“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.

Monday, March 9, 2015

From sand dunes to ski slopes Moroccan style

Yahoo – AFP, Hicham Rafih, 9 March 2015

People are seen walking on a slope at the Oukaimeden ski resort in
Morocco's Atlas Mountains (AFP Photo/Fadel Senna)

Oukaimeden (Morocco) (AFP) - On a clear day, skiers can see the dunes of the Sahara desert shimmer in the distance from the Moroccan ski resort of Oukaimeden, the highest in North Africa.

The view is impressive, even on a cloudy day, but ski instructors say a lack of infrastructure and hotels stands in the way of growth.

The resort is located in the High Atlas Mountains, a mere 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the popular tourist destination of Marrakesh with its luxury hotels and pools.

A woman wearing a niqab
descends slope on a sledge, 
at Morocco's Oukaimeden ski
resort in the Atlas Mountains
 (AFP Photo/Fadel Senna)
Oukaimeden in southern Morocco is perched at an altitude of 3,600 metres (about 11,800 feet).

Joumayna, a visitor from Britain who took the only chairlift to climb 1,000 metres to the summit, said: "We are at the top, so close to the clouds. It's magnificent."

Six T-bar tows and 18 pistes were covered by a heavy carpet of snow this year for the first time in nearly two decades.

View galleryA woman wearing a niqab descends a slope on a sledge, …
A woman wearing a niqab descends a slope on a sledge, at Morocco's Oukaimeden ski resort in the  …
Local officials say a record number of visitors -- some 30,000 a day -- visited Oukaimeden during the first weekends of the winter season.

"But that is not enough. Much more needs to be done to build the infrastructure so that we can compete with Europe," said Mohamed Bennani, a ski instructor with the Royal Moroccan Ski Federation.

Bennani said the shortage of hotels and chalets resulted in most visitors coming from Marrakesh only to spend the day.

"It's like when people go to the beach for the day," he said.

Oukaimeden has only three small hotels, including one with 15 rooms run by a French family, and a handful of chalets.

Bouzekri Attifi, who runs a private school in Marrakesh, agrees Oukaimeden does not have enough beds for visitors.

He had taken 50 schoolchildren on a day trip to the resort, leaving Marrakesh at dawn.

"I had to urge the ski federation to provide us with a place where the children can have some breakfast before hitting the slopes," he said.

Oukaimeden ski resort in Morocco, at an altitude of 3,600 metres, is
the highest in North Africa (AFP Photo/Fadel Senna)

Paragliding to beat heat

Driving to Oukaimeden is a challenge, along a narrow road that winds its way up.

"The road's too small and it can be closed for four to five days when there's heavy snowfall," said ski instructor Hazzan Azougagh.

A weekend escape can turn into a nightmare when up to 5,000 cars head the same way.

Authorities in El Haouz province, where the resort is located, have built several open-air car parks and set up a bus station to help ease traffic.

Work is also underway to open a second road.

Locals make a modest but brisk business from November to March when, snow permitting, skiers spend money for lessons or to hire ski gear.

Oukaimeden (pictured) is one
of two ski resorts in Morocco,
along with Ifrane, a smaller, 
picturesque resort of the
Middle Atlas near the northern
city of Fez (AFP Photo/
Fadel Senna)
Off-season, local entrepreneurs offer trekkers the chance to climb up to Mount Tubkal, one of the highest peaks of the Atlas range reaching an altitude of 4,000 metres.

Paragliding is also being promoted, especially when temperatures in the Marrakesh plain below soar to 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit).

"Everyone comes here. The French, the British ... really, everyone, including many Moroccans," said Brahim Chah, who also gives skiing lessons.

Dubai's Emaar group announced plans more than eight years ago to invest $1.4 billion in developing the resort together with 11 hotels and the world's highest altitude 18-hole golf course, but the project remains on standby.

Oukaimeden is one of two ski resorts in Morocco, along with Ifrane, a smaller, picturesque resort of the Middle Atlas near the northern city of Fez.

Tourism earnings are a backbone of Morocco's economy and the kingdom hopes to double the number of visitors from 10 million to 20 million by 2020.

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