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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.

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Charles Danguy
21-Jun-2016

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.

Mike Smith
20-Jun-2016

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.

John Bond
20-Jun-2016

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

Muhammad Ali
14-Jun-2016

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.

Rob Corcoran
27-May-2016

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.'

Mike Smith
04-May-2016

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.