said that the head of the polling station told a long line of waiting voters that since their names did not appear in the voters list, they were not allowed to vote.

Opposition parties have denounced these irregularities but the incumbent, President François Bozizé, has down-played them, saying it is the nature of opposition parties always to complain.

Opposition candidate leader Martin Ziguélé expressed worries as he believes the problems are not isolated but are common to polling stations across the country. He said problems with the voters' roll and the late arrival of election materials suggested electoral commission is incompetent.

Former defence minister and rebel leader Jean-Jacques Demafouth and his supporters said although all went well at their polling station at the mayor's office in Bangui, the same could not be said for other stations. He asked for voting to be extended.

Ex-president Ange-Felix Patassé's followers said they witnessed cases of gross "abuse and fraud" at polling stations around Bangui and its environs. They reported numerous cases of fraudulent cards, fraudulent lists and cases of multiple voting and plan to report these cases to the electoral commission and lay a complaint with the Constitutional Court.

Five candidates contested the presidency and more than 800 the 105 seats in the National Assembly, voting in more than 4,000 polling stations spread across the country. There were more than 1,000 national and international observers.

Report compiled and translated by Michael Tantoh from reports in Africa Info and Le Potentiel

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