“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.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

EU stops export of lethal injection ingredients

Deutsche Welle, 20 December 2011 

Death sentences are at a record low
in the US this year
After years of calling for the death penalty to be abolished worldwide, the European Union is taking concrete steps to impede executions, at least in the United States.

Starting this Wednesday, US states that administer lethal injections will have to look even harder to find a sedative legally required for the practice.

The European Union on Tuesday ratcheted up export controls on sedatives such as sodium thiopental, pinning European exports of the substances to assurances that they will not be used in capital punishment.

"As of today, trade of certain anesthetics, such as sodium thiopental, which can be used in lethal injections, to countries that have not yet abolished the death penalty, will be tightly controlled," a statement from the European Commission said.

A shortage of sodium thiopental, which is no longer produced in the United States, has already led to delays and cancelations of executions in five states, according to the US Death Penalty Information Center. The Center reported fewer executions in 2010 over previous years, partly due to the shortage.

Sodium thiopental is the first of three drugs administered in lethal injections to stop breathing and heart activity. The main European producers of the drug are in Britain, Italy, Germany, Austria and Denmark, an EU official said.

Dwindling supply

Increasingly, manufacturers of sodium thiopental are taking stands against its use in administering the death penalty.

The drug's only US manufacturer, Hospira Inc., announced in January it was halting the drug's production, because it did not want it used in executions.

Earlier this year, Britain imposed an emergency export ban to the United States on sodium thiopental, along with three other drugs used in lethal injections. Swiss company Novartis announced in February it had taken steps to prevent a generic version of sodium thiopental from being exported to the US.

In April, Indian drugmaker Kayem Pharmaceuticals also stopped its supply of the drug for US executions, saying execution contradicted the "ethos of Hinduism."

However, Danish firm Lundbeck announced in June that it would continue the sale of Nembutal, generically known as pentobarbital - another drug that falls under new restrictions - as some patients required it to treat epilepsy.

Capital punishment is banned in the 27-member European Union, which since 2008 has called for a worldwide stop to the death penalty.

Author: David Levitz (dpa, Reuters)
Editor: Michael Lawton

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