“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.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Africa Cup of Nations kicks off in South Africa

Deutsche Welle, 19 January 2013

The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament has kicked off in Johannesburg, South Africa. The hosts are facing off against the archipelago nation of Cape Verde in the opening match of the competition.

The 29th Africa Cup of Nations opened in South Africa's First National Bank Stadium on Saturday, with traditional dancers taking to the pitch in a rainbow-colored ceremony amid rainy weather.

Hundreds of children grabbed colorful balls and threw them on the pitch to form a giant South African flag, with fans blaring vuvuzelas in excitement.

A sell-out crowd of 90,000 is set to watch South Africa go head-to-head with tournament new comers Cape Verde in the first match of the competition. South Africa last won the African Cup in 1996.

Later on Saturday, Morocco was scheduled to face off with Angola in the second-leg of Saturday's lineup.

Contest between 16 teams

Over the coming month, 16 teams - 10 of them former champions - will compete for Africa's continental crown.

South Africa stepped in to host the tournament just a year ago, after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) decided to move the competition from Libya, which is still gripped by instability in the aftermath of the 2011 overthrow of deceased dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

"I think South Africa as hosts have done an amazing job considering the time they had to prepare for this tournament after it was moved from Libya," said Hicham El Amrani, secretary general of African soccer's ruling body.

But South African soccer has also been marred by allegations of corruption. Just months before the 2013 Africa Cup, a FIFA investigation uncovered a match-fixing scandal dating back to the run-up to the 2010 World Cup. South African Football Association officials allegedly colluded to fix four matches, among them two friendlies in which South Africa played against Guatemala and Colombia.

The investigation into the allegations has been postponed until the Africa Cup finishes on February 10.

slk/ipj (AFP, dpa)

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