“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 20, 2013

RMB increasingly popular in African trade settlement

Want China Times, Staff Reporter 2013-11-20

Renminbi. (Photo/CFP)

The renminbi is gaining popularity in Africa as more countries on the continent have begun in recent years to accept the currency in bilateral trade with China.

The People's Daily said the Bank of China recently wired 5 million yuan (US$820,000) to Mauritius amid great demand for the currency on the island nation.

Meanwhile, citing a business newspaper report in Kenya, People's Daily said the East African country is planning to build a renminbi settlement center. If successful, it would be the first of its kind in Africa.

According to data from the Society for Worldwide International Financial Telecommunications, as of January this year the number of African countries that have accepted the renminbi in their trade with China has increased from five in 2010 to 18 currently.

Although the volume of trade settled in the Chinese currency accounted for just 0.5% of total China-Africa trade in 2012, it is expected to surge to 10%, a predicted US$38.5 billion, by 2015.

The Standard Bank of South Africa said it has launched renminbi services in 16 African countries, including South Africa, Nigeria and Angola.

Standard Chartered Bank has also noticed the increasing popularity of the currency in Africa. China-Africa trade amounted to approximately US$200 billion in 2012, which laid a solid foundation for the renminbi to become a major currency on the continent, the bank stated.

Meanwhile, South Africa's central bank announced on Nov. 12 that it will purchase US$1.5 billion of Chinese bonds, about 3% of its reserved assets. It will be the second African country to buy renminbi bonds as part of its foreign reserve investments, following Nigeria, which did so in 2011.

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China's representative in Africa, Liu Yagan, told People's Daily that the renminbi's function is manifest not only in trade but also in loans. As Beijing continues to expand its economic growth, Africa can share in the Chinese industrial chain through the growing loan function of the yuan, Liu said.

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