“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.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Tunisia lifts emergency rule in force since 2011 uprising

Google – AFP, Inès BEL AIBA (AFP), 6 March 2014

Tunisi's President Moncef Marzouki holds his country's new Constitution as he
 delivers a speech during an UN Human Rights Council session on March 3, 2014
in Geneva (AFP/File, Fabrice Coffrini)

Tunis — Tunisia's president has lifted a state of emergency in force since the 2011 uprising that ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, his office said Thursday, despite a string of recent jihadist attacks.

The country has been rocked by sporadic violence since the January 2011 revolution, which ignited the Arab Spring across North Africa and the Middle East.

"The president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Moncef Marzouki, issued a decree lifting the state of emergency in the whole country from Wednesday, March 5, 2014," his office said.

In November, Marzouki extended the emergency rule for eight months, meaning it has ended four months earlier than scheduled.

The end to the state of emergency "does not limit the capacity of the security services to implement the law and does not preclude any request for military support should it be needed," said the presidency.

This "will not bring about changes in the implementation of laws and policies in place in the country, including those concerning military operations areas and border buffer zones."

Last year, special military zones were established last on the Algerian and Libya borders, where the authorities say armed groups are active.

A giant portrait of Tunisian protestor Mohamed Bouazizi hangs on the wall in the
 central town of Sidi Bouzid on December 17, 2013, as they celebrate the 3rd
 anniversary of the start of the revolution, the first of the Arab Spring uprisings 
(AFP/File, Fethi Belaid)

Social discontent has often led to violence, especially in the impoverished centre of Tunisia, where a street vendor set himself on fire more than three years ago in a desperate act of protest that launched the uprising.

- 'President being pragmatic' -

Despite this, security and military affairs expert Hyakel Ben Mahfoudh said the lifting of emergency rule was long overdue.

"The state of emergency is for extremely unstable situations, or when state institutions are in imminent danger, or when there is a popular uprising," he said.

Emergency rule amounted to "a restriction of rights, freedoms, the movement of people and goods" as Tunisia's political crisis was ending and security conditions improving.

"The presidency is being pragmatic, because in any case it has been a long time since (the emergency) was strictly enforced," he added.

Much of the deadly violence witnessed in Tunisia since the uprising has been blamed on Ansar al-Sharia, a hardline Islamist movement accused of having links to Al-Qaeda.

The widow of murdered opposition figure Chokri Belaid, Basma Khalfaoui (R)
 puts national flags and a portrait of late opposition figure Mohamed Brahmi on her
 husbands grave in Tunis, six months after his assassination on August 8, 2013
(AFP/File, Fethi Belaid)

The government has said Ansar al-Sharia was behind the separate assassinations last year of two secular politicians, killings that plunged Tunisia into political turmoil and forced the Islamist-led government to quit.

The group never claimed responsibility for those or any other attacks.

For more than a year, the security forces have been battling Islamist militants hiding out in the remote border regions of western Tunisia, notably in the Chaambi mountains.

In some of the latest bloodshed, five gunmen, including Algerians, killed two people and two policemen near the Bulla Regia Roman ruins in western Tunisia on February 15.

But the political situation has stabilised, with Tunisia putting in place a consensus government and a new constitution.

During a visit to Tunis last month, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the country could become a model for others emerging from long-term autocratic rule.

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