“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.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Djibouti: President Ismael Omar Guelleh wins third term

BBC News, 9 April 2011

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The president of Djibouti has secured a third term in office after a landslide election victory, despite recent protests against his rule.

Ismael Omar Guelleh succeeded his uncle in 1999
Ismail Omar Guelleh has won 80% of the votes cast, according to the country's electoral commission.

The opposition had urged a boycott of Friday's polls, alleging irregularities.

However turn-out was reported to be high, with almost 70% of the 150,000 people registered casting their vote.

The leader faced only one challenger, former Constitutional Council head Mohamed Warsama Ragueh, who ran as an independent and garnered about 19% of votes, the election commission said.

In a televised address, Mr Guelleh, 63, called on Djiboutians to unite to overcome the challenges ahead together.

Earlier this week, the leader told AFP news agency that he would not seek a fourth term in office if he won the elections.

The East African nation of Djibouti has a population of only about 800,000 people, but is strategically important.

The country hosts the only US military base in Africa, as well as being the base for international navies fighting pirates off neighbouring Somalia.


Last year, parliament amended the constitution to allow Mr Guelleh to seek a third term in office, sparking an opposition outcry.

Some observers cast doubt on the fairness of the elections, saying they were uncompetitive.

Democracy International's country leader in Djibouti, Chris Hennemeyer, told the Associated Press that Mr Guelleh's re-election was never in doubt, and said the fact that the government released results within hours of the polls closing was proof of that.

The opposition called street demonstrations in February, inspired by the uprisings in North Africa.

At least one person, a police officer, died, but the authorities managed to control the situation by arresting some of the protesters and briefly detaining some opposition leaders.

Mr Guelleh's family has governed the Red Sea city state since independence from France in 1977.

Known by his initials IOG, Mr Guelleh has supported Djibouti's traditionally strong ties to former colonial power France.

Yusuf Garaad, from the BBC's African Service, says during his time in office he has also developed a close relationship with wealthy Arab rulers in the Gulf, helping him to attract investment for ambitious projects.

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