“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, January 19, 2012

Ethiopia attack: British survivor endures 12-hour ordeal on volcano

Briton and other survivors were stranded on edge of the Erta Ale crater after ambush that left five Europeans dead 

guardian.co.uk, William Davison in Addis Ababa and David Smith in Johannesburg, Thursday 19 January 2012

Some of the group that were attacked in Ethiopia prepare to depart from
 Bole airport in Addis Ababa. Photograph: Jenny Vaughan/AFP/Getty Images

A British tourist was among a group that endured a 12-hour ordeal on the edge of an Ethiopian volcano after a terrifying ambush that left five Europeans dead.

Two Germans and two Ethiopians were kidnapped in the pre-dawn attack on Tuesday in one of the world's lowest and hottest regions, known as the Danakil Depression. The search for the gunmen and hostages continues.

The group of 27 tourists had been visiting the Erta Ale volcano, one of Ethiopia's most active, in the northern Afar region. Armed escorts had remained at the bottom of the volcano, as is common practice.

"They trekked up the volcano alone before bedding down," said a diplomatic source in Addis Ababa. "They were unguarded overnight."

Ethiopian authorities have said the group was targeted by as many as 40 attackers.

After the incident, the middle-aged British tourist and other survivors were stranded on the edge of the Erta Ale crater for more than 12 hours, the source said. It was not clear why the security team failed to launch a search party for them.

Finally the group managed to make contact with a German tour company that contacted the German embassy in Addis Ababa to organise a helicopter rescue.

The UK citizen was medevaced from the city of Mekele on Thursday to an unidentified neighbouring country to seek treatment. There is no indication of whether he suffered bullet wounds.

"He has been through a very serious ordeal," the diplomatic source said. "He is in a serious, but stable condition."

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that a British national was involved in an incident on January 17 in Danakil. We are providing consular assistance."

Two Germans, two Hungarians and an Austrian were killed, according to Interpol. Two German tourists and an Ethiopian policeman and driver were abducted.

Authorities in Afar said they have sent elders to try to secure the release of the hostages. Ismael Ali Sero, president of the Afar Region, told state-run Ethiopian Television: "The region is doing all it can to have them released."

Ali Sero did not disclose whether the group had already made contact with the captors or if officials had located their hideout. The Ethiopian government said those kidnapped have been taken across the border into Eritrea, about 12 to 15 miles away.

In 2007, a group including British embassy staff from Addis Ababa was taken hostage in the region and released a week later via the Eritrean capital, Asmara.

Some of this week's tourists were said to be travelling with Addis Ababa-based Green Land Tours and Travel. Others were booked by a company in Germany called Diamir. The company said it deeply regretted what had happened and that it had no previous indication of risk to guests' security in the region.

A Hungarian, a Belgian and a citizen of another country who resides in Brussels were wounded in the attack and have been taken to a hospital in Mekele, northern Ethiopia's biggest city.

The incident has sparked a fresh war of words between Ethiopia and its neighbour, Eritrea. The Ethiopian government said: "It is already clear that the attack was carried out with the direct involvement of the Eritrean government."

Ethiopia "will be obliged to take whatever action is necessary to stop the activities of the Eritrean regime once and for all unless the international community assumes its responsibilities and takes the necessary steps to bring this abominable behaviour to an end," it added.

Eritrea's ambassador to the African Union, Girma Asmerom, has said the allegations are an "absolute lie" and that the attack was an internal Ethiopian matter.

The two countries fought a border war from 1998 to 2000, claiming the lives of about 80,000 people.

The only foreigners who normally venture into the Afar region 
are researchers, aid workers and adventure tourists visiting 
geographical wonders such as the Danakil depression. 
Photograph: Alamy

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