“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.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Homophobic Archbishop divides Cameroon

RNW, 21 August 2012, by Anne Mireille Nzouankeu, Yaoundé

(Photo Scatcat/Flicker)
The Archbishop of Yaoundé, Tonyè Bakot, recently described homosexuals as “corrupters of society”. A view shared by some Cameroonians and criticised by others, who believe that the Church’s role is not to divide but to unite.

“Archbishop Tonyè Bakot must stop excluding people,” says Stéphane Koche, the vice-president of Association for the Defence of Homosexuals in Cameroon (ADHEFO).

Speaking during a mass last week to celebrate the Catholic Holy Day of the Assumption, Bakot claimed homosexuality was growing in Cameroon and was condemned by the Catholic Church. He went on to describe homosexuals as “corrupters of society,” comparing them to paedophiles.

"An insult"

It seems Bakot’s sermon was intended to be a celebration of women and the family. (The Assumption is a feast in honour of the mother of Jesus, the Virgin Mary, an important figure in Roman Catholic theology.) Homosexuality is “an insult to family, an enemy to women and creation,” he said.

Serge Douomong, the secretary of the Affirmative Action Association, which deals with HIV/AIDS and other health issues in Cameroon, disagrees. “If homosexuality was a threat to procreation, the human species would have been extinct a long time ago because the practice has existed for ages,” he says.

No pretext

34-year-old businessman Idriss Mangoa admits he is a homophobe, but he still thinks women should not be used as a pretext to voice anti-gay sentiments. “Is the role of women limited to procreation? Is a barren woman then less of a woman?” he asks.

Arguments used by the Archbishop are echoed among many young people. “Homosexuality is a danger to the family structure. Homosexuals want to adopt children but who do they think is going to make babies for them to adopt?” asks Jacques Nsangou, a young student.

Olivier Ekoman, a medical student, has a more moderate view. “As a devout Catholic, I can only follow the position of the Church, which is against homosexuality. However, homosexuals can adopt children, as studies have shown that children raised by gay parents are psychologically as normal as children raised by heterosexual parents.”

Not a first

Transvestites and transgenders didn’t escape Bakot’s condemnation. He described them as “a disgrace and a disrespectful criticism of God who chose to create us male or female.”

It is not the first time Archbishop Bakot has spoken out against gays. He had previously claimed gays were responsible for unemployment because only young men who were willing to have sex with senior government officials were given jobs.

Douomong, from ACT, says statements like the Archbishop’s only reinforce the stigmatisation of homosexuals and can have serious consequences. “This can lead to an increase in the HIV rate, as gay men will not find the courage to come out. As a result, it will be more difficult to treat them.”

Role of the Church

This debate on homosexuality is raising serious questions about the role of the Church itself in Cameroon. “The Church’s role is to promote harmony and peace,” says Douomong. “Christ himself used to reach out to those considered to be bad. Even if homosexuality is evil as some believe, the Church should not be promoting rejection and division instead of unity.”

ADHEFO’s Vice-President, Koche: “God never said to love your fellow men except homosexuals. It’s a pity that a clergyman preaches exclusion and stigmatisation instead of uniting the people. He should not use a segment of the population as scapegoats for society’s problems.”

Homosexuality is considered a crime in Cameroon. Same-sex relations are punished by six months to five years imprisonment and a fine of between 20,000 and 200,000 CFA francs (30 and 300 Euros). The average monthly salary in Cameroon is around 28,000 CFA francs.

About the Challenges of Being a Gay Man – Oct 23, 2010 (Saint Germain channelled by Alexandra Mahlimay and Dan Bennack) - “You see, your Soul and Creator are not concerned with any perspective you have that contradicts the reality of your Divinity – whether this be your gender, your sexual preference, your nationality – or your race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, or anything else.”

"The Akashic System" – Jul 17, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: Religion, The Humanization of GodBenevolent Design, DNA, Akashic Circle, (Old) Souls, Gaia, Indigenous People, Talents, Reincarnation, Genders, Gender Switches, In “between” Gender Change, Gender Confusion, Shift of Human Consciousness, Global Unity,..... etc.)  - (Text version)

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