A Responsibility To Make Peace, A Letter From King Abdullah

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore My father, the late King Hussein, often said peace is a gift that we give to future generations. And this was Jordan’s vision for the region when our country took the tough decision to make peace with Israel in 1994. Amman, Jordan (6 June) – War has a terrible cost. But peace also has a cost, especially when generations of conflict demonstrate that the only path to peace is the acknowledgement and settlement of painful and legitimate grievances. . . To achieve peace, patterns of fear, resentment, mistrust and indifference to the suffering of others must be broken. Societies and individuals alike must reorient themselves to a future that rewards productivity and cooperation, not confrontation. The psychology of conflict is difficult to break. But history, including that of Europe, shows that even the bitterest adversaries can make the transition when peace delivers on its promise – when human energies and material resources once drained by hostilities are channeled toward building national infrastructure, strengthening education, health and other social services, and promoting good governance; when stability invites inward investment and participation in global markets, bolstering economic opportunity and growth. As entire societies become stakeholders in the new status quo, peace becomes self-reinforcing. It was for this reason that my father, the late King Hussein, often said peace is a gift that we give to future generations. And this was Jordan’s vision for the region when our country took the tough decision to make peace with Israel in 1994. ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ Historically, Jordan has led the region in reform and development, but our newfound stability and security was a key factor which enabled our long-term success. We seek, and are achieving, economic growth with new opportunities for youth; good governance; civil society based on Islamic values of tolerance, compassion and equality. People everywhere in our region – Arabs and Israelis – deserve an era of regional prosperity, of partnerships that deliver jobs, better education, a clean environment, stability. Yet no country in the Middle East can realize its full potential while the region is in conflict. IT IS TIME for Israeli and Palestinian leaders to recognize the enormity of the responsibility that they bear, not only for the future security, stability and prosperity of their people, but for the well-being of our entire region. Elected leaders on both sides must recognize and announce that there is no unilateral solution to the conflict between their two peoples that guarantees lasting peace and security. A negotiated two-state solution leading to a viable, independent, contiguous Palestinian state living side-by-side with a secure Israel is the only solution to this conflict. Both sides must therefore act decisively to create the conditions necessary for a return to negotiations, abandoned more than five years ago. For Israel, that means acknowledging its partners for peace: the Palestinian people led by President Mahmoud Abbas and the entire Arab world, which in 2002 sought comprehensive peace with Israel in accordance with international legality. Without this, neither region- wide acceptance of Israel nor real peace will be forthcoming. Likewise, the Palestinian leadership must recognize that only negotiations on the basis of the road map can alleviate the Palestinian people’s suffering and restore to them their internationally recognized legal rights. THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, for its part, must work to avert a humanitarian crisis. Allowing the impoverishment of millions will not only exacerbate humanitarian suffering, it will also aggravate the security crisis of Palestinians and Israelis, making a return to negotiations even more difficult. I was serving in the Jordan Armed Forces when Jordan and Israel signed the historic peace treaty, and as a soldier I was proud that Jordan’s leadership had achieved an honorable peace that ended a nearly 50-year-long state of war between our countries. More important, as a new father I understood my own father’s words and vision with much greater clarity. I felt, like millions of other Jordanian parents, that this was a first step toward the future we envisioned for our children. Today, as a leader, I understand that the future generations of whom my father so often spoke have arrived; more than half of the population in our region is aged under 30. It will not do for us to tell them that peace is a gift we can give to future generations. It is a promise that we must fulfill for them today, or risk condemning them to a future of violence, fear and isolation. It is time for nations and world-renowned figures alike to stand behind the commitment to peace, as a group of Nobel laureates and other leaders are doing this week at the Petra II conference. Real peace agreements are not just written on paper, but also inscribed on hearts. For that to occur we must help people on both sides believe that making a difficult peace is far less costly than continuing a destructive conflict. Abdullah II bin Al Hussein is King of Jordan Source: International Herald Tribune, June 9, 2006. Visit the International Herald Tribune online: http://www.iht.com/. Distributed by the Common Ground News Service. Reprinted with permission AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Bush Accepts Saudi Invitation to UN Faith Talks

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreUS President George W. Bush has accepted Saudi King Abdullah’s personal invitation to attend a November 13 UN inter-faith conference to promote a global dialogue about religions, cultures and common values, the White House said Wednesday. We are sorry. The content item you requested needs to be replaced since the sydicator has abruptly ended this news service. The Good News Network is committed to finding another version of this news story elsewhere and adding the replacement link by mid-January, 2009. Please check back!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Research Breakthrough in Treatment of Malaria

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA team of Monash University researchers in Sydney has made a major breakthrough in the international fight against malaria, which claims the life of a child across the world every 30 seconds. The scientists were able to deactivate the final stage of the malaria parasite’s digestive machinery, effectively starving the parasite of nutrients and disabling its survival mechanism. This process of starvation leads to the death of the parasite. The research , published this week, lays the scientific groundwork to further develop a specific class of drugs to treat the disease. (Read more at Physorg.com) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

US Natural Gas Reserves Surge 35 Percent

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreNational gas reserves in the United States are much bigger than previously thought, according to a report released Thursday. The Potential Gas Committee in Golden, Colorado, said that the estimated U.S. reserves are 35 percent higher than just two years ago, thanks to new technology that has allowed producers to drill for gas in shale rock. (Continue reading AP article at CNBC) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Give the Gift of Good News!

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Here is a simple way for you to give a gift of good news this holiday season, and for the first time we are offering a 2-for-1 deal!A wonderful graphics designer created our new Holiday Gift Certificate, so click and check it out! If you’re interested in other gift ideas, check out the online directory of 500 Good Things.In fact, if you want to promote an inspiring product, service, person, or idea, you should GET ON THIS LIST! …All the details are at the website.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

He Won $3.4 Million — Then Went Back to Work as Janitor

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFive years ago, an Evergreen High School custodian was in the middle of bankruptcy when he won the Washington State Lottery’s Quinto game — 3.4 million dollars.But he still lives in a tiny house in Seattle with his wife and in-laws, and drives to work in the same car.The high school track team is where Tyrone Curry splurged, buying them a new state-of-the-art track.WATCH the video below, from TODAY, or READ the story at NBC…Thanks to Steve Veres, an editor at Today, for sending the link!last_img read more

People Who Look on the Bright Side Will Age Best: Research

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreScientists, once again, pointed to those who have an optimistic outlook on life as being the people who age best.Researchers at the University of Hamburg in Germany discovered that simply focusing your brain on positive thoughts — and living for the moment, rather than looking too far into the future — can help maintain good mental health and keep your brain young.Dr Stefanie Brassen, the study’s author, said that successful aging came down to “the positivity effect”.(READ the story from the Telegraph)Photo by Sun StarAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Vancouver Benches Convert to Shelters

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA Vancouver charity, RainCity Housing, is giving homeless people in this rainy city some dry coverage and a place to rest by converting city benches into pop-up shelters.The company, in BC Canada, tries to drive the homeless to their actual shelter buildings, but also uses innovative designs that feature benches to welcome weary people to stretch out. During the daytime, the benches are places to wait for a bus or sit. At night, they convert into usable shelters where the backboard lifts up to provide shelter.(READ the story in Mic.com – BUT, NOTE: The London “spikes” only appeared on two private properties, were not a city program, and were removed after wide protest.)Story Tip from Colleen EggertsonAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Legacy of Selfless Chinese Principal Who Helped 10,000 Kids Go to College Comes to an End

first_imgThe Du’an Senior High School in Hechi is renowned in the region for sending students to elite schools in China, even though 40% of the students are impoverished.Alumni rushed back from big cities such as Beijing and Shanghai to attend the funeral after Mo died of an illness. College students from universities as far away as Harvard sent their condolences, according to Chinese newspapers.8-Year-old’s ‘Buddy Bench’ for Lonely Kids in the Schoolyard is Catching On AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThousands of grateful admirers showed up—some traveling across oceans—to mourn the passing of a high school principal who helped more than 10,000 underprivileged students escape poverty and attend college.Funeral wreaths were sold out in the mountainous region of China’s Du’an Guangxi Province, as thousands took to the streets Sunday in remembrance of the educator affectionately known as “Principal Dad.”For 37 years,  Mo Zhengao, 59, relentlessly sought donations from businesses and individuals, collecting more than 30 million yuan (nearly $5 million) to benefit 18,000 students. Last year alone, 200 young adults received up to $64 in monthly donations to pay their college living expenses.Employees Donate From Paychecks for 6 Months to Help Family They Never Met “Even if the (university) already waives tuition, the textbook expenses, dormitory expenses, as well as monthly living expenses, still add up to approximately 4000 yuan every year,” said the high school’s financial aid director Wei Xifeng. “Many impoverished families are unable to bear such a heavy financial burden.”Xifeng recalled Mo’s dedication to keeping the young adults in school, “Every time a student drops out of school to return home, the principal would personally or have the teacher go to the student’s home, and bring them back.”A champion of fighting truancy, Mo was often quoted saying, “No matter what, first come back to school, and I’ll figure a way.”(READ the full story, w/ photos, from ChinaSmack)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Health Insurer Aetna Raises Wages for 5700 Workers To $16 an Hour

first_imgOn average, the company’s CEO Mark Bertolini said, it means an 11% raise for employees, but some, who were earning $12/hour, got a 33% increase.Most of the employees benefiting are the public face of the company to customers every day, centered in customer service departments, claims administration, and and billing.Higher hourly wages also lead to the possibility of higher bonus and 401(k) contributions.(READ the story from NPR) – Photo by Sal Falko, CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAetna became the latest large corporation to announce a voluntary minimum wage hike. The health insurer joins Wal-mart, Target and McDonald’s in enacting large raises for its lowest earning workers.Around 5,700 Aetna employees in the U.S. earned the new wages in checks issued on April 24 which paid $16 per hour.last_img read more