“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.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Syria's vice president offers peace

Deutsche Welle, 18 December 2012

Syria's vice president wants to negotiate with the opposition. In an interview he suggested the idea of a transitional government - but the opposition is hesitant to sit down and talk with the hated regime.

If weapons are no longer getting you anywhere, then it's time for words. That seems to be what the Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa was saying in an interview with Lebanese daily Al Akhbar on Monday (17.12.2012). In the interview, al-Sharaa admitted indirectly that the Assad government no longer believed a military victory over the rebels was possible.

The conflict could not be won by either side militarily, he said. Instead of further destroying the country, it was therefore better to strive for a ceasefire and to begin negotiations on a unity government. Syria's neighbors and the UN Security Council would also have to be involved in this "historic solution" to the conflict, al-Sharaa said.

Walid al-Bunni, a veteran with the Syrian opposition, was hesitant about al-Sharaa's offer. He told the dpa news agency in Beirut that the offer came too late. "And we can not accept that people who kill the Syrian people will remain in power," he added.

Assad seeks military solution

What makes al-Sharaa's statement so interest is the fact that it does not seem to stem from any new awareness by the government but merely out of necessity: there just doesn't seem to be any other option anymore. Al-Sharaa admits that Bashar Assad himself actually prefers a different solution: "He doesn't hide his preference for a military solution - a solution which would lead to a final victory. If there were to be a political dialogue after that, it would be based on the [military] facts."

The Free Syrian Army says they're making steady advances

But it could be that those facts have changed in a way that the regime doesn't believe a military solution is possibly anymore. Several days ago, Sadiq al-Mousllie, a spokesman for the Syrian National Council in Germany, said that the opposition Free Syrian Army had made significant progress in fighting the government troops: "The regime is being pushed back ever further."

Doubts among the allies

That seems to be Iran's view too. The country is one of Assad's closest allies, but Tehran has also called for a national reconciliation committee with the task of preparing for a transitional government.

Doubts are also growing in Moscow. The Russian government no longer seems to think the fall of Assad all that unlikely. But, according to political analyst Raghida Dergham writing in the daily Al Hayat, it might be too late for a credible change of policy from the Kremlin.

She says that Russia is paying a hefty price for Putin's policy on Syria: "The Kremlin is losing its connection with Syria as well as with the whole region. It's too late for any big deal, and that means it's too late for Russia to play a forward-looking and honorable role in the region."

Should the offer by Syria's vice president be serious, this could be an opportunity to prevent more bloodshed. But it's unlikely that all the fighters on both sides would uphold a ceasefire: too much blood has been shed for words to be able to replace weapons from one day to the next.

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