“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.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Friends of Syria recognises opposition bloc

Yahoo – AFP, Simon Martelli, 12 November 2012

Delegates at the conference of the Friends of Syria group of Arab and
Western states in Marrakesh on December 12, 2012

Arab and Western countries opposed to President Bashar al-Assad are to recognise an opposition bloc as the sole representative of Syrians, according to a statement seen by AFP on Wednesday.

The declaration to be issued Wednesday at a "Friends of Syria" meeting in Morocco coincides with battlefield gains by jihadists fighting Assad's forces, and a rapidly deteriorating refugee situation as winter sets in.

"The participants acknowledged the National Coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people and the umbrella organisation under which Syrian opposition groups are gathering," said the statement to be approved at the meeting.

Syrian Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib (left), leader 
of the National Coalition for Opposition
 Forces, and George Sabra (right), of the
 Syrian National Council, walk into the Arab
League headquarters in Cairo.
The Marrakesh talks on the 21-month conflict rocking Syria has brought together representatives from 130 countries, including around 60 ministers, the Syrian opposition and international organisations.

It comes just a day after US President Barack Obama endorsed the National Coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, following a similar move by the European Union this week.

Russia, the Assad regime's most powerful ally, expressed surprise at the move, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov saying "the United States has decided to place all its bets on an armed victory of the National Coalition".

In its communique, the Friends of Syria again called on Assad to stand down, and stressed his regime would not escape punishment for violations of international law.

"Assad has lost legitimacy and should stand aside to allow the launching of a sustainable political transition process."

And it warned Syria's government against using biological weapons, saying this "would draw a serious response from the international community".

British Foreign Secretary William Hague described the growing recognition of the National Coalition as "real progress".

"Then the important thing is to channel more assistance through them -- in our case... non-lethal assistance... and then of course we need more humanitarian aid," he said.

Participants at the Morocco meeting called for unimpeded access for humanitarian organisations working in Syria, and said they were ready "to increase the funding of the National Coalition relief activities".

Under pressure to unite, the Syrian opposition agreed in Doha on November 11 to establish the National Coalition and group the various rebel forces under a supreme military council.

But jihadist rebels in Aleppo, a key front line in northern Syria, rejected the coalition, saying they want an Islamic state.

Among them was Al-Nusra Front, which the United States blacklisted on Tuesday as a "terrorist" organisation, citing its links to Al-Qaeda in Iraq.

With the total death toll from the civil war now topping 42,000, according to a rights monitor, the UN refugee agency said the number of Syrian refugees who had fled to neighbouring states and North Africa had now passed half a million.

In the latest violence, two bomb blasts killed one person and wounded several in Damascus and a southeastern suburb of the Syrian capital on Wednesday, the state SANA news agency reported.

Analysts say Assad's regime has been trying to establish a secure perimeter around Damascus at all costs in a bid to be in a position to negotiate a solution to the conflict.

Despite the National Coalition's growing recognition, some EU member states have expressed reservations about the group, in terms of how representative it is and its democratic commitment.

A coalition spokesman insisted, however, that there were "inaccuracies" around Al-Nusra.
Yaser Tabbara said the extremist group could be divided into two factions -- one that supported the regime and committed acts of terror, and the other that did not -- and urged dialogue with the latter.

"They're not going to be a stumbling block in the recognition of the coalition," he told AFP.
Tabbara also underlined hopes the Marrakesh meeting would help alleviate a mounting humanitarian crisis and support the needs of "liberated" areas, in terms of salaries and services, which the group estimates at nearly $500 million per month.

Syria's influential Muslim Brotherhood said the US decision to blacklist Al-Nusra was "wrong and hurried" and that "Bashar al-Assad is the only terrorist in Syria".

Moaz al-Khatib, head of a new coalition of Syrian opposition groups,
2nd left,  and Syrian delegation attend a meeting of the Friends of the
 Syrian People in Marrakech, Morocco, Wednesday Dec. 12, 2012. 
(AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)

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