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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

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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. …

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

RI wins US praise for religious tolerance

Lilian Budianto, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Tue, 01/26/2010 9:54 AM

Indonesia’s religious tolerance has won praise from the US government and civil society groups despite concerns that the country may tilt toward more radical Islamic ideas, with several regions enacting sharia-based bylaws and hardliners reportedly trying to stifle pluralism.

Indonesia and the US kicked off a three-day interfaith dialogue Monday in Jakarta to deepen bilateral cooperation and cultural relations.

The 20-member US delegation is led by Pradeep Ramamurthy, senior director for global engagement of the White House National Security Council.

The Indonesian delegation comprises 30 people from religious organizations, including Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah, and is headed by Andri Hadi, the Foreign Ministry’s director general for information and public diplomacy.

A member of the US delegation, William F. Vendley, who is the secretary-general of Religions for Peace, said the American perception of Indonesia was positive, with people increasingly aware Indonesia was the country with the largest Muslim population in the world.

“The US government is enormously impressed with both the Indonesian government’s and the people’s commitment to pluralism. Although the majority of the population is Muslim, they welcome diversity... They see Indonesia as a model for a religiously diverse society functioning in a harmonious and peaceful fashion.”

Vendley said the American community did not see the enactment of sharia-based bylaws and hardliners’ recent moves to ban Muslim pluralist activities as a looming threat to diverse religious life as “there is deep confidence that there is a profound [national] commitment to Pancasila”, the country’s ideology that defends freedom of religion.

“Educated Americans are alert to the shape of Islam globally actually look to Indonesia as a bridging country... well-positioned to understand pluralism, which is very characteristic of the US, and at the same time a country that is uniquely positioned to function as a faithful interlocutor and partner with other countries that have less pluralism,” he said.

Under the regional autonomy system, several local administrations in Indonesia have enacted sharia-based bylaws that require Muslim women to wear a hijab or put them under restrictions at night in relation to outdoor activities. Moderates have also been alarmed by hardliner groups attempting to impose harsh restrictions on the way women may dress and perform on television broadcast shows, especially under the pornography law, as well as recent attacks on minority places of worship.

“We haven’t focused so much on these issues and what we want to emphasize is that Indonesia is diverse and embraces diversity...” said Darcy Zotter, deputy political counselor of the US Embassy in Jakarta.

Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said the idea of the interfaith dialogue was floated by then foreign minister Hassan Wirajuda during a visit to the US to meet US Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton last June.

“Today, we convene to... implement the commitment to strengthen the voice of moderation and foster dialogue for cooperation as one way to address today’s critical challenge,” Marty said.

The interfaith dialogue is part of US-Indonesia cooperation covering a range of areas from education to counter terrorism to sanitation that have been established in the context of a comprehensive bilateral partnership.

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