Repeacing means realizing peace not just by reducing our fears by holding accountable those who create conflicts in our lives, but also for those who are in fear and need our compassion.

Swiss Showing the World How to Take on Pay Inequality

A growing movement


Swiss activists submitted more than 100,000 signatures needed to get a vote on a guaranteed income Friday, October 4, 2013. In a symbolic gesture, they dumped a truckload of 8 million five-cent coins outside the parliament building in Berne, one for every Swiss citizen.

There's a growing movement in Europe against pay inequality and the right for a basic income.

Switzerland is one of Europe's richest countries but does not have a minimum wage law.

But growing public activism over pay inequality since the 2008 financial crisis has already led to two referendum drives on CEO pay.

In March 2013, Swiss voters overwhelmingly passed one of the world's strictest controls on executive pay, forcing public companies to give shareholders a binding vote on compensation. Voters ignored the business lobby's claim that such curbs would undermine the country’s investor-friendly image.

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Newborn Elephant Weeps Uncontrollably After Mother Rejects Him


A keeper at the Shendiaoshan wild animal reserve in Rong-cheng, China, adopted a newborn elephant after its mother rejected and attempted to kill him.

The new arrival, called Zhuang-zhuang, cried uncontrollably for five hours under a blanket after he was taken away from his mother.

Initially, vets thought it was an accident that the mother stepped on him, but a few hours later, after tending to his injuries and returning him to their enclosure, she attacked him again.

“The calf was very upset and he was crying for five hours before he could be consoled,” one wildlife keeper explained. “He couldn’t bear to be parted from his mother and it was his mother who was trying to kill him.”

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Article with Gripping Photos of LA Homeless People goes viral

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An article in the HuffPo today was quite the share.

22 years old Photographer Michael Pharaoh possesses the uncanny ability to capture the story written on a stranger's face.

New Zealand-based Pharaoh created the gripping series "The Homeless of L.A." while on vacation in California. The photographs evoke, in tremendous detail, the identity of Hollywood's homeless population in a series of muted yet stylistically gorgeous up-close portraits.

It's not the first time that our eyes have been mesmerized by stunning photographs of homeless people. We all remember seeing the series by Lee Jeffrey, who is a self-taught artist who has surprised the insular photography world with his striking series of black-and-white portraits of homeless men and women. His subjects come from London, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, Las Vegas, New York City and other urban areas.

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In Surprisingly Bold Move, Sweden Offers a Home to All Syrian Refugees


Sweden has just offered a glimpse of light in a somberly dark tunnel for thousands of Syrian refugees displaced by violence and war. The Swedish government announced on September 3 that it would be granting permanent residency to any Syrian refugee seeking asylum that's already fled to Sweden.

This makes the Scandinavian nation the first and only country in the EU to have this kind of open-door policy for Syrians dealing with one of the worst sectarian bloodshed in modern history.

Although many weren't expecting this decision, it's not surprising to anyone who knows anything about Sweden. As Sven Hultberg Carlsson, a Swedish freelance journalist based in New York told PolicyMic, "We have a history of opening our borders during conflicts." Sweden's role in the Iraq war alone is astonishing. "There's a staggering figure showing that a small town in Sweden called Södertälje has accepted more refugees from Iraq than the U.S. and Canada put together."

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