“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, October 7, 2013

Rabbi's funeral 'largest' in Israel history: police

Google – AFP, 7 October 2013

Hundreds of thousands of Ultra-Orthodox Jewish mourners attend the
 funeralof of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in Jerusalem on October 7, 2013 (AFP, 
Menahem Kahana)

Jerusalem — More than 700,000 people took to the streets of Jerusalem on Monday night to mourn influential Sephardic Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, making it the biggest funeral in Israel's history, police said.

"We estimate there are more (than) 700,000 people taking part in the largest of funerals ever in Israel," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld wrote on his official Twitter account, referring to Yosef's funeral.

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader
 of Israel's Sephardic Jewish community
 and the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, gestures
 during a meeting in Jerusalem on
December 11, 2011 (AFP/File, Gali Tibbon)
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, 93, who wielded enormous influence among Israeli Jews of Middle Eastern and North African ancestry but courted controversy with his outspoken views, had been in and out of hospital for months and undergone heart surgery.

The mourners, mostly ultra-Orthodox Jews wearing traditional black clothing and with men separated from women, gathered outside the seminary Yosef had studied at, before going to his funeral in Jerusalem's conservative Sanhedria district.

Police blocked off some of the Holy City's roads and stepped up security, with thousands of additional officers deployed.

"We've lost a father," Eliel Hawzi, a 26-year-old mourner in the middle of his military service, told AFP. "Rabbi Yosef is irreplacable for the Jewish people."

The rabbi's death came two weeks after he had heart surgery at Jerusalem's Hadassa hospital, where he eventually passed away.

Relative of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, spiritual
leader of Israel's Sephardic Jewish community
 and the ultra-Orthodox Shas party mourn in
 front of this house following his death in
 Jerusalem on October 7, 2013 (AFP, 
Jack Guez)
"Despite all our efforts... since his deterioration overnight and huge efforts to halt that, and after a great struggle, the rabbi died just a few moments ago," cardiologist Dan Gilon said in remarks aired on radio.

News of his deteriorating health prompted President Shimon Peres to cut short a working meeting with his Czech counterpart Milos Zeman and rush to the rabbi's bedside, his office said.

Peres later delivered a eulogy for Yosef, whom he described as "my teacher, my rabbi, my friend."

"I held his hand which was still warm and kissed his forehead. When I pressed his hand I felt I was touching history and when I kissed his head it was as though I kissed the very greatness of Israel," the 90-year-old head of state said of his earlier meeting with the rabbi.

Yosef, a former Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel whose son took over the same role in June, had frequently played the role of kingmaker in the country's fickle coalition politics.

He was spiritual leader also of ultra-Orthodox party Shas, which was a member of most ruling coalitions before going into opposition after January elections.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed deep sorrow over Yosef's death, saying the Jewish people had lost "one of the wisest men of this generation."

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish youths wait for the
 body of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in 
Jerusalem on October 7, 2013 (AFP,
Ahmad Gharabli)
"I heard with profound grief about the passing of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, one of the greatest rabbis of our generation," he said.

"He was filled with love of the Torah and the people. I very much appreciated his convivial personality and his directness," Netanyahu said, extending condolences to his family and followers.

His death sparked an outpouring of emotion within the Sephardi community, with Shas leader Arye Deri openly sobbing as he expressed his grief in radio interviews.

"We are all alone," he said, referring to the rabbi as "our father."

Yosef founded Shas in 1984 on the platform of a return to religion and as a counter to an establishment dominated by Ashkenazi Jews of European ancestry.

But the Baghdad-born rabbi frequently courted controversy with his outspoken remarks, describing Palestinians and other Arabs as "snakes" and "vipers" who were "swarming like ants."

He called on God to strike down then prime minister Ariel Sharon over Israel's 2005 withdrawal from Gaza, and during the 2006 war in Lebanon, he implied Israeli soldiers killed in battle died because they didn't follow Jewish commandments.

Jews mourn in front of the house of Rabbi
 Ovadia Yosef, spiritual leader of Israel's
Sephardic Jewish community and the
 ultra-Orthodox Shas party following his
 death in Jerusalem on October 7, 2013
 (AFP, Jack Guez)
Despite the rabbi's often sharp-tongued outbursts, he had for many years been an advocate of peace talks with the Palestinians based on his respect for the sanctity of life, explained Jerusalem Post religious affairs correspondent Jeremy Sharon.

"Yosef was of the opinion that if a peace process could be conducted with Palestinians and save lives, then territorial compromises could be considered," he said.

Sharon added that Yosef's death without having appointed a successor could lead to splits in Shas, which had its heyday in the late 1990s with 17 seats in parliament.

But following the failure of the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords to bring about an end to the conflict with the Palestinians, Yosef shifted politically to the right.

Nonetheless, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was quick to pass on his "condolences to Ovadia Yosef's family" on Monday.

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