“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, October 12, 2013

More harsh words for The Hague at African Union meeting in Ethiopia

Deutsche Welle, 12 October 2013

The head of the 54-member African Union has said Kenya cannot afford distractions from The Hague. AU leaders are meeting in Ethiopia to discuss the perceived neocolonial biases of the International Criminal Court.

Disillusionment has grown within Africa over the International Criminal Court (ICC). At a two-day extraordinary session of the AU, leaders of several nations accused The Hague of singling out Africans, and demanded that the ICC - the world's first permanent court to try genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity - drop proceedings against Kenya's leadership.

"The security situation in Kenya remains fragile," said Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the chairwoman of the AU Commission, referring to a recent terrorist attack at a Nairobi shopping mall. "We should therefore not allow Kenya to slide back for any reason ... This requires the undivided attention of its leadership."

African countries account for 34 of the 122 parties to the Rome Statute, the ICC's founding treaty, which took effect on July 1, 2002. A mass pull-out from the court, which some countries have demanded, could seriously damage the institution.

'The entire Africa'

The ICC charged Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto with crimes against humanity after postelection violence in late 2007 and early 2008 led to the deaths of more than 1,000 people and the displacement of 600,000. Ruto's trial opened in The Hague on September 10, and Uhuru's trial is set to commence on November 12.

The leaders called for a postponement, arguing that their country takes precedence, especially in the wake of a terrorist attack on a shopping mall in the capital, Nairobi that left at least 67 dead. It would appear that many in Africa agree.

"This is not just about Kenya, but definitely about the entire Africa," said Ethiopian Prime Minister and AU Chairman Hailemariam Desalegn. "Our goal is not and should not be a crusade against ICC but a solemn call for the organization to take Africa's concerns seriously," he added. "It is very unfortunate that the court has continued to operate in complete disregard of the concerns that we have expressed."

Not unanimous

The ICC has issued indictments over conflicts in nine countries, all in Africa. AU diplomats say that the court - an independent body and not part of the United Nations system - has turned a blind eye to other parts of the world. The ICC has convicted only one man: an African warlord.

Some, however, see the benefit of an independent international body. Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, from Ghana, said a pull-out would give Africa a "badge of shame."

In an opinion article, anti-apartheid icon and Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu compared ICC opponents to Nazis seeking to evade justice. He also argued that the number of African cases before the court merely reflects on the dismal record of many of the continent's governments.

AU officials have said they would suggest a permanent consultative body to work with the UN Security Council on concerns regarding the ICC.

mkg/hc (Reuters, AFP, dpa, AP)

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