“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, May 10, 2012

Africa’s boom sparks German interest

Deutsche Welle, 10 May 2012

As Africa continues its strong economic growth, a growing number of German companies are looking at investing in the continent amid growing international competition for Africa’s resources and markets.

German firms are increasingly doing business in Africa. The German-African Business Association, which promotes trade and investments in Africa, now has nearly 700 members, including global companies such as Siemens and steel giant ThyssenKrupp.

But it is medium-sized enterprises, some of whom have been dealing with Africa for decades, which are responsible for the bulk of German trade with African countries.

However, Germany needs to make sure it doesn't get left behind. 

China has become Africa's
biggest trade partner
Competition to do business in Africa is stronger today than ever before, the chairman of the German-African Business Association, Stefan Liebing said in an interview with DW. He pointed out that public and private companies from China, India and Brazil are becoming increasingly involved in the continent.

German companies with no experience of the African continent can dread the risks they associate with Africa, Liebing noted. In addition, German products can be too costly for developing countries that often opt for cheaper goods.

"Everywhere you go in Africa, you hear that German quality and technology is appreciated but the German products are often more expensive," Liebing said.

Thirst for know-how

As well as products that are tailored to the African market, Africans are also interested in projects that involve knowledge transfer.

Whoever delivers the technology should also educate and train Africans. An example is the renewable energy sector, which is going to be vital in building a reliable future energy supply in Africa according to Nigeria's minister for Science and Research, Okon Ita Bassey Ewa. During a recent visit to Germany, Bassey Ewa spoke of his desire to set up partnerships between Nigerian and Germany, especially between universities. 

Demand for energy is drawing
many to Africa
"This could lead to Nigerians coming to Germany to study how to build solar cells," the minister said during a recent visit to Germany.

In addition to renewable energy, several African countries are also looking towards Europe to provide them with nuclear power know-how.

Even though nuclear energy has become increasingly unpopular in Germany, Bassey Ewa said Germany would be a welcome partner in achieving Nigeria's nuclear power ambitions.

Made in Africa

Many African states have been pushing to better utilize their resources by employing more local staff, producing technical equipment or processing raw materials locally. This is especially true in the oil and gas sector.

Siemens is preparing to raise its 'local content' in African countries such as Ghana, Angola and Nigeria in the coming years to almost 90 percent.

The German power-plant builders could even imagine Nigeria producing its own turbines at some point.

"We are now investing in a workshop to repair turbines; this is a first step toward production," said Toyin Abegunde, Siemens head of personnel development in Nigeria. "If we can successfully repair turbines in Nigeria then we could produce the next few components of the turbines on site."

The next step perhaps would be the entire production process taking place in Nigeria, she said.

Home-grown leaders

Siemens is also seeking to employ more local people in management positions. Toyin Abegunde is a good example - a German had previously occupied her post. 

More Africans are taking business
leadership roles
To develop qualified staff, Siemens in Lagos has established a training academy, which runs a six-month career program for youth.

"Twenty university graduates are receiving training on energy technology," Abegunde said. "We are committed to hiring two or three of them, provided they show excellent performance."

The Siemens spokesperson believes all sides benefit from highly trained indigenous people, since expatriates from industrialized countries are often very expensive to hire. And many foreign companies find it hard to send expatriates to some African countries due to security reasons.

Author: Thomas Mösch / cm
Editor: Susan Houlton
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"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration LecturesGod / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems  (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it),  Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse),  Illuminati (Based in Greece, Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to built Africa to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - New !

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