“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.

Friday, October 12, 2012

No Blasphemy Clause in New Tunisia Constitution: Speaker

Jakarta Globe, Antoine Lambroschini, October 12, 2012

Tunisian Salafist leaders Mohamed Khelif, right, and Khmaies Majeri give a
 press conference on Oct. 11, 2012, in Tunis, following their meeting with
Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki. (AFP Photo/Fethi Belaid)

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Tunis. A key proposal by Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party to outlaw blasphemy in the new constitution, which stoked fears of creeping Islamization, is to be dropped from the final text, Assembly speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar told AFP.

The agreement to drop the clause follows negotiations between the three parties in the ruling coalition and must still be approved by the committees drafting the constitution, which Jaafar said would be debated by parliament next month.

It comes after President Moncef Marzouki warned that radical Islamist militants pose a “great danger” to the Maghreb region, and following a wave of violent attacks — blamed on Salafists — on targets ranging from works of art to the US Embassy.

“There will certainly be no criminalization,” Jaafar, the 72-year-old speaker of the National Constituent Assembly, said in an exclusive interview.

“That is not because we have agreed to [allow] attacks on the sacred, but because the sacred is something very, very difficult to define. Its boundaries are blurred and one could interpret it in one way or another, in an exaggerated way,” he added.

The plan to criminalize attacks on religious values sparked an outcry when it was first announced by the Islamists in July, with the media and civil society groups warning that it would result in new restrictions on freedom of expression.

Jaafar argued that freedom of expression should be guaranteed, as a key achievement of the mass uprising that ousted former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali last year.

“There is a fundamental achievement of the revolution that should never be called into question, and that no one should be able to challenge, which is the freedom of expression and of the press.”

Government critics have also warned of creeping Islamization in the North African country since Ben Ali’s regime was swept away.

Jaafar said that Ennahda, the Islamist party that heads the ruling coalition, will accept dropping the blasphemy clause even though it was at the heart of its political agenda.

Ennahda had even wanted to see its proposed ban on attacks on the sacred become international law, but had modified its position, said Jaafar, who heads Ettakatol, a leftist party allied to the Islamists in a coalition government.

“Sometimes we hold talks within the troika [three-party ruling coalition] and we feel that they [Ennahda] are prepared to let their opinions develop, to move the lines a bit,” he added.

Successes and failures

Tunisia’s interim parliament is tasked with drafting a new constitution but the main sticking point in that task, which has been much-delayed and has threatened to set back elections set for 2013, is the nature of the political system, Jaafar said.

The Islamists have been pushing for a pure parliamentary system, while the other parties want important powers to remain in the hands of the president.

“I have high hopes that a compromise will be found,” he said, recalling that Ennahda had already agreed not to insist on Islamic Shariah law.

A first draft of the text will be submitted to the Assembly in November, and then each article will be debated between December and January, Jaafar said, adding that he expected the elections to take place before next summer.

Tunisia’s Islamist Prime Minister Hamad Jebali has promised to announce a new constitution timetable on Oct. 18.

Jaafar admitted to “mistakes” by the coalition government, which has been accused of authoritarian tendencies, and of having failed to make progress on social and economic issues that were driving factors behind the revolution.

“It is a government where certain officials lack experience and have made mistakes. There have been successes and there have been failures,” he said, referring to a woman accused of indecency who was raped by policemen.

Jaafar also lamented the ruling coalition’s failure to rein in Tunisia’s increasingly assertive Salafist movement, for which it has been sharply criticized.

“The government has lacked firmness” toward the radical Islamists, blamed for a spate of violence, including an attack on the US Embassy in Tunis last month, that has “tarnished Tunisia’s image,” Jaafar said.

Agence France-Presse
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