“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.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Senegal hopes for reform under Macky Sall

Deutsche Welle, 26 March 2012

President Abdoulaye Wade has been resoundingly beaten by his former protege Macky Sall in Sunday’s peaceful presidential run-off. Now Senegalese are looking to see what 50-year-old Sall has to offer.

Cheers and jubilations resounded through towns and cities across Senegal, after state television confirmed that incumbent president Wade had called Macky Sall to congratulate him on his election victory.

Though official results are not expected until later, it was plain that Sall would be the next Senegalese president after results showed him leading Wade in most polling stations.

Wade was even beaten by Sall in his home turf, signaling the voters' rejection of the 85-year-old president. In the first round of voting on February 26, President Wade had to be whisked away by his bodyguards after being booed by an angry crowd as he cast his vote at a local polling station.

Macky Sall will be Senegal's fourth
president since independence in 1960
A new era

After 12 years in power, President Wade's decision to concede defeat, along with his promise to peacefully hand over power, has surprised many. Prior to the run-off election, Senegal's capital Dakar had witnessed daily clashes between security officials and demonstrators. 

They were protesting Wade's bid for a third presidential term, even though the country's constitution only allowed two terms.

Incoming president Macky Sall has hinted that he intends to give the West African country "new vitality" by slashing government spending. Sall had criticized Wade for wasteful expenditures.

"The policies of the (current) president are based on squandering public funds to construct a statue that cost tens of millions of francs and to maintain excessive government ministries," he said.

After his victory became obvious, Sall said his win was a win for the entire country.

The opposition leader's resounding victory can be attributed to three main factors. Most Senegalese were fed up with Abdoulaye Wade and his government. To make matters worse, many believed Wade was simply grooming his unpopular son, Karim, to succeed him. In addition, Sall had the unified support of the 12 opposition candidates who had lost in the first round of the presidential election. Their backing meant Wade didn't stand a chance. 

The 49 m high monument built by Wade
cost 21 million euro ($27 million)
Protegee who stood his ground

Sall, a trained engineer, originally belonged to Wade's camp, becoming a minister in his government in 2001. In 2004, Sall was appointed prime minister and eventually he was voted to the position of president of the National Assembly.

Sall then fell out with his former mentor after he summoned the president's son to a parliamentary hearing on an overblown budget for an Islamic world conference. The president's inner circle objected to Sall's actions, later dismissing him as the head of the National Assembly.

Sall subsequently founded his own party, Alliance for the Republic (APR).

Mamadou Badji, a political representative from Sall's coalition, said the results showed that Senegal had finally come to its senses.

"One can simply say that the power of truth has triumphed over the power of money," he said.

Author: Dirke Köpp / cm
Editor: Greg Wiser
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