“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.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Obama steps up pressure on Syria's Assad

Reuters, by Patricia Zengerle, WASHINGTON, Thu May 19, 2011

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday to lead a transition to democracy or step aside, but stopped short of demanding his departure over a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

"The Syrian people have shown their courage in demanding a transition to democracy. President Assad now has a choice: He can lead that transition, or get out of the way," Obama said in a speech spelling out U.S. policy toward the rapidly changing Middle East and North Africa.

After joining a NATO military intervention to stop Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces from attacking civilians seeking his overthrow, Obama has been under pressure to do more about Syria. But his administration does not want to risk getting the United States, already fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, into another war in a Muslim country.

The United States, and Syria's neighbors, which include Israel, Iraq and Turkey, are also extremely wary of the chaos that could ensue if there is not a peaceful transition of power in the country of 23 million.

Washington took one step on Wednesday by moving to freeze U.S. assets of Assad and top aides, the first time the Obama administration had targeted Assad personally with sanctions.

Obama's speech on Thursday pushed the response further and raised the question of whether the West eventually would seek Assad's overthrow.


"The Syrian regime has chosen the path of murder and the mass arrests of its citizens," Obama said, hailing popular unrest sweeping the Middle East and North Africa as a "historic opportunity" to deepen U.S. ties to the broader region and ease suspicions of its policies.

Obama said Syria has followed the lead of its ally, the U.S. antagonist Iran, and sought Tehran's assistance "in the tactics of suppression." But he indicated Washington was still willing to work with Assad if he would talk to his political opponents.

"We (Washington) have many allies among Syria's neighbors and they fear the chaos that would follow the fall of Bashar al-Assad and they would like to see evolution rather than revolution," said Jon Alterman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank.

By contrast, "the neighbors of Libya would very much like to see Muammar Gaddafi gone," he added.

Syrian activists say at least 700 civilians have been killed in two months of clashes between government forces and protesters seeking to end Assad's 11-year rule, which followed decades of iron-fisted control by his father.

Syrian authorities say the total is far lower, and that dozens of security forces have also been killed. But the Assad family's control of the country appears shakier than it has been in 30 years.

Obama listed demands for Damascus, saying it must stop shooting demonstrators and allow peaceful protests; release political prisoners and stop unjust arrests; allow human rights monitors access to cities that have seen protests and violence; and start a "serious dialogue" leading toward a democratic transition.

"Otherwise, President Assad and his regime will continue to be challenged from within and will continue to be isolated abroad," he said.

Obama's administration had sought to increase U.S. engagement with Damascus, in hopes that it could entice Syria away from Iran's sphere of influence.

(Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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