“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.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

French President Hollande gets warm welcome in Bamako

Deutsche Welle, 2 February 2013

French President Francois Hollande, speaking before a friendly crowd in the Malian capital, has said military operations in the country will be short. But he added France will stand by Mali during its rebuilding process.

A cheering crowd met Hollande Saturday in Bamako. The French president was there to visit French troops fighting Islamist rebels in Mali's north, as well as to meet with the country's interim president, Dioncounda Traore (above right). 

"You're celebrating a new kind of independence, not from colonialism but from terrorism," Hollande said to thousands of spectators at the capital's Independence Square.

"We'll stay as long as we need to, but there's no question of us getting entrenched here, this is a short operation. We'll stay by your side as you address rebuilding in your nation."

The French president's one-day tour of Mali came as troops worked to secure Kidal, the last bastion of the al Qaeda-linked rebel fighters who took control of Mali's desert north following a coup last year.

Visiting Timbuktu

Thousands came out to welcome Hollande earlier in the day during his visit to Timbuktu, which was retaken by French and Malian forces six days ago.

"It's not over yet, it's going to take several weeks, but our goal is to pass the baton," he said. "Our African friends will be able to do the job we've been doing until now."

Traore thanked Hollande for the French troops' "efficiency," which he said had allowed the north to be freed from "barbarity and obscurantism."

Hollande said France would withdraw its troops from Mali once the country had restored sovereignty over all its national territory and a UN-backed African military force had taken over.

That force is expected to number more than 8,000, but its deployment has suffered repeated setbacks, including shortages of kit and airlift capacity and questions about who will fund its estimated $1 billion (732,000 euros) cost.

The US and the European Union have backed France's military campaign in Mali, saying the Islamist militants there could use the north of the country as a launch pad for international attacks.

Complicated campaign

Rights groups have reported summary executions by both the Malian army and the Islamists during the fighting. Human Rights Watch said Friday that Malian troops had shot at least 13 suspected Islamist supporters in Sevare and dumped them into wells, but the Malian army denied any crimes by its forces.

Some 377,000 people have fled their homes during the crisis, including 150,000 who have sought refuge across Mali's borders, according to the United Nations.

France's military campaign has been met with little resistance, with many Islamists believed to have retreated into the desert hills around Kidal.

 Hollande called on all troops in Mali to show "exemplary" conduct and respect human rights, an appeal reiterated by Traore.

"Don't let yourself give in to excess, to vengeance, in the euphoria of your new-won freedom. I know I can count on you not to commit any abuses, not to settle scores," Traore told the crowd in Bamako.

dr/rc  (dpa, AFP, Reuters)

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