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. …

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Young Indonesians fight intolerance in Kupang

Deutsche Welle, 30 July 2012

Communal tension in the Indonesian city of Kupang is reminiscent of the religious conflict that gripped the country in the late 90's. But what is different this time is that the young people are speaking out against it.

Charlie, whose real name is Carolus Loli, is one of the founders of the Peacemaker Community of Kupang (KOMPAK). KOMPAK is a civil society group whose objective is to promote solidarity and peace in Kupang, the provincial capital of the East Nusa Tenggara province in southeast Indonesia.

Founded in February 2011, KOMPAK is still in its infancy. "The group has grown fast," Charlie told DW. "Today, we have 10 members, tomorrow there will be 12. KOMPAK grows by word of mouth." 

Former President Suharto's last
years in power were tumultuous
The youth group started off with 16 people - four from each of the four major religions practiced in Kupang - Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam and Hinduism. Charlie said their objective was to promote human rights and peace. KOMPAK, he insisted, was open to everyone, irrespective of their religious affiliations.

Not again

Like most Indonesian cities with a majority Christian population, Kupang too suffered a great deal in widespread communal riots in the 1990s during the last years of Suharto's rule. The devastation caused by the riots still haunts the people of Kupang. And they don't want to experience it again.

Kupang is predominantly Protestant, but most of the region has a Catholic majority. There are several mosques and Hindu temples in the city as well.

Pastor Helmy Sailana, another founding member of KOMPAK, told DW that he had visited several mosques, churches and temples, and everyone, he said, wanted peace in Kupang.

Right to worship

One of the main triggers of the new protests was related to the construction of mosques in the city. Such permits for the construction of mosques are difficult to get in Kupang - something radical Muslim groups have been protesting. 

Most Indonesians are against
communal violence
To resolve the conflict, KOMPAK offers its services to help Muslim communities get mosque permits.

"Every community has the right to worship," said Sailana, who believed the conflict in the late 1990s was also caused by similar provocations.

Countrywide peace building

KOMPAK is attracting many students. The group regularly organizes inter-religious seminars and workshops in schools and universities where it discusses ideas for peace building in Kupang and the rest of Indonesia. Last year, KOMPAK joined a network of Indonesian peace groups and began to work closely with them to promote nationwide tolerance.

Author: Edith Koesoemawiria
Editor: Shamil Shams

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