“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.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Facebook growing fast in Nigeria

Deutsche Welle, 4 February 2014

Nigeria is among the top ten countries with the fastest increase in Facebook membership, currently put at some 1.2 billion worldwide. Nigerian politicians are now also joining the ranks of Facebook fans.

In Nigeria, one need not go far to see how popular Facebook is in Africa’s most populous country.

As music plays in the background in one cybercafe in Lagos, virtually all those browsing there are on Facebook. Many of them like Joseph Ibe are fans. "It’s been a way of meeting new friends and getting to know people and it is very easy for me to get in touch with my friends who are away from home and outside the country," he told DW.

Nigerians use Facebook for several reasons. For many like Paluma Emmanuel who was browsing at the same cybercafe, they hope it will help them find life partners. "On Facebook they have chat, they have fun, from there they meet up, they will get married from there," Emmanuel says. This, he said, is particularly inviting for those who are initially shy about expressing their feelings in person.

Social media expert Yinka Olugbade
 says Facebook has brought many
Ibe and Emmanuel represent the large number of Nigerians who believe Facebook has changed their lives. Both would like nothing more than to meet Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. "I am saying 'thank you' to the guy," Ibe said with a sense of appreciation.

The influx of a large number of cheap handheld mobile devices into Nigeria has made access to Facebook easy. Social media expert, Yinka Olugbade says Facebook has directly affected the lives of many Nigerians as its use is now so widespread. In his opinion, the influence of Facebook on Nigerians has been positive in most cases. "A lot of people are using it to advertise themselves especially in the areas of their skill and profession and trade," he said, adding that "a few politicians are also imbibing the Facebook culture. They are online, they are showcasing projects and all of that."

But some Nigerians are concerned about the content that gets on to Facebook. Ifeanyi Ibu has reservations about nude pictures that find their way on to the site even though Facebook has a policy prohibiting the use of such pictures. "That is one big disadvantage of Facebook," he said.

'A new culture is evolving'

Many Nigerians use their mobile phones
 to stay in touch with their Facebook friends
Such concerns are not surprising in a country like Nigeria where the majority of the population are either conservative Christians or Muslims. But Olugbade says, in spite of the criticism about some of the content on Facebook in Nigeria, its positive contribution in the country by far outweighs its negative role. "When you look at that and sum it up , it shows that a new culture is evolving."

It is expected that the evolving Facebook culture will grow even further in the coming years as investment in Internet broadband connections is stepped up across Nigeria.

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