“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.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Zambia asks Glencore unit for "underpaid" taxes

Reuters, LUSAKA | Mon Jun 6, 2011

(Reuters) - Zambia has asked commodity trader Glencore's (GLEN.L) Mopani Copper Mines for unpaid taxes after an audit of the subsidiary, leaked earlier this year, said it had underpaid mining dues, the country's finance minister said.

But Zambia is leaving the door open for a deal with Glencore. Finance Minister Situmbeko Musokotwane told Reuters on Monday that the government hoped to resolve the long-standing issue and was giving Mopani a chance to respond.

Mopani has been accused by some non-governmental organizations -- most recently by campaign groups in an open letter signed by a group of European parliamentarians -- of tax evasion and of causing widespread pollution.

Last week the European Investment Bank, the European Union's lending institution, said it had frozen all new loans to Glencore and its subsidiaries, citing "serious concerns" over the commodity trader's governance.

Most of the claims stem from a pilot audit commissioned by Zambian tax authorities, which leaked earlier this year.

Glencore has repeatedly denied the allegations in the audit report and says they are based on an incomplete study. The commodities giant, which has said it believes it will be completely exonerated, had no further comment on Monday.

"The Zambia Revenue Authority has asked Mopani to pay more money in underpaid taxes, but they must be given a chance to respond," Zambia's Musokotwane said in an interview.

Musokotwane did not detail how much was owed, but he said Mopani had been asked to pay more. He said if the company's response did not hold up to scrutiny, it would be hit with a bigger tax bill.

"If their answers are satisfactory we will go by what they submit, but if they are not satisfactory we will adjust their tax liability upwards to the figure that the Zambia Revenue Authority has asked them to pay," he said.

"We are very confident that this matter will be resolved amicably and are just waiting to hear from Mopani," Musokotwane added.

Glencore is the world's largest diversified commodities trader and listed on the London Stock Exchange in May.

Mopani, in which Canada's First Quantum (FM.TO) and the Zambian state own minority stakes, has generated more than $380 million in tax payments to the Zambian government since its privatization in 2000, through royalties, import and customs duties and income taxes.

Transparency in Africa's resources sector is a huge issue, and corruption and underdevelopment linked to it are behind a U.S. drive to force companies to come clean on their payments to foreign governments.

(Additional reporting Clara Ferreira Marques; Editing by Ed Stoddard, Alexander Smith and Steve Orlofsky)

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