“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, August 14, 2011

Proposed reforms not enough for Jordan protesters

Associated Press, by Jamal Halaby, Aug 14, 2011 

Protesters clash in Karak, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Amman,
 Jordan, early Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011. Clashes erupted between government 
loyalists and pro-reform demonstrators in a street protest in Karak after
midnight Saturday. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II welcomed proposed constitutional amendments on Sunday, but critics rebuked the changes as insufficient.

The 42 proposed changes to the nearly 60-year-old constitution would still allow King Abdullah to retain most of his absolute powers, according to a 15-page document distributed by the royal palace.

Protesters have been taking to the streets in Jordan for seven months to press the government to expand parliament's powers.

Jordanians are also demanding lower food prices, a greater say in politics, an end to government corruption and the election of a prime minister.

The recommended changes do not address protesters' demands to elect a prime minister, instead keeping the appointment of the post solely with the king.

But a senior government official, requesting anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the deliberations, said a separate document addressing the prime minister's appointment would be up for discussion at a later unspecified date.

Jordan's king hailed the proposed changes as a pillar for the country's reforms. He was given the proposed changes in a black leather folder on Sunday after a king-appointed committee oversaw the amendments.

After receiving the folder, King Abdullah said the basis of Jordanian reform "is wider public participation" and "the separation between the branches of government."

He delivered his remarks at a palace dinner with senior government officials, lawmakers and civil society representatives.

Outside the palace, about 200 pro-reform activists protested against the proposed changes, saying they failed to deliver on key demands.

"This is part of the government's gimmicks to block real reforms," said 28-year-old electrician Wael Atout. "The changes are insufficient; we said we want to be able to elect our prime ministers."

The proposed changes to the constitution, which must be approved by the king and parliament, also include limiting the jurisdiction of military courts to only terrorism and espionage cases. Military courts would be stripped of their powers to hear financial and corruption cases, which under vaguely defined laws, had given the government an upper hand in verdicts.

Other changes include marginally expanding the elected parliament's powers.

Under the proposed changes, the king's appointed prime minister and his Cabinet would retain the right to dissolve the country's only elected body, but Cabinet would no longer be able to enforce temporary laws in the absence of elected lawmakers. If Cabinet dissolves parliament, the changes would require ministers to resign within a week instead of the current system that allows them to supervise elections.

Activists said four people were injured in clashes with hundreds of government loyalists Sunday in the town of Karak, 60 miles (100 kilometers) south of the Jordanian capital.

Associated Press writer Dale Gavlak contributed to this report.

Halaby can be reached at: http://facebook.com/jjhalaby

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