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Eye of the Optimist-Good News

In the mainstream English language media, there is no shortage of news of bloody conflicts, and what responsibilities governments are not living up to, and how well the rich are doing, and what the celebrities are up to, and such. However, I find little news of positive social developments for the people, unless I scan mainstream international and fringe news sites. From a global perspective, one is in a better position to weigh negative and positive developments, too.

Today, Turkey is internally divided, Palestine a mess and Syria being bombed while ISIL carries on its torture, rape, killing and plunder in many regions. Despite the blaring headlines about these scenarios, you can still find lots of good news.

Following African news, I find some positive developments in diplomacy, technology and business. For instance, there was a report about a new kind of household fuel that students in Cameroon have come up with. It is an organic charcoal made from food waste. As such, the raw materials for its production are readily available. Furthermore, this kind of charcoal offers the additional advantages of burning three times longer than wood charcoal, costing less and being less toxic. Yea!

Also regarding Cameroon, there the U.S. is being deployed to do some good for a change, which is to fight Boko Haram on the ground. 

Meanwhile, China is making another substantial donation to migrant relief camps, especially so as to give aid to Syrian and other refugees. Also, Chinese diplomats are meeting with Japan's diplomats in an attempt to ease tensions and get more satisfaction over their demands for restitution regarding the former occupation and World War Two crimes as well as territorial disputes.

To add, the Pope has made an apology for Vatican political and financial "scandals".

The U.N.'s gender equality committee just met, and noted significant advances while calling for more efforts to reduce gender inequality in many respects. As an example of improvement, the meeting took stock of the education of girls in Africa, reporting that the number of girls in primary education used to stand at 36%, but has reached 62% today. (By the way, the worst rate is Afghanistan's.)

On a final note here, a world medical summit was just held, noting significant advancements while calling for more vigilance and action regarding existing health problems or threats. 



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