“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, April 2, 2014

SBM Offshore comes clean on African, Brazil bribery allegations

DutchNews.nl, Wednesday 02 April 2014

A ship of SBM Offshore off the coast
of Rio de Janeiro. (NOS/SBM Offshore)
There is evidence that employees of Dutch maritime services group SBM Offshore may have made payments to government officials in Angola and Equatorial Guinea, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement covers the results of an internal investigation into claims the company bribed officials in Brazil and several African countries.

The investigation, which was carried out by independent external counsel and forensic accountants, focused on the period 2007 to 2011.


In Angola and Equatorial Guinea ‘there is some evidence that payments may have been made directly or indirectly to government officials’, the company said.

In Equatorial Guinea, the company’s agent has repaid $10m of total payments of $18.8m after being requested to do so. SBM Offshore is ‘unable to determine how much, if any, of the remaining amount was paid to government officials’, the statement said.

In Angola, the company used multiple agents who received payments of $22.7m over the period. It is unclear what proportion of that money may have gone on bribes, the company said.


In Brazil ‘there were certain red flags but the investigation did not find any credible evidence that the company or the company’s agent made improper payments to government officials (including state company employees),’ the statement said.

The company paid commission of $139m to its agent in Brazil but they delivered 'substantial and legitimate services at a time when SBM’s permanent non-operational presence in Brazil was very limited  - four people in 2007 compared to 220 today, the statement said.

SBM Offshore says it has tightened up its procedures since the allegations first came to light in 2012.

Chief executive Sietze Hepkema said in an interview with Wednesday's Financieele Dagblad the investigation's findings are currently being discussed with Dutch and American justice department officials.

'I am very pleased with the conclusions about Brazil. We do a lot of business there,' Hepkema said.

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