“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.

Friday, June 5, 2015

G7 'almost paternalistic' in its relationship with Africa

The leaders of the world's seven major advanced economies convene at the Elmau palace hotel in Bavaria, Germany on Sunday for a two day G7 summit. On Monday, they will hold talks with leaders from Africa.

Deutsche Welle, 5 June 2015

The agenda of the G7-Africa talks is expected to include preparations for the development finance summit in Addis Ababa in July.

How do the nations of Africa and G7 regard one another? DW has been speaking to Dr Tim Murithi, head of program at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Cape Town, South Africa.

DW: What sort of a commitment to sustainable development can African nations expect from G7 at this summit?

The relationship between Africa and G7 - previously the G8 - is quite a long and extensive one. It goes back to 2001 when G8 - at that time - agreed to support what is still called the new partnership for Africa's development. But along the way - the last fourteen or so years - there has been a faltering of the relationship where the financial commitment for development did not really accrue to the African continent. But the African Union, meanwhile, is now a much more vocal player and will be trying to leverage that to get stronger commitments from G7.

Among the African leaders attending the summit will be Muhammadu Buhari, the new president of Nigeria. His country faces problems ranging from an Islamist insurgency to corruption and poor infrastructure. How much support can he expect from G7 nations?

I think there is very strong goodwill towards Nigeria given the challenges and the difficulties of engaging with the previous regime of Goodluck Jonathan. So Buhari is in what you would call a honeymoon period at the moment and I believe the rest of the world, the international community, would like to see Nigeria play a much more pivotal role in Africa which historically it has played. For example, in peacekeeping in the West African region through its leadership of ECOWAS. Nigeria is a very important player within the African Union so I believe there will be some important deals struck at this meeting to bring back Nigeria if you will into the community of nations.

Does G7 regard African nations as fully fledged partners in global affairs or are they still seen primarily as recipients of aid?

I think that perception has not yet changed. The G7 countries to a large extent have almost a paternalistic relationship with the rest of the developing world, Africa in particular. I think this is very evident in the very direct links some of the G7 nations have with African countries. France's relationship with West Africa, for example. Britain's historical relations have changed slightly, but the United States does not really see the African continent at the moment as a major player. Even though it convened as US Africa summit last year, it was much along the lines of 'you come to us and we'll tell you what deals we are prepared to do' rather than Africa negotiating from a position of leverage and strength. I think that's the vision African leaders have going forward. That's where they would like to see themselves - as a unified continent. But that's an issue they have to address internally simply because they continue to play this nation state-centric game rather than seeing how they can become more effective as a continent and global actor.

Dr Tim Murithi is head of program at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Cape Town, South Africa.

Interview: Mark Caldwell

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