“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, April 9, 2015

Anger in Somali capital at Kenya cash transfer freezes

Yahoo – AFP, 9 April 2015

With no formal banking system in the impoverished country, diaspora Somalis
 use money transfer services to send cash back home to support their families,
 sending some $1.3 billion (1.1 billion euros) each year, dwarfing foreign aid
 (AFP Photo/Mohamed Abdiwahab)

Mogadishu (AFP) - Residents of Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Thursday condemned as "collective punishment" Kenya's shutting down of money transfer services to the country over suspected links to the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab.

Kenya on Wednesday froze key transfer companies vital for impoverished Somalia, as part of a crackdown on alleged Shebab supporters following the university massacre of almost 150 people by the Islamists last week.

"It is a bad decision that collectively punishes the Somali people," said Abdisalim Mohamed, a resident in Mogadishu.

Kenyan soldiers question people at
 the front entrance of Moi University in
 Garissa on April 3, 2015 (AFP Photo/
Carl De Souza)
"It is already affecting me directly, because I cannot get money and help from my daughter, who has a business in Kenya."

With no formal banking system in the impoverished country, diaspora Somalis use money transfer services to send cash back home to support their families, sending some $1.3 billion (1.1 billion euros) each year, dwarfing foreign aid.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday warned Shebab fighters his government would respond to the killing of 148 people at the university in Garissa in the "severest way" possible, with warplanes on Monday attacking Islamist bases in southern Somalia.

But Kenyatta also warned that the masterminds behind last Thursday's attack were inside Kenya, not Somalia.

Somalis, like Kenyans, are struggling to combat the Shebab -- and now they say Nairobi's decision is harming them.

"It is sad that the same people who are victims of Al-Shebab here, are also being punished because of Shebab," said Samira Hussein, a mother of five who works in Somalia, but whose husband and children are in Kenya.

Kenya's police on Wednesday issued a list of 85 people and businesses with suspected links to the Shebab, with the top name alleged Islamist commander Mohamed Mohamud, a Kenyan said to be the mastermind behind the university massacre in Garissa.

But the list also included money transfer companies, including Dahabshiil, one of the most important transfer companies across the wider Horn of Africa region.

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud this week said "remittances are a critical lifeline to millions in poverty."

'Devastating consequences'

The Shebab fled their power base in Somalia's capital Mogadishu in 2011, and continue to battle the AU force, AMISOM, sent to drive them out that includes troops from Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

The group has warned of further revenge attacks in neighbouring countries, notably Kenya and Uganda, in response to their participation in the AU force.

"It would better for Somalis that Kenya pulls its troops out of Somalia than stop remittances," said Mogadishu resident Ahmed Moalim Dahir.

The restrictions are also hampering business transactions.

Abdullahi Ahmed, who works for an international aid agency in Mogadishu, said that if Kenya maintains the ban -- currently blocking him from receiving his salary from Nairobi -- organisations and businesses would be forced to shift operations elsewhere.

"It will hit Kenya economically, because organisations will move to another country, like Djibouti," Ahmed said.

Banks in the United States and Europe have previously also moved to shut the transfer services, with aid agencies warning of "devastating consequences" from those measures.

A hard-line Islamist fighter stands guard as hundreds of residents watch
 amputation punishment carried out publicly by the Shebab group on
September 9, 2009 (AFP Photo/Mustafa Abdi)

"Hundreds of people are showing up here to get money from relatives, but after the Kenyan decision, people have to look for alternatives," said Mohamed Jamal, working in a Dahabshiil office in Mogadishu.

Somalia has been unstable since the collapse of Siad Barre's hardline regime in 1991, with the country's internationally-backed government, along with African Union forces, currently battling the Shebab.

Stopping remittances "would only compound the misery of a population cowed by terrorism," President Mohamud added.

But it is not only in Mogadishu the impact is already being felt.

In the Kenyan capital Nairobi, those in the largely ethnic Somali district of Eastleigh said the move had sparked frustration, with people arguing that those wanting to send cash to support the Shebab would still find easy ways to do so illegally.

"Closing the remittance companies was a bad idea - and it has nothing to do with security measures," businessman Mohamed Khalil said. "What the government should do is focus on intelligence based information."

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