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Want to save migrants in the Mediterranean? There's an app for that
14 June 2016 - A smartphone application that allows users to scan the Mediterranean for boats in distress is being tested by a migrant rescue service, which hopes that crowdsourced information will help it save more people. The I SEA App, available on iTunes, divides a satellite image of the sea route migrants are taking into millions of small plots which are, in turn, assigned to registered users. (more)

Young Middle Easterners to hold online peace conference
14 June 2016 - Tens of thousands of young people from across the Middle East are expected to participate next week in an online peace conference that organizers say is a powerful message against extremism. (more)

Cyprus peace talks appear to be back on track
27 May 2016 - Talks to reunify the ethnically divided island of Cyprus appeared to be back on track Friday when its president said he's ready to pick up where things left off following a halt after a perceived attempt to diplomatically upgrade the island's breakaway Turkish Cypriot north. A Turkish invasion in the wake of a 1974 coup aiming at union with Greece split Cyprus into an internationally recognized Greek Cypriot south and a breakaway Turkish Cypriot north. Much progress has been achieved in a year of talks and both leaders say they aim to reach a deal reunifying the island as a federation by the end of 2016. (more)

In Hiroshima, Obama honors bombing victims, urges world to do better
27 May 2016 - President Barack Obama paid tribute Friday to the 140,000 victims of the atomic bomb dropped 71 years ago on Hiroshima, and called on the world to abandon 'the logic of fear' that encourages the stockpiling of nuclear weapons. Obama's trip to Hiroshima made him the first U.S. President to visit the site of the world's first atomic bomb attack. With Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe standing by his side, Obama urged the world to do better. (more)

President Obama ready to face historic ground of Hiroshima
26 May 2016 - Convinced that the time for this moment is right at last, President Barack Obama on Friday will become the first American President to confront the historic and haunted ground of Hiroshima. He will not apologize. He will not second-guess President Harry Truman's decision to unleash the awful power of nuclear weapons. He will not dissect Japanese aggression in World War II. Rather, Obama aimed to offer a simple reflection, acknowledging the devastating toll of war and coupling it with a message that the world can -- and must -- do better. (more)

In final drive, Obama seeks better relations with US foes
24 May 2016 - In his final stretch as President, Barack Obama is driving the United States toward friendlier relations with longstanding adversaries, working to consign bitter enmities with Vietnam, Iran, Cuba, and Myanmar to the history books. Defiant cries of naivete by his opponents have only strengthened his conviction that the U.S. must release itself from an us-versus-them mentality forged during wars that ended decades ago. (more)

Refugees and scholars: Colleges offer war-torn a route to US
24 May 2016 - Colleges in the U.S. are opening their doors -- and their financial aid -- to Syrian refugees. Over the past year, at least a dozen schools have promised to cover full or partial tuition for Syrian refugees who are accepted for enrollment. They join a coalition of more than 60 colleges that have started providing scholarships to Syrian students since the country's civil war began in 2011. (more)

Pope asks followers to pray for Turkey Humanitarian Summit
22 May 2016 - Pope Francis has asked for prayers so that participants at a humanitarian summit in Turkey fully commit to achieve what he defines as their main aim: saving the life of every human being. Francis addressed tens of thousands of tourists and pilgrims in St. Peter's Square Sunday and expressed his hopes for the summit which opens the next day [23 May] in Istanbul. (more)

Eager to heal old wounds, President Obama to visit to Hiroshima
10 May 2016 - Eager to heal old wounds and galvanize new generations, President Barack Obama this month will become the first sitting American President to visit Hiroshima, where seven decades ago the U.S. dropped the devastating atomic bomb that ushered in the nuclear age. By visiting the peace park near the epicenter of the 1945 attack, the President hopes to reinvigorate efforts worldwide to eliminate nuclear weapons. As for Obama's visit, the Japanese people are ready for this moment, seven decades in the making. In a NHK television poll this month, 70 percent of Japanese respondents said they wanted Obama to visit, compared to 2 percent against it. (more)

Jewish leader thanks Putin for fighting anti-Semitism
19 April 2016 - The president of the World Jewish Congress has thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for his efforts to fight anti-Semitism in Russia. Ronald Lauder told Putin during Tuesday's meeting that the Russian leader had kept the promise he made during their last meeting, in 2003, to fight anti-Semitism. Lauder noted that at the time synagogues in Russia were coming under attack. (more)

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Nature finds a way
23 June 2016 - Vanessa Vidal, US Director of Transcendental Meditation for Women, writes of her childhood in New Mexico, USA where her family was out-of-doors as much as time allowed. She says that it was only 'when I learned Transcendental Meditation that I realized that Nature is not just to be found outside of ourselves but within our minds and bodies and all that exists in the universe . . . Nature inspires us, propels us, nourishes us and guides us -- it is the most powerful evolutionary force of life.' She continues that as women -- protective of the most fine-feeling level, 'we need to nourish, to uplift -- and the gentleness in our nature finds a path to those around us. I found early in life that deep-enough rest is necessary for me to be in my most generous state of mind and emotions.' Ms Vidal upholds that TM is the most valuable way of reducing tiredness and stress, that restrictions melt during the practise of TM and that, 'our words and actions are beautiful and most effective when they're wrapped in love.' (more)

The Shampoo Summit: Women as peacemakers
29 May 2016 - Janet Hoffman, executive director of TM for Women Professionals in the USA, features an award-winning documentary by Iris Zaki called 'Women in Sink'. The story is set in an Israeli hair salon called Fifi's that is patronized by both Jewish and Arab women. Ms Hoffman writes, 'The film is an intimate, fun, and revealing testament to the uncomplicated, natural harmonizing power of women, despite the neighborhood's environment of racism and fear . . . [the salon is] a little island of sanity.' Ms Hoffman cites research showing that women have a natural tendency to connect and nourish, an aversion to inequity, and consistently compromise and cooperate in any group situation. She also notes that Transcendental Meditation 'removes the fatigue that is responsible for disconnecting us from the finer values of the mind and heart that constitute our deepest sense of self . . . [once] the connectedness to herself and her world are restored . . . with her emotions becoming more harmonious and calm, she finds her most true and noble inner compass'. (more)

Iowa instructors are passionate about Transcendental Meditation
22 May 2016 - A glimpse of the fulfilling lives enjoyed by of teachers of Transcendental Meditation is given by the Dispatch-Argus of Quad Cities, a group of towns spanning the Mississippi River in Iowa and Illinois, USA. The article features David and Claudia Magill who have taught TM in Virginia, California, New York, and now the Quad Cities area since 2010. They have also been involved in teaching TM in programs involving probationers, parolees, the homeless, and victims of domestic violence. (more)

Motherly love: Giving from a position of strength
21 May 2016 - Janet Hoffman, US director of Transcendental Meditation for Women, writes, 'Mothering is for everyone'. In her discussion of how Transcendental Meditation provides a greater capacity for nurturing, she says TM 'provides us with twice-daily experience of inner silence that replenishes our depleted reserves and enlivens our inner connectedness to our deepest sense of Self, which in turn supports our ability to sincerely and authentically connect with, and positively influence, the world around us.' Ms Hoffman touches on benefits from TM such as diminished stress and fatigue 'rewarding us with a naturally relaxed, stress-resilient physiology, and a heart that can spontaneously flow in love and support.' (more)

Awakening spiritual life
19 April 2016 - Cynthia E. Johnson writes about discussions with her father, the Reverend Roger William Johnson. Together they would consider experiences of deep, inner silence expressed by the first African American chaplain at Boston University, Howard Thurman. Thurman was intrigued with the intimate interconnectedness of all living beings -- that all are interrelated through experience of the common source of life. Cynthia says she and her father, '. . . agreed with Thurman that the mind settling into inner stillness cultivates a sense of wholeness, culminating in a sense of loving unity with all living things.' She asserts, 'Central to spiritual development is the experience of diving deep within on a regular basis, day after day. I have found that the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique affords me this experience.' (more)

A simple proven way to end ALL terrorism
15 April 2016 - Invincible Defense Technology, writes Dr David Leffler, is an approach that if properly applied, can prevent terrorism and conflict. Dr Leffler was a member of the US Air Force for nine years and has a PhD in Consciousness-Based Military Defense. He describes the IDT warrior's daily routine as any group, including any armed forces group, whichs adds the non-religious practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique and its advanced TM-Sidhi program to their day. Military personnel, functioning as a societal peace-creating military unit, practice these techniques together in a group twice a day, seven days a week, preferably near the conflict area in a secure location. The technology has been validated by 23 peer-reviewed studies carried out in the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Independent scientists and scholars endorse it, based on its track record and the 25 years of ongoing research confirming its effectiveness to create peace in society. Dr Leffler's article appeared in The Oslo Times and WorldNews (WN) Network. (more)

New study: Group practice of Transcendental Meditation and the TM-Sidhi program reduces crime
15 April 2016 - A new study has found that a large group of people who practice Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programs together daily in Fairfield, Iowa reduced rates of homicides by a total of 21.2 per cent over the four-year period when attendance was at its peak, and reduced the rate of violent crime by a total of 18.5 per cent over the same period. The journals SAGE Open and Science Newsline, published the study 'Societal Violence and Collective Consciousness' coauthored by Dr Michael Dillbeck and Dr Kenneth Cavanaugh. The authors examined the period from 2007 to 2010 in Fairfield, Iowa when participation in a 'peace creating' group was highest. They found that a rising trend of U.S. homicide during the baseline period 2002 to 2006 was reversed during the 2007 to 2010 intervention period. In the case of violent crime, the study found a highly significant shift from a flat trend in 2002-2006 to a declining trend in 2007 to 2010. (more)

The Huffington Post: The Silence Revolution
5 April 2016 - 'At first, it may seem odd to put the words Silence and Revolution together', said author Ann Purcell in her blog The Silence Revolution. 'In our ever-evolving world, various kinds of revolution are inevitable, and some can lead to positive outcomes. If we wish to transform all the surface values of life in one fell swoop for the betterment of all, we must attend to their foundation.' Ms Purcell states that while she practices Transcendental Meditation, 'I experience finer and finer thoughts until even the finest thought impulse is transcended and my awareness opens to the state of transcendence -- pure silence -- Being.' Citing research backing the effectiveness of TM for creating brain wave coherence, a harmonious, effective individual, and an influence of peace in society, Ms Purcell asserts '. . . we must attend to the root of our existence by nourishing and infusing all aspects of life with the innermost peace and power of the lively vibrant silence at the source of thought.' (more)

The miracle of transcendence and the human brain
10 March 2016 - Taking the 'unfathomable mystery' and capacity of the human brain as a starting point, author Linda Egenes writes, 'Yet the true miracle is that the human brain allows us to transcend its own activity and experience infinite consciousness awake to itself. . . . The beauty of the Transcendental Meditation technique, I discovered, is that it is a systematic way of directly experiencing the source of the thinking process - which is an unbounded, unlimited state of energy, intelligence and bliss that is hidden from view but drives all the conscious activity of the mind. . . . Transcending through TM is an effortless way to achieve direct access to this infinite field of pure consciousness - and to cultivate it so we can enjoy our own infinite, cosmic potential in everyday life.' (more)

Women can make a 'powerful contribution to peace in our troubled world'
9 March 2016 - The Excellence In Action page of Global Good News is currently featuring an article by health writer Linda Egenes, about the most effective ways that women can create a peaceful, positive influence on society--by reducing stress and radiating peace and happiness from within. Citing extensive published research showing the stress-reducing benefits of Transcendental Meditation, she points out that 'by creating more happiness within ourselves, our families and all those around us, we are making a positive and powerful contribution to peace in our troubled world'. (more)

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US cities see unexplained rise in violent crimes this year
5 June 2016 - Violent crimes -- from homicides and rapes to robberies -- have been on the rise in many major U.S. cities, yet experts can't point to a single reason why and the jump isn't enough to suggest there's a trend. Still, it is stumping law enforcement officials, who are seeking a way to combat the problem. Americans have grown accustomed to low crime rates since a peak in the 1990s. But law enforcement started seeing a spike last year that has continued unabated. What's unusual, however, is that it's not happening everywhere. Chicago and Los Angeles are seeing homicides on the rise, but other places like Miami and Oakland are not. (more)

How Kosovo was turned into fertile ground for ISIS
21 May 2016 - Extremist clerics and secretive associations funded by Saudis and others have transformed a once-tolerant Muslim society into a font of extremism. Kosovo now finds itself, like the rest of Europe, fending off the threat of radical Islam. Over the last two years, the police have identified 314 Kosovars who have gone abroad to join the Islamic State, the highest number per capita in Europe. They were radicalized and recruited, Kosovo investigators say, by a corps of extremist clerics and secretive associations funded by Saudi Arabia and other conservative Arab gulf states using an obscure, labyrinthine network of donations from charities, private individuals, and government ministries. (more)

Sabotage of telecoms masts reignite Swedish security fears
18 May 2016 - The mysterious suspected sabotage of three telecommunications masts, key parts of Sweden's infrastructure, has reignited fears of foreign spies and the readiness of depleted security services in a country on the frontline of growing tensions with Russia. In early May, a cable to another mast in the same region, dedicated to rescue services communications was cut off. On Tuesday, the bomb squad was called into the look into a suspicious package near another mast in central Sweden, police told local media. (more)

UN warns that 7.6 million Yemenis are 'one step' from famine
17 May 2016 - The director of U.N. humanitarian operations warned Tuesday that 7.6 million people in conflict-torn Yemen face severe food shortages and are 'one step' from famine. Yemen's Foreign Minister Abdul-Malik al-Mekhlafi late Tuesday announced the suspension of peace talks held in Kuwait after weeks of no progress, saying the rebels refuse to accept the legitimacy of the country's internationally recognized President. (more)

Al-Qaida, hard-line rebels seize Alawite village in Syria
12 May 2016 - Al-Qaida fighters and other ultraconservative Sunni insurgents seized a predominantly Alawite village in central Syria on Thursday, sparking fears of sectarian violence as families from the village were reported missing by activists. Ahrar al-Sham, an ultraconservative Sunni militant group, led the assault on Zaara, along with the Nusra Front, al-Qaida's Syrian franchise, which often fights alongside opposition factions. The Observatory, which covers both sides of the conflict through a network of local activists, said families disappeared from Zaara after the militants took over. Syria's conflict began with peaceful protests against President Bashar Assad but escalated into a civil war after a brutal government crackdown and the rise of an armed insurgency. It became increasingly sectarian with the rise of Sunni insurgent groups and the arrival of Shiite militants from across the region to fight alongside Assad's government. (more)

Afghanistan faces tough battle as Haqqanis unify the Taliban
7 May 2016 - A shadowy, Pakistan-based militant faction is on the rise within the Taliban after its leader was appointed deputy and played a key role in unifying the fractured insurgency. The ascendency of the Haqqani network, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, could significantly strengthen the Taliban and herald another summer of fierce fighting in Afghanistan. The firepower it brings to the Taliban was shown by a Kabul bombing last month that killed 64 people, the deadliest in the Afghan capital in years, which experts say was too sophisticated for the insurgents to have carried out without the Haqqanis. The network's role could also further poison already tainted relations between Islamabad and Kabul. (more)

Gaza sewage spill floods farmland
4 May 2016 - Gaza rescue crews tried to salvage livestock and produce on Wednesday after a sewage reservoir collapsed, flooding about 25 acres (10 hectares) of farmland in a new sign of the worsening water and sewage crisis in the Hamas-run territory. Mohammed Qandeel, a beekeeper, said the sewage reached the room in which he kept the honey he had just harvested. 'I will get rid of it after I wake up from the shock,' he said. Gaza's limited sewage treatment facilities have been overwhelmed by a rapidly expanding population, damage to infrastructure during wars with Israel, and a chronic shortage of electricity. Millions of gallons of raw sewage are dumped into the Mediterranean each day, threatening the coastline and limited freshwater supplies. (more)

Deadly attacks in Afghan capital show Taliban's strength
19 April 2016 - A week after proclaiming their spring offensive, Taliban militants stormed an Afghan government security agency with a suicide car bomb and gunfire Tuesday, killing 28 people and wounding hundreds in a sign of the insurgency's continued strength -- even in the capital. The coordinated attack in central Kabul appeared to have targeted an agency that provides an elite security force for high-ranking government officials, similar to the U.S. Secret Service. On April 12, the insurgents announced the start of their warm weather fighting season, vowing to carry out large-scale attacks in the 15th year of their war against the U.S.-backed government. The Taliban has remained resilient as the government struggles to confront the violence amid a bitter feud between President Ashraf Ghani and the country's chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah. (more)

Bogus identities with fake IDs vital for terror networks
6 April 2016 - Your lost or stolen passport may have found a new life in the shady underworld of a crime gang or in the pocket of a terrorist plotting an attack. Like crime syndicates, terrorist networks are often globe-spanning operations, and doctored documents are the keys to unlocking borders and staying below the radar. Fighting bogus identities is now a top security priority, with France's interior minister pushing for Europe-wide action, and Interpol pleading for tougher document policing as it warns that the world is awash in 38 million lost or stolen passports that are ripe for doctoring. Two of the suicide bombers at France's national stadium remain unidentified except for their fake Syrian passports. (more)

AP Explains: The roots of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh
3 April 2016 - Since 1994, Nagorno-Karabakh, where heavy fighting between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces erupted Saturday, has existed in a tense limbo. AP explains what's behind the conflict: (more)

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