“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.

Monday, February 9, 2015

'The curse is over!' - Ivorians rejoice in African Cup win

Yahoo – AFP, Pierre Donadieu, Adama Bakayoko, 9 Feb 2015

Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara (L) and Ivory Coast's midfielder Yaya Toure
 wave at the crowd during a welcoming parade in Abidjan on February 9, 2015
(AFP Photo/Sia Kambou)

Abidjan (AFP) - A million ecstatic Ivorians flocked to the streets of Abidjan Monday to welcome home the national football squad after its nail-biting victory over Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations final, police said.

Sunday's 9-8 penalty shootout win by The Elephants, who are due to parade in the city's football stadium, ended a 23-year Africa Cup of Nations title drought.

A tightly-packed crowd amassed along the road linking the country's commercial capital Abidjan to the airport -- the route victorious members of The Elephants squad were to take on their way for a celebration of Sunday's final victory in Equatorial Guinea.

After being greeted by Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara upon landing at 1400 GMT, team members waded through joyous fans before mounting a bus taking them to the national Felix Houphouet-Boigny stadium.

According to Ivorian public radio, the 35,000-seat stadium was filled to capacity by mid-morning, and despite appeals from authorities for fans to avoid the crammed venue, crowds unable to enter spilled out into surrounding neighbourhoods.

Ivory Coast's Cup of Nations winning team (AFP Photo/Carl de Souza)

The nervy final ended in an explosion of joy across Ivory Coast after goalkeeper Boubacar Barry -- nicknamed "Coppa" -- drove home the winning penalty shot after blocking a spot-kick from his Ghanaian counterpart Razak Braimah.

On Monday Barry was treated to a hero's reception, with fans chanting "Coppa, you are a god!"

Elsewhere in Abidjan and throughout the nation, an army of orange jersey-clad fans took advantage of the paid holiday Outtara decreed in honour of the victory.

"When we flew over the city we saw the amazing crowds. It was really moving," enthused striker Wilfried Bony, who was taken aback by the popular outpouring.

Supporters of the Ivorian football national 
team force a police barrier to enter the
 Houphouet Boigny stadium in Abidjan
 on February 9, 2015 to welcome their
team (AFP Photo/Sia Kambou)
"You can tell Ivory Coast is a nation that loves football," quipped striker Salomon Kalou.

The surge of popular glee began the second the winning goal was scored, breaking the tension created by 90 minutes of scoreless football, plus two periods of blank extra-time.

"The curse is finally over! The Ivorians are the kings of Africa tonight," cheered Alexandre, a student who watched the game with hundreds of others on a giant screen at Felix Houphouet-Boigny University.

"History has repeated itself," said Moussa, a young supporter, who had painted his cheeks in the orange, green and white of the Ivorian flag, referring to the country's last Africa Cup win in 1992 -- also in a final against Ghana that ended in penalties.

Ivory Coast 'reconciled'

Some fans pointed to the victory as a symbol of unity in a country scarred by years of conflict.

"For years we wept but we deserve this Cup. Today we are all behind this team," Ahmed, another fan in Abidjan, said.

National cohesion had been an elusive ideal for most of the past decade.

A supporter of the Ivorian football national 
team holds a board reading "Ivory Coast
wins, thanks ADO" referring to Ivorian 
President Alassane Dramane Ouattara,
in Abidjan on February 9, 2015 
(AFP Photo/Sia Kambou)
The world's biggest cocoa producer was divided between 2003 and 2011 between a rebel-held north and a south controlled by forces loyal to ex-president Laurent Gbagbo.

The violence peaked after a disputed presidential poll in late 2010. After four months of fighting in which 3,000 people were killed, forces loyal to Ouattara, the internationally-recognised winner, ousted Gbagbo.

Throughout the conflict years The Elephants were held up as a symbol of unity -- but the team's failure to achieve glory, despite being fronted by Chelsea legend Didier Drogba for 12 years until 2014, gave the country little cause for celebration.

Until Sunday.

"Ivory Coast has been reconciled tonight. We don't need politicians to reconcile us. The Elephants did it!," said Mamadou Soro, a teaching inspector in the central city of Bouake.

Ouattara's administration attempted to reap dividends from the win, which comes nine months before the country returns to the polls.

Within minutes of the final whistle the president's Rally of the Republicans party rushed out a statement heaping praise on the champions' "brilliance".

"We have a wonderful team and an exceptional manager. This team was consistent and united. Bravo to them!," Ouattara said on national television.

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