“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, February 4, 2015

Jordan executes jihadists after IS murder of pilot

Yahoo – AFP, Kamal Taha and Mussa Hattar, 4 Feb 2015

Safi (centre), the father of Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh, killed by Islamic
 State group militants, is helped during a mourning ceremony at the headquarters
 of the family's clan in the Jordanian city of Karak on February 4, 2015 (AFP Photo/
Khalil Mazraawi)

Amman (AFP) - Jordan executed two death-row Iraqi jihadists, including a woman, on Wednesday after vowing to avenge the burning alive of one of its fighter pilots by the Islamic State group.

Would-be suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi and Al-Qaeda member Ziad al-Karboli were hanged before dawn at a prison south of the capital, the government said.

Maaz al-Kassasbeh, who was
captured by Islamic State (IS)
jihadist group on December 24
 in Syria and later burned alive
(AFP Photo)
Jordan had promised to begin executing Islamic extremists on death row in response to the murder of Maaz al-Kassasbeh, who was captured by IS when his plane went down in Syria in December.

Jordan's King Abdullah II cut short a visit to Washington after a gruesome video of the airman's killing emerged, describing Kassasbeh as a hero and vowing to take the battle to IS.

Egypt-based Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's most prestigious seat of learning, called for the "killing, crucifixion or chopping of the limbs" of IS militants, expressing outrage over their "cowardly act".

Rishawi, 44, was sentenced to death for her participation in triple hotel bombings in Amman in 2005 that killed 60 people.

IS had offered to spare Kassasbeh's life and free Japanese journalist Kenji Goto -- who was later beheaded -- if she were released.

Jordan had on Tuesday vowed to avenge the killing of Kassasbeh, hours after the harrowing video emerged online purporting to show the caged 26-year-old F-16 fighter pilot engulfed in flames.

Sajida al-Rishawi, a would-be Iraqi female
 suicide bomber, standing in a cell at the
State Security court during her trial in
 the Jordanian capital Amman, 2006
(AFP Photo)
The video -- the most brutal yet in a series of recorded killings of hostages by IS -- prompted global revulsion and vows of unwavering international efforts to combat the Sunni Muslim extremist group.

The killing sparked outrage in Jordan and demonstrations in Amman and the city of Karak, the home of Kassasbeh's influential tribe.

The executions came just weeks after Jordan ended an eight-year moratorium on the death penalty, drawing criticism from human rights groups.

Rishawi was closely linked to IS's predecessor organisation in Iraq and seen as an important symbol for the jihadists.

Karboli was sentenced to death in 2007 on terrorism charges, including the killing of a Jordanian in Iraq.

Jordan, a crucial ally of Washington in the Middle East, is one of several Arab countries that have joined a US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against IS in Syria and Iraq.

The New York Times, quoting US officials, reported Wednesday that the United Arab Emirates had suspended its participation in December after Kassasbeh's capture due to fears for the safety of its pilots.

Senior Jordanian army officers gather
 during a mourning ceremony for pilot 
Maaz al-Kassasbeh in Karak on February
4, 2015 (AFP Photo/Khalil Mazraawi)
There was no official confirmation of the report.

'Vile murder'

Jordan promised to avenge the pilot's murder, with government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani saying: "Jordan's response will be earth-shattering."

US President Barack Obama, who hosted King Abdullah in a hastily organised Oval Office meeting, led international condemnation of the murder, decrying the "cowardice and depravity" of IS.

He said the brutal killing would only strengthen international resolve to defeat the extremists.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, who has sent warplanes to join the US-led strikes against IS in Iraq, denounced "the sickening murder".

"We will not stop until these evil extremists and their poisonous ideology are defeated," he added.

The opposition Syrian National Coalition offered condolences for the execution of the airman "whose blood mingled with the soil of our beloved Syria".

US President Barack Obama meets with 
King Abdullah II of Jordan in the Oval Office
 of the White House in Washington, DC, 
February 3, 2015 (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)
Kassasbeh was captured in December when his jet crashed over northern Syria on a mission that was part of the coalition air campaign against the jihadists.

Jordanian state television suggested he was killed on January 3, before IS offered to spare his life and free Goto in return for Rishawi's release.

The highly choreographed 22-minute video released Tuesday shows Kassasbeh at a table recounting coalition operations against IS, with flags from the various Western and Arab countries in the alliance projected in the background.

It then shows Kassasbeh dressed in an orange jumpsuit and surrounded by armed and masked IS fighters in camouflage.

It cuts to him standing inside a cage and apparently soaked in petrol before a masked jihadist lights a trail of flame that runs to the cage and burns him alive.

'Misguided ideology'

Saudi Arabia, the spiritual home of Islam and another member of the coalition, condemned the "misguided ideology" behind Kassasbeh's killing and accused groups like IS of seeking "to distort the values of Islam".

The UAE said the actions of IS "represent epidemics that must be eradicated by civilised societies without delay".

Iran condemned the "inhuman and un-Islamic act".

IS had previously beheaded two US journalists, an American aid worker and two British aid workers in similar videos.

Anwar Tarawneh, the wife of Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh, weeps during a
 rally for her husband in the Jordanian capital Amman on February 3, 2015 
(AFP Photo/Khalil Mazraawi)

Shiraz Maher, from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King's College, London, described the latest footage as "simply the most horrific, disgusting thing I have seen from Islamic State in the last two years".

IS has seized swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq and last year declared a "caliphate" in areas under its control, imposing its brutal interpretation of Islam and committing widespread atrocities.

Kassasbeh was the first serviceman from the coalition captured since it launched strikes against IS last year.

The Jordan Times said in an editorial that the country would rally against the "ruthless" murder of the pilot "who is now the son of all Jordanians".

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