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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. …

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Indonesian film recreates Obama's childhood

Los Angeles Times, by Tanalee Smith, May 29, 2010

American-born Hasan Faruq Ali, who has a white mother and black father and is growing up in Indonesia, has the role of a lifetime playing the young Obama, who lived in Indonesia from age 6 to 10.

American-born Hasan Faruq Ali, who has a white mother and black father, and is growing up in Indonesia, has the role of a lifetime playing the young Obama, who lived in Indonesia from age 6 to 10. Here he practices his pingpong, a sport the young Obama enjoyed (Achmad Ibrahim, Associated Press / May 18, 2010)

Reporting from Bandung, Indonesia Young Barry Obama is struggling with his pingpong shot.

Or rather, 12-year-old Hasan Faruq Ali is struggling to play left-handed in imitation of the character he is portraying in a new Indonesian film, "Little Obama."

"Hasan has the walk, he has the posture of Barry," said Slamet Djanuadi, a consultant on the film and a childhood friend of President Obama when he lived in Indonesia from 1967 to 1971.

"But Barry was a better pingpong player," he laughed, watching Hasan hit the ball off the table.

The movie, produced by Multivision Plus, Indonesia's largest production company, will premiere here on June 17, the week of Obama's anticipated visit. The president postponed a planned visit in March to push through healthcare legislation.

The film tells the story of Obama's childhood in Jakarta, where he lived with his mother and Indonesian stepfather from age 6 to 10.

"It's about his friendships, his hobbies, just a childhood story," said screenwriter and co-director Damien Dematra. "It's not about politics, it's just the story of a boy."

Hasan, who was born in America in Questa, New Mexico, but has lived in Indonesia since he was about 2, was an obvious choice to play the young Obama. Fluent in English and the Indonesian language, and with a white mother and African American father, Hasan fit the bill.

Improving his pingpong game was his focus during breaks on the fifth day of filming. Day four's challenge was boxing, a sport the president has said he learned from his stepfather and one with which Hasan, with three years of karate training, felt more comfortable.

"It feels great to play Obama," the novice actor said with a grin. "I was shy about it at first and there are some new difficulties that you have to work to get over, with intense practice, like this," — gesturing toward the pingpong table on the lawn — "and just learning the lines, practicing the scenes.

"But then it became easy and fun, especially acting as a very important character who left here to become president," Hasan said.

The movie set is a colonial-era house on the outskirts of Bandung, a city famed for its colonial architecture amid lush hilltops about 110 miles southeast of Jakarta.

Directors John de Rantau and Dematra chose the city because it resembles Jakarta in the 1970s. Obama's old home in the Jakarta neighborhood of Menteng is now surrounded by tall apartment blocks and is too urban.

The movie is taken from Dematra's book "Obama Anak Menteng" — "Obama, the Menteng Kid" — a fictionalized biography based on interviews with about 30 old friends and neighbors. It is the first in a planned trilogy about Obama in Indonesia. The second book is to focus on his education at a Catholic school and the third on his relationship with his mother.

Dematra said he was a Hillary Rodham Clinton fan until he researched Obama.

"I just felt that this guy is an extraordinary person," Dematra said. "The reason I'm doing this is I want people around the world to know that Obama can become who he is because of his background in Indonesia. The different religions and races, the pressures that he had. I want the film to inspire people."

Two of Obama's old friends, Djanuadi and his brother, Yuniadi, whose family shared a house with Obama's, are coaching Hasan on everything from sports to Obama's relationship with his mother and stepfather.

"It takes us back to the past, teaching Hasan and remembering the games we played together, flying kites, Monopoly, puzzles," Djanuadi said. "Barry would probably like this movie for the same reasons, to recall his memories."

Hasan, the child actor, is not as chubby as Obama was, Djanuadi and his brother say, despite his efforts to grow into his character by eating extra meals and giving up karate practice.

Now in costume — muddied shorts and T-shirt and a bandage around his leg from a playground scuffle the fictional Obama had — Hasan waits for his next scene to be filmed, dribbling a soccer ball and pretending to shoot at an imaginary basket.

"President!" the director calls out, amid laughter, summoning Hasan to the living room for his next take. Over and over, for nearly an hour, he carries a soccer ball into the room, calling out for his parents before meeting them in the hallway and looking distressed on seeing they've been arguing. Finally, after several takes, it's a wrap.

Shakur Ali, Hasan's father, watched from a window. He said the first time he watched Hasan act, it brought tears to his eyes.

"I was shocked to see the change, to see him become this person," said Ali, who doesn't follow U.S. politics and said it doesn't matter to him that his son is playing Obama but just that he is following his dream of being a performer.

Cara Lachelle, a South African-born actress, said she took her role as Obama's mother very seriously.

"His mom was so strong, she knew her son would be put through hardship and she helped him through that," Lachelle said. "I am very careful about the way I portray her, to do justice to them both."

Indonesian actor Eko Noah plays Lolo Soetoro, Obama's stepfather.

The directors hope to finish shooting by June 3 in time for the scheduled premiere. Everyone hopes Obama will watch it, including the directors, actors and the childhood neighbors he spent hours playing pingpong with.

As for Hasan, he said he carries two things from the movie: the inspiration to follow his dreams and Obama's smile.

"Before, I was a guy that kept to myself. But in acting, I'm trying to be like the guy in the pictures, who looks like he likes to be around friends and is always smiling," Hasan said. "And now, even when I'm not acting, I can't help it but I definitely notice I smile a lot more."

1 comment:

Sense of Blogging said...

senangnya membaca tulisan anda tentang Obama yg pernah bersekolah di Indonesia....

ohya apakah anda sudah membuat daftar juga tentang Pulau Belitung, neh pulau pernah dijadikan persinggahan juga loh dalam Sail Indonesia dan semakin terkenal juga karena Laskar Pelangi dan Sang Pemimpi-nya....

salam kenal: