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I choose to respond
rather than react
selecting from unlimited choices
from the highest possibilities
grounded in conscious living

Sometimes–more often now
my response is loving silence
stillness of the soul
centered in knowing
no longer pushed and pulled
by external forces
serene acceptance
of who I am

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Where Terrorism Research Goes Wrong – NYTimes.com

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Where Terrorism Research Goes Wrong – NYTimes.com.

“TERRORISM is increasing. According to the Global Terrorism Database at the University of Maryland, groups connected with Al Qaeda and the Islamic State committed close to 200 attacks per year between 2007 and 2010, a number that grew by more than 200 percent, to about 600 attacks, in 2013.

Since 9/11, the study of terrorism has also increased. Now, you might think that more study would lead to more effective antiterrorism policies and thus to less terrorism. But on the face of it, this does not seem to be happening. What has gone wrong?

The answer is that we have not been conducting the right kind of studies. According to a 2008 review of terrorism literature in the journal Psicothema, only 3 percent of articles from peer-reviewed sources appeared to be rooted in empirical analysis, and in general there was an “almost complete absence of evaluation research” concerning antiterrorism strategies…”

How to Make the Sustainable Development Goals Work | Foreign Policy

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How to Make the Sustainable Development Goals Work | Foreign Policy.

“The two of us met for the first time more than a decade ago, in 2003, in the small rural village of Momemo, an hour’s drive and a world away from the urban bustle of Maputo, Mozambique’s capital and largest city. We were there to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of malaria on the lives of villagers in areas particularly hard hit by the disease.

But as we sat outdoors talking with a small group of villagers, the conversation covered a range of issues about the health and well-being of women and children in the village. How early did women marry here? How many children did they have? How many children had they lost to illness? Could they work and care for children severely sick with malaria?

Although the two of us came to that conversation with very different life experiences, we were drawn together by a common mission: enabling a healthier and more productive life for women and children in the poorest countries. Now we’re coming together again — this time to carry the voices of women like those we met in Momemo to a different conversation, one that will affect women everywhere for a generation to come.

As you read this, world leaders are engaged in discussions about a new global development plan that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire at the end of 2015…”

BBC News – Mali helicopter crash: Two Dutch UN peacekeepers die

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BBC News – Mali helicopter crash: Two Dutch UN peacekeepers die.

A Dutch UN helicopter has crashed near Gao in northern Mali, killing its two crew members, the Dutch defence ministry has said.

 

The Apache helicopter made a forced landing during a military exercise, the UN force in Mali said in a statement.

 

The Dutch armed forces chief, Gen Tom Middendorp, said: “Everything points to this being an accident.”

 

The aircraft was from the Minusma mission charged with peacekeeping since Islamist fighters were forced out.

 

One crew member survived the crash but died later of his injuries at a French field hospital, Gen Middendorp told a news conference in The Hague.

 

Gen Middendorp said an investigation into the cause of the crash was under way…

 

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