“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.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Ivory Coast: AU panel of leaders to seek way forward

BBC News, 29 January 2011

The African Union is setting up a panel of heads of state to find a solution to the political crisis in Ivory Coast.

The AU has called for an end to the siege of the
 hotel where Alassane Ouattara is living
The panel will come up with a legally binding settlement within a month, according to the Mauritanian president.

Alassane Ouattara is internationally recognised as the winner of Ivory Coast's November presidential election.

But the incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo, is refusing to step down after the Constitutional Council, headed by one of his allies, ruled in his favour.

The AU has previously backed Mr Ouattara, who is running a parallel government from a hotel in Abidjan which Mr Gbagbo's forces have blockaded.

But Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni suggested earlier this week that the UN should not have recognised Mr Ouattara so quickly.

The African Union's peace and security council met in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Friday.

'African solution'

Announcing the panel initiative afterwards, Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz told reporters that faced with an African problem, they were trying to find an African solution.

The panel will be made up of five heads of state, one from each region of the continent, and a spokesman said its make-up would be announced within 48 hours.

Ivory Coast crisis 

A statement by the peace and security council included a demand for "the immediate removal of the siege of the Hotel du Golfe and an end to all acts of violence and abuses against the civilian population as well as calls having the effect of inciting hatred and violence".

Earlier on Friday, the AU mediator to the crisis, Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, called for direct talks between the presidential rivals.

He said a summit of the 53-nation bloc starting in Addis Ababa on Sunday should "send a strong and unequivocal message that the two parties must negotiate face to face."

The Kenyan prime minister wants the AU to make
 the two Ivory Coast rivals hold direct talks
"Every day lost in moving forward towards a peaceful resolution of the crisis makes more imminent the spectre of further threats to peace and security in Cote d'Ivoire and the region," Mr Odinga told reporters.

Diplomatic shift

The Kenyan leader was in Ivory Coast only last week in his latest attempt to break the political deadlock. But Mr Gbagbo's camp accused him of bias.

This week's visitor to Abidjan, Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika, struck quite a different tone.

After talks with both leaders, Mr Mutharika, current chairman of the African Union, promised to present the "proposals" of his "brother and friend" Laurent Gbagbo to the African Union summit.

In early January, Mr Mutharika had told Mr Gbagbo to step down "to avoid a bloodbath".

But the AU appears more divided on the issue that it was even a few weeks ago.

Mr Gbagbo's call for a vote recount has been taken up by some African leaders who appear increasingly reluctant to resort to the military option suggested by the West African bloc Ecowas.

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