“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.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Swazi king wants $57 million cut from rescue loan: report

Google/AFP,  28 Aug 2011 

Swaziland's King Mswati III, pictured on August 17, wants a $57 million
cut from a rescue loan (AFP/File, Stephane de Sakutin)

JOHANNESBURG — The King of Swaziland wants a $57 million cut from a rescue loan South Africa has extended to his country in exchange for his efforts to secure the funds, media reported Saturday.

King Mswati III wants the money from a $330 million loan that Pretoria has offered in order to save the financially troubled kingdom, according to South Africa's Saturday Star.

At a Tuesday cabinet meeting, the king claimed he was entitled to the commission because he convinced South Africa to provide the loan after the country was turned down by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, the report said.

"This is like a mafia. (The king) loves money and it is destroying the country," Lucky Lukhele, spokesman for the South Africa-based Swaziland Solidarity Network advocacy group was quoted as saying.

Lukhele told the paper his sources on the issue were "impeccable."

The rescue loan, announced earlier this month, has been widely criticised by activists who insist any aid should be directly tied to governance reform in a kingdom where political parties have been banned since 1973 and where pro-democracy demonstrations were violently crushed in April.

A World Bank assessment team is currently visiting Swaziland and their assessment will likely be key in determining whether the kingdom can access international financing.

The king, whose fortune is estimated at 100 million dollars, has called on his people to make sacrifices amid tough economic times.

While the national budget faces drastic cuts, the king's budget was boosted in March from $24 million to $30 million.

More than 70 percent of the population lives on less than one dollar a day.

None of the king's representatives were available to comment, the report said.

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