“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.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Chad military still using child soldiers: Amnesty

Google/AFP, Feb 10, 2011

LIBREVILLE — Boys as young as 13 are still being used as soldiers by the Chadian national army and armed groups on the border with Sudan, Amnesty International said in a report.

Chadian soldiers mill around south of the Kapka mountain
range in the east of the country
"It is tragic that thousands of children are denied their childhood and are manipulated by adults into fighting their wars," the 55-page report quoted Erwin van der Borght, the rights group's Africa director, as saying.

"This scandalous child abuse must not be allowed to continue."

Up to half a million people live in refugee or displacement camps in eastern Chad after being forced to flee their homes by the violence in the region, including Darfur in western Sudan.

"These camps prove to be fertile recruiting grounds for children as the residents have little access to education, few employment opportunities and have often lost relatives and friends in the fighting," Amnesty said.

Well-dressed children are sent to camps with money and cigarettes to lure new recruits, offering between 20 and 500 dollars to those who join up, it said.

"Those aged between 13 and 17 are most likely to be used directly in combat while children as young as 10 are used as porters and messengers," added the report, based on interviews with more than 40 young recruits.

"Some children have been abducted and forced to join the armed forces or armed groups. Others have been motivated by poverty, lack of educational and work opportunities, revenge for killings of family members or pillage of livestock.

"Others told Amnesty International that they wanted to protect their family or ethnic group against attacks by other groups. Young boys often feel they have no choice other than to join armed forces and groups in the area.

A Chadian government programme launched with the assistance of UNICEF in 2007 to demobilise child soldiers and reintegrate them into civilian life has had little success, Amnesty said.

It blamed underfunding, continued insecurity, extreme poverty and the reluctance of political and military officials to engage with the process.

Government officials deny any policy of recruiting children but do admit there are children in the ranks, it said.

"Amnesty International is particularly concerned about the lack of accountability for those suspected of committing human rights violations, including the recruitment of children," it said.

"There have been no prosecutions of members of the army and armed groups for recruiting and using children."

On January 20 Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno ordered an amnesty for crimes committed by members of the armed opposition, "effectively perpetuating impunity for the human rights abuses committed against children used in hostilities," the report noted.

"Instead of benefiting from amnesty, alleged perpetrators of human rights violations including the recruitment and use of child soldiers should be investigated," Amnesty International said.

"Individuals reasonably suspected of being involved in such crimes should be prosecuted in national courts in trials that meet international fair trial standards," it quoted van der Borght as saying.

"President Deby must issue clear orders to all army commanders not to recruit or use children and to cooperate with demobilisation programmes," he added.

"There is never an excuse to violate the rights of children."

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