“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, February 5, 2014

British girl leads Guardian campaign to end female genital mutilation

17-year-old Fahma Mohamed calls on Michael Gove to ensure teachers and parents are informed about horrors of FGM

theguardian.com, Alexandra Topping, Wednesday 5 February 2014

A 17-year-old British student is calling on Michael Gove to help end female genital mutilation in the UK.

She wants the education secretary to write to every headteacher in the country asking them to train and inform teachers and parents about the horrors of the practice, which has affected an estimated 66,000 women and girls in the UK.

As the face of the Guardian's new campaign to have FGM recognised as a key government priority, Fahma Mohamed, one of nine daughters in a Muslim Somali family that came to Britain when she was seven, believes Gove could do more to help curtail the barbaric practice.

She adds her voice to a broad coalition of global charities and campaigners who have joined the Guardian to ask the education secretary to write to headteachers of all primary and secondary schools, urging them to flag up the dangers of FGM before the summer holidays, when girls are at the greatest risk.

"If every single headteacher was given the right information, we could reach every single girl who is at risk of FGM," said Fahma, from Bristol. "We could convince these families not to send their daughters abroad and help those girls at risk."

According to government figures more than 20,000 British girls are thought to be at risk of being cut every year but, despite previous government promises to stop FGM, experts have warned the Guardian that girls are not only still being taken abroad to be cut during the holiday "cutting season", but are also being mutilated in Britain.

A coalition of medical groups, trade unions and human rights organisations recently estimated that there were 66,000 UK victims of FGM in the UK and more than 24,000 girls under the age of 15 were at risk. Victims can be as young as just a few weeks old.

The Guardian spoke to Manika, who was eight years old when she was mutilated in the Gambia. She is now 25 and lives in Scotland. "It really hurt. It's like taking a knife and cutting someone's flesh," she said. After suffering physical complications, she is now terrified of having sex. "I can't let my body move properly so that I can do it. I still have this at the back of my mind … it makes me feel scared."

For her, the consequences are lifelong, and catastrophic. "After I saw the blade, I knew they would definitely hurt me," she said. "This is just like you're taking somebody's life. It's just like you're taking a gun and shooting somebody to death. It's just like it feels for me."

Experts told the Guardian that some families, put off by expensive air travel, were clubbing together to pay for cutters to travel to Britain to mutilate their girls in "cutting parties" here. "We have found out that there is a lot of individuals carrying out this process in Scotland and it's becoming quite popular for people from other countries to come here to get the process carried out," said the MSP Margaret McCulloch, of the Holyrood equal opportunities committee. Reports that "cutters" are at work, some operating out of expensive private clinics, have come from other major cities including London, Birmingham and Bristol, said Sarah McCulloch, from the charity Agency for Culture and Change Management. "Wherever communities [that practise FGM] are residing, it is a problem," she said.

More than 140 million women and girls worldwide have suffered FGM, with up to 98% of girls mutilated in some African, Middle Eastern and Asian countries. Traditionally seen as a rite of passage carried out to keep girls "pure" before marriage, it is condemned by campaigners as a means of controlling women's fertility and sexual desire.

Despite three decades of legislation against FGM in the UK, there is yet to be a single prosecution. DCS Keith Niven, the Metropolitan police's lead on child abuse, called on members of FGM-practising communities to come forward. "I need information, I need people to tell me who it is that is committing these crimes," he said.

The lack of prosecutions is a "failure" that has to be addressed, admitted the Home Office minister Norman Baker, speaking before the campaign's launch. "I'm hopeful we can defeat this in the UK and I think we are making progress. The next 12 months will be important. I'm pretty confident we will get some prosecutions," said Baker, the government lead of FGM. New cases were being "seriously investigated" while some previously closed cases had been reopened, he added.

In France, activists accused Britain of cowardice, arguing that France had come close to eradicating FGM by carrying out controversial physical health checks on children and arresting parents if there was a suspicion that a girl had been mutilated.

Naana Otoo Oyortey, the executive director of Forward UK, which has been central to the FGM debate in the UK and has joined the Guardian's campaign, said it could play a significant role in raising awareness of FGM. "We want the education secretary to come out and say work really needs to be done in school," she said. "Why are we talking about prosecuting parents before we have even sent out information? There has to be a change of heart, and that has to start in schools."

Fahma, who has seen at firsthand among her friends and family the devastation that FGM can cause, said that with the commitment of the government and action from the education secretary, eradicating FGM in a generation was achievable. "We are not going to be quiet. We are not going to shut up," she said. "It has taken us this long just to get people talking about it – we don't care how long it takes to make people listen."

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Question: Dear and beloved Kryon: What should we know about "Brit-Mila" (Jewish circumcision)?

Answer: All circumcision was based on commonsense health issues of the day, which manifested itself in religious-based teaching. That basically is what made people keep doing it. This eighth-day-from-birth ritual is no more religious today than trimming your fingernails (except that Brit-Mila is only done once, and it hurts a bit more).

It's time to start seeing these things for what they are. Common sense is not static. It's dynamic, and related to the culture of the time. Yesterday's common sense about health changed greatly with the discovery of germs. It changed again with practices of cleanliness due to the discovery of germs, and so on. Therefore, we would say that it really doesn't make a lot of difference in today's health practices. It's done almost totally for cultural historic and traditional purposes and holds no energy around it other than the obvious intent of the tradition.

This is also true for a great deal of the admonishments of the Old Testament regarding food and cleanliness, and even the rules of the neighborhood (such as taking your neighbor's life if he steals your goat, or selling your daughter in slavery if you really need the money... all found in scripture). The times are gone where these things matter anymore, yet they're still treated with reverence and even practiced religiously in some places. They're now only relics of tradition, and that's all. If you feel that you should honor a tradition, then do it. If not, then don't. It's not a spiritual or health issue any longer.

Be the boss of your own body and your own traditions. Follow what your spiritual intuition tells you is appropriate for your own spiritual path and health.

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