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.

Monday, 11 August, 2014
Dr Musharraf Hussain Al-Azhari

When I travel on the London underground I am amused by the announcement 'Mind the Gap', it makes me smile as I believe that there is someone here who cares about my safety and well-being. It also makes me cautious and makes me alert to the possible impending danger. Yet today in our fast moving consumer society there is a yawning gap between ‘me and you’, ‘husband and wife’, ‘people and the government’,’ employees and the employer’, ‘us and them’,’ Muslims and Christians’. Who is there to tell us mind the Gap?

Thursday, 07 August, 2014
Zooni Dash

Zooni Dash wrote this letter to the Naga newspapers, following a visit to the north east of India, and it was published in March 2014.

Tuesday, 05 August, 2014

A reflection by Cornelio Sommaruga, honorary President of Initiatives of Change International and President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) from 1987-99, which he gave at one of the morning reflections at the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security, originally given in French.

Wednesday, 30 July, 2014

The shooting down of Malaysian Flight 17 over Ukraine may actually open doors for peaceful resolution of the conflict there, suggests John Graham, Director of Giraffe Heroes International. As evidence mounts of their complicity in the disaster, Russia is now thrown on the defensive and any momentum they and their separatist Ukrainian allies had has been stalled, at least for now, as Russia twists and turns in the glare of global condemnations and threats of significantly more painful economic sanctions. This, and the revolting pictures of the carnage of MF 17, should provide both time and support for current peace initiatives.

Friday, 11 July, 2014

It is often challenging to deal with a conflict, and even harder to have more than one to deal with. Elina Sarkisian is an Armenian descendent born in Syria and currently living in Toronto, Canada.

Monday, 02 June, 2014
Philip Boobbyer

Dr Philip Boobbyer, Reader in History at the University of Kent, reflects that in the furore surrounding David Cameron’s recent assertion that Britain is a Christian country, little was made of the fact that he finds peace at Anglican Communion services. ‘I find a little bit of peace and hopefully a bit of guidance’, he announced at a Downing Street reception before Easter.

Wednesday, 23 April, 2014
Roddy Evans

Most state visits by royalty and presidents seldom make it to the history books. However, in recent years, two state visits can truly be called historic. The first of these is the visit of the Queen of England to Ireland in 2011 and the second is the visit of the President of Ireland to Windsor in 2014. Both of these visits have opened new chapters in history. Dr Roddy Evans describes their historical significance.

Friday, 11 April, 2014

Ken Noble from England recently visited the United States for the first time in 25 years. 'I am conscious that there is a lot of history between the two nations – some good and some not so good. A sense of history is important. It defines to a large extent who we are today. When we forget our place in history, we can easily be unreal about ourselves.'

Tuesday, 11 March, 2014
Carl Stauffer

Carl Stauffer, PhD. Academic Director, Caux Scholars Program writes, 'Amidst the flurry of media analysis on the current "State of the Union" in the United States, I find myself reflecting on the state of peace in our world.'

Friday, 14 February, 2014

Is it possible to find a world where people are appreciated only for what they do, not for who they are or where they come from, regardless of how much money they have, or what kind of property they own? Sherif A Rizq wrote this whilst attending the Learning to Live in a Multicultural World conference at the Initiatives of Change international conference centre in Caux, Switzerland. It was recently published in Egypt Independent, a prominent English newspaper in Egypt.