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Ahok: Victim of a new conservative Indonesia?

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, which is his real name, was convicted for insulting the Quran, by citing a verse at a rally for the citizens of Thousand Islands. September 27, 2016. Especially the FPI (Islamic Defenders Front, a conservative organisation, accused him of blasphemy.

@jokowi Dear mr President. How it is possible, a man like Ahok, can be convicted, in one of the largest democracies in the world?

Who is Ahok, and why several Islamic groups want him in prison? For that we need to go back to 2005. In this year, Basuki entered politics in his home region Belitung. He was elected with over 37% to become the new regent. In that time, one month after he entered office he manifested himself as a reformer. Move forward, leave the past of violence behind and develop a region of prosperity, without corruption, less bureaucracy, less traffic congestion and more job opportunities. He became quite successful, and he became popular by many.

In 2007 he resigned, and run for governor for Bangka- Belitung. The former president Abdurrahman Wahid convinced him to run for public office, and admired him for the healthcare reforms. Basuki was defeated by Eko Maulana Ali, supported by the FPI, as they never accept a Governor, from a minority population.

In 2009, Ahok became a member of the House of Representatives, for the Golkar party. In 2011, he made himself impopular to criticize the tin mining industry, for causing great environmental damage.  Youth NGO’s, supported by the FPI reported him the House of Ethics.

In that same year, he became the running mate of the current president of Indonesia, Jomo Widodo. In the second election round, they defeated governor Fauzi Bowo. Foke, as he is called by many, received a reprimand from his own Democratic Party, for joining a FPI event in 2010. He, and the Metro Jaya Police Chief Inspector General Pradopo East Pol, ate rice together with senior leaders of Habib Rizieq’s organization, at the FPI headquarters.

In 2014 when Joko Widodo took a temporary leave from his post as Jakarta governor to run for President, Basuki became the acting Governor of Jakarta from 1 June 2014. In November, that same year, Widodo became the 7th president of Indonesia, and Basuki was sworn in as the new governor of Jakarta. Since then, Basuki is a regular target by ultra- conservatives and rival candidates for being a non-muslim. Especially his minority background, made him a victim of the FPI. Several rallies were organised in the weeks of the inauguration of Basuki.

In 2016, Habib Rizieq, leader of the FPI says:  “If Jesus is the son of God, who is the midwife?” Which is, in fact blasphemy, but no one cared.

In 2017, 15 February, Basuki reached to the second round run-off between two candidates,Anies Baswedan and Agus Yudhoyono. As you might have guessed: Anies Baswedan, speeched in front of a rally, organised by the FPI. As well Agus Yudhoyon, was supported by his father, the former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyon who is,according to the media, behind the rally against Basuki, which started the accusations of blasphemy.

Strangely, on the day Basuki speeches, no one protested. A week later a video appeared, and protests begun. According to the national and international press, the video was manipulated.

It 2017, it seems the FPI finally succeeded to defeat Basuki….

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Free Human Rights Defender Zainab Al-Khawaja

Zainab Al-Khawaja is a 28-years-old member of Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, famous human rights blogger as @angryarabia and a mother of 2-years-old girl from Bahrain.

On 15 December 2011, Zainab was arrested by Bahraini security forces from a roundabout on Budaiya highway, west of capital city Manama where she was taking part in a peaceful-sit-in-protest. The security forces responded with firing tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the protest, while Zainab continued the sit-in before the police moved in to rough her up.  She was arrested, handcuffed, assaulted and punched in her back by the police officer as she was forcibly dragged off into custody.  She, as well as another woman Masooma Al-Sayed were then taken to the police station.

Zainab is a mother of a two-year-old child, whose husband Wafi Al-Majed is in prison along with her father, Bahrain’s most prominent political activist and human rights defender, Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja who was imprisoned for life in June by special military court.
Zainab faces grave danger and is at risk of being tortured, as the regime has systematically attacked human rights defenders, health workers and professionals who are speaking up against the repression and human rights abuses.
We condemn ill-treatment of Zainab Al-Khawaja in public in the strongest possible terms, and arbitrary detention and demand the authorities to release her and Masooma Al-Sayed immediately and unconditionally.
We ask all concerned people to take immediate and urgent action in support of Zainab Al-Khawaja and Masooma Al-Sayed.

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Unfair tax exemption electric car?

Hybrid vehicles have failed to meet the environmental standards according to several investigations. Many studies prove that we are not going in the right direction. See Polluting hybrid and electric vehicles. After a brief investigation it occurs that new electric cars are not as clean as claimed.

The electric motor, with the LIB-batteries (lithium-ion), is a response to the demands of governments to reduce CO2 emissions. Of 140 grams of CO2 per kilometer in 2011 and 120 grams of CO2 in 2012. According to the manufacturers the electric car meet the standard. They also claim to meet the standard of 2025, 70 grams of CO2. The consumer is told a 0.0 g of CO2 emission.

Citroen C-Zero and Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the latest development from manufacturers with a clear message to consumers; the CO2 emissions of these vehicles is 0.0 grams of CO2. In other words, the owner of this car supports the environment, driving without CO2 emission . Please drive often in the untaxed car because you get the feeling to drive as clean as riding a bicycle.

However, to generate energy for the electric car to roll with power from the socket isn’t that clean . Where conventional vehicles with combustion engines go to the gas station, it is the electric car filling at home. Connect the plug into the socket and a couple of hours later you can drive again. This eventually must be reduced to 20 minutes.

The European Union will build new charcoal plants to meet the increased demand of the consumers. The development of the EU and less dependent on “foreign power”. The future on the road with only electric cars will generate a greater need for electricity power.

Charcoal plant               ==>      40%  ==>  Transport        ==>            35%  ==>     Consumer

Based on the above images it is clear, the efficiency of current charcoal combustion is “only” 40 percent.  As many as 65 percent is lost again during the transport of electricity through power lines before it reaches the consumer.

A simple calculation prove only 16 percent “power socket” remains since it was generated at the charcoal plant . These figures are supported by World Nuclear Association. To determine the CO2 emissions of generating electricity and transport, we calculate in Kilo Watt hours (kWh). A charcoal plant can emit up to 350 g CO2 per kWh electricity generated emissions, the report said. The result is 2187.5 grams of CO2 per kWh for the consumer.

The power consumption of the Citroen C – Zero and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is 13, 5 kWh per hundred kilometers. This is the consumption of most new electric cars in this class. Per kilometer driven  the electric car consumes 295.31 grams of CO2. The legal standard for 2012 was set at 120 grams of CO2 ….

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Polluting Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

If you believe the commercials we will have no more CO2 emissions on the roads. No one would even mind living near a highway. You do not have to cough each time you open your balcony door and not to cope with engine noise anymore. Isn’t that wonderful? Last year I went with my family one day at the Zoo and when entering the parking lot I could see a free spot. I parked my petrol car and before we get out I see a sign: “Only for hybrid vehicles”. Look, that’s a nice service of the zoo. Thus, you are encouraged to buy a clean car. It took another ten minutes before I had parked our car.

But how clean is such a hybrid or electric car really? The hybrid car has a small combustion engine that becomes active when the batteries are low or when the accelerator is pressed significantly. For example, on the highway.  Therefore, you create a higher fuel consumption and  therefore emissions no longer meet your expectations. The later version is able to activate the battery to smooth out these high rotations.Yes, I admit, in the town it is very quiet and emission is 0.0. Be careful of pedestrians and cyclists though. They might not hear you coming.

I’ve had the pleasure  to drive in a 100% electric car. The car is completely silent and you think: “It can’t get cleaner? One drawback I found when you release the gas. The car reduces immediately.” On a small road near Utrecht, I had the release gas release for some cyclists. I drove less than two meters behind them but they didn’t hear me. Shall I just honk the horn? No, I am a social guy and before you know they run en mass from the road. Why don’t these cars have funny ringtones? You can decide if you have a standard sound or that of a Formula 1 car. Ah thank God! One has seen me. After their astonishing looks they mad way. Somewhat embarrassed, I slowly passed. Let’s hope I will not meet them again on my return.

Back to beginning. Is a hybrid or electric car really much cleaner? The owner of the car can say: I have an environment friendly car. But if we were looking at the process. Lets take the Prius as an example. The huge amount of batteries that these cars need are produced in Canada. Personally I would not want to live in the vicinity of that plant. Then the logistics of the batteries to the factories of Toyota. Large ships and trucks. Production of the cars is perhaps the least polluting. Watch the video Toyota Life Cycle of Prius and consider if Al Gore has the right intentions.

And what happens to the hybrid and electric cars when they are depreciated? Where do they leave all these batteries? It is certain that at least 5% of the battery can’t be recycled. So it must be stored somewhere. Underground or on the bottom of the ocean? The current hybrid or electric car owners is not even the worst. What if we all drive such a car?

Conclusion: A new clean diesel car is probably over the whole line a lot cleaner than hybrid or electric car.

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Confessions from a former undercover cop Part 1

My full name is Patrick John O’Brien and I am a graduate of the Royal New Zealand Police College — a former sworn constable, undercover police officer and  agent-provocateur  who worked for Criminal Intelligence (C.I.S.) during the 1970s.

In November 2007  I wrote to the Chief Justice of New Zealand, Dame Sian Elias, and confessed telling lies in court under oath to obtain convictions against my targets while working as an agent-provocateur for the government.

This blog records a journey of rehabilitation . . . my long road back after running for 30 years

Click on Image for Patrick’s Weblog and interview.



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Celestial Dance – Weblog from Ramya PR, Bangalore India

Celestial Dance.

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