“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, December 18, 2011

Last American troops leave Iraq

Deutsche Welle, 18 Dec 2011 

America's military mission in Iraq has
ended after almost nine years
The last convoy of American soldiers has rolled out of Iraq, completing the US military withdrawal and fulfilling President Obama's campaign promise to get America out of a war he inherited from his predecessor.

The last convoy of US soldiers crossed the border from Iraq into Kuwait in the early hours on Sunday, bringing to a close the American military involvement in Iraq after almost nine years. Just 157 soldiers stayed behind to train Iraqi forces, while a group of Marines will remain to secure America's diplomatic mission.

A column of around 100 military vehicles carrying some 500 troops traveled five hours along a mostly-deserted route across the southern Iraq desert after handing over the Imam Ali base outside the city of Nasiriyah. US forces paid Shiite tribal sheikhs to regularly inspect stretches of the highway to reduce the risk of roadside bombings or other attacks on the last troops.

US soldiers and Iraqis pulled down this
 statue of Saddam Hussain within a month
of the invasion
The US-led invasion in March 2003 toppled the regime of Saddam Hussein and unleashed brutal sectarian killing. The war left nearly 4,500 American soldiers and, according to British NGO Iraq Body Count, more than 100,000 Iraqis dead. At the height of the war there were more than 170,000 US troops in Iraq, stationed at more than 500 bases.

Promise kept

The military pullout timetable was agreed in 2008 by Baghdad and Washington and fulfills an election campaign promise by US President Barack Obama to bring troops home from a conflict inherited from his predecessor, George W. Bush. It's been America's least popular war since Vietnam and tainted America's standing worldwide.

The American troops are leaving an Iraq that is grappling with renewed political deadlock and uncertainty over the strength of the country's political structures. On Saturday the Iraqiya bloc, which came out ahead in March 2010 polls with support from the minority Sunnis, said it was boycotting parliament to protest the centralization of decision-making by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a Shiite. The bloc controls nine ministries and has not yet pulled out of Iraq's national unity government.

Author: Holly Fox (AFP, Reuters)
Editor: Ben Knight

Related Article:

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki meets with President
Obama at the White House on Monday. (Dec. 12, 2011)

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