“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, May 7, 2015

AU warns Burundi amid renewed clashes, one dead

Police have opened fire on protesters in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, leaving at least one dead and several others injured. The renewed clashes come a day after the president announced he would not seek a fourth term.

Deutsche Welle, 7 May 2015

"The report we got this morning was that, so far, we have got nine people wounded and one person killed," Burundi Red Cross spokesman Alexis Manirakiza told Reuters news agency. He described the victims as civilians.

President Nkurunziza was elected by
 parliament in 2005 and ran uncontested
in 2010
Military personnel fired warning shots into the air to disperse protesters, who were seen chasing down members of the ruling party's Imbonerakure militia. One pro-government militia member narrowly escaped the crowd before the military intervened, AFP news agency reported.

The clashes came a day after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced that he would not runfor a fourth term if re-elected in June.

Violent protests were triggered in April when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would be running for a third term in office. Burundian authorities shut down independent radio stations and denied access to social media platforms in an alleged bid to quell violence.

Two-term limit?

Critics lambasted the president's decision to run despite the country's constitution limiting the presidency to two terms.

Nkurunziza's supporters say that running for a third term is in line with the constitution since he was elected by lawmakers and not the people in 2005.

However, Burundi's former president, Domitien Ndayizeye, disagreed with Nkurunziza's supporters. He told DW that the two-term limit was set during the Arusha peace deal, which served as a reference point for the country's constitution. The Arusha accords were instrumental in ending civil conflict which lasted more than ten years.

AU warning

The African Union (AU) issued Burundi a warning that its environment is not conducive to elections scheduled for June.

"You can't be going into a country meeting refugees leaving, and saying 'we are going to observe the elections,'" Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, told Chinese broadcaster CCTV.

"As things stand I don't even see how elections can take place under these conditions."
More than 30,000 Burundians have fled the country to nearby Rwanda and in fear of political violence. At least eight people have been killed since the protests began in April.

ls/kms (AFP, AP, dpa, Reuters)

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