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Egypt's Aziza Hussein: A visionary for women's rights
31 January 2015 - Many young women living in Egypt and worldwide today do not know that the rights they enjoy are legally theirs because of the great women who fought for them, like Aziza Hussein. Aziza Hussein (1919-2015) was a pioneer of women's rights and development in Egypt and the Arab world. She was the first Egyptian female member of the UN delegation to address the General Assembly. (more)

Lampang: Northern Thailand's next big star?
31 January 2015 - The basic idea behind 'Discover Thainess', a newly launched marketing campaign, includes the promotion of 12 of the country's lesser visited areas. Among the 12 being promoted is the ancient city of Lampang, located about an hour's drive from Chiang Mai. Thai photographer Sirichai Asawalapsakul has lived in Lampang for more than 15 years and in that time has documented life in the city and its surrounding areas, which he shares in this gallery. (more)

Top 10 eco-friendly hotels in South Africa
31 January 2015 - South Africa - The Good News has complied a list of the top 10 eco-friendly hotels in the country. To read about them and see photos see: (more)

UK Queen to present Young Leaders Award to three inspirational South Africans
31 January 2015 - Three South Africans from Cape Town will be honoured by Queen Elizabeth II this June for the impact they have made on their communities. They are among a group of 60 young people between 18 and 29 years old from the British Commonwealth who received the Queen's Young Leaders award. (more)

Vatican to offer haircuts, shaves as well as showers to Rome's homeless
30 January 2015 - The Vatican announced last year that it would provide shower facilities in St Peter's Square for homeless people. Bishop Konrad Krajewski told the Italian Catholic newspaper Avvenire that it would also offer haircuts and shaves when the services start on 16 February. Krajewski said barbers and hairdressers would volunteer their services on Mondays, the day their shops are traditionally closed in Italy. (more)

Crime in Canada falls to lowest point since the 1960s
29 January 2015 - Crime in Canada has dropped to its lowest point since 1969, Statistics Canada reports. As part of its new Megatrends series, StatsCan crunched the numbers for its crime reports since 1962 and found a distinct pattern: From 1962 to 1991, the crime rate increased steadily. After that, it started to decline. And in 2013, police-reported crime fell to a level not seen in a half-century. (more)

Saskatchewan, Canada: Youth correctional facilities in Saskatoon and Yorkton shutting down
29 January 2015 - The provincial government is closing two youth correctional facilities in Saskatoon and Yorkton. The Ministry of Justice says the facilities are being closed due to a lack of young offenders serving prison sentences. 'We've seen the number of young offenders decline significantly since about 1997,' said Associate Deputy Minister of Custody, Supervision and Rehabilitation Services Dennis Cooley. (more)

Scotland: Inspectors praise Big Noise Raploch orchestra project
29 January 2015 - Scotland's Big Noise orchestra has been praised for high attendance and 'exceptional achievement' in its first government inspection. Education Scotland carried out the review of the group, run by Sistema Scotland, which aims to engage youngsters in Raploch, a district of the city of Stirling, by forming an orchestra. The orchestra project was launched in 2008, inspired by Venezuela's El Sistema free music tuition scheme. (more)

Canada: Developers raise money to translate video game into Inuktitut
27 January 2015 - A video game inspired by Inuit legends is giving a boost to a Nunavut software company. The interactive story 'Beneath Floes' tells the legend of the qalupaliq, a sea monster based on Inuit lore. Beneath Floes is currently only available to play in English, but software company Pinnguaq, which is based in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, is working hard to get it translated into multiple aboriginal languages. Pinnguaq recently launched an online fundraiser using the site Kickstarter in order to get the money needed to create an Inuktitut version. Within the first twelve hours, they met that goal. (more)

President Obama chief guest at India Republic Day Parade (Reuters video)
26 January 2015 - President Barack Obama is the first US President to attend India's Republic Day Parade as chief guest. Republic Day honours the date on which the Constitution of India came into force on 26 January 1950. Rough cut (no reporter narration). (more)


Success of Maharishi's Programmes
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Music moves the immovable
30 January 2015 - On 23 July 1972 at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi gave a talk on music and the creative process. The Excellence in Action page of Global Good News is featuring an excerpt from this talk given after a piano performance by Ron Altbach. Maharishi uses the term Being in his address, which is pure consciousness, the source of thought, which we experience during Transcendental Meditation as the quietest level of our mind. Maharishi offers insight into how, in the creative process, the silence of Being as pure, unmanifest creative intelligence, is warmed up and becomes aware of itself -- growing in the fullness of the rise and fall of musical progression, like waves in the ocean. (more)

David Lynch on meditation, success, and happiness
20 January 2015 - Filmmaker David Lynch discusses his life and success in an interview with Bob Roth, Executive Director of the David Lynch Foundation and host of a weekly radio show, Success Without Stress with Bob Roth. 'What I liked about Transcendental Meditation was you don't have to join anything,' Lynch said. 'It's your technique. Once you learn, it's yours for the rest of your life. And what happens is you become more you. You get more ideas, more energy to fulfill them.' (more)

From utopia to Hollywood and back
17 January 2015 - Norman Zierold's life story is rich with stories of multiple college degrees (including a bachelor's degree from Harvard University), the publication of several books, television appearances, and Hollywood associations. In engaging excerpts from his conversational autobiography, That Reminds Me, Mr Zierold tells how he started the Transcendental Meditation technique, and how it changed his life. (more)

Martin Scorsese and Ray Dalio talk creativity, meditation and success
16 January 2015 - At a recent private fund-raising dinner for the David Lynch Foundation, director Martin Scorsese and global hedge fund leader Ray Dalio gave personal accounts of how the Transcendental Meditation technique opens up new levels of their creativity and promotes health and success in their lives. 'There's only one thing you can do. Meditate, calm it down, and then, afterwards, deal with the realities,' said Mr Scorcese. According to Mr Dalio, the benefits from Transcendental Meditation accrue over time. 'The thing to convey is how it compounds. It keeps getting better for however long you're meditating. Next year will be better and the year after that will be better,' he said. Both Mr Dalio and Mr Scorsese spoke highly of the work of the David Lynch Foundation to bring TM to at-risk populations who can benefit most from its stress-reducing effects. (more)

Finding the courage to take the leap from ballet to Broadway
9 January 2015 - Morgan Fairchild credits Transcendental Meditation with helping her to make the leap from her career in the New York City Ballet corps to star performances on Broadway. She said, 'I think it helps you be a little more fearless. ... I am enjoying my own performance more and taking every step and every movement to its fullest.' (more)

New book features experiences of enlightenment throughout history, and how to culture them today
4 January 2015 - A new book, The Supreme Awakening: Experiences of Enlightenment Throughout Time--and How You Can Cultivate Them, by Craig Pearson, PhD, features a wide range of sublime, exalted, transcendent experiences reported by great saints, sages, poets, scientists, political leaders, athletes, and others representing the world's cultures through history. The Supreme Awakening shows that what they described are experiences of advanced stages of human development, higher states of consciousness--experiences of enlightenment. Drawing on the work of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the book explains the origins of these experiences and categorizes them according to Maharishi's model of seven states of consciousness. Dr Pearson explains that ordinary men and women today are enjoying these same kinds of sublime experiences--how they can be cultivated systematically, naturally, and effortlessly through the regular practice of Transcendental Meditation. (more)

'Timeless' Beach Boys interviewed by Florida coastal news
3 January 2015 - In spite of ceaseless travel performing approximately 150 concerts per year, Bruce Johnston and Mike Love of the legendary rock group, The Beach Boys, live a life in balance with regular practice of Transcendental Meditation. 'If I don't do TM, in very short order, I have less energy and clarity,' Mike Love said. 'I get up in the morning, do some yoga and then TM. Right after sound checks before a show, I do TM. In planes, trains, and buses, you name it, I do TM.'
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Classical guitarist Sharon Isbin: Seeking out serenity
2 January 2015 - Grammy Award winner Sharon Isbin has been a trailblazer both for female musicians and for the guitar's place in the classical music world. She has also practiced Transcendental Meditation for 41 years. In a New York Times interview Isbin said, '(Transcendental Meditation) is an extraordinary way to release stress and allow it to dissolve, so that you can focus on what you want to focus on, and have your energy towards very positive things.'
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From Madison Avenue to meditative Chopin
24 December 2014 - In early 1968, Roy Eaton, composer and musician, attended an introductory lecture on Transcendental Meditation in New York City given by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at the Felt Forum in Madison Square Garden. It was a life-changing event that Roy will never forget. 'Due to TM, my life is clearly richer, happier, and more successful,' Roy said. 'I have more to contribute to others, and I'm more appreciative of every experience, regardless of first appearances. I attribute this primarily to the enhanced insight into ''reality'' that daily meditation has given me.' Roy further explains, 'After I started meditating, I felt that same ''silence'' that one experiences during meditation during my practice and performance of Chopin.' (more)

Jerry Seinfeld calls Transcendental Meditation 'the ultimate work tool'
18 December 2014 - Jerry Seinfeld is asked how he relaxes when not creating material or working on his web series. Seinfeld describes how Transcendental Meditation helps the body and mind to rest and calls TM the ultimate work tool. He explains that Transcendental Meditation helps him recover from 'doing things that are tiring' and keeps his energy high. (more)


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Agonizing, lonely search for missing kids in China
27 December 2014 - In the grainy video, Zhang Xiuhong can see her daughter ride her bike down a country road on her way to school one spring afternoon six years ago. In the next shot, Yao Li rides down a driveway a few moments after her classmates walk by. Then, the pictures stop: The 15-year-old disappeared just minutes after that surveillance footage was taken, leaving only a shoe as a clue in a nearby ditch. Zhang and her husband have since searched all over China for Yao Li, hoping to rescue her from a child trafficking industry that swallows up thousands of boys and girls every year. Along the way, the couple have also been harassed, arrested, and jailed repeatedly by police who accuse them of stirring up trouble by joining with other parents and taking their search to the streets. (more)

North Korea uses racial slur against President Obama over hack
27 December 2014 - North Korea blamed its recent Internet outage on the United States on Saturday and hurled racially charged insults at President Barack Obama over the hacking row involving the movie 'The Interview'. North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury over the comedy. Sony Pictures initially called off the release citing threats of terror attacks against US movie theaters. Obama criticized Sony's decision, and the movie opened this past week. It wasn't the first time North Korea has used crude insults against Obama and other top US and South Korean officials. Earlier this year, the North called US Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a 'hideous' lantern jaw and South Korean President Park Geun-hye a prostitute. In May, the North's news agency published a dispatch saying Obama has the 'shape of a monkey'. (more)

ISIS: Western journalist embedded with ISIS says West vastly underestimating the group's strengths
23 December 2014 - He's the first Western journalist to gain unfettered access to ISIS. Jurgen Todenhofer spent 10 days with inside Syria and Iraq alongside ISIS fighters, and from that experience he says the West is vastly underestimating the group's strengths. 'They are extremely brutal. Not just head-cutting. I'm talking about the strategy of religious cleansing. That's their official philosophy. They are talking about 500 million people who have to die,' Mr Todenhofer said. 'The IS is a child or the invasion of Iraq in 2003,' he said. (more)

Extremists in Nigeria lining up elderly and shooting them
20 December 2014 - Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria are turning their guns on elderly people, killing more than 50 this week in a new tactic that has instilled more fear in areas the militants call an Islamic caliphate. Residents from five villages say people too elderly to flee Gwoza local government area are being rounded up and taken to two schools where the militants open fire on them. In separate attacks Friday, witnesses said Boko Haram struck at Damagum and Mamudo towns in Yobe state, bombing government buildings, the police station, and military barracks. (more)

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnap 172 women, children in Nigeria
18 December 2014 - Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped 172 women and children and killed 35 other people on Sunday during a raid on the northeast Nigerian village of Gumsuri, residents said on Thursday. Although no one has claimed responsibility, the attack bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram, which abducted more than 200 women in April from a secondary school in Chibok, only 24 km (15 miles) from this latest attack. The abductions have increased in frequency this year. (more)

Australia: Sydney siege ends; 3 dead, including gunman
15 December 2014 - The deadly siege began in the most incongruous of ways, on a sunny Monday morning inside a cheerful cafe in the heart of Australia's largest city. An Iranian-born gunman burst in, took 17 workers and customers hostage, and forced some to hold a flag with an Islamic declaration of faith above the shop window's festive inscription of 'Merry Christmas'. It ended after midnight with a barrage of gunfire that left two hostages and the gunman dead, four others wounded, and a nation that has long prided itself on its peace rocked to its core. (more)

Drug violence, climate change create ceaseless wave of Latin American refugees
10 December 2014 - Drug-fueled gang violence and extreme weather linked to climate change are forcing tens of thousands of people in Latin America to flee their homes every year, according to Jan Egeland, head of the Norwegian Refugee Council. In the past, it was dictatorships, coups, and civil wars that drove people from their homes in Central America, Haiti, and other parts of Latin America. But these days rampant gang violence and drug turf wars are uprooting growing numbers of people from Mexico, Colombia, and Central America. Gang violence as a leading cause of displacement came under the spotlight after nearly 70,000 children travelling alone -- mostly from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala -- were caught crossing the US border with Mexico this year, more than double the number apprehended in 2012. Local street gangs, known as maras, control entire neighbourhoods through extortion, sexual violence against girls and women, threats, killings, and forced recruitment. (more)

In modernizing India, suicide is on the rise among young
10 December 2014 - Cultural issues, discrimination, parental pressure, and competition for highly paid jobs are combining to create a suicide epidemic among young Indians. India has the world's highest suicide rate among 15 to 29 year olds, ahead of next-placed North Korea, according to a September report by the World Health Organization. For the first time, suicide is the leading cause of death among young Indian women, overtaking deaths during childbirth, the WHO says. In most parts of the world suicides tend to occur among the most disadvantaged groups, but in India they are happening among better educated young adults living in the most prosperous regions. (more)

Afghan students find inspiration in Islamic State's success
8 December 2014 - A quiet student at Kabul University, 25-year-old Abdul Rahim has a dream: to join Islamic State in Syria and fight for the establishment of a global caliphate -- a new, alarming form of radicalism in war-weary Afghanistan. Although IS is not believed to have operations in Afghanistan, its influence is growing in a country already mired in daily bombings and attacks by Taliban insurgents. A few dozen students have set up an underground group a few months after IS started making inroads into Central and South Asia this year. Some have already travelled to Syria. Several hardline insurgent groups in tribal areas between Afghanistan and Pakistan have pledged allegiance to IS, propaganda leaflets have been distributed and some local commanders are said to have met IS members. But the clandestine student group is the clearest indication yet that IS ideas are taking hold more broadly. (more)

Methamphetamine use soars in Iran as lifestyles speed up
8 December 2014 - Women in headscarves and men in tatty clothes puff on a glass pipe as smoke swirls around their faces. The pictures published by Iranian media and blogs in recent months are a sign of a new drug epidemic: shishe, or methamphetamine. In less than a decade, methamphetamine use has skyrocketed in Iran to the point where now about 345,000 Iranians are considered addicts, according to official statistics. Struggling university students have begun abusing it to stay up longer and try to boost their performance in school. Women have been sold the drug in beauty salons with the promise that it will help them lose weight, according to local media reports. (more)

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