“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.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

EU, UN call for more assistance for Central African Republic

Deutsche Welle, 19 January 2014

One million people have fled the violence in the Central African Republic. Although the EU, UN and numerous aid groups are working hard to alleviate the humanitarian crisis, the country needs more assistance.

Although polarizing President Michel Djotodia resigned his post, the fighting between Christian and Muslim militia groups has not stopped. People are running for their lives. 

The conflict in the Central African Republic has escalated since the end of 2013. Approximately 4.6 million people live in the country, one of the poorest in the world. Food, medicine, clean water and sanitary facilities are desperately needed. Emergency shelters and simple household goods like blankets are also in short supply.

The precarious humanitarian situation is complicated by a political vacuum. "At the moment, there is no state in the Central African Republic," said Jean Louis de Brouwer, the EU Commission's Humanitarian and Civil Protection operations director. "There's no finance ministry. In Bangui, the ministry buildings are empty. The civil servants that still remain have not been paid in months." The country now has to start from scratch, de Brouwer added.

EU plans peacekeeping mission

In 2013, the majority of humanitarian aid for the Central African Republic came from the European Union, some 76 million euros ($102 million) in total. The EU Commission provided 39 million euros, while the respective member states came up with the rest.

But the EU isn't providing much direct assistance on the ground. Instead, Brussels gives the aid money to partners such as the World Food Programme. These partners then buy food, for example, and distribute it throughout the country. On Monday (20.01.2014), the EU will announce how much money it plans to contribute this year.

In addition, the EU foreign ministers are planning to back a peacekeeping operation, designed to support French troops already in the Central African Republic. The EU will need a UN mandate for the mission, which the Security Council is likely to approve. Once the UN has given its blessing, the EU will begin planning the details of the deployment.

But every EU member state can decided how it participates in the peacekeeping mission. Germany, for example, will not send troops and doesn't plan to operate in the country. Instead, Berlin will provide strategic support, such as airlifting soldiers in neighboring countries.

Monday presidential election

Brussels has assumed that the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic will last four to six months. The goal is to remain in the country until the African Union or an international peacekeeping force can take over security responsibilities. 

President Nguendet: 'The chaos is over'
The current interim president, Alexandre-Ferdinand Nguendet, has vowed to end the "anarchy," warning Christian and Muslim militias to lay down their arms or risk being shot.

"The chaos is over," Nguendet said. "The pillaging is over; the revenge attacks are over. The Central African people must regain their honor." He called on refugees to return to their homes.

But the chaos is not over by any stretch of the imagination. There continue to be reports of murders. Overnight Thursday, at least seven people were killed in the capital, Bangui. On Monday, a new president will be elected and the people hope that with a new government, peace will return to the country.

'Money for basic needs'

In December, the UN called for a so-called "Strategic Response Plan" for the Central African Republic. The goal is to collect $247 million for the country in 100 days. But this goal is still a long way off - only six percent of the target sum has been raised so far.

The donor countries should put the Central African Republic higher on their priority list, according to the director of UN humanitarian operations, John Ging. It's about money for the most basic needs, he said.

"We are only appealing for money for the very basic needs - to feed people, to provide basic medical care, clean water, the basic for shelter and so on," Ging continued.

That's the case in the capital, Bangui, where many people have been hit hard by the conflict. Around 500,000 internally displaced people are there. The UN refugee agency has set up tents for around 20,000 of them, while the World Food Programme has distributed basic foodstuffs for around 300,000 people. Other aid organizations like the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders are also operating in the Central African Republic.

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