“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, August 6, 2011

Leading politician urges EU to withdraw diplomats from Syria

Deutsche Welle, 6 Aug 2011

Some 350 security personnel have
died in the fighting
A leading member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats has called for EU ambassadors to be withdrawn from Syria. Meanwhile, Germany's foreign minister says change is inevitable in Damascus.

The chairman of the German parliament's foreign affairs committee, Ruprecht Polenz, on Saturday called for all EU member states to withdraw their ambassadors from Syria.

Polenz said that Europe needed to send a strong message to register its disapproval of the violence that has killed more than 1,500 protesters in recent months, according to the Sunday edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.

Ruprecht Polenz wants to send
Syria a message
"In order to increase the political pressure on Damascus and to give a signal to Syrian society, I would welcome the withdrawal of European politicians," he said in comments that were released before publication.

Polenz said it was important to act in concert so that the actions did not fall on deaf ears, Polenz said.

Italy recalled its diplomats last week and the country has urged other EU member states to do the same.

But up to now, Berlin and the EU have refused to recall their ambassadors. A German government spokesperson said it was important to keep diplomats on the ground in Syria so that they can gather information and maintain contacts with opposition figures.

More than 1,650 civilians and around 350 security personnel have been killed since pro-democracy protests began in March.

Minister: No political future

Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that he could see no future for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

Protests have arisen in a number of
cities across Syria
"I do not believe that there can be a political future for Assad that would be supported by the Syrian people," Westerwelle said.  

In view of the violence that had been used against protesters, Westerwelle said, it was not possible to take seriously an offer by Assad to talk with members of the opposition.

On Saturday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said that "free and fair" elections would take place before the end of the year.

During a meeting with Arab and foreign ambassadors in Damascus, al-Moallem said the Syrian leadership was committed to pushing ahead with reforms, the official SANA news agency reported.

Assad has come in for strong
criticism from Western
A decree was issued on Thursday authorizing the formation of new political parties.

But Westerwelle, whose ministry is reportedly in talks with members of the opposition in Syria, said he doubted that the talk about reform was sincere.

"Such a severe application of violence shows that the regime will stop at nothing to hold on to power," he said.

The foreign minister said the situation could be expected to worsen during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which began on August 1, adding that the violence threatened to spill over Syria's borders and destabilize the region.

Author: Richard Connor (AFP, dpa, Reuters)

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