“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

The warlord, the actress, the model and a blood diamond

RNW, 2 August 2010 - 3:13pm | By Jacqueline Carver

(Photo: ANP)

Supermodel Naomi Campbell is scheduled to testify before the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone, which sits in Leidschendam, on Thursday 5 August.

Charles Taylor, former president of Liberia, is being tried on 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Prosecutors allege that Mr Taylor used "blood diamonds" to fund a war in Sierra Leone. Prosecutors also claim that Mr Taylor gave Naomi Campbell a large uncut blood diamond as a gift after a gala hosted by South Africa's then-president, Nelson Mandela.

Gala and a gift

In September 1997, Nelson Mandela hosted a party celebrating the opening of South Africa's luxury rail service; the guests included Charles Taylor, president of Liberia, the actress Mia Farrow, 'supermodel' Naomi Campbell and her agent Carole White.

According to statements by White and Farrow, Charles Taylor was very taken with the supermodel and had his men deliver a "large rough diamond" to her room after the party had broken up. Carole White says she witnessed the diamond being delivered, and Mia Farrow says Campbell told her about it the following morning. Farrow says Campbell told her she would donate the diamond to one of Nelson Mandela's children's charities.


The prosecution does not have hard evidence to prove that the story is true, but if Campbell tells the truth under oath the incident will corroborate the prosecution's claim that Mr Taylor trafficked in blood diamonds. Because Naomi Campbell had refused to testify, the special court issued a subpoena at the beginning of July. The court also agreed to allow prosecutors to call Mia Farrow and Carole White.

Prosecutors accuse Mr Taylor of selling blood diamonds and purchasing weapons for Sierra Leone's Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels. The 1991-2001 civil war in Sierra Leone was brutal and bloody and the RUF was notorious for hacking off the arms and legs of civilians during the conflict. Mr Taylor's misdeeds in Liberia, including rape, murder, sexual slavery, kidnapping children and forcing them to become soldiers, are well documented but if Campbell testifies that the ex-president did give her a rough diamond, his claim to have never possessed any rough diamonds will be shattered.

Media circus

Campbell's testimony has certainly drawn the attention of the world's press back to Mr Taylor's trial; the 2003 indictment and his 2006 arrest made the headlines but interest in the court's proceedings has dwindled since the opening of the trial. The appearance of Naomi Campbell, Mia Farrow and Carole White in the witness box has revived interest in a case the world seems to have forgotten.

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor Photo: AP

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