“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, October 3, 2012

Unrest in Tehran over rial currency plunge

Deutsche Welle, 3 October 2012

A rapid plunge in Iran's currency has resulted in clashes in Tehran's central money exchange district, Ferdowsi. Police squads fired tear gas to disperse protesters and shut kiosks, according to witnesses.

The rial, Iran's currency, has lost at least a third of its value against the US dollar in the past week, prompting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to largely blame Western sanctions.

A spokesman for the Tehran Grand Bazaar said it had also been closed because of shopkeepers' safety concerns, but it would reopen on Thursday. Ferdowsi Avenue nearby was the scene of hefty protests against Ahmadinejad's re-election in 2009, which were eventually put down by forces of his regime.

Scramble for hard cash 

In protest, garbage was set on
fire near Tehran's main bazaar
In recent days, Iranians have scrambled to buy hard foreign currencies, pushing down the rial. The rate on Wednesday was put at 36,000 rials to the dollar, which was only an estimate because Iranian money tracking websites were censored.

Merchants say doing business has become nearly impossible and Iranian families face spiraling food costs, with annual inflation said to be running at 25 percent.

Late on Tuesday, Ahmadinejad rejected any blame over the currency plunge and vowed that Iran would not curb its nuclear program because of the sanctions by Western nations.

Hoarding at home

The Iranian news agency Fars on Wednesday quoted the national police chief Esmail Ahmadi Moghadam as saying that a special unit had been set up to "combat those perturbing the currency market."

He said many Iranians were stashing foreign currencies and gold at home. 

Protesters massed near the bazaar,
where money is exchanged
A Western diplomat based in Tehran, quoted by the news agency Reuters said: "Everyone wants to buy dollars and it's clear there's a bit of a bank run."

"Ahmadinejad's announcement of using police against exchangers and speculators didn't help at all. Now people are even more worried," the diplomat said. Verification is difficult because of Iran restrictions on foreign journalists.

Internet outages as well

Iran, which maintains one of the world's largest internet filters, experienced major outages on Wednesday, according to the news agency Reuters.

A spokesman for Iran's High Council of Cyberspace, Mehdi Akhavan Behabadi, told Iran's Labour News Agency that internet capacity had been curtailed because of "constant cyber attacks."

"All of these attacks have been organised. And they have in mind the country's nuclear, oil, and information networks," Behabadi said.

Last month, Iran said a computer virus was detected inside control system at its Kharg Island oil export terminal.

Most of Iran's internet restrictions date back to 2009 when anti-government protestors used social network sites to publicize mass protests after Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election.

ipj/rc (dpa, Reuters, AFP)
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