“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.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Rwanda makes 'landmark' pledge to rescue environment

CNN News, By Emily Wither for CNN, March 10, 2011

Rwanda's forests are home to primates including the
endangered mountain gorilla.

  • Rwanda has pledged to reverse degradation of soil, land, water and forests by 2035
  • Initiative is an attempt to balance population and resources
  • Environmental network IUCN hopes Rwanda will inspire other countries to follow suit

(CNN) -- In what has been described by environmental groups as a "world first" for a developing country, Rwanda has said it will make sustaining its environment a national priority.

Rwanda is often referred to as the "land of a thousand hills," and is blessed with rich volcanic soil and lush rainforests. But its natural environment is in need of a helping hand.

With its rainforests torn apart by civil war in the early 1990s and a rapidly growing population that needs land and food, the Rwandan government has made an ambitious commitment to the environment.

"By year 2035, Rwanda will have achieved a country-wide reversal of the current degradation of soil, land, water and forest resources," pledged Rwandan Minister of Land and Environment Stanislas Kamanzi at the recent U.N. Forum on Forests.

The forum marked the declaration of 2011 as the U.N.'s International Year of Forests.

Rwanda has experienced strong economic growth in recent years, but experts say that has been part of the problem.

Rose Mukankomeje, from the Rwanda Environment Management Authority, says it's all about an imbalance between population growth and the natural resources available.


"One illustration is the Gishwati rainforest which has been reduced by up to 90% since 1960 and it's the home of chimpanzees and other biodiversity," she said.

Mukankomeje says rainforest destruction in Rwanda is bringing with it a whole host of problems: seasons are no longer the same, temperatures are higher, farming is less productive and the cost of fire wood has drastically increased, she says.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) says it hopes that the government's ambitious plan to restore natural environments across the country will now be picked up by other nations. If that were to happen it could spark what the IUCN says would be "the beginning of the largest restoration initiative the world has ever seen."

The IUCN has been brought in to help work out Rwanda's strategy for the future.

"We need expert advice, which, strengthened by local knowledge, will enable the development of landscape strategies and will translate existing political commitment into real and rapid action on the ground," Kamanzi explained.

Stewart Maginnis, from the IUCN, has begun working with the government and says what really makes this project unique is the reasoning behind it.

"What they've (the Rwandan government) realized is that with 85% of the population subsistence farmers they won't actually achieve their national economic development targets and poverty reduction goals unless they really invest in restoring natural infrastructure and forest restoration," he said.

Maginnis says the initiative will not just be about planting trees in Rwanda. The plan is to to look at everything from restoring water systems to improving soil conservation and sustainable agricultural production.

According to the IUCN an estimated 1.5 billion hectares of the world's lost and degraded landscapes -- an area roughly the size of Russia -- offer opportunities for restoration.

"This is the lowest-hanging fruit to advance the achievement of many international environmental and development goals, such as combating poverty and hunger, and curbing climate change," said Maginnis.

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