“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, February 2, 2011

Commentary: Cairo riots jolt our memories of Soeharto’s fall in 1998

Kornelius Purba, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Wed, 02/02/2011

For residents of Jakarta who followed the massive riots and demonstrations before Soeharto’s fall in 1998, watching TV reports on the ongoing demonstrations in Cairo may revive a sense of bitter, painful and sorrowful nostalgia. Even now many Indonesians still have to live with the trauma caused by the violence. But we know that the sacrifices of those who lost their lives and futures in the struggle to regain the people’s sovereignty is very fruitful.

We know for sure that the bumpy road the Egyptians have to pass through is still very long, and the journey will be very exhausting, life threatening and demand huge sacrifices. Many nations and multinational corporations do not want to see a democratic Egypt, because for them dealing with dictators is much cheaper and more profitable.

Jakarta and many other cities experienced lootings, killings and torture by Soeharto’s ruthless security forces 13 years ago. We do hope that the Egyptians do not experience the barbaric acts of organized groups in Jakarta who burned alleged looters to death and raped Chinese-Indonesian women.

And just as Soeharto did to no avail in 1998, President Hosni Mubarak is now trying to buy time. What the Egyptians need to know is that Mubarak’s ousting does not mean much if they do not patiently and stubbornly fight to restore the huge damage caused by Mubarak, his cronies and families. Now opposition groups are united but after their president’s departure they will fight each other and often act more brutally than Mubarak.

Soeharto and the gang robbed the state and many Western banks were willing to offer their deposit boxes as safe havens. Most of them still remain untouchable. Soeharto also ensured that the nation inherited unbelievable practices of corruption, abuse of power and violation of human rights.

Western countries condemned the corruption, collusion and nepotism (KKN) practices under Soeharto.

But then they pretended like idiots when Indonesians demanded the scrapping of billlions of dollars granted by Soeharto to Western companies. They said that they should honor the contract although they knew very well Soeharto received bribes for the contracts.

The dictator has ruined almost everything and we have to build our nation from zero, if not minus. They were the laws, they acted like gods. The nation was their absolute property. The killing of innocent victims, who had to lose their lives just because of their belief in the principle of democracy and human rights, or just because Soeharto and his cronies wanted to butcher people for reasons that remain unexplained, remains a dark case.

Very few international media and genius Western scholars believed that Indonesians — most of them uneducated Muslims — could turn their country into a full democracy. Now we are the world’s third largest democracy after India and the United States.

The leaders of Malaysia and Singapore at that time laughed at the nation’s determination to become a full-fledged democracy. “You cannot feed your people with democracy, ha ha ha ha ha,” they jeered at us. Do they still laugh at us now?

In 1999 we proved our determination: We held a very democratic election. But our leaders fought each other just to grab power for themselves. In 2004, we had the first presidential elections and also in 2009. They won international applause. But our leaders again betrayed the trust of their people.

Soeharto resigned on May 21, 1998. Vice President B.J. Habibie — Soeharto’s golden boy — took over his position and led the transitional government until September 1999. The Egyptians will likely have to follow our path.

But if former president Soeharto were still alive, he would be among the first of foreign leaders to offer his courtesy to host embattling Egyptian President Mubarak. In May 1998, just several days before his fall on May 21, Mubarak offered Soeharto to stay longer in Cairo. Soeharto was determined to attend an international summit in Cairo although the situation in Jakarta had become chaotic. Mubarak consoled Soeharto with the words “Don’t worry, be happy”.

As a journalist who covered the Cairo meeting, I still remember Mubarak’s preach about the 1997/1998 Asian financial crisis. According to Mubarak, “The crisis had shown the social cost of global integration and the contagious effect of weakness from one economy to another.” Now Mubarak has to abide by his own advice on the globalization of democracy.

We do hope that Egypt will soon join Indonesia in the top list of the world’s democracies. The price it has to pay indeed will be very expensive.

But are Western countries ready to accept the decision of Egyptian voters on who should lead them? If they decided overwhelmingly on a fundamentalist Muslim as their president, the world should accept their choice. Like it or not it is not your business.

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