“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.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Coup leaders in Guinea-Bissau 'to restore democracy soon'

Deutsche Welle, 17 April 2012

The executive head of the West African regional bloc ECOWAS says the junta in Guinea- Bissau has agreed to hand back power and return the country to constitutional rule soon.

The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Desire Kadre Ouedraogo, said Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, who chairs the regional bloc, will take steps with other parties to return Guinea-Bissau to constitutional rule in the coming days. He was speaking after talks in the capital Bissau but gave no specific timeline.

Soldiers in Guinea-Bissau, who have a reputation of meddling in the country's politics, seized power last Thursday and arrested the country's interim president and a former prime minister, cutting short an unfinished presidential election.

Presidential hopeful still in detention 

Kadre Desire Ouedraogo 'demanded the
release of pirsoners' in Guinea- Bissau
Ouedraogo said ECOWAS insisted in the meeting with the junta that the release of the two officials detained during the coup was an essential step toward a return to constitutional order.

Soldiers continue to detain ex-premier and presidential front-runner Carlos Gomes Junior and interim President Raimundo Pereira following assaults on their homes last week.

Gomes Junior came close to winning an outright majority in a first-round presidential vote last month and a second-round run-off had been set for April 29. 

Carlos Gomes Junior after hearing
 he was leading in the first round
of elections in March
Over the last few days, the coup leaders have faced increasing isolation as their intervention was condemned by the African Union, the United Nations and the United States. 

The Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries, to which Guinea-Bissau belongs, has threatened to impose sanctions if the country does not restore constitutional order.

Echoes of 2010

For ex-foreign minister Mamadou Djalo Pires the blame for the coup rests with one person: the head of the country's armed forces General Antonio Indjai.

"We know that there is a self-styled military command, which claims that General Antonio Indjai was arrested, but that is just farcical," Pires said. "Indjai was behind the coup."

The events of the last few days are reminiscent of an abortive uprising in 2010. A junta led by Indjai took the same prime minister, Carlos Gomes Junior, captive but then released him several hours later in the face of international pressure. However, Zamora Induta, military chief of staff at the time, was toppled by his own troops and kept in prison for months.

Military resists reform

It appears the military in Guinea Bissau can do more or less what they like with impunity. Normally such conduct would lead to demotion and a jail term, but not in Guinea Bissau where Indjai, deputy head of the general staff and one of the plotters, had himself promoted to commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

Relations between Indjai and Carlos Gomes Junior have been tense ever since. Paulo Gorjao, an analyst with the Lisbon-based Portuguese Institute of International Relations and Security (IPRIS), says there is a sort of truce between the two. 

Alassane Ouattara 'steps to return
Guinea-Bissau to constitutional rule'
"Indjai tolerated Carlos Gomes Junior, but in the meantime the prime minister has acquired great prestige and influence in the international community, which was not in the military's interest. So it was only question of time before there would be another coup," he believes.

The government of Carlos Gomes Junior has tried over the last few years to reform the military with outside help. But Indjai's appointment as head of the armed forces prompted a European Union mission to pull out of Guinea-Bissau in 2010, removing eight security advisors. 

Still in captivity: interim president
Raimundo Pereira
More recently, Angola, another former Portuguese colony, said ít was thinking of removing its 200-strong military mission. 

Despite these setbacks, the government of Carlos Gomes Junior showed that it was determined to maintain an international mission for the reform of the armed forces in the country.

It is possible that the recent coup may have been triggered by the military's fear of losing their autonomy. The illegal drug trade, often blamed for political instability in the past, was probably on this occasion of little significance.

Author: Mark Caldwell (AFP, Reuters, with additional material from Johannes Beck)

Editor: Daniel Pelz/ rm

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