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A collection of commentaries on important events and trends
A collection of commentaries on important events and trends

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.

Dr Fadi Ismail
28-Aug-2014

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.

Rob Corcoran
27-Aug-2014

'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.

Dr Musharraf Hussain Al-Azhari
11-Aug-2014

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?

Zooni Dash
07-Aug-2014

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.

05-Aug-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.

30-Jul-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.