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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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

'Stop fighting' UN chief tells Israel, Palestinians

Yahoo – AFP, Sara Hussein, Adel Zaanoun, 22 July 2014

A Palestinian boy sits on the rubble of a destroyed building following an Israeli air
strike in the center of Gaza City on July 22, 2014 (AFP Photo/Mohammed Abed)

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - UN chief Ban Ki-moon demanded Tuesday that Israel and Hamas halt spiralling violence in Gaza as he pushed diplomatic efforts to end bloodshed that has killed more than 620 Palestinians.

Following top-level truce talks in Cairo, the UN secretary-general headed to Israel to deliver his message in person as the 15-day conflict showed no sign of easing.

"My message to Israelis and Palestinians is the same: Stop fighting, start talking and take on the root causes of the conflict so that we are not at the same situation in the next six months or a year," he said.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (L) is
 welcomed by Palestinian Prime Minister
 Rami Hamdallah before a meeting on 
July 22, 2014 in the West Bank city of
Ramallah (AFP Photo/Abbas Momani)
In Cairo, US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed ceasefire proposals with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi with both voicing guarded hopes of an end to the violence.

But neither side showed any willingness to pull back, with Israel initially refusing to halt its fire without finishing a ground operation to destroy tunnels used by militants for cross-border attacks.

Even as the diplomats talked, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banned US airlines from flying to and from Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport for at least 24 hours, citing safety concerns from Gaza rocket fire that continued to fall on central Israel.

Air France and Lufthansa followed suit, suspending flights.

And there was more death on the ground in Gaza where the Palestinian toll rose to over 620. Among the dead were three children and 10 women, one of whom was pregnant, medics said.

UN school bombed

Since the offensive, more than 100,000 Gazans have fled their homes, seeking shelter in 69 schools run by the UN's Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA.

Israeli tank fire hit an UNRWA school sheltering the displaced in Al-Maghazi in central Gaza as shelling on the area resumed Tuesday afternoon, an official said.

The shell hit when a team, with Israeli clearance, was at the school observing damage from a possible strike the day before.

"While they were there, they came under Israeli shelling," he added, saying there were holes blown through the walls of the school compound, but that no one was injured.

Family grieve during a funeral in Gaza City, on July 22, 2014
(AFP Photo/Mohammed Abed)

The Israeli military said two more of its soldiers had been killed in the fighting a day earlier, hiking the overall Israeli death toll to 29, among them 27 soldiers who died in the past four days.

It also confirmed a soldier who Hamas militants claimed they had kidnapped was dead, saying his body remained unaccounted for.

Publication of the name suggested Hamas was likely holding the soldier's remains.

Despite its rising body count, Israel said it would only halt its Gaza offensive after laying waste to a sophisticated network of tunnels used by militants for cross-border attacks.

A ceasefire "won't happen before we really finish the tunnels project which was laid out as a strategic objective," Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said, referring to a ground offensive launched on Thursday evening.

She said Hamas's "completely unacceptable" preconditions for a truce had "no chance of being accepted by anyone".

Hamas has laid out a list of demands for halting its fire, including a lifting of Israel's eight-year blockade on Gaza, the release of dozens of prisoners, and the opening of its Rafah border crossing with Egypt.

'Stop fighting'

Israeli soldiers fire artillery shells towards
the Gaza Strip from their position near
Israel's border with the coastal Palestinian 
enclave, on July 21, 2014 (AFP Photo/
Menahem Kahana)
As he touched down in Tel Aviv, UN chief Ban demanded the two sides immediately hold their fire as he sought to drive forward regional efforts for a ceasefire.

Describing Hamas rocket fire on Israel as "shocking," he said it must "stop immediately".

But he also said Israel must exercise "maximum restraint" in Gaza, and he urged it to take a hard look at some of the root causes of the conflict "so people will not feel they have to resort to violence as a means of expressing their grievances".

Since last week, when Hamas rejected an Egyptian ceasefire proposal that was accepted by Israel, there has been growing world pressure on the Islamist movement to halt its fire and stop raining rockets onto Israel.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Malaysian PM wins guarantees regarding bodies, black boxes

The Malaysian prime minister has said that rebels in eastern Ukraine have agreed to hand over bodies of the victims of last week's plane crash to the Netherlands. He also said they would hand over the black boxes.

Deutsche Welle, 21 July 2014


Four days after the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the investigation into what caused the crash began to make some tangible progress on Monday.

Malaysian Prime Miniter Najib Razak said in a televised statement that he had received assurance from the prime minister of the self-styled Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Borodai, that the remains of the 282 people recovered from the wreckage of the plane would be handed over to a Dutch team.

The bodies, which are being stored in refrigerated train carriages, were to be transported from the town of Torez to the government-held city of Kharkiv. They were then in turn to be flown to the Netherlands for further investigation.

In his statement, Prime Minister Razak, who was actually speaking early on Tuesday local time, also said Borodai had promised that the Boeing 777's two black boxes would be given to a Malaysian team and that international investigators would "be guaranteed safe access" to begin their work in earnest.

Bodies examined

Earlier on Monday, a Dutch team of investigators were able to examine the recovered bodies for the first time.

"I am very impressed about the work that was done over here. I think they did a hell of a job in a hell of a place," Peter van Vliet, the head of the Dutch investigation team said after they were shown the bodies in the refrigerated carriages.

He also said they wanted to get the bodies back to the Netherlands as soon as possible. There was also a report late on Monday that the train was on the move, but its destination was not clear.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed last Thursday in rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people aboard en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Almost 200 of those killed were Dutch citizens.

Several reports have suggested that it was shot down by a missile, though this has not been proven.

pfd/mg(Reuters, dpa, AFP)
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Instructor to appear in India court over alleged child rape

Yahoo – AFP, 21 July 2014

Parents and child protection campaigners angrily protest
 over the recent alleged rape of a 6-year-old schoolgirl,
in Bangalore on July 19, 2014 (AFP Photo/Str)

Parents and child protection campaigners angrily protest over the recent alleged rape of a 6-year-old schoolgirl, in Bangalore on July 19, 2014 .

A roller-skating instructor was due in court Monday over the alleged rape of a six-year-old student which sparked protests from outraged parents, an official in the Indian city of Bangalore said.

The 30-year-old instructor at a top private school in Bangalore was arrested Sunday over the alleged assault on the premises earlier this month, the city's police commissioner said.

Police also seized a laptop containing child pornography from the instructor, who had worked at the school since 2011, commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar told reporters.

"The videos were downloaded from porn sites through the Internet," Auradkar said late on Sunday.

"He is married and has a three-year-old child too. We will produce him in the local court on Monday and seek his custody for further interrogation and investigation," Auradkar said.

Angry parents have held a series of protests in Bangalore over the incident, as India struggles to rebuild its battered reputation over levels of sexual violence in the country.

Police said the girl had complained of the July 2 attack to a teacher at Vibgyor High School. But her parents only learned of the incident a week later when she shared details with them.

The child was allegedly assaulted in a classroom at the school, a top fee-paying institution favoured by local politicians and businessmen.

The instructor supervised roller-skating activities for the students as part of the school's sports programme.

India is especially sensitive to cases of sexual violence after the 2012 fatal gang-rape of a student on a moving bus in New Delhi, which led to a public outcry and new tougher laws to deter rapists.

Putin 'will help recover bodies, black boxes': Dutch PM

Yahoo – AFP, 20 July 2014

Dutch Prime minister Mark Rutte gives a press conference in The Hague, on
July 20, 2014, about the situation of the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17
in eastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday promised Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte he will help retrieve bodies and black boxes from the Ukrainian rebel-held crash site of flight MH17.

Putin, who is believed to exert influence on the pro-Russia rebels, made the promise in his third conversation with Rutte since Thursday's crash, the Dutch government press service RVD said, amid growing international anger over the stranded bodies.

"Besides allowing unrestricted access to the crash site, the conversation focused on practical matters, namely the departure of the train that has many bodies and the handing over of the black boxes," a spokeswoman for the government press service RVD told AFP, asking not to be named.

"On both points Putin promised his full cooperation," the spokesman said.

Most of the 298 people on the Malaysia Airways flight, likely brought down by a pro-Russian rebel missile, were Dutch.

Around 200 bodies taken from the site in eastern Ukraine are being held in refrigerated trains nearby, pending the arrival of international investigators.

Ukrainian rebels have said that they have the black boxes, crucial in the crash investigation.

OSCE inspectors, part of the monitoring mission to Ukraine, document bodybags
 from MH17 in a refrigerated wagon at Torez train station, near the crash site,
on Sunday. Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

Members of the security council vote on a resolution concerning access to the crash
site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 during a security council meeting at United
Nations headquarters, Monday, July 21, 2014. The resolution was adopted by a
unanimous vote. Photograph: Seth Wenig/AP
'We have one aim, to get our people back,' Dutch prime minister says




"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy,Recalibration LecturesGod / 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. …”

Sunday, July 20, 2014

ASEAN member states condemn downing of Malaysian aircraft in Ukraine

Want China Times, Xinhua 2014-07-20

People placed flowers over the MH17 crash site, July 20. (Photo/CNS)

Member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have voiced strong condemnation over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine on July 17.

"We express shock at the tragic deaths of the 298 people of multiple nationalities on board the airline," said a statement of ASEAN foreign ministers published in Yangon Sunday, conveying profound sorrow and condolence to the families and loved ones of those on board the flight.

"Flight MH17 was flying over non-restricted air space and following a fly path which had been declared safe by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)," the statement said, holding that it is a flight route that is utilized by many international airlines plying the Asia-Europe route.'

The statement called for a full, independent and transparent investigation into the catastrophe, emphasizing that investigations must not be hindered.

Myanmar is currently rotating chair of ASEAN.

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Singapore Airlines apologises for 'insensitive' MH17 post

Yahoo – AFP, 20 July 2014

A pro-Russia militant walks past a dead body near the crash site of Flight MH17 in
Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 19, 2014 (AFP Photo/Dominique Faget)

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has apologised for posting an "insensitive" comment on social media Singapore Airlinesabout the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash in crisis-stricken eastern Ukraine.

Hours after the Boeing 777-200 passenger jet with 298 people on board went down on Thursday, believed shot by a surface-to-air missile, SIA posted a one-line statement on Facebook and Twitter.

It read: "Customers may wish to note that Singapore Airlines flights are not using Ukraine airspace."

The comment sparked anger among users of social media.

"How about at least acknowledging the terrible event and sending condolences to those families and friends involved instead of this cold, classless update?," wrote a Michael Reif in response.

Hundreds of others joined in the condemnation but some defended the airline, saying it was trying to reassure customers concerned about the safety of their flight route.

"We are aware that our Facebook and Twitter update on Friday morning may have come across as insensitive to some," SIA said in a Facebook posting late Saturday.

"We recognise that the information could have been better communicated and we sincerely apologise if it had offended our customers and anyone else in the online community," it added.

"The post was in response to many requests from our customers who had asked for information about our flight routes for their upcoming flights with us."

SIA acknowledged that prior to the crash it was flying the route taken by MH17 but has since re-routed flights.

World leaders are in agreement that MH17 was blown out of the sky by a surface-to-air missile fired from rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine.

Kiev has gone a step further, saying militias using a Russian-supplied anti-aircraft system were responsible.

Putin 'must take responsibility' for crash site access: Dutch PM

Yahoo – AFP, 19 July 2014

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte speaks during a press conference at the Ministry
of Safety and Justice in The Hague, on July 18, 2014 (AFP Photo/John Thys)

The Hague (AFP) - Vladimir Putin must act to allow access to the Ukranian rebel-held crash site of flight MH17 so bodies can be removed, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Saturday after a "very intense" conversation with the Russian president.

"He (Putin) must now take responsibility vis-a-vis the rebels," Rutte told journalists in The Hague after pro-Russian separatists hindered access to the crash site where 298 died in Thursday's plane crash, 192 of them Dutch.

"The Netherlands and the world will see that he does what needs to be done," Rutte said.

"Given today's developments and the images from this morning, I sent a message to the president to once more exert his influence on the rebels," Rutte added.

"Everyone saw how the plane wreckage, the passengers and the personal belongings are still spread around the site.

"He (Putin) promised me his cooperation yesterday.

"I told him that he must show the world that he wants to help."

Rutte said he was "shocked" by news images of "shameless" rebels handling passenger possessions and walking around the crash site.

Rutte said that he had spoken to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and that they also said Putin must act.

"Unimpeded access and quick recuperation of the bodies is the number one priority," Rutte said.


The MH17 crash site is controlled by armed pro-Russia militia, who are
 carefully supervising access to journalists and investigators. Photograph: 
Robert Ghement/EPA


Dutch banks act on MH17 credit card looting reports

Malaysian Airlines MH17 passenger manifest (Pdf)


"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy,Recalibration LecturesGod / 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. …”

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Culture of corruption at Taiwan's oldest tiremaker

Want China Times, Huang Tsung-yuan and Staff Reporter 2014-07-19

The Nankang Tire factory in Taipei, July 16. (Photo/Wang Ying-hao)

Nankang Rubber Tire Company, Taiwan's oldest tire manufacturer, managed to maintain an increase in its share prices despite an internal scandal in which one of the firm's high-ranking managers took bribes from clients for 17 consecutive years, writes our sister paper Taipei's China Times.

Nankang Rubber Tire Company started operations in 1940, founded by a group of engineers. The bribes, taken by Chen Chi-ching, an assistant manager, amounted to NT$230 million (US$7.7 million). Investigators said that Chen reportedly asked raw material sellers to pay him between US$7-40 for every tonne of gum Nankang bought.

Chen, and his wife who is allegedly his accomplice, seem to have lived modest lives, but when investigators searched his house, they found large amount of bank notes on the building's second floor. An investigation into the allegations was launched in May this year when Nankang notified legal authorities that one of the company members appeared to have taken bribes.

Nankang's honorary chairperson Lin Shur-pu is said to be manipulating the company's finances to keep its stock prices increasing despite the current crisis, but Lin was also involved in a scandal in 2000, when he was buying bankrupt Kuofong Group. Illegal transactions worth an estimated NT$300 million (US$10 million) were found to have been made in connection with the Kuofong case.

The new revelations came less than six months after Lin was released from jail on parole, leading some commentators to suggest that there may be a culture of corruption at the company.

Nankang pays more for its raw materials than its competitors, making its gross margins lower than its competitors.

Friday, July 18, 2014

With NDB established, Beijing turns to new bank for Asia

Want China Times, Kao Hsing and Staff Reporter 2014-07-18

A sign for the APEC 2014 second senior officials' meeting in Qingdao,
Shandong province, May 14. (File photo/CNS)

After the establishment of the New Development Bank (NDB) operated by the BRICS states on July 16, China is proposing to set up the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as another part of Beijing's bid to break the dominance of the United States and Japan-led international financial institutions.

The NDB, an alternative to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, is run by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

China's next move is to launch the AIIB, which is considered a rival to the World Bank and the Japan-led Asian Development Bank.

The AIIB concept was proposed by President Xi Jinping at last year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit and its goal is to raise funds for infrastructure construction in Asia. In addition, the AIIB will invest in railways, road and airport construction that connects Central Asia, Middle East and Europe.

China has invited participation from 22 countries in the Middle East and Central and South Asia, as well as member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Premier Li Keqiang championed the AIIB idea when meeting the prime minister of Kuwait in June. Xi also brought up the AIIB issue several times during his recent meeting with President Park Geun-hye of South Korea, and they are understood to have reached a certain consensus.

At the annual BRICS summit this year, to attract India's participation in the AIIB, Xi invited India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, to attend the APEC summit set to be held in Beijing in November, the first time for India to attend the annual event having declined participation over the last decade.

China also hopes the invitation will prompt India to back the establishment of the AIIB as well as quell discontent in India at the NDB being headquartered in Shanghai.

Beijing plans to complete the memorandum of understanding for the structure and establishment of the AIIB by the end of this year and officially launch it during the first half of next year. It also plans to join the Eurasian Development Bank soon after.


Chinese President Xi Jinping (4-L, first row) poses with leaders of the
 CELAC group of Latin American and Caribbean states, in Brasilia, on July 17,
 2014 (AFP Photo/Nelson Almeida)

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Australia to Summon Russian Ambassador Over Crash: PM

Jakarta Globe, AFP & Reuters,  Jul 18, 2014

An armed pro-Russian separatist stands on part of the wreckage of the
 Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane after it crashed near the settlement of
 Grabovo in the Donetsk region of Ukraine on July 17, 2014. (Reuters
Photo/Maxim Zmeyev)

Sydney. Australia will on Friday summon the Russian ambassador over the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukraine, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying it looked more like a crime than an accident.

Abbott said he owed it to the families of those on board, including 27 Australians, to find out exactly what happened to the aircraft which was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

“As things stand, this looks less like an accident than a crime,” he told parliament.

“And if so, the perpetrators must be brought to justice,” he added to cries of “hear, hear”.

He said it appeared that “Russian-backed rebels” were behind the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines jet.

Ukraine’s state security chief has accused Russian military intelligence officers of involvement with pro-Russian rebels in the downing of the airliner on Thursday, but Western leaders have until now been less quick to assign blame.

Abbott blamed anti-Kiev separatists for shooting down the plane.

“This is a grim day for our country and it’s a grim day for our world. Malaysian airlines MH17 has been shot down over the eastern Ukraine, it seems by Russian-backed rebels,” he said.

Abbott said Australia would as quickly as possible work for a binding resolution at the United Nations Security Council calling for a full and impartial investigation.

This would require full access to the site, the debris, the black box and “all individuals who might be in a position to shed light on this terrible event”, he said.

“The minister for foreign affairs will shortly summon the Russian ambassador to seek a categoric assurance from the ambassador that the Russian government will fully cooperate in this investigation,” he said.

Abbott said a department of foreign affairs team would be departing soon for Kiev, and bodies would be repatriated as soon as possible.

“The bullying of small countries by big ones, the trampling of justice and decency in the pursuit of national aggrandizement, and reckless indifference to human life should have no place in our world,” he added.


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Israel, Hamas agree to temporary humanitarian ceasefire

Israel and the Islamist militant group Hamas have agreed to observe a five-hour ceasefire to allow for the delivery of humanitarian aid. A unilateral Israeli ceasefire declared earlier in the week quickly unraveled.

Deutsche Welle, 17 July 2014


Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri announced late on Wednesday that following consultations between its various factions, the Palestinian militant group had agreed to refrain from firing rockets into Israel between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. local time (9:00 - 14:00 UTC) on Thursday.

"The Palestinian factions agreed to accept the offer from the United Nations for a cooling-down on the ground for five hours starting from 10 in the morning," Zukhri told the AFP news agency, referring to an initiative put forward by Robert Serry, the UN's special coordinator for the Middle East peace process.

The Israeli army announced a few hours earlier that it had agreed to halt its bombardment of targets in the Gaza Strip for the same period of time, as requested by Serry. At the same time though, it warned that it would retaliate "firmly and decisively" should Hamas or any other Palestinian militant groups open fire on Israel during that time.

The United Nations had called on the two sides to agree to the "unilateral humanitarian pause" so that aid could be delivered to Gaza residents in need of food, water and other necessities.

This is the second attempt to broker a ceasefire since the latest hostilities broke out nine days ago. The previous attempt, brokered by Egypt, in which Israel held its fire for six hours on Tuesday, had been rejected by Hamas, who said it had not been consulted in the negotiations.

The truce agreement came after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met in Cairo with a senior Hamas official in a bid to rescue the Egyptian proposal.

'Tragic outcome'

It also came after four Palestinian boys were killed in what appeared to be an Israeli naval strike on a beach in Gaza. Several hours after the incident, the Israeli military said in a statement that it was under investigation.

"Based on preliminary results, the target of this strike was Hamas terrorist operatives," it said. "The reported civilian casualties from this strike are a tragic outcome."

Gaza medical officials have put the death toll from the Israeli offensive at more than 200. One Israeli has been killed and several others injured in Palestinian rocket attacks since the latest fighting broke out last week.

The European Union and the US have been among those calling for an end to the violence.

EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Wednesday released a joint statement in which they condemned the rocket fire by Gaza militants and called on Israel to "act proportionately" and avoid civilian casualties.

They said they deplored the "loss of innocent lives and the high number of wounded civilians in the Gaza Strip as a result of Israeli military operations."

pfd/crh (Reuters, AP, AFP)

Kryon Q&A

Question (2002): Dear Kryon, with the escalation of hostilities between Islamic Jihad and Western powers being played on a world media stage, how can a U.S. Light worker respond to friends, family and co-workers who want to ride the patriotic wave and create more warlike fervor?

Answer: This is the test, is it not? We told you many times that the war would be the “old against the new.” You can see now that it is a battle between old and new consciousness. It happens within the old consciousness of the terrorist, and the old consciousness of the one sitting in the western home watching it. It is a worldwide conflict, but it’s about each person… not groups of persons. Doesn’t it strike you odd how you could be at war with something that has no border or defined structure? That’s because it is a war that will be won or lost through the individual choice of Humanity one-by-one.

How can a U.S. Lightworker respond? The answer is with the enablement of “The Third Language.” Again, we tell you that this is a connection with Spirit that gives any Human Being a balanced wisdom to see “within” this battle. First, understand that despite what it appears on the outside, the battle is not between cultures or religions. It is between an old and new paradigm of civilization. Remember also that the U.S. was founded upon the idea that “all are created equally,” and that “all have a right to free choice.” Therefore the answer to your question is this: Respect the one who reacts with anger, for you are seeing basic Human response. However, give energy and wisdom to those in your leadership, and the leadership of the world through your power as a lightworker. Your consciousness can create change. It can shine light into dark areas. You can make a difference, even without speaking a word.

Can you NOT take sides? Can you respect the right to free choice? Can you send light where it is needed despite the overwhelming Human response for revenge and action? Can you love those who might have less wisdom, but much compassion? This is why we call it “work.”


Question (2002): Dear Kryon, I am sure beings are watching very closely over Israel and the events happening now in this territory, and I believe they also take part and assist sometimes. I have the feeling that many miracles already happened and many lives were saved. However, I feel that we, Israelis, need more understanding and empathy from the rest of the world. The dreadful events of September 11 in the USA have shocked us and most of the world, yet we also have to cope with evil, hatred and terror for a very long period. It is getting worse from day to day.

So many innocent people were murdered. Our enemies send thousand of brainwashed young people to murder as many of us as possible. The propaganda is lying in the face of the world - on one hand they celebrate killings and continuous war, while on the other hand they complain that they are victims. Children are sent to fight against us and if some of them get killed our wounded they put the blame on us. How should we react at the moment? Until the light which people send can change the situation and we make the transition successfully, how should we react to the continuous killings - in the name of God, by Holy “Shaheeds” who for their killing “go straight to paradise”? At least we would find some comfort in being understood.

Our enemies spread their false propaganda and everyone listens only to them, while the continuous terror we have to cope with day by day is mostly being ignored by people who have only a very vague idea of the facts. Why do I have the feeling that what is really happening to us is of little interest to most of the world, but so many people are very quick to blame us for being the cause of unrest and terror in other countries? I would like to hear what is your answer to all this.
— A woman and mother from Jerusalem

Answer: My dear Israeli, you have struck the magic chord of the strings of the new consciousness. Indeed your description fits the frustration of the ages. The “unsolvable” problem also was supposed to provide the seeds for Armageddon… an energy which was provided to end the entire earth! What was needed all along, instead, was for the other parts of the world to “see” some of the truths behind the real battle, as we have stated within the first answer. This process has begun. It is slow, but it has begun.
It is not the process of a political coalition, but rather one of education and awareness.

How should you in Israel react? Just like you have for the past thousand years… with patience and endurance. But instead of patience without resolution, you now have something brewing that you never had before: The rest of the earth has had a profound insight as to what it feels like to have this energy at their doorstep. Gone are the days when you and your seeming enemies battle it out with the world turning its back, or not fully understanding the subtleties. Now the major powers of the planet must look at it closely and study the true roots of the issue, not the false ones.

We have said over and over… “As go the Jews, go earth.” Do you understand now? Do those reading this who are NOT in the Middle East understand now? Your problems are now Earth’s problems. You also share them with those on the other side of town [meaning the Palestinians]. They also wrench their hands in frustration, wondering what to do. Do you think other mothers in those areas wish their children to be filled with hate and die? No. As discussed, it is not a group consciousness that is forming, but many individual ones together. This means that there are many in what you call the “enemy” camp, who are beginning to think differently about everything that was impossible in the past to solve. What happens in the future where you live, is what will guide the entire planet.

Be peaceful with the fact that because of the new energy, the leaders will change and the structure will change. You may see the seeds of solution within your own lifetime as governments, schools, and even fundamentalist religions slowly understand that hatred is no longer the energy-hat will bring about the means of what they desire. Force will no longer equal peace... a very old consciousness since the beginning of mankind. It’s easy to die. It’s far harder to live in peace for a long time. This requires a wisdom that is just beginning to form. Let the children lead the way, for as they grow up you will see amazing changes… not like the ones you have seen over and over all your life. The ones who are being “trained to hate” by old energy adults are beginning to ask questions on their own, which may surprise you.

By the way… when the prophet Muhammad spoke of Martyrdom, it was wisdom offered in the context of consciousness of those who would sacrifice their lives on the battlefield of God… a battlefield where warriors fought for unity and for the God of the Abraham! Paradise was never promised to one who would willingly terminate themselves by their own hand. This latter concept came from men, not God.