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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.

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Syrian Refugees
14-Apr-2016

It is easier, and more comfortable, to dismiss extremist views and if necessary to use force to eliminate those who hold them. This may sometimes be necessary, but it is no long-term answer.

John Graham
12-Apr-2016

Excerpts from a speech given by John Graham, Director of Giraffe Heroes International, at the International Conference Centre in Accra, Ghana, 24 March, 2016.

La Belle Equipe
22-Mar-2016

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.

Dr Ekuru Aukot
23-Feb-2016

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.

John Bond
01-Feb-2016

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.

La Belle Equipe
20-Nov-2015

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.