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Winton's rescue of Jewish children revealed after 50 years
2 July 2015 - It was 1988, some 50 years since young stockbroker Nicholas Winton found himself in Prague as the Nazis marched on Czechoslovakia and all around him Jewish parents desperately looked for a means of escape, if not for themselves then at least for their children. Virtually single-handedly, Winton saved more than 650 of those children from almost certain death in the Holocaust. But he didn't talk about it for decades, until his wife discovered documents in their attic that revealed the story and for the first time allowed the rescued children to know and thank their savior. Winton's death Wednesday at the age of 106 brought tributes from leaders and Jewish groups in Britain, the Czech Republic, and Israel. (more)

Arab youth use social media to send message of peace to Israel
28 June 2015 - Youths from Saudi Arabia, Iraq and other Arab countries are sending messages via Facebook declaring that they do not hate Israel and expressing hope for better relations. (more)

Libyan factions sit at the same table in U.N. peace talks
28 June 2015 - Officials from Libya's rival parliaments sat down at the same table for the first time on Sunday at the latest round of United Nations-backed peace talks in Morocco -- a move negotiators saw as an important step to forming a unity government. (more)

Crow Code Talkers honored in emotional ceremony (+ KTVQ video)
26 June 2015 - Code Talkers proved to be instrumental in the victory of World War II. While many are aware of the famous Native American Navajo code talkers, the Crow Indian Nation were very much part of the effort. In a special ceremony on Friday, Congressional Gold Medals were posthumously awarded to four Crow Code Talkers. Friday's ceremony proved moving. (more)

US: Crow Code Talkers posthumously honored with Congressional Gold Medals (+ KULR-8 video)
26 June 2015 - The families of four Native American code talkers accepted Congressional Gold Medals for their ancestors' service Friday afternoon in Crow Agency. Code talkers were tribal members who spoke their native tongue during the WWII to keep the enemy from intercepting messages. The daughter of one of the code talkers said especially for generations to come, keeping Native American languages alive is very important to the Crow people. (more)

White House: Putin calls Obama, discuss Ukraine, Islamic State, Iran
25 June 2015 - Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama spoke by telephone Thursday and discussed continued tensions in eastern Ukraine and the fight against the Islamic State in the Middle East. The last time the men spoke was in February, the White House said. Both the White House and the Kremlin offered similar statements descibing the conversation, Thursday evening. (more)

China opens new land route for Indian pilgrims to Mount Kailash in Tibet
22 June 2015 - China inaugurated a new land crossing into Tibet on Monday for Indian pilgrims who wish to visit one of the holiest sites in both Hinduism and Buddhism, state media said, as the two countries seek to set aside differences and improve ties. The first group of pilgrims entered Tibet via a Himalayan pass in mid-morning for the 12-day trip to Mount Kailash, which will also take in a holy lake, the official Xinhua news agency reported. (more)

Ecuador on track to become the safest country in Latin America
22 June 2015 - Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa announced on his weekly television programme that several important indicators of crime had shown significant drops. Mr Correa announced a 25 per cent drop in the homicide rate for the period from January to April of this year as compared the same period last year. He also said the number of people killed in traffic accidents had dropped 20 per cent for the same period. (more)

South Korea, Japan mark 50 years of ties with push to overcome strains
22 June 2015 - East Asian neighbors South Korea and Japan marked the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties on Monday, 22 June with a push to mend relations strained for years by feuds over the legacy of Japan's wartime past. (more)

Egypt opens borders with Gaza for the first time in months
13 June 2015 - Egypt opened its borders with the Gaza Strip for the first time in months Saturday, allowing Palestinians to enter and leave the isolated coastal strip. The Rafah border crossing is Gaza's only gateway to the outside world with no Israeli control. Egypt has kept it mostly closed since the militant Hamas group seized control of the coastal strip in 2007. The closure worsened after Egypt's military ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood member, in 2013. Hamas is an offshoot of the Brotherhood. (more)


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Transcendental Meditation: Preventing depression through spiritual growth
3 July 2015 - Health writer Linda Egenes explores how Transcendental Meditation can help a person of any cultural tradition reconnect to their innate spiritual foundation. After learning TM, she writes, 'for the first time I felt that I was having the transcendental, spiritual experience that I had always been seeking. Inner silence, inner happiness and inner peace became a daily experience for me.' Pointing out that many 'have found that the transcendental experience enhances their understanding and appreciation for their religious faith,' she highlights spiritual experiences of a Rabbi who practises TM: 'I'm more on my path to God than ever', and quotes Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who says,'by direct experience of transcendental Being through the inward stroke of action during meditation, a man not only gains spiritual freedom, but also greater success in the world.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation: A window to experience the infinite within ourselves and the world
27 June 2015 - 'At the source of the world's layers of diversity there is an infinite field of potential', described by modern physics as the fundamental level of all matter and activity, writes Lesley Goldman, Director of Transcendental Meditation for Women in Long Island, New York, USA. This field of pure infinite potentiality lies 'deep within the mind at the source of the activity of our own thinking process'. During Transcendental Meditation, 'the mind settles effortlessly from the concrete, active layer of the mind to quieter, more subtle layers of mental activity until all activity is transcended and the mind rests within its own silent infinite nature. . . . In transcendental consciousness, we experience the ''stillness'' that is the source and goal of everything.' (more)

Understanding the International Day of Yoga in light of Transcendental Meditation
23 June 2015 - On 21 June, the International Day of Yoga, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's worldwide Transcendental Meditation organization celebrated the deeper reality of what Yoga (union) is--the unity of life that is available on every level of the body, mind, consciousness, society, and even world peace. This is in contrast to how Yoga is understood these days, which is mainly in terms of the body, physical postures, exercises, or asanas. Maharishi has explained that the process of unifying starts from the field of Unity, which is our own transcendental Self, silent and blissful, deep inside every one of us. Yoga in its ultimate form, Transcendental Meditation, allows every individual to transcend all differences. It is a science and technology of health, balance, peace, and supreme unity in diversity. (more)

The art of making right decisions - Maharishi
13 June 2015 - In an address on 17 July 1972 in Massachusetts, USA, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi described how daily contact with the field of Creative Intelligence or pure consciousness during our practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique allows our mind to think and act from a calmer and more expanded level of awareness. This helps us make better decisions and live more of our full potential in life. This lecture is currently being featured on the Excellence In Action page of Global Good News. (more)

Transcendental Meditation: Living in harmony with the laws of nature
6 June 2015 - How do we know what action will bring the best results for all concerned? 'The source of our thought is an infinite source of energy, intelligence, creativity, and organizing power,' writes Janet Hoffman, executive director of the Transcendental Meditation Program for Women Professionals in the United States--identical with the infinite unified field of pure potentiality described by physics, from which 'the laws of nature silently, automatically, and objectively administer every aspect of life.' Ms Hoffman describes how practising Transcendental Meditation 'enlivens within us that nourishing unified field of all the laws of nature that connects us to everything else, spontaneously giving us the most appropriate, evolutionary, supportive response to every situation'--noting that social scientists have verified the increasingly positive moral reasoning and harmonious behaviour of those practising TM. (more)

University of Chicago's Crime Lab awards David Lynch Foundation $300,000 to help end violence in Chicago
4 June 2015 - The University of Chicago's Crime Lab in partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Get IN Chicago, and the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation have awarded the David Lynch Foundation $300,000 to help reduce youth violence in Chicago's most underserved communities. Through these funds, the Foundation will be able to teach Transcendental Meditation to 250 youth in high crime areas over the next year. 'This is a tool that will help our students to be able to successfully navigate life no matter where life happens to take them,' says Nakisha Hobbs, the principal of the Village Leadership Academy in Chicago. (more)

Book review: 'The Transcendental Meditation Technique and the Journey of Enlightenment'
13 May 2015 - In this new, expanded second edition of her book, Ann Purcell shares her own experience of practising Transcendental Meditation, gives an easy-to-digest overview of different levels of consciousness as described by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and covers a range of benefits of TM documented by scientific research. Illustrating these topics with practitioners' descriptions of their TM experiences, the book reveals the secret to personal fulfilment, spontaneity, inner peace, and balance. Ann Purcell explains that you do not have to give up your normal everyday life to experience enlightenment. Rather, it is the innate natural quality of each human to be enlightened. (more)

Today - Conference call for women: 'Developing Higher States of Consciousness'
3 May 2015 - Today the 10,000 Women Initiative continues in 2015, with the second in a series of six phone conferences being held throughout the year. Women are invited to join in this bimonthly 'virtual assembly' and learn how women can become a powerfully nourishing agent for positive change in the world, by awakening the nourishing power of consciousness within. Today's conference call features a discussion on the topic 'Developing Higher States of Consciousness'. (more)

Enlivening the nourishing power of nature in oneself and the world through Transcendental Meditation
20 April 2015 - 'Within ourself, in our own consciousness, we can enliven what is sometimes called the creative, nourishing, feminine aspect of nature,' writes Lesley Goldman, Director of Transcendental Meditation for Women in Long Island, New York, USA. 'But what does it mean?' During the TM technique, she explains, we can transcend concrete mental activity and delve into the field of Being, or pure existence, pure consciousness, the silent source of all creation, the unified field of physics. It is the nature of this field--the infinite dynamism within the silent unified field--which creates and administers the whole ever-expanding universe. 'This is the feminine aspect, the creative principle', Ms Goldman explains. This nourishing principle in nature, described by quantum physics as the Hamiltonian, can also be called the force of evolution, or 'Mother Nature'. Through daily direct experience of 'this inner field of universal love, we spontaneously radiate that love to the whole world'. (more)

A new understanding of 'flawless' based on transcending
8 April 2015 - 'Consciousness is fragmented by the dynamics of perception. But when the activity of perception is reduced and the mind transcends its bounded states, consciousness is awake to its wholeness, its infinity. Every woman is infinite consciousness in her nature,' writes Janet Hoffman, national director of the Transcendental Meditation Program for Women Professionals in the USA. 'When our conscious mind becomes accustomed to diving within during the TM technique twice daily, the experience of our unbroken flawless nature starts to be infused into our daily experience after meditation--until it is a permanent feature of life. With that stability and wholeness at the foundation of our experiences, we find that our potential to live life gracefully, successfully and flawlessly is spontaneous. (more)


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Special Report: The rifts behind Nigeria's mass kidnap
6 July 2015 - When local people warned that hundreds of Islamist militants were heading towards his remote town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria, Danuma Mphur hurried to summon help. As chairman of the Parent Teachers Association at the town's school, Mphur feared for the safety of children who were staying there to take exams. Mphur says he called the police and the local government chairman. In turn the local government chairman also called the police and contacted the military commander in Chibok between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on that evening, according to Kashim Shettima, the governor of Borno state, which includes Chibok. Backup never arrived. The military said in a statement that it received no warning about the attack. Either way, about three hours after Mphur rang for help, Boko Haram militants swept into Chibok and abducted 276 girls from the school. The mass kidnap on the night of April 14 sparked headlines worldwide -- but it was far from the first misstep in Nigeria's war against Boko Haram. Divisions, low morale, and corruption within the military have allowed the Islamist militants to take over large swathes of Nigeria's northeast. (more)

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents step up attacks in Nigeria
6 July 2015 - Suspected Boko Haram insurgents attacked the outskirts of a state capital in northeastern Nigeria on Friday, escalating their attacks after a week of bloodletting in which more than 150 people were killed, military sources said. (more)

Tunisia imposes state of emergency after deadly beach attack
4 July 2015 - Tunisia's President declared a state of emergency on Saturday in response to a second deadly attack on foreigners in three months, saying the country is 'not safe' and risks collapse from further extremist attacks. The decision came just over a week after a gunman at the popular beach resort of Sousse attacked foreign tourists, killing 38 people. (more)

Boko Haram guns down 97 people praying in mosques in Nigeria
2 July 2015 - Boko Haram extremists gunned down nearly 100 Muslims praying in mosques in a northeast Nigerian town during the holy month of Ramadan, a government official and a self-defense fighter said Thursday. The attack Wednesday night on the town of Kukawa came the day after the Islamic extremist group attacked a village 35 kilometers (22 miles) away and killed another 48 men and boys, according to witnesses who counted the dead. (more)

US: TV news crews robbed of cameras during live broadcasts
2 July 2015 - News crews from two San Francisco Bay Area television stations were robbed at gunpoint and a cameraman was pistol whipped during live broadcasts on Thursday. Television and newspaper crews have been robbed in the San Francisco Bay Area several times in recent years. Many crews travel with armed guards when reporting in high-crime areas. (more)

Islamic State beheads female civilians for first time in Syria: monitor
30 June 2015 - The hardline Islamic State group has beheaded two women in Syria, the first time it has decapitated female civilians, the founder of a group monitoring the war said on Tuesday. One of the women was beheaded along with her husband in Deir al-Zor city. In al-Mayadeen city to the south east, the group beheaded another woman and her husband. All of them were accused of sorcery, the monitor said. (more)

Suicide bombings hit Chad's capital, kill 11, witnesses say
29 June 2015 - Two suicide bombings rocked Chad's capital, killing at least 11 people weeks after suicide bombings killed dozens, an official said Monday. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but suspicion fell on Boko Haram, the Islamic militant group based in neighboring Nigeria that has already attacked Chadian villages along the lake dividing the two countries. (more)

Dozens killed in attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait, and France
26 June 2015 - Three deadly attacks Friday from Europe to North Africa to the Middle East followed a call to violence by Islamic State extremists. The shootings in the Tunisian resort of Sousse that killed at least 37 happened at about the same time as a bombing at a Shiite mosque in Kuwait and an attack on a U.S.-owned factory in France. In all, the assailants killed at least 65 people. (more)

As factions fight, Yemenis suffer hunger, disease, fear
24 June 2015 - A worsening war threatens millions of Yemenis with starvation and homelessness. A country that was already by far the poorest and most unstable on the Arabian Peninsula is now, after three months of conflict, in the grip of a humanitarian disaster. Cut off from the world, living under bombardment from a Saudi-led coalition, and beset by fighting between multiple battalions and militias, Yemen's 25 million people are prey to hunger, disease, and an ever-present fear of death. (more)

Inside Islamic State group's rule: Creating a nation of fear (+ AP video)
18 June 2015 - Inside the Islamic State's realm, the paper testifying that you have 'repented' from your heretical past must be carried at all times. Many people laminate it just to be safe. It can mean the difference between life and death. The Islamic State's 'caliphate,' declared a year ago, stretches across northern Syria through much of northern and western Iraq. Untold numbers have been killed because they were deemed dangerous to the IS, or insufficiently pious; 5-8 million endure a regime that has swiftly turned their world upside down, extending its control into every corner of life to enforce its own radical interpretation of Islamic law, or Shariah. The AP interviewed more than 20 Iraqis and Syrians who survived life under the group's rule. What follows is based on their accounts, many of which were verified by multiple people, as well as on IS social media and broadcast operations and documents obtained by the AP. (more)

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