“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, September 14, 2011

Ambassadors to Syria unite in public solidarity at vigil for murdered activist

Prominent human rights activist and non-violent protester is believed to have been tortured and killed by security forces

guardian.co.uk, Nour Ali, Wednesday 14 September 2011

Protesters in Daraya calling for the release of all Syria’s political prisoners.
Photograph: AFP/Getty/YouTube

In an unprecedented gesture of solidarity with Syria's protest movement, Britain's ambassador to Damascus has joined other western envoys at a vigil for a prominent human rights activist believed to have been killed under torture by security forces.

The co-ordinated attendance by the eight top diplomats, including the US ambassador Robert Ford and representatives from France, Germany, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and the EU, is the most public show of international support for the protesters yet.

Simon Collis, the British ambassador, said his attendance at Giyath Matar's vigil on Sunday was to "express condolences" after the family welcomed the diplomats' request to attend.

"It is important to show Giyath's family and Syrians that the world has noticed what is going on and to increase awareness of the wider situation in Syria," said Collis. "I spoke to his father: the family are very keen that what happened is known."

Attending the vigil was a novel approach by foreign officials as Syria continues to ignore diplomatic pressure. It was intended to send a message to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, which, despite mounting international pressure, has continued its violent crackdown against protesters.

More than 2,600 Syrians have been killed, according to the United Nations, and thousands detained and tortured.

"The broader message to the regime is that this killing and torture must end," Collis said. "Giyath was so clearly associated with peaceful protests and for somebody like that to die in custody is outrageous."

Matar, 26, an activist in Daraya, near Damascus, was picked up by plainclothes security agents on 6 September. Four days later, his corpse was returned to his family bearing bruising and other marks. They were told he had been "shot by armed gangs", Amnesty International reported, but sources said his family were told he would be returned as "shwarma" – a reference to cooked meat.

He had been at the forefront of non-violent protests in Daraya, organising flowers and water to hand out to soldiers. "He was one of the most active in the town and at the forefront of the non-violent resistance there," said Radwan Ziadeh, a US-based human rights activist from Daraya.

Local activists said two of Matar's uncles were temporarily detained on Wednesday, as security forces continued a countrywide sweep. They killed at least one person in Homs, stormed 10 villages in north-western Jebel Zawiyah, and carried out door-to-door arrests in the eastern region, activists said. Security forces were also reported to have destroyed the house of Colonel Riyad al-Assad, who defected in July and proclaimed himself the head of the Syrian Free Army.

Ford has been praised by protesters for his trips to restive towns, including a visit to Hama at the start of July, when security forces had withdrawn from the city. He has also written critical posts on Facebook.

His actions have attracted the wrath of the regime. Damascus ordered limitations on all diplomatic travel outside Damascus, and preventing contact with protesters.

Hours after the envoys left the vigil, troops fired tear gas at mourners.

Collis, who said the diplomats were given flowers by people at the vigil, said the visit was not unusual. "British diplomacy has always been about talking to people and using publicity to increase understanding," he said. "Any abnormality is by the Syrian regime, which is trying to limit the travel of diplomats and stop contact with anyone but its own members which makes visits like this important."

At least 95 people have died in custody, according to Amnesty. Human rights groups have expressed particular concern for Yahya Shurbaji, one of four activists detained at the same time as Matar who remain in custody. Five others from Daraya have not been heard from since their arrests in July and August. "It is clear that these human rights activists from Daraya are in grave danger," said Philip Luther, Amnesty's deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Nour Ali is a pseudonym for a journalist based in Damascus

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