“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, September 3, 2013

Syria neighbours brace for refugees fleeing US strike

Google – AFP, Prashant Rao (AFP), 3 Sep 2013

A picture taken on August 24, 2013 shows a general view of the
Quru Gusik refugee camp (AFP/File, Safin Hamed)

BAGHDAD — Syria's neighbours are bracing for an influx of refugees fleeing their country in fear of US-led military action, compounding what the UN has branded a "disgraceful humanitarian calamity."

The movement could deepen an already enormous regional refugee crisis.

The numbers of Syrians seeking safety abroad have increased nearly 10-fold from a year ago, the latest grim milestone in a 29-month battle between President Bashar al-Assad and rebels bent on overthrowing him.

Correspondents and witnesses, meanwhile, have reported an even greater exodus of Syrians into neighbouring countries since US President Barack Obama warned last week he was ready to launch military strikes on Assad's regime over its alleged use of chemical weapons.

Photo obtained from the UNHCR on
 August 18, 2013 shows thousands of 
Syrians streaming across a bridge over the
Tigris (UNHCR/AFP/File, Galiya Gubaeva)
"If something happened -- if there were airstrikes, if there was another chemical attack -- the first reaction would be for people to flee," said Muriel Tschopp, deputy director for emergency responses for the International Rescue Committee.

"A lot of governments that have been generous until now, they also see that it's not sustainable. They were ready for a six-month crisis, a one-year crisis. They were not ready for a three-year crisis, or an entire country emptying out."

The UN's refugee agency said from Geneva on Tuesday that more than two million Syrians had fled the country, up from about 230,000 a year ago, lamenting that Syria was "haemorrhaging women, children and men who cross borders often with little more than the clothes on their backs."

"Syria has become the great tragedy of this century," said UN refugee chief Antonio Guterres, adding that it was "a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparallelled in recent history."

And now, foreign governments are increasingly having to prepare for potentially even more Syrians in search of safety outside of their country.

An Iraqi-Kurdish man delivers mattresses
for Syrian refugees in the city of Arbil on
August 19, 2013 (AFP/File, Safin Hamed)
"If the security situation in Syria gets worse, the refugees will continue to come, especially if Syria is targeted," said Dindar Zebari, deputy chief of the Iraqi Kurdish foreign affairs department.

He added that the Kurdish region's "doors are open for them" but noted that "the huge number of refugees creates a problem for our budget, which is limited."

On Saturday, Jordan's committee tasked with dealing with refugees crossing from Syria discussed expanding the already massive Zaatari camp, and establishing an entirely new site for incoming Syrians.

The plans from Jordan, which already hosts around a half-million Syrian refugees, would see Zaatari's capacity increased from around 130,000 now to about 150,000, but there are few details about the proposed new camp.

Turkey, meanwhile, says it is "prepared in the face of a refugee influx," according to Mustafa Aydogdu, spokesman for the country's Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate.

"We have the capacity to build the camps," he said, adding that Turkey's open-door policy towards Syrian refugees would remain in place in the event of a major exodus sparked by possible intervention.

Syrian refugees arrive in Turkey at the
 Cilvegozu crossing gate of Reyhanli, in
Hatay, on August 31, 2013 (AFP/File,
Bulent Kilic)
Past experience in the region suggests, however, that the refugee impact from the strikes could be limited, according to UNHCR spokesman Peter Kessler, who was in Jordan ahead of the US-led invasion of Iraq a decade ago.

"At the time, of course, the UN was preparing for a major exodus from Iraq, and pre-positioning supplies throughout the region," Kessler said.

But the refugee flow "never happened in the immediate aftermath of the airstrikes around Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq."

"There were, of course, a great many Iraqi refugees starting to flee six months later, due to the security problems that arose, but the number of people that fled (immediately following the invasion) were in the low thousands."

Kessler noted that the UN maintained key stockpiles of emergency supplies for refugee and other crises around the Middle East, with another global stockpile in Dubai.

"I don't have a crystal ball -- nobody does," he said. "We'll just have to wait and see."

Facts on the more than two million Syrians who have fled their
war-ravaged country (AFP/Graphic)

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