“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.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Libya protests: gunshots, screams and talk of revolution

Benghazi student says fear of Muammar Gaddafi's regime is ebbing away

guardian.co.uk, Angelique Chrisafis, Sunday 20 February 2011

Stories are circulating that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has poisoned
the water as he fights to end demonstrations in Benghazi and Tripoli.
Photograph: Sabri Elmhedwi/EPA

Afraid to leave her barricaded home on the outskirts of Benghazi, a student blogger and member of Libya's youth protest movement sat shaking as she described the violence unleashed on the Mediterranean city in five days of demonstrations against the Libyan regime.

"I've seen violent movies and video games that are nothing compared to this. I can hear gunshots, helicopters circling overhead, then I hear the voices screaming. I can hear the screeching of four-by-fours in the street. No one has that type of car except his [Gaddafi's] people," she told the Guardian by phone, occasionally crying. "My brother went to get bread, he's not back; we don't know if he'll get back. The family is up all night every night, keeping watch, no one can sleep."

The student, an expert in subverting net censorship, had regularly posted messages online to gather support for protests that began last week, but now her internet connection is down, landlines cut off, mobile coverage interrupted, electricity sporadically cut off and house plunged into darkness. "There are even stories here that he [Gaddafi] has poisoned the water so we dare not drink. If he could cut off the air that we breathe, he would."

She was still afraid to utter Muammar Gaddafi's name over the phone but said that now hundreds of protesters had been killed in Benghazi, Libya's second city, people's fear was ebbing away and they were talking openly of revolution.

"Now people are dying we've got nothing else to live for. What needs to happen is for the killing to stop. But that won't happen until he is out. We just want to be able to live like human beings. Nothing will happen until protests really kick off in Tripoli, the capital. It's like a pressure cooker. People are boiling up inside. I'm not even afraid anymore. Once I wouldn't have spoken at all by phone. Now I don't care. Enough is enough."

Benghazi, 620 miles east of Tripoli, has always been a bastion of opposition to Gaddafi's 40-year regime, with residents complaining they have seen little of Libya's wealth from the largest oil riches in Africa. But , as doctors gave details of more than 200 unarmed civilians killed by high-calibre automatic weapons, there was a feeling that the uprising had turned a corner and that the state-organised violence would bring more people out on to the streets in outrage.

Protests began in the city last Tuesday night but escalated over the weekend as demonstrators periodically came under attack from security forces firing out of their high-walled compound. As thousands gathered for funeral corteges to bury the dead, the mourners' procession passing the city's barracks were fired on. Unarmed protesters were reported to have attacked the barracks with stones and some petrol bombs. They were reportedly fired on with automatic weapons.

One local doctor, Brayka, told the BBC a massacre was under way in the city. "Ninety per cent of these gunshot wounds [were] mainly in the head, the neck, the chest, mainly in the heart," she said. A Benghazi resident describing the demonstrations and funeral processions on Saturday said: "A massacre took place." He said security forces had used heavy weapons, adding: "Many soldiers and policemen have joined the protesters." Another resident described a crowd of 10,000 protesters heading for a cemetery "to bury dozens of martyrs".

On Sunday thousands of people, including women and children, came out on to the seafront and vast crowds gathered near Benghazi's northern courthouse as ritual prayers were performed in front of 60 bodies laid out. "The protesters are here until the regime falls," one of their number told Reuters. A tribal figure said security forces were confined to their compound. "The state's official presence is absent in the city and the security forces are in their barracks and the city is in a state of civil mutiny."

With no foreign media or local journalists allowed into the city and phonelines down, information was hard to verify. The dead were said to be mainly aged between 13 and 35, although one 80-year-old was reportedly killed, according to doctors interviewed by French and UK TV.

Libya's al-Yawn website quoted a doctor who claimed 285 people were dead in Benghazi alone. There was confusion over who was firing at the crowds. Automatic fire was believed to have come from elite security forces. Several residents suggested mercenaries from neighbouring countries such as Chad had been paid to shoot demonstrators. "They are wearing yellow helmets," one resident told French radio of the reported mercenaries.

One Libyan in England, who had been in regular contact with his family in Benghazi, said men in residential areas were forming vigilante groups to keep watch at night. "But they are unarmed," he said. "All they have is knives or pipes." Makeshift barricades of rubbish bins and debris were reportedly placed at entrances to streets. One resident, Moftah, told al-Jazeera the city had become a "war zone".

Street demonstrations also took place in the nearby eastern town of Al Bayda, where at least two deaths were reported. The protest movement was also gaining ground nearer the capital. Violent clashes between elite security forces and protestors broke out on Saturday in Misurata 200km east of Tripoli.

A demonstrator in the city told the Guardian by phone: "One person was killed on Saturday night, people have been injured. But we're heading back into the centre of the city right now to carry on protesting. There are 10,000 people in Misurata all demonstrating against Gaddafi. We're not afraid anymore."

The protest movement also appeared to be spreading to Tripoli. Dozens of lawyers held a sit-in in front of the courts in protest against the regime. Gunshots were reported in certain suburbs of the capital, including Fachlum and Tajura, according to accounts by relatives of Libyans living in the UK and France.

One woman living on the eastern outskirts of Tripoli told Channel 4 News she was afraid to go out. Her son had gone to the shops and not returned. She feared he had gone to the protests at the courthouse, but the interview was cut short. "Oh my goodness, there's something happening now - they are shooting I'm sorry I have to go."

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