“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.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

South Sudan marks statehood with football match

First national team plays Kenyan club in friendly, and pride and celebrations abound despite 3-1 defeat

guardian.co.uk, Xan Rice in Juba, Sunday 10 July 2011

A South Sudanese man dons a shirt made of the new national flag during
his country's match against Tusker in the capital, Juba.
Photograph: Pete Muller/AP

A new country needs many things: passports, stamps, a currency, an international dialling code, to name a few. For Republic of South Sudan, there was a further urgent priority – a football team.

As part of the independence celebrations, a friendly against a Kenyan premier league team, Tusker, was scheduled on Sunday. But who would play for the new national side? First, a call went out to the four or five southerners who regular represented the old, united Sudan, as it was before succession on Saturday. However, most players are contracted to clubs in Khartoum and could not get permission to leave.

But James Joseph could. The tall, veteran striker for the national team was playing for a club in Goa, India, when he received the urgent call to go home. He did not think twice, paying his own way to Juba, via Dubai and Nairobi.

"I felt so lucky to be able to play for my own country at last," said Joseph, who is originally from the southern town of Nimule, but grew up in Khartoum during the 21-year civil war.

His teammates that joined him at the 10-day training camp were all locally based.

Among them was Joseph's strike partner, Khamis Leiluno, a barrel-chested 23-year-old from Wau, who was also the team captain. He spoke no English – the official working language of the new republic – but was apparently prolific in front of goal.

"We are ready to tell the world that South Sudan is around," he said.

Translating for him was midfielder Justin Wani, who casually mentioned that his father was killed during the war with the north. The last line of defence was goalkeeper Yahaya Abas. He plays for a club in Juba, though not for money. "Here we play for the love of the game," he said.

But this game – the country's first – was about more than love. It was about forging unity, said the coach, Malis Soro. For all its togetherness in rejecting the oppression from the north, South Sudan is made up dozens of ethnicities and still lacks a real national identity. "Football is a medium to bring people together," Soro said, sitting under a tree at the White Nile Lodge, a dozen footballs and stacked orange cones at his feet.

So, a squad, a coach, a team hotel and a team bus – or rather two battered minibuses that normally served as collective taxis. But what of a uniform? Soro pointed to two sets of jersey hanging from one of the player's doors: one red, the other white and green. They had been bought from shops in Dubai and Uganda, he said. The words "South Sudan" had been ironed on the back, and small flag on the front. Some had already peeled off.

A sponsor? He laughed.

But the team's home field did have sponsors, including Chinese and Malaysian petroleum firms working in South Sudan's rich oilfields. They had paid Chinese contractors to renovate Juba's main stadium, built on the Nile's banks in 1962. The pitch had been relaid, and was now a lush emerald green. Floodlights had been erected – a standout feature in a city without streetlights – and new chairs installed.

The seating capacity was around 1,600, said Daniel Abas, treasurer of Juba's football association. Hundreds more people could stand, he said. Asked about tickets, he replied that entrance would be free.

"When we decide that the number inside is enough we will close the doors and say 'Enough'. The police will do their work."

Despite their captain's confidence, the players acknowledged that their first game together would be tough. Their height – many southerners are extraordinarily tall – may be an asset in basketball, but not necessarily in football. Indeed, coach Soro said their playing style would be less like Barcelona, his favourite team, than a physical English side.

Was he nervous? "Yes. I'm a coach – I am supposed to win."

Early in the game on Sunday night, in front of an enthusiastic crowd, it looked as if he might. But after taking the lead, his team scored an own goal, then the Kenyan team doubled their tally. A second own goal made it 3–1. Still, the crowd was not too perturbed. It had not been a bad weekend.

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