“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, March 9, 2011

Jordan's youth push for change

CNN News, From Rima Maktabi for CNN, March 9, 2011

Jordanian protestors demand change

  • Large anti-government demonstrations have been held in central Amman
  • High youth unemployment fuels unrest
  • Some blame high reliance on the state and state employment

Amman, Jordan (CNN) -- Young Jordanians have been taking to the streets of their capital, inspired by revolutions they have witnessed in Egypt and Tunisia, and keen to make their own voices heard.

Frustrated by high youth unemployment, demonstrators have been chanting slogans against corruption, demanding political reform and greater freedom.

Large demonstrations in central Amman on February 25 and March 4 ended peacefully, after earlier protests had led to clashes between pro-government and anti-government rallies.

King Abdullah II has responded to some of the concerns by swearing in a new government with a mandate for political reform. The new government is headed by a former general, with opposition and media figures among its ranks.

Both Jordan's poor and better off have been united in their pursuit of change.

In a cafe in Amman, three young professionals talked about their frustrations with their country.


Rami Shteih, a financial advisor, said: "The youth are not rabble-rousing, spoilt or wanting government jobs spoon-fed to them."

He added: "I believe the youth have no problem dealing with economic hardship, they accept that.

"What they don't accept is that they have to suffer economic hardship while at the same time there are some people who are enriching themselves through corrupt means.

"These two things together, I believe it's a lethal mix that the population will not accept."

Tala Al-Husry, a journalist and producer, said: "I would like Jordan to be more economically stable.

"I would like Jordan to make more use of its human capital. Some changes do need to happen in terms of the corruption and people's mentality towards jobs."

For Jafar Shami, an executive, the state plays too big a part in everyone's lives, leaving little room for private enterprise.

"We have an issue in Jordan which is reliance on the state and state employment, whether it's the army, police force or government," said Shami. "This is a mentality which needs to change.

"We need more technology, more business. People want to better themselves and do things for the community. You can't live off the state forever."

Deema Bibi, chief executive of Injaz, a non-profit organization that helps young Jordanians become productive members of society, agreed: "Most of our graduates for different reasons seek jobs in the public sector.

"If you go into any classroom at any given time and ask the students where they want to work when they graduate, most probably a male will tell you in the army, and a female student says she wants to be a teacher."

Injaz says it helps 100,000 young Jordanians a year through its programs, but many others have very little prospect of work.

Jordan is home to more than a million Palestinian refugees who live in camps, such as Bagaa on the outskirts of Amman.

Young boys in the camp have high hopes of being doctors, computer engineers or rebuilding their camp.

But young men find that in reality it's difficult to escape the unemployment and poverty of the camp.

Loay Khaled, a young Palestinian, said: "There are no job opportunities at all, especially for Palestinians."

Another, Ahmad Masaf, said: "My dream is like any other young refugee, just to get out of the camp and to work."

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