“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, October 9, 2015

Tunisia activists win Nobel Peace Prize in boost to fledgling democracy

Yahoo – AFP, Hazel Ward, 9 Oct 2015

President of the Tunisian Human Rights League, Abdessattar Ben Moussa, in Tunis
 on October 9, 2015 after he was awarded the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize with other 
members of Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet (AFP Photo/Fethi Belaid)

Oslo (AFP) - Tunisian civil society groups won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for helping rescue the only democracy that emerged from the Arab Spring, in a hugely symbolic show of support for the country after a wave of jihadist attacks.

The award won praise from around the globe, with UN chief Ban Ki-moon hailing the groups' work as "an inspiration to the region and the world" while one winner said it was a tribute to those who had died in the struggle to move from dictatorship to democracy.

Announcing the award in Oslo, Nobel committee chairwoman Kaci Kullman Five saluted the quartet's "decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011."

The quartet had succeeded in establishing a "broad-based national dialogue" and must be given much of the credit "for ensuring that the benefits of the Jasmine Revolution have not been lost," she said.

President of the Tunisian employers union (UTICA), Wided Bouchamaoui, in her
 office in Tunis on October 9, 2015, after she was awarded the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize 
with other members of Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet (AFP Photo/Fethi Belaid)

"The Norwegian Nobel Committee hopes that this year's prize will contribute towards safeguarding democracy in Tunisia and be an inspiration to all those who seek to promote peace and democracy in the Middle East, North Africa and the rest of the world," the panel said.

The prize was awarded nearly five years after a desperate Tunisian street vendor set himself on fire, touching off a wave of unrest which left more than 300 people dead and eventually toppled the dictatorial president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, inspiring uprisings across the region.

Formed in 2013 when the process of democratisation was in danger of collapsing because of widespread social unrest, the quartet established an alternative, peaceful political process as Tunisia was on the brink of civil war, the committee said.

It is made up of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA), the Tunisian Human Rights League and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers.

The honour took observers by surprise as the Tunisians had not been mentioned in the weeks of frenzied speculation in the runup to the announcement.

Tunisian General Labour Union secretary general, Houcine Abassi, speaks with
 journalists at his office in Tunis on October 9, 2015, after he was awarded the 2015
 Nobel Peace Prize with other members of Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet 
(AFP Photo/Fethi Belaid)

A people's honour

The UN chief said the award also belonged to the Tunisian people.

"This recognition belongs to all those who gave birth to the Arab Spring and are striving to safeguard the sacrifices of so many," he said.

"The Arab Spring began with great hopes that were soon replaced with grave doubts. Tunisia has managed to avoid the disappointment and dashed hopes that have tragically emerged elsewhere."

The winners themselves were quick to recall the cost in human life, with the country's powerful labour union saying it was a "tribute to martyrs of a democratic Tunisia".

"This effort by our youth has allowed the country to turn the page on dictatorship," said UGTT chief Houcine Abassi in words echoed by fellow winner, the UTICA trade confederation.

"We are here... to give hope to young people in Tunisia that if we believe in our country, we can succeed," UTICA head Ouided Bouchamaoui said.

On the streets of Tunis, people welcomed the Nobel as a boost for democracy.

Tunisian lawyer Fadhel Mahfoudh poses at the courthouse in the capital Tunis on 
October 9, 2015, after he was awarded the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize with other
members of Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet (AFP Photo/Fethi Belaid)

"It's an encouragement for the parties in opposition and those in power so they can believe in democracy and not just grab power," Tunis resident Shukri ben Nasif told AFP.

'A very important example'

Since the Tunisia uprising, the Arab world has been rocked by massive upheaval that has toppled leaders in Egypt, Libya and Yemen and plunged Syria into a brutal civil war.

Tunisia was able to adopt a constitution in January 2014 and held its first democratic elections at the end of last year.

But its democracy remains fragile, with the country rocked by a series of high-profile political killings and bloody recent attacks by Islamic State militants that killed 22 people, mostly tourists, at a Tunis museum in March, and another 38 foreigners in a beach resort massacre in June.

In an interview with AFP after the announcement, the Nobel committee chief said the quartet's work proved that political compromise between secular and Islamist groups could result in meaningful democracy.

A photo taken on March 29, 2015 shows Tunisians waving their national flag and 
chanting slogans during a march against extremism outside Tunis' Bardo Museum
(AFP Photo/Fethi Belaid)

"It is possible, it has been done and it can be done again if the people forming different political movements -- either Islamists or secular -- want to cooperate in the best interest of their people," Kullman Five said.

"This has been a very, very important result that we think is an example."

As Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi said his country had "no other solution than dialogue, despite ideological disagreements", EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the quartet's work had shown the region "the way out" its crises -- through national unity and democracy.

France's President Francois Hollande said it "rewards the success of the democratic transition" and British Prime Minister David Cameron said Tunisia was a "beacon of hope" for the region.

The prize will be handed out at a ceremony in Oslo on December 10.

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