“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, September 10, 2012

World Bank president pays first visit to Africa

Deutsche Welle, 10 September

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim chose Africa for his first official overseas trip. The visit is being seen as the first step towards improving relations between the World Bank and the continent.

During his three-day visit to Africa, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said Africa is a "top priority."  He said he was "deeply committed to the growth and success of Africa." Kim's visit started in Ivory Coast and ended in South Africa. It was his first trip overseas since being appointed head of the World Bank.

A  new beginning

Kim's visit to Africa is being seen as the start of a new era in the relationship between the World Bank and the African continent, and as a sign that the World Bank's view of Africa is gradually changing. "I believe that the World Bank is beginning to understand that there more opportunities than risks in Africa," said Ralf Wittek, West Africa regional director of the Hanns Seidel Foundation, in an interview with DW. 

I vorian President Alassane Ouattara
 will host the next UN conference
on development cooperation
For over ten years, small and large business nations have been active in Africa, he said. "Europe should watch out that it doesn't get left behind."

Babacar Gueye agrees.  He is a political scientist and director of the Institute for Legal Studies in Dakar, Senegal. He says that, over the years, Africa has changed and that has affected the way it is seen by the rest of the world.

"20 years ago, Africa was seen as the continent of war. Today that's different. Continents such as America and Europe have reached a maximum level of  development but Africa is still developing and there is a lot of potential."

Priority for larger economies

The World Bank president selected two important African economies for his trip. Ivory Coast accounts for 40 percent of the African continent's economic performance. This makes it the continent's second largest economic power. The country which witnessed a bloody power struggle in December 2010, now has become relatively calm. 

South African President Jacob Zuma
heads Africa's leading economy
In addition to President Alassane Ouattara and other ministers, the World Bank president also met with former combatants, who were involved in the unrest in 2010.  They are now participating in a training program funded by the World Bank. While in South Africa, Africa's leading economy, Jim Yong Kim met with President Jacob Zuma and several ministers.

Another view of Africa

Experts hope that Jim Yong Kim's visit to Africa will enhance the relationship between the World Bank and the African continent. After 20 years of misguided development policy, says Ralf Witteck, the World Bank should cast aside its idea of acquiring influence by "scattering a large sum of money and granting generous credits."

The World Bank needs a more focused approach, with greater participation by civil societies, Witteck says. Jim Yong Kim's announcement that the next United Nations conference on the financing of development cooperation is to be held lager this year in Ivory Coast,  boosts hopes of a lastin g improvement in the relationship between the World Bank and Africa. Up to now, the conference has always been held in Washington.

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