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. …

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Support for the British fatwa against IS

Leading British Muslims have published a fatwa against the group that calls itself the 'Islamic State'.' The imams are hoping to change the minds of some of the militant group's supporters.

Deutsche Welle, 4 Sep 2014

A group of British imams couldn't have been more unequivocal in their condemnation of the group that calls itself the "Islamic State" (IS).

"IS is a heretical, extremist [organization] and it is religiously prohibited (haram) to support or join it; furthermore, it is an obligation on British Muslims to actively oppose its poisonous ideology, especially when this is promoted within Britain," the group wrote in its fatwa that was published in the Sunday Times.

The decree was drafted by Sheikh Usama Hasan, a former east London imam and now head of the Quilliam Foundation, a think-tank that focuses on challenging religious extremism. It has also been endorsed by the head imams of Leicester and Manchester Central Mosques.

"By murdering prisoners of war, journalists and civilians, including mosque imams who refused to endorse their campaign, and by enslaving the women and children of their opponents, [IS] has violated international agreements such as the Geneva Conventions and conventions on slavery that everyone, including Muslims, have signed up to," the fatwa reads.


The fatwa could have various implications, according to Stephan Rosiny, a research fellow at Hamburg's GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies. The fighters and supporters of IS, for one, will most certainly disregard it: "According to these people, anyone who doesn't recognize their caliphate is blasphemous, and, as such, they will reject the authority of the imams who drafted this fatwa."

Other Muslims, however, who support the political message at the heart of IS, could be more amenable to the decree. Any theological discussion it prompts could undermine the credibility of IS, Rosiny told DW.

"From an ideological perspective, the 'Islamic State' could only be demythologized by the Sunni community, by Sunni religious authorities," he said. "In religious terms, the only way to do this would be to scrutinize the criteria for the caliphate, and the religious justification for the violence perpetrated in Iraq and Syria."

Religiously inspired ideology

Usama Hasan, who authored the fatwa, is convinced it will be effective in changing the minds of those Muslims who abide by traditional Sunni authority. However, there are people fighting for IS who have far different objectives, the imam told DW, and these are chiefly concerned with power.

"These people see a great advantage of combining forces with religiously motivated fighters, people who truly believe in the religion," he said. "When this happens, politics joins forces with religion, and the fight becomes one dictated by the struggle for power."

Hasan said he the role of religion in IS as subordinated, or rather utilized as a guise to achieve far different goals: "We are talking about an ideology that is merely inspired by religion. This could be called a very extreme version of political Islam - one that justifies the use of violence in the endeavor to found an Islamic state."

Rosiny concurred with this analysis, adding that IS has built its dominion on a "pseudo-religious foundation" of early Muslim tenets.

"These include the declaration of a second Rashid caliphate, which links with the four 'righteous' Rashid caliphs from early Islam, from 632 to 661. 'Caliph Ibrahim' [head of the Islamic State, al-Baghdadi, eds.] made frequent reference in his first Friday prayer to these early symbols in a bid to create a semblance of religious authority," he said.

These religious emotions are finding confirmation and reinforcement the group's military advances throughout northern Iraq and Syria. The success is seen as proof that these fighters are doing God's work.

To things are needed in order to defeat IS, according to Rosiny: "On the one hand, military force is required to put an end to this chronology of success. And on the other hand, theological authority is needed to call into question the religious legitimacy of the group's pursuits."

The coordinating minister for political, legal and security affairs, Djoko Suyanto, center,
said on Monday that there is no place for ISIS in Indonesia. (JG Photo/Ezra Sihite)

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