“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 22, 2011

David Cameron in Kuwait to promote reform message

BBC News, 22 February 2011

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Only political and economic reform can ensure long-term stability in north Africa and the Middle East, David Cameron will say in a speech later.

Mr Cameron on a walkabout in Cairo's Tahrir Square
before arriving in Kuwait
He will tell the Kuwaiti parliament that only freedom, justice and the rule of law will allow countries to meet the aspirations of their young populations.

Visiting Egypt on Monday he said it had a "great opportunity" for democracy.

But the PM has been criticised for the number of British defence firms accompanying him on his trip.

Labour said many people would be "surprised" at the presence of defence firms on the trade mission given the condemnation by the UK and other countries of the violent crackdown against popular protests in Libya and Bahrain in recent days.

The prime minister has said the Libyan regime's conduct has been appalling and unacceptable - at least 233 people have died in the last week, according to Human Rights Watch - and that aspirations for Libyan democracy should be met with reform, not repression.


Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi is clinging on to power and in an overnight appearance on state TV, he criticised "rumours" he had fled to Venezuela and insisted he was still in the capital, Tripoli.

Mr Cameron will be attending ceremonies in Kuwait marking the 20th anniversary of Iraq's invasion, which sparked the first Gulf war.

British governments have in the past promoted trade and security links with regimes in the Middle East, while ignoring what some of its allies have done to their people, our correspondent said.

But Mr Cameron will say this is a false choice and that only political and economic reform can ensure long-term stability.

Mr Cameron will also say there are grounds for "cautious optimism" in the region because the majority of protesters seeking change have done so "peacefully and bravely".

Arms sales

During his visit, which was originally planned as a trade-centred tour of the Middle East but was altered to include Egypt, Mr Cameron has been defending trade between British arms companies and some regimes in the Arab world.

The Foreign Office has revoked a series of export licences to Bahrain and Libya covering tear gas and gun components following the violence in both countries.

Mr Cameron said: "Britain has a range of strong defence relationships with countries in the region.

"I seem to remember we spent a lot of effort and indeed life in defending and helping to defend Kuwait, so the idea that Britain should not have defence relationships with some of these countries I don't understand. It is quite right that we do.

"We have some of the toughest rules on export licences and exports of arms anywhere in the world. Everything has to meet those rules."

Six of the 20 businessmen accompanying Mr Cameron are from defence and aerospace firms.

At the same time, defence minister Gerald Howarth is also attending an arms fair in Abu Dhabi.


But shadow defence minister Kevan Jones said that while the defence sector was a crucial export industry for the UK, he was concerned about the timing of the trip.

"Many people will be surprised that the prime minister, in this week of all weeks, may be considering bolstering arms sales to the Middle East," he said.

The BBC's Deputy Political Editor James Landale, who is travelling with Mr Cameron, said the prime minister believed it was perfectly legitimate for the UK to have defence contracts with allies such as Kuwait when equipment sold was used to defend that country's borders.

Mr Cameron arrived in Kuwait City from Egypt, where he had met caretaker Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq and the de facto leader, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi.

Mr Cameron walked through Tahrir Square, the centre of the demonstrations that led to the fall of President Mubarak, and met figures from the protest movement, although not representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood - the banned Islamic group which is thought to have widespread public support.

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