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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)

Refugees code to reboot their lives in Britain
4 April 2018 - As soon as he was allowed to work in Britain, Ethiopian refugee Sentayhu began applying for jobs, confident his experience as a web developer back home would land him a tech industry role. But month after month, the 35-year-old heard nothing back. 'I felt (down) in the dumps,' he said. Frustrated and eager to move on with his life, Sentayhu contacted the Refugee Council, which referred him to Code Your Future, a free coding bootcamp for asylum seekers and refugees run by volunteer mentors working in the tech industry. There, his life changed. (more)

Vienna spurns far-right politics to offer young migrants an education
28 March 2018 - Like most teenagers, Ranim has yet to decide on a career. But the 17-year-old is certain of one thing: She must keep studying to make up for the time she spent out of school, fleeing the war in Syria to reach Austria's capital. Each week she and about a thousand other refugees and asylum seekers attend a free, council-run college set up by Vienna's authorities to help young migrants learn German, get counselling, gain basic education, and integrate into society. (more)

Hundreds of thousands march for gun control in the US
24 March 2018 - Hundreds of thousands of teenagers and their supporters rallied in the nation's capital and cities across America on Saturday to press for gun control in one of the biggest youth protests since the Viet Nam era. Large rallies with crowds estimated in the tens of thousands in some cases also unfolded in such cities as Boston; New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; Houston; Fort Worth, Texas; Minneapolis; and Parkland, Florida. (more)

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly explains how seeing planet Earth from space changed his perspective on life
17 March 2018 - Retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly spent 340 days in space aboard the International Space Station in 2015-2016, which changed his perspective on life, making him more empathetic. 'I think it makes you a more empathetic person,' he said. 'More in touch with humanity and who we are, and what we should do to not only to take care of the planet but also to solve our common problems, which clearly are many.' (more)

'Enough is enough': US students stage walkouts against guns
14 March 2018 - Declaring enough is enough, tens of thousands of young people from Maine to Alaska walked out of school to demand action on gun violence Wednesday (14 March) in one of the biggest student protests since the Vietnam era. Braving snow in New England and threats of school discipline in places like Georgia and Ohio, they carried signs with messages, railed against the National Rifle Association, and bowed their heads in memory of [the 17 students who lost their lives] in the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. (more)

'Enough': US students come together in spectacular walkout to end gun violence
14 March 2018 - Thousands of students poured out of classrooms in the US on Wednesday (14 March) in an unprecedented expression of mourning and a demand for action to stem the country's epidemic of gun violence. The protesters called for new gun safety legislation, including a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and the introduction of universal background checks. They also opposed the additional fortification of schools with fences and armed guards, policies endorsed by the NRA, America's powerful gun lobby group. (more)

Finland is the happiest country in the world, says UN report
14 March 2018 - Finland has overtaken Norway to become the happiest nation on earth, according to a UN report. For the first time the UN also examined the happiness levels of immigrants in each country, and found Finland also scored highest. (more)

This is the world's happiest country
14 March 2018 - Finland is the happiest country in the world, according to the latest World Happiness Report. Norway, last year's winner, came in second place in the 2018 report. It's followed by Denmark, Iceland, and Switzerland. The World Happiness Report was released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations on March 14, days before World Happiness Day on March 20. (more)


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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)

Maharishi Effect featured in The Times of India
23 February 2018 - The practice of Transcendental Meditation brings coherence and harmony to create a healing effect, writes Aditi Shrivastava in The Times of India: Research by scientists across the world has shown that when a specific number of people in an area practise Transcendental Meditation (TM) and its advanced techniques together, the influence of coherence and positivity generated is so phenomenal, that it can improve the quality of life of the area, improving the collective consciousness of the people. This leads to an invincible state for society, that is, a state of progressive growth, of stability where no negative influences will disrupt societies and they will be able to rise to true sovereignty and harmony amongst themselves. This phenomenon of increased social coherence was termed the Maharishi Effect in honour of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme, who predicted it in 1960. (more)

Maharishi Vastu Architecture website features new photo albums of homes around the world
16 February 2018 - Have you ever wondered what it would be like to look inside a Maharishi Vastu home? A new photo album page on the Maharishi Vedic Architecture website lets you do just that. The page contains albums of Maharishi Vastu homes from around the world. (more)

Residents of Maharishi Vastu homes report less stress, better health, more success
5 February 2018 - The February newsletter of Maharishi Vastu Architecture reports on a recent, comprehensive survey of several hundred people worldwide who live in dwellings built according to Maharishi Vastu architecture. A high percentage of residents reported improvements from living in these homes, on five measures: improved quality of life, less stress, improved mental health, greater overall success, and that their children were happier. The survey results illustrate the principles and goals of Maharishi Vastu architecture, that living in these homes creates an influence of good health, happiness, family harmony, and growth to enlightenment. (more)

'In the most silent avenue of one's Being, everything is a possibility' - Maharishi, 2007
12 January 2018 - Today organizations teaching Transcendental Meditation in many countries held an annual conference celebrating the achievements of the worldwide programmes founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. On this day in 2007, Maharishi inaugurated a global capital of world peace at the centre of India. There a large group of experts would be established to create an influence of peace, progress, and prosperity for every nation, through their daily routine of Yoga (Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes) and Yagya, a timeless technology for the prevention of problems and the promotion of success and good fortune. In his inaugural address Maharishi said, 'Administrators should be competent to bestow anything to anyone who desires anything - and anything is a possibility in the transcendental, unmanifest field. In the most silent avenue of one's Being, everything is a possibility, and this is the gate of life that will be opened for everyone in the world.' (more)

A foolproof method for preventing terrorism in the Democratic Republic of Congo
8 January 2018 - Currently the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is experiencing a grave humanitarian emergency, with economic deterioration and increasing political instability. Latest African News features Dr David Leffler's presentation of 'a foolproof, simple, and most expedient method for preventing terrorism and increasing stability in DRC'. During these dangerous times, terrorism could quickly end if DRC's military were trained to form what is known in Latin American military circles as a Prevention Wing of the Military - comprised of Invincible Defense Technology (IDT) experts practising the non-religious Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique and its advanced programmes. Scientific research showing measurable decreases in crime, terrorism, and war through IDT has been published repeatedly in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Conflict Resolution, Social Indicators Research, Journal of Crime and Justice, and International Journal of Neuroscience. (more)


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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)

AP-NORC Poll: 50 years after MLK, civil rights goals unmet
30 March 2018 - Fifty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., only 1 in 10 African Americans think the United States has achieved all or most of the goals of the civil rights movement he led, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Three-quarters of African Americans said there has been little or no progress on fair treatment by police, and more than half answered the same about fair coverage by the media, political representation, or equal economic opportunities. (more)

The cities at risk of climate-driven conflict
21 March 2018 - The evidence is mounting that climate-related droughts, floods, and other events lead to political instability and human conflict. Some cities are especially vulnerable to the 'threat multiplier' of climate change. We know that climate change imperils coastal communities around the world and endangers food and water sources, and that political and religious extremism feed off instability and cause bloodshed. But because each contributes to the other, the future of millions may be at risk. (more)

7 years on, Syrians despair over a country in pieces
15 March 2018 - For Syrians marking seven years of war, their country has never looked as helpless or fragmented. President Bashar Assad has decimated the rebellion, thanks to massive military aid from Russia and Iran, but foreign powers have carved out zones of influence across the country. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians are trapped in besieged areas, and heavy fighting is underway in the suburbs of Damascus and in the north, where al-Qaida-linked militants are clashing with rival insurgents and Turkish troops are battling a Syrian Kurdish militia. (more)

Thousands flee violence in mass exodus from Syrian towns
15 March 2018 - Tens of thousands of terrified men, women and children streamed out on foot and in pick-up trucks Thursday from besieged enclaves on two fronts, fleeing bombings from the Syrian military near the capital, Damascus, and Turkish troops in the country's north. It was the largest single-day exodus of civilians from fighting in Syria's civil war and a reminder of how the conflict that sparked the world's worst humanitarian catastrophe continues to hit new lows as it enters its eighth year. (more)

Colombia: Conflict continues in areas vacated by FARC fighters
1 March 2018 - Thousands of Colombians are being driven from their homes and dozens killed despite a peace accord ending half a century of civil war, the Red Cross said on Thursday. (! March), urging the government to better protect civilians. A peace deal between the government and the left-wing rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was signed in 2016, ending a war that has killed about 200,000 people. The FARC has largely demobilized and become a political party. But conflict continues in areas vacated by FARC fighters, leaving a power vacuum ... Some areas, particularly in Colombia's south and Pacific region, have become flashpoints for fighting among crime gangs and a smaller rebel group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), over drug trafficking and gold mines. (more)

In South Sudan, civil war drives more children onto the streets, into work
13 February 2018 - Hunger, fuelled by a protracted civil war and a failed economy, has pushed children ... into labour or life on the streets, according to a report by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). South Sudan -- the world's youngest country which gained independence in 2011 -- is wrestling one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. The U.N. children's agency UNICEF says every second person in the population of 12 million is hungry, 72 percent of children are out of school, and 4.2 million children need help. armed groups in the civil war that started in 2013 . . . (more)

Syria suffering some of worst fighting of war, UN warns
12 February 2018 - The United Nations said on Monday (12 February) the suffering of civilians in Syria has worsened since it called for a ceasefire six days ago in a humanitarian initiative that was rapidly derailed by an even more intense bombardment. ... 'The military escalation throughout Syria, including the events we have seen on the Israeli border over the weekend, is deeply worrying. It could indeed lead to a dangerous spillover,' a spokeswoman for the European Commission said on Monday. (more)

IS attack on military academy in Afghan capital kills 11
29 January 2018 - Islamic State militants attacked Afghan soldiers guarding a military academy in the capital on Monday (29 January) , killing at least 11 troops and wounding 16. The attack, which began before dawn and continued well past daybreak, was the latest in a wave of relentless violence in Kabul this month unleashed by the Taliban and the rival Islamic State group that has killed scores and left hundreds wounded. (more)

Reuters Special Report: In a hospital ward in Yemen, the collapse of a nation
29 December 2017 - After three years of warfare, cholera, and hunger, Yemen faces a new battle: In the past four months, doctors across the country have recorded at least 380 cases of diphtheria, a bacterial disease that last appeared here in 1992. Arishi [Nahla Arishi, chief pediatrician at the al-Sadaqa hospital in the Yemeni port city of Alden], like her country around her, is struggling to cope. Every month, she and her team drip-feed dozens of Yemen's half a million severely malnourished children. Her ward has also treated hundreds of the one million people infected by cholera. (more)

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