“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.

Monday, July 22, 2013

EU blacklists Hezbollah 'military wing'

Google – AFP, Bryan McManus (AFP), 22 July 2013

Hezbollah militants hold a rally in Baalbek, eastern Lebanon (AFP/File,
Anwar Amro)

BRUSSELS — European Union foreign ministers on Monday added the military wing of the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah to its list of terrorist organisations despite Lebanon warning against such a move.

"In reaching this agreement, the EU has sent a clear message that it stands united against terrorism," British Foreign Secretary William Hague, whose country led efforts to blacklist members of Hezbollah, said at one-day talks in Brussels.

"It shows that no organisation can carry out terrorist acts on European soil, such as the appalling attack in Bulgaria one year ago, without facing the consequences," Hague said.

To get the agreement, ministers had to overcome reservations in some member states that such a move would further destabilise Lebanon where the Iranian-backed militant group plays a key role in politics and has dominated the government since 2011.

Cars drive past a model of a rocket used
 by Hezbollah fighters in southern Beirut,
 on August 12, 2007 (AFP/File, Anwar Amro)
Accordingly, EU political and economic ties with Lebanon will be fully maintained in a delicate balancing act.

Diplomatic sources highlighted the fact that the military wing alone was affected, after Hezbollah was blamed for the deadly attack on Israeli tourists in Bulgaria last year.

In March, a Hezbollah operative was also convicted in Cyprus of plotting a similar attack.
The EU measure will translate into sanctions including travel bans and asset freezes.

A draft of the meeting conclusions seen earlier by AFP noted that making use of "restrictive measures to combat terrorism does not prevent the continuation of dialogue with all political parties in Lebanon."

"Legitimate financial transfers" and aid will also not be affected, it added.

On Thursday, Lebanon asked Brussels not to blacklist Hezbollah on the grounds the militant group was an "essential component of Lebanese society."

Hezbollah fought a devastating war with Israel in 2006 and more recently has been providing military support to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as it tries to put down an insurgency that has escalated into civil war.

The decision to put the militia on the EU's list of terrorist groups required the unanimous consent of the bloc's 28 members.

Britain's Hague insisted that the move will "do nothing to affect the EU's and the UK's strong relationship with, and support for, Lebanon."

Analysts however were sceptical, saying it was virtually impossible to distinguish between the military and political wings of Hezbollah.

"It is the security wing, not the military, which is the most effective and the most dangerous in Hezbollah," said Waddah Charara, professor of sociology at Lebanese University.

"The EU move actually gives Hezbollah a lot of leeway, especially given that the party works in a secret fashion and operates through many channels," he added. "It also allows the EU to continue to have contacts with the 'political' Hezbollah."

The United States, Canada, Australia, Britain and the Netherlands had all previously blacklisted Hezbollah as a terror group separately.

Support for the EU sanctions against Hezbollah grew in recent weeks after the party admitted it was sending fighters to back Assad's regime.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah giving
 a televised address from an undisclosed
 location in Lebanon, on July 19, 2013 
Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni praised the EU decision, saying it was the right move.

"Finally, after years of deliberations, the claim that Hezbollah is a legitimate political party has rightfully failed.

"Now it is clear to the entire world that Hezbollah is a terrorist organisation", she said in a statement.

Arriving for the talks, EU ministers had also highlighted the possible resumption of stalled Israel-Palestinian talks after a major push by US Secretary of State John Kerry and the need to promote democracy in Egypt after the military ouster of the elected government.

EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton said the Middle East Peace Process and Egypt would be the other key issues.

"We will be looking to make sure that Egypt gets back on the path to democracy," she said, stressing that "this is about democracy, making sure that that happens."

Hague and other ministers also deplored the deterioration of the situation in Syria where regime forces have made inroads against the rebels who are torn by bloody infighting and growing extremism, prompting concerns they will lose the war.

At their last meeting in May, ministers led by Britain and France agreed to end the EU arms embargo on Syria to allow supplies to the rebels but not before August 1.

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