“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, March 16, 2015

Chinese investment in Namibia grows to US$4.6bn

Want China Times, Xinhua 2015-03-16

Ambassador Xin Shunkang, second left, attends the inauguration of an
aquaculture center funded by the Chinese government in Windhoek,
Namibia, November 2014. (File photo/Xinhua)

Namibia is home to more than 40 Chinese companies that are making about US$4.6 billion per year, Chinese ambassador to Namibia Xin Shunkang has said.

Xin said all the companies employ more than 6,000 Namibians.

He said currently, the value of investments by Chinese companies in Namibia is about US$3 billion.

China and Namibia signed the Reciprocal Investment and Protection Agreement in August 2005, while a Foreign Investment Act has yet to be brought before the Namibian parliament.

Xin said the embassy encourages Chinese companies to increase their investment, deepen cooperation with local companies, and employ more local people.

So far, he said the Chinese Embassy has been involved in skills development, taking various measures to help with skills development for Namibians, especially the youth.

Ambassador Xin mentioned workshops on health, management, agriculture and media as among those China has been involved in and where more than 100 Namibians took part.

He further said they also offer scholarships to Namibians through the Ministry of Education to study in China.

As part of skills transfer, China is involved in the construction of the Namibian Youth Training Centre at Grootfontein about 460 kilometres from the capital Windhoek.

In 2011 and 2012, Chinese investments in Namibia grew by US$179 million, while by the end of 2013, China's total investment in Namibia stood at US$3.9 billion.

Most of the investments are concentrated in the mining and manufacturing sectors.

Late last year, ambassador Xin in another interview said China was discussing the construction of a railway line between Tsumeb and the port harbour of Walvis Bay that was estimated to cost more than US$500 million.

"A Chinese company is in discussions with the Ministry of Works and Transport to build a railway (line) from Tsumeb to Walvis Bay. It will transport cargo and passengers. "The issue was how to raise the funds. The Ministry had the budget, but it could not release the funds on time. "However, the Chinese company said that was not an issue; they could provide the funds to start the construction, and the Namibian Government could repay at a later time," he was quoted saying then.

China was also considering building a modern highway for Namibia connecting Hosea Kutako International Airport with Katutura, Windhoek's sprawling township, to improve the local traffic infrastructure.

Ambassador Xin said this project was expected to cost more than 100 million U.S. dollars. "In China we have a saying: If you want to be rich, it's better to build a road. When people connect with each other, they acquire new ideas," he said.

According to Xin, the Chinese government was working on at least 10 new projects for Namibia, spanning various sectors such as transport, education and health. "In line with the Agreement on Bilateral Economic and Technological Cooperation, China provided Namibia with free aid of 29 million U.S. dollars in 2013 and 16 million dollars to date this year," the ambassador noted.

By far the most prominent milestone in Chinese investment came in the form of the joint venture between Chinese state-owned company China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGNPC) and Namibian state-owned mining company Epangelo Mining, with Epangelo' s acquisition of a stake in the Husab Uranium mine.

With CGNPC's total long-term investment of US$5 billion, Husab Mine will make Namibia the second largest uranium producer in the world, providing 2,000 permanent jobs and 4,000 temporary jobs while contributing at least 5 percent to the Namibian GDP growth.

Chinese companies are also planning to invest in maize and tobacco farming in the Zambezi region.

"The environment in Zambezi is very good and the land is fertile. The companies are now doing the preparatory work. Once the project starts, it will create jobs for 5,000 young people," the ambassador stated.

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