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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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

ADB's failings in Cambodian resettlement plan

DeutscheWelle, 10 February 2014

The Asian Development Bank has released a damning internal review that concludes the bank’s staff significantly harmed some of Cambodia’s poorest citizens with an ill-conceived and mismanaged resettlement plan.

The resettlement plan was the consequence of a deal struck with the Cambodian government in 2006 to upgrade the hundreds of kilometres of the country's railway network. Years of civil war and neglect had left the network in a woeful state.

The bulk of the 142 million USD rail upgrade was funded by the ADB and the Australian government, and directly affected 4,000 families living alongside or nearby the tracks. Around 1,000 were to be resettled, while others would have their land holdings reduced. All were to be compensated, and those compelled to move to resettlement sites were to receive further assistance.

Under the bank's own rules, no one affected by the project was to end up worse off - yet for years, rights groups complained that this was precisely what was happening. On Friday, February 7, the ADB's Compliance Review Panel (CRP) agreed, saying an undefined number of people "have suffered direct, adverse and material harm."

Years of civil war and neglect had left
Cambodia's railway network in a woeful
"In particular, the CRP finds that the requesters have established harm from (i) insufficient compensation for loss of property and incomes; (ii) lack of electricity and water services at resettlement sites as well as from poor access roads; (iii) weak or ineffective grievance redress mechanisms; (iv) lack of timely assistance for income restoration; (v) indebtedness; and (vi) insufficient information and consultation,” the panel wrote.

The report noted that one of the many failings of the ADB's resettlement project was that compensation payments were fixed at 2006 prices with no account taken of inflation. That meant families paid out in 2010 and 2011 were significantly under-compensated. Another problem was that the property of others was short-measured or undervalued.

Wholesale failure

In its comprehensive 180-page report, the CRP lambasted their fellow ADB staff for failures at every stage of the project, and said the shortcomings were entirely avoidable.

"A substantial part of the [affected households] were worse off and impoverished as a result of the resettlement,” the report concluded, adding that the problems stemming largely from the ADB's failure to follow its own policies had "led to significant yet avoidable adverse social impact on mostly poor and vulnerable people."

Although implementing the resettlement process was the responsibility of the Cambodian government, the ADB was required to ensure that the process was properly managed, and admits it failed to do that. At the end of its 17-month long investigation, the CRP team concluded that the very design of the resettlement plan was deeply flawed, and said the ADB's culture towards resettlement must change.

The CRP team noted that the failures in the resettlement program were "particularly grievous" given that the ADB ought to have learned from similar failings in an earlier infrastructure project.

'A vindication'

Among the rights groups that welcomed the report were Equitable Cambodia and Inclusive Development International. Friday's report is the direct consequence of a complaint that the two NGOs filed with the ADB in late 2011 on behalf of the affected families.

Equitable Cambodia's Eang Vuthy described the report as "a vindication of years of struggle." "While it is very frustrating that it took this long for [the] ADB to accept responsibility, we are optimistic that the bank is now required by its board of directors to solve the many problems faced by affected communities," he said.

David Pred, who heads Inclusive Development International, said the CRP review was “the most damning report" in the history of the ADB's accountability mechanism. "It's findings are really scathing, and what it calls for isn't just bringing this project back into compliance, but a mind shift … in the way [the ADB] treat people affected by their projects, and the way they approach social and environmental safeguards," he told DW.

Pred pointed out, however, that it was not clear whether ADB's management had seized the report's full import. "In the final report a significant change was made – that the ADB should require the Cambodian government to set up a compensation deficit payment scheme to provide the remediation," Pred said. "And we think that's really inappropriate because the ADB made the mess and should be the ones who are forced to clean it up."

Pred added that as the primary beneficiary of the rail upgrade, Toll Holdings – the Australian company that won the concession to manage the railway – also "has a responsibility to contribute to the remediation."

Limited Accountability?

In its response to the report, the ADB's board of directors said it accepted most of its recommendations, including setting up a compensation fund worth as much as 4 million USD. However, their response indicated that this would be in the form of a loan that Cambodia would have to repay rather than a grant, a suggestion that has raised eyebrows among rights activists.

The bank said the next step was to
 determine how many families were
affected and the level of compensation
The ADB said its next step was to determine how many families were affected and the level of compensation. In a reply to DW, ADB Cambodia country head Eric Sidgwick said the bank would consult with households and the government, among other involved parties, over the next two months "in order to determine a plan of action which can meet the CRP's stated need for a quick, transparent, and fair resolution of outstanding resettlement issues."

David Pred said it was "totally unacceptable" that to date nobody from the ADB appeared to have paid a price for designing and implementing a program that has caused verifiable harm to so many already poor people. The lack of services at two resettlement sites, he said, had led to the deaths of three children: two who had drowned, and a third who was killed by a car while walking several kilometres to school.

Despite laying the blame squarely on the ADB's staff, the report did not recommend whether anyone should be held accountable. When asked whether the bank planned to take action against any of its staff or consultants involved in the project, ADB country director Sidgwick refused to comment.

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