“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, March 5, 2015

Algeria passes law banning domestic violence against women

Yahoo – AFP, 5 March 2015

Algeria has criminalised violence against women (AFP Photo/Fayez Nureldine)

Algiers (AFP) - Algeria's parliament passed a law Thursday criminalising domestic violence against women in a vote harshly criticised by conservatives as intruding on the intimacy of couples and contrary to Islamic values.

The law also safeguards the financial interests of married women and introduces the concept of harassment.

Under the law, any husband injuring his wife can be punished by up to 20 years in prison, depending on the extent of injuries, and allows a judge to hand down life sentences for attacks resulting in death.

It also provides for imprisonment of up to two years for any husband acting to "dispose of the assets or financial resources" of his wife.

The bill, adopted in a vote attended by more than half of Algeria's 462 MPs, drew the ire of some of the assembly's Islamists.

Naamane Belaouar of the Alliance for a Green Algeria said the law was "contrary to koranic precepts and aims to break up the family."

Abdelallah Djaballah of El Adala party said it "takes revenge on the husband and on the man in general", and also said it threatens family unity.

And other El Adala deputies called for laws that would prohibit women from not wearing a veil and "the nudity of women in public places, which is the principal cause of harassment."

Meanwhile, independent MP Ahmed Kheli said the law would undermine marriage as an institution and encourage men to have lovers instead.

"It would be easier to have a mistress than to be married and run the risk of being taken to court for any sort of fault," he argued.

In contrast, a deputy from the ruling National Liberation Front told AFP that Thursday was "a great day" following the law's adoption.

Justice Minister Tayeb Louha defended the Islamic orthodoxy of the law, concluding that "koranic verses protect the honour of women and do not permit" violence against them.

'Violence is growing'

"Violence against women in our society exists and is growing," he said.

Last year, police figures showed that 58 percent of cases involving violence against women resulted from domestic incidents.

And between 100 and 200 women die each year from domestic violence, according to statistics published by local media.

Amnesty called for an amendment to the law that would drop a clause allowing the survivor of domestic violence to pardon the perpetrator, warning that it was "a dangerous precedent".

"The provision fails to confront the reality of the power relations and inequality between men and women," it said.

"A failure to withdraw it could expose women who come forward to report domestic abuse to serious risks of violence or coercion to force them to withdraw a complaint."

Algerian feminist Soumia Salhi echoed that, saying the "pardoning clause is a problem because it "negates the word of women and is a message of impunity to the authors of violence."

And Oudjdane Hamouce of the Socialist Forces Front said "with the introduction of the pardon, the law loses its essence."

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