“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.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Syrian peace talks: regime and rebels finally meet

After tense days spent avoiding each other, negotiators gather briefly at UN for Geneva II meeting to discuss civil war

The Guardian, Staff and agencies, Saturday 25 January 2014

Syrian opposition chief negotiator Hadi al-Bahra (right) and coalition member
 Anas al-Abda arrive at the Geneva II peace talks. Photograph: Philippe
Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images

The first direct negotiations between the Syrian government and rebels seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad started and ended after barely half and hour at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva.

After tense days spent avoiding each other and meeting separately with veteran Algerian mediator Lakhdar Brahimi, Assad's delegation and representatives of the Syrian Opposition Coalition gathered briefly in the same room, then emerged.

The two sides were distant going into the meeting, with the government delegation denying it had accepted the premise of a transitional leadership, and the opposition stating it would accept nothing less. Diplomats have said even getting them to the same table can be considered an accomplishment three years into the uprising that has left 130,000 people dead.

Brahimi announced on Friday night that the parties had agreed "to meet in the same room" after a day of frantic efforts to prevent either side from walking away from the talks. "Nobody will be leaving on Saturday and nobody will be leaving on Sunday," he told a press conference.

Diplomats added that the two sides were likely to address any remarks on Saturday to Brahimi and not directly to each other.

The first threat to quit came from the Syrian foreign minister, Walid al-Moualem, who warned on Friday morning that he would return to Damascus unless serious talks were held by Saturday.

Brahimi met government and opposition negotiators separately behind closed doors at the Palais des Nations on Friday while outside their respective representatives blamed each other for the apparent deadlock.

Opposition spokespeople had said they would not start talks until the other side accepted the Geneva I agreement of 2012, which calls for the creation of a transitional governing body in Damascus by mutual consent. Given that the rebels insist Assad must go – and Assad is adamant that he will not – it remains hard to see how that can happen.

Moualem and other Syrian government officials have emphasised the need to discuss "terrorism", their blanket term for opposition to Assad, before talks on a political solution to the 34-month crisis, which has made 2 million people refugees and Syria a magnet for al-Qaida-inspired extremists.

The meeting on Saturday suggested that neither side wanted to be blamed for walking out, at least at this early stage. Al-Arabiya TV quoted an unnamed Syrian source as saying that the government had agreed to release more than 5,500 prisoners. If confirmed, that would be a significant confidence-building measure.

Amid all the diplomatic activity it was hard to avoid a sense of disconnect from the crisis on the ground. The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 63 people had now died due to poor health and living conditions in the besieged Yarmuk Palestinian area of Damascus. "Dear Geneva II crowd: Could you please get people in Homs and Yarmouk some food?" one activist tweeted. Air raids were reported over Aleppo.

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