“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 2, 2011

Tunisia's new government purges police leadership

RNW, 2 February 2011

Tunisia's interim government moved to take back control of the country's security forces on Wednesday, firing dozens of senior allies of fallen dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi's new administration axed 30 top police officials, appointed a top military officer to head up the national security service and named new chiefs for seven key regions in the country.

The government also approved wage rises for the country's beleaguered police service.

But Ben Ali's former interior minister Rafik Belhaj Kacem, previously under house arrest, was in custody Wednesday after being arrested a day earlier.

Admiral Ahmed Chabir, the new director of national security, has been charged with sweeping away stalwarts of ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's regime from key positions.

He also has to get the thousands of police officers, who deserted the streets as the popular uprising swept Ben Ali from power, to get back on post.

Protesters blame the police for brutal and sometimes deadly attacks on demonstrators during the uprising -- the United Nations puts the death toll at 219.

On Wednesday, Tunisia's newspapers backed the new administration's bid to restore order, drawing a clear link between democracy and security.

"The return of the police officer, this soldier of democracy, to the streets after an eclipse which has thrown the country into alarm and disarray, will restore confidence to Tunisians," said an editorial in the Quotidien.

But with 100,000 police officers having been members of Ben Ali's now-reviled Constitutional Democratic Assembly (RCD) party -- which had two million members in all -- cleaning house will be no easy task.

The RCD were the eyes and ears of the old regime and enforced the former dictator's repressive rule.

In contrast, the army, which supported the uprising by refusing to fire on the protesters, has only 35,000 men, mainly posted along the country's borders.

On national television late Tuesday, newly appointed Interior Minister Farhat Rajhi sketched an alarming picture of the powerful forces still lined up against the new administration.

He told of how a mob of up to three thousand people had attacked his ministry late Monday, he said.

"Thanks to General Rachid Ammar and to the anti-terrorist forces, I was able to escape," he added. Ammar, head of the armed forces, last month pledged to anti-government protesters that his soldiers would defend Tunisia's revolution.

But although 50 of the intruders, several of whom were armed, had been arrested, they were subsequently released, Rajhi said.

This showed collusion between them and officers still inside the security services, he said, denouncing what he said was a plot against the state.

After a cabinet meeting Tuesday, the interim government pledged to stand firm.

As a statement of intent, they agreed to sign up to international conventions including the Rome statutes on the International Criminal Court and the optional protocol to the UN Convention to Combat Torture.

They also approved pay rises for the police, concentrating on middle-ranking officers -- a departure from the old regime.

The curfew declared under the old regime on January 13 remains in place, but the government has also set up a hotline for victims of violence to call.

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