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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.

Tuesday, 24 February, 2015
Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby (Photo: Carola Fritzsche)

The German President, Joachim Gauck and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, both struck appropriate notes at a moving memorial service in Dresden on 13 February marking the 70th anniversary of the devastating World War II Allied bombing of that historic German city.

Friday, 16 January, 2015
Imam Ajmal Masroor

The attack on the Paris based satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has left 12 people dead and the trail of destruction that has been left behind is colossal. The repercussion of their brutal and terrorist attack will reverberate in the hearts of people for decades. This is a despicable act of cowardice and grotesque attack on all our freedom.

Wednesday, 14 January, 2015
John Munro

Do we have freedom to offend? To belittle, to mock, to insult? Yes, we do, here in Britain, but we must accept the possible consequences of our actions. That’s what’s happened in Paris.

Monday, 12 January, 2015
Barbara Down

Like so many of us, I have been horrified by the recent events that have unfolded in France last week', writes Barbara Down. 'Nearly every day we see on our TV screens violent conflict around the rest of the world, but it has now become more evident as a reality here in Europe too. I fear for our future, wondering where we have gone wrong, that has resulted in people who were born and grew up here hating the system and presumably 'us' so much that they are willing to kill and even die for their cause.'

Monday, 15 December, 2014
South Sudan training

15 December is the anniversary of the renewed outbreak of violence in South Sudan. Rob Lancaster was recently in South Sudan to help facilitate a programme on dialogue and reconciliation. During the month-long training programme, there were striking examples from participants and facilitators of what is possible. Even honouring small stories of what people have done to foster reconciliation can encourage the shift towards a narrative of reconciliation and healing and away from a cycle of endless revenge.

Friday, 28 November, 2014
Mohan Bhagwandas

As Europe marks 100 years since WWI and 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is a time to look back and look ahead. Speaking at the Council of Europe and European Parliament in Strasbourg, on a whistle stopping short trip on 25 November 2014, Pope Francis stuck a note of reality and hope to a 'lonely' and 'self-absorbed' Europe to 'recover its soul. Mohan Bhagwandas, who serves on the International Council of Initiatives of Change International, asks whether Initiatives of Change can facilitate a new conversation for Europe.

Friday, 10 October, 2014
Talia Smith

Talia Smith recently returned to South Africa, her country of birth, with Initiatives of Change to attend the ‘Freedom – Our Responsibility’ conference and to support IofC South Africa to engage with youth. Talia describes her rich experience, perceptions and hopes for the country and gives a small insight into her South African adventure.

Friday, 26 September, 2014
Ninawa Younan at the UN

Nina Younan reflects on her journey through life, with a little help from Initiatives of Change. She is a representative of Demand for Action which is a global initiative that is fighting for the protection of Assyrian Christians and other minorities in Syria and Iraq through lobbying, awareness and media. She has also done an internship with the United Nations in the US in 2009.

Thursday, 28 August, 2014
Dr Fadi Ismail

Dr Fadi Ismail, Director of Drama at MBC, the biggest Arabic satellite TV network, speaks to Peter Riddell about his work of producing drama series for tens of millions of people across the Arab world.

Wednesday, 27 August, 2014
Rob Corcoran

'In recent days, the need for trust, dialogue, honesty and accountability is cited frequently by residents of Ferguson, Mo., as they strive for justice and healing,' writes Rob Corcoran in an article published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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