Asean leaders, from left: Philippines President Benigno Aquino, Singapore Prime
Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand Deputy Prime Minister Phongthep Thepkanjana,
Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Myanmar
President Thein Sein, Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak, Cambodia Prime Minister
Hun Sen, Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Laos Prime Minister
Thongsing Thammavong pose for the group photo after the opening ceremony of the
24th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Naypyidaw, Myanmar
on May 11, 2014. Myanmar hosts the ASEAN Summit in Naypyidaw for the first time
since it joined the ASEAN community in 1997 and the theme for its Chairmanship of
ASEAN is ‘Moving Forward in Unity to a Peaceful and Prosperous Community’. (EPA
Photo/Lynn Bo Bo)

"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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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Arizona gun range reviewing policies after nine-year-old kills instructor

Arizona Last Stop gun range, where visitors can shoot machine guns, considering changes including raising age limit

theguardian.comLauren Gambino in New York, Wednesday 27 August 2014

Shooting instructor Charles Vacca stands next to the nine-year-old girl, in this still
image taken from the video. Photograph: Mohave County Sheriff Office/Reuters

The manager of an Arizona shooting range where a nine-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her instructor with an Uzi said he has trained children as young as five on the use of firearms but the range’s policies on minors is currently under review.

Sam Scarmardo, a manager at the Arizona Last Stop gun range, told the Guardian that the range is reviewing the incident, and is considering policy changes, including raising the age limit and imposing a height and weight requirement.

“We train kids as young as 5 years old on the use of single shot .22 rifles in our youth safety classes,” he said. “In 13 years we’ve never handed out a Bandaid to anyone let alone have something like this happen” he said.

Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies said Charles Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, was shot at least once in the head on Monday while training the girl how to fire the gun. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital in Nevada where he died from his injuries on Monday night.

Scarmardo said Vacca, who served in the Army, had worked at the Last Stop gun range for a year and a half. The girl, whose name has not been released, was visiting the range with her parents from New Jersey.

Scarmardo would not comment or confirm specific details of the incident. He would not talk about the range’s current policy on minors firing guns, but said it followed the law and was in step with other shooting ranges in the area. Some packages listed on the Last Stop website require children to be at least eight years old and stipulate that minors under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.

Arizona law prohibits minors from possessing a firearm unless they are accompanied by a parent, guardian or an instructor, among other exceptions. Deputies said the nine-year-old girl was at the shooting range with her parents.

While the incident is under investigation, Scarmardo said children are currently prohibited from shooting at the range.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s office released a video of the incident apparently captured on a phone by the girl’s parents, which it provided to the Guardian.

The video shows a raven-haired girl wearing hot pink shorts and ear muffs gripping the Uzi in her hands as she takes aim at a silhouette target. Before she shoots, Vacca adjusts her stance, and places one of his hands under the gun and the other behind the girl’s back. She fires once, hitting the dirt beside the target.

“Alright!” Vacca says cheerfully. Then he switches the settings from “single-shot” to “fully automatic”, and shouts: “Alright. Full auto.” She fires several rounds rapidly, and the video cuts.

Investigators said that when the girl pulled the trigger on the automatic Uzi, the recoil sent the gun over her head. Vacca was shot at least once in the head. It is unclear how many shots were fired. The sheriff’s office said in an email to the Guardian that they are not providing any more information than has already been released at this time.

The sheriff’s office said deputies responded to the incident around 10am on Monday. Vacca was airlifted to a medical center in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he died from injuries later that night. Scarmardo said Vacca’s wife was by his side at the hospital.

Based on the video, no charges will be filed against the shooting range, Mohave County Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Trish Carter said in the email.

Carter said the incident is being viewed as an industrial accident, and so the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is conducting an investigation. She said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been notified.

The autopsy will be performed by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office in Nevada.

Arizona Last Stop is a roughly 30-acre property in the Mohave desert, located off the stretch of highway between Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon Skywalk. The location is meant to create a “Desert Storm” atmosphere for shooters, its website said on Tuesday.

At the range, shooters can choose their firearm among a range of fully automatic machine guns and specialty weapons. The website boasts: “At our range, you can shoot FULL auto on our machine guns. Let ‘em Rip!”

Scarmardo, the manager, said the employees at the range are tight-knit, and are very upset by the loss of their colleague.

“He was a great guy. He was like a brother,” Scarmardo said. “Everybody loved Charlie and everybody is going to miss him.”

A criminologist shows an "Uzi" submachine gun at the Criminology
 Laboratory on May 28, 2008 in Ciudad Juarez, north Mexico
(AFP Photo/Alfredo Estrella)

Qatar says ready to rebuild war-battered Gaza

Yahoo – AFP, 27 Aug 2014

A Palestinian family return to their destroyed home with their belongings in the
 northern Gaza Strip city of Beit Hanun on August 27, 2014 (AFP Photo/
Mohammed Abed)

Doha (AFP) - Key Hamas backer Qatar hailed a Tuesday ceasefire that ended seven weeks of conflict in and around Gaza and offered to throw its huge gas earnings behind reconstruction efforts.

Qatar, which hosts the Palestinian Islamist movement's exiled leader Khaled Meshaal, paid tribute to the "resistance and the sacrifices" of the Palestinians in 50 days of conflict with Israel.

It said it was "ready to contribute to the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip as soon as possible," without giving any figure.

The ceasefire deal agreed on Tuesday between a Palestinian delegation, including Hamas, and Israel provides for a simultaneous opening of border crossings to aid and reconstruction supplies.

The head of the 57-member Islamic bloc welcomed Tuesday's ceasefire and expressed hope it would lead to a resumption of Middle East peace negotiations, broken off earlier this year despite desperate US mediation efforts.

The ceasefire must present a first step towards "restarting negotiations to achieve a just and comprehensive peace agreement," said Organisation of Islamic Cooperation secretary general Iyad Madani.

The conflict, which began on July 8 when Israel launched Operation Protective Edge in a bid to stamp out cross-border rocket fire, cost the lives of 2,143 Palestinians and 70 on the Israeli side.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Palestinians celebrate 'open-ended' Gaza ceasefire

Thousands of Palestinians have taken to the streets of the Gaza Strip to celebrate the news of a truce meant to end weeks of fighting. Palestinian militant groups have sought to frame the truce as a victory over Israel.

Deutsche Welle, 26 Aug 2014

The latest ceasefire agreed between Israel and the Palestinians came into force at 7 p.m. local time (16:00 UTC). Shortly after it came into effect, thousands took to the streets of the coastal territory to celebrate the apparent end of 50 days of fighting that claimed more than 2,000 Palestinian lives, most of whom were civilians.

Correspondents reported that the loudspeakers of mosques blared out chants normally reserved for Muslim holidays.

Even as the announcement of the truce was being made, the sound of Israeli air strikes could be heard in Gaza, and Israeli media reported that rocket fire from the Palestinian territory had continued after the ceasefire was meant to take effect.

The news of the ceasefire was first announced by Hamas and another Palestinian militant group, Islamic Jihad, which described it as an "open-ended" truce, and including an agreement by Israel to ease its seven-year-old blockade of the territory to allow essential supplies and construction material to enter.

It was some time later that the Egyptian mediators who helped broker the ceasefire made the announcement that deal was official.

Israeli confirmation

Still later came confirmation from Israel.

"We have accepted once again the Egyptian ceasefire proposals, which call for a cessation of all hostilities," the DPA news agency cited an unnamed Israeli official as saying. AFP quoted an unnamed senior Israeli official who described the truce as being "unconditional and unlimited in time."

Despite the fact that more than 2,000 Gaza residents were killed in the Israeli offensive aimed at stopping militant rocket attacks on the Jewish state, Hamas sought to frame the truce as a victory over Israel.

"Our armed resistance achieved what the Arab armies had failed to achieve," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said, adding that "this besieged weak people defeated the strongest ... army in the Middle East and destroyed the enemy's power of deterrence and the legend of the army that can never be defeated."

In addition to those killed, the past seven weeks of violence saw more than 17,000 residences destroyed in Gaza, leaving 100,000 Palestinians homeless, according to United Nations estimates.

On the Israeli side, 68 people have been killed, all but four of whom were soldiers.
Despite the ceasefire agreement, many issues are still to be resolved between the two sides. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that indirect peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians were "to continue within the space of a month."

pfd/jr (dpa, AP, AFP, Reuters)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Thai king endorses coup leader as prime minister

Yahoo – AFP, 25 Aug 2014

Thai Army Chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha pays his respects in front of a portrait
 of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during a royal command ceremony to swear him in
 as Prime Minister at the Army headquarters in Bangkok on August 25, 2014 (AFP
Photo/Government House)

Bangkok (AFP) - Thailand's coup leader was formally endorsed as prime minister by the nation's revered king on Monday, in a step towards forming a government to oversee sweeping reforms in the politically turbulent kingdom.

Army chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, 60, who booted out an elected government in a bloodless power grab on May 22, was chosen uncontested as premier last week by a national assembly made up mainly of military figures.

In a brief but elaborate ceremony to receive the royal command, Prayut -- wearing a white official uniform -- knelt and bowed in front of large portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Thai Army Chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha
 reads a statement after receiving a royal
command during a ceremony to swear him in
as Prime Minister at the Army headquarters
 in Bangkok on August 25, 2014 (AFP Photo/
Government House)
"His majesty the king has appointed me Prime Minister. I am extremely grateful... this is a great honour for me and my family," Prayut said after the ceremony.

"I will work with honesty and for the benefit of people and the nation," he added.

The top general, who was endorsed as premier on Sunday but was officially given the royal command a day later, will also remain head of the junta as the military appears to tighten its grip on power.

A junta spokesman said Prayut will pick a cabinet and propose ministers for the king's approval in September.

The junta, formally known as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), says it was forced to take power after months of protests left nearly 30 people dead and hundreds more wounded, paralysing the government, cramping the economy and frightening off tourists.

It has ruled out holding new elections before October 2015, despite international appeals for a return to democracy, vowing first to oversee reforms aimed at cleaning up politics and society.

Critics say the protests provided a pretext for the power grab from the former government, which was led by Yingluck Shinawatra until shortly before the May 22 coup.

Prayut, whose term as army chief finishes at the end of September, is seen as a staunch opponent of Yingluck's brother, fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, whose overthrow in an earlier coup in 2006 triggered Thailand's long-running political crisis.

Thaksin is reviled by much of Thailand's Bangkok-based royalist elite, but draws deep loyalty from the poor, but populous northern portion of the country.

His parties have won every election since 2001 -- even though the billionaire policeman-turned-businessman fled Thailand in 2008 to avoid jail for a corruption conviction.

Rights groups have condemned the junta for smothering dissent since seizing power.

Protests are banned under martial law while hundreds of activists and political opponents were summoned by the military after the coup -- although most were released within days.

The United Nation's last week also expressed alarm at a number of arrests and stiff jail sentences meted out since the coup for defaming Thailand's monarchy.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 86, is revered by many Thais and protected by tough defamation laws that carry a maximum jail sentence of 15 years for each conviction.

Interpol investigates 'baby factory' as man fathers 16 surrogate children

Lawyer for Mitsutoki Shigeta, 24, says the businessman simply wants a large family and has the means to support it, Kevin Rawlinson and agencies, Saturday 23 August 2014

Thai police display pictures of the surrogate babies during a press conference
at the police headquarters in Chonburi, Thailand. Photograph: Sakchai Lalit/AP

Interpol has launched an investigation into an alleged "baby factory" after it emerged that a Japanese businessman had fathered 16 surrogate children and expressed a desire for many more.

Police raided a home in Bangkok earlier this month, finding nine babies with nine nannies. Mitsutoki Shigeta, 24, has been identified as the father of each of them, as well as seven more. Authorities are looking into his motives, which he says are benign.

The children were apparently housed in unfurnished rooms filled with baby bottles, bouncy chairs, playpens and nappies, according to Thai police.

"What I can tell you so far is that I've never seen a case like this," Thailand's Interpol director, police Maj Gen Apichart Suribunya, said on Friday.

According to the Associated Press (AP), he added: "We are trying to understand what kind of person makes this many babies." The investigation will centre on Japan, Cambodia, Hong Kong and India.

"We are looking into two motives. One is human trafficking and the other is exploitation of children," said police Lit Gen Kokiat Wongvorachart, Thailand's lead investigator in the case.

He said Shigeta had made 41 trips to Thailand since 2010. On many occasions he travelled to nearby Cambodia, where he brought four of his babies.

The founder of the New Life clinic, a multinational fertility clinic that provided Shigeta with two surrogate mothers, said she warned Interpol about him even before the first baby was born in June 2013, the agency reported.

"As soon as they got pregnant, he requested more. He said he wanted 10 to 15 babies a year, and that he wanted to continue the baby-making process until he's dead," said Mariam Kukunashvili.

She told the AP, Shigeta also asked about equipment to freeze his sperm to have sufficient supply when he was older.

And she said he told the clinic's manager that "he wanted to win elections and could use his big family for voting", and that "the best thing I can do for the world is to leave many children".

Kukunashvili, who is based at the company's headquarters in the country of Georgia, said she never met Shigeta but received reports from her Thai staff. The clinic is based in Thailand and six other countries.

She said she also emailed Shigeta, whose then lawyer responded to say he was involved in "no dishonesty, no illegal activities". He has not been charged with any crime and, according to reports, is trying to get his children back.

The 12 in Thailand are being cared for by social services and he has proven through DNA samples sent from Japan that he is their biological father.

He quickly left Thailand after the raid on his condominium on 5 August and has said through a lawyer that he simply wanted a large family and has the means to support it, AP reported.

Thai police said Shigeta hired 11 Thai surrogate mothers to carry his children, including four sets of twins. Police have not determined the biological mothers, Kokiat said.

The case came to light after a tip-off that followed allegations that an Australian couple abandoned a surrogate baby after learning it had Down's syndrome. The couple deny the accusation.

During the raid on the property, Shigeta's former lawyer Ratpratan Tulatorn insisted his client had done nothing wrong.

"These are legal babies, they all have birth certificates," Ratpratan told Thailand's Channel 3 television station. "There are assets purchased under these babies' names. There are savings accounts for these babies, and investments. If he were to sell these babies, why would he give them these benefits?"

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Macau Starts Unofficial Referendum on Democracy

Jakarta Globe – AFP, Aug 24, 2014

A volunteer, center, displays a banner on a street to raise awareness of an unofficial
referendum in Macau on Aug. 24, 2014. (AFP Photo/Dale De La Rey)

Hong Kong. Residents of Chinese gambling hub Macau began voting in an unofficial referendum on electoral reform on Sunday, despite strong objections from Beijing.

The former Portuguese colony returned to Chinese rule in 1999 and has a separate legal system from the mainland.

Like Hong Kong, Macau’s leader is known as its chief executive and is chosen by a pro-Beijing electoral committee.

The referendum will run for a week and ends on Aug. 30 just ahead of the naming of the enclave’s new leader on Aug. 31 by the 400-member committee. The poll was designed by activists to garner public support for reforms in the city of 550,000.

“Our goal is to fight for a democratic electoral system and the first stage is to get the citizens informed of the election system,” poll organiser Jason Chao told AFP last month when the event was announced.

“We hope that the referendum will be able to serve as a foundation for our fight for democracy in the future,” he said then.

As of 12 p.m. local time, 750 people have voted, according to the event’s official website.

Questions include whether there should be universal suffrage for the 2019 chief executive elections and how confident voters are in the upcoming election’s sole candidate Fernando Chui, who has been in the position since 2009.

Residents are asked to vote either electronically or at several locations in the city.

China has hit back at the referendum, with a statement from Beijing’s liaison office in the city saying that the enclave had “no authority” to hold the poll.

Activists hope the referendum turnout will exceed 10,000.

In May around 20,000 people marched against a bill to allow government ministers generous retirement packages, with many youngsters taking part hoping for greater accountability from their own government.

Hong Kong also held an informal poll on democratic reform in June which saw more than 790,000 people vote over 10 days on how the city’s next leader should be chosen.

The winning proposal would allow the public or democratically elected lawmaker to nominate candidates.

Beijing slammed the vote as “illegal and invalid”.

China has promised to let residents of the former British colony elect the chief executive in 2017, but has ruled out giving voters a say in selecting candidates, prompting fears that only those sympathetic to Beijing will be allowed to stand.

Agence France-Presse

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bridging the divide between young Israelis and Palestinians

While bombs are killing people back home, a group of young Israelis and Palestinians are in Germany trying to make sense of it all and come up with a solution for peace.

Deutsche Welle, 22 Aug 2014

It is a difficult beginning. Israelis and Palestinians fill the conference room near the German city of Bonn with crying and arguing, accusations and reproach. Sitting together seems impossible, unbearable. Yet when those participating in the two-week event start to talk about the fates of their families, the lines that divide them begin to fade.

The some 50 Israelis and Palestinians communicate in Arabic and Hebrew, with translators on hand to help express the intensity of their experiences and feelings.

"You hear tough stories, and its really touching when other people have empathy," Palestinian Suad said. Sitting across from her is Amit, an Israeli who increasingly realizes how little the two sides know about each other.

"I don't believe our media, it is too much a part of the conflict," she said. Like others here, she wants to form her own, comprehensive picture of the situation, to have the chance to speak "directly" with those deemed to be the enemy.

The participants get to know each
other while they are in Germany
Back home, Amit and Suad only live 20 minutes apart. But they are, in fact, worlds apart. Amit lives in Jerusalem, Suad in the Palestinian territories, and to cross the border she needs special permit. Now they are both in Germany, in a building near the city of Bonn with others like them.

Private initiative

The event is organized by the Committee for Basic Rights and Democracy, a group run by peace activists and funded exclusively by private donors. They have been facilitating meetings between young Palestinians and Israelis far from the scene of the conflict since 2002.

Their idea is to offer participants the opportunity to forget their prejudices and learn that people on both sides share the same basic yearnings and feelings. The association covers all costs, but relies on partner organizations such as "Breaking Borders" to use word of mouth to find potential participants in the conflict region.

All told, some 2000 young adults, including many students, have so far been able to travel to Germany to meet others like them and share their stories. Against the backdrop of the current Gaza conflict, many of those in Germany now told their relatives and friends back home that they were going to a holiday camp. For many, the truth is simply too sensitive.

White lies

Barbara Esser, one of the organizers of the "Holiday from War" project, understands the reasons for these white lies.

"It is not acceptable where they come from," she said. "Anyone who attempts to make contact with the other side is deemed a traitor." She recalls one Israeli who wanted to be friends with a Palestinian on Facebook but didn't know if he could without upsetting his friends.

"Anyone who attempts to make contact
 with the other side is deemed a traitor,"
Esser said
At the heart of the program is a mutual willingness to listen. Esser says it is not about forcing friendships, but creating understanding and tolerance. They use role play to stage peace negotiations and come up with suggestions for solutions to the Middle East conflict.

Amit describes the experience as a chance to dream. "Positive visions of the future help generate hope and to believe in the goal." But very few participants believe the conflict will be solved by a younger generation.

The basic problem

During their discussions, Israelis and Palestinians pinpoint the basic hurdle to progress. It is the fear of having to make too many concessions and ultimately being the losers. There is a broad base of agreement on the importance of overcoming that feeling.

Suad is positive about the work they are doing together and sees how it can break down barriers. "Even the right-wing conservatives on both sides have started to change their thinking," she said.

Some 50 young Israelis and Palestinians share their experiences and feelings

Whenever things get particularly tense, and those in charge show participants how they are slipping back into old patterns of thought, both Israelis and Palestinians are surprised.

Ultimately the ice breaks whenever there is a chance for people to get to know each other better. Apart from playing games and going on trips, there are designated evenings devoted to the presentation of the different cultures.

After cooking and eating together, there is often music, and then Israelis and Palestinians even dance together. No photos are taken, for fear that they could be misunderstood. There is a meeting of the ways here, and although participants agree that they did not have a holiday from war, they did lay the groundwork for talking about the possibility of working together.

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“… What have we told you about the bridge? Actually, not much except that in crossing the bridge, the old energy ones were not going to like it. Old energy does not want you to escape! Old energy doesn't want you to cross the bridge because it can't cross. Did you know that? It can't cross. The old paradigms of Human nature that you've known all of these millenniums have to stay on the old side of the bridge. It cannot cross, for the bridge rejects all that is not in love, compassion and light. Those things that are dark, including Human nature of the past, will not be able to go. But the ones I speak to right now are already on the bridge. That was your design, old soul, and those are the words that are ringing in your ears to this day and the ones given at the wind of birth, that this might happen in your lifetime. So what's going to happen next?


Let us talk about the swords: When you hear the word sword, the first thing that occurs to you is battle. The Bridge of Swords is a battle and we told you that as well. Swords are metaphoric and they mean many things, so let us describe the things we mean them to say to you.

Number one: They are indeed a weapon in a battle. There is a battle coming. "Kryon, does that mean there's going to be a war?" Potentially, yes. Right now we will tell you that the Middle East cooks itself. You've noticed, haven't you? What do you know about the Middle East, dear one? Let's start examining things for a moment. What energy did you grow up in? What was the energy of the Middle East? In the '40s, what was the energy? With the establishment of the state of Israel, you built a wall of hate, both sides. The wall was so thick that the children of both sides were taught to hate one another as soon as they were able to understand the language. They were told who their enemies were. Now, where were you then?

Some of you weren't here yet. By the time you arrived, in your youth, were you aware of the Middle East? Not particularly. "What's the hatred about?" you might ask. What if I told you it's about a family feud? Two sons of a Jewish master are involved. One founded the Arabs and one remained a Jew. They don't want to hear this, but they are all Jews. (Don't tell them this.)

If you look at the lineage, it's pretty obvious and yet it's a complete and total set-up for either solution or war. The set-up would have this world ending in a conflagration that would have been brought about by this hatred. That's in the prophecy of Nostradamus and your scripture, but it is no longer the prophecy of the planet. Yet the hatred still exists. The hatred is as great today as it was then, but where was all the terrorism 40 years ago? It was isolated.

Those in Israel and Palestine and surrounding areas took the brunt of it, but now it's seemingly everywhere - and you're worried. Why would this be? The answer is that the old energy was happy to have this hatred contained, for it would keep it going and never involve outsiders. Outsiders tend to bring unwanted light to the party. Suddenly, the whole earth is involved and can see the entire scenario before them. The old guard wants war, just like all the eons before them. The ones on the bridge are holding the light and showing the earth how to cross. Even many younger ones in Israel and Palestine and Iran are holding light! It's all around the old guard and they are furious, for they are losing the "battle of hatred." …

Friday, August 22, 2014

Australian MP Clive Palmer retracts anti-China insults

Want China Times, Staff Reporter 2014-08-22

Cliver Palmer in an interview with Agence France-Presse in Sydney on
Aug. 27, 2013. (Photo/CFP)

Australian businessman and politician Clive Palmer has released a full statement retracting his earlier comments in which he called Chinese people "mongrels" and "bastards."

"I have been an admirer of China and its people for many years," Palmer wrote in an apologetic statement released Wednesday, adding that he has been "a major supporter of the Chinese for a long time."

The 60-year-old Palmer, a member of the Australian parliament, also praised China's "art, culture, technology and economic advancements" as well as the "virtues the Chinese people have for their families and the lives of so many," and singled out the first China-born Western Australia senator Dio Wang, saying that his Palmer United Party is fortunate to have the senator in its ranks.

According to Palmer's statement, his remarks made Monday night on Australian TV program Q&A, were only directed at "one Chinese state-owned company that has failed to honour its agreements and announcements made to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in early 2006," adding that it is "unacceptable" for the company to abuse the legal system "for commercial gain in a global strategic effort to control resources."

While the statement did not specify the name of the company, it has widely known that Palmer is engaged in a bitter legal dispute with Citic Pacific, his partner in the Sino Iron project in Western Australia. Citic Pacific is listed in Hong Kong and is 58% owned by the state-owned Citic Group in Beijing.

Despite Palmer's statement, many of his comments on Q&A appeared to be directed at the Chinese government, including, "they're communist, they shoot their own people, they haven't got a justice system and they want to take over this country."

It also did not help matters that after filming the segment, Palmer told the Australian Financial Review that he made "no distinction" between Citic Pacific and China's leadership, and that if he went to China "they'd shoot me."

Palmer also continued his assault against China on Australian radio on Tuesday, saying, "They have one-day trials, they don't have any democracy," and "there's no doubt that the Chinese government shoots thousands of people every year and suppresses political discussion."

"I feel for the Chinese people that live under such tyranny," he added.

The Australian government went into immediate damage control after Palmer made the remarks, reassuring Beijing that the relationship between the two countries is important and that China is still respected in Australia.

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott also went on national radio to brand Palmer's outburst "just over the top, shrill and wrong," adding that Palmer was not speaking for the whole country because it was a merely a "personal bitterness issue."

"What Clive Palmer said the other night was so destructive and really it's very hard to understand why someone who wants to be influential in our nation's life would be so simplistic and counterproductive," Abbott said.

Palmer also clearly hit a nerve in China, with the Chinese embassy in Canberra releasing a statement labeling his comments "absurd and irresponsible" and "full of ignorance and prejudice."

China's nationalistic tabloid Global Times also lambasted Palmer as well as Australia for the comments, saying the politician's "rampant rascality serves as a symbol that Australian society has an unfriendly attitude toward China."

"China cannot let him off, or show petty kindness just because the Australian government has condemned him," the opinion piece said, adding that China must "let those prancing provocateurs know how much of a price they pay when they deliberately rile us" by cutting all ties with Palmer's companies and those doing business with him.

Palmer had previously made comments in support of China, having accused the Australian government of racially discriminating against Chinese investment back in 2001, and stating that Chinese people need to be treated with the "dignity they deserve" in 2009.

According to Forbes, Palmer's net worth was estimated to be US$550 million as at January 2014, while BRW magazine had the figure much higher at A$1.22 billion (US$1.13 billion) as at June this year. Prior to his recent outburst, Palmer was best known outside of Australia for signing a deal with a Chinese shipyard in 2012 to construct a replica of the Titanic called the Titanic II, though the project has reportedly been suspended.

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Malaysia pauses in solemn homecoming for MH17 dead

Yahoo – AFP, M Jegathesan, 22 Aug 2014

Soldiers carry a coffin with the remains of a Malaysian victim from Flight MH17 
during a ceremony at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on August 22, 
2014 (AFP Photo/Manan Vatsyayana)

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - Black-clad Malaysians observed a minute of silence and a nationwide day of mourning on Friday as the first remains of the country's 43 citizens killed in the MH17 disaster returned home.

People across the country of 28 million went silent at 10:55 am (0255 GMT), about an hour after a Malaysia Airlines jet landed with the remains of 20 people killed when MH17 was blasted from the sky by a suspected surface-to-air missile over Ukraine on July 17.

Malaysia's King Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, Prime Minister Najib Razak and dozens of other top officials were on hand for a sombre reception ceremony at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Soldiers carry a coffin with the remains of
Malaysian victim from Flight MH17 during
ceremony at Kuala Lumpur International
Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014
(AFP Photo/Manan Vatsyayana)
Flags flew at half-mast nationwide and various entertainment events and other festivities in the Muslim-majority country were cancelled or put on hold out of respect.

Residents of the capital Kuala Lumpur were overwhelmingly black-clad, including many Muslim women in black Islamic headscarves, as state television aired recitations from the Koran and photos of the Malaysian victims.

"No words can express the sense of loss in seeing the bodies return, my prayers are with the victims and families of #MH17," Najib said on his Twitter feed.

Dozens of Malaysia Airlines cabin crew and pilots in their work uniforms, some weeping, gathered near the welcoming ceremony holding Malaysian flags and white flowers to remember their lost colleagues.

'Life must go on'

Shazly, 40, a flight attendant who gave only his first name, citing a company request regarding contact with the media, mourned Nur Shazana Mohamed Salleh, who joined the airline with him in the same 2004 recruitment class.

Relatives attend a ceremony for the return
 of the remains of Malaysian victims from
 Flight MH17 at Kuala Lumpur International
 Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014
(AFP Photo/Manan Vatsyayana)
"She was a very jovial girl. She loved her job very much. She was very close with all her friends," he said.

"Life has to go on, even though it's very difficult for us to accept what has happened to our airline. They are our friends."

Some wore T-shirts with their dead colleagues' names and the Arabic phrase for "See you in Paradise." Fifteen crew were aboard.

The first batch of remains included those of Ariza Ghazalee, 46, and her son Muhammad Afif, 18, part of a family of six wiped out in the disaster.

It was a far different homecoming than what they had planned -- the family was returning to live in Malaysia after three years abroad, and Ariza's final Facebook post had said, "Starting our new migration. Praise God."

Friday's special flight arrived from Amsterdam, where remains have been taken for identification by Dutch authorities investigating the tragedy.

All 298 on board Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur flight MH17 were killed, including 193 Dutch nationals.

Malaysia Airlines flight attendants cry
 during the arrival in Sepang of the remains
of the Malaysians who perished onboard
Flight MH17, on August 22, 2014 (AFP
Photo/Mohd Rasfan)
The West accuses Russian-backed separatists of shooting down the plane, while Moscow blames Ukraine.

A military guard conveyed the coffins and urns -- at least three people have already been cremated -- from the plane and into waiting hearses.

Some were to be put aboard other aircraft for transport to their final resting places throughout the country.

A number of prayer sessions and funerals were planned for Friday in mosques, churches and temples, reflecting Malaysia's multi-ethnic make-up.

The MH17 tragedy has compounded Malaysian grief over the troubling and still-unexplained disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 just four months earlier.

Healing process

The airline and the Malaysian government came under fire worldwide for their chaotic response to MH370, which disappeared on March 8 with 239 people aboard en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Soldiers carry a coffin with the remains of a
Malaysian victim from Flight MH17 during
a ceremony at Kuala Lumpur International 
Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014
(AFP Photo/Manan Vatsyayana)
The plane is believed to have inexplicably diverted to the Indian Ocean, but no trace of the jet has been found. Some angry relatives have alleged a cover-up.

Malaysia Airlines, now in a financial crisis over the double disasters, said in a statement it was "deeply saddened" by MH17, noting that Friday ends a "long and painful wait" for next of kin.

The government has said 30 Malaysians on MH17 had so far been identified. Further remains will return in coming days.

Malaysian Twitter feeds filled with sorrow as MH17-related hashtags dominated top-trending rankings.

Many expressed hope that Friday's homecoming could help Malaysia find closure from both air disasters.

"Welcome home #MH17, and please come back to us #MH370," read one.

Indonesia court upholds Joko Widodo poll victory

BBC News, 21 August 2014

Supporters of defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto gathered
outside the court ahead of the verdict

Indonesia's top court has rejected an appeal from defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto over the results of July's presidential poll.

The constitutional court's decision upholds the results from the elections, which Joko Widodo won by a 6% margin.

Mr Subianto had claimed widespread electoral fraud, and taken his case to the court.

Hundreds of Mr Subianto's supporters gathered outside the court ahead of the verdict, clashing briefly with police.

The court decision means that Mr Widodo, who was declared president last month, has his position firmly sealed, the BBC's Karishma Vaswani in Jakarta reports.

The constitutional court is the highest authority in the country - and the decision from the court is final, our correspondent adds.

Mr Widodo's win was seen as heralding a new era for Indonesia, whose leaders have generally been drawn from the military and political elite.

Mr Prabowo is a former army general closely associated with the traditional elite, while Mr Widodo, a former furniture-maker who grew up in a small village, has promised a decisive break with Indonesia's authoritarian past and better social welfare for the poor.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Australian MP Clive Palmer denounced for anti-Chinese rant

Want China Times, Staff Reporter 2014-08-21

Clive Palmer. (Internet photo)

Australian billionaire Clive Palmer has been roundly condemned for an anti-Chinese diatribe on TV, reports China's Beijing News.

Palmer, a mining tycoon and the head of the Palmer United Party who was elected to parliament last year, launched a tirade asked about his dispute with his business partner, the Chinese state-owned Citic Pacific, on the ABC's Q&A program on Aug. 18.

"So far they've (Citic Pacific) shifted AUS$200 million (US$186 million) worth of iron ore out of this country without paying for it. I don't mind standing up against the Chinese bastards and stopping them from doing it," he said.

Later he referred to Chinese people as "mongrels" who "shoot their own people." "They haven't got a justice system and they want to take over this country," Palmer said.

On Aug. 19, Palmer said on Twitter that his statement on ABC was aimed at Citic Pacific and not Chinese people in general. His words were attacked however by politicians and business leaders. Treasurer Joe Hockey said Palmer's remarks were "hugely damaging."

Hockey said Palmer has been the beneficiary of Chinese investment. "He is in a very obvious legal dispute with his Chinese partners but I'd say to Mr Palmer, please don't bring down the rest of Australia because of your biases."

Australia's foreign minister, Julie Bishop, also said Palmer's words were "offensive, unnecessary and unacceptable for a member of parliament to make."

Opposition leader Bill Shorten called Palmer's words "irresponsible and certainly not in Australia's best interests," while the premier of Western Australia, Colin Barnett, referred to Palmer as an "embarrassment" who shows the worst of Australia.

The Australian Industry group condemned Palmer in a public statement, saying his comments may damage the reputation of Australia as a destination for investment and partner for trading.

The Chinese embassy in Australia denounced Palmer's comments as "absurd and irresponsible"

"We believe that a sound China-Australian relationship serves the fundamental interests of both countries. It is and always will be supported by the two peoples," the embassy said in a statement.

Palmer and Citic Pacific have been in a disagreement regarding mining rights and the management of Cape Preston in Western Australia. In July, Citic Pacific alleged that Palmer removed US$12 million from their joint account for inappropriate use including election campaigning. Palmer rejected the accusation.

Palmer made about US$1.2 billion through Citic Pacific by mining ore at the Pilbara on the northern coast of Western Australia.

In 2012, the mogul announced plans to build a replica of the RMS Titanic, Titanic II, with China's CSC Jinling Shipyard but the plan has reportedly been suspended.