“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, February 16, 2014

South Africa: illegal gold miners rescued after rivals rob and trap them

Eleven miners emerged from night underground to find emergency vehicles, TV crews, and police

The Guardian, David Smith in Johannesburg,  Sunday 16 February 2014

The men were saved from the mine shaft when a routine police patrol came
across one of their friends at the site. Photograph: Str/EPA

Eleven illegal miners were rescued in South Africa last night after being trapped underground, apparently by a rival gang intent on stealing their gold.

The group had broken into a remote, abandoned mine shaft on Saturday to dig for the precious metal, but ended up being robbed and caught inside when their assailants blocked the exit with a concrete slab and boulders. They spent a miserable night underground before being rescued on Sunday, emerging to find emergency vehicles, TV crews, and police seeking to arrest them.

Early reports had been of up to 200 people trapped underground. As dusk fell with just 11 rescued from the mine east of Johannesburg, officials admitted that they could not be certain whether there were more men still underground, refusing to be rescued because they feared prison.

Rescuers said it was too dangerous to go down and look for them but they would leave a ladder on the wall of the square metre hole so any remaining could climb out if they wished to. Werner Vermaak, of the emergency service operator ER24, said he heard from many people at the scene that the miners were trapped deliberately. "It's quite common for rival gangs to close off mines," he said.

It could have become the miners' tomb, but the men were saved when a routine police patrol came across one of their friends at the site.

The rescue began at 10am on Sunday , with the help of a crane and other heavy equipment. When rescue workers said the men had claimed they numbered 30, and that 200 or more were trapped in a tunnel below, it attracted the attention internationally of both Twitter and television news.

The concrete slab was removed and rescuers in yellow helmets, dark blue overalls and boots clustered around the shaft as the miners emerged into the late afternoon sunshine, some reluctantly because of what was to come. All were given medical treatment, then taken away in a police van to be charged with illegal mining.

Moshema Mosia, the head of disaster and emergency management in the Ekurhuleni area, said: "At this stage we can't say how many people are still left there. What we can say is that 11 people managed to come and were rescued. … The medical team gave them attention, they did a diagnosis. They are healthy and they are being looked after."

The 11 survivors "did not give any indication as to whether there are still some people there", he added. "They didn't say much. When we asked if they were OK, they indicated they were OK."

Illegal mining of abandoned shafts is common in South Africa and has been dubbed Johannesburg's second gold rush. The men, known as zama zama, are typically from poorer African countries and often live underground in dangerous and precarious conditions. Fatal accidents and turf wars between rival gangs are common.

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