“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, January 30, 2012

African Union leaders fail to elect commission head

Deutsche Welle, 30 January 1012 

Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma wanted to
see an AU that is a 'formidable force'
A bid by South Africa to propel a woman to the upper reaches of African decision-making ran aground on Monday. The election for the head of the African Union Commission yielded no outright winner.

The vote by African leaders for the head of their bloc's influential executive ended in deadlock on Monday between Gabon's Jean Ping, who was seeking a new term, and challenger Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of South Africa.

AU sources said the election was tight, with Ping holding a slender lead in three rounds of voting in which neither candidate secured the required two-thirds majority.

Dlamini-Zuma was then forced under AU rules to pull out leaving Ping to face a fourth round on his own, but he stilled failed to garner the votes he needed. 

Africa leaders failed to elect a new
head of the AU Commission
South African delegates broke into song and dance after the stalemate vote conducted at the two-day summit in the new AU headquarters built by the Chinese and unveiled at the weekend.

In a statement before the vote, Dlamini-Zuma had pledged to spare no effort in building on the work of those African women and men who wanted to see "an African Union that is a formidable force striving for a united, free, truly independent, better Africa."

Post never held by a woman

Dlamini-Zuma has served in the cabinet of every South African president since Nelson Mandela. One of the country's most powerful women, she is known for competent management and her stern personality. Her ex-husband, the current president, Jakob Zuma, found her indispensable enough to appoint her home affairs minister, the post she now holds.   

No woman has ever held the post of chair of the AU Commission. The job will be taken over by AU Commission deputy chairman, Erastus Mwencha, from Kenya, until fresh polls at the next summit in the summer.    

This is the first time in the history of the 54 member regional body that the AU Commission has failed to a elect a new head. 

'Peace comes back to our continent' 

Ban Ki-moon warned the AU Sudan
was 'threatening regional stability'
Earlier, the summit of African leaders was addressed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon who warned that a furious row between Sudan and South Sudan was threatening regional security. "The international community needs to act, and its needs to act now," Ban added.

The UN Secretary General also berated African nations for treating gays as "second-class citizens, or even criminals."

The post of AU chairman, which rotates once a year, passed from Equatorial Guniea's President Tedodor Obiang Nguema to Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi, though with none of the attention lavished on the AU Commission vote. With strife in Somalia, violence in Nigeria and riots in Senegal following an octogenarian president's resolve to cling to power, Boni Yayi said he wanted to ensure that "peace comes back to our continent." Obiang summed up his one year stint by accusing "external powers" of trying to "perpetuate their influence" in Africa.      

Author: Mark Caldwell (AFP, dpa)

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