“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.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Elders say World Cup can inspire Africa

BBC News, Johannesburg, By Lyse Doucet, Saturday, 12 June 2010 09:01 UK

The Elders show off their football and intellectual skills

What are an archbishop in purple trainers, a lady in smart heels, and two distinguished African statesmen in loafers doing kicking a football in Johannesburg?

They are more used to kicking around ideas to change the world, including their own continent.

But there is no denying the magic of football - and World Cup fever is infectious.

"Even if people say maybe you could have used this money for building houses, human beings do not live on bread alone," insists Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

With his trademark ebullience, he declares: "You need things that inspire you, that say: 'You can do it.'"

Archbishop Tutu, international campaigner Graca Machel, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and former UN special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi all belong to Nelson Mandela's group The Elders.

'One wonderful day'

It is a group of wise men and women, 10 world leaders, no longer in power, who still use their influence on the world stage.

On a trip to South Africa, the African elders sat down to talk with us, in their first interview as a group, at this moment when the eyes of the world are on Africa.

"This World Cup will strengthen our one-ness, our self-esteem," enthuses Graca Machel, who is married to Mr Mandela.

"We need this kind of thing which tells us how good we are, and how good we can be."

Even Kofi Annan, a Ghanaian more accustomed to trying to change the world through aid and diplomacy, spoke of how "one wonderful day in our lives is much better than years of misery. "

He explained its power: "It gives us hope that it is possible to live that kind of experience - it is possible to build on it."

Generational change

And it is not just South Africa.

"I come from the uppermost north of the continent," says Algerian Lakhdar Brahimi.

"I can assure you that people there feel extremely strongly about these games and think these are their games."

The World Cup fever is infectious - and it is not just South Africa feeling it

It is not just this first World Cup on the African continent that gives this year an aura of history. This year, 17 African nations mark 50 years since independence. It has been a mixed performance.

"When I see our collective performance I am very, very critical - self-critical," reflects Mr Brahimi who was part of the violent struggle that won Algeria its independence from France in 1962.

Looking at his three fellow Africans, he says: " You and I who were around in those dark days can say: 'It is not too bad, we have made some progress,' but the young man born 20 years ago does not know about that... and says my life is no bloody good."

Mr Annan adds a more hopeful note: "If you look around the continent and see the generational change taking place, you are going to see fewer and fewer presidents who are going to stay around for 30 to 40 years. They are not kings."

History lesson

But these African Elders express frustration, if not flashes of anger, when they talk about what they see as a double standard when it comes to their continent.

Graca Machel wags an accusing finger: "The problems with the eyes of the rest of the world is successful stories do not count as progress. Two or three wrong stories define 53 countries."

It provokes a history lesson from Archbishop Tutu.

Pointing to low points across centuries of Western history, including the Holocaust and slavery, the Arch, as he is widely known, says: "The history of the West actually gives you hope - if you came out of the mess that you made of things and become as you have become."

He insists on the need for "people to evolve."

But like all these Elders, he also points out: "We are some of the sharpest critics of our own people, we tell them: 'Look here, if you are a leader you must be accountable to the people.'"

The Elders' work has taken them to a number of African countries, including Sudan and Zimbabwe.

Silky skills

True Africans they may be, but this is competitive sport.

"Come on Graca," urges the archbishop as he strikes the ball with his bright purple boots and sends her running in her elegant attire across a makeshift football pitch.

There is a roar of laughter as Kofi Annan deftly kicks the ball back.

Archbishop Tutu broke into a spirited cheer for "Bafana Bafana!" - South Africa's national team.

"We may surprise ourselves."

That evoked a sympathetic reply from Ghanaian Mr Annan: "It is good to dream…"

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