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This concept from Zen Buddhism will help you let go of beliefs that are holding you back

A buddhist statue. Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri<p>I played baseball for 17 years of my life. During that time, I had many different coaches and I began to notice repeating patterns among them. <br>Coaches tend to come up through a certain system. New coaches will often land their first job as an assistant …

We Finally Have Clues to How the Lost Roanoke Colony Vanished

Artifacts suggest some members of ill-fated English settlement survived and assimilated with Native Americans.<p>The search began when an anxious Englishman named John White waded ashore on North Carolina’s Roanoke Island 425 years ago this month. Appointed governor of the fledgling Roanoke colony by …

Muslim, black leaders divided on video of Boston shooting

BOSTON (AP) — Muslim and black leaders in Boston are divided over whether surveillance video released this week shows that terror investigators acted …

Free USAID Course: How To Use Mobile Data Solutions for Better Development Outcomes

Leading global development organizations are just beginning to utilize mobile technologies to improve the efficiency and quality of the data they …

Globalization

UNHCR mulls Kenya's call to close Dadaab camp for Somali refugees

The United Nations’ refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Saturday it had not received a formal request from Kenya to remove a huge refugee camp housing hundreds of thousands of people from Somalia.<p>Earlier, Deputy President William Ruto said unless the UNHCR in Kenya relocated the remote Dadaab settlement …

Africa

Emergency plan to teach Syria's traumatised young refugees

<b>The urgent need to improve education services for Syrian refugees is to be supported by a partnership between the world's biggest education firm Pearson and the Save the Children charity.</b><p>Pearson is contributing an initial £1m to a research and development project to find ways to provide lessons for …

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How Yarmouk refugee camp became the worst place in Syria | Jonathan Steele

Yarmouk, near the centre of Damascus, prospered as a safe haven for Palestinians. Under siege, it is now a prison for its remaining residents, who survive on little food and water, with no hope of escape<p>On 18 January 2014, barely five miles from the centre of Damascus – with President Bashar …

On the front line in Syrian Kurdistan, militias fight to free kidnapped families

But the reinforcements came too late. The number of Assyrians kidnapped by IS has risen to 220, forcing thousands to flee to the cities of Hasaka and …

Middle East

Kurds ‘at point of the spear’ against ISIS

Former U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., is warning that the United States must lead decisive action to protect Christians and other religious minorities …

Chasing Away the Shadows

When the sun goes down in a refugee camp, many dangers can arise. A bright idea from the IKEA Foundation lights the way forward.<p>Refugee camps can be …

Al-Wihdat Refugee Camp: Between Inclusion and Exclusion

Drawing on the influential writing of Arendt, Foucault, and Agamben, much of the literature on refugees and refugee camps has generally emphasized …

Syrian Refugee Crisis Strains Jordan's Resources

Dr. Georgette F. Bennett meets with Syrian refugee family in Za'atari refugee camp<p>From a distance, it looks like a billowing sea of white on an endless flat plane. But, as our car approaches, the sea takes form. We are in a vast city of tents and trailers. This is the Za'atari refugee camp. With up …

The Art Of Syrian Refugees Sends A Message. Is Anyone Listening?

When Syrian artist Mohammed Al-Amari, 27, fled the country's civil war last winter he couldn't carry much. Just some clothes, and little else, he says. But he did manage to bring some "colors" with him — watercolors, pastels and even a few of his paintings.<p>Al-Amari and his wife didn't want to leave …

Islamic State: Amid hostage crisis, Assyrians and Kurds join forces

Activists decry Islamic State's eradication of thousands of years of Assyrian history even as Christian and Kurdish fighters seek to regain territory …

Syrian refugee camp gets pizza delivery service

A pizza delivery service is the last thing someone expects to see in a refugee camp. But in one makeshift city that houses more than 83,000 displaced …

Living in a minefield: the refugee camp where Pakistanis are a step from death

Photograph: Andrew Quilty/Oculi<p>A class held in a tent at the Norwegian Refugee Council funded school at Gulan refugee camp.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/12/1/1417449985853/a8b8ad9e-cc89-49ad-9461-fc6dc2b26885-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Andrew Quilty/Oculi<p>A class …

As Organic Facebook Traffic Disappears, Nonprofits Pay the Price

Share70<p>Share<p>Tweet<p>Email<p>Shares 70<p>February 9, 2015;Associations Now<p>Over the years, we have seen a significant decline in Facebook engagement, and in …

Mobile phone app helps Syrian refugees settle in Turkey

Millions of Syrians have been forced to leave their war-torn country and many have taken refuge in neighbouring Turkey. Settling in a new country where many don’t speak the language is a huge challenge. That is why computer programmer Mojahid Akil, himself a Syrian refugee, has created the<br>Gherbtna …

10 Twitter Best Practices for Nonprofits

It’s impossible to apply Twitter best practices across all segments of the nonprofit sector because of the wide variety of causes and follower …

Social Media

Incorporate Matching Gifts Into Your Prospect Research

If prospect research is the eyes that spot the prospects then matching gifts are the hands that grab the donations. Of course, you can receive gifts …

Y Combinator’s Giveffect Has Built A Shopify-Meets-Salesforce For Non-Profits

Non-profit startups have come into focus at Y Combinator in the last couple of years. And in an extension of that, the incubator is also backing companies that offer services to the wider non-profit sector. Giveffect, part of its current cohort, has built a suite of cloud-based software that …

startups

Is your Non Profit Organization "Cloudy"? + Free Office 365 NonProfit Offer

I was recently helping a local non-profit in the GTA setup their new office computers. I was happy to help out with the process, but I wasn't really …

Nonprofits

Autonomy in Kurdistan

<i>After driving ISIS from Kobane, the Kurdish liberation movement considers their successes and looks forward toward the continuing struggle for</i> …

The British soldier fighting Isil with the Kurds

An unlikely group of foreigners is fighting in Syria against Islamic State<p>There's a 66-year-old retired teacher from Canada and a handful of ex-British army soldiers.<p>There is an American fundamentalist Christian whose Muslim Kurdish comrades wait for him to say grace before beginning their evening …

Kurdish fighters battle equipment woes as well as ISIS in northern Iraq

<b>Irbil, Iraq (CNN) —</b> Rashid Fouad Abdullah is a Kurdish peshmerga fighter in his late 50s, but he's younger than his gun.<p>It's a British artillery piece manufactured in 1941, kept in immaculate condition and in daily service as Kurdish forces tighten their grip around Iraq's second city, …

Middle East

US plans to establish military base in Kurdistan

The United States is planning to establish a military base in the Iraqi Kurdistan town of Erbil, the regional capital. The intention is to provide …

Analysis: Why Kurds Are Losing Patience With the U.S. Over ISIS

ERBIL, Iraq — Just a few dozen soldiers with automatic rifles and an old Humvee guard the Kurdish front line against ISIS.<p>This Kurdish outpost near the Mosul Dam is attacked several times a day, every day. So far, ISIS has sent twenty car bombs to try to destroy it. The Kurds are hanging on, …