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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.

Tuesday, 22 March, 2016
La Belle Equipe

Plusieurs facteurs peuvent expliquer la montée de l’extrémisme. Parmi eux, la conviction de certains, de confessions religieuses diverses, que leurs actions sont au service de Dieu – et en particulier la manière dont ils se servent de leurs saintes écritures pour justifier leurs actions.

Tuesday, 23 February, 2016
Dr Ekuru Aukot

Recently we carried an article by John Bond, which pointed out that Europe – and Britain in particular – has helped create the tragic situations in Africa and the Middle East from which refugees are fleeing to Europe, and Europeans thereby have a responsibility to care for the refugees. One response came from Kenyan constitutional lawyer, Dr Ekuru Aukot.

Monday, 01 February, 2016
John Bond

A million migrants reached Europe last year from the Middle East and Africa, half of them from Syria. A million more are expected this year. This will not stop until peace prevails in Syria and Iraq. People fleeing for their lives do not obey border controls. We Europeans need to do all we can to resolve the conflict. And we need to care for the refugees.

Friday, 20 November, 2015
La Belle Equipe

Edward Peters reflects on the recent events in Beirut and Paris. What resonates most deeply for him in the present crisis is the struggle between love and hate, between dignity and demonisation, between humility and arrogance, between responsibility and blame.

Tuesday, 20 October, 2015
UK resident Hassan Hassan giving leadership training in Mogadishu

As Europeans oscillate between fear and compassion at the sight of the masses of refugees entering Europe, one thought which probably hasn’t occurred to many, is that among these people are potential rebuilders of their war-torn countries. This is already happening in Somalia.

Wednesday, 16 September, 2015
Syrian Refugees

With refugees pouring into Europe by the tens of thousands, our attitude to this ‘crisis’ may not be everything. But if we don’t unmuddle the thinking in our heads, the consequences could be catastrophic – for them and for us. As Europeans we need to reboot our brains, shedding the notion that these people are a threat, and coming to see them as a gift instead.

Monday, 27 July, 2015
José Carlos Vargas

'In Mexico there is a common belief that we are a society where economic disparities and classism exist, but we do not acknowledge the presence of racism in our culture. Yet in every advertisement, in every TV programme, and in the majority of universities, companies and government entities, middle or top officials featured are white, or have a fair skin tone,' writes Jose Carlos Vargas, whose work focuses on social inclusion in Mexico.

Monday, 06 July, 2015
David Vincent

South Sudan, the world's youngest country, marks its fourth annversary of independence on 9 July while struggling to end a conflict which has cost thousands of lives and displaced millions of its citizens. David Nyuol Vincent, one of South Sudan's 'Lost Boys' who has become an ambassador for peace in the midst of this ongoing conflict, reflects on one step in response to the crisis.

Tuesday, 16 June, 2015

Across the globe humanity is on the move on a vast scale, driven by war, terrorism and religious persecution as well as the desire for a better life. A UN report released this week puts the figure of displaced people at 60 million. The total number of migrants reached 232 million in 2013. This number will surely escalate and most governments seem unwilling to come to terms with this reality.

Friday, 29 May, 2015
TRHs The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall during their visit to Corrymeela, Ballycastle to mark the 50th anniversary of the community. Photo by Aaron McCracken / Harrisons, posted by the Northern Ireland Office on Wikimedia Commons

Dr Roddy Evans reflects on the recent visit by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to Northern Ireland.

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