“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, December 19, 2011

Syria signs deal to allow Arab League observers into country

Government in Damascus bows to mounting international pressure as bloody uprising shows no sign of ending

guardian.co.uk, Associated Press in Beirut, Monday 19 December 2011

Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem announces the decision to sign
up to an Arab League peace deal. Photograph: Khaled Al-Hariri/Reuters

Syria signed an Arab League initiative on Monday that will allow Arab observers into the country, as part of an effort to end the nation's increasingly bloody nine-month-old crisis.

Up to now Damascus had resisted signing the deal. The regime's final acceptance of it was a response to mounting international pressure to end a bloody crackdown that the UN says has killed at least 5,000 and shows signs of descending into civil war.

Syria also appears to prefer to give Arab nations a chance to end the crisis instead of inviting wider international involvement.

Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem said: "The signing of the protocol is the beginning of co-operation between us and the Arab League, and we will welcome the Arab League observers."

He said that the observers will have a one-month mandate that could be extended by another month if both sides agree.

The observers will be "free" in their movements and "under the protection of the Syrian government," he said, but would not be allowed to visit sensitive military sites.

Last month Syria agreed to an Arab League plan to end the crisis. It called for removing Syrian forces and heavy weapons from city streets, starting talks with opposition leaders and allowing human rights workers and journalists into the country, along with Arab League observers.

Despite its agreement, Syria then imposed conditions that made implementation impossible.

A Syrian-based anti-regime activist who identifies himself as Abu Hamza said that now the Syrian regime "has signed something that they cannot implement".

He said if the government withdraws the military from the streets, huge demonstrations will take pace throughout the country. "This will automatically lead to the downfall of the regime," Abu Hamza said.

As the agreement was signed on Monday, security forces shot and killed at least three people in the southern province of Deraa and wounded a child at a demonstration in Damascus, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for HumanRights.

Three soldiers were also killed in a clash between troops and army defectors in the northern town of Maaret al-Numan, the observatory said.

Another activist group said Monday's death toll throughout Syria was 14.

The Arab League had given Syria until Wednesday to sign the agreement, warning that if Damascus did not, the league would likely turn to the UN security council for action to try to end Bashar al-Assad's crackdown on the uprising.

The agreement was signed at the Arab League's Cairo headquarters after the 22-member bloc accepted amendments demanded by Syria, Moualem said. He did not say what these were.

In Cairo, Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby said a mission headed by one of his assistants would head to Syria "within a day or two." He said it would include legal, administrative, financial and human rights experts to discuss the makeup of the observer teams.

"Each group of observers will contain 10 or more people and will go to different places," said Elaraby. He said Syrian opposition groups would outline their views at the Arab League soon, and then the Syrian government would be invited to give its input about reforms.

"The important thing in any agreement is the implementation and good intentions from all parties," Elaraby said.

Many regime opponents have in the past accused Assad of waffling on the deal as a way to gain time as he continues his crackdown. They expressed scepticism that the regime would co-operate even after signing the initiative.

The Syrian revolt began in mid-March as peaceful protesters emboldened by uprisings across the Arab world took to the streets to demand an end to the Assad family's 40-year rule.

But there has been a sharp escalation in armed clashes recently, raising concerns the country of 22 million is slipping toward civil war.

The regime claims armed gangs and terrorists are behind the uprising, not protesters seeking more freedoms in one of the most totalitarian regimes in the Middle East.

Moallem sought to reinforce that line on Monday, saying "the observers will come to see with their own eyes that there are armed terrorist groups that are sabotaging and killing people".

The Arab League has already suspended Syria's membership and imposed sanctions. Elaraby said that the signing of the protocol did not mean that the sanctions would be suspended immediately. He said such a decision would have to be approved by the Arab League council at ministerial level.

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