“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, October 22, 2013

Iranian Students Celebrate Activist Tavakoli's Temporary Release

Radio Free Europe, October 22, 2013

Iranian student activist Majid Tavakoli delivers a speech in an undated photo

Supporters of Majid Tavakoli, a prominent jailed student activist in Iran and one of the biggest symbols of that country's embattled student movement, are celebrating his brief taste of freedom.

The opposition website "Kalame" reported that Tavakoli was given four days of leave after spending four years in prison, including several months in solitary confinement.

On October 22, the day after Tavakoli was temporarily released after posting bail, his fellow students at Tehran's Amir Kabir University gathered to celebrate his release, YouTube video shows:​

In one video, students are singing a well-known folk song that promises the end of winter. Some are holding pictures of Tavakoli and signs that say, "University is Alive."

Tavakoli was arrested after criticizing repression in Iran at a 2009 speech at Amir Kabir University.

He was sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison on several charges, including spreading propaganda against the Islamic establishment and insulting Iran's leaders.

Human rights activists and others launched an online campaign in support of Tavakoli after state media mocked him by publishing pictures of him wearing women’s clothes after his arrest. His supporters suggested he had been forced to wear them.

Tavakoli's unwillingness to back off from his stances despite state pressure and harsh prison treatment have gained him a huge following. Many say he upholds the honor of Iran's student movement.

Iran's universities came under extensive pressure during the two-term presidency of former President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. Many students were summoned by disciplinary committees and security bodies and threatened. Some were banned from studying, while others were jailed for their political activities and critiques of the Iranian establishment. Liberal and pro-reform professors were also pressured, and several were reportedly forced into early retirement.

But Iran’s new president, Hassan Rohani, has set a very different tone. In an October 14speech at Tehran University, he criticized the treatment of students and professors, saying, "I tell the security bodies and the Intelligence Ministry to pave the way for scientific diplomacy and trust universities, students, and professors."

-- Golnaz Esfandiari

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