“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.

Friday, November 29, 2013

S.Africa's Zuma benefited from security revamp deal: report

Google – AFP, 29 November 2013

South African President Jacob Zuma gives a press conference on July 29,
2013 in Pretoria (AFP/File, Stephane de Sakutin)

Johannesburg — South Africa's President Jacob Zuma personally benefitted from the controversial security renovations at his private home and must repay the state, according to a damning watchdog report leaked in a local newspaper on Friday.

The government has spent more than 200 million rand ($20 million) to revamp Zuma's rural home, justifying it as necessary security for a head of state.

But a government watchdog has found that some of the so-called security upgrades were "improperly" weaved into the project at "enormous cost" to the taxpayer, the weekly Mail & Guardian reported.

A picture of South African President
Jacob Zuma's private residence in Nkandla
on November 4, 2012 (AFP/File, Rajesh
A swimming pool, an outdoor amphitheatre, visitors' waiting area, a cattle enclosure, houses for the president's relatives and "extensive" paving, were some of the extras that did not necessarily fit into security features, according to a yet-unpublished report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

South Africa's public protector investigates reported abuse of power by public officials, publishes the findings, and recommends prosecution where needed.

Madonsela wants Zuma to explain himself to parliament and repay the extra and non-security related expenses, the paper said citing the report.

The improvements at Zuma's house were "acutely" higher than those done at past presidents' properties, said the report.

The most expensive renovations so far had been at the house of South Africa's first black leader Nelson Mandela, which cost 32 million rands ($3.2 million).

She also said "genuine" security issues such as the two helipads, a clinic and housing for the police protection unit at the thatched-roof compound in Nkandla in the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal were "excessive". Above all, they could have been located in a nearby town to also benefit local residents, the report said.

South African President Jacob Zuma (R) sings and dances with new
 wife Thobeka Madiba (L) at their wedding ceremony on January 4, 2010 at 
Zuma's rural homestead of Nkandla (AFP/File, Rajesh Jantilal)

The public protector's office declined to comment on the newspaper's story on Friday, but last week Madonsela said four ministers seen as Zuma's loyalists, had tried to vet her report by approaching the court to instruct her on what to "throw out and what to retain".

The government's decision to spend large sums of taxpayer money on Zuma's private property sparked public anger amid an economic crunch in a country where 10 million people live on social grants and many have only tin shacks for their homes.

The exact cost of the upgrades remains unclear. Two weeks ago, a parliament panel put it at 206 million rand ($20.2 million), then a few days later a group of ministers upped the figure by 208 million rand. The Mail & Guardian cited the report as putting the costs at 215 million rand.

Zuma's office did not respond to phone calls and an email seeking comment.

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