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. …

Monday, May 4, 2015

In death, Australia's drug-smuggling pair become celebrated cause, Matt Walsh,   2015-04-29

CANBERRA, April 29 (Xinhua) -- The execution in Bali on Wednesday morning of Australian drug-smuggling pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran brings to a close one of the most hotly- debated social justice issues in recent Australian media.

Detained in Denpasar attempting to smuggle heroin back into Australia ten years ago, the pair's case developed into a cause celebre as time went on, dominating media coverage when any snippet of news - positive or otherwise - emerged out of Kerobokan jail.

The pair was sentenced to death in 2006 for attempting to smuggle eight kilograms of heroin out of Bali.

While their cause received muted support initially, campaigning efforts were stepped up markedly when it became apparent they were not just repentant but actively trying to improve their lives in prison.

And when, in February, Indonesian authorities signed papers approving the pair's move to Nusakambangan Island, where death-row prisoners are sent for execution, the campaign for clemency in Australia went into overdrive.

Political figures began to plead with new Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his administration. Widodo dismissed any protests from Australian government officials, signaling that the death penalty in Indonesia was "still the law" and there would be no amnesty for the Australians.

But relentless bipartisan support was thrown behind the pair, and the Australian press was persistent in its efforts to secure a reprieve for Chan and Sukumaran. Television current affairs programs made much of their efforts at rehabilitation while inside prison.

Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop worked tirelessly to persuade the Indonesian government for leniency. Prime Minister Tony Abbott labeled the decision to carry out the executions as "revolting" and publicly stated that "millions of Australians are sick to their guts" as the end drew closer for Chan and Sukumaran. There were veiled threats that Australians would boycott Bali as a tourist destination.

Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek even gave an emotional speech in Australian parliament in March, detailing the personal experience of her husband - who was convicted of drug smuggling - touching on what might have become of her family had he been caught somewhere else.

The case of the Bali nine duo was as momentous as it was perplexing in Australia. The public increasingly came to believe these convicted drug smugglers, the sort of people Australians seldom had sympathy for, had redeemed themselves.

The men had spent a decade inside a Balinese prison, where they had taken huge steps towards total rehabilitation.

Chan led English classes for fellow inmates, and was ordained as a pastor and held church services in prison. He also attained a theology degree after studying while incarcerated.

Sukumaran became an established artist and was a holder of a fine arts degree. He was tutored inside Kerobokan by well-known Australian artist Ben Quilty, a former Archibald Prize winner, and his works began to win widespread acclaim.

Both men were described as model people and mentors to other inmates. The governor of the prison even testified in court try and ensure their release from death row. They were held up as a glowing example of the redemptive powers of the prison system.

The Australian people will never know what could have become of the men had they been given another ten years to rehabilitate.

Some of the blame for their predicament has been aimed squarely at the Australian Federal Police (AFP). The law enforcement agency made the decision to alert Indonesian authorities to the drug smuggling ring instead of waiting for the group to return to Australia.

The offense carries the death penalty in Indonesia and many other countries, but Australia outlawed capital punishment decades ago. The last man hanged in Australia was in 1967.

AFP Commissioner Mick Keelty faced criticism for the decision not to let the group return to Australia to be tried and convicted on Australian soil, where the maximum penalty for any crime is life imprisonment.

In the days leading up to the pair's execution, it wasn't just public vigils and politicians' pleas that surfaced in the media. World-renowned actors took to social media to urge the government to take stronger action.

Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, Deborah Mailman, Joel Edgerton and Tasma Walton were among the throng of local celebrities that called upon Tony Abbott to do more. Actor Brendan Cowell told Abbott to "man up."

Of course there are different voices. One netizen tweeted the ABC saying that Australian media have made heroes if these two convicted criminals.

But all efforts were rendered futile on Wednesday when the Indonesian government finally carried out the executions.

Poignantly, the shots fired at 4 am on April 29 which killed Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, only breathed further life into debate surrounding of one of the most gripping social justice issues in recent Australian history.

The opposition's Finance Minister, Tony Burke, tweeted four words after the grim news from Indonesia: "Lives lost. Nothing gained."

And that seemed to reflect the prevailing, somber public mood in Australia on Wednesday morning.

Editor: ying

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