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, December 22, 2010

A Way to Truly Make Our Mothers Proud

Jakarta Globe, December 21, 2010

On national Mothers Day let us pause and reflect on how important mothers are to society and nation building. Often overlooked and underappreciated, mothers are central to grooming the country’s future leaders.

A row of men take part in a mass clothes-washing event
in Solo, Central Java, on Tuesday in celebration of Mother’s
Day today. The event to honor mothers merits a takeover of
women’s daily jobs such as washing and cooking. 
JG Photo/Ali Lutfi
But across the nation, women are being discriminated against. In many provinces, bylaws limit their rights to free expression and to gainful employment. Such legislation restricts the development of the nation by preventing women from fulfilling their full potential.

In many cases, mothers can be economically productive by working part-time or from home. But too often, women are paid much less than men in similar jobs.

According to the National Commission for Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan), 35 gender-discriminatory bylaws came into force this year, making a total of 189 such laws.

Yuniyanti Chuzaifah, the organization’s chairwoman, said women were being cut out of national life and policy making.

“In the name of morality, women’s rights are being sidelined in a country that is ostensibly governed by a spirit of democracy and humanism,” she said. “This figure is concrete proof of the fact that the Constitution has pushed women to the periphery of society.”

This must stop if Indonesia is to realize its potential. Working mothers must be given full support by employers and the state so that they can be economically productive while caring for their children. A mother’s role in nurturing her children is critical, especially in the formative years when they are fully dependent on the parents.

Discriminatory bylaws against women must be repealed before they entrench intolerance, which can lead to social disintegration. There must be greater tolerance and empowerment of women.

Although these bylaws are passed by regional administrations, the central government must ensure that discrimination against women and minority groups is banned. The Constitution clearly outlaws discrimination of any kind. Yet little is done about bylaws that prevent women from playing a larger role in society.

We need more people to speak up against such laws and make it clear that discrimination in any form has no place in Indonesian society. By keeping silent, we are all party to such discrimination.

If we want Indonesia to develop, we must change our attitudes toward women. We must empower them to work and start businesses, especially women who struggle to raise families and make ends meet.

The Constitution protects all Indonesian citizens regardless of gender and ethnic background. As noted by Yuniyanti, legal certainty, equality and democracy are at stake if we continue to allow discriminatory bylaws to stand.

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