“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, December 11, 2013

Thousands queue to say goodbye to Nelson Mandela

Queues reminiscent of South Africa's first democratic election in 1994 line up to see body of former present

theguardian.comDavid Smith in Pretoria and agencies, Wednesday 11 December 2013

Thousands of people waited to see Nelson Mandela lying in an open casket on Wednesday in queues reminiscent of South Africa's first democratic election in 1994.

There were cries of "Amandla!" (a popular rallying cry from the days of resistance against apartheid, meaning "power") and "Viva Nelson Mandela, viva!" along with liberation struggle songs and foot-stamping aboard buses taking the public to sites for security screening in the capital, Pretoria.

Police generally maintained order but there were occasional flashpoints whenever someone tried to jump the queue and angry voices were raised. The riot of colour included African National Congress regalia and football shirts.

Nezi Maqungu, 53, from East London in Eastern Cape province, compared the snaking lines to the 1994 election that took Mandela to power. "It brings back memories," she said. "But that was exciting whereas this is sad. We can't believe he's gone. There will never be another like him."

Police and security staff gave frequent reminders that mobile phones and cameras were banned from the viewing site at the Union Buildings. It remains unclear what will happen if the system of bussing people to the site fails to get everyone through by the scheduled closure time of 5pm. Mandela will also lie in state on Thursday and Friday.

Leaders including the Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, the South African president, Jacob Zuma, and others were among the first to pass by the casket in two lines on Wednesday. Four junior naval officers in white uniforms kept watch. Celebrities including Bono also paid their respects.

Nelson Mandela's widow, Graça Machel, right, pays her respects to the
former South African president. Photograph: Elmond Jiyane/AP

Mandela's widow, Graça Machel, his former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and other family members also viewed his body.

Each day, Mandela's coffin will be driven back to 1 Military Hospital to be held overnight. Authorities have asked the public to line the streets as an honour guard for each trip.

The Nobel peace laureate will be buried on Sunday in Qunu, his ancestral home in the rural Eastern Cape province, 450 miles (700km) south of Johannesburg.

Many in the queue on Wednesday had never seen Mandela in life and wanted their last chance to see his face before he is buried on Sunday. Gadushca Kidushin, 21, said: "This will be the first time I've seen him. I'm sad today but at the same time I'm happy. He fought for our peace, our freedom, our humanity."

Kidushin wanted his five-year-old son, Kelvin, to share in the history. "I brought my son so he can see the legend that was in this world."

Reabetswe Letsholo, 20, said: "I felt I needed to be here to say goodbye because Tata meant a lot to me. Generations that come after us will know the history of this man and this country. Children in school will learn about him."

"Tata" means father in Xhosa and is a term of endearment given to Mandela by many South Africans.

Outside, people danced and sang and waved a banner that said: "We will forever miss you, Tata," above a montage of press clippings. They cheered one of Mandela's granddaughters when she arrived by bus.

The Union Buildings contain numerous reminders of South Africa's colonial history including statues of prominent Afrikaners and plaques listing the dead of the first world war – a conflict which overlapped with Mandela's birth, as Barack Obama reminded mourners on Tuesday.

Next week the Union Buildings will mark their centenary – by unveiling a statue of Mandela.

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