Indonesia executes six drug convicts, five of them foreigners

Indonesia executes six drug convicts, five of them foreigners
Widodo has pledged to bring reform to Indonesia

Ban appeals to Indonesia to stop death row executions

Ban appeals to Indonesia to stop death row executions
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

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

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

US Death Penalty (Justice Systems / Human Rights)
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, January 7, 2010

Indonesia Tourist Arrivals Rose in 2009 but Spending Declined

Jakarta Globe, Yessar Rosendar

Foreign tourists catch some rays at Bali's Kuta Beach. (Photo: J.P. Christo, JG)

More foreign tourists visited Indonesia last year than in 2008, but they spent less, resulting in a sharp decline in total tourism revenue, the government reported on Monday.

A total of 6.45 million foreign nationals visited the country in 2009, an increase of 0.8 percent from 2008, according to preliminary data from the Coordinating Ministry for the Economy. However, total spending dropped 15 percent to $995.9 million, while the average length of stay fell to 7.69 days from 8.58 days, the ministry said.

The government is forecasting foreign tourist arrivals to increase by 4.7 percent to 6.75 million this year.

“We expect the tourism sector to contribute 4.8 percent of the gross domestic product,” Coordinating Minister for the Economy Hatta Rajasa said.

The government has announced a number of measures to boost tourism, including the creation of community-based programs to improve the quality of travel destinations, the certification of tourism-related employees and increased government lending for tourism projects.

In 2009, tourism was hit by the global economic slowdown as well as the July bombings of two luxury hotels in Jakarta.

David Brett, Asia Pacific president of travel technology company Amadeus IT Group, predicted tourist numbers would quickly bounce back to the peak levels seen in 2007. Foreign tourists had gained a better understanding of Indonesia, and were less concerned about security issues than in the past, he said.

“Now they are not as scared when they watch TV as they used to be,” Brett said. “The Asia-Pacific region has shown itself to be resilient during the crisis. Tourism will drop when there is a problem but it will bounce back quickly.”

Brett said Indonesia will join Australia, Malaysia and India as the fastest-growing tourism destinations in the region.

However, Indonesia still lags far behind its smaller neighbors in terms of tourist numbers. Malaysia welcomed 15.38 million foreign tourists during the first eight months of 2009 alone, while Singapore saw 4.51 million tourist arrivals in the first half the year.

Purbaya Yudhi Sadewa, an economist from state-owned PT Danareksa Sekuritas, said the government’s target of 6.75 million tourist arrivals this year was realistic, given that efforts to boost the sector offered plenty of room for improvement.

“Visit Indonesia is a good program but it lacks proper implementation,” Purbaya said.

Lacking a more effective long-term strategy, the country’s tourism sector would likely only grow in line with the global economy, he said.

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