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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

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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)

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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. …

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Island of the Gods Takes Center Stage at Inacraft 2015

Jakarta Globe, Tunggul Wirajuda,  Apr 09, 2015

The annual Inacraft trade fair will feature products from nearly 1,500
artisans and manufacturers. (JG Photo/Safir Makki)

A vast array of Indonesian handicrafts range as far as the eye can see, as vendors from all over the country jostle to catch passing customers’ attention.

Spread across stands at the Jakarta Convention Center in Central Jakarta, the merchants are on hand for the Jakarta International Handicraft Trade Fair or Inacraft, one of the mainstays in Jakarta’s expo calendar and a haven for sellers and aficionados of batik, woven craft, ethnic jewelry and other traditional items.

President Joko Widodo kicked off Inacraft’s 17th edition on Wednesday.

Its theme “Through Enchanting Bali Towards Global Market,” [sic, not a translation] showcases the so-called Island of the Gods and its culture, starting from the main gate, the opening ceremony, as well as the Balinese pavilion dominating its main lobby. Bali’s iconic standing among foreigners and Indonesians alike makes the choice of the island momentous, as organizers placed high hopes on this year’s fair.

“We hope that revenue from foreign buyers will be much higher than in previous years — due to the strengthening of the US dollar. We also expect more than 200,000 visitors for this year’s Inacraft, including thousands of major buyers from both Indonesia and overseas,” said Association for the Export and Production of Indonesian Handicrafts (Asephi) chairman Thamrin Bustami, who has with the help of exhibition organizer Bina Media Tama Kreasi been the driving force of the fair since its inception in 1998.

“We will have buyers from 56 different countries, a majority of which are Asian, including Japan, Malaysia and Hong Kong. However, we will also see [sales] representatives from the United States, Australia and Germany,” said Thamrin, adding that Indonesia is one of Southeast Asia’s majors manufacturer of handicraft.

“In recent years, we have also seen increasing interest among buyers from African countries and those of the Middle East,” he said.

This year, a larger portion of the products on display are locally made, but the fair will also offer an international stand of Chinese-made items that represent the cultures of ten different countries, including Iran and Vietnam.

Asephi secretary general Sugiarto attributed part of Inacraft’s growing success to the constantly changing demographic within the industry.

“Sixty percent of the handicraft manufacturers in this year’s Inacraft are privately owned, independent business. That’s a significant change from previous years when the majority of our participants were small-to-medium enterprises sponsored by state-owned companies and other government agencies,” Sugiarto explained. “Many of [this year’s] featured manufacturers are able to promote themselves and lay out their own marketing strategies. Their strides reflect their state-owned predecessors’ success in fostering entrepreneurship and encouraging businesses to stand on their own.”

Nearly 1,500 handicraft artisans and manufacturers at more than 1,300 stands will fill the Jakarta Convention Center’s 25,000-square-meter space through Sunday. Shoppers will be spoiled for choice, as the goods range from batik, woven cloth and other textiles, woodwork, as well as precious stones and jewelry. Other featured items include ceramics and pottery, as well as home decorations.

 For the Rp 20,000 ($1.54) entrance fee, visitors can expect to figuratively “travel around Indonesia,” Thamrin said.

Residents from the Greater Jakarta area can breathe a sigh of relief as organizers are providing shuttle buses to the venue from the following malls: Plaza Senayan, Senayan City and Pacific Place, South Jakarta; Taman Anggrek Mall, West Jakarta; Grand Indonesia, Central Jakarta; and Margo City, in the southern outskirts of the capital.

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