Asean Summit, Malaysia on Nov 21, 1015

Asean Summit, Malaysia  on Nov 21, 1015
Asean Establishes Landmark Economic and Security Bloc
"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.)









North Korean defector criticises China in rare Beijing talk

North Korean defector criticises China in rare Beijing talk
North Korean defector and activist Hyeonseo Lee, who lives in South Korea, poses as she presents her book 'The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story' in Beijing on March 26, 2016 (AFP Photo/Fred Dufour)

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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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Senior Chinese envoy meets aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang, as both sides stress longstanding ties despite deep divisions over North's nuclear activities

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Celebrations spread after Australia backs same-sex marriage

Yahoo – AFP, David MILLIKIN, 15 November 2017

Thousands of marriage equality supporters took to the streets, dancing and singing
when the results were announced, as colourful confetti filled the sky at rallies in cities
across Australia

Celebrations swept across Australia Wednesday as voters emphatically endorsed same-sex marriage after more than a decade of divisive debate, and political leaders immediately began moves to enshrine the historic shift in law by Christmas.

Thousands of marriage equality supporters took to parks and squares across the vast country, hugging, dancing and singing under clouds of glitter when the results of the two-month-long postal survey were announced.

Revellers wrapped in rainbow colours swarmed the entertainment districts of Sydney, Melbourne and other cities, closing streets as the party continued late into the evening.

"This means everything, this means everything," shouted one partygoer named Chris at a huge rally in Sydney, fighting back tears and hugging his partner Victor.

"It has been fantastic. I have been with my partner for 35 years and he was so joyed up that he burst into tears," added another reveller, Gerry Boller.

Almost 62 percent of the 12.7 million people who participated voted "yes" to the question: "Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?"

Just 38.4 percent voted "no", according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which carried out the poll.

Irish-born Qantas Airlines chief Alan Joyce, who is openly gay and campaigned strongly for the "yes" campaign, also fought back tears as he spoke of his delight.

Graphic showing places where gay marriage is legal, or an agreement has been
 made to make it legal. Australians have voted in favour of changing the law to legalize
same-sex marriages

"I was so proud of Ireland in May 2015 when they became the first nation in the world to vote for marriage equality... But today I am even more proud of Australia, the country of my selection," he said in Sydney.

Nearly 80 percent of eligible voters took part in the poll, with the "yes" vote winning a majority in all of Australia's states and territories.

'Yes for love'

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a moderate conservative who backed the "yes" camp, hailed the result of the non-binding vote and vowed to pass a bill legalising marriage equality "before Christmas".

Australians "voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love", Turnbull said, adding that he had already been invited to "stacks" of gay weddings once the law takes hold.

"Now it is up to us, here in the Parliament of Australia... to get on with the job the Australian people have tasked us to do and get this done, this year, before Christmas."

Within hours of the vote result, Dean Smith, a Senator from Turnbull's Liberal Party who is gay, introduced a bill that would legalise gay marriage while allowing religious institutions and clergy to refuse to celebrate same-sex unions if they conflict with their beliefs.

Hardline opponents in Turnbull's party have pressed for more extensive religious protections to allow commercial service providers to reject same-sex weddings and let parents pull their children from school programmes they feel undermine heterosexual traditions.

They have support notably from Muslim and some conservative Christian communities which returned a high percentage of "no" votes in the survey.

Almost 62 percent of the 12.7 million people who participated voted "yes" to the
question "Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?"

But Turnbull rejected those calls this week and he and the opposition Labor Party are expected to back a bill based on Smith's proposal with a "conscience vote" in the two houses of parliament.

"We will have a bill that will deliver on the instructions the Australian people have given us to change the law to allow same-sex couples to marry. That is our job. It is over to us now," he said.

A survey of federal politicians by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation published Tuesday found that 72 percent of House members and 69 percent of Senators would support the change to marriage laws.

Turnbull called the postal vote in the face of opposition from hardliners who refused to back a national plebiscite on the issue.

The move was opposed by proponents of same-sex marriage, who wanted direct legislative action.

They said the lengthy vote process was both a waste of money –- it cost just under Aus$100 million (US$76 million) -– and exposed gay people and their families to hate speech.

"No" campaigners said they would continue defending their cause.

"In a democracy, just because you win it doesn't mean you... bulldoze forward," said Senator Eric Abetz, a prominent "no" campaigner.

"Keep in mind there are 4.8 million of our fellow Australians that actually voted no... do we say they should no longer be heard? Or do we actually ask them questions as to how can their concerns be alleviated so we can move forward as a nation?"

But the solid margin for the "yes" vote and the high turnout looks to limit the influence of "no" campaigners.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

In Saudi visit, Lebanese patriarch backs PM Hariri over resignation

Yahoo – AFP, Anuj Chopra, November 14, 2017

A handout picture from the Saudi Royal Palace shows Lebanon's Christian
Maronite patriarch Beshara Rai (R) meeting powerful Saudi Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh on November 14, 2017 (AFP Photo/
BANDAR AL-JALOUD)

Riyadh (AFP) - The head of Lebanon's Maronite church, in a historic visit to Saudi Arabia, voiced support Tuesday for prime minister Saad Hariri over his resignation, which tipped his country into crisis.

Beshara Rai arrived in Riyadh on Monday in the first trip to the kingdom by a senior Lebanese figure since Hariri quit on November 4 in a shock announcement from the Saudi capital.

Hariri had cited fears for his life and accused Hezbollah, the powerful Shiite movement that is part of his government but close to Saudi Arabia's arch-rival Iran, of controlling Lebanon.

"I am convinced by the reasons for his resignation," Rai said. "He will return to Lebanon as soon as possible."

Many observers suspected Riyadh had ordered him to resign, and senior Lebanese politicians have alleged he is under de facto house arrest in the capital.

Lebanon's resigned prime minister Saad Hariri meets the country's Christian 
Maronite patriarch Beshara Rai in the Saudi capital Riyadh on November 14, 
2017, in a handout picture released by the press office of Lebanon's Maronite 
Patriarchate (AFP Photo/HO)

But in his first tweet in several days on Tuesday, Hariri brushed aside those allegations.

"Everybody, I'm totally fine. God willing, I'll be back in these two days. Let's calm down," he wrote.

He added that his family would stay in Saudi Arabia, calling it "their country".

Hariri's resignation came against the backdrop of mounting tensions between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran, which back opposing sides in conflicts and power struggles from Syria to Yemen.

Rai's trip to Saudi Arabia, though overshadowed by Hariri's resignation, is significant as it symbolises a rare inter-religious exchange in the ultra-conservative Sunni kingdom, home to the holiest sites in Islam.

Rai is the top cleric in Lebanon's powerful Maronite community, and is regularly consulted by both Christian and non-Christian political figures as well as receiving foreign dignitaries when they visit the country.

Lebanon's Christian Maronite patriarch Beshara Rai with King Salman on 
November 14, 2017 in Riyadh (AFP Photo/Fayez Nureldine)

During his visit to Saudi Arabia, he met King Salman and powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday.

The patriarch and the king "reviewed fraternal relations between the kingdom and Lebanon and confirmed the importance of the role of different religions and cultures in promoting tolerance, renouncing violence, extremism and terrorism," the state-run Saudi Press Agency said.

Separately, Saudi Gulf affairs minister Thamer al-Sabhan said the Maronite patriarch's visit "stresses the kingdom's approach for peaceful coexistence, closeness and openness for all sections of Arabic people."

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has said France was "worried by the situation in Lebanon" and wanted to see the government there "stabilise as quickly as possible".

Le Drian is set to visit Riyadh on Thursday.

France joined Germany on Monday in calling for an end to external interference in Lebanon -- buffeted for decades by conflicts between bigger players in the region such as Iran and Syria.

Last week, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also warned other countries against using Lebanon for "proxy conflicts", adding that he had no evidence that Hariri was being held against his will in the oil-rich kingdom.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Vietnam and China agree to avoid conflicts in S. China Sea

Yahoo – AFP, November 13, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) shakes hands with Vietnamese President Tran
Dai Quang (R) at the presidential palace in Hanoi (AFP Photo/LUONG THAI LINH)

Vietnam and China agreed Monday to avoid conflicts in the hotly contested South China Sea, as a new pathway to dialogue on easing tensions was opened with other Southeast Asian nations.

The communist neighbours have long sparred over the sea, through which $5 trillion in shipping trade passes annually and which is believed to sit atop vast gas reserves.

Hanoi and Beijing agreed Monday to keep the peace in the sea, the countries said in a joint statement during a state visit to Hanoi by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

They agreed to "well manage disputes at sea, make no moves that may complicate or expand disputes, (and) maintain peace and stability on the East Sea," the Vietnamese version of the statement said, using Hanoi's term for the waters.

China claims nearly all of the sea, even approaching the coasts of its neighbours. It is also partly claimed by the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan in addition to Vietnam.

China has in recent years built artificial islands and airstrips capable of hosting military installations in contested areas to cement its claims, inflaming tensions with its neighbours.

Relations between China and Vietnam hit a low in 2014 when Beijing moved an oil rig into waters claimed by Vietnam, sparking weeks of protests.

There have been two armed conflicts between China and Vietnam in the sea -- brief clashes in 1974 and 1988 that claimed the lives of dozens of Vienamese troops.

On Sunday US President Donald Trump offered to help Vietnam resolve the long-simmering tensions.

"If I can help mediate or arbitrate, please let me know... I am a very good mediator," Trump said on his own state visit to Hanoi at the tail end of his marathon tour of Asia.

Vietnam offered no response.

And China, which has long insisted the United States has no role to play in the dispute, spoke out against what it deemed foreign interference.

"We hope non-regional countries can respect the regional countries' efforts in maintaining the regional stability of the South China Sea, and play a constructive role in this aspect," foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular press briefing in Beijing.

More talks agreed

Trump was in Manila on Monday for meetings with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and several other countries.

At that meeting China and ASEAN, which includes Vietnam, announced on Monday night they had agreed to begin talks on a much-delayed code of conduct for the sea.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang sealed the accord with the ASEAN leaders in Manila, according to China's state-run Xinhua news agency.

However no timeframe was announced for an actual code.

China initially agreed in 2002 to begin talks on a code, but delayed doing so while carrying out its expansionist strategy.

And at China's insistence, ASEAN also agreed in August that any future code would not be legally binding, despite a strong push from Vietnam.

After the Philippines backed China's position, ASEAN agreed it would not have legal force.

The Philippines had for many years stood alongside Vietnam as one of the region's strongest opponents to Chinese expansionism.

Following Manila's complaint to a United Nations-backed tribunal, the panel ruled last year that China's territorial claims in the sea were without legal basis.

But the Philippines, after President Rodrigo Duterte took office last year, decided not to use the ruling to pressure China.

He instead chose to build closer ties in return for billions of dollars in investments and aid.

Critics accused Duterte of giving in to Beijing. But he said his tactics had eased tensions and opened the door to dialogue.

Dutch nationals, one in Nepal, arrested for child sex abuse abroad

DutchNews, November 13, 2017    


Two Dutch nationals have been arrested in connection with a major investigation into child pornography and child abuse abroad, the public prosecution department has confirmed. 

Henk K, who is 75, was arrested in Nepal on Friday and an unnamed 46-year old man was picked up at his home in Zuid-Holland. 

In total, four homes in the Netherlands were raided in connection with the investigation and further arrests have not been ruled out, the department said in a statement

Child rights organisation Terres des Hommes is keeping watch on at least 350 Dutch nationals who go on holiday to have sex with children, the Telegraaf said on Monday. Their number include the two men picked up last week, the paper said.

Spokesman Gideon van Aartsen told the Telegraaf that the 350 people came into the spotlight as part of a special cyberspace project and that their online activity is now being monitored. 

‘Child sex tourists have all sorts of friendships in countries where sex tourism is a problem,’ Van Aartsen told the paper. The organisation also says it works with airlines to monitor sex tourists’ travel arrangements. 

According to the Telegraaf, most of the 128 Facebook friends belonging to Henk K, arrested in Nepal at the weekend, are Nepalese teenagers. K, who is 75, has a house in Nepal and has been visiting the country for years. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Top Thai royal aide sacked for 'evil acts': palace

Yahoo – AFP, November 11, 2017

The latest aide to fall from grace is Distorn Vajarodaya, a senior official in the Royal
Household Bureau who served as Grand Chamberlain under the late Thai King
Bhumibol Adulyadej (AFP Photo/PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL)

Bangkok (AFP) - A senior Thai royal official has been sacked for "evil acts" including having an extramarital affair and forcing his alleged mistress to get an abortion, the palace said, the latest top aide to be axed under King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

Vajiralongkorn, 65, took the throne one year ago following the death of his widely revered father King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who reigned for seven decades.

He has yet to attain his father's widespread popularity but remains insulated from any criticism by one of the world's harshest royal defamation laws.

Since ascending the throne the new monarch has axed a number of powerful palace officials from his father's era.

The latest aide to fall from grace is Distorn Vajarodaya, a senior official in the Royal Household Bureau who served as Grand Chamberlain under the late King Bhumibol and was often seen by the ailing monarch's side during the final years of his reign.

A statement published by the Royal Gazette late Friday stripped Distorn of his royal decorations and listed his alleged wrongdoings -- including having an extramarital affair, "forcing" his mistress to get an abortion, and then coercing her into marrying another man.

"When the woman got pregnant for the second time, he forced her to have another abortion but the woman refused. So he forced her to get married with another man she hadn't had a relationship with," the statement said.

Distorn was also accused of "using the King's name to avoid taxation in importing a foreign vehicle" to replace a damaged royal car.

The aide also allegedly ordered staff to forge documents about a donation to a royal foundation he chaired.

Thailand's lese majeste law, which criminalises insulting the monarchy with up to 15 years in prison per offence, makes it impossible to publicly counter such charges.

Many of those purged from the new monarch's inner circle have been charged with lese majeste and jailed.

In one of the most dramatic episodes, Vajiralongkorn divorced his third wife in late 2014 after half a dozen of her relatives were charged with lese majeste -- and later jailed -- for allegedly abusing their royal ties to him.

All media inside Thailand must heavily self-censor when reporting on the royal family to avoid falling foul of the defamation law.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Afghan university sees first graduates in women's studies

Yahoo – AFP, November 5, 2017

An Afghan female student looks on during the graduation ceremony of the first-ever
 class of Gender and Women’s studies master's programme in Kabul (AFP Photo/
SHAH MARAI)

Kabul (AFP) - Afghanistan's first graduates in women's studies donned caps and gowns on Sunday to collect their unusual qualifications in the patriarchal country.

Kabul University is the country's first higher education institute to offer a degree focused on gender and women's issues, according to the United Nations Development Programme and university officials.

Feminist theories, media, civil society and conflict resolution were among the largely women-focused topics covered in the two-year Master's course, funded by South Korea and run by the UNDP.

Offering such a degree would have been unthinkable during the Taliban's repressive 1996-2001 Islamist regime, when female issues were taboo and women were largely confined to their homes and banned from education.

While protection of women's rights has improved since a US-led invasion toppled the Taliban, they remain second-class citizens in the male-dominated country.

Among the 22 graduates were seven men, including Mujtaba Arefi.

"This is the beginning of a change," Arefi told AFP as he waited to receive his certificate.

"With these programmes we can understand the women's place and status in our society. There is the possibility that we will reach a level of gender equality like the West."

Another graduate, Sajia Sediqqi, said she hoped her classmates would use their degrees to improve the situation of women in Afghanistan.

"In a short period of time we cannot bring about any dramatic change, but with our higher education we can help change our society and serve our people, particularly our women."

Saudi Arabia in sweeping purge as prince cements power

Yahoo – AFP, Anuj Chopra, November 5, 2017

Saudi Arabia has arrested dozens of senior figures as Crown Prince Mohammed
bin Salman (pictured) consolidates power (AFP Photo/FAYEZ NURELDINE)

Riyadh (AFP) - Saudi Arabia pursued a sweeping purge of the kingdom's upper ranks on Sunday, saying it would freeze the accounts of dozens of princes, ministers and a tycoon arrested as the crown prince cements his hold on power.

Prominent billionaire Al-Waleed bin Talal was among the princes arrested late Saturday, a government source told AFP, immediately after a new anti-corruption commission headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was established by royal decree.

Separately, the head of the Saudi National Guard, once a leading contender to the throne, as well as the navy chief and the economy minister were replaced in a series of high-profile sackings that sent shock waves through the kingdom.

The dramatic shake-up comes at a time of unprecedented social and economic transformation in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, as Prince Mohammed steps up his reform drive for a post-oil era.

Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television reported that 11 princes, four current ministers and dozens of ex-ministers were arrested as the commission launched a probe into old cases such as floods that devastated the Red Sea city of Jeddah in 2009.

The government official gave AFP a list of 14 of the most high-profile names including Prince Al-Waleed, ranked among the richest men in the world.

The information ministry separately said the bank accounts of those arrested will be "frozen" and any assets related to the corruption cases will be registered as state property.

"The suspects are being granted the same rights and treatment as any other Saudi citizen," attorney general Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb said in a statement, adding that a number of investigations had been initiated.

"A suspect's position or status does not influence the firm and fair application of justice."

Key members of the ruling Saudi dynasty after reports Sunday of arrests of 
senior figures as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman consolidates power. 
(AFP Photo/Sabrina BLANCHARD)

'A new era'

Shares in Kingdom Holding, 95 percent of which is owned by Prince Al-Waleed, dived 9.9 percent as the Saudi stock exchange opened Sunday after reports of his arrest. The share price later recovered some of its losses to end the day down 7.6 percent.

In a statement Kingdom Holding said it was "aware" of Saturday's developments but insisted that it was "business as usual" after the chief executive of the company was assured of support from the government.

Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan said the crackdown "heralds a new era and policy of transparency, clarity and accountability".

"The decisive decisions will preserve the investment environment and boost trust in the rule of law," the Saudi Press Agency quoted him as saying.

The kingdom's top council of clerics also lauded the anti-corruption efforts as "important", essentially giving religious backing to the crackdown.

An aviation source told AFP that security forces had grounded private jets at airports, possibly to prevent high-profile figures from leaving the country.

There was fevered speculation on social media that the arrested figures were being held at Riyadh's Ritz Carlton, a palatial hotel originally planned as a palace for guests of the royal family.

The hotel appeared to be closed off to the public on Sunday and its website said the property was fully booked.

"The breadth and scale of the arrests appears to be unprecedented in modern Saudi history," said Kristian Ulrichsen, a fellow at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University.

"The reported detention of Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, if true, would send shock waves through the domestic and international business community," Ulrichsen told AFP.

The purge comes less than two weeks after Prince Mohammed welcomed thousands of global business leaders to Riyadh for an investment summit, showcasing his reform drive that has shaken up the kingdom.

Meteoric rise

It follows a wave of arrests of influential clerics and activists in September as the 32-year-old prince, often known as MBS, consolidates his hold on power.

Analysts said many of those detained were resistant to Prince Mohammed's aggressive foreign policy that includes the boycott of Gulf neighbour Qatar as well as some of his bold policy reforms, including privatising state assets and cutting subsidies.

The latest purge saw Prince Miteb bin Abdullah sacked as the head of the National Guard, an elite internal security force. His removal consolidates the crown prince's control of the kingdom's security institutions.

To analysts, Prince Mohammed's meteoric rise has seemed almost Shakespearean in its aggression and calculation. In June, he edged out a 58-year-old cousin, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, to become heir to the throne.

Already viewed as the de facto ruler controlling all the major levers of government, from defence to the economy, the prince is widely seen to be stamping out traces of internal dissent before a formal transfer of power from his 81-year-old father King Salman.

At the same time, he has projected himself as a liberal reformer in the ultra-conservative kingdom with a series of bold moves including the decision allowing women to drive from next June.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Hong Kong to become first Asian host of Gay Games

Yahoo – AFP, October 31, 2017

Hong Kong, which does not recognise gay marriage and only decriminalised
 homosexuality in 1991, is often accused of lagging on LGBT rights (AFP Photo/
PHILIPPE LOPEZ)

Hong Kong (AFP) - Hong Kong will become the first Asian city to host the Gay Games in 2022 with rights campaigners celebrating the winning bid for a city often criticised for lagging on LGBT rights.

Hong Kong beat Mexico's Guadalajara and Washington DC to host the 11th edition of the event, with the jubilant bid team saying it would attract 15,000 participants and bring HK$1 billion into the local economy.

Organised by the LGBT community, the Gay Games features a range of sports and is open to all participants, "without regard to sexual orientation, and there are no qualifying standards", the Hong Kong bid team said in a statement.

Competitors come from many countries, including those where homosexuality remains illegal, it added.

The Gay Games was founded by former Olympic decathlete Tom Waddell and first held in San Francisco in 1982. The next edition will be held in Paris in August next year, featuring 36 sports, from mountain biking to fencing and athletics.

Hong Kong's Pink Alliance, which promotes equal rights for the LGBT community, said the games would "help to bring a wider understanding and acceptance of our community", not only in the southern Chinese city but throughout the region.

When the constitutional court in neighbouring Taiwan ruled in favour of allowing gay marriage in May, campaigners in socially conservative Hong Kong highlighted the city's lack of progress on equality issues.

Hong Kong does not recognise gay marriage and only decriminalised homosexuality in 1991.

But a landmark court decision in September that granted a British lesbian in Hong Kong -- known as "QT" -- the right to live and work in the city as a dependant of her long-term partner was hailed as a decision that could reduce more hurdles for same-sex couples.

QT had previously been denied a dependant visa by immigration authorities, forcing her instead to stay in Hong Kong on a visitor visa, which did not allow her to work.

Hong Kong's Gay Games bid chair Dennis Philipse said there was a "spirit and passion for increased inclusion and diversity" in Hong Kong.

However, the campaign for LGBT rights continues to elicit fury from anti-gay campaigners.

Last year, banking giant HSBC placed a pair of rainbow-painted lions in front of its landmark building in the heart of the city to promote support of gay rights, a move slammed as "disgusting" by opponents who rallied in protest.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

"The Addictive Old Energy" – (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll)

Kryon.com, August 12, 2017

This live channelling was given in Stamford Connecticut

Lee Carroll
To help the reader, this channelling has been revisited [by Lee and Kryon] to provide even clearer understanding. Sometime information is even added or condensed. Often what happens live has implied energy within it, which carries a kind of communication that the printed page does not. So enjoy this enhanced message given in Stamford.

Greetings, dear ones, I am Kryon of Magnetic Service. My partner steps aside as always, and I now give you a message that he is not aware of. The way it works, dear ones, is that the information that is being given from the other side of the veil is information that perhaps you don't expect, and is given in ways that you might not have thought of.

Tonight is a revelation that goes further than ever into the differences between the old and the new energy. Today my partner tried to set the stage [in the seminar] so that you would understand that, before 2012, there was an energy that you no longer have. It's an energy that you are not going to revisit, and it is not coming back. It's a new kind of energy that is beginning to place itself on this planet, and it is filled with a completely new paradigm of reality.

Changing Ideas Create Dysfunction with Many

We've told you in the past that these new paradigms will often create confusion, because things are not as they were. There is often disappointment, and some have said, "Well, things are not happening the way I thought they would for a renewed energy. It isn't like it used to be, is it? I thought it would simply get better." No, it isn't the old paradigm, just getting better. It's a brand new energy beginning with the old leaving.

The new energy is filled with feelings that are completely and totally different, reactions that are totally different and expectations that are totally different. Within these things hides a truth, and the truth is that there is a development going on of the Human spirit itself and about how you are changing your ideas about certain kinds of things. Since these things don't all happen to everyone the same, there is often a period of shift, change and recalibration.

Humanity is slowly starting to feel more compassion and become less critical of others and their cultures. There is a meld happening, but in the process, however, the ones who are not feeling this way stick out. Some of these are so angry at the new energy that they strike out with their frustration in disappointing and inappropriate ways. Some have formed armies and some go it alone, but they are all showing the profound awakening of the changes within dark and light. Imbalance and illogical actions are the result, as there are those who will die to keep things from changing. However, dear ones, that is not what I want to talk about, since we have discussed this before. Those things are going to happen slowly within the perceptions of who you are becoming and the issues that show themselves with the shift of consciousness you are having - the battle of light and dark.

Tonight, I want to talk about a difference between dark and light that is starting to be seen and is even greater than before. It's the way you perceive things in an older energy compared to the way you perceive things in a new energy. Mostly, I want to show you what happens when you drag the old energy into a brand new light - objections!

We've told you before that this is a time where there can be "no more fence sitting". You cannot claim to be a Lightworker, a compassionate person, and then not be compassionate to humanity. You cannot decide one day to be one thing, then another day to be another. That was the way of it in an older energy, and there was great deceit. We've told you before of the drama that people often create over and over, because it suits them and works for them in an older energy. This is because people pay attention to them and they get what they want. But this is changing, and in the new energy these people often find themselves missing out, not included, not being agreed with and being left behind. They discover that the old energies are not commensurate at all with the old reality they had. They are frustrated, since the "old ways" are no longer working.

Old Energy Addiction

Processes and procedures that many counted on, which got results before, are now starting to shift and change and are no longer working. But we've said that before. Tonight, I would like to tell you how addictive the old energy is. I would like to start showing and telling by example, some of the things we have only marginally discussed before. It's time to expand on some interesting issues.

Can Darkness be Addictive?

It's hard to describe how Humans can be addicted to something that is dysfunctional and dark. The night is dark, and if you've survived a certain way because you couldn't see well, and suddenly the light is turned on, many long for the time when it was dark! This is because they knew how to navigate in the dark, but they don't know how to navigate in the light.

There will be those who are used to a paradigm of struggle. This is what they have understood and have felt was normal. So when the light comes and then there is benevolence, joy and compassion, they long for the old days of struggle over and over. It seems unbelievable that someone would want such a thing, when presented with something so much better! Imagine, the end of struggle and suffering, replaced by a benevolent attitude of expectation and light. However, many have spent so much time struggling and suffering, complaining and reacting, that they can't see the light. Even if it's shown to them, they can't understand it and they don't want it. How could such a thing be? Are there examples of this? Yes, there are examples of it, dear ones, that you can see right now.

Current Events

Let's get current and talk about what's happening today. I'm again going to explain something that is seemingly unbelievable and exemplifies the difference between a dark energy and a light energy. Let's look at how addictive the darkness is, even when light could create some amazing solutions to needed issues. Instead, there are some so invested in the old energy, and who wish to wallow in what they used to know, that they can't see the treasure in the light, which is something they have worked for all their lives. Human Beings have an issue: They tend to want something they are used to, not even understanding it's dark and perhaps dysfunctional.

I want to give you an example that's very, very current. Not long ago, approximately 2011, something happened in North Korea. The son of the deceased dictator took over. We're not going to mention his name in the channel, but you all know who I'm speaking of. The boy became an emperor overnight, and he had studied with his ego-based father. He'd also studied in the west, although under another name. So he knows who you are, dear ones, and he knows the culture here in this country. In 2011, one year before the shift, he was at a crossroads. We discussed it with you then, and now we're going to take it to another level.

Let me ask you something. Knowing what he desperately wanted for himself, what would you have done if you were him? Let's review: In 2011 he stands on the precipice of greatness. By 2012, he will be taking over his country, and he's going to be the emperor of all he sees. He has learned what his parent taught him, and all he has done all of his life is watch the egotism of his father. So he has absorbed that method as the way of life for a leader. He needs fame and importance, even more than his father. So, more than anything else he wants to be famous. More than anything else, he wants to be seen and loved by his people. This is what his primary focus is, and what he learned from his father. The mold is set.

So, put yourself in his place if you can. You are the boy, and you are able right now to follow the father's lineage for North Korea or enhance it. The boy started making his decisions in 2012, when the decree came down that he was the emperor and chairman of the people's party, you might say. He began to make the decisions of his reign. So, again, you're him for a moment. What could you do, right now, with a clean slate? What would create something that you want more than anything else on the planet - fame, fortune and respect? What could you do that would almost have you worshipped, be idolized, be seen as important, to be "the one"? What could you do right now at that juncture 2012? And I'll tell you - he missed it. He missed it. Everything he wanted was never seen, because it was in the light. Instead, he actually chose his own demise.

If he had seen the light coming, even in his egotistical mindset, if he understood anything about the current feelings on the planet other than his own darkness and subversion, everything would be different today. Think about it for a moment. What would you have done? Here is the option: With total control of his country, he could have been someone that this planet would have put on a pedestal all his life - all his life! The first thing he does is to unify the North and the South Koreans, bringing families together after all of those years of strife. He'd have been known as the benevolent father of the two Koreas - for a lifetime. Then he would drop any ideas of war. He would understand that it's dysfunctional and illogical and would create horror for his people. Instead, he would be the "great leader of world peace" between his "new" country and the west. He would walk into the United Nations in New York City to a standing ovation and cheers all around! A planet would love him. He'd be on the cover of all of the magazines. He'd be seen by everyone as a world hero, worshipped and adored by the planet for doing something nobody ever had the courage to do. He'd be seen as wise before his years, and it would be a decision that would bring him into the light, helping his people into wealth and happiness - which is exactly what he wanted - getting all the accolades that he possibly could have all of his life, going down in history as changing the earth itself. He'd have achieved the ultimate goal of his life.

So, what did he do? Have you read the paper lately? Is the dark so addictive that he couldn't see it? Yes. He never saw it. Immediately, he killed a relative who may have challenged him. He was his "own man", anchored in the dark, and he completely missed his opportunity. Everything he ever wanted as a young man, as trained by his father so well, everything he ever wanted was in his grasp in that year and the decisions he made instead found him wallowing about in what used to work. However, he is now a pariah for the old energy, raising his hand, making trouble for the planet, thinking that this is what he's supposed to do - and he won't last long. I want to tell you this is how addictive the old energy is. The box of gold was right in front of him and he missed it.

Is He Alone? How About You?

What kind of addiction does the old energy have for you? Are you continuing to do things that you think are absolutely correct, working with perceptions that have been given to you in an old energy that you are still wallowing in? Of course, reading this you will say, "Not me." Remember the Korean leader. He still thinks he is right and never saw it. How invested in struggle are you? I have some news. You can't do it for long. First, you lose friends. You can't claim to be one thing and be another anymore.

So let's start extending this teaching. If the darkness is so attractive, is it affecting anything else? The answer? It is absolutely affecting everything else. There's an entire industry we have told you about that will eventually fail because it has been developed in an older energy, worked in an older energy, and has no integrity. The industry is Big Pharma. We've told you that its fall is imminent and the attributes will come from the ones within it, who will expose it. When this actually happens is up to you, since this is free choice of the developing consciousness of your country. However, let's look for a moment, not at the event, but what it may then lead to.

Big Pharma is invested in an old idea that designer chemistry is the answer to healing. This idea has been prevalent for decades and many feel that it is the highest technology available. However, instead, and in the light, there starts to appear another idea entirely: The Human body has an unrealized awareness and it is actually the master healer! The Human body is designed to self-correct. So, therefore, don't put foreign chemistry into it, but instead find out how to give it elegant, specific instruction sets to heal itself. Make them high-technology instruction sets to inform it to heal itself!

This is homeopathy expanded, you might say. There are processes coming that understand that this Human body of yours is so much better than any chemist has ever realized, and the new energy is starting to expose this fact. The answer to healing is not chemistry. The answer to health and healing is by addressing the "smart part" of the Human body, giving it instructions to utilize former unknown systems that are ready to create spontaneous remission and beyond.

Remember my channelling given on the "youthing template" or the fact that you all have dormant "genesis cells" within your body (cells that have the full body blueprint and a source for very young stem cells)? These both were expositions of systems that are smart and ready to create new cells and healing in ways that will seem miraculous! But they need to be "instructed". 

Funding Will Trail for Awhile

How much money do you think is invested in the old ways? Right now, there is an industry of investment that is going to fail. So, do you think all this money will then be invested into the new methods? The answer is NO, not right away. Just like the North Korean leader's blindness, the old ways are just too addicting. "Keep it the same," they will yell. "The fall is temporary," they will say. "It always worked before, and it always will." Many investors will lose fortunes. The dysfunction is already being seen clearly. When you turn on your media at night, much of what you hear in the commercial breaks is how the chemistry didn't work! Now you get a chance to join others and sue the pharma companies for bad chemistry! You think something is beginning to break? It is. You see, they are already wallowing in something that's going to make them fail. They are advertising how broken the very system is. Both big pharma and their investors don't see the light coming yet, even though it is becoming dysfunctional before their eyes.

Major Medicine Has the Same Addiction

Think about those who have studied medicine. They study for years and years, then they take oaths that say, "Do no harm." They become fine physicians doing their very best to help humanity. Then along comes an amazing non-standard healing revelation, but it doesn't suit them because it was not what they were taught would work. In fact, many of them were told during their training that it doesn't work at all! In an older paradigm, their medical education, taught by instructors who they respected, informed them that homeopathy and all that it represented wasn't science at all. Many will still believe this, even with overwhelming new evidence that there are things they simply didn't know back then. So, expect many doctors to also reject new provable science! The reason is because they are wallowing in their addiction to what they thought was accurate and what they thought worked. It's almost a betrayal for them to even examine it! It's a betrayal of those very good teachers who told them something completely different.

Younger doctors and researchers will come along and say, "Look, I can prove this new approach to you. Just look at this, look at this proof we have. Take a day with me and look at this amazing proof!" Many physicians will say, "No thanks." Younger researchers will say, "Why not? It won't hurt you to see it!" And they'll say, "Because I don't believe it." This scenario doesn't even make sense, but it represents how addicting the old energy is. Watch for it, even within your own physicians. Human nature says that if it worked before, it's going to work again. "This is what I understand. This is what I do. Don't show me anything new because I was taught that what you have simply cannot work."

Dear ones, physics and biology discoveries will change everything, and suddenly the sun comes out [a metaphor]. Suddenly, there are new ideas. Can you imagine telling some of the greatest inventors in history to cease and desist? Could you tell the Wright brothers they were crazy? Two bicycle makers should stop trying to create powered flight? Should someone have told Louis Pasteur to stop believing in "germs"? How stupid can you be - invisible microorganisms? It's fantasy! Can you look at Tesla and say, "That's foolishness! You're going to electrocute people with that system"? Well, there are those who actually said those very things to all of them! The doubters were invested in old paradigms that were so addicting that they actually believed them. It's the same attitude as what is coming soon. So now let's switch and make it a little more personal.

Personal Metaphysics

Dear ones, if you've grown up in metaphysics, perhaps you call yourself a learned, educated, shamanic one. If you've been doing it for years, you know the processes and how they work. Perhaps you've been a healer for a very, very long time and you're proud of your knowledge? You should be. You've helped the planet, you've helped all those around you. Then suddenly, the energy itself begins to shift. The frequencies of energy that you have been working with, which connect you to "the source”, begin to move. Things start to slow down or not work at all. Yet when somebody shows this to you, instead of looking at it and saying, "Show me more," you say, "I'm shutting the door on this because I don't want to go there. Energy is always the same. It's fine for me. It will return to the way it was. I'm just a little out of sorts at the moment. I'll wait."

So I will ask: Is it working for you? Is life joyful? Healers are starting to lose the connection that they have had. Even meditators are starting to ask where Spirit has gone: "I sit down and I don't feel it anymore." We have been telling many of you for years now to expect the "frequency of God itself, inside you, to start vibrating at a higher level”! It is beginning to get higher than you ever thought it could be, but you continue to tune-in to the older, lower frequency, expecting everything to work. It won't!

Think about it, really. What's your joy factor? If you are tuned to the higher frequency, you are going to feel it! If God is real to you and the frequency has started to lift, and the veil is starting to be lighter, the older ways won't be near as effective. The magnetic grid of the planet has shifted, allowing new consciousness, and everything is becoming tuned for the old soul and the Lightworker. Have you taken advantage of it? Have you looked at yourself and said, "Alright, okay, all the things that I knew, maybe, just maybe they've changed a bit." Or do you say, "I know what I'm doing. I've had years of experience and this is the way things work." Is this too personal to examine?

Old souls are the ones listening and reading this. You are the ones who will eventually move into the light, but the old energy is so addicting, so addicting! In almost all of your dealings, things are beginning to change.

Can you believe the story of the North Korean leader having turned down being adored by the whole planet all his life - having everything he ever dreamed of in a heartbeat? He never saw it coming because he only knew what worked in the dark. He only knew old consciousness thinking. What I'm telling you is this: If you are a Lightworker, it's time to step into the light. The things that you thought you knew well may have shifted slightly. This includes what you believe is "truth". When you start to turn on the light in a dark room, you see new things. Perhaps your "truth" was based on seeing things dimly in the dark and assuming what they were? But when these same things are illuminated, and you clearly see them, truth becomes fully revealed! Truth can change based on the revelations of time. It changes when the light is turned on.

The one who steps into the light is going to live a lot longer, dear ones, because it's going to be frustrating to stay in a place that you don't understand or that's getting worse just because you think you know what you're doing and won't change. This ages all of you.

So the plea is this: There is an entourage around you, which comes from the Creative Source. It's here because your soul has a piece of God in it and it's busting to get out of the box you keep it in! The box is called old, addictive energy. Break the box! Listen, you will never have to unlearn what you know, but in the process of looking at the light, you can enhance what you know and go to the next level in beauty and joy in a smooth transition, not a hard one. This is a new energy and new paradigms are just waiting for you. Just waiting!

I speak to the healers still using all of the methods they used to, just because those methods worked and worked for years. Now we're saying, "How would you like to double the efficiency of everything you are doing?" Some say, "I would, but I know this old way better than I know anything else, and that is why I'm going to stay with it. It's good enough for me." Let me tell you something, old soul. You were born to be here during the shift and this transition to move into the new paradigms and to show the light to others. That's why you are here, and that's why you were born. It doesn't serve humanity or the planet to stay in the dark just because you are "used to it".

Listen, I tell you that the hands of transition from the Creative Source are outstretched to you. They are saying, "This is why you're here! Walk into the light without fearing what it might bring. It will not upset what you have learned already and will enhance it greatly. In the process you, yourself, will start to change. There will be more joy in your heart, more compassion and more knowledge. Think about this."

Imagine a balance that you've never had before. Imagine a maturity where new, intuitive information flies at you from sources that you don't even know about yet. These are things that you've asked for. What did you try lately in the last 20 years that didn't work? Are you going to try it again? The answer is NO. And we say why? You say, "Because it didn't work." Did you ever consider that it may have been bad timing? You simply tried it too soon. Try it again. Don't base your future on what happened in the past. It needed the new energy.

Meetings like this are given for good reasons, so you can meet and know each other and find the Light. You get to be with other people of like-mind who may help you find balance because they may know something that perhaps you don't. Two or more together can create more. That's why you're here. That's why you have chosen to continue reading this.

I leave it there. It's a time of great love, of great change and the beginning of great compassion. Here you are in a world where the majority of citizens and countries want to get along - and that's new. In the past, one unbalanced leader has been able to take the whole world and put it at war for years. Now, suddenly, that is unacceptable. Instead, you've got the entire planet that really wants peace. They want something for their children that other generations never had. Culture after culture, different though they are, they understand the premise that war does not work, and never has. An earth that collectively feels this way will eventually snuff out the ones who would want it otherwise.

We've told you what is coming. We've told you that the wild card that you call Trump has more things that are wild, coming. This creates major shift in an old system. We told you that almost a year ago. We told you that the dark army will be defeated, and we told you to expect major shift.

So, dear ones, this is the juncture between dark and light at a time perhaps that you didn't expect to hear it. We tell you that things are changing fast and if you wish to control that which is the reality of your life, you have every option to drop the barriers and see what's new. You have the ability to begin to understand better why you're here and to take the hand that is outstretched to you called the Creative Source.

The New Children

This darkness that you grew up in, are you understanding and realizing that your children will not have that? There are children coming into this new energy right who will never experience the darkness. They will only know the new magnetic grid; they'll only know the innate smart body that heals itself. They will intuitively know that war solves nothing. They're going to fight the darkness greater than anything that you are doing. There will be no understanding at all of some of your attitudes, because the children will only see the logic of the light. Their patience will be limited for those who are still addicted to something they never experienced and which intuitively does not work.

They may have nothing to do with metaphysics and everything to do with the new Human Being. They may not be spiritual, yet they will have everything to do with God inside. That is the new Human, where spirituality is not necessarily a choice, but rather something that is inherited as truth. It's something they are born with - an innate understanding that they are a piece of the creator, that balance and peace is the primary object of all Humans. They will look at you and say, "Doesn't everyone know this?"

Does that sound like the old energy you grew up in? Dear ones, don't wait for the kids. We need you now to be mature enough to see the light, drop the old, and meet the new energy head-on.

And so it is.

KRYON