Ruth McLean Dawson

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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 …

Self-improvement

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 …

Archaeology
Barack Obama

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 …

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 …

Sustainability

How Yarmouk refugee camp became the worst place in Syria

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 …

Middle East

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

<b>Tel Tamer, Syria:</b> "They want to divide us, to drive us from our lands, to separate us from our families, our tribes and our homes," Atur Aisak tells …

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 …

Refugees

Jadaliyya

Jadaliyya is an independent ezine produced by the Arab Studies Institute.Jadaliyya provides a unique source of insight and critical analysis that …

Middle East

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 …

Middle East

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 …

Middle East

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

Gulan refugee camp, home to Pakistanis fleeing North Waziristan, is on the site of an Afghan battlefield<p>When Niazullah left his home in the tribal areas of Pakistan in June, he figured he would be gone for five days, a week at most. The army had given a three-day warning before an offensive against …

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 …

Nonprofits
Mobile

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 …

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 …

Nonprofits

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 …

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 …

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> …

Political Science

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 …

Middle East
CNN

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 …

Middle East

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, …

Middle East