Indonesia executes six drug convicts, five of them foreigners

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has pleaded to Indonesia to stop the execution of prisoners on death row for drug crimes. AFP PHOTO

Pope: 'Death penalty represents failure' – no 'humane' way to kill a person

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The pope wrote that the principle of legitimate personal defense isn’t adequate justification to execute someone. Photograph: Zuma/Rex

Obama becomes first president to visit US prison (US Justice Systems / Human Rights)

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US President Barack Obama speaks as he tours the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Oklahoma, July 16, 2015 (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

US Death Penalty (Justice Systems / Human Rights)

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Woman who spent 23 years on US death row cleared (Photo: dpa)


"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Contemporary visual arts in Indonesia: Highlights of 2009

The Jakarta Post, Carla Bianpoen, Contributor, Jakarta | Thu, 12/24/2009 10:29 AM | Arts & Design

Let me come out, by Ay Yoe Christine. JP/Carla Bianpoen

An increased focus on quality, new creativity, artists successfully breaking into the international arena, as well as an extreme sense of vibrancy in the arts landscape were the distinguishing elements of Indonesian contemporary art in 2009.

The financial crisis that hit the world at the end of 2008 was initially a blow to the arts scene, but turned out to be a blessing in disguise. All parties in the Indonesian contemporary art scene — artists, galleries, collectors, auction houses and serious art lovers — were intent on keeping the art world standing tall by working harder and focusing on quality instead of quantity.

A craze of creative activity was tangible with exhibitions abounding — sometimes as many as three running simultaneously.

Islamic contemporary art: Self Portrait, 2009, by Asmudjo Jono Irianto. Asmudjo, with his self-portrait, criticizes the tendency to view Arabic script or calligraphy as holy script. The script across his portrait in fact says: “Tidak handmade, uang kembali and ini gua banget” meaning “money back if this is not handmade” and “this is typical me”. JP/Carla Bianpoen

Bandung artists emerged on the scene, culminating in the Bandung Art Now exhibition at the National Gallery in Jakarta.

Photographers also took on a more artistic direction with Oscar Motuloh still pondering life and death.

Mini art-fairs exploded across Jakarta, exploring the feasibility of the city hosting an international art fair.

C-Arts magazine ran an art show, which turned out to be a mini art-fair held in cooperation with the Indonesian Galleries Association in Grand Indonesia mall.

Shortly after, Harper’s Bazaar Indonesia organized an even larger fair at Pacific Place. It was during this exhibition that BMW Indonesia launched its first auction of miniature BMW cars decorated by some of Indonesia’s best artists including Agus Suwage and Ugo Untoro, as well as fresh new talents like Nus Salomo, Radi Arwinda and Rangga Oka Dimitri.

An interesting attraction at the Pacific Place art event was Lawang Wangi Gallery’s exhibition, which signaled a revival of exploratory efforts to define Islamic contemporary art and its development in Indonesia.

The gallery — which has not opened yet — operates under the auspices of ArtSociates, headed by the energetic Andonowati.

In tandem with artists’ creative urges, new art spaces burst to life, d’Peak in South Jakarta with hundreds of participating artists at its opening and Umah Seni in Menteng, while Canna Gallery was transformed from its quaint ruko-style layout to a modern four-storey building of contemporary art.

New creativity was seen from both senior and up-and-coming artists. Veteran artist Teguh Ostenrik, for instance, crafted contemporary art from scrap metal, while famous choreographer and dancer Sardono W. Kusumo employed his talents to make paintings by dancing on large paint-covered canvases.

BMW miniature: This miniature BMW car was decorated by Agus Suwage and obtained the highest price at the auction of BMW miniature cars held as part of the art event at Pacific Place Mall this year. JP/Carla Bianpoen

On the other hand, young upcoming artists drew on imaginations befitting the present. Among these was Bestrizal Besta, whose exhibition revealed the hype of consumerism in the beating heart of human excess, the mall.

Meanwhile Dutch born, Yogya resident of 25 years Mella Jaarsma, had a solo exhibition of her amazing works at the National Gallery Jakarta and at Selasar Sunaryo in Bandung; Edwin’s Gallery celebrated its 25th jubilee with three consecutive exhibitions including unknown artists — some of whom may strike a chord in a later stage.

Creative energy also spurred first-time biennales to emerge, such as the first Biennale of Ceramic Art in Jakarta.

In Bali, the first Bali Biennale of Traditional Art encouraged a revival of traditional art.

Meanwhile, the Jogja Biennale opened to its 10th edition with jamming added to its main theme of Art Archive Movement, exploring Yogyakarta’s history of art development in the past 20 years.

Not only locally, but also internationally, Indonesian contemporary artists made their mark. Ay Tjoe Christine, who had a solo exhibition at Singapore Tyle Print Institute, obtained a prize in the Futures Project at the Hong Kong Art Fair, with an inventive mixed media work; Gede Mahendra Yasa was awarded the Most Innovative Young artist’s Award at Beijing’s CIGE art fair in the Mapping Asia division — with his painting Step 1 of Woman I; Suroso Isur was awarded the Asia Prize for his work Therapy of Silence No. 7 at the Beppu (Japan) Biennale of Contemporary Art, Hansen Thiam Sun received an Excellence Prize for his work Chill, while an Encouragement prize went to Teguh Wiyatno for his work War of Opinion.

This year also witnessed Indonesian contemporary artists participating in European biennales; Entang Wiharso, Haris Purnomo, I Gede Mahendra Yasa and I Wayang Suja featured at the 4th Prague biennale while Eko Nugroho and Agustinus Kuswidananto, better known as Jompet were among the prominent artists selected for the 10th Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art.

There is no doubt that positive developments in the contemporary art will continue in the new year, and the blurring of lines between craft and art or interior design and art as signaled in ArTention — an exhibition bringing together interior designers and contemporary artists at the Grand Kemang Hotel, Jakarta, will eventually lead to the emergence of unique patterns in art.

Let’s hope that the high expectations of today will bear fruit in the year to come.

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