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Amid conflict, Jews and Muslims in US seek solidarity
15 May 2018 - As turmoil spreads through the Middle East, American Jews and Muslims have been forming alliances to build trust and seek solidarity in more ambitious ways than in the past, a sharp contrast to the violence engulfing their homelands this week. Muslims and Jews have dispatched members into mosques and synagogues to learn about each other's faiths, made a joint trip to tour civil rights sites in the South, and formed partnerships involving CEOs of major corporations. Leaders of the groups said the challenging world events have provided impetus for the outreach efforts ... (more)

Muslim scholars: Suicide attacks violate Islamic principles
12 May 2018 - Muslim scholars from three countries issued an edict Friday (11 May) saying that violent extremism and terrorism, including suicide attacks, are against Islamic principles, in an effort to convince the Taliban to end their violence. Seventy prominent scholars from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Indonesia issued the fatwa, or edict, at a conference in Indonesia on ways to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan. In a declaration, the scholars said Islam was a religion of peace and denounced all kinds of violent extremism and terrorism. (more)

Dutch reported crime rate continues to fall, new CBS report shows
7 May 2018 - The crime rate in the Netherlands continues to fall and the number of reported crimes is now back at the same level as 1980, the national statistics office CBS said on Monday (7 May). This picture is reflected across other European countries, where crime rates rose well into the 1990s and then began to fall, the CBS says. (more)

US: Chicago killings and shootings drop for 14th consecutive month
1 May 2018 - Chicago's decline in killings and shootings continued for the 14th consecutive month, according to crime figures released Tuesday (1 May). It's a remarkable drop in a city long plagued by gun violence. Chicago saw a 16% drop in murders from 2016 . . . all categories of major crimes, including robberies and auto thefts, are also down, officials said. (more)

North Korea leader Kim prepared to cede nuclear weapons if U.S. pledges not to invade
29 April 2018 - Keeping diplomatic developments coming at a head-snapping pace, the South Korean government said on Sunday that North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, had told President Moon Jae-in that he would abandon his nuclear weapons if the United States agreed to formally end the Korean War and promise not to invade his country. (more)

North Korea offers to give up nukes if US vows not to attack
29 April 2018 - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told his South Korean counterpart at their historic summit that he would be willing to give up his nuclear weapons if the U.S. commits to a formal end to the Korean War and a pledge not to attack the North, Seoul officials said Sunday (29 April). (more)

North and South Korea set bold goals: A final peace and no nuclear arms
27 April 2018 - The leaders of North and South Korea agreed on Friday (27 April) to work to remove all nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula and, within the year, pursue talks with the United States to declare an official end to the Korean War, which ravaged the peninsula from 1950 to 1953. At a historic summit meeting, the first time a North Korean leader had ever set foot in the South, the leaders vowed to negotiate a treaty to replace a truce that has kept an uneasy peace on the divided Korean Peninsula for more than six decades. (more)

US: Something remarkable has happened in one of New York City's deadliest districts
20 April 2018 - East New York, Brooklyn ... in the 75th Precinct, an area long scarred by violence that gained notoriety in the 1990s as New York City's 'killing fields' and regularly logged more than 100 murders a year. Even as crime has plummeted across the city -- and in the 75th -- the precinct has remained among the deadliest. But so far this year, something remarkable has happened in the 75th Precinct -- or, more precisely, not happened: No one has been killed. (more)

As migration rises, finance can pave the way to benefits for all
12 April 2018 - In the capital of Uganda, where refugees have the legal right to work, one in five refugees runs a business employing other people -- and 40 percent of those staff are Ugandans, according to a leading microcredit financier. Giving refugees and other migrants the legal right to earn a living can not only help them launch new lives and cut the costs of caring for them, but it can also benefit those among whom they live, said Premal Shah, president of Kiva, a U.S.-based nonprofit that connects small lenders and those in need of cash. (more)

A dream comes true - Sarajevo cable car runs again after 26 years
6 April 2018 - Edmond Offermann's dream turned to reality after 20 years on Friday when the landmark Sarajevo cable car, destroyed early in Bosnia's 1990s war, resumed services up Mount Trebevic above the capital. The brand new gondola brought joy to young and old alike and not least to Offermann, a wealthy Dutch-born American businessman and philanthropist who was a driving force behind the restoration project. The cable car first went into operation nearly 60 years ago, ranking Sarajevo among the few cities where one could reach pine forests in just 10 minutes from an urban city center. (more)


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Uganda: Empowering women from within through Transcendental Meditation
23 May 2018 - Leslee Goldstein had a deep desire to do something fully worthy of her PhD in Vedic Science from Maharishi University of Management. In a collaboration with Brenda Nakalembe, director of United Women's Platform for Empowerment and Development (UWOPED), and Ugandan teachers of TM through the African Women and Girls Association for Total Knowledge (AWAGO), a group of impoverished mothers in Kampala learned the Transcendental Meditation technique in their native language, and participated in a research project to evaluate the results. 'They have huge resilience, huge endurance,' Dr Goldstein said. 'This is the lot they were given in life and somehow, when given the opportunity to do something, TM helped them to do something for themselves, by themselves. We call it empowerment from within.' (more)

The Power of Transcendence: Growing in Love, Creativity, Health, and Happiness: New book released
14 May 2018 - How can the daily experience of transcendence have such profound benefits in our lives? In over fifty short essays, a new book by award-winning author Ann Purcell - The Power of Transcendence: Growing in Love, Creativity, Health, and Happiness - explores the phenomenon of transcending and its influence in daily life. The articles cover many different topics including love, yoga, silence, enlightenment, women, and health and well-being. The book reveals how all aspects of life can be transformed by experiencing the essence of who we are - the silent level of our Being - the transcendent. Today this experience is available effortlessly to everyone through the Transcendental Meditation technique. (more)

Peaceful mind, peaceful world: Facebook Live talk by Dr Tony Nader explores the power of transcending
10 May 2018 - Why are we here? What is the purpose of it all? How can we do all that we can for ourselves, the people we love, our communities, and society as a whole? These are some of the questions explored by Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR, the MIT- and Harvard-trained neuroscientist and head of the international Transcendental Meditation organizations, in a Facebook Live talk in April, now available online. 'We are all motivated by a search for more and more,' he says. 'The reality of consciousness, of the depth of the mind, is our true inner Self.' He explains how transcending, especially with the TM technique, effortlessly allows us to explore the Self, the source of all creativity, intelligence, and peace within. And 'a peaceful mind that creates right decisions creates a more positive collective consciousness. . . . when we improve individually, we also improve collectively.' (more)

Growth of consciousness: The foremost purpose and accomplishment of Transcendental Meditation
30 April 2018 - 'Although we consistently talk about the Transcendental Meditation programme's scientifically verified benefits - ranging from reduced heart disease to increased focus - the purpose of the TM programme is simply the growth of consciousness. All the other benefits derived from TM practice are the side-effects of that growth,' writes Janet Hoffman, national director of TM for Women Professionals in the USA. It is this inner growth, she says, that 'makes external achievements not just more attainable, but also more enjoyable and sustains us as human beings'. Hoffman describes ten 'attributes or symptoms of the growth of consciousness', and includes comments from TM practitioners Katy Perry, Ellen DeGeneres, and other women from many fields of life. (more)

Women waging peace in the Middle East
24 April 2018 - A group of women in the Middle East have learned to contact the source of peace within themselves through the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique. Dorit Goldschmidt teaches TM to Arab and Jewish women in Israel. 'There is so much stress here, and TM gives women the resilience we need. If more and more women and mothers start meditating, it will affect their families because they are the center of their homes. . . . the effect on the community can be significant.' Research has found TM highly effective in reducing stress, anxiety, even PTSD in the individual - and that its effects can spread in the environment. A study published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution found that during a two-month period in 1983 during the Lebanon-Israel conflict, when a peace-creating group of advanced TM meditators convened in Jerusalem, conflict, violence and war fatalities decreased significantly. (more)

Watch live today on Facebook: Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR - 'Peaceful Mind, Peaceful World'
15 April 2018 - How creative can you be? How happy? How peaceful? Human potential is infinite, but all too often true happiness eludes us, abiding peace eludes us, our unlimited creative potential eludes us. Now is the time to move past limits and explore the source of all creativity, the source of all intelligence within. Live on Facebook today: Join Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR, who has spent the last 40 years probing the deepest truths of life - both as a world-renowned, Harvard- and MIT- trained medical doctor and brain researcher, and as an expert in consciousness. A special opportunity to hear more about Transcendental Meditation, eliminating stress and anxiety - and achieving deep and lasting peace within, and in our world. (more)

Peaceful Mind, Peaceful World: A livestream event with Dr Tony Nader - Sunday, 15 April
12 April 2018 - Join a Facebook Live event with Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR on Sunday, 15 April, and learn about the nature of the mind and how to begin to contact the source of all creativity, the source of all intelligence, and peace. Dr Nader, who oversees the global administration of non-profit TM organizations in over 100 countries, discusses the art and science of the Transcendental Meditation technique. He shares new findings and understandings from modern medicine and quantum physics that will revolutionize your view of the human mind and the world around us. Enjoy this special opportunity to hear more about eliminating stress, anxiety and frustration, and achieving peace and personal growth through TM. (more)

Maharishi University of Management hosts groundbreaking 'Changemakers' conference - Watch replays online
11 April 2018 - Last weekend, global changemakers converged at Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, to explore what it takes to make a seismic difference on this planet. 'ChangeMakers: Disruptors Transforming the World for Good' was the first event in a new Changemaking Series, hosted by MUM and the David Lynch Foundation (DLF). Each of the speakers - including filmmaker David Lynch, humanitarian Father Gabriel Mejia, and MoveOn.org's Laura Dawn - perceived a clear need for foundational changes in their fields and disrupted the status quo to find solutions. Replays of the conference are now available on YouTube. (more)

Middle East: Finding calm in a conflict zone
7 April 2018 - When Basma Abu Sway started practising Transcendental Meditation, she was a mother, grandmother, and longtime career woman in social services. An Arab living in Palestinian Jerusalem, Basma sought relief from the high stress in her own life and pervading the region. From her first meditation she felt tremendous relief. 'It was something like magic happening to me. It was a powerful experience. I felt more inner peace.' Basma trained as a teacher of TM to help others, especially women, gain the same relief she found. She encourages group TM practice, which peer-reviewed, published research has shown to have a peaceful, calming effect in the surroundings. Many in her area participate in a monthly event held at TM centres in 12 Middle East countries and beyond - meditating all together to bring coherence and peace in the Middle East. (more)

New bestselling book Strength in Stillness: A simple, straightforward description of TM
8 March 2018 - Bob Roth's new book, Strength in Stillness, has three pillars of information: The first discusses what Transcendental Meditation is, what it does, how it works and where it comes from. In the second, you can learn about what to expect when you contact a certified teacher to instruct you in the TM technique. It also describes published research on the brain and how TM improves your reaction to stress and anxiety. The third introduces people from all walks of life who have learned TM and their inspiring comments on how they benefited from it. When the actor Michael J Fox learned Transcendental Meditation, his was a stunning experience of profound relief. 'This moment,' he said to Roth, 'is the calmest I have felt in years. Decades.' (more)


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Sweden issues leaflet to homes telling people how to prepare for war
22 May 2018 - Sweden will send out instructions to its citizens next week on how to cope with an outbreak of war, as the country faces an assertive Russia across the Baltic Sea. The 20-page pamphlet, released in English and Swedish and titled 'If Crisis or War Comes', gives advice on getting clean water, spotting propaganda, and finding a bomb shelter, in the first public awareness campaign of its kind since the Cold War. (more)

Sweden to send war pamphlet to 4.8 million households
22 May 2018 - The Swedish government is reissuing an instructional war pamphlet to all 4.8 million households in the country, informing them for the first time in more than 30 years on the perils of war. ... The brochure provides information on everything from how to identify fake news and prepare against extreme weather conditions to what to do in the event of terror attacks and military conflicts. In May 2017 Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist told CNN: 'The Russian regime has showed they are ready to use military powers to fulfill political goals.' (more)

58 dead in Gaza protests as Israel fetes US Embassy move
15 May 2018 - In a jarring contrast, Israeli forces shot and killed 57 Palestinians and injured more than 2,700 during mass protests Monday (14 May) along the Gaza border, while just a few miles away Israel and the U.S. held a festive inauguration ceremony for the new American Embassy in contested Jerusalem. (more)

Gaza hospitals struggle to cope with high casualty toll
15 May 2018 - Patients with gunshot wounds filled wards and hallways in Gaza's under-equipped and overwhelmed main hospital Tuesday (15 May), with dozens still waiting in line for surgery a day after Israeli soldiers shot and killed 59 Palestinians and wounded hundreds in mass protests on the Gaza border. The high casualty toll triggered a diplomatic backlash against Israel and new charges of excessive use of force against unarmed protesters. (more)

Taliban battle into west Afghan city in new crisis for government
15 May 2018 - Taliban fighters with heavy weapons and night-vision equipment fought their way close to the center of the western city of Farah on Tuesday (15 May), as Afghan forces with U.S. air support battled to force them back, officials and residents said. Residents of the city, capital of Farah province on the border with Iran, have warned for months the city was vulnerable and the attack threatened a repeat of the Taliban's capture of the northern city of Kunduz in 2015. (more)

Taliban launch large-scale assault on western Afghan city
15 May 2018 - The Taliban launched attacks from multiple directions on a city in western Afghanistan early Tuesday (15 May) killing and wounding at least six security forces, officials said. Fared Bakhtawer, head of the Farah provincial council, said the insurgents overran several security checkpoints in the provincial capital of the same name and that heavy fighting was underway. He said casualties were high among security forces, but couldn't provide a precise number. 'Security checkpoints around the city have collapsed into the hands of the Taliban, causing high casualties among security forces,' he said. (more)

Militants attack Libyan election commission, 14 Killed
2 May 2018 - Islamic State suicide bombers attacked Libya's election commission in the capital on Wednesday, killing at least 14 people in the worst such attack in years that aimed to disrupt a nation-wide vote planned for later this year. IS and other Islamic extremists in Libya oppose democratic elections, which the United Nations and Libya's foreign backers are urging to take place this year despite security problems in the oil-rich North African country. Militants have often targeted elections in other countries, and IS has called for attacks on voting infrastructure in Libya. (more)

Dark day for reporters as 9 killed in Afghan bombing
30 April 2018 - Monday (30 April) marked the bloodiest day for journalists in a long time: At least nine were killed and half a dozen wounded in a double suicide bombing in Afghanistan's capital. Almost as alarming as the bloodshed -- at least 25 people were killed overall and dozens wounded -- was the modus operandi. It appeared that the journalists were intentionally targeted by a bomber who hid among members of the media rushing to cover the first explosion. Monday's bombing by the Islamic State group was the deadliest attack targeting reporters since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, according to Reporters Without Borders, also known by its French acronym RSF. (more)

Twin bombings in Afghanistan kill 25, including 9 reporters
30 April 2018 - Two Islamic State suicide bombers struck in Afghanistan's capital on Monday (30 April), killing 25 people, including nine journalists who had rushed to the scene of the first attack, in the deadliest assault on reporters since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. The attack was the latest in a relentless string of large-scale bombings and assaults in the capital and elsewhere in Afghanistan this year. (more)

Sales of Afghanistan's renowned carpets unravel as war intensifies
12 April 2018 - Sales of Afghanistan's ancient carpet-weaving industry have dropped by half in the past year as war with Taliban militants heats up and neighboring Pakistan clamps down on border traffic. Prized by buyers as much for their artistry as utility, carpets are still a chief export of the impoverished nation, but their share has shrunk to six percent from 27 percent within less than a decade. (more)

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