“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.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Following Wave Of Homophobia, Zambia’s First Lady Steps Out To Oppose Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Buzzfeed, J. Lester Feder, November 2013

“Silence around issues of men who have sex with men should be stopped and no one should be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation,” Christine Kaseba-Saba said in a statement human rights activists have hailed as a “miracle.”

Paul Morigi / WireImage

Zambia’s first lady, Dr Christine Kaseba-Sata, called for an end to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation during a reception hosted by UNAIDS on Tuesday evening in the country’s capital, Lusaka.

This took human rights activists by surprise — this year has seen a rapid deterioration of LGBT rights in the country, with arrests of men on sodomy charges and the prosecution of activist Paul Kasonkomona for calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality during a television appearance. Recently there has also been a waving of outings of LGBT people by Zambian tabloids.

“Silence around issues of men who have sex with men should be stopped and no one should be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation,” Kaseba-Saba said. “Rather, we should address reproductive health issues around this issue.”

She also reportedly said those working on public health issues among men who have sex with men have the president’s support despite the increasingly homophobic climate in the country.

Kaseba-Sata’s words could carry special weight because she is one of the country’s leading OB/GYNs, practicing and teaching in some of the country’s top medical institutions for more than 25 years. She is also the World Health Organization’s good will ambassador against gender-based violence for 2014.

“The statement is a breakthrough to the Zambian HIV/AIDS and reproductive health response for sexual minority groups, which also has direct implications to the broader HIV/AIDS and [sexual and reproductive health] response,” said Lilian Kiefer, executive director of the development and poverty organization Panos Institute Southern Africa, which is based in Lusaka. “She has demonstrated the kind of leadership and objectivity that is required in comprehensively addressing HIV/AIDS and [reproductive health] from a human rights angle.

In a post published at allAfrica.com Richard Lee of the South African-based human rights organization the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa called the statements a “miracle” and “potentially game-changing” for LGBT rights in the country.

But some LGBT activists were less impressed.

One LGBT activist who asked that his name not be used fearing retribution directed at his organization, told BuzzFeed, “Even as much as we applaud the first lady for making such a bold statement…. It begs the question as to why she has been silent all along.”

Her remarks also do not necessarily change policy, he continued. “If this this was a statement issued by the president, it would have been a different story, and then at least it would have had the backing of the head of the executive. However, as things stand, the first lady’s opinion does not move mountains in this case.”

J. Lester Feder is a foreign correspondent for BuzzFeed and 2013 Alicia Patterson

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