“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.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

African Union backs Kenya call to delay ICC case

BBC News, 1 February 2011

The African Union has endorsed Kenya's request to delay the International Criminal Court trial of those accused of organising post-election violence.

Some 1,200 people were killed in violence after
the 2007 elections
Kenya says it wants the six suspects named by the ICC to be tried at home.

It had failed to set up a local tribunal to investigate the 2007-8 clashes but says it will now do so.

As the AU ended its summit, its new chairman, Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, also dismissed criticism of his human rights record.

"My country is democratic and holds elections. In presidential elections the people are free, they choose the candidate they want," he said.

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Human rights groups accuse his government of rigging election, oppressing the opposition and corruption and say he should not have been chosen to lead the AU for the next year.

The AU also extended the mandate of Somalia's parliament by two years, meaning it can choose a new government when its term expires in August.

'National sovereignty'

The six Kenyans who the ICC wants to put on trial are mostly very senior politicians - allies of both President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

They include Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, the former police chief and two ministers.

Last year, Kenyan MPs voted to pull out of the ICC after the six were named.

President Kibaki said that having the trial in Kenya "will boost our efforts [for] peace, justice and reconciliation as well as uphold our national dignity and sovereignty; and prevent the resumption of conflict and violence".

Some 1,200 people died and more than 500,000 fled their homes in the violence following the disputed election in December 2007.

It ended when President Kibaki and his rival Mr Odinga agreed to share power, with Mr Odinga becoming prime minister.

In the peace deal they signed it was agreed perpetrators would face justice in Kenya or at the ICC in The Hague.

The AU also wants the ICC to defer its attempts to prosecute Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir over alleged war crimes committed in Darfur.

Some African leaders have accused the ICC of ignoring war crimes elsewhere in the world and only going after suspects in Africa.

AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping accused journalists of harassing President Obiang at a news conference after the summit.

Mr Obiang seized power in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea from his uncle in a 1979 coup.

In 2008, he was re-elected with 95% of the votes.

He has previously denied charges of corruption and human rights abuses.

In his acceptance speech on Sunday, Mr Obiang said: "The concept of democracy, human rights and good governance are not new to Africa, but they should be adapted to the African culture."

But Alioune Tine, from the Senegal-based African Assembly for the Defence of Human Rights (Raddho), told the AP news agency:

"Neither the African Union, nor Africans, deserve a leader whose regime is notorious for abuses, corruption and a total disregard for the welfare of its people."

ICC Suspects

Kibaki allies
  • Uhuru Kenyatta (above), deputy PM and finance minister
  • Francis Kirimi Muthaura, secretary to the cabinet
  • Mohammed Hussein Ali, former police chief

Odinga allies
  • Henry Kosgey, minister for industrialisation
  • William Ruto, suspended education minister
  • Joshua Arap Sang, radio executive

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