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. …

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Editorial: Indonesia Must Fight Reversion to the Past

Jakarta Globe, May 11, 2011

Capitalism and democracy have long been regarded as the twin pillars of progress – socially, politically and economically. Yet as the Asian century beckons, serious questions are being asked about whether Asian nations have fully embraced those two philosophies and systems.

In a recent article, Haruhiko Kuroda, president of the Asian Development Bank, noted that while it was true the global economic center of gravity was shifting to Asia, the continent’s rise was in no way preordained. Freeing the region from extreme poverty and marching toward prosperity will require more than simply high growth.

Kuroda argued that Asia’s ultimate challenge is effective governance — governance that provides quality healthcare and education; infrastructure to move goods and people; efficient, livable cities; stable banking and financial systems; and reliable, fair legal structures that protect citizens’ rights.

“In short, Asia must modernize its governance systems and retool its institutions to ensure transparency, accountability and enforceability,” he said.

Kuroda may have been referring to Asia in general, but his words could not be more applicable to Indonesia. In the past decade or so, Indonesia has seen a flowering of democracy, but its institutions are still weak and effective governance remains a far-off dream.

There are also fears that hard-won democratic reforms are being eroded by ultraconservative, hard-line religious groups. Civil society is under threat, and minority groups are targeted regularly. Having come so far, we cannot afford to return to the days when power was concentrated in the hands of a few individuals.

Consolidating and enhancing democratic reforms are not only critical to societal progress, they are also central to sustained economic growth. Without strong institutions, we will not be able to attain equitable growth. The rising middle class will not be able to secure assets and investors will not risk their money if they have no legal protection.

Therefore, much is at stake. As other regional countries push ahead, Indonesia cannot, and must not, fall behind. The country has come to be seen as a role model for successful democracy and been praised for its open society. It would be a tragedy if we allowed ourselves to taken over by our baser instincts.

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