Claes Nobel: Celebrate Malala’s spirit of youth


The power of Youth and the power of Women are two of the most powerful forces for defeating ignorance and violence. Yay Malala!

Claes Nobel: Celebrate Malala’s Spirit of Youth

USA Today
December 10, 2014

Jan. 3, 2009, was a historic date for young people worldwide. It was the day that 11-year-old Malala Yousafzai’s first BBC blog post was published, under a pseudonym, exposing the daily struggles for the rights of girls in the Swat Valley in Pakistan. At the time, Taliban militants were banning girls from attending school, but Malala continued to report violence and intimidation, even after her identity had been discovered.

Following her attempted assassination and recovery, Malala continued her activism for women’s rights, advocating for worldwide access to education. Inspired by Malala, a United Nation’s petition called for all children to have the right to an education by the end of 2015.

For her bravery and commitment to the crusade for education rights, Malala has been honored with numerous awards, including the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize alongside Kailash Satyarthi of India, who is tirelessly fighting child slavery throughout the world. Both individuals are recognized “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education,” and will receive their awards in Oslo on Wednesday.

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The Christian Impulse to Heal

The Chistian Impulse to Heal

I was blind in my right eye, distraught and awaiting a second surgery. Then, this simple statement of compassion left me resigned to my fate with some sense of peace.


The Christian Impulse to Heal
by Marcus Nobel
September 28, 2014

Not long ago I had an unfortunate incident. Literally, out of the blue I became blind in my right eye. I had a retinal detachment. I knew it was serious when I called my doctor, and his first question was, when did you last eat?

Within hours, I had my 1st surgery under local anesthesia and 5 days later I had a 2nd surgery under general anesthetic. The first surgery involved laser surgery and cyrotherapy to seal the tear. The second surgery involved a Scleral Buckle, which is a flexible band placed around the eye to counteract the force pulling the retina out of place. In this procedure a gas bubble is injected into the vitreous space inside the in combination with laser surgery or bio therapy. The gas bubble pushes the retinal tear closed against the back wall of the eye.

Only a few years ago, surgery to treat a detached retina, required the patient to lie facedown for up to 90 days after the operation. With the buckle/bubble treatment I was able to ride my bicycle after 10 days in Cycle Oregon 2014.

I literally had a new lease on life by regaining my eyesight.


As I walked the streets of Northwest Portland, to kill three hours before my first surgery, I wondered why?  Why me?  Why now?  And what could I have done to prevent this?  It was dark in one eye and I was stumbling around in an undertow of darkness and apprehension. A wave of fear was building and it had not yet broken.

I took some comfort in knowing the miraculous achievements in the hard science(s) of treating retinal and vitreous diseases. After all, it is this hard science of medical technology, that would healed my eye and give me back my eyesight.

However, what I did not expect –and was so reassuring– were the “soft” skills of genuine concern, kindness and compassion that all of the staff had for my well-being and healthy recovery.

I now look at the world with a newfound gratefulness and gratitude towards those who have helped me through a very dark episode in my life.

I would like to give my specific thanks to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and Retina Northwest, PC and my wonderful surgeons and anesthesiologist:

Apurva K, Patel, M.D

Apurva K, Patel, M.D

Richard F, Dreier, M.D.

Richard F, Dreier, M.D

Mark Paul Haubrich, MD

Mark Haubrich MD

God bless you for good work you do.


As my healing process began at Providence, I took great comfort in the fact that everyone I encountered was so kind and helpful. It took my mind away from the uncertainty and doubt about my injury and let me rest in the comfort of being in very competent and caring hands. And at the root of the Christian tree, the impulse to heal that Jesus taught: love, compassion, forgiveness and healing.

As I drifted into sedation I was completely at ease in the knowledge that I had turned the corner from injury and into healing.

I was blind..but now I can see.


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Why Education Should Be Free


You will earn more if you have more education. You will also be less likely to become unemployed. A survey from 2011 shows that average earnings grow from $451 to $638 per week, just by earning a high school diploma. Getting a college Bachelor’s degree increases average earnings to $1,053 per week.More education pays off in higher earnings. (

By Scott Hines
February 15, 2013

Why Education Should Be Free

For most, the single greatest barrier to accessing higher education is cost. In the last decade, tuition has skyrocketed across the United States. Crippling student loan debt in America has now surpassed a staggering $1 trillion. Many students find the return on investment just isn’t there and they’re walking away from college without graduating, disenfranchised and deeply in debt. The international community is even less likely to attend college, with less than five percent of the world’s population ever achieving post-secondary education of any kind.(Snip)

So, if democratizing education increases global prosperity by leveraging an educated human race, improves health and safety, and advances the collective thought and behavior of mankind, what other reason could be provided for subscribing to the status quo of a costly education system that shuts most citizens out?


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Claes Nobel Addresses 2013 Envision Inauguration Event in Washington D.C. — The Power of Hope


Claes Nobel emphasized the power of hope to the young audience as exemplified by the Nobel Peace Prize.

Claes Nobel emphasized the power of hope to the young audience as exemplified by the Nobel Peace Prize.

Claes Nobel spoke on “The Power of Hope” to over on 1,300 students from around the country at the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Conference in Washington D.C. sponsored by Envision EMI.

“116 years after the death of Alfred Nobel the luster of a Nobel Prize shines as bright as ever. Unquestionably, the foremost hallmark of the visionary World Betterment Legacy of my Great Grand Uncle is “Peace and Excellence”, stated Nobel.

The five-day conference (January 19th-23rd) is a nonpartisan educational event that takes place every four years for Middle School, High School, and College students in celebration and recognition of the Inauguration of the President and Vice President of the United States.

Featured keynote speakers also include fromer Governor, Jeb Bush, Dr. Condoleeza Rice, Retired General Wesley Clark.

The Envision EMI , in partnership with the National Society of High School Scholars, (NSHSS), hosted the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Conference honors high achieving students and honors them through its programs of the National Young Scholars Program, the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, the National Youth Leadership Forum, and International Scholar Laureate Program.

Link: Claes Nobel’s Speech “The Power of Hope”.

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World Peace One – Music Peace Earth Ethics

By Marcus Nobel
United Earth
December 26, 2012

On Thursday, December 20th, 2012, the day before the widely publicized Mayan Apocalypse was to take place, a subtle but very significant shift from a world of war and conflict to world of peace and Earth Ethics took place in Hollywood CA.

The world did not end but perhaps a new world was born: World Peace.

World Peace One – Music Peace Earth Ethics

The event was the official Press Conference of World Peace One.  It’s premise: creating engines of peace through global music events for the next ten years.

Launched by the visionary Douglas Ivanovich, Claes Nobel of the Swedish Nobel Family and Concert Promoter Gabe Reid the global mega concert series promises to revolutionize both the music industry and the war industry.

Stayed tuned for more good news.

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Music for Peace – Higher Ground – Playing for Change

“Higher Ground” is a song that speaks of the perseverance it takes to reach the higher consciousness. Let’s all keep trying together, one heart and one song at a time, until we all reach the Higher Ground.

Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race. And with this truth firmly fixed in our minds, we set out to share it with the world.

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End Game Syria – Games, War and News: Why We Made a Game About the War in Syria (in Two Weeks)

Endgame Syria

Endgame Syria is a free interactive exploration of events unfolding in Syria today. It is a news-game; a simulation that uses interactivity to explore a real world event.

By Tomas Rawlings Creative Director at
Huffington Post

The World Made Playable

Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, Battlefield, Company of Heroes, Commandos, Counter Strike; if you’re a gamer, these are all familiar titles of popular video games. If you’re not familiar with games then from the titles alone I’m sure you can guess their subject matter; war. If games can turn war into entertainment, then why could they not also help us to understand it? I’ve had to think a lot about the relationship between games and war, as, since about two weeks ago we decided to make a new game, not about annoyed birds or farms or words or friends, not a first-person shooter but a game about the war in Syria. So we’ve released Endgame Syria on Android and online with iOS versions to follow shortly.

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Alien War Brings Mideast Peace

Can Peace be Achieved by Gamifying War?

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is one of the best strategy games ever made.
DECEMBER 7, 2012

How do you know that a video game is science fiction? When it portrays Saudi Arabian and Egyptian soldiers fighting side-by-side with Israeli troops.

Such camaraderie seems as fanciful as warp drive and time travel. But if you can accept that Israelis and Arabs would rather kill aliens than each other, then you will discover that XCOM: Enemy Unknown is one of the best strategy games ever made.

Alien invasion is an old mainstay of science fiction, and so is XCOM, which first debuted in 1994, and went on to become a cult classic. While the 2012 remake features better graphics and smoother gameplay, it still retains that same innovative mixture of nasty aliens, high technology, and impending doom.

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The 12-12-12 Sandy Relief Concert Starring Springsteen, McCartney and the Rolling Stones

Bruce Springsteen (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Clear Channel)

Bruce Springsteen (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Clear Channel)

Time Magazine
By Staff
Dec. 12, 2012

The biggest lineup of music talent ever in one show

How many music legends can you gather under one roof? The folks at Madison Square Garden will find out this evening as a who’s who of rock and pop — from Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones to Kanye West and Chris Martin — come together for the “12-12-12″ relief concert to help the victims of Superstorm Sandy. Arguably the biggest lineup of music talent ever in one show, many of the artists lending their talents have direct ties to the region devastated by the late October storm that killed more than 125 people, left parts of New York City underwater and millions of others without heat or electricity for weeks — including New Jersey natives Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi, Long Islander Billy Joel and New Yorker Alicia Keys.[Snip]

Concert producer John Sykes told Reuters that $32 million has already been collected from ticket sales and sponsorships, with organizers hoping to raise tens of millions more.

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Does Soros-Backed Sandy Benefit 12-12-12 Politicize Relief?

By Staff

Foundation linked to George Soros benefitting from star-studded concert 

The 12-12-12 concert for Hurricane Sandy relief features performances by Sir Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, and Kanye West.

The concert will benefit the Robin Hood Foundation, which has received at least $50 million from George Soros. Soros is the organizer of the shadowy Democracy Alliance.

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