“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, July 13, 2011

Syria expels Dutch undercover journalist

RNW, 13 July 2011, by RNW News Desk   

(Photo: ANP)

The authorities in Syria have thrown Dutch undercover reporter Maarten Zeegers out of the country. Maarten Zeegers had secretly written a number of articles on the uprising in Syria – all published anonymously for his personal safety - for Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad and Belgian Dutch-language daily De Standaard. The Syrian authorities no longer allow foreign journalists into the country.

Maarten Zeegers had been living in Damascus for two and a half years, and was studying Islamic law at the university there.

Undesirable alien

Despite all his precautionary measures, his activities had clearly come to the attention of the authorities who detained him when he went to renew his visa. Speaking to Dutch radio, he said it was then that he found out he had been declared an ‘undesirable alien’. He was handcuffed immediately, taken away, forced to spend five hours in jail amid criminals and drug users and finally put on an evening flight to Turkey.


Mr Zeegers says he was handled reasonably well by the Syrian police, but that it soon became clear that foreigners may expect better treatment to that meted out to Syrians. His guards had done little else but  shout at him until they discovered he had a European passport and that the Dutch embassy was aware he had been detained. This led to an immediate change in attitude.

It’s not known how the Syrian authorities found out about his journalistic activities. He says he was aware of the risks and had been carrying out his work with as much caution as possible. His articles have all been published with the credit “by one of our reporters”. All this leads Maarten Zeegers to believe that someone betrayed him to the Syrian security service. As he told Dutch radio:

“When you interview someone, you have to say what you’re going to do with the information. And if you happen to say that to the wrong person on one occasion, well, then you’ve had it.”

New openness

Maarten Zeegers had established a fairly extensive network of contacts while studying in Syria. This put him in a good position to provide good journalistic coverage of the uprising. However, much of what he experienced has shocked him:

“I have seen things I’d never seen before in my entire life. Security forces gunning down peaceful civilians. That’s not a pretty sight. But it’s a good thing that [people] know exactly what’s going on in Syria.”

Although by no means all Syrians are taking part in the uprising, Mr Zeegers has noted one significant change in the country: Syrians in general have become more open and dare to criticise the regime more than they ever did before: “That would still have been unthinkable just a short time ago.”

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