“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

Oil companies allegedly involved in Sudan war crimes

RNW, By Miles Ashdown, 21 July 2010 - 3:25pm | By RNW Africa Desk

(Photo: AFP)

A group of aid agencies claim several international oil companies may have been involved in war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan.

Human Rights Watch found that oil revenues enabled the Sudanese government to triple its helicopter fleet with twelve new attack helicopters in 2001 which were allegedly used to clear out the population from oil rich areas so that the oil companies could move in.

A report released last month by the European Coalition on Oil in Sudan (ECOS) details international crimes committed during a military campaign led by the government of Sudan to secure oil fields.

ECOS estimates that some 12,000 people were killed and 160,000 were displaced in the oil concession area known as Block 5A. ECOS coordinator Egbert Wesselink, who is from the Netherlands, said the military attacks constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.

“We’re talking about rape, torture, arson and arbitrary bombing by high-altitude bombers as well as by helicopters, driving people into uninhabitable areas where many people died of hunger and disease,” says Wesselink, who worked on the ECOS report entitled 'Unpaid Debt'.

Attack on food distribution

In a February 2002, for example, a Sudanese helicopter attacked a food distribution centre in Bieh in Sudan’s oil-rich Unity State. James Ninrew saw the attack happening as thousands of residents waited to receive food from the World Food Programme.

“All of a sudden, a helicopter appeared from nowhere,” tells Ninrew. “Those of us who knew what kind of helicopter this was, warned people and told them to run because we knew it wasn’t a relief plane. This helicopter was coming to kill us.”

Ninrew says people fled and sought shelter in nearby bunkers. The gunship attacked, firing five rockets and killing 17 people, according to the UN.

Now the director of Assistance Mission for Africa, Ninrew says targeting a food distribution site was part of a systematic effort by the army to clear out the population so that the oil companies could move in.

Wesselink says now it’s in the oil companies’ "best interest" to reconcile with the population through compensation to allow for better oil development in the future.

“Many, many important and the most advanced companies in the world would not wish to work in such an environment,” he explains, “and that is limiting Sudan’s oil industries perspective to become more profitable and to produce the maximum of oil. So I think it’s detrimental both for the companies and for the country.”

'Contribution to peace'

The Malaysian energy company Petronas and Lundin Petroleum did not respond to repeated attempts for a reaction. In an open letter to shareholders, Lundin’s chairman "categorically” refuted all of the allegations in the ECOS report and stated that the company’s activities “contributed to peace and development in Sudan.”
And an Austrian energy group OMV spokesperson asserted that the company had fulfilled its “social responsibilities” in Sudan.

The Swedish public prosecutor announced June 21 that he would investigate the involvement of Sweden’s Lundin Petroleum.

It is Omar al-Bashir's first trip abroad since the genocide charge was added to his ICC indictment (BBC)

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