International Yoga Day

On June 21 the world celebrated International Yoga Day. The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared the day back in December 2014. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the push for a day set aside for yoga, suggesting June 21 as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.  In his speech to the General Assembly he said:

“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.” – Narendra Modi

Protests Mark World Refugee Day

Immigration activists march through Midtown Manhattan to mark World Refugee Day, June 20, 2017 in New York City.  

According to a United Nations report, 65.5 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes in 2016. World Refugee Day serves as a reminder to strive for humanity when confronted with refugee issues. The following quote appears on the United Nations site:

“This not about sharing a burden. It is about sharing a global responsibility, based not only the broad idea of our common humanity but also on the very specific obligations of international law. The root problems are war and hatred, not people who flee; refugees are among the first victims of terrorism.” UN Secretary-General, António Guterres

Iraqi Forces Advance on ISIS in Mosul

A view of Mosul’s Old City through an Iraqi forces sniper hole in the wall of a frontline position in Adedat, a neighborhood in the Old City of west Mosul, the last area of the city under Islamic State control.

During the battle for the Old City, Iraqi forces have encountered improvised explosives, car bombs, heavy mortar fire and snipers hampering their advance, it’s the deadliest battle during the entire eight month offensive to re-take Mosul. Learn more.

NBA Draft

On June 22 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY the country’s top college basketball players began their professional basketball careers at the NBA draft pick. Learn more.