“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.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Nigeria police rescue 259 'hostages' from another Islamic centre

Yahoo – AFP, November 5, 2019

Before Monday's case in Ibadan, Nigeria police rescued 300 young men from
an Islamic boarding school, seen here, in the north in September (AFP Photo/STR)

Lagos (AFP) - Police in southwest Nigeria have rescued 259 "hostages" from another Islamic correctional centre, police said Tuesday, in the latest raid on religious institutes accused of abuse.

Police have cracked down on several Islamic boarding schools and centres over the past month, often in mainly Muslim northern Nigeria, freeing hundreds of inmates who were tortured and kept in inhumane conditions.

"We discovered on Monday young men, women and children who were held hostage in an illegal detention centre at a mosque in the Ojoo area of Ibadan," police spokesman Fadeyi Olugbenga told AFP, after the rescue in the country's southwest.

"259 people were locked up there and crying for help," he said.

The owner of the centre and eight others were arrested by police, who were alerted by an 18-year-old who had escaped conditions that officials described as "dungeon-like".

Pictures carried by local media showed emaciated young men and boys, with their skin stretched against their ribs, sitting outside the centre in the city of Ibadan.

"Some had been there for years and had health challenges. They're currently receiving medical attention," Olugbenga said.

"The ones we interviewed told us they were fed once every three days, sometimes even less."

The spate of police raids since late September has shone a spotlight the widespread system of unregulated Islamic institutes across the country.

In each case, similar horrific revelations have come to light of adults and young children, some suffering from mental illnesses or drug abuse, detained in chains, starved of food, and physically or sexually abused.

Lacking facilities

The centres are common in Africa's most populous country due to a chronic lack of government services.

They are touted as a means to help parents cure their children of drug abuse and other behavioural problems in the absence of support from the state.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who hails from the majority Muslim north of the country, in October condemned the abuse.

"No responsible democratic government would tolerate the existence of the torture chambers and physical abuses of inmates in the name of rehabilitation," he said in a statement.

In June the president said he planned to ban private Islamic schools -- known locally as Almajiri schools -- widespread across the country, yet has given no further plans.

According to Hassan Idayat, director of the Centre for Democracy and Development, the government is partially responsible for the proliferation of these institutions.

"It is widespread because of the dearth of mental health institutions," she said. "The government needs to urgently invest in mental health."

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