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"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) - Text version)

“….. Here is the prediction: China will turn North Korea loose soon. The alliance will dissolve, or become stale. There will be political upheaval in China. Not a coup and not a revolution. Within the inner circles of that which you call Chinese politics, there will be a re-evaluation of goals and monetary policy. Eventually, you will see a break with North Korea, allowing still another dictator to fall and unification to occur with the south. ….”

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."
"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)

US under fire in global press freedom report

"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. …

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Women activists cross inter-Korean border in peace event

A group of women peace activists has crossed the militarized border between North and South Korea in a bid to promote reconciliation between the two countries. But the trip has provoked some criticism.

Deutsche Welle, 24 May 2015

 Gloria Steinem and two other activists ahead of march AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin

The group of international female activists, which was led by prominent American feminist Gloria Steinem (pictured above, center), crossed the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) by bus shortly before midday local time on Sunday after being denied permission to make the crossing on foot.

North Korea allowed a South Korean bus to pick up the group of 30 women from 15 countries and take it into the DMZ, where it was met by United Nations officials. The activists were then allowed to march on foot after the final checkpoint on the southern side.

With their march, the activists intended to draw attention to the fact that the two Koreas, divided into North and South since the 1950-53 Korean War, have still not signed a peace treaty to put an official end the conflict more than 60 years after an armistice stopped the fighting.

The women also wanted to highlight the plight of families divided by the conflict, who have had little or no contact over the last six decades.

Perilous crossing

The group, which spent several days in North Korea prior to the crossing, had originally wanted to cross the DMZ through the village of Panmunjom, where the armistice was signed. However, the plan was opposed by South Korea, which urged the women to make a road crossing on the western part of the border.

Authorities from both sides had warned that the safety of the group could not be guaranteed if they walked across the zone.

The DMZ is fortified with watchtowers
and landmines
Crossings through the DMZ - which despite its name is one of the most highly fortified borders in the world - are extremely rare.

"We were able to be citizen diplomats," the 81-year-old Steinem said after the crossing into South Korea.

"We are feeling very, very positive. We have received an enormous amount of support," she added.

Organizer Christine Ahn, a Korean-American peace activist, also described the crossing as a success, calling it a "historic event" and expressing satisfaction that the group had managed to meet with North Korean women during its stay in the capital, Pyongyang.

Propaganda tool?

However, critics of the action say that the group had been used for propaganda purposes by communist North Korea, with an editorial in the "Washington Post" last week accusing Steinem and her fellow activists of aiding the country to stage a "human rights theater intended to cover up its death camps and crimes against humanity."

Criticism was also fueled by reports in North Korean media that cited members of the group as having praised the country's founder, Kim Il-Sung. The activists have denied making such comments.

Steinem rejected the accusations, saying on Saturday that the group had "achieved what we set out to do, which is to engage in citizen diplomacy."

tj/sms (AFP, AP)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Myanmar carries out first rescue operation of migrant boat

Myanmar's navy has rescued a migrant boat after increased pressure from its neighbors to tackle the issue. But questions remain whether the state can aid the Rohingya, which have been the target of attacks in the past.

Deutsche Welle, 23 May 2015

Myanmar's navy carried out the country's first rescue of a migrant boat, saving 208 people in the process, an official said Friday.

"A navy ship found two boats…on May 21 while on patrol," Tin Maung Swe, a senior official in the state of Rakhine, told AFP news agency. In 2012, Rakhine gained notoriety after Buddhist monks in the state violently attacked Rohingya Muslims, leaving approximately 140,000 displaced.

The official said that "about 200 Bengalis were on one of the boats," using the term pejoratively to refer to the Muslim Rohingya minority. "All of the 208 on board are from Bangladesh," Swe added, recapitulating Myanmar's official line that the minority group comes from its western neighbor.

'Discrimination and violence'

The rescue operation comes a day after a senior general met with US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss the migrant crisis.

However, the general cast doubts over the authenticity of some of the Rohingya migrants' claims during the meeting, Myanmar's state-backed newspaper The Global New Light of Myanmar reported.

"Senior General Min Aung Hlaing hinted that most victims are expected to assume themselves to be Rohingyas from Myanmar in the hope of receiving assistance from UNHCR," the newspaper said Friday.

During the meeting, Blinken urged Myanmar to tackle the cause of migration, "including the racially and religiously motivated discrimination and violence."

Myanmar's 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims are considered stateless and forced to live in camps for internally displaced people following deadly clashes in 2012, which Human Rights Watch called "a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya."

ls/kms (AFP, dpa, Reuters)

Dutch king reacts to ‘f*** the king’ row, May 22, 2015

Dutch king Willem-Alexander has reacted for the first time to the ‘fuck de koning’ row which took place earlier this month, broadcaster Nos says on Friday. 

The king was speaking to a group of seven American journalists ahead of his pending visit to the US, when he was asked about the issue, Nos says, without naming its sources. 

The king told the reporters he believes the lese majesty law, which makes it a crime to insult the monarch, should be debated. He said he is following that debate and will accept whatever the outcome is, Nos reports. 

Asked if he lies awake at night, the king said he is concerned to find the right balance between his obligations and the limits to his role as king. Journalists meeting the king were not allowed to quote him directly, but had to paraphrase his statements, the Holland Sentinel, which did not refer to the fuck the king row, said. 

Activist Abulkasim al-Jaberi was arrested at a demonstration against Zwarte Piet last November for shouting ‘fuck the king, fuck the queen and fuck the monarchy’. 

The public prosecution department said earlier this month it is taking him to court because he has refused to pay a fine of €500 for the offence. 

The decision to prosecute him caused a storm of protest and raised questions about the right to free speech and the department said the court case will be delayed pending further research.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

US State Dept pledges aid for countries housing stranded Rohingya

The US has announced its intentions to assist Indonesia and Malaysia in implementing their program to shelter Rohingya refugees. A US delegation is also set for talks with Myanmar, the country the boatpeople are fleeing.

Deutsche Welle, 20 May 2015

The US Department of State pledged on Wednesday to help Southeast Asian countries "bear the burden" of sheltering thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants, as thousands of refugees are stranded at sea after fleeing persecution at home in Myanmar.

More than 3,000 refugees have come ashore in Indonesia and Malaysia this month alone.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said that the US would consider requests "for additional funds to assist governments to establish things like reception centers and ensure protection screening procedures." She also said that Washington was "prepared to take a leading role in any UNHCR-organized multi-country effort to resettle the most vulnerable refugees," referring the UN's Refugee Agency.

"The US stands ready to help the countries of the region bear the burden and save lives today. We have a common obligation to answer the call of these migrants who have risked their lives at sea," Harf told the press. More than 1,000 Rohingya have been resettled in the United States since October.

Harf was keen to stress that the effort to help the Rohingya will be an international one, and not led by the US alone.

Neighbors agree to shelter refugees

The United States welcomed a decision reached by Indonesia and Malaysia at a regional summit on Wednesday, wherein the two nations agreed to shelter 7,000 fleeing Rohingya and Bangladeshis, scrapping their former policy of turning away the migrants.

Thailand's foreign minister, who also attended the summit, eschewed joining in the shelter program, saying he needed to discuss it with the rest of his country's government. Myanmar, where the Rohingya face systematic persecution and are not recognized as citizens, did not send any delegates to the summit.

A delegation from the US will be present at the next international conference on the refugees, to be held in Bangkok on May 29. Ahead of the conference, Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken is set to meet with Myanmar's leaders to urge them to work with Bangladesh to help rescue the refugees stranded at sea - often in appalling, overcrowded conditions presided over by human traffickers.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Singapore nets biggest ivory seizure in decade

Yahoo – AFP, 19 May 2015

Ivory tusks, rhinoceros horns and canine teeth from big cats seized by
Singapore authorities are put on display in this photo by Agri-Food and
Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AFP Photo)

Singapore authorities seized the biggest illegal shipment of ivory and other exotic animal parts in more than a decade Tuesday, with the haul from Kenya worth an estimated Sg$8 million ($6 million).

The animal parts were discovered stashed among bags of tea leaves in two 20-foot containers while transiting through the city-state to Vietnam, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) and Singapore Customs said in a joint statement.

Authorities uncovered 1,783 pieces of raw ivory tusk hidden among the bags, the statement said.

Four pieces of rhino horn and 22 teeth believed to be from African big cats -- cheetahs and leopards -- were also found in the containers, it said.

The haul weighed 3.7 tonnes and is the largest seizure of illegal ivory in Singapore since 2002 when six tonnes of ivory were intercepted, the statement said.

The shipping of ivory has been banned since 1989 under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) -- to which Singapore, a major hub for seaborne trade, is a signatory.

In April last year, local authorities intercepted a shipment of illegal ivory worth Sg$2.0 million, labelled as coffee berries, transiting from Africa, according to the statement.

A similar cargo, also from Africa, worth Sg$2.5 million was uncovered in January 2013.

Ivory ornaments are coveted in Asian countries like Vietnam, Thailand and China despite fears that the trade is pushing wild elephants to extinction.

Rhino horn is prized for its supposed medicinal properties.

Afghan policemen get 1 year in jail over mob killing of young woman

Eleven policemen have been convicted and sentenced to one year in jail and eight have been freed over the mob killing of a woman in Kabul. They were accused of dereliction of duty, looking on as the woman was beaten.

Deutsche Welle, 19 May 2015

Eleven Afghan police officers were sentenced to served one year in prison on Tuesday for failing for protect a female student from being killed by a mob in March. The 27-year-old Farkhunda was wrongfully accused of burning a Koran before dozens of people beat her to death in broad daylight in Kabul.

The police were accused of doing nothing to stop the violent crowd.

"You are sentenced...for negligence of duty to one year in prison," Judge Safiullah Mojaddidi said to the defendants, some of whom senior officers, while eight other policemen were freed.

After killing her, the mob set her body alight and threw it in the Kabul River. The March 19 murder was met with shock and anger both in Farkhunda's native Afghanistan and abroad. President Ashraf Ghani described the act as "heinous." EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said through a spokeswoman that the attack was "a tragic reminder of dangers women face from…the lack of justice in Afghanistan."

A total of 49 people, including the 19 police officers, were arrested over Farkhunda's death, several of whom were seen in a video of her beating that circulating on the Internet, and some others who were discovered bragging about the killing on social media.

Earlier in May, four men were sentenced to death by hanging for their role in the murder. According to Farkhunda's father, his daughter had been arguing with a local man who then accused her of burning the Koran to deflect attention from himself.

es/kms (AFP, Reuters, dpa)

Why is Aung San Suu Kyi silent on the plight of the Rohingya people?

Burma’s opposition leader appears to be cowed by her need to dampen ethnic tensions and win votes from an electorate in the thrall of Islamophobia

The Guardian, Sara Perria, Tuesday 19 May 2015

A Rohingya boy who recently arrived in Indonesia holds a ball adorned in
 international flags at a shelter in Kuala Langsa. Photograph: Beawiharta/Reuters

When thousands of Rohingya people from Burma were discovered floating in boats on the south-east Asian seas much of the world was understandably gripped by this unfolding human tragedy.

Voices of anger were raised; something had to be done to end the suffering, to help those men, women and children in need.

But what has surprised some is the silence of the Nobel peace prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

After all, these are the poverty-stricken and disenfranchised refugees from her own country who are now the focus of greater attention than ever before.

The contrast could not be more striking: how could such an iconic figure of human rights be so reticent when it comes to defending an ethnic minority from her own country?

It was only at the urging of reporters on Monday that a spokesman for her opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), addressed the issue.

He said the Rohingya people should be entitled to human rights, while urging a solution that acknowledged their right to citizenship status.

But nothing has come directly from the party’s leader. Aung San Suu Kyi herself has previously justified her reluctance to speak out on the issue of the Rohingya, even when pressed to do so during Buddhist-Muslim clashes that swept through the country in 2013.

She feared that any statement she made would only fuel tensions between the Buddhist majority and the Rohingya, who make up about a third of the population of Rakhine state, which borders Bangladesh.

Now, a surge of Buddhist nationalism and the complex ethnic political ramifications for a country that has just started a transition to democracy are taking their toll on her international image.

In the courtyard of a Buddhist monastery in the ancient Rakhine capital of Mrauk-U, the difficulties faced by the opposition leader known as “the Lady” are illustrated by a senior monk who repeats what he says are the warnings of Ashin Wirathu, an influential monk based in Mandalay who has become a leading voice of a new generation of nationalists espousing the cause of the Bamar, the dominant ethnic group in Burma.

“They will come with swords, they will kill us,” the senior monk says of the Muslim “hordes” he sees encroaching on Burma.

Muslims reproduce like rabbits, they want to kill us with swords, they want to conquer us
“Muslims reproduce like rabbits; they want to kill us with swords; they want to conquer us – we have to defend ourselves and our religion,” he insists, explicitly identifying the Rohingya with Islamist terrorism around the world.

Extremist movements such as 969, which is driven by Ashin Wirathu, and Ma Ba Tha – the Organisation for the Protection of Race and Religion – present themselves as defenders of the country’s interests and its Bamar soul against foreign influence in post-sanctions Burma.

While insisting that he is against violence, Ashin Wirathu and those like him have fuelled and exploited tensions between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine state, promoting the belief that Islam is penetrating the country to install sharia law and leave Buddhists as a minority.

The nationalists are also trying to smear Aung San Suu Kyi by depicting her as “the Muslim lover”.

In a country that is 90% Buddhist there is little sympathy to be found for the Rohingya cause, and expressing support could be political suicide for both the NLD and the military-backed ruling party less than six months before parliamentary elections.

A party source close to Aung San Suu Kyi, who asked not to be named, said the party leader was deeply upset over what was happening. But the source said she also understood the penalty for being seen as favouring Muslims and believed she needed to be in government to deal with the backlash.

There is a strong belief that powerful people with close links to radical monks are deliberately stirring up tensions between communities in an attempt to disrupt ongoing political reforms.

According to some observers, Aung San Suu Kyi and her strategists have decided that speaking up for the Rohingya may not be in their electoral interests.

“Aung San Suu Kyi and her strategists are looking at the electoral maths,” says Nicholas Farrelly, director of the Australian National University’s Myanmar Research Centre.

“They have long imagined that any perception the NLD is too cosy with the country’s Muslims could lose them millions of votes. That, at least, is the fear.

“They are anxious that the Rohingya could serve as a wedge between Aung San Suu Kyi and tens of millions of Buddhists that she is counting on for votes. It doesn’t help that many NLD members probably support harsh treatment for the Rohingya and feel no special compassion for them.”

Burma’s quasi-civilian government, which is headed by former generals, is in a similar situation. President Thein Sein’s success in bringing the country back into the international fold after decades of isolation is threatened by foreign coverage of the Rohingya boat crisis.

For days the government line was to resist diplomatic pressure and insist the root cause of the crisis was trafficking of migrants, not the persecution of a stateless people whose name, Rohingya, is not even officially recognised.

But on Tuesday the official newspaper, Global New Light of Myanmar, reported on the crisis for the first time, in a further sign that the government is moderating its rejectionist position. The daily quoted the information minister, Ye Htut, as telling foreign ambassadors that Burma would cooperate with regional and international counterparts “to tackle the ongoing boat people crisis, which is a consequence of human trafficking of people from Rakhine state and Bangladesh to Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

“The Myanmar [Burmese] government will scrutinise the boat people and bring back those who can show evidence of citizenship,” the minister said.

The government’s move to at least acknowledge the problem in public could make it easier for the NLD to follow suit and promote a united response.

On the other hand, Aung San Suu Kyi might decide to maintain her silence, calculating it is in her interests to leave the government on its own to deal with any backlash across the country but especially in Rakhine as the elections draw near. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

PKS Calls for Immediate Response to Growing Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Jakarta Globe, May 17, 2015

Rohingya migrants who recently arrived in Indonesia by boat wait in line to be
registered in Kuala Langsa, in Aceh province, on Sunday. The United Nations has
 called on countries around the Andaman Sea not to push back the thousands of
desperate Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar now stranded in
rickety boats, and to rescue them instead. (Reuters Photo/Roni Bintang)

Jakarta. Legislators from an Indonesian Islamic party have urged the government to address the Rohingya boatpeople crisis by issuing a regulation allowing Jakarta to assist the migrants, including by providing temporary shelter for them.

Fahri Hamzah, a deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, said in Jakarta on Sunday that he was concerned with media reports that Indonesian officials had prohibited boats carrying hundreds of Rohingya migrants from reaching Indonesian shores.

He said he understood that officials were turning the boats back because of a lack of legal grounds to assist the refugees, but added this should not be the case.

“[Lack of regulation] should not be an excuse to turn a blind eye to the suffering of people from other nations,” said Fahri, also a deputy secretary general of the Islamic-based Prosperous Justice Party, or PKS.

“Their suffering is evident. Do we, as a nation that believes in humanity, have the heart to see them suffer?”

He urged President Joko Widodo to issue a presidential regulation to specifically address the growing crisis at sea.

Fahri added that Indonesia should not treat the boatpeople the same way that neighboring Malaysia and Thailand are doing, by pushing the boats out of their national waters in what the International Organization for Migration has blasted as a perverse game of “maritime ping-pong.”

Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have been criticized for sending Rohingya refugees back to sea on rickety, unseaworthy boats after catching them in the countries’ waters or after also giving them food.

Indonesia and Malaysia last week saw a surge in refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar following a Thai government crackdown on human trafficking, under which the Thai authorities are blocking boats carrying migrants from landing.

Neither of the governments of the three countries has responded to an appeal made by the United Nations’ refugee agency, the UNHCR, last week for an international search and rescue operation for the thousands believed to be stranded in Southeast Asian waters.

The UNHCR has said several thousand migrants were abandoned at sea by smugglers after the Thai crackdown, warning that the region is risking a “massive humanitarian crisis,” Reuters reported.

Another PKS legislator, Sukamta, said last week that Indonesia’s immigration law and international relations law actually addressed the matter of migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers.

He added, though, that the lack of derivative regulations meant there were no technical details for officials to adhere to in addressing actual problems.

“There is no presidential decree yet for those laws. The presidential decree should serve as an operational guideline for how we should treat refugees,” said Sukamta, a member of House Commission I, which oversees defense and foreign affairs.

“We want to make sure that this country, Indonesia, sides with humanity, at least by providing [the refugees] with temporary shelter. The government can do this as long as it has the will to,” he added as quoted by state-run news agency Antara.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman on Sunday said he would hold separate meetings this week with his Indonesian and Thai counterparts to discuss the Rohingya migrant crisis — including to work out a collective proposal under Asean and discuss it with Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya migrant crisis.

“As Asean chairman, we will discuss in depth, so that this problem will be solved. I hope Myanmar will sit with us to find solutions before we take it to the international level,” Anifah said, according to Malaysian newspaper The Star.

“If necessary, we will call for an emergency Asean meeting as suggested by the Prime Minister,’’ he  added.

University of Indonesia international law professor Hikmahanto Juwana said Indonesia must be able to convince Malaysia and Thailand to allow Rohingya migrants to enter their territories so that the ill sick could be given medical treatment.

“We’ve already done the right thing if we focus on the humanitarian aspect, especially for those who have entered Indonesia, such as those who have been rescued by Indonesian fishermen,” he said.

“Don’t ever send them back to sea; don’t give them food and then send them away like Thailand and Malaysia have done.”

He suggested Indonesia could set up a refugee camp on one of its thousands of islands, as it did for Vietnamese war refugees on Galang Island in Riau Islands province.

“Financially, we cannot run such an island alone. We would need help from others. We need to discuss this with the UNHCR,” Hikmahanto said.

Most importantly, he went on, the issue would never be resolved without serious discussions with Myanmar, which refuses to recognize the Rohingya or acknowledge the discrimination and violence they face in the country.

Myanmar has refused to attend crisis talks on the issue slated for May 29 in Thailand if other countries use the word “Rohingya” at the meeting, saying it does not recognize the term.

One of migrants housed in a makeshift camp in Langsa,
 Indonesia, shows the scars he says are from violence that erupted
 on the boats while still at sea. Photograph: Antonio Zambardino/

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John Kerry holds a press conference in Beijing after his meeting with
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Despite the fact that John Kerry, the US secretary of state is expected to ask China to stop its land reclamation over the waters surrounding the disputed Spratly islands during his visit to Beijing, various Chinese scholars at a seminar held at Fudan University on May 9 believe that there are still opportunities for cooperation between the two nations, reports Shanghai-based newspaper The Paper.

Ni Feng, the deputy head of the Institute of American Studies under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing said that what American people fear is that a rising China will challenge the current world order established by the United States, the world's only superpower after the end of Cold War. He said that opportunities for cooperation between the nations still exist because US elites have realized that a world without any order is much more dangerous than a world with a new order.

As the power and influence of Russia decreases, Ni said that the space for China and the United States to work together can only become bigger instead of smaller. Ni encouraged China and the United States to help each other in global governance to prevent the world from descending into anarchy. Wu Xinbo, the head of Center for American Studies in Fudan University suggested that Chinese president Xi Jinping tell US president Barack Obama that China has no intention to push for a new Cold War in East Asia during his visit to Washington this September.

He said that China should demonstrate its willingness to cooperate with the United States. It will be very crucial for Xi to realize his idea of a new model for relations between great powers. Wu said that China has to convince the United States that it is not seeking to build its own sphere of influence in the Western Pacific. Da Wei, director of the Institute of American Studies, China's Institutes of Contemporary International Relations also said China and US are unlikely to start a new Cold War.

"The existence of 90 mechanisms between China and the United States will prevent both nations from falling into Thucydides's trap completely," said Da.

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A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) - (Text version)

“….. The Recession

The recession is the result of you deciding to change your banking. The Illuminati told many that this could never happen. Why? Because big money can't be touched. It's just too big for any culture to change it, and they counted on that. Well, it just was changed. Do you understand what you're doing here in this country? It affects the whole planet. You are trying to realign the integrity of the way money is used, printed, and loaned. It's not about one party or one government idea. Both had a hand in creating this shift. Maybe it puts another spin on that which you've been told about your economy? When you prune an orchard, for awhile it looks wounded and ugly. Then over time, it blossoms into something far greater than it was.


I am Kryon. I've just given you the potentials. "Ah," you say. "But Kryon, right before you leave, you left out the big one. Nobody talks about China." All right. I'll give you still another prediction. China is very interesting, is it not? Suddenly this very old country finds itself in an odd place. They hold the debt for the United States! Some of you would say, "This is not good. This is not going to work." So let me tell you what this is about. Synchronicity has struck, because now China understands that if they're ever going to get paid, they're going to have to ally themselves closer with Western values and help create abundance. Here is the prediction: China will turn North Korea loose soon. The alliance will dissolve, or become stale. There will be political upheaval in China. Not a coup and not a revolution. Within the inner circles of that which you call Chinese politics, there will be a re-evaluation of goals and monetary policy. Eventually, you will see a break with North Korea, allowing still another dictator to fall and unification to occur with the south. How do you like it so far?

I look at old souls who came into this earth courageous, who are sitting in chairs before me. There was a time when you never thought you would even make it to 2011. But because of what you've accomplished on this planet, you are not only still here, but are moving through the shift. Hard times are ahead. But this is all part of planting the seeds of peace. It doesn't come easy. It slowly, slowly moves in a direction that is positive. Your grandchildren will look at you, the ones who are not even born yet, who are on my side of the veil, who are looking at you now. They are saying, "Keep it up! Because when we get there, it indeed will be a peaceful place."

And so it is.


Pope meets 'angel of peace' Abbas after treaty announcement

Yahoo – AFP, 16 May 2015

Pope Francis welcomes Palestinian authority President Mahmud Abbas during
a private audience at the Vatican on May 16, 2015 (AFP Photo/Alberto Pizzoli)

Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis met Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Saturday, calling him "an angel of peace," days after the Vatican said it was preparing to sign its first accord with Palestine to the anger of Israel.

Abbas met the pontiff for about 20 minutes at a private audience, which came a day before the head of the Roman Catholic Church was due to canonise two Palestinian nuns, who will become the first Palestinian Arabs to gain sainthood.

The Vatican said in a statement the pope and Abbas discussed the peace process with Israel and that "the hope was expressed that direct negotiations between the parties be resumed in order to find a just and lasting solution to the conflict".

"To this end the wish was reiterated that, with the support of the international community, Israelis and Palestinians may take with determination courageous decisions to promote peace," it said.

Palestinian authority President Mahmud 
Abbas (R) arrives for a private audience 
with Pope Francis at the Vatican on
May 16, 2015 (AFP Photo/Alberto Pizzoli)
The two men also touched on other conflicts in the Middle East and the need to combat "terrorism", it added.

They exchanged gifts with the pope giving Abbas a medal with a figure of the angel of peace "which destroys the evil spirit of war".

"I thought of you because you are an angel of peace," he told Abbas.

On Wednesday the Vatican announced that it was preparing to sign its first treaty with Palestine, two years after officially recognising it as a state.

A bilateral commission is putting the final touches to the agreement, on the Catholic Church's life and activities in Palestine.

The agreement would "be signed in the near future", the Vatican statement said.

The news of the treaty drew ire from Israel earlier this week.

"Israel heard with disappointment the decision of the Holy See to agree a final formulation of an agreement with the Palestinians including the use of the term 'Palestinian State'," said an Israeli foreign ministry official.

"Such a development does not further the peace process and distances the Palestinian leadership from returning to direct bilateral negotiations. Israel will study the agreement and consider its next step."

The agreement, 15 years in the making, expresses the Vatican's "hope for a solution to the Palestinian question and the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians according to the Two-State Solution," Antoine Camilleri, the Vatican's deputy foreign minister, said in an interview earlier this week.

In an interview with the Vatican's Osservatore Romano newspaper, Camilleri said he hoped "the accord could, even in an indirect way, help the Palestinians in the establishment and recognition of an independent, sovereign and democratic State of Palestine."

The Palestinian Authority considers the Vatican one of 136 countries to have recognised Palestine as a state, although the number is disputed and several recognitions by what are now European Union member states date back to the Soviet era.

First Palestinian saints

Abbas's meeting with the pope came a day before two nuns who lived in Ottoman Palestine during the 19th century will be made saints at a Vatican ceremony.

Marie Alphonsine Ghattas of Jerusalem and Mariam Bawardy of Galilee will become the first Palestinian Arabs to gain sainthood.

Ghattas was born in Jerusalem in 1847, and died there in 1927. She was beatified -- the final step before canonisation -- in 2009.

Bawardy was born in Galilee, now in northern Israel, in 1843. She became a nun in France and died in Bethlehem in 1878.

She was beatified by pope John Paul II in 1983.

Although there are several saints who lived in the region during Christianity's early days, Bawardy and Ghattas are the first to be canonised from Ottoman-era Palestine.

The canonisation of a third Palestinian -- a Salesian monk -- is still under review by the Church.

Castro at Vatican thanks pope for mediating thaw with US

"Not Your Father's New Age" - Feb 14/15, 2015 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) (Text version)

".. Everything that has transpired during these years has been realized potential. That is to say that we see the potentials of what you might do, and report on that and only that. Much of what we see now is realized quickly. When we told you in 2012 there would be a new pope, 13 months later it happened. This was not prophecy, but rather a potential. We saw it coming because we have the overview and we knew of the anxiety of the existing pope, the health of the man, and we also knew of the potentials of a South American pope to come forward. All of these things should be a "connect the dots" for you. I come yet again, not with prophecy, but with information given with a congratulatory attitude of potential. ..."

Saturday, May 16, 2015

India, China sign trade deals worth billions

India and China have signed numerous deals in areas including renewable energy, ports, financing, telecommunications and film. The trade deal between the two Asian neighbours is reportedly worth billions.

Deutsche Welle, 16 May 2015

China and its largest trading partner, India, have signed agreements worth more than $22 billion (19 billion euros) in Shanghai on Saturday.

Indian embassy official Namgya C. Khampa said "the agreements have a bilateral commercial engagement in sectors like renewable energy, industrial parks, power, steel, logistics finance and media and entertainment."

During Saturday's deal signing ceremony, visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told executives from over 200 Chinese and Indian companies that "now India is ready for business."

Modi is on the final-day of a three-day trip to China where the nationalist leader has moved to engage with Beijing since his election last year.

The dual trading partners have two-way commerce totaling $71 billion.

Relations between the world's two most populous nations are soured by a long-standing border dispute that saw Beijing and New Delhi fight a brief war in 1962.

On Friday, Modi told Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that Beijing must “reconsider its approach” to bi-lateral relations.

jlw/bw (Reuters, AFP)

The selfie of Chinese premier Li Keqiang, left, and Indian prime minister
Narendra Modi, Beijing, May 15. (Internet photo)

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Xi Jinping, left, and Narendra Modi visit the Da Ci'en Temple, May 14. (Photo/CNS)

Hometown diplomacy a highlight of Modi's Xi'an tour

Want China Times, Xinhua 2015-05-15

Xi Jinping, left, and Narendra Modi visit the Da Ci'en Temple, May 14. (Photo/CNS)

Chinese president Xi Jinping met with visiting Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in Xi'an, capital city of Shaanxi province and Xi's hometown, on Thursday afternoon.

"This is the first time I have hosted a foreign leader in my hometown and I hope you have a happy stay," Xi said at the start of the meeting.

Xi welcomed Modi and thanked him for the warm reception he received on his India visit in September, when the Indian PM accompanied him to visit his home state of Gujarat.

"That left me with a deep impression," Xi said.

In September, Xi and Modi "reached an important consensus on promoting a bilateral strategic partnership of cooperation and forging a closer partnership of development," according to the president.

Both sides have maintained frequent high-level contact and engagement, promoted cooperation in priority areas including construction of railways and industrial parks, strengthened exchanges, controlled border areas, Xi said.

China-India relations are experiencing stable development and facing broad prospects, he added, predicting that Modi's visit will strengthen the partnership.

Xi called on the two countries to look at their ties from a long-term perspective, strengthen coordination on global and regional affairs, and "steer the international order to develop in a fairer direction".

The two countries could strengthen communication on the New Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiatives, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), and Modi's Act East policy, find areas of common interest, and hone a mode of cooperation with reciprocal benefit, Xi said.

He said the two countries should seek common ground in their respective development strategies to jointly promote the region's economic integration and contribute to global economic growth.

He called for more bilateral cooperation in areas including railways, industrial parks, urbanization and training, pledging to encourage Chinese companies to invest in India.

The president also expressed hope that the two countries can trust each other more and control their disputes to avoid weakening bilateral ties.

Xi also called on the two countries to strengthen exchanges between media, think tanks and young people to promote mutual understanding.

Calling China a great neighbor, Modi said India was ready to communicate and cooperate more closely with China, increase cultural exchanges and properly handle disputes.

He also voiced hope for more bilateral trade and closer cooperation with China within the AIIB.

He said he believed the AIIB will play an important role in regional economic and social development and that India welcomes China to increase its investment in the country.

With regard to South Asia, Xi said that China has close relationships in the area and supports the region. China is ready to strengthen reciprocal cooperation with all South Asian nations and promote the region's peace, stability and prosperity, he said.

Modi echoed Xi, saying India attaches high importance to communication in South Asia. India is ready to cooperate with China concerning the Belt and Road Initiative to promote the region's development and prosperity, he said.

After their meeting, Xi accompanied Modi to the Da Ci'en Temple and the Wild Goose Pagoda, where the famous Chinese Buddhist monk Xuan Zang presided over translation of Buddhist scriptures and expounded Buddhist doctrines in the Tang Dynasty.

The Da Ci'en Temple has witnessed a long history of friendly exchanges between China and India, said Xi, vowing to push forward the friendly ties between the two countries.

Modi said he was deeply impressed by the Xi'an visit and presented saplings of Bodhi tree to the temple.

Xi said the Bodhi trees given by former Indian prime Minister Javaharlal Nehru in 1954 continue to thrive today and have become a telling symbol of the friendship between the two peoples.

After the visit, Modi was accorded a traditional Tang Dynasty welcome at the Xi'an city wall and Xi welcomed him at the watchtower of the wall.

The two leaders also enjoyed an art performance staged by Chinese artists.

This three-day tour is Modi's first China visit. Premier Li Keqiang and top legislator Zhang Dejiang will also meet him in Beijing on Friday.

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi and China’s premier Li Keqiang at a joint
press conference. Photograph: Liu Weibing/Xinhua Press/Corbis