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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Nombulelo Khanyile

'I am because you are, and you are because we are.' Africa's recovery will only happen when each one of us takes responsibility for cleaning up our lives.

Andrew Stallybrass

How can we help each other to cherish the truth? How can we build the trust that is the best natural fertilizer for the truth to grow? Telling the truth, with love, as best we may, is a step towards healing the wounded memories.

Paul Williams

'Grace' – we need it in our lives and in the life of our out-of-joint and often cruel world.

Antoine Jaulmes

In repentance, the negative energy of guilt is transformed into a positive energy for change. A burden becomes a stepping stone towards new life.

Mike Smith

The abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade 200 years ago was a turning point in the affairs of the world. It cut across all the economic interests of the age.

Michael Henderson, author of "Forgiveness: Breaking the Chain of Hate"

Ireland and England - 'time to put the hangover of history to bed and embrace the future'.