“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, November 28, 2011

Syria 'committed crimes against humanity': UN report

Deutsche Welle, 28 November 2011 

Few images of the violence against
protesters exist
A UN-appointed commission has found that Syria's military and security forces committed crimes against humanity in their crackdown on protesters. Damascus rejects all accusations of arbitrary violence against protesters.

A United Nations commission of inquiry on Syria said in Geneva on Monday that Syrian forces operating under the command of President Bashar al-Assad had committed crimes against humanity in their crackdown against anti-regime protests, including murder, torture and rape.

"The commission is gravely concerned that crimes against humanity have been committed in different locations in the Syrian Arab Republic during the period under review," the commission said in its report, concluding that Assad's government bore responsibility for the crimes.

"The sheer scale and consistent pattern of attacks by military and security forces on civilians and civilian neighborhoods and the widespread destruction of property could only be possible with the approval or complicity of the [Syrian state]," it said.

The panel, which interviewed 223 victims and witnesses - including defectors - called on Syria to halt the "gross human rights violations" and release prisoners rounded up in mass arrests. It also called for access to the country to be given to media, aid workers and rights monitors. The three members of the panel, from Brazil, Turkey, and the United States, were refused access to the country to compile their report.

'Declaration of economic war'

In their report, the human rights experts listed widespread, arbitrary detention of protesters, torture and rape of prisoners as a routine practice, shoot-to-kill orders, as well as the targeting of children.

They called on the UN Human Rights Council to "take urgent steps" to involve the Security Council in a bid to put an end to these violations. Nothing concrete was mentioned as to what shape such steps could take.

Meanwhile, in response to recent sanctions imposed on Syria by the Arab League, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem dismissed all allegations that Syrian forces were in breach of international law. 

Assad has repeatedly rejected calls
to step down
During a press conference on Monday, al-Moallem showed a film containing scenes of graphic violence against pro-government supporters allegedly committed by armed protesters.

He went on to complain that the Arab League sanctions were tantamount to the "declaration of economic war against Syria" and accused the organization of closing "all windows" of negotiations and of turning a blind eye on the "terrorist gangs" who are murdering government supporters.

But he claimed that Syria had removed 95 percent of its assets from the Arab countries imposing the boycott.

Assad's administration has vehemently denied reports that its forces are killing demonstrators in anti-regime protests around the country, which began in mid-March after the successful revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia.

According to UN figures, at least 3,500 people in Syria have died in the unrest.

Author: Gabriel Borrud (AFP, dpa)

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