“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, September 10, 2015

Zero to hero: Egypt schoolgirl becomes anti-corruption icon

Yahoo – AFP, Mona Salem, September 9, 2015

Mariam Malak talks to the media outside the Forensic Medical Authority
headquarters in Cairo on September 8, 2015 (AFP Photo/Khaled Desouki)

Cairo (AFP) - Schoolgirl Mariam Malak has become an unlikely symbol of the fight against corruption in Egypt after scoring the sum total of zero in her final exams.

The 19-year-old top student, a teacher's daughter in a small village in the poor southern province of Minya, dreams of becoming a doctor like her two brothers.

In previous years she aced her exams, and had expected a similar result in her final year.

Now nicknamed the "zero schoolgirl" in the local press, Malak had scored 97 percent in her previous two years.

But Malak was shocked to find that she had been failed in her finals, and says her answers had been replaced with someone else's -- clearly not in her handwriting.

"Since the results came out I've been living a nightmare," Malak told AFP after coming to Cairo from her home in southern Egypt.

"When I was shown the so-called copy of my answers, I couldn't believe my eyes," she said.

Malak said she had written page after page in the exams, and what she was shown consisted of a few lines.

In highly bureaucratic Egypt with its confusing legal system, challenging rampant corruption or wrongs suffered by the average citizen can be a formidable task.

Mariam Malak (centre), her lawyer Nabil Sadik (centre left) and brother Mina 
Malak (right), outside the Forensic Medical Authority headquarters in Cairo, on 
September 8, 2015 (AFP Photo/Khaled Desouki)

Were her papers swapped?

But Malak, who wears thick glasses and has her hair in a simple ponytail, is standing up for her rights and challenging the exam results.

Her lawyers believe Malak's exam papers could have been swapped with those submitted by the child of a person of influence.

When the final result first came out, a disbelieving Malak appealed to the education authority in the southern city of Assiut, which dismissed the complaint.

So she appealed to the prosecution service, which tasked a forensics team in Assiut to determine if the answers were in her handwriting.

Malak was again stunned when the experts ruled that the answers were indeed in her handwriting, and the prosecution closed the case.

So she again appealed against the decision.

"When she first heard of the forensic report she fainted," said her brother Mina, a doctor in his thirties who accompanied his sister to Cairo.

Malak was hospitalised briefly, and then appeared in tears on a television show, a catheter for a drip still inserted in her hand.

"I know I'm fighting corruption because the way my results were announced and forged means that corruption exists," she said.

'I believe Mariam Malak'

By the time Malak lodged her second appeal, her story had become a mainstay of television talk shows and in the newspapers, with people taking to Twitter with the hashtag "I believe Mariam Malak".

Mariam Malak (centre) a teacher's daughter in a small village in the poor southern
 province of Minya, dreams of becoming a doctor like her two brothers (AFP Photo/
Khaled Desouki)

Her case finally came to the attention of Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, who invited Malak to the capital for a meeting and issued a statement backing her.

Mahlab said he would "support the student in her appeal as if she were his daughter".

The Coptic Pope Tawadros II also asked to meet her, but Malak, a Christian, declined lest it appear a sectarian issue, saying her case was "that of an Egyptian citizen".

The prosecution service has now reopened the case, this time appointing a forensics team in the capital to study the handwriting in the answers attributed to her.

Malak's case has seized the public imagination as Egypt reels from a corruption scandal that led this week to the arrest of the agriculture minister immediately after he was told to quit.

There are also rumours in the press of a pending cabinet reshuffle.

At the education ministry, a senior official insisted that justice would be upheld in Malak's case.

"We are not with anyone or against anyone, and we respect justice," said Mohamed Saad, adding that the prosecution findings would be implemented.

"If you respect my rights in my country, all those who live in injustice will know they can claim theirs as well," Malak told AFP.

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