“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, February 9, 2011

Charles Taylor boycotts his own trial

RNW, 9 February 2011, by Thijs Bouwknegt

(Photo: ANP)

His pen and notepad were already neatly packed, ready to leave the courtroom. But the judges formally ordered him to sit down, and two guards saw to it that the once-feared Charles Taylor witnessed the final stages of his trial for war crimes. But after the morning coffee break, the former Liberian president didn’t show up.

It was not the final act that American prosecutor Brenda Hollis of the Special Court for Sierra Leone had been hoping for. After a trial lasting more than three years, the final scheduled oral pleadings had been planned for this week. But Tuesday morning immediately started off with a row.


The judges had decided on Monday to decline Charles Taylor's closing statement because it was filed three weeks late. Taylor's lawyer Courtenay Griffiths declared that decision a disgrace, and announced that he would no longer participate in "this farce". He then angrily walked out of the courtroom and announced that he was boycotting the rest of the oral pleadings.

The always calm Hollis was angry about the state of affairs and told the judges that Taylor had not been brought before the tribunal for fun, and that he couldn’t make any last-minute reservations. 'Correct', said the judges, and let Hollis finish her plea. Taylor heard about this during the first break, and let it be known that he wasn’t coming back because he "was upset and had to rest."

Orgy of violence

All afternoon Hollis and her team of international prosecutors together went for the final time through the forgotten brutalities of the Sierra Leone civil war. She reminded the court of the drugged child soldiers of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), the severed arms and legs, and the so-called blood diamonds.

The chief prosecutor stressed again that it is proven beyond any reasonable doubt that Taylor was personally responsible for the orgy of murder, threats and mutilation in Sierra Leone. But opposite her remained an empty dock. The former president had never even looked at her; he wore sunglasses.

Pleas of innocence

Taylor (63) pleads not guilty to all eleven counts in the indictment. Attorney Griffiths, in his final act, also repeated all the arguments to show that Taylor had nothing to do with the crimes in Sierra Leone. On the contrary, said the lawyer, Taylor had just tried to build peace in the region under the watchful eye of the UN and a number of West African countries. Moreover, said Griffiths, the case against Taylor is far from solid because, he claimed, most witnesses have been paid by the prosecution to testify against Taylor.

But above all, the top lawyer wants to prove that a political process is going on. Griffiths had asked for a postponement for the submission of his closing statement, following some US official messages recently leaked via Wikileaks. According to him, documents from the embassies in Liberia and the Netherlands suggested that the United States tried to influence the judicial process because they want Taylor to disappear behind bars forever.

Out of the spotlight

Because of the decision of Griffiths and Taylor not to appear before the court, the trial has now been adjourned until Friday, when prosecutor Brenda Hollis is likely to request that Taylor spends the rest of his life out of the spotlight in a British jail. ‘Out of the spotlight’ is also a good way to describe the whole trial, carried out by the impoverished Sierra Leone tribunal in a courtroom borrowed from the Lebanon Tribunal in the Dutch town of Leidschendam.

After the first appearance of the prime suspect in the tribunal and the flying in of severely mutilated victims, interest in the sittings began to dry up very quickly. Only once did the trial lead to a media circus when supermodel Naomi Campbell came to testify about a diamond she was said to have received from Taylor.

After the brief theatre on Tuesday morning, it remained silent again on Wednesday in Leidschendam. Griffiths has already appealed against the decision of the judges not to accept his closing document. He and Taylor say they will continue to boycott the trial until a decision comes from the Sierra Leone capital, Freetown.

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