“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

Egypt unrest: Barack Obama urges power transition now

BBC News, 2 February 2011

US President Barack Obama has said an orderly political transition "must begin now" in Egypt and lead to free and fair elections.

President Obama: "An orderly transition must be meaningful,
it must be peaceful and it must begin now"
His statement followed the announcement by Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak that he would not stand for re-election.

Earlier, the US had told Mr Mubarak not to stand for re-election nor to put forward his son, the BBC learned.

The Obama adminstration's message was carried to Cairo on Monday by former US Ambassador to Egypt Frank Wisner.

The White House had previously said it was not Mr Obama's place to pick Egypt's leader.

On Tuesday night, Mr Mubarak - who has ruled Egypt for the past three decades - said he would not stand for re-election.

However, he said nothing about his son, Gamal Mubarak, whom he is seen as having positioned to be his successor.

Mr Obama's televised statement followed discussions with his national security advisers in Washington on Tuesday.

While he did not say Mr Mubarak should stand down immediately, he said "an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful and it must begin now".

Egypt Unrest

Mr Obama said he had spoken to the Egyptian leader after his announcement in Cairo and that Mr Mubarak recognised "that the status quo is not sustainable and a change must take place".

The US president praised Egypt's military "for the professionalism and patriotism that it has shown thus far in allowing peaceful protests while protecting the Egyptian people" and urged it to continue that approach.

He stressed that it was up to the Egyptian people to choose their leaders, and that the US would continue to offer support and friendship to them.

BBC state department correspondent Kim Ghattas, in Washington, says the US hopes Mr Mubarak has figured out on his own that he has got to go now, rather than stand down after the presidential election in September.

Washington has sought to make it clear that it understands the grievances of the Egyptian people, while also making clear it wants them to be able to pick their next leader, our correspondent says.

'Step aside'

Earlier on Tuesday, US Senator John Kerry, a top Washington foreign policy voice, urged Mr Mubarak to pledge that neither he nor his son would stand in the presidential election.

Writing in the New York Times, Mr Kerry said Mr Mubarak had to accept Egypt's stability "hinges on his willingness to step aside gracefully".

Responding after Mr Mubarak's statement on Tuesday evening, he said: "I believe that President Mubarak should now work with the military and civil society to establish an interim caretaker government.

"It remains to be seen whether this is enough to satisfy the demands of the Egyptian people for change."

Mr Kerry said the Egyptian people had made clear that they wanted a future offering greater democracy and greater economic opportunity.

"Now, that future belongs to them to shape. The Egyptian people are writing the next chapter of Egyptian history," he said.

The US state department on Tuesday ordered the departure of all non-emergency US government personnel and their families from Egypt and said it would continue to help any US citizens wishing to leave.

About 1,600 US citizens and their family members have been evacuated since Monday, the state department said.


Kim Ghattas, BBC News, Washington
  • The US was trying to make it clear to Mr Mubarak that he should go, without necessarily spelling it out.

    The question is, what should Washington do now? It realises what Mr Mubarak has offered is not enough for the crowds of Egyptians calling for him to go. There seems to be a consensus among Washington and its allies that he should go - is the US going to go back to him with that message?

    What the US says in public is that it is up to the Egyptian people to decide who they want as their leader. It is very keen not to be seen as interfering, as that has often been a criticism of American foreign policy.

    What the US is worried about in the short term is a vacuum and chaos, as tension could rise very quickly on the streets. In the long term, Washington would want to see a government in place that is friendly to the US.

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