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Mali: Polls show turn to optimism
by Global Good News staff writer
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21 April 2014
Recent news reports have shown an improved outlook for the northwest African country of Mali.
'Mali: Polls show turn to optimism' was the headline in AfricaFocus on 17 April. The article reported the quick turnaround in popular feeling since the previous year:
'In an Afrobarometer survey in December 2012, three-quarters of adult Malians were worried that the country was moving in ''the wrong direction''.'
The country had been stable for many years, but in 2012 there was a major upheaval. 'At the time of the 2012 survey, in the depths of a profound national crisis, most Malians thought the future looked bleak,' the AfricaFocus article reported.
Last year the country stabilized somewhat politically, and only a year after the first poll, 'a follow-up survey reveals newfound hope in the future. By December 2013, two-thirds of all Malians now considered that the country is headed in ''the right direction''.'
In a recent interview, Dr Graham de Freitas, a director for the Institute for Excellence in Africa, commented that at the time popular sentiment was changing from negative to positive, a teacher of Transcendental Meditation from Senegal had come to Mali to teach the simple, natural technique, which recent research in Africa has shown to dramatically reduce the effects of severe traumatic stress. For the first time in several years, courses in Transcendental Meditation were being offered to the general public, including a number of schoolteachers interested in Consciousness-Based Education; and other peace-creating technologies of consciousness were being applied as a means to increase coherence, harmony, and progress in the nation.
Dr de Freitas also noted that as more people learn Transcendental Meditation in Mali, including schoolteachers, administrators, students, and other groups in society, their group practice will create increasing levels of coherence in the population as a whole. This effect, which has been verified by numerous scientific research studies in many countries over the past decades, will contribute to establishing permanent, lasting peace for the nation.
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