“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.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Rouhanicare: Iran's president promises healthcare for all by 2018

Five million vulnerable Iranians the first to be protected under plan apparently inspired by Obamacare

theguardian.com, Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Thursday 6 February 2014

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani (left) gives a live interview on state television
during which he announced his healthcare initiative. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, has promised healthcare for all Iranians in the next four years in a move reminiscent of Barack Obama's patient protection and affordable care act, dubbed Obamacare.

In an interview broadcast live on national television on Wednesday, Rouhani said he wanted all Iranians to be protected under a nationwide health insurance programme. He said at least five million citizens who are the most vulnerable will be the first people to benefit from the initiative.

Rouhani's official English-language Twitter account was the first to make a link between the Iranian president's plan and that initiated by his US counterpart. The government "will extend medical insurance to all Iranians. First step will be to cover 5mn uninsured Iranians by the social safety net #RouhaniCare," read the president's tweet.

"Our people face a number of difficulties in their health protection and when they enter a state-run hospital they usually have to obtain their medicine, tests and medical equipment from other places," Rouhani said in the interview. "We have to make sure our hospitals can give people all the services they need so that they are not left confused."

The Iranian president said his healthcare plan would be partly funded by cuts to government subsidies.

Other Obama-related gestures have also inspired the Iranian president and his supporters. A music clip released on the internet in November and endorsed by Rouhani reminded many of Obama's 2008 campaign video Yes We Can.

Rouhani's interview, initially scheduled right after the 9pm news bulletin, was broadcast with an hour's delay after an apparent row between the broadcaster and the president's office over who could interview him.

The head of Iran's national broadcaster, IRIB, implied later that Rouhani had handpicked the two interviewers who questioned him.

When the president failed to address the nation on schedule a news ticker announced delays due to technical problems.

Rouhani's Twitter account reacted immediately by blaming IRIB's head, Ezatollah Zarghami, saying he had prevented the live broadcast. "Head of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, Zarghami, prevented live discussion w/ people on #IRIB1 which was scheduled for an hour ago", read a tweet.

The government's official news agency, IRNA, also blamed Zarghami, saying he had prevented the broadcast for unknown reasons.

When Rouhani finally appeared in front of cameras, he apologised for the delay but refused to clarify what had happened backstage.

In a letter to the IRIB's watchdog, Zarghami asked whether the head of the government could select his own interviewers, implying that was what had stirred the row. The dispute dominated Thursday's front pages in Tehran.

In his late-night interview, Rouhani apologised to Iranians for his government's failure in distributing food rations, known as commodity baskets, to people.

IRIB is independent of the Iranian government and its head is appointed directly by the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. It is the only legal TV and radio broadcaster inside the country but millions of Iranians watch foreign-based channels via illegal satellite dishes on rooftops.

IRIB is close to the country's conservative political faction, especially the elite revolutionary guards. Questions posed to the president on the national TV are usually not controversial and rarely challenge him.

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