“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.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Bahrain doctors deny stealing medicines or stockpiling arms

Accused doctors plead not guilty to charges relating to period of unrest in February as Bahrain continues controversial trial

guardian.co.uk, Ian Black, Middle East editor, Monday 13 June 2011

Pro-reform protesters raise signs reading 'a country for all' at a rally in Saar
village last week. The government continues the military trial of Bahraini doctors
accused of theft. Photograph: Mazen Mahdi/EPA

Bahrain has defied international criticism by continuing the military trial of dozens of medical personnel accused of trying to topple the government. Twenty doctors pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges ranging from stealing medicines to stockpiling weapons during the unprecedented unrest that erupted in the small Gulf islandstate in February, between the uprisings that overthrew the presidents of Tunisia and then Egypt.

A second part of the hearing, where the defence could have cross-examined prosecution witnesses, was deferred until next week over legal challenges to the court's jurisdiction and requests for independent medical examinations.

The defendants looked healthier and better dressed than during a previous court appearance, but several of them wept as they told the judge they had been tortured and forced to sign false confessions, a relative told the Guardian.

"It's the first time in Bahrain's history that such highly-educated people have been accused of crimes in this humiliating way," the relative said.

Bahrain, where the Sunni Al-Khalifa dynasty rules over a restive Shia majority, is trying to restore calm and repair the government's battered reputation after facing widespread condemnation of its suppression of the unrest. Earlier this month it lifted the state of emergency imposed when the trouble erupted.

Many of the defendants – 24 doctors and 23 nurses and paramedics – worked at the Salmaniya medical complex in the capital Manama, which the government says was a co-ordination point for protests. Ten of them were released last month, but are not allowed to leave the country.

Prosecutors alleged that automatic weapons and ammunition were discovered in the hospital, that the defendants "hijacked" the building, used violence and kidnapped the people inside.

Security outside the court was intense and the only Bahraini journalists allowed in were from the state news agency.

Amnesty International and other human rights groups have urged the Bahraini authorities to independently investigate claims that dozens of doctors and nurses were tortured and made to sign false confessions.

Relatives of the accused have said that officials of the criminal investigations directorate forced detainees to stand for long periods, deprived them of sleep, beat them with rubber hoses and wooden boards containing nails, and made them sign papers while blindfolded.

The US, whose 5th fleet is based in Bahrain, has condemned the violence but has stopped short of any measures against King Hamad's government.

Bahraini activists say they believe the government wants to speed up the doctors' and other security trials before the start of a "national dialogue" about future reforms next month.

In another development , 30 students were reportedly expelled from Bahrain polytechnic for expressing their opinions on Facebook and Twitter.

On Sunday, seven people were sentenced to prison terms of one to six years for convictions that ranged from illegally storing weapons to the attempted murder of policemen. Twenty people were brought in for another hearing on charges about the use of violence in protests that blocked off the kingdom's financial district, but their trial was postponed.

A female poet was sentenced to a year in prison on charges of joining illegal protests and incitement against the monarchy. Ayat al-Qurmezi was arrested after reciting poems which mocked the king and prime minster at Pearl roundabout, the focal point of the protests, where activists camped out for six weeks in February and March.

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