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. …

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Royal batik gets new touch in Bogor

Theresia Sufa, The Jakarta Post, Bogor | Fri, 01/08/2010 12:11 PM

Dip it deep: A craftsman at the workshop soaks the Bogor Batik into a bucket of dye several times before getting the desired hue.

Batik, with its beautiful colors, motifs and intricate making process, is a symbol of national identity, also reflecting the country’s philosophy and sacred values.

People, however, tend to only be familiar with batik originating from Central and East Java, whereas it can be found much closer to Jakarta in places like Bogor, West Java.

Since 2004, the Bogor administration, together with local batik artisans, has been experimenting with motifs originating from the Sundanese kingdom of Pakuan Pajajaran. Then in January 2008, Bogor started producing its own batik, using kujang kijang motif.

Fauziah Diani Budiarto, the head of the Bogor chapter of the National Handicraft Council, said Pakuan Pajajaran batik had been known since the reign of Rakean Darmasiksa, who ruled the Sundanese kingdom from 1175 to 1297.

An ancient manuscript, Siksa Kanda Ng Karesian, which was translated by Sundanese writer Saleh Danasasmita (1984), says there were many kinds of batik motifs under Rakean Darmasiksa’s rule.

“Unfortunately, those batik motifs disappeared along with the fall of the Pakuan Pajajaran Kingdom [in 1579],” said Fauziah, the wife of Bogor Mayor Diani Budiarto.

A few artists revived those patterns over the years, such as R. Alam Wiranatakusumah who reproduced some of those lost patterns in his drawings and paintings in the 1960s and Tien Rostini Asikin, the “mother of the Sundanese culture”, who made batik cloths with five motifs from the Pakuan Pajajaran Kingdom in the 1980s.

Localizing batik: Winarsih, one of the craftswomen at Batik Tradisiku workshop, draws the localized pattern of Bogor batik.

Banyak ngantrang was the name given to the first batik motif that 15th century King Baduga Maharaja, popularly known as Prabu Siliwangi, introduced in the sinjang dodot traditional costume he wore at his coronation ceremony.

Banyak ngantrang, a batik only worn by kings, is predominantly purple with motifs of manuk

julang birds and three kinds of flowers — wijaya kusuma, loa, and kacapiring.

The golden brownish manuk julang bird can only be found in West Java’s Ujung Kulon and Sancang

forest, while the pink, red and white wijaya kusuma represents the flower of a queen. The kacapiring plant was used to decorate the Pajajaran palace.

Batik from Bogor is unique, just like batik from other places, as it is inspired by history, local culture and social or economic life.

Rukoyah Siswaya, the owner of Batik Tradisiku, launched the kujang kijang batik in 2008, featuring Bogor’s two icons — the local traditional weapon (kujang) and deer (kijang) horns.

Bogor Mayor Diani Budiarto announced he would soon ask all students and employees in Bogor to wear Bogor batik.

However, awareness of the local batik remains low.

“I didn’t know Bogor had its own batik,” said Martina May Liga, a kindergarten teacher in Bogor. This didn’t stop her from thinking the local administration’s idea to promote the batik was a great one.

“I am thankful we can still wear batik, which is part of our heritage. It would be good if all parts of Indonesia had their own batik as a way to preserve the culture of our ancestors,” she said.

— Photos by Theresia Sufa

Related Article:

Rukoyah Siswaya: In love with batik

No comments: