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. …

Monday, May 24, 2010

Indonesian Tourism Chiefs Claim Bali Has Benefited From Thai Unrest

Jakarta Globe, Made Arya Kencana, May 24, 2010

A surf instructor talks to a woman tourist on Kuta beach on Bali. Tourism officials say the recent turmoil in Thailand has directed more business to the resort island. (AFP Photo)

The long-running political crisis in Thailand appears to have had a positive spin-off for Bali’s tourism industry, with more foreign tourists than usual visiting the island, the head of the Bali Tourism Office said on Sunday.

Ida Bagus Subhiksu said the number of foreign tourists visiting the island in the first quarter of the year had reached 551,186, up 18.49 percent compared to the same period last year.

“This is amazing because usually it does not go up this drastically,” he said.

Bali’s image as a secure holiday destination has still not fully recovered following the two terrorist bomb attacks on the island in 2002 and 2005, but tourist arrivals are on the upswing, Subhiksu said.

“Bali has risen again. Even Australians, who accounted for the most casualties [in the bombings], now account for the largest number of visitors to Bali, besides Chinese and Japanese,” he said.

Bali Tourism Board chairman Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya said the diversion of foreign tourists from Thailand to Bali had become noticeable early this year, with Australians making up the bulk of tourists opting for the Indonesian island instead of Thailand, followed by tourists from several European countries, particularly France and the Netherlands.

International tourist arrivals at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport increased steadily over the first three months of the year — from 199,887 arrivals in January to 213,456 in February and 217,253 in March.

“This is, of course, good news for Bali tourism,” said Muhammad Dimyati, a spokesman for PT Angkasa Pura, the operator of Ngurah Rai Airport.

The increase has also been good news for hotels, especially those in the main tourist areas of Kuta and Sanur.

“The [occupancy] rate at the moment is 91 percent. This is just amazing,” said Made Sumawati, public relations manager for Inna Kuta Beach Hotel, adding that last year the hotel only had a 68 percent occupancy rate.

He said most of the tourists were from Australia and were staying up to a week on the island on average.

Dimyati said with Bali’s popularity on the rebound, a number of foreign airlines were planning to start flying to the island in the near future.

“In June, Strategic Airlines will be ready to open a route to Bali, followed by Vietnam Airlines next year,” he said.

The worst political violence in Thailand in at least 18 years has been deterring travel to the country. At least 43 countries have warned their citizens against visiting parts of Thailand during the standoff in Bangkok that began in March.

Workers at Thailand’s Phuket resort area say the fighting may have been more damaging to tourism than the 2004 tsunami that wrecked its coastline. Tourism accounts for 70 percent of Phuket’s economy.

Additional reporting by Bloomberg

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