“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.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Central African Republic starts presidential, legislative elections

English.news.cn 2011-01-23

Supporters of incumbent President Francois Bozize attend a rally in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, Jan. 21, 2011. The presidential and legislative elections in the Central African Republic started to vote early morning on Jan. 23. (Xinhua/Claude Bernad Wongoue)

BANGUI, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Central African Republic started the presidential and legislative elections on Sunday.

The polling stations opened at 6 a.m. local time amid tightened security with the deployment of soldiers and police in the capital Bangui, where concentrate 1 million people of the country's total population of 4.5 million.

There are 1,200 international observers to monitor the election process.

The presidential election involves incumbent President Francois Bozize, ex-president Ange-Felix Patasse who is an independent candidate, ex-prime minister Martin Ziguele of the Movement for the Liberation of Central African People (MLPC), ex-head of rebels Jean Jacques Demafouth of the People's Army for the Restoration of Democracy (APRD) and Gros Raymond Nakombo of the New Progressive Alliance (ANP).

Ange-Felix Patasse, ex-president of the Central
African Republic, is interviewed by Xinhua in
Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic,
Jan. 22, 2011. The presidential and legislative
elections in the Central African Republic
started to vote early morning on Jan. 23.
(Xinhua/Claude Bernad Wongoue)
A total of 868 politicians are running for the 105 seats in the National Assembly (parliament).

According to the presidential decree issued last week, there are 4,370 polling stations across the country and 1.8 million eligible voters registered to cast ballots.

Out of the five presidential candidates, Bozize, Patasse and Ziguele are as the main contenders in the race. The three men all came from the densely populated north.

There is already an early euphoria at the camp of Bozize, who has ruled the country for the past five years and is credited for the national dialogue leading to the current elections.

His supporters hold confidence in his re-election.

"There are five candidates. There are three heavyweights: the outgoing president, Patasse and Ziguele. But the president candidate will win in the first round with more than 60 percent. He has restored peace. The economy has even taken a stride. Instead of the 172nd, the country is now the 159th in the index of the human development," said Mathieu Ganinga, an accountant in Bangui.

At the helm of the country since March 2003 following a coup, Bozize was elected in May 2005 for a term which ended on June 11, 2010 but had to extend his mandate after approval by the National Assembly.

At that time, he was only facing one candidate, Patasse, whom he overthrew from power.

Patasse who had gone into self-exile in Togo, returned to the Central African Republic in December 2008 after an inclusive political dialogue brokered by Gabon. The dialogue was widely hailed as the key to a transitional government in the run-up to the elections to end years of instability.

The Central African Republic is a landlocked country, bordering Chad in the north, Sudan in the east, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo in the south and Cameroon in the west.

The country has witnessed a series of coups and revolts since its independence from France in 1960. Despite its rich resources of timber, gold, diamond and uranium, the country remains one of the poorest in the world as a result of instability.

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