“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.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Modest returns for US President Obama on his African tour

Deutsche Welle, 2 July 2013

Obama's one week trip to Africa is now over. Africans' initial enthusiasm for him has evaporated and some even believe his commitment to the continent is less intense than his predecessors.

Traditional dancers welcomed the U.S. president on his arrival in Tanzania, the last stop on his trip to Africa. While there Barack Obama wanted to press for a new model for cooperation with Africa, shifting away from traditional development aid towards a new economic partnership.

And since doing business and trade were the focus of his trip, he was also accompanied by a 500 strong business delegation. ”Ultimately the goal here is for Africa to build Africa for Africans. And our job is to be a partnership in that process,“ said Obama, praising Tanzania as one of the best partners.

Tanzanians' love for Obama

"Tanzanians love you," Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete told Obama as they drove through Barack Obama Drive, the main road in the center of Dar es Salaam that had just been renamed in his honor.

However observers describe the applause for Obama as having been staged-managed by the state. ”Our economic relations with the United States are quite limited," says the Tanzanian economist and opposition leader Ibrahim Lipumba in an interview with DW.

Barack Obma addressing young
African leaders during his tour
Lipumba quoted figures saying that Tanzanian exports to the United States in 2012 were worth just $66 million, as opposed to goods sold to China during the same period which were worth $530 million.

China has overtaken the US as Africa's largest trading partner. After taking office, the new Chinese President Xi Jinping demonstrated a "serious friendship" between China and Africa by making Africa his first foreign destination.

But despite the investment from China, India and Brazil, the US continues to play an important role in Africa. For South Africa, the second leg of Obama's tour, the US is an important trading partner.

Some 600 American companies are based in South Africa, employing over 120,000 people. US direct investment in 2010 was worth at least $6.5 billion.

Former US presidents had larger African programs

Obama's predecessor Bill Clinton will be remembered for initiating the AGOA trade agreement (African Growth and Opportunity Act), which gives preferential treatment to certain African exports, such as textiles, on the US market.

President George W. Bush surprised many during his term when he approved a $15 billion AIDS program for Africa.

The media in Africa drew comparisons
between Obama and his predecessors
It is unliokely that Obama, the first African-American US president, wil preside over program of a similar magnitude. Nonetheless he has pledged $7 billion for an initiative to double access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years. in Senegal, on the first leg of his trip, Obama promised assistance fpr agriculture.

Away from economic issues, Obama also called on African governments to do more against corruption and to promote democratic change. In Senegal, the U.S. president urged equality for homosexuals in Africa.

Barack Obama called on Senegal
to respect gay and lesbian rights
Homosexuality is illegal in most African countries and, in some extreme cases gays and lesbians have been threatened with the death penalty. But at a joint press with Obama, Senegal's President Macky Sall said Senegalese society was not yet ready to decriminalize homosexuality.

High expectations

"I think the expectations were too high from the beginning," said Stefan Reith, the head of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Tanzania. He says economic ties were intensified during the trip, but irrespective of how important Africa may be it can never be at the top of Washington's priorities. "The Kenyan roots of an individual president won't change that," he added..

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