Indonesia executes six drug convicts, five of them foreigners

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Widodo has pledged to bring reform to Indonesia

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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)

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)

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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, August 5, 2010

Sunrise in Sanur

Wayan Juniartha, The Jakarta Post, Sanur | Thu, 08/05/2010 9:27 AM | Feature

Sunrise has always been associated with beauty. As the new light embraces the earth, people see the end of darkness and the beginning of new hope.

Morning Sunshine. Courtesy I Made Adi Dharmawan
Naturally, sunrise has also become a perennial source of inspiration for those who seek to narrate beauty — including poets, painters, photographers — as well as people seeking to be part of the beauty itself — meditators and spiritualists.

An ongoing exhibit “Sunrise in Sanur” is the most recent evidence of photographers’ affixation with the beauty of sunrise. Held at the Griya Santrian Gallery, the exhibit features the works of 31 local photographers, and runs until Aug. 15.

“The displayed works provide the audience with diverse visual interpretations of sunrise and on Sanur,” Denpasar Photographers Club chairman Iwan Darmawan said.

Iwan, a former Bali Post chief photojournalist-turned promising novelist, is the brains behind the
exhibition. The concept for the exhibit, he said, was triggered by a simple event.

“I browsed the Net and was surprised to see a large number of photographs on Sanur and sunrise posted on various sites and blogs. And the number kept growing,” he said.

This observation drove Iwan to organize an exhibit focused on that theme. He presented his idea to I.B. Gde Sidharta Putra, the owner of Griya Santrian Gallery and an influential community figure in Sanur.

Sidharta praised the idea and readily came up with the money to fund the selection process and the exhibit.

Sunrise At Sanur. Courtesy Iwan Latief
Iwan set up a Facebook account “Sunrise in Sanur through which he invited members of the Denpasar Photographers Club and other photographers to submit selected images on sunrise in Sanur.

The response he received was tremendous. By the end of the submission period, 596 photographs had been uploaded to the account by no less than 286 photographers.

“Selecting 31 works from the 596 images was a headache for me. But I relied on the images’ ability to not only present beauty but also present diverse facets of Sanur,” Iwan said.

The end result is a display of stunning images, and some of them do present surprising stories. For instance, an image about the city’s lowly officers tasked with cleaning up the beach. They do their chore early at dawn so as not to disturb visitors or tourists who would flock the beach to watch sunrise.

“We often forget about their existence. We come to the beach, a clean one, and watch sunrise and often we don’t even notice that the beach is clean, let alone contemplate on the existence of these workers who clean the beach on daily basis,” Iwan said.

To some extent, the exhibit is an effort to provide sunrise with meanings and contexts, different visual narratives on the different meanings of sunrise and Sanur to the photographers behind the camera as well as the people who were in front of their lenses.

Training In The Morning. Courtesy Nyoman Widiyana
The displayed images also underline technical experimentations pursued by the local photographers.

Some used HDR (High Dynamic Range) techniques to render their images dramatic colors and haunting contrasts, while others played with fish eye lenses to give birth to images with extreme perspectives.

Young photographer Krisna Wirajaya employed a classical technique of multiple exposures to capture a series of movements in a single frame in Morning Rhythm.

As it happens, “Sunrise in Sanur” also has a non-photographic agenda.

“Through the images displayed here and in the Facebook account, we would like to send a message to potential travelers and photographers abroad, that Sanur is a good place to visit, a good place with many outstanding spots to take photographs,” Iwan Darmawan said.

Once a small fishing village ruled by influential Brahmin families, tourism has transformed Sanur into a modern, upscale resort village with luxurious eateries, avant-garde galleries and exotic boutique hotels.

Yet, the influential Brahmin families are still there, guiding the modern community with age-old wisdoms.

Each morning, the Brahmin priests commence their day by conducting Surya Sewana, the devotion to the sun. They will utter a sacred mantra wishing for the well-being of all creatures, Hindus and non-Hindus alike, as well as for the happiness of the whole universe.

The sun is considered the perfect symbol of this universality of good hope since it provides warmth and light to everybody and everything on this Earth.

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