Steve Eggleston Writes


Women and men experience conflict in different ways and therefore understand peace in different ways.

The world is continuing to hear about the desperate situation of many women in conflict zones, in refugee camps and in societies which continue to exclude women and girls from everyday life outside the home. In conflict zones, women and girls are vulnerable to sexual slavery, rape and other forms of gender-based violence, with little prospect of escape. Women are also disproportionately represented in the world’s refugee population, which, for women refugees is compounded by the vulnerability of being female in addition to losing statehood and access to critical healthcare and education.
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Welcome to an open space hand crafted for reconnection and re-imagination.

Off Grid is an opportunity to breathe deeply and tread lightly. This summer, join our newly indigenous tribe of builders, growers, healers and storytellers as we celebrate the beginning of an Age of Reunion.

In 2014 our emerging community will open the doors of perception and glimpse Another World. This is the Great Turning and we are a People in Transition!

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Today the world remembers the victims of the Rwandan genocide, and recognises the inspirational reconciliation process that has drawn a country out of darkness and towards a bright future.

The genocide that devastated Rwanda in 1994 is one of history’s darkest moments, with around 10,000 people killed each day for over three months. This week marks 20 years since the “100 Days of Genocide,” which was ignited when then President Juvenal Habyarimana’s plane was shot down in the capital Kigali on the 6th of April. Over 100 days around 800,000 people were slaughter by Hutu extremists. While the main targets were members of the minority Tutsi community, political opponents and so called “sympathetic Hutus” were also targeted.
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A new survey of American consumers provides some potentially surprising findings that indicate American food shoppers are very mindful about what they place into their shopping carts, and it’s not just about price and taste.

While food commercials on television constantly bombard Americans with offerings that focus on price-point and convenience, a 2014 survey by Cone Communications found that people care about where their food comes from and how it is produced. In a poll of more than 1,000 people from a broad cross-section of the shopping public, 77 percent of respondents said sustainability was an important factor in deciding what to buy, while 74 percent said buying locally was a significant factor.

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What does my 14,000-person rural town in upstate New York have in common with Los Angeles, one of the country’s largest metropolitan areas?

We’re both standing up to the oil and gas industry. And we’re winning.

In 2011, our local town board voted to ban fracking within our town borders — one of the first towns in New York to do so. Last week, Los Angeles leaders took a similarly courageous stand; unanimously voting to begin drafting a moratorium that would prohibit fracking within city limits unless studies show the practice would not harm the health of their community or their water supply.

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Activists in Saudi Arabia are claiming victory in their protest against a ban on female drivers in the country.

A few dozen women got behind the wheel Saturday in their push for easing restrictions on women in the kingdom.

Activists say protest organizers received 13 videos and about 50 phone messages from women showing or claiming they had driven.  There is no way to verify the messages.

One of the videos showed May Al Sawyan, a 32-year-old mother of two and an economic researcher, driving from her home in Riyadh to the grocery store and back.

Though no laws ban women from driving in Saudi Arabia, authorities do not issue them licenses. Women who drove on Saturday had driver’s licenses from abroad.

See the full story on VOA’s website here

Charlotte Roach was an Olympic trainee before a terrible accident. After months recovering, she cycled from Beijing to London to raise money for the air ambulance that saved her

The sun was out. It was a crisp November morning. Charlotte Roach, 21, watched her cycling teammate remove her leg warmers while holding her position in the group. It was one of those days an Olympic trainee dreams about.

Then everything changed. A cyclist ahead of her swerved, catching Roach’s front wheel. She realised she was going down. “I remember falling but I never hit the ground,” Roach said. Instead, she hit an oncoming Land Rover. “The next thing I knew, I was on the road in a lot of pain.”
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Celeste Corcoran, in her yellow “Boston Strong” hat, navigated her way across the artificial turf on her artificial legs, a volunteer on each arm to keep her upright.

One of her assistants had a pair of prosthetics of his own.

“Normally you walk around and you see everybody with two legs. Especially in the summertime — all you see is legs,” Corcoran said, pausing to choke back tears. “It’s easy to miss yours.
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“A small lucky package is on its way to you soon.”

This fortune could not have better predicted what happened to Reddit user Shrivel last week.

He received the fortune cookie just hours after getting an odd call from a stranger.
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The International Association for Human Values (IAHV) is a worldwide organisation with a mission  to make the world a better place by fostering globally the values that unite us as a human community.

IAHV has special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

One of the headline projects is they are working on currently is the Uttarakhand Floods which hit India in June 2013, is one of the worst disasters in the country’s history. Over 10,000 people have died and 100,000 have had to be rescued following devastating floods which hit the Uttarakhand area of India, near to the borders with Tibet and Nepal, on 16 June 2013.

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Reverend Billy’s singing activists dressed as extinct species plan ‘gentle’ demonstration against irresponsible lending

British bankers have been warned to expect an infestation of bright orange golden toads over the next 10 days.

The tiny creatures that used to live in the cloud forests of central America but were made extinct 25 years ago when the trees were felled, are likely to burst into their lobbies, start singing and may also approach staff bearing small trees and pictures of other endangered species.
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Two Vancouver Island women, one with multiple sclerosis, have swum the length of Cowichan Lake, the same distance as the English Channel.

Alex Cape and Susan Simmons set off early Saturday morning, and took 11 hours to complete the 34-kilometre distance.

Simmons, who has MS, says she wants to inspire others with the disease to stay healthy.
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