“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, February 7, 2015

Shiite leader defends Yemen takeover

Yahoo – AFP, Jamal al-Jabiri, 7 Feb 2015

Supporters of Shiite Huthi movement gather in a northern Sanaa stadium to watch 
to a televised address by their chief Abdel Malek al-Huthi on February 7, 2015
(AFP Photo/Mohammed Huwais)

Sanaa (AFP) - Shiite leader Abdel Malek al-Huthi on Saturday defended his powerful militia's establishment of transitional bodies to resolve Yemen's political crisis, in the face of street protests and international criticism.

"This historic and responsible initiative is in the interest of the country... because it fills a political vacuum," Huthi said in a televised address to his supporters gathered in a northern Sanaa stadium.

He said it was "in the interest of all Yemenis without exception", including the separatists of southern Yemen.

Supporters of Shiite Huthi movement hold
 national flags during a gathering in a
northern Sanaa stadium to watch a
televised address by their chief Abdel 
Malek al-Huthi on a giant screen
, February 7, 2015 (AFP Photo/
Mohammed Huwais)
The formation of a "presidential council", announced on Friday, would also head off the threat from Al-Qaeda which has a strong presence in east and south Yemen, Huthi said.

"If Al-Qaeda takes control of the country, it will plot against our brothers in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf," he warned.

However, Yemen's Gulf neighbours have condemned the moves by the Shiite militia, named Huthis after their leadership, saying they "totally undermine" international and regional efforts to help resolve the impoverished country's crisis.

"The Huthi coup marks a grave and unacceptable escalation... and endangers the security, stability, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Yemen," said the Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

The six Sunni monarchies said their own security was linked to that of their neighbour Yemen, and vowed to take "all the necessary measures to defend their interests", without elaborating.

The Shiite militia overran Sanaa in September and seized the presidential palace and key government buildings last month, prompting Western-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and Prime Minister Khalid Bahah to tender their resignations.

In an announcement on Saturday, the Huthis said Hadi's defence minister, General Mahmud al-Subaihi, would chair a newly formed "security commission", which also included the outgoing interior minister.

Yellow numbered markers are seen on the
 ground at the site of a bomb blast at the 
entrance of the presidential palace in 
Sanaa on February 7, 2015 (AFP Photo/
Mohammed Huwais)
The commission's task would be to "lead the country's affairs until the establishment of a presidential council".

Blast, demos

The announcement was followed by a blast outside the Huthi-controlled presidential palace, and protests by thousands of people on the streets of Yemeni cities, witnesses said.

Gunmen loyal to the Shiite militia fired into the air to disperse demonstrators in Sanaa and detained 17 of them in a second successive day of anti-Huthi protests.

A US official at a security conference in Munich said Washington and its GCC allies "don't agree" with the Huthis' transition plans.

And UN Security Council president Liu Jieyi said its 15 members were ready to "take further steps" if UN-brokered negotiations to resolve Yemen's political crisis were not resumed "immediately".

Turkey's foreign ministry was also critical, urging the Huthis "to act with common sense, restraint and responsibility at this critical stage in upholding the salvation of the country".

On the home front in the mainly Sunni country, influential tribal leaders in the oil-rich eastern province of Marib said they "rejected the authors of this coup".

The Sunni Islamist party Al-Islah, a major player in Yemeni politics, rejected the "unilateral" Huthi initiative and called for it to be scrapped in favour of a return to political dialogue.

Even the General People's Congress of ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has become an ally of the Shiites, said the moves were unconstitutional and called for dialogue.

Yemeni soldiers and Huthi militiamen stand
 guard at the entrance of the presidential
palace following a blast in Sanaa on
February 7, 2015 (AFP Photo/
Mohammed Huwais)
On Friday, the Huthis said they would set up a national council of 551 members to replace parliament in the violence-wracked country, a key US ally in the fight against Al-Qaeda.

The five-member "presidential council" would form a transitional government to run Yemen for two years, they announced.

The declaration came after a Wednesday deadline set by the militia for political parties to resolve Yemen's crisis passed with no agreement, and also called for the formation of a "revolutionary council".

UN envoy Jamal Benomar, who has been striving to seek a negotiated solution, was back in Sanaa on Saturday and expected to meet members of the council and political leaders, the Huthi-controlled state new agency Saba reported.

Friday's declaration by the Huthis described Mohammad Ali al-Huthi as "president of the revolutionary council".

Yemen, which is also fighting an Al-Qaeda insurgency, has been riven by instability since the Arab Spring-inspired uprising that forced autocratic president Saleh from power in 2012.

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