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Global Voices

Individuals of many cultures, nationalities, religions, and beliefs are actively involved with Initiatives of Change. These commentaries represent the views of the writer and not necessarily those of Initiatives of Change as a whole. If you would like to contribute a commentary, please email us. We welcome feedback that contributes to the stated aim of this website which is to build relationships of trust across the world's divides. The editors reserve the right to refuse contributions that use intemperate language or vilify others and which do not in our view encourage productive dialogue.

Thursday, 23 June, 2016
Séverine Chavanne

In Great Britain, the media has provided us with plenty of opportunities to explore both the Remain and Leave arguments, especially in terms of economy, immigration and sovereignty, so I won’t revisit these over-discussed issues. Instead, I will highlight how the EU (and we, its citizens) have lost sight of its initial vision, and how it is not meeting our aspirations and on occasion making many of us, European citizens, unhappy with it as it is now. But I would also like to share how I feel the way forward is more – and different – union of Europe.

Tuesday, 21 June, 2016
Charles Danguy

Charles Danguy from France has written this letter to his British friends, as we enter an important week for the United Kingdom and the European Union.

Monday, 20 June, 2016
Mike Smith

The murder in broad daylight of the 41-year-old British Labour MP Jo Cox has had the same psychological affect on us British as the mass shooting of 49 people in Orlando has had on the American people. Both have galvanized us in grief. Both have left us in tears. And angry that such atrocities can happen.

Monday, 20 June, 2016
John Bond

John Bond, responding to a request to write about why he is voting for Britain to remain in the European Union, recently had this article published online by Tandem publications

Tuesday, 14 June, 2016
Muhammad Ali

I’ve been uneasy that the praise heaped on Muhammad Ali over the last week has been so uncritical, simplifying the story of a much more complicated man. Quaker writer/activist Tom Ewell reminds us that there were times when Ali was no saint, yet rose to become the icon of courageous truth-telling and civil disobedience we honor today. Ewell's eulogy acknowledges the full length of Ali's difficult and brave journey.—John Graham.

Friday, 27 May, 2016
Rob Corcoran

How can Initiatives of Change best contribute to healing the wounds of America’s history of racism? This legacy affects each one of us; it corrodes every aspect of our national life. The election season has revealed the depth of healing that is needed. According to a recent CNN/Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 49% of Americans believe that racism is 'a big problem.'

Wednesday, 04 May, 2016
Mike Smith

Tackling of the root causes of extremism of all kinds should be the number one priority of Initiatives of Change worldwide, says a recommendation from its International Council. Mike Smith reflects on this in relation to the global economy.

Tuesday, 03 May, 2016
Kiran Gandhi speaking in Nairobi

The Dalai Lama has frequently expressed the vision that if the 20th century was a century of conflict and war, the 21st century could be a century of dialogue and peace. What we see happening now, however, is quite the opposite. Television channels feed us with a daily dose of scenes of violent acts and outraged responses. The world is becoming more and more fear-filled and polarised, fueled by anger, hatred and acts of terror.

Thursday, 14 April, 2016
Syrian Refugees

It is easier, and more comfortable, to dismiss extremist views and if necessary to use force to eliminate those who hold them. This may sometimes be necessary, but it is no long-term answer.

Tuesday, 12 April, 2016
John Graham

Excerpts from a speech given by John Graham, Director of Giraffe Heroes International, at the International Conference Centre in Accra, Ghana, 24 March, 2016.

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