“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, November 24, 2011

Hope builds for refugees as world turns on Assad

Reuters, by Suleiman Al-Khalidi, YAYLADAG, Turkey | Thu Nov 24, 2011

(Reuters) - After months of despair that the international community would ever act to help them, Syrian refugees in Turkey say they are now optimistic that the world is ready to take action at last.

"Before, people were frustrated that their camp stay would last too long, and felt it was no life in a camp, when the international community seemed paralyzed and hesitant," said Ibrahim Ali, a contractor from a Syrian village, now living in a tented camp in Yayladag on the Turkish side of the border.

"But now it's different. People are staying here and morale is high. Assad's days are numbered."

In the eight months since President Bashar al-Assad's security forces began their crackdown on protests, the West and regional neighbors seemed resolutely opposed to getting entangled in one of the core countries of the Middle East.

But two weeks ago the Arab League suspended Syria for refusing to halt the violence, and the news has reinvigorated refugees in camps here on the border.

This week, France called for a humanitarian corridor to be set up in Syria, guarded by international monitors, with Assad's permission or organized by international observers.

The prime minister of Turkey - a regional heavyweight with the military strength to mount a cross-border operation -compared Assad to Hitler and Mussolini and called for him to quit. Its land forces commander visited the border region.

On Thursday, Arab League ministers meeting in Cairo said they would impose harsh economic sanctions if Assad did not allow in monitors.

Yamen Fadel, a 30-year-old cook from Dama village, was watching the news from the League meeting in Cairo on a large flat screen TV in a tent with other refugees.

"From morning till now people have been glued to the news. We have a lot of hope the decisions of the Arab League will encourage Turkey to set up a safe zone to allow our men to go and fight the regime from there," he said.

"People want to go and fight with the revolutionaries and leave the women behind in the camp."


About 8,200 Syrian refugees are registered in five camps in Turkey's Hatay province, a panhandle of territory jutting south along the Mediterranean coast toward Syria.

A Turkish foreign ministry official in the area reckoned that the number of refugees registered peaked at nearly 20,000 a few months ago, but fell as families left the camps.

Some have found lodging with families in villages in the area, which share kinship ties with villages in Syria's Idlib province across the hilly, forested frontier.

In better times Hatay, site of the ancient city of Antioch, formed a trade route to the Levant. The Turkish and Syrian governments agreed visa-free travel in 2009, a time of friendship between Assad and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

Refugees in the two camps at Yayladag, the first set up months ago by the Turkish Red Crescent, say they have been well looked after by their Turkish hosts but are still homesick for Syria. The border is within walking distance.

"I spend my time either painting or killing time playing cards and there is no work to do," said Abdelkarim Haj Yousuf, 57, an artist.

His grizzled face filled with sadness and he broke into sobs over the actions of Assad's government.

"This is not a regime it's a gang, or it wouldn't be doing this to us. Is there a regime that humiliates and kills its people this way?" he cried.

Kneeling on the floor of his tent, he worked on a pastel portrait of a blue-eyed young woman with long brown hair. Other portraits lay scattered around. None of the faces bore smiles.

A relative, Mariam Haj Yousef, 57, said refugees wanted to go home but would not return as long as Assad remained in power.

"We want Allah and the help of all the countries to return to Syria," she said outside her tent. "If Bashar stays, we will not go back. We will never go back."

(Writing by Simon Cameron-Moore and Peter Graff; editing by Tim Pearce)

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