“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, June 13, 2013

Tunisia rapper jailed for two years

Google – AFP, Kaouther Larbi (AFP), 13 June 2013

Tunisian rapper Ala Yaacoubi, better know by his rap name
"Weld El 15", arrives for his trial on June 13, 2013 (AFP, Fethi Belaid)

BEN AROUS, Tunisia — A Tunisian rapper was handed a two-year jail sentence on Thursday for insulting the police in a song, with the court ruling sparking clashes between his supporters and police.

Ala Yaacoub, 25, better known by his rap name "Weld El 15", was retried at the same court in a Tunis suburb that had convicted him in absentia in March, after he handed himself him in to face justice.

As the judge read out the verdict, shouts of protest erupted in the courtroom from his supporters who were swiftly expelled by police.

Several people were beaten outside the building, including Emine M'tiraoui, a journalist with the news blog Nawaat, and at least three people arrested.

There was evidence of tear gas outside the court house, but it was not clear who had fired it, with the police and friends of the singer blaming each other.

"Weld El 15" (L), arrives for his trial alongside
 Tunisian rapper Emino (R), on June 13, 2013
(AFP, Fethi Belaid)
"The sentence is very tough for an artist who decided of his own accord to face justice," said Yaacoub's lawyer Ghazi Mrabet.

"It is particularly unfair that no text exists for suppressing a work of art."

Yaacoub, who had been in hiding, was given a two-year jail sentence in March after posting a rap video called "The Police are Dogs" on the Internet.

He later turned himself in and was hoping for a more lenient sentence.

The lawyer said he faced half a dozen charges, including conspiracy to commit violence against public officials and insulting the police.

Sitting in a cafe with friends before the trial opened on Thursday, Yaacoub had said he was afraid and criticised the authorities for not respecting freedom of speech.

"I am afraid because in a country like Tunisia the law is not applied; you can expect anything," he told AFP.

"In the song, I used the same terms that the police used to speak about the youth. The police have to respect citizens if they want to be respected," Yaacoub added.

In the video the singer is heard saying: "Police, magistrates, I'm here to tell you one thing, you dogs; I'll kill police instead of sheep; Give me a gun I'll shoot them."

Ahead of the trial in March, in which four others were handed prison sentences but later released, the interior ministry said the song's lyrics were "unethical, abusive and threatening" towards pubic officials.

Members of the Tunisian opposition were quick to condemn Thursday's court ruling, comparing it to the two-year suspended jail sentences given to 20 Islamists involved in an attack on the US embassy last year, which have been strongly criticised as excessively lenient.

"Weld 15 got two years and there were suspended sentences for the attack on the US embassy, I feel bad for our youth at this critical time," MP Karima Souid wrote on Twitter.

The secular opposition frequently accuses the government led by Islamist party Ennahda of manipulating the judiciary to muzzle free speech and of seeking to impose Islamic values on Tunisian society.

Several cases relating to the freedom of expression have sparked outrage in the North African country since Ennahda's rise to power after the January 2011 revolution.

On Wednesday, three European members of the radical women's protest group Femen were jailed for four months for staging a topless demonstration in Tunis in support of a detained Tunisian activist.

The judge found them guilty of public indecency, but their supporters say they were performing a legitimate protest and that women's rights were under attack. Amnesty has called for their release, saying "imprisoning people for expression is inherently disproportionate."

In April 2012, two youths were sentenced to seven and a half years for publishing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed on Facebook. One of them managed to escape and was granted political asylum in France.

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