“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.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

King pardons Shiite prisoners as Bahrain GP scrapped

RNW, 22 February 2011

Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
King Hamad ordered Shiite political prisoners freed in the latest bid to ignite talks to end a standoff with anti-regime protesters which has forced the Bahrain Grand Prix to be scrapped.

The king's decision came in response to calls at a large pro-government Sunni rally that pledged allegiance to the al-Khalifa dynasty but also urged him to release political prisoners, who are mostly from the Shiite majority.

Thousands of government supporters had thronged Fateh mosque in the capital, waving red-and-white Bahraini flags and chanting "Long live Abu Salman," an endearing name for King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa.

At the same time, mainly Shiite protesters camped out in their thousands in Pearl Square in the city centre, escalated their calls for an end to the Sunni Al-Khalifa dynasty which has ruled the Gulf kingdom for centuries.

The protesters have called a massive anti-regime demonstration for Tuesday, hoping for tens of thousands of people to converge on Pearl Square.

A senior opposition figure who was being tried in absentia said he planned to return home on Tuesday, adding yet more pressure on the royal family for reform.

Hassan Mashaima, a leader of the opposition Haq movement, told AFP before King Hamad's pardon he would return to Manama but had "no guarantees" he would not be arrested on arrival.

"I have decided to return to my country," said Mashaima, a Shiite who is currently in London and faces charges of terrorism in his native Bahrain, along with 24 others.

The names of those included in the king's pardon will be announced on Tuesday, state news agency BNA reported.

Shiite opposition MP Abduljalil Khalil told AFP the prisoner release was an opposition demand so Crown Prince Salman could "prove his seriousness in calling for dialogue."

"We will stay here for as long as it takes and... will continue to offer food to all those here in the square," said Qassem Hassan, a university student who was giving fruit and water to protesters in Pearl Square.

"We are determined to see our demands met."

As the turmoil continued, the kingdom issued a statement saying it would no longer host the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix on March 13.

"At the present time the country's entire attention is focused on building a new national dialogue for Bahrain," said the crown prince, who has been tasked by King Hamad with launching a wide-reaching dialogue with the opposition.

On Monday he pledged to embark on "real reforms, not just superficial" measures, in a statement aired by state television.

"There are confessional divisions in our country, which is not acceptable... what is necessary today is to close ranks, whether Sunni or Shiite," he said.

Emboldened by Arab uprisings which have toppled the strongmen of Tunisia and Egypt since last month, Bahrain's opposition has raised the stakes, demanding a "real constitutional monarchy" and the government's resignation.

A prisoner release was also a condition it set before talks could start.

Protesters in Pearl Square, epicentre of anti-regime protests that began on February 14, appeared unimpressed by the crown prince's calls for dialogue, calling instead for him to leave.

"Go away, Salman, we don't want you either," read one banner.

Last Thursday, police stormed the square early in the morning as protesters were asleep, killing four people and wounding scores.

A Friday return to the square was met with more gunfire and a Shiite demonstrator shot during the crackdown died of his wounds on Monday, an opposition official said.

His death brings to seven the number of demonstrators killed since February 14, according to an AFP tally based on relatives of victims and opposition officials.

Protesters have been flocking back to the square since Saturday when the army was ordered back to base.

Student protesters at the square on Monday chanted: "Sit-in, sit-in, until the regime falls."

One woman sitting on the grass in Pearl Square -- renamed "Freedom Square" and "Martyrs' Square" by protesters -- said the shock of Thursday's killings was still strong.

"What happened on Thursday shocked us and broke our hearts," said Um Alawi, clad in full niqab and flanked by her daughters.

"No mother can keep her children from coming here," she told AFP. "Sacrifice is today the duty of all Bahrainis."

"Hamad does not deserve to be our king as he does not defend his people," added Um Salman, who had just spent her second night in the square.

"We will stay here, in the square, come what may."

Their feelings were echoed by hundreds of women demanding the resignation of the government.

"King Hamad is a war criminal," said Sharifa, a young woman in black hijab, referring to Thursday's deadly attack on the protesters.

"We no longer want the rule of the Khalifa monarchy."

Standard and Poor's said on Monday it was downgrading Bahrain's credit rating by one notch and could lower it further.

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