“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, February 11, 2011

Ingabire's husband: Please ask Kagame to free Victoire!

RNW, 10 February 2011, by Ruben Koops

(Photo: AFP)

The Dutch Minister for International Cooperation Ben Knapen should ask Rwandan president Paul Kagame for the release of opposition leader Victoire Ingabire. Lin Muyizere, Ingabire’s husband: “Kagame is the only one who can do something to end this, and I count on Mr Knapen to deliver this request. Not only for my wife, but for all political prisoners in Rwanda.” Ben Knapen is scheduled to meet with President Kagame during his visit next week.

Minister Knapen departs for the Great Lake region on Sunday. After visiting eastern Congo, a delegation including Knapen will head for the Rwandan capital Kigali on 15 February. Sources confirmed to Radio Netherlands Worldwide that the minister will meet with Rwandan president Paul Kagame. Lin Muyizere is happy that the Dutch government has a chance to talk with Kagame. “Everybody is displeased with Kagame, but it’s not yet too late for him to open doors, and let everybody take part in the political process.”


The imprisonment of Victoire Ingabire is a delicate issue for the Dutch Foreign Ministry. Last week, several opposition parties criticized the lack of involvement of foreign minister Uri Rosenthal in the Bahrami case. Zahra Bahrami, who has dual Dutch and Iranian citizenship, was found guilty on charges of possession of cocaine and opium and executed in Tehran at the end of January. Although Victoire Ingabire does not have the Dutch nationality, she lived in the Netherlands for 16 years. After her return to Rwanda in early 2010 to run as a candidate in the presidential elections, she was arrested on suspicion of threatening national security. Her trial is pending before the Rwanda High Court.

Mr Muyizere has not been in contact with his wife for the last few weeks. “I hear that she is still alive from her fellow party members in Kigali.”

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“We are concerned with Mrs Ingabire’s situation, as we are with the situation of other opposition politicians in Rwanda” says MP Kathleen Ferrier, member of the Christian Democrat party (CDA). “Minister Knapen should address the human rights situation in Rwanda in general, but I would not be surprised if the Ingabire trial came up during the meeting with Paul Kagame.” In 2007, Ferrier introduced a motion ordering the freeze of budget aid to Rwanda. It was passed unanimously. Last fall, the Dutch parliament terminated direct budget support for Rwanda, partly because of the Ingabire trial.


Ewout Irrgang, Socialist Party MP, traveled to the Great Lakes area himself in 2010. His advice to Knapen: “Although the economic growth is spectacular, be reminded that Rwanda suffers under a harsh dictatorship. Don’t be fooled by the democratic façade, and keep asking questions about human rights and democracy.” Irrgang is especially worried about the support the Dutch government still gives to the Rwandan judicial sector, through an earmarked aid budget. “We want to help to improve the rule of law in Rwanda. But only if there is the political will to effect much needed change. It would be great if Ben Knapen communicates this during his visit.”


According to Albert Rudatsimburwa, a political analyst for the Kigali-based radio station Contact FM, minister Knapen will receive a warm welcome. “Holland and Rwanda have a good relationship. We understand that the country wants to rationalize its development aid and budget support, so Rwanda will show that it can meet those new demands.” Mr Rudatsimburwa also thinks the Ingabire trial will come up during the bilateral talks. “But the recent cooperation between the two countries in the raids on Ingabire’s properties in the Netherlands shows that, even on this issue, Rwanda and the Netherlands can work together.”

Dutch minister for International
Cooperation Ben Knapen
Update Foreign Ministry

The Dutch Foreign Ministry confirms that minister Knapen will travel to eastern Congo and Rwanda. “The minister wants to be informed on economical Developments, judicial and democratic developments and the Dutch effort in the region” a spokesperson said. On the Ingabire case, Ben Knapen will urge that Victoire Ingabire will get a free and fair trial, “and others too, like we always do in our international diplomacy” according to the Ministry. The meeting with president Paul Kagame could not be confirmed.

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