Archive | February 9, 2016

U.K. Secretively Scraps Free Meal Grants for Poorest Primary School Children*

U.K. Secretively Scraps Free Meal Grants for Poorest Primary School Children*

The Conservative government have secretively scrapped grants that provide free school meals for almost 3,000 primary schools.

In October 2015, the Resolution Foundation think-tank found that Tory tax credit cuts will push 200,000 children into poverty this year, so free school meal grants are now more vital than ever for impoverished children.

The Tories take with one hand, then take with the other. A whopping 76% of teachers report children coming to school hungry.

This Conservative government try to appropriate buzzwords like ‘aspiration’ onto their austerity programme, but the policies themselves are an all-out assault on aspiration. Leaving school children hungry will curtail their ability to learn. Teachers and principles report that school children who have eaten properly have 76% better alertness, 57% better attendance and 54% fewer disciplinary problems.

The Tories’ rampant austerity programme knows no limits. Osborne is the opposite of Robin Hood, continuing to take money from the poor and hand it to the rich.

While scrapping free school meal grants for primary school children, the Tories have maintained the catering subsidy for Lords in Parliament. The House of Lords lavish dining costs the taxpayer almost £2 million a year. The subsidy allows Lords to claim bargain prices for fine-dining, at our expense. Peers can relish in extravagance, enjoying ‘Prawn and lobster meat folded into Avugar caviar’ for a tenner.

In September last year, a petition to scrap the Lord’s discount dinners reached 130,000 signatures. Alex Satchwell, who started the petition, said:

“They should take a packed lunch instead – everyone else has to”

These cuts to free school meals for primary children show a complete disregard for the future of Britain. Hungry children will perform worse in school and make teaching much more stressful. The cuts will chip away at the aspirations of young children.

Meanwhile, the Lords continue to enjoy taxpayer discounts on extravagant dining, epitomising Tory protocol of taking from the poor and giving to the rich.


Related Topics:.

U.K.’s Poverty, Food and Flood Victims*

Food Poverty in the U.K. Causing Soar in ‘Victorian’ Illnesses*

U.K. to Put Fluoride in Milk for School Children*

English Teenagers ‘are Most Illiterate in the Developed World’*

Cameron et al Vote against Law to Ensure Housing ‘fit for humans’*

U.K. Ground Foot Soldiers, the Social Services to Run the NHS*

More People in Europe are Dying Than are Being Born*

U.K. GPs to Gather Info on Sick Patients for the State*

U.K. Gov to Invest an Extra £1.2bn in Syria*

The Syria War Will Not Be a Quagmire – Because Putin and Assad Are Winning*

The Syria War Will Not Be a Quagmire – Because Putin and Assad Are Winning*

Late in the night on Feb. 2, the news hit:

“all communication and supply line[s]”

between Turkey and Aleppo had been severed, according to a Elijah Magnier, a renowned Arab war correspondent with Alrai Media Group. It seems to be so: the Syrian army and allied militias, backed by Hezbollah and Russian air power, took control of a tendril of territory that cuts off Aleppo-based rebels from the Turkish border. See the map below. Eastern supply lines for the so-called Islamic State appear to have also been cut.

Of particular strategic importance is the village of Murassat Khan and adjacent towns north of Aleppo: by taking control of the area, Damascus ended the main Turkey-Aleppo insurgent supply line. The tourniquet around Aleppo can be pulled off the city — and at the same time, one of the main ISIS oil corridors to Turkey is cut. If things proceed as they have been, with the regime advancing further into rebel-held territory, the red swathe of Syrian government forces will shortly expand to encircle all opposition forces (predominantly Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS), who themselves have been encircling Aleppo in the east.

Map courtesy of Syria Direct.

Edward Dark, a pseudonym for a respected commentator on Syrian affairs living in Aleppo, tweeted on Feb. 3,

“This is the beginning of the end of jihadi presence in Aleppo. After 4 years of war and terror, people can finally see the end in sight.”
But if we were to step back and take a look at more of Syria, as shown in the (slightly older) map below, a bigger picture emerges.

Take a close look at the map below. The yellow area purports to represent territory controlled by Syrian Kurds. In reality, “control” is not an appropriate word. But the territory in yellow nevertheless can be said to be friendly to the Syrian army. The People’s Protection Units (a group of mostly Kurdish militias known by the acronym YPG) are being given Russian air support (and sometimes American air support as well). The Afrin canton (the yellow area in Syria’s northwest corner) is the area through which the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency supply line to rebel coalitions, along the Mount Turkmen heights, reportedly used to run. The Latakia region is now in the process of being sealed.

If government forces, moving north, can make friendly contact with the Kurds in the northeast, almost all Nusra and allied rebel forces would be nearly surrounded. The insurgents would be caught in a cauldron with their backs to a lightly populated and forested territory.

Map courtesy of Al-Masdar / The Arab Source.


The grey, ISIS-controlled corridor, especially the Jarablus border crossing with Turkey, remains effectively open. Turkey has proclaimed this represents its “red line.” Were this corridor to be closed by the Syrian Kurds, the Turks have indicated they could respond by invading Syria. The YPG say nonetheless, that they are contemplating just such a move.

In the last few days, the spokesman for the Russian defence ministry warned that Russia has seen clear evidence of Turkish preparations for a military invasion of Syria. It seems likely that this statement is intended by Russia as a warning to Turkey to do no such thing.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made it absolutely clear (to Turkey and to everyone else) that Russia intends to close the border area between ISIS-held territory and Turkey:

“The key point for the ceasefire to work is a task of blocking illegal trafficking across the Turkish-Syrian border, which supports the militants,” he said.

“Without closing the border it is difficult to expect the ceasefire to take place.”

Russia is politely telling Turkey that any incursion risks direct confrontation and war. Recently, for whatever reason, ISIS forces have appeared to start pulling out of that area.

Lavrov in Oman on Feb. 3. (Alexander Shcherbak/TASS via Getty Images)


With Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan being the irascible character that he is, it is possible that we may yet see surprises, like a Turkish incursion into northern Syria aimed — ostensibly — at preventing the Syrian Kurds from linking up along the southern side of the Turkish border. But, if Turkey were to take such independent action, it would likely forfeit any NATO support beyond rhetoric, and any Turkish expeditionary force would have to be launched in the face of Russia’s complete air superiority in Syria, which extends right up to the Turkish border.

To discourage Turkey from taking such a rash undertaking, however, Russia reportedly deployed several of its latest advanced fighter jets to Syria (which easily outclass Turkish F-16s) and also repaired and upgraded the Syrian air force’s line up.

To put it baldly then, as things stand, Syria seems to be heading not towards a “quagmire” as many western politicians have suggested, but rather to a clear military outcome. As one knowledgable commentator noted, the negotiating table is not in Geneva. The true negotiations are taking place on the battlefields of Idlib and Aleppo – and what has just been negotiated is the near encirclement of rebel forces into a cauldron.

Nor, it seems, is Syria heading toward a low-intensity guerrilla war in the aftermath of any military victory on the ground. The scenes below, showing people’s jubilation when the Syrian Army and Hezbollah forces entered villages that had been retaken from rebel forces this week, tell a different story.

Put simply, should Nusra members (who are mainly Syrian) and other rebels try to disperse and hide amongst local communities, there will be no water in which these fish can swim, to paraphrase the Maoist adage. They will find little or no public support. Syria has a very effective intelligence service. We may expect that within a year, most of the disbanded jihadists will have been found out and reported to the intelligence services by locals, who suffered grievously under their occupation. Most will be arrested or killed.

Peoples who undergo the kind of trauma to which Syrians have been subjected either emerge as a psychologically defeated nation or they are strengthened by the crisis through which they have passed. I am quite sure from my visits to Syria through this crisis that its people will emerge stronger. Steel has entered into the Syrian soul.

I also expect Syria to soon again constitute a strong regional state. The meaning of this will be evidenced in a powerful, cohesive northern arc through the region — and perhaps closer relations with Iraq. Correspondingly, certain Gulf states will find themselves eclipsed.

A civil defense team member stands on the debris of a building after a suspected Russian airstrike in Aleppo, Syria on Feb. 5, 2016. (Firas Taki/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


American and many European elites will find this outcome hard to swallow. Western diplomats and military officers have become more used to quagmires that lead to no political outcomes, or to fudges that lead to stasis, rather than interventions that have a real conclusion. That this should have been achieved with direct help from Russia, Iran and Hezbollah will be a bitter pill to swallow. It will have consequences too.

One is already apparent. The Obama administration announced this week it would ask Congress to quadruple its security assistance to Europe. Polarization seems to be on the cards. The 4+1 coalition (Syria, Iraq, Iran, Russia and Hezbollah) is likely to become the core to a real security architecture for parts of the Middle East — and probably Central Asia too. China will increasingly be drawn into this new architecture as well, since it fears that its “One Belt, One Road” project, on which its economic future largely is staked, is as vulnerable to Wahhabism as was Syria and Iraq. Chinese officials, I’ve been told, are aware that America could again use the Wahhabist tool to frustrate their new project.

The question is, will the bitterness at Syria, Russia and Iran’s achievement poison America and Europe’s attitude towards the new security architecture being forged in Syria? Will it be seen as anti-Western (which it is not), or will Europe manage to curb the Pavlovian NATO impulses sufficiently to establish some modus vivendi? The auguries are not promising.


Related Topics:

French T.V Used footage of Russian Airstrikes in Syria to show U.S.-led “success”*

Britain at Forefront of Deadly Mercenary Trade*

Thousands of Terrorists in Syria Flee to North Aleppo*

Why is Vladimir Putin Meeting War Monger Kissinger?

Europe is Built on Corpses and Plunder*

European Parliament Calls for Action to Protect Religious Minorities against ISIS, “War Crimes” and “Crimes against Humanity”*

Russian Interior Ministry Foiled Mass Robbery of All National Banks*

Russian Jets Hit 900 Terrorist Targets in Five Syrian Regions in Three Days*

Syrian Army ends 3-year siege of 2 Shia Towns in Aleppo*

Haiti Loses another Foul Clinton Picked President*

Haiti Loses another Foul Clinton Picked President*

By Marcel Duret
Former Haitian Ambassador in Tokyo

He was elected! Yes by those who voted for him, and especially by those who did not vote at all. Guilty! I did not vote in 2010 because I thought none of the candidates really interpolated me with programs that could drastically change the tragic situation of the vast majority of Haitians. No one expects changes overnight, but at least the country must be placed on the rails of prosperity and well-being for its people. A Haitian of origin living in the U.S. told me,

“Since when is it the candidate’s programs which propel them to become president in Haiti?”

I should not perhaps feel guilty because, as everyone knows, and in all likelihood, Joseph Michel Martelly was chosen by Mrs Hillary Clinton, without further ado, to become president of Haiti. The interference of the United States in the internal affairs of the country is not new in our history. The impacts of the U.S. occupation from 1915 to 1934 are still ubiquitous in our society.

But Why Martelly?

One of the best Haitian musicians of our time, Michel Martelly, is charismatic and eloquent. He is one of the few Haitian musicians who are financially successful and he could live from his talent as a singer, composer, keyboardist and his ribaldry. A fan told me,

“We are always assured of a pleasant evening when we go to a Sweet Mickey party.”

Thousands of his fans have danced, cried and laughed listening to his music. The musician and his song can touch the heart of the faithful as only a pastor or a priest can. The chorus of some songs is etched forever in our memory. That’s what made the comparative advantage between Martelly and other candidates.

Initially, nobody thought that Sweet Mickey was going to be elected president. He reportedly did not believe it either. Then what motivated Hillary Clinton and OAS members to make that fateful choice that would mark negatively the future of an entire nation?

Michel Joseph Martelly was never a member of any political party with a platform or a program! He was not a member of any group that reflected on the major challenges facing the country! He may have spent more time outside the country than he did in Haiti! He looks at the country, like some foreigners do, with disdain and a distance!

Like many artists, many political leaders, many pastors, priests, voodoo priests, etc., he suffers from a disease that is common in this country: narcissism or narcissistic personality disorder. If I’m not a psychiatrist or psychologist, I found information on the subject. What are the symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder?

• Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements);

• Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love

• Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions);

  • Requires excessive admiration;• Has a very strong sense of entitlement, e.g., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations;

    • Is exploitative of others, e.g., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends;

    • Lacks empathy, e.g., is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others;

    • Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her;

    • Regularly shows arrogant, haughty behaviours or attitudes.

    By Psych Central Staff

Unfortunately this is endemic in the urban and suburban zones in Haiti. Why? That is another debate!

Do you recognize yourself in this description? We understand better now why there were 54 candidates for the presidency! Imagine more than a million Haitians suffer from this disease!

So the question remains: in 2010, why did Mrs Hillary Clinton in conjunction with the OAS select Martelly?

Hypothesis abound: his weakness as a former drug addict and that his willingness to negotiate mining contracts, etc. In all, he was perceived as an easy target by the predators of the international community.

But the greatest weakness of Martelly was his lack of vision and his inability to surround himself with capable people who have. The narcissistic personality disorder, from which he suffers, does not allow him to have the humility to listen to dissenting voices.

President Michel Joseph Martelly can be proud of having kept his campaign promise to promote universal education by initiating the PSUGO program. Although already included in the constitution and though badly managed, it remains the flagship program of his administration.

After five turbulent years from crisis to crisis, from improvisation to improvisation, one would have bet he would be eager to hand over power. No! Before leaving he wants to make sure of several things:

– That the next interim government and the new Electoral Board are composed of his cronies so that he is free from all forms of persecution;

– That his handpicked successor Jovenel Moise wins in a runoff election with Jude Celestin;

– That he can continue to exercise some control over the country’s future because he is the only one able to understand and satisfy the needs of the people.

He is not necessarily conscious of it. A psychiatrist told me the first big step of a patient is to be aware that he or she has a problem. Mr Michel Joseph Martelly is far from reaching this stage. Within one day of the end of his term, all of his actions, his whole behaviour constitute the last spasms of the dying beast.


Related Topics:

France’s Debt to Haiti Remains Despite Hollande’s and Martelly’s Attempt to Rewrite History*

The First U.S. invasion of Haiti (1915) Remembered*

Haiti Puppet Government Failed to Silence Aristide’s Influence*

J.C. Duvalier: An Evil Cloud Over Haiti Comes to an End*

Haitian U.S. Puppet PM Lamothe Resigns Amid Protests*

Presidential ‘Hopeful’, H. Clinton Gold Digging on 100,000 Haitian Deaths*

Haitians Are Rising Up Against the Stolen Elections*

The Half a Billion Dollars Received by Red Cross for Haiti Relief didn’t Go to Haiti*

Haiti and the Profoundly Silent Chelsea Clinton*

The Clintons Treat Haiti as Their Own Vassal State*

U.N. Peacekeeper Gang Rapes*

U.N. Peacekeeper Gang Rapes*

By Piper McGowin

How come everywhere United Nations Peacekeepers go, young women and girls end up getting raped en masse?

Everyone is outraged, and rightly so, over the “rapefugees” scandal that’s being covered up in cities across Europe, but those same people don’t seen to realize there was already a scourge of mass rapes going on, just at the hands of people in uniforms sent by the UN instead of asylum seekers.

Reuters reports:

“The U.N. peacekeeping mission for Central African Republic said on Thursday it has identified seven new cases of sexual abuse by its troops including women and girls Human Rights Watch (HRW) says were raped or gang raped.

The latest cases, which involved at least five children, come on top of more than 20 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by U.N. peacekeepers in the country last year.”

At least the refugees aren’t armed and claiming to come in “peace”

“A 14-year-old girl said that last November two armed peacekeepers dragged her into a patch of tall grass where one restrained her arms as the other raped her.

A woman said that three soldiers at the Republic of Congo base gang raped her when she visited in search of food or money.

“They were armed. They said if I resisted they would kill me. They took me one by one,” she told Human Rights Watch.”

You never see that one on the mainstream nightly news, do ya? The media blackout on United Nations Gang Rapists is even thicker than the one on mass rapes by asylum seekers.

Meanwhile, government across Europe are putting out ridiculous cartoons and PSA videos in an attempt to placate a public terrified if they leave their house, someone is going to rape them.

Not even kidding, Europe. You better hope the U.N. doesn’t call peacekeepers in to help with “violence” related to the refugee influx.

Related Reads

UN Quietly Offers DNA Tests to Address ‘Peacekeeper Babies’ & Sexual Abuse Claims

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Surprise Surprise: UN Peacekeepers Caught Paying 13-Year-Olds for Sex


Related Topics:

With Cover-ups UN Quietly Offers DNA Tests for ‘Peacekeeper Babies’ & Sexual Abuse Claims*

UN “Peace” Forces Preying on Haitians*

U.N. ‘Peacekeeping’ Force Open Fire on Protesters in Haiti*

Who Is Responsible for Sexual Violence in Europe?*

10,000 Kids Missing in E.U. as Criminals ‘exploit’ Migrant Flow*

Teenage Girl Admits Making up Migrant Rape Claim That Outraged Germany*

Belgian Reporter Sexually Assaulted by 3 White Men in Cologne*

Lessons from a “kindness curriculum”*

Lessons from a “kindness curriculum”*

By Laura Pinger

Children and Mind ControlWalking to class one day, one of us (Laura) saw a young student crying and waiting for his mother to arrive—he had split his chin while playing. When Laura got to class, the other students were very upset and afraid for their friend, full of questions about what would happen to him. Laura decided to ask the class how they could help him.

“Caring practice!” exclaimed one of the children—and they all sat in a circle offering support and well wishes. The children immediately calmed and they continued with their lesson.

This is what’s possible when kids learn to be kind at school.

Various mindfulness programs have been developed for adults, but we and our colleagues at the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, wanted to develop a curriculum for kids. Every school teaches math and reading, but what about mindfulness and kindness?

We ended up bringing a 12-week curriculum to six schools in the Midwest. Twice a week for 20 minutes, pre-kindergarten kids were introduced to stories and practices for paying attention, regulating their emotions, and cultivating kindness. It’s just the beginning, but the initial results of our research, co-authored with Professor Richard Davidson and graduate research assistant Simon Goldberg, suggest that this program can improve kids’ grades, cognitive abilities, and relationship skills.

Why teach kindness to kids?

The school environment can be very stressful; in addition to any issues they bring from home, many students struggle to make friends and perform well in class. Being excluded, ignored, or teased is very painful for a young child, and we thought it could be impactful to teach empathy and compassion.

When other kids are suffering—like that boy who split his chin—can we understand how they might be feeling? Kindness bridges those gaps and helps build a sense of connection among the students, the teachers, and even the parents. Learning to strengthen their attention and regulate their emotions are foundational skills that could benefit kids in school and throughout their whole lives.

On top of that, having classrooms full of mindful, kind kids completely changes the school environment. Imagine entire schools—entire districts—where kindness is emphasized. That would be truly powerful. Teaching kindness is a way to bubble up widespread transformation that doesn’t require big policy changes or extensive administrative involvement.

Running and studying a Kindness Curriculum

If you had visited one of our classrooms during the 12-week program, you might have seen a poster on the wall called “Kindness Garden.” When kids performed an act of kindness or benefitted from one, they added a sticker to the poster. The idea is that friendship is like a seed—it needs to be nurtured and taken care of in order to grow. Through that exercise, we got students talking about how kindness feels good and how we might grow more friendship in the classroom.

Another day, you might have found students in pairs holding Peace Wands, one with a heart and one with a star. The child with the heart wand speaks (“from the heart”); the other child (the “star listener”) listens and then repeats back what was said. When there was a conflict between students, they used the wands to support the process of paying attention, expressing their feelings, and building empathy.

Our Kindness Curriculum combines creative activities like these, as well as books, songs, and movement, to communicate concepts in a way that is understandable to four year olds. Our instructors taught the curriculum with active participation by classroom teachers.

The Kindness Curriculum is designed around the ABCs—or, more specifically, A to G:

  • Attention. Students learn that what they focus on is a choice. Through focusing attention on a variety of external sensations (the sound of a bell, the look of a stone) and internal sensations (feeling happy or sad), children learn they can direct their attention and maintain focus.
  • Breath and Body. Students learn to use their breath to cultivate some peace and quiet. Instead of listening to a meditation, we played a song from Betsy Rose’s CD Calm Down Boogie, “Breathing In, Breathing Out,” while the children rested on their backs with a beanie baby on their belly. The beanie provided an object to “rock to sleep” with the natural in- and out-breath, while the breathing calmed the body.
  • Caring. Here, we teach kids to think about how others are feeling and cultivate kindness. We read the book Sumi’s First Day of School Ever, the story of a foreign student who struggles with English, and brainstorm ways to help a student like Sumi—as simple as offering a smile.
  • Depending on other people. We emphasize that everyone supports and is supported by others through the book Somewhere Today, which describes acts of kindness that are going on in the world right now. Students learn to see themselves as helpers and begin to develop gratitude for the kindness of others.
  • Emotions. What do emotions feel like and look like? How can you tell what you’re feeling? We play a game where the teacher and students take turns pretending to be angry, sad, happy, or surprised, guessing which emotion was expressed, and talking about what that emotion feels like in the body.
  • Forgiveness. Young kids can be particularly hard on themselves—and others—and we teach them that everyone makes mistakes. A book called Down the Road tells the story of a girl who breaks the eggs she bought for her parents, but they forgive her.
  • Gratitude. We want kids to recognize the kind acts that other people do for them, so we have them pretend to be various community workers like bus drivers and fire-fighters. Then, they talk about being thankful to those people for how they help us.

Sixty-eight students participated in the research, with about half going through the Kindness Curriculum and the other half measured as a comparison. To investigate the impact of the curriculum, we tested children before and after the training period.

The results of our study were promising. Students who went through the curriculum showed more empathy and kindness and a greater ability to calm themselves down when they felt upset, according to teachers’ ratings. In an exercise with stickers, they consistently shared about half of them, whereas students who hadn’t gone through the curriculum shared less over time. They earned higher grades at the end of the year in certain areas (notably for social and emotional development), and they showed improvement in the ability to think flexibly and delay gratification, skills that have been linked to health and success later in life.

This was a small study, and we’d love to see deeper investigations into our Kindness Curriculum in the future. For example, what happens over a longer time if we support students’ practice throughout the year and into the next school year and beyond? If parents got involved in the curriculum, they could provide powerful support as well.

“Kindfulness” in daily life

Mindfulness and kindness go hand in hand, so much so that the phrase “kindfulness” accidentally (but aptly) came out in one of our conversations and has stuck with us. While we administered a specific curriculum for the purposes of our study, any teacher or parent can bring the principles behind it to bear on their interactions with children.

The first key is simply to model mindfulness and kindness. For example, what quality of attention do we bring when we interact with our kids? Do we give them our full attention—eye contact, kneeling down to speak with them, asking questions—or are we distracted? Kids are extraordinarily observant, and they pick up on whether we are paying attention to them. By modelling behaviour, and through our interactions, we show them what it’s like to be seen and heard and to be compassionate with others.

Another simple activity is to relax and feel the natural breath for a few moments during the day. Kids need to be active and run around, of course, but they can also benefit from cultivating a bit of stillness. For example, when Laura enters the classroom, she or one of her students rings a bell, which signals students to listen until the sound ends and then feel five in- and out-breaths together. This practice settles students and gathers their attention so they are more ready to learn.

We can also help kids reflect on their emotions, which sometimes feel overwhelming, and change their relationship to them. After a child calms down, we can sit with them and reflect on that feeling. Which part of the body felt angry, happy, or upset? All emotions are natural, so kids shouldn’t feel bad about experiencing them; we can teach them to cultivate a kinder attitude. For example, a parent might say, “When I feel sad or angry, it doesn’t feel good in my body. But all people have feelings. Feelings help us learn about ourselves and others. I can be kind to myself no matter what feelings come. I can get better and better at learning from my feelings.”

And, by the way, practices like these are equally useful for parents and teachers, who are struggling with stressful workplaces or busy classrooms. For teachers, brief practices with students many times during the school day allow everyone to pause and be fully present to themselves, each other, and what is happening, whether it is pleasant or unpleasant. For parents, mindfulness and self-kindness training allow them to be more present with their spouse and children at home and with their coworkers at work.

Finally, to combine the concepts of mindfulness and kindness, we can teach caring practice to our kids. These phrases work well for children: May I be safe, may I be happy, may I be healthy, may I be peaceful.

When the boy split his chin, the other four-year-olds got together to do this practice: May you be safe, may you be happy, may you be healthy, may you be peaceful.

And these wishes can be extended further: To my entire classroom, my school, my neighbourhood, my whole community…May we all be safe, may we all be happy, may we all be healthy, may we all be peaceful.

In the midst of their distress, the children found comfort and support for themselves and their friend rather than feeling upset and worried. They later shared with him that they had offered him these wishes. It’s these small changes, spread across classrooms, that could make schools more kind—and educate a new generation of more compassionate and connected citizens.


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Where Did Compassion Go?

Pay It Forward with Kindness

Radical Kindness: Inspiration from a Fearless Rebel*

The Kind of Society we Want*

The High Price of Suppressing Compassion

A Small Act of kindness Disarms anti-Muslim Protester.*

Learning New Artistic Skills Develops Creative Thinking that Leads to Creative Solutions*

Where Kids Learn More Outside Their Classrooms Than in Them*

PhD Teacher Quits: “The Disorder is in the System, not the Children”*

French T.V Used footage of Russian Airstrikes in Syria to show U.S.-led “success”*

French T.V Used footage of Russian Airstrikes in Syria to show U.S.-led “success”*

TV Channel France 2 showed footage of Russian airstrikes in Syria as the work of the U.S.-led international coalition in a fight against Daesh (ISIS).

While covering news from Syria and reporting about airstrikes against Daesh militants, France 2 showed footage first released by the Russian Defence Ministry.

According to Russian blogger Timofei Vasiliev, the news story said that Russian airstrikes hit civilian targets, as the Russians allegedly don’t use precision bombs, instead indiscriminately bombing everything in the area. Unlike the Russians, the French Air Force, which works as part of the US-led coalition, “successfully” bombed Daesh targets, France 2 said.

The French TV channel, however, couldn’t find any footage to prove their point, so it just used footage of Russian airstrikes to demonstrate the precision of Western missiles. No big deal, right?

First, the channel claimed the Russians were off target, while the Western coalition bombed the terrorists; then France 2 showed footage filmed by the Russian Air Force as the work of the US-led coalition. Awkward.

The use of the Russian Defense Ministry’s videos wasn’t a mistake as one might think, but a deliberate lie — the Russian text underneath the footage was deleted, while the video itself is identical to that of Russian airstrikes. Below are original footage provided by the Russian Defence Ministry:

A similar thing happened on November 19, 2015, when PBS NewsHour, a daily US-television news program, used the footage of Russian airstrikes in Syria, passing them off as US airstrikes.

Unlike the U.S.-led airstrikes campaign, which doesn’t provide footage from their operations, the Russian Defence Ministry is always prompt to release video evidence showing what exactly happened to terrorists and how their operations unfolded. Instead of accusing the Russian Air Force of not being “precise” enough and not bombing Daesh, the Western-coalition should simply shoot its own videos. It can’t be that hard.


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Three Days of Bombing Russia hits 258 IS Targets, no Civilian Casualties*

U.S. Caught Faking Recent Bombing Campaign in Syria*

Russian Jets Hit 900 Terrorist Targets in Five Syrian Regions in Three Days*

U.S. Elections Get Sicker: Marco Rubio Owned by Lansky Mob via Gay Orgies, Cocaine*

Russian Jets Hit 900 Terrorist Targets in Five Syrian Regions in Three Days*

Under Israeli Air Cover, and U.S. Stand down, ISIS took Palmyra*

U.S. Threaten Air Power in Syria while Supporting ISIS, and Attacking anti-ISIS Elements*

U.S. Tried to Force anti-ISIS Element to Back-off from Anbar Province*

U.S. Soldier: “The Real Terrorist Was Me and the Real Terrorism is This Occupation”

U.S. Drones Attack Syria’s Military, “Disguised as an Airstrike against ISIS”*

U.S. Delivery of Missiles to ISIS Seized by Iraq*

U.S. Coalition Attack Power Plant in Aleppo*

U.S. Airstrikes Kill 22 Iraqi Troops in Ramadi*

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In NYC People Were Asked What was Their Biggest Regrets*

In NYC People Were Asked What was Their Biggest Regrets*

By Alanna Ketler

What is your biggest regret?

Is there something you wish you had done, or something you wish you had done differently?

Did you hold a grudge, lose touch with friends, or forget to say I’m sorry?

Did you take the easy road rather than pursue what really excites you?

You may be surprised to see how similar many of our regrets truly are. Check out the video below to see what the people of New York City had to say.

It was pretty eye-opening to see that the vast majority of us share so much in common. We regret the things we didn’t do far more than the things we did; the chances not taken weigh much more heavily on us than the mistakes made. As it states in the video:

“They were about chances not taken. They were about words not spoken. They were about dreams never being pursued.”

After the exercise, each participant was given an eraser. This allowed them to both physically and psychologically ‘erase’ their regrets and start with a clean slate, conveying the very powerful message that we don’t need to make the same mistakes twice or live with our regrets forever. It really is never too late to pursue our dreams, but we must release the burden of regret first.

“Every passing day is another chance to turn it all around.”

This serves as a powerful reminder to us all to take more chances and embrace change in our lives; to not let fear run our lives; to swallow our pride and say we’re sorry; to tell the people dear to us that we love them.

Every day is a clean slate. Do the things you’ll regret not doing.

What’s your biggest regret?


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