“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.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

With Former Leader Out, Tunisians Speak Freely

NPR, by ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, January 20, 2011

A woman and two children walk through the medina in Tunis on Tuesday.
AFP/Getty Images)

Tunisia is struggling to put together a functioning interim government nearly a week after President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown. Still, life in the streets seems to be returning to normal — with one exception: There's a lot more talking going on.

Cafes in the capital, Tunis, are packed with chattering coffee drinkers. Clusters of people engaged in animated discussions block the sidewalks. But unlike in the old days, no subject is taboo.

Lawyers outside Tunisia's high court say they feel like they've been released from a sort of prison. The judicial system was heavily controlled under Ben Ali.

Source: NPR, Credit: Alyson Hurt
That freedom is the best part about the revolution, Hassan Larbi says.

"People can talk freely; they can say what they want," he says. "And we can criticize the government, and that's why we are happy."

And criticize the government they have. Hundreds of protesters gathered on Tunis' central Habib Bourguiba Avenue to shout "out with the RCD!" These protesters say members of the ousted president's party have no place in a new government — even if it is only temporary.

Protesters hold signs reading "RCD get out" at a march in Tunis on Wednesday.
Patience Urged

But not all Tunisians are taking such a hard stand against the new coalition government. In a working-class neighborhood across town, 28-year-old Bessim Zitouni says he supports the government. He says Ben Ali's henchmen have all fled, and not everyone in the former president's party is bad.

"We're in a critical period now, but we're going to come through it," he says. "Tunisians have great solidarity. And that will see us through. I know we're going to have a great future."

Suddenly another man walks up and begins to argue that Ben Ali's people have to get out, that Tunisians are not free as long as they are part of the government. Zitouni insists on patience.

Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images
Scenes like this are playing out loudly all over the city, and no matter what their opinion, Tunisians say they are happy to be able to express it. But some citizens are truly afraid the provisional government will try to stay on and steal their revolution from them. They've heard promises of democracy too many times before, they say.

Several opposition figures have resigned from the interim Cabinet, saying they refuse to serve with those in the party of the former dictator. But Omeyya Seddik, a member of the main opposition party, says his party is trying to convince those lawmakers to come back. This government must work, he says.

"We had such an extraordinary reversal of things in such a short period of time," he says. "Tunisia doesn't have the means to put a democratic system in place immediately. We need a transition period to carry out some reforms that will lead to elections in six months."

As he looks out the window at the protesters, Seddik says he understands their concerns. But if the transitional government fails, he says, the country risks being taken over by the military and police, a catastrophic scenario.

Members of Ben Ali's party have run Tunisia for decades, he says, and the Tunisian people will have to put up with them for a little while longer.

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