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United Nations: At Global Citizen Festival, Secretary-Genera tells crowd 'a better world is around the corner'
29 September 2014 - Surrounded by a roaring crowd of an estimated 60,000 people, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was joined on 27 September by a star-studded roster of the world's leading performers as he helped kick-off the third annual Global Citizen Festival -- a celebration of global unity and a reaffirmation of the will to address the planet's most pressing issues. (more)

India, China agree to end Himalayan border face-off
26 September 2014 - India and China have agreed to pull back troops ranged against each other on a remote Himalayan plateau, the Indian government said on Friday, ending their biggest face-off on the disputed border in a year. Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said she met her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in New York on Thursday and the two agreed to withdraw their soldiers to their original positions by the end of the month. The bad phase is over,' state-run All India Radio quoted her as telling reporters in New York. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that the border was in 'tranquillity'. (more)

United Nations: World must move toward total elimination of nuclear weapons
26 September 2014 - The time has come for the total elimination of nuclear weapons stockpiles, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared as he urged the revival of nuclear disarmament as a 'top international priority'. In his message, delivered in observance of the first annual International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, the Secretary-General voiced concern about the delayed status of ongoing negotiations to eliminate the atomic threat still present around the world. (more)

Ukraine: Ceasefire being upheld on both sides
23 September 2014 - A ceasefire in east Ukraine is being upheld by both government troops and Russia-backed rebels, a senior Ukrainian official said Tuesday, in a first step toward enforcing a truce that has been riddled by repeated violations since it was imposed earlier this month. (more)

Kiev notes progress on eastern Ukraine ceasefire
22 September 2014 - Both government troops and pro-Russian rebels began withdrawing heavy artillery in the east of the country, Ukrainian officials said Monday, a significant step toward implementing an effective ceasefire in the region. Ukraine, Russia, and the Moscow-backed rebels last week signed an agreement to further the peace process by halting advances and pull back heavy artillery, creating a buffer zone between them. (more)

Representatives of Hamas, Fatah meet in Cairo
22 September 2014 - A Hamas and a Fatah official met in Cairo on Monday ahead of the start of reconciliation talks between the rival Palestinian factions this week in the Egyptian capital, an official told The Associated Press. The meeting was the first in what is to be a week of key negotiations, including a round of talks with Israel on how to cement the 26 August truce that ended a 50-day war in Gaza this summer and on lifting the blockade on the narrow Mediterranean coastal strip. (more)

Egypt to host post-Gaza war talks this week
21 September 2014 - Egypt will host a brief round of indirect talks this week between Israelis and Palestinians on a sustained Gaza cease-fire deal, as well as negotiations between Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah on who should run the territory, a Palestinian official said Sunday. Both sessions will be held Tuesday in Cairo, said Azzam al-Ahmed, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev declined to comment. (more)

Yemen government signs peace deal with Shiites
21 September 2014 - Yemeni government officials and Shiite rebels signed a peace agreement on Sunday. The agreement calls for an immediate cease-fire and the formation of a technocratic government within a month after consultations with all political parties, a UN envoy said at a joint news conference with President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in the capital, Sanaa. (more)

Pope's Albania visit showcases Muslim-Christian ties
20 September 2014 - The one-room, stone church of St Nicholas has sat on the top of a hill in Derven, Albania since the 16th century, destroyed three times and rebuilt in a testament to the Catholic presence in this region that dates to St Paul. Its latest incarnation, however, is particularly poignant: 15 Muslim families chipped in to help rebuild it in a sign of the remarkable coexistence that exists in Albania between Christians and Muslims. (more)

Buffer zone agreed on in Ukrainian peace talks
19 September 2014 - Participants in Ukrainian peace talks agreed early Saturday to create a buffer zone to separate government troops and pro-Russian militants and withdraw foreign fighters and heavy weapons from the area of conflict in eastern Ukraine. The deal reached by representatives of Ukraine, Russia, the Moscow-backed rebels and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe marked an effort to add substance to a cease-fire agreement that was signed on 5 September. (more)


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A group of grieving mothers hope to rediscover inner peace with Transcendental Meditation
27 September 2014 - Mothers grieving for children lost to inner city violence connected with the David Lynch Foundation to learn Transcendental Meditation. 'The Chicago mothers, just beginning to see the potential meditation has to bring order to their lives, stumbled into TM,' writes Erin Meyer in an article about the group--'they rediscovered an inner peace thought to have died with their children'. (more)

21 new Maharishi Vastu architects complete training
25 September 2014 - Earlier this summer 21 architects from 13 countries graduated from an intensive, two-month training programme as fully certified Maharishi Vastu architects. Their country affiliations, contact information, and pictures are featured on the Maharishi Vastu page on Facebook, organized according to their region of the world. (more)

The Expansion of Happiness: New book on Transcendental Meditation published
24 September 2014 - The Expansion of Happiness, a new book by Mack Travis, takes us on his personal journey as he discovers how practising Transcendental Meditation, twice a day for the past forty years, has balanced and enhanced the quality of his life. The book is subtitled: A common-sense look at the Transcendental Meditation technique founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Travis presents Maharishi's scientifically validated, effective meditation technique in a compelling, easy-to-understand way that shows how regular practice enables people to achieve peacefulness, purpose, and happiness in their lives. (more)

International Vedic association holds conference at Maharishi University of Management
20 September 2014 - More than 100 Vedic scholars and thought leaders assembled at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA this summer for an international conference on 'Vedic Living in a Modern World' cosponsored by the World Association for Vedic Studies. The conference brought together 'a diverse group of people who share a profound respect for and love of the holistic knowledge and life-supporting culture of ancient India', said co-chair Dr Peter Scharf. Among those presenting were 75 scholars from out of town, including India and Canada, and another 20 from India via Skype. (more)

US: Village of small, modular Vastu homes planned
16 September 2014 - A village of small, modular homes of various sizes, designed according to Maharishi Vastu Architecture, is now being planned for Fairfield, Iowa, USA. This 'micro-village' will have both homes and multi-unit buildings. All units so far are in the 400-800 square foot (37-48 square metre) range, and studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom configurations are planned. (more)

US: More Maharishi Vastu homes using modular construction
9 September 2014 - Maharishi Vastu Architecture reports that another Vastu home built using modular construction has just been delivered and set on its foundation in Iowa. This latest Vastu modular is modern in style, with verandahs and screened porches on front and rear. The open, central living area has clerestory windows just below its high ceilings to allow light to flood in from above--a feature recommended for all Vastu buildings. (more)

US: Vastu modular construction taking hold in Fairfield, Iowa
6 September 2014 - In the past few months the Maharishi Vastu Architecture website has featured the modular construction methods on a house being built in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, in the Abundance Eco Village community. The home was inaugurated over the summer after being delivered from the factory and set on its foundation in May. (more)

The ''Dear Prudence'' story: One woman's journey in consciousness
2 September 2014 - A recent talk by Prudence Farrow Bruns is a featured video on ConsciousnessTalks--a monthly online series of TED-style talks focusing on the exploration and development of consciousness, presented by leading scientists, artists, and innovative thought-leaders from diverse fields. In the 'Dear Prudence' story, Dr. Bruns, author, film producer, Sanskrit scholar, and one of the first US teachers of the Transcendental Meditation technique charmingly recounts her personal journey of self development that began in the 1960s, and eventually led her to the TM technique and studying with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at the historic India course where the Beatles wrote the well-known song that bears her name. (more)

Twenty-one architects, newly trained in Maharishi Vastu architecture, practising in 13 countries
27 August 2014 - Maharishi Vastu Architecture News is featuring more information about the recent international professional training course on Maharishi Vastu architecture in the Netherlands. Twenty-one architects from 13 countries graduated from the recent comprehensive, two-month training course at Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in Holland. The news post includes photos of the 21 architects, grouped according to country and region of the world, and their contact information, for those wishing to pursue Maharishi Vastu building projects in their areas. (more)

PM Netanyahu: 'Show me the science!' - Expert presents scientifically-validated Invincible Defense Technology to end violence, bring peace to Middle East
23 August 2014 - We ask Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: 'Show me the Science!', writes Dr David Leffler in MEPeace.org (Middle East Peace). PM Netanyahu asserts that bombardment of Gaza will continue . . . 'until we guarantee full security and quiet for the residents of the south and all citizens of Israel'. Is bombing going to create lasting peace? Albert Einstein is famously quoted as saying, 'Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.' PM Netanyahu should be commended for his lofty goals of 'full security and quiet'. They are statistically viable, if he supports his words with a proven, advanced military technology for Israel's military arsenals. Lasting peace and prosperity are a consequence of the scientifically-validated approach of Invincible Defense Technology (IDT). Extensive in-field military experience, coupled with peer-reviewed research shows that IDT can effectively, efficiently, and quickly end the current turmoil, and eliminate the rising spiral of violence. If the defence forces of Israel quickly deploy this statistically-verified approach, real and lasting peace and prosperity for both sides can be assured--not by guesswork bombardment and rocket retaliation, but by a scientifically-verified means to end the decades-old cycle of violence.
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Syria: US dual policy is recipe for more violence
29 September 2014 - Syria's foreign minister on Monday blasted the United States' 'dual policy' of striking at some militants in Syria while providing money, weapons and training to others, calling it a recipe for more violence and terrorism. Walid al-Moallem said such behaviour creates a 'fertile ground' for the continued growth of extremism in countries including Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon. He addressed the annual UN General Assembly as US-led coalition airstrikes targeted towns and villages in northern and eastern Syria controlled by the Islamic State group. Washington and Arab allies opened their air assault against the extremist group last week in Syria, going after its military facilities, training camps, heavy weapons, and oil installations. The campaign expands upon the airstrikes the United States has been conducting against the militants in Iraq since early August. Al-Moallem said the countries which joined the US coalition include some who have been key supporters of 'armed terrorist groups'. He did not name them, but Syria regularly accuses Saudi Arabia and Qatar of supporting the opposition fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad. (more)

Turkey refugee crisis deepens as Islamic State besieges Syrian border town
28 September 2014 - All that separates Mohammed Muslim from his village in Syria is a barbed wire fence running along the Turkish border, but the dull thud of artillery and the rattle of machinegun fire suggest he will not be going home anytime soon. Muslim, dressed in a battered suit, his moustache flecked with grey, is among more than 150,000 Syrian Kurds who have fled to Turkey over the past week to escape the advance of Islamic State militants. Turkey, already home to an estimated 1.5 million refugees from Syria's civil war, is pushing the United States and its allies to create a safe haven for refugees inside Syrian territory. A safe haven along the border would require a no-fly zone policed by foreign jets. The United Nations, which has warned that as many as 400,000 people could flee Kobani to Turkey, has said that the number of displaced makes the influx from the besieged border town the most serious yet of Syria's civil war. Many of those who have fled were from poor farming communities in the semi-arid terrain and were forced to leave their most valuable possessions behind -- particularly livestock and vehicles. We have nothing here, nowhere to sleep. If they let us collect our cars, we can sleep in them,' said one Syrian Kurdish refugee, 60-year old Hussein Kadir Cumo. (more)

United States-led strikes in Iraq, Syria compound humanitarian plight -- Red Cross
28 September 2014 - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Friday that US-led air strikes on Islamist insurgents in Iraq and Syria had worsened a dire humanitarian crisis on the ground. All warring parties in the widening conflicts in the two countries should spare civilians and allow delivery of aid, the Geneva-based ICRC said in a statement. 'Years of fighting in Syria and Iraq, the proliferation of armed groups and the recent international air strikes in Iraq and Syria have compounded the humanitarian consequences of the conflicts in both countries,' it said. 'The humanitarian situation continues to worsen.' Islamic State insurgents have seized swathes of Iraq and Syria, massacring non-Sunni Muslim prisoners and minority civilians in the path of their conquests, and drawing US-led bombings backed by a coalition of Western and Arab states. (more)

China state media say 50 killed in far west attack
25 September 2014 - Chinese state media reported Thursday that 50 people, including 40 assailants, were killed in a series of explosions over the weekend in the far western region of Xinjiang, in what officials called a severe terror attack. Regional authorities had earlier said that the explosions Sunday in Luntai county killed at least two people and injured many others. The news portal Tianshan Net said bombs exploded at two police stations, a produce market and a store. It said the attack killed two police officers, two police assistants and six bystanders, and that 54 others were injured. Ethnic tensions in Xinjiang, home of the Muslim Uighur minority group, have killed more than 300 people in the past year and a half. Chinese authorities have blamed the unrest on foreign-influenced terrorists seeking a separate state. Many Muslim Uighurs bristle under Beijing's heavy-handed restrictions on their religious life and resent the influx of the Chinese Han majority into their homeland. (more)

US: FBI report shows mass shootings increased dramatically in recent years
25 September 2014 - The number of shootings in which a gunman wounds or kills multiple people has increased dramatically in recent years, with the majority of attacks in the last decade occurring at a business or a school, according to an FBI report released Wednesday. (more)

War without end: The US may still be fighting in Syria in 2024, 2034, 2044 . . .
24 September 2014 - In a Pentagon briefing on 23 September, Army Lieutenant General Bill Mayville called the cruise missiles and bombs flung at targets in Syria 'the beginning of a credible and sustainable persistent campaign'. How long will the campaign last? 'I would think of it in terms of years,' Mayville responded. Although the bombs exploded on Syrian soil, they didn't target Bashar al-Assad's battered, murderous regime. The bombs were addressed to Syria's enemy, the Islamic State, a nascent nation that has pledged to topple both Iraq and Syria, as well as Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Cyprus, and parts of southern Turkey, and erect a caliphate on the parcel. But in attacking Syria's enemy, the United States wasn't looking to make friends with Syria. President Barack Obama called for Assad to step down in 2011, and it was only last year that the United States was prepared to bomb Syria for having crossed the chemical-weapons 'red line' to kill its own citizens. Not that the United States is remarkably choosey about which nations it counts among its allies. Among the Middle East nations joining with the United States to strike Syria is Qatar, which has allowed one of its sheikhs to raise funds for an Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria. (more)

Syrian refugees in Turkey reach 150,000
23 September 2014 - Refugees streaming into Turkey from Syria say their home city, once bustling with 400,000 citizens, has become a ghost town, emptied of all people but a few thousand fighters trying to hold off an onslaught by Islamic militants. Arriving weary in Turkey Tuesday -- some walking, some limping, some on stretchers -- the refugees brought with them stories explaining why so few remain behind in the besieged city. (more)

UN says there's unprecedented demand for food aid
23 September 2014 - The World Food Programme's top official said it's unprecedented that the UN aid agency finds itself simultaneously responding to half a dozen major crises in addition to helping the largest number of refugees in the world since World War II. There are currently four top-level humanitarian crises -- in Iraq, Syria, Central African Republic, and South Sudan -- as well as hundreds of thousands of people caught up in the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and more than 50 million refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people scattered around the world, said Ertharin Cousin. (more)

Islamic State group calls for attacking civilians
22 September 2014 - The Islamic State group's spokesman said its fighters are ready to battle a US-led military coalition, casting it as a historic clash between Muslims and their enemies and calling for attacks at home and abroad. Abu Mohammed al-Adnani's 42-minute audio statement, which appeared to be a rallying cry, was the group's latest response to efforts by US President Barack Obama to form a global coalition against it. He called on Muslims worldwide to kill civilians of nations that join the coalition. He also appeared to try tap into regional anger toward Israel by claiming that the alliance was formed only to protect Jews. (more)

Islamic State offensive poses problems for Turkey
22 September 2014 - Fierce fighting Monday between the Islamic State militant group and Kurdish forces just over the border in Syria brought the battle closer to Turkey, triggering a surge of tens of thousands of refugees and raising pressure for the government to step up efforts to take on the Sunni extremists. The Islamic State group's offensive against the Syrian city of Kobani, a few miles from the border, has sent 130,000 refugees to seek safety in Turkey in the last few days. The conflict in Syria had already led to more than 1 million people flooding over the border in the past 3½ years. As the Islamic State fighters pushed into Kurdish territory in Syria near the Turkish border, the government in Ankara is facing increasing pressure to step up efforts to take on the Islamic State extremists. Turkey is resisting because it fears that arming Kurdish men to fight the group could complicate peace talks with Turkish insurgents within its own borders. (more)

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