“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

Gaza youth vent anger on Facebook

BBC News, By Jon Donnison, Gaza, 9 February 2011

As Egypt's unrest continues, in neighbouring Gaza, an online manifesto for change has struck a chord with the young population.

Protesters in Gaza have expressed solidarity
with demonstrators in Egypt
A young man in his 20s peers into the room cautiously before walking in and shaking my hand. He looks nervous and tired, dark circles under his eyes.

"Don't use my real name and if you record the interview you've got to disguise my voice," were almost the first words he said.

"I've been losing sleep over this," he adds firmly.

Khaled (not his real name) has become something of an online sensation in Gaza, but is now effectively living in hiding.

He is one of the authors of the Gaza Youth Manifesto for Change, a 450-word tirade against the frustrations of life in the Strip.

Posted online in December, the manifesto now has over 19,000 followers on the group's Facebook page under the name Gaza Youth Breaks Out.

Heartfelt tirade

The manifesto's opening salvo is a series of expletives directed at Hamas, Israel, Fatah, the UN, and the US.

"We, the youth in Gaza, are so fed up with Israel, Hamas, the occupation, the violations of human rights and the indifference of the international community!" it says.

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It is an angry, sometimes abusive, but overall articulate and heartfelt tirade about growing up in Gaza.

"ENOUGH! Enough pain, enough tears, enough suffering, enough control, limitations, unjust justifications, terror, torture, excuses, bombings, sleepless nights, dead civilians, black memories, bleak future, heart-aching present, disturbed politics, fanatic politicians...

"WE SAY STOP! This is not the future we want! We want to be free. We want to be able to live a normal life. We want peace. Is that too much to ask?"

The manifesto was written by a group of eight friends - most of them students or former students in their 20s.

"We were trying to send a message that we are not animals or terrorists like we are portrayed around the world. We're strong. We're educated. Leave us alone. We want to be free," says Khaled.

He says he never dreamed his Facebook group would pick up so much support.

"We've been getting hundreds of e-mails, many from here in Gaza but also from all over the world."

Cut off

Others though are not surprised that the manifesto has touched a nerve.

"Young people here are ready to explode. They go to college, they graduate with no opportunity of any job at the end, except working for Hamas," says Mukhaimer Abu Sada, professor of political science at al-Azhar University in Gaza. 

People on the Gaza Strip are largely reliant
on humanitarian aid
"Life is doomed here in Gaza. If nothing is done, we are on the verge of a human catastrophe," says Mr Abu Sada.

There are four big universities in Gaza and several smaller colleges. For many young people, study is one of the few things to do.

Unemployment is Gaza runs at about 40%, according to the UN.

Gaza remains under an Israeli blockade. That blockade was tightened in 2007 after the Islamist movement Hamas came to power.

Hamas won elections in 2006 but is regarded by Israel, the US and the European Union as a terrorist organisation.

The blockade means it is extremely difficult for Palestinians to get Israeli permission to leave Gaza.

Increasingly you meet more and more young people here who have never left the Strip, an area of land around a quarter the size of London.

The blockade is one of the main points addressed in the manifesto.

"We're sick of the wall of shame that separates us from the rest of our country and keeps us imprisoned in a stamp-sized piece of land," it says.

Political infighting

But the group's manifesto is also extremely critical of Hamas.

"We're sick of bearded guys walking around with their guns abusing their power, beating up or incarcerating young people demonstrating for what they believe in."

More than half of Gaza's population is under the age of 18. Some have been inspired by events in Egypt and Tunisia.

Many young Palestinians feel the frustrations suffered by the demonstrators in Egypt: poverty, high unemployment, lack of opportunity, and dissatisfaction with their political leaders.

In the past two weeks, there have been calls issued on Facebook sites for pro-democracy demonstrations in Gaza against Hamas. But so far any protests have been very small and quickly broken up by Hamas police.

The manifesto also attacks the political infighting between Hamas and Fatah, their secular rivals who control the West Bank.

But Khaled feels that in some ways the group's message has been misinterpreted. He has been receiving e-mails from Israeli groups praising the manifesto for criticising Hamas.

'We don't want their support," Khaled says. "Our main grievance is with Israel and the occupation, not with Hamas."

Because of this, Khaled says they will soon change the manifesto to refocus criticism on Israel and away from Hamas.

Despite the fact he believes Hamas are looking to arrest him, he denies that the changes to the text are coming because he is scared. He says it is rather because he does not want to be misunderstood.

At the moment this is not really a political movement, more a group of young people who seem to have touched a nerve and have managed to clearly articulate the obvious frustrations of growing up in Gaza.

It is not clear how many of their supporters on Facebook are actually in Gaza or how many are people outside the Strip who have heard about the group through international media coverage.

But with almost a million Gazans being under the age of 18 - many feeling the same frustrations - the potential for the group to grow is surely there.

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