“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.

Friday, May 9, 2014

China's railway diplomacy steams ahead in West Africa

Want China Times, Staff Reporter 2014-05-09

Chinese premier Li Keqiang, left, meets Nigerian president Goodluck
Jonathan in Abuja, May 7. (Photo/Xinhua)

After visiting Ethiopia, Chinese premier Li Keqiang traveled on to Nigeria for his second stop in Africa to ink a 80.7 billion yuan (US$12.9 billion) project by a Chinese state firm to help development the country's railway network, evidence of China's push for "railway diplomacy" to improve its diplomatic, economic and trade relations with West African countries, the Shanghai-based China Business News reports.

Li is paying official visits to Ethiopia, Nigeria, Angola and Kenya from May 4 to 11. This is the first time Li has visited the African continent since taking office last year.

Jim O'Neill, the retiring chairperson of Goldman Sachs best known for coining the term BRIC, the acronym that stands for Brazil, Russia, India and China–the four rapidly developing countries that have come to symbolize the shift in global economic power away from the developed G7 economies–has recently coined a new term, MINT, referring to Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey, as the next investment hot spots.

Ethiopia and Kenya, which have good relations with China, are the main target for China's aid programs in Africa, while Nigeria, now the biggest economy on the continent, and Angola, which offers abundant oil and mineral resources, are China's main energy partners, experts said.

In April, after revising the calculation method of its GDP, Nigeria exceeded South Africa as the largest economy in Africa. The most populous nation in Africa also has the continent's most complete manufacturing industry chains. Currently, the European Union is negotiating with the Economic Community Of West African States, with Nigeria at the center of negotiations.

Nigeria has not as yet made many demands for assistance from China and it chiefly needs project cooperation and investment in its industries from China, said Wang Luo, director of the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, a research and advisory arm of the Ministry of Commerce. The aim of Li's visit is chiefly to maintain good relations between China and African countries, Wang said.

Nigeria is China's second-biggest export destination, with Angola in sixth place and Kenya in 10th, while Ethiopia did not make the top 10. The top 10 African countries together account for 70.2% of China's exports to the continent.

China aims to help its labor-intensive industries diversify into Africa, expanding the "made-in-Africa" operations amid rising production costs on the Chinese mainland, the report said.

Li arrived at the international airport in the Angolan capital of Luanda to start his official visit to the country, at the invitation of Angolan president Jose Eduardo dos Santos on March 8, according to a report from Hong Kong-based Wen Wei Po.

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