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World Peace News

Here is an interesting idea (albeit probably with an agenda):  World Peace News .  As you can see this is something done by the followers of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi .   As you can also see, the site (besides promoting the Maharishi’s programs) provides information on what they call good news about peace.  Here are the top stories for today:

“Positive Trends
10 Short Summaries of Top Stories [go to the site to get the full stories, IGB]

Palestinian President Abbas weighs summit to revive stalled peace talks
4 January 2010 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signalled on Monday he is weighing a proposal to relaunch stalled Middle East peace talks at a US-backed summit with the Israeli and Egyptian leaders early in the new year. Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit and intelligence chief Omar Suleiman are due to go to Washington on Friday for talks on the initiative.

Vatican City: Pope urges lifestyle changes to save environment
3 January 2010 – Pope Benedict used his traditional New Year address on Friday to call on people to change their lifestyles to save the planet, saying environmental responsibility was essential for global peace. ‘An objective shared by all, an indispensable condition for peace, is that of overseeing the earth’s natural resources with justice and wisdom,’ the Pope told the thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

North Korea calls for end of hostile relations with US
2 January 2010 – North Korea called for an end of hostile relations with the United States in a New Year’s message Friday and said it was committed to making the Korean peninsula nuclear-free through negotiations. The New Year statement brightened prospects for North Korea to rejoin stalled international talks on ending its nuclear weapons programs in exchange for aid and other concessions. Washington has sought to coax it to return to the talks, which also include South Korea, China, Russia, and Japan.

Yemen rebels ready for talks once fighting stops
2 January 2010 – Yemen’s Shi’ite rebels are ready for talks with the government once fighting stops, their leader said on Saturday, responding to a Presidential plea as fears grow that al Qaeda could exploit the country’s instability. Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, leader of the northern Yemen-based rebels, also denied that his group was targeting neighbouring Saudi Arabia, which has been drawn into the conflict.

Israel’s Netanyahu proposes Egypt peace summit – officials
1 January 2010 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has proposed an Egyptian-hosted summit with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as a possible way to resume stalled peace talks, Israeli officials said on Thursday. The offer was the latest sign that progress was being made towards renewing US-backed negotiations frozen for a year.

North Korea says wants end to hostile US ties
1 January 2010 – North Korea called for an end to hostile ties with the United States and an atomic-free peninsula in a New Year message that comes weeks after it indicated it could end its year-long boycott of nuclear disarmament talks. US President Barack Obama wrote a personal letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in December to try to persuade Pyongyang to return to nuclear disarmament talks. It was delivered by the first official envoy his administration has sent to Pyongyang.

Yemen Shi’ite rebels ready for talks with Saudi Arabia
1 January 2010 – Yemen’s Shi’ite rebels said on Thursday they were ready for talks to end fighting with neighbouring Saudi Arabia, and issued a taped message from their leader to disprove reports he had been killed. If Saudi aggression stops and there is a real will toward security and stability … then we do not attack anyone that does not attack us,’ the rebels said on their website. ‘We reiterate … our support for dialogue and a language of understanding to resolve all differences,’ said the rebels, who are also fighting government troops in Yemen’s mountainous north.

Georgia and Russia to re-open only border crossing
30 December 2009 – Georgia’s Foreign Ministry says it has reached a deal with Russia to open a border crossing that has been closed for three years. The two sides agreed during Swiss-brokered talks on 23 December that the Verkhny Lars transit point will open in March. The move would mark a significant thaw in diplomatic relations, which were severed last year in the wake of the August war between Russia and Georgia.

Egypt encouraged during Israeli Prime Minister’s visit
29 December 2009 – Israel’s Prime Minister on Tuesday presented Egypt with ideas for restarting Middle East peace talks, impressing his hosts with proposals that go further than past Israeli positions, Egypt’s top diplomat said. Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears serious about trying to resume negotiations with the Palestinians.

New US policy is engaging world
26 December 2009 – The US ambassador to the United Nations says President Barack Obama’s promise to work with other countries is yielding results. At the UN General Assembly in September, US President Obama told world leaders the United States would reach out in ‘a new era of engagement based on mutual interest and mutual respect’.”

While we could debate how sincere all these actors are, and therefore the relative importance of the events mentioned, still this (and other initiatives of this kind) are a useful counterweight to the heavy emphasis on doom and gloom in the headlines.  After all, it is difficult, in our media rich world to get a balanced view of what is going on, and easy to let affect dominate fact.

Again usual caveats apply:  “Just endorsin’ not promotin'”

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