Middle East


“Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ~Rumi

Have you ever wondered if there is such a thing as true love, like in the good old movies of Casablanca or The Notebook? Maybe you’ve Continue →


The Most Important Thing to Ask Yourself After a Break-Up

by Michelle Marie McGrath on September 29, 2014

Woman Thinking

“The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.” ~Ralph Blum

Divorce. Not an activity that I ever had on my to-do list and not something I contemplated when I got engaged in Paris. Who does?

We’ve all heard the statistics that one in three marriages ends Continue →


President Hadi Accused of Delaying PM Appointment

by Camilla on September 29, 2014

Yemeni Pres

 Photo credit: Associated Press

Today, local journalists and political analysts accused President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi of purposefully causing delays in the appointment of Yemen’s new prime minister. ”President Hadi is wasting the time he has to choose the prime minister, while he can ‘save the day’ and avoid a complete failure,” said political analyst Waili. Continue →


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Islamic State militants killed Iraqi human rights activist and lawyer Samira Salih al-Nuaimi last Monday, September 22 in the Iraqi city of Mosul. The militant group seized al-Nuaimi from her home after she posted messages on her Facebook condemning the Islamic State’s “barbaric” destruction of religious sites in Mosul. According Continue →


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Human Rights Watch released a report highlighting the “rollback of human rights and rule of law” in Turkey under the rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Justice and Development Party (AKP). The findings implicate the very heart of the government in allegations of Continue →


Democracy Now! 2014-09-29 Monday

by Amy Goodman on September 29, 2014

Democracy Now! Monday, September 29, 2014

President Obama’s Twisted Nuclear-Weapons Legacy

by Foreign Policy In Focus » Article Type » Focal Points Blog on September 29, 2014

The new National Nuclear Security Administration plant in Kansas City. (Photo: NNSA)

The Obama administration’s nuclear policy was on the receiving end of a one-two punch from the New York Times. First, on September 22, in a piece titled U.S. Ramping Up Major Renewal in Nuclear Arms, William Broad and Continue →

Excited Man

“It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole lives waiting to start living.” ~Eckhart Tolle

One key lesson I learned on my journey to developing my business knowledge base is that everything is built from the ground up, and each stage has important lessons for the subsequent stages. Sometimes Continue →


A 10-Step Guide to Uncovering the Wisdom in Anxious Thoughts

by Brittney Van Matre on September 28, 2014

Peaceful Woman

“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” ~Pema Chodron

Contained within your fears is genuine wisdom waiting to be discovered. Don’t underestimate this.

In order to tap into this wisdom, you must interview your fears, meeting them with curiosity and compassion. Allow them to speak Continue →


Fiddling the figures

by sarahbenton on September 28, 2014

 Sharmouta: Names Games in Israel

See also Official – no-one called Mohammed here

By Hatim Kanaaneh, [above] Palestine Chronicle September 25, 2014

The Name Games are on in Israel. On the eve of the 5775 Jewish New Year the Israeli Population, Immigration and Border Authority announced the winning first name most commonly given to Continue →


Tomgram: William deBuys, Love Affair in the Back Country

by William deBuys on September 28, 2014

Let us now praise famous laws and the year that begat them: 1964...


The elephant in the room

by sarahbenton on September 28, 2014

Jonah and the big fish as depicted by Michelangelo on the ceiling of the Sistine chapel.

Jonah and the Elephant

By Robert Cohen, Micah’s Paradigm Shift September 28, 2014

I hadn’t seen my old friend Jonah for two years. The last time he had turned up he occupied my sitting room couch, seaweed Continue →