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. …

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Melia Hotel Chain Praised for Taking Shark Fins Off Menus

Jakarta Globe, Abdul Qowi Bastian, Aug 05, 2014

People walk past shark fins drying on a road in Hong Kong on July 30, 2014.
Hong Kong and China is one of the world's biggest markets for shark fins where it
 is commonly served as a soup at wedding banquets and corporate parties, but
 conservationists say booming demand for fins has put pressure on the world's
 shark populations prompting calls for measures to restrict their trade. (AFP
Photo/Dale De La Rey)

Jakarta. One of the world’s biggest hotel chains, Melia Hotels International, said on Tuesday that it had removed shark fins from the menus of its restaurants around the world, including the Gran Melia Hotel in Jakarta, joining a growing global campaign against the popular delicacy in Asia.

“With the removal of shark fin as an ingredient, Melia is contributing to the protection of the important role sharks play in maintaining balance in the marine ecosystem,” the company said in a statement. “As predators, sharks are a key species in the food chain and also indicators of the health of our oceans. They eliminate the weakest prey, maintain balance with competitors, and guarantee the diversity of species,” it added.

Melia, which runs more than 350 hotels in 40 countries, making it one of the world’s largest hotel companies, said the ban on shark fins would also apply to all events held within its facilities.

Ratna Sjamsiar Idris, director of marketing and communications at Gran Melia Hotel Jakarta, said that the ban takes effect immediately.

“The order [of the shark fin ban] was carried out before the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan,” Ratna told the Jakarta Globe on Tuesday. “We now no longer accommodate consumers who order shark fin soups in our establishment,” she added.

Prior to the ban, the delicacy was a popular dish for corporate functions or weddings, but not on individual orders, she said.

Environmental activists have for years campaigned against shark finning, during which sharks would have their fins sliced off — often while they are alive — before the fish are thrown back into the ocean to die.

Considered by many to be a powerful aphrodisiac, shark fin is popular in Indonesia and in other Asian countries such as China and Hong Kong, where, according to, more than 70 million sharks are killed each year to fulfill the demand in the market.

Diver and environmentalist Riyanni Djangkaru appreciated the Melia initiative, saying it set an example for the country’s hospitality industry.

“What Gran Melia did was a breakthrough,” Riyanni, who is also the editor in chief of DiveMag Indonesia, told the Globe. “There were gentleman’s agreements among hotel chains in Indonesia to not serve shark fins to their clients, but those were unwritten. It’s time for a new public relations method like this, as customers these days care more about environmental issues,” she added.

A bowl of shark fin soup in Indonesia is priced at between Rp 400,000 to 1 million ($34 to $85), depending on the texture of the meat.

Indonesia, along with India, account for more than a fifth of global shark catches, according to 2013 data released by the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC.

Both countries account for nearly 80 percent of the total shark catch reported between 2002 and 2011.

Melia is the latest among a string of companies to boycott shark fin consumption in recent years following lobbying by conservationists.

The first shop in Indonesia to remove shark fin from its menu was Crown Marine Products, located on the premises of Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in 2012, after a petition circulated online.

National carrier Garuda Indonesia last year banned the transportation of shark fins aboard all flights. Garuda previously transported some 36 tons of shark fins a year, according to environmental conservation group WWF Indonesia.

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