“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.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

UN to boost Cote d'Ivoire forces

UN Security Council beefs up peacekeeping mission with additional 2,000 troops as the latest mediation effort fails.

Aljazeera, 19 Jan 2011 20:01 GMT

The UN will increase its peacekeeping force in Cote d'Ivoire to
almost 12,000 [REUTERS]

The United Nations Security Council unanimously agreed to deploy additional 2,000 peacekeepers to Cote d'Ivoire, where the incumbent president and his rival are still at a political impasse, with the former refusing to relinquish power in the face of mounting international pressure.

Wednesday's vote, by the 15-member Security Council, will bolster the UN's peacekeeping force to nearly 12,000 in the West African country; peacekeepers are to be deployed through June.

Cote d'Ivoire has seen violence and increased tension since the disputed presidential election in November, where Alassane Ouattara, widely seen as the legitimate winner, should have replaced Laurent Gbagbo as head of the nation.

Different tactics have been used to try and convince Gbagbo to leave, including multiple visits by African leaders, sanctions, and the threat of a military ouster.

Swiss authorities on Wednesday were also moving to immediately freeze any assets belonging to Gbagbo, Swiss President and Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey said.

But Gbagbo refuses to step down, retaining control of government buildings, state television and the security forces. He also holds a blockade around the Abidjan hotel where Ouattara is confined.

Openly hostile environment

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the peacekeepers on the ground face an "openly
hostile security environment'' with threats from forces loyal to Gbagbo.

The world body has reported more than 200 deaths in post-election violence in the African state.

Attacks against the peacekeepers have been mounting. Last week six of their cars were destroyed by pro-Gbagbo mobs, who accuse the UN of bias, and of being part of "a foreign plot'' to remove their leader.

The draft resolution, which calls for increased troops in the region expresses "deep concern over the continued violence and human rights violations" triggered by the disputed presidential election.

This includes the attacks against UN peacekeepers and civilians; the resolution says those responsible for the crimes must be held accountable.

The Security Council extended the temporary deployment of 400 troops and 100 police officers from March 31 until June 30. It also authorised the transfer of armed helicopters from Liberia to Cote d'Ivoire for four weeks.

'Amnesty window closes'

"Time is running out for an amicably negotiated settlement," Raila Odinga, Kenyan president and AU mediator for the current crisis, said on Wednesday.

He was in Cote d'Ivoire for talks but left  prematurely following yet another failed attempt to get Gbagbo to cease power.

"I regret to announce that the breakthrough that was needed did not materialise,'' Odinga said in a statement issued Wednesday morning.

"The window of any opportunity for any amnesty will continue to close if Mr Gbagbo's supporters continue to commit crimes against civilians and peacekeepers,'' Odinga added.

Meanwhile, Gbagbo says he will no longer accept Odinga as mediator in his election row with Ouattara because he is biased, Gbagbo's foreign minister said on Wednesday.

"Mr Odinga has failed in his mission and we are no longer prepared to receive him," Gbagbo's foreign minister Alcide Djedje told a news conference. "He was not willing to seek a durable solution.... He took the side of Mr. Ouattara."

Military chiefs of West African regional bloc ECOWAS met in Mali on Tuesday to discuss the planning of a possible military intervention to oust Gbagbo.

ECOWAS hopes to consider all possible methods of engagement before resorting to the use of force.

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