This Month in Positive World News, January 2018


I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

-Louis Armstrong


You might be wondering…

What planet does this person live on?! Why would they go around humming What a Wonderful World? Have they seen the news lately?

If you spend any time looking at the news you will see violence, war, hunger, pain, and anger. It is hard to imagine that we live in a wonderful world, but positive news stories are out there if you aren’t too exhausted to find them after weeding through the negative ones.

Recognizing global issues is a vital part of becoming a well-informed person. However, we cannot conquer those problems until we recognize the strengths and values of individuals in this world.

Let’s set aside a little time each month to recognize and celebrate the positive side of the news and help students develop a balanced world view.

Here is a sampling of positive world news from January 2018.

A bride and groom react to their marriage documents during a mass wedding held in celebration of the New Year in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. Hundreds of couples took part in the mass marriage held by the city government to help the poor who were unable to afford a proper wedding. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

World welcomes 2018

“From Australia to Lebanon and from New York to Liberia, revellers ring in the new year.”



Omar & Mohamed Kabbani

In Lebanon, Mile-Long Artwork Is A Sign Of Peace

“In Lebanon, twin brothers welcomed the new year with a work of art nearly a mile long. Mohamed and Omar Kabbani are 34-year-old graffiti artists. They painted the rooftops of more than 80 buildings lime green. Seen from above, the green roofs spell out salam, which means peace in Arabic. The brothers hope it will help change how people think of their home.”



Man Kaur of India celebrates after competing in the 100-meter sprint

At Age 101, She’s A World Champ Runner

“Man Kaur is 101, but her routine could tire most 20-somethings. Every day she wakes up at 4 a.m., bathes, washes clothes, makes tea, recites prayers until about 7 a.m. Sometimes she goes to the Gurdwara, the place of worship for Sikhs, other times she prays at home.”



The agreement followed a third round of inter-Korea talks at the border village of Panmunjom [AP]

North and South Korea to field joint ice hockey team

“North and South Korea have agreed to form their first-ever joint Olympics team and march together under a “unification flag” at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Games next month.”



Nightlife in London's Leicester Square

To Brighten Dreary Winter Nights, A Festival Lights Up London

“To provide some light and boost demand for London businesses, the city is sponsoring a four-day light festival that continues through Jan. 21. “Lumiere London” features more than 50 installations by artists from Europe and North America and is organized by Artichoke, a charity that produces art for public spaces.”



The E-Citizen app from Senegal uses photos and audio recordings. For example, click on a photo of a baby and select either French or a local dialect. You'll hear how to register a newborn child.

‘Africa Tech’ Is Hard To Find At CES — But Worth Looking For

“Yet slowly and quietly, African countries have been ramping up their technology, much of it centered on social and economic issues like health monitoring and job creation. Governments are seeking tech-hub status, and investors have taken note.”


This Month in Positive World News is a series on Globe to Go.

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