“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.

Friday, May 11, 2012

EU upholds sanctions on Zimbabwe

Deutsche Welle, 11 May 2012

The European Union has ruled out lifting smart sanctions slapped on Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe and his party members. Europe’s 27-member body says only free and fair elections could change the situation.

The EU said in a press conference in Harare on Friday, it will continue to enforce sanctions imposed on President Robert Mugabe and his party leadership. However, according to EU ambassador Aldo Dell'Aricia, relations between Europe and Zimbabwe are slowly improving.”We are confident that we are again on a good communication track and relationship with Zimbabwe”. Dell'Aricia said in a statement. 

Grace Mugabe, wife of President
 Mugabe, is on the smart
sanctions list
Prior to the EU announcement, President Mugabe dispatched three ministers to meet EU foreign affairs and security representative Catherine Ashton in Brussels to try and push the 27-nation bloc to lift the sanctions, which include an assets freeze and travel ban .

The EU sees the upcoming elections in Zimbabwe as an opportunity to review the situation.

Source of sanctions

Brussels imposed the so-called smart sanctions on President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party leadership in 2002, following reports of election rigging and human rights abuses.

Ambassador Dell'Aricia says the punitive measures were taken after taking into consideration the electoral situation and serious human rights abuses committed in 2002. “The EU has been very clear that these measures will be lifted when credible elections, where people can express their wishes freely, as well as results which are respected by stakeholders, have taken place,” he said.

Battered economy

Mugabe blames the smart sanctions for Zimbabwe's economic decline.

According to one of his ministers, Elton Mangoma, who led the Zimbabwean delegation to Brussels, Zimbabwe would benefit from European funding. 

Zimbabwe's political wrangles
have increased poverty levels
“Zimbabwe would like investment,” Mangoma told DW. “I think Europe is a major source of assistance in terms of financing. At the stage Zimbabwe is, we would like to have strengthened access to those funds”.

Zimbabwe's agro-based economy is battling to recover after taking a nosedive in the late 1990s because of poor management and land-reform policies initiated by President Mugabe.

Most western nations have devoted their funding to ease the humanitarian crisis in the troubled nation as they cannot provide direct development aid.

Author: Columbus Mavhunga / cm
Editor: Susan Houlton

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