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Christmas Is More...

Esther Dark | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Esther Dark

At the end of Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the narrator says: "Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, ...

Prayer Of The Mothers

Ellis Shuman | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Politics
Ellis Shuman

Hundreds of women - Israeli and Palestinian, secular and religious, young and old - all marching in white. They marched from Metula on Israel's Lebanese border, from the Arab town of Umm al-Fahm, from Tel Aviv and from Eilat. They marched through the streets of Jerusalem; they marched to the banks of the Jordan River near the Dead Sea.

People Are Taking Part In A 'Guerrilla Campaign' For Tolerance Using Three Words

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Britons are taking part in a “guerrilla campaign for kindness, tolerance and understanding” using the hashtag #thisisthoughtful. Daianna Karaian,...

Let's Knock Down Walls, Not Build Them

Anton Georgiou | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Anton Georgiou

Peace in Cyprus, has the opportunity to show the world that there is another way. We don't always have to point fingers and seek out a scapegoat. Even where there is little hope, and after 42 years, many Cypriots had lost hope, with determination and drive, anything is possible. I wish the leaders and those involved in the final stages of these peace talks endless luck. If they are successful, it will not only mean a great deal to my family and fellow Cypriots, it will also mean a lot to a world that at times feels like it has lost all hope.

Sharing Out Colombia's "Peace Dividend"

Felipe Jaramillo | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Felipe Jaramillo

What does a "peace dividend" look like and who gets to enjoy a piece of it? Clearly, the Colombian people will be the prime beneficiaries, once the s...

Join The March For Peace Today

Simon Michaels | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Michaels

Pancreatic cancer is notoriously hard to treat. As well as Yasmin's father, this is the cancer that famously took Patrick Swayze and Steve Jobs. In fact, less than one in a hundred people who get this disease survive it, something that hasn't improved since the 70's.

Cyprus Peace Process: Failure To Launch?

Yeshim Harris | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Politics
Yeshim Harris

CYPRUS PEACE PROCESS: FAILURE TO LAUNCH? Will a settlement be in line with EU constitution in absence of compliance with the mandatory EU Gender Act...

What To Do If You Don't Know What Your Life Purpose Is

Emma Brooke | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Brooke

This can feel so overwhelming and frustrating because it makes you feel like you're wasting your life; coasting through with no idea why you're on the planet. A lack of purpose in life is a really common cause for depression.

How To Banish Your Inner Demons This Hallowe'en

Smita Joshi | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Smita Joshi

The bottom line is that it results in negative self-talk that clouds your judgement and constricts your perception of what is truly possible for you or your life. It keeps you from seeing things objectively and with a fresh perspective.

The Pillow Case War

Bradley Rand Smith | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK
Bradley Rand Smith

This was the dream: Gaza, the West Bank. Today. A wedding is being planned between two young lovers, their families excited and exhausted as the gr...

Peace In Colombia: So Close But So Far

Dr Markus Schultze-Kraft | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK
Dr Markus Schultze-Kraft

The international community too needs to reconsider its rather complacent stance regarding Colombia's peace process. As it turns out, Colombia is not a 'quick win' scenario for peacemakers. In the past years, valuable international good offices have achieved so much. Now is the time for more decisive political engagement.

Amid Growing Tensions In The Balkans, A Museum For Peace Is Born

Jasminko Halilovic | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK
Jasminko Halilovic

Today, our hope that the majority chooses exclusively peace is still stronger than our fear of naivete. One war is more than enough for a lifetime, and we hope to provide a peaceful childhood for our offspring. The War Childhood Museum's message comes from a generation that learned this lesson firsthand, and never has it rung truer: peace has no alternative.

Towards The "Poorest Of The Poor"

Luca Badetti | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK
Luca Badetti

The legacy of Mother Teresa, born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in 1910 in present-day Macedonia, still lives throughout the world and her image is a source of encouragement and inspiration for many, but also of skepticism and criticism for some. There is a simplicity of service towards the poor that can be learned from her example, without having to idolize her.

The Brexit Stalemate: Could The UK Learn Something From Its Church?

Mia Forbes Pirie | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Politics
Mia Forbes Pirie

It is unusual times when the Church is more progressive than the State but we may actually be in such times. Britain has reached a place where polarized views and a lack of respect between the people who hold those views predominates. As the country staggers around in shock, we are all showing our uglier sides.

True Islam Is the Solution to Religious Disharmony, not the Cause

Damir Rafi | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Damir Rafi

As a society, we have every right to feel afraid as terrorist attacks creep ever nearer to our own lives. However we must not let that fear turn either to hatred or apathy towards the unjustified victimisation of innocent Muslims.

The Largest Muslim Gathering in the UK is Happening Soon - and Here's Why You Should Come

Damir Rafi | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Damir Rafi

Dear Friend, I write this article with a hint of melancholy, for looking outwards at the world the disharmony and disunity that surrounds us is vast,...

Shape the Future By Remembering the Past

Laura Pasternak | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Pasternak

I had the chance to meet Sir Nicholas Winton today, I would thank him for his amazing rescue effort and for having the courage to act in the face of adversity. But I would also promise him that we Ambassadors will carry on his legacy by acting in whatever way we can to help others and exercise human compassion. I pledge to continue working hard to #ShapeTheFuture. I hope that he would be proud of us.

Chilcot, Iraq and the Culture of War

Richard Reoch | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Reoch

"Is there any way of delivering mankind from the menace of war?" asked Albert Einstein in a letter he wrote to Sigmund Freud in 1932. The report of Th...

Ramadan: A Source for Conflict Resolution?

Farhad Ahmad | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
Farhad Ahmad

The summer has dawned upon the UK, in all its rain-filled glory, and is expected to be the hottest since records began. Some of us have extra reason to welcome the summer this year; it heralds the month of Ramadan when Muslims abstain from food and drink for some of the longest and hottest days of the year, from dawn to dusk.

Eastern Ukraine: Conflicting Interpretations of the Conflict

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Larisa Sotieva

During a visit to a summer camp for children affected by the conflict in Donbass, eastern Ukraine, I met a boy close to the frontline who had made a drawing of a tree, on top of which he drew a house with a family. When asked why the house was in the tree top and wouldn't it fall down in the wind, the boy confidently assured me 'no', the house is strong and secure. I later found out that this boy's dog had been killed by a landmine.

Who Is Responsible for Finding 'The Ring'?

Victoria Leith | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK
Victoria Leith

Feeling victorious and feeling defeated are illusions... There is no winning. There is no losing. A story I heard recently... A ring was lost in a field and many people started to look for this ring. They organised themselves and started working up the field, a furrow at a time. One person spotted the ring.

Europe: Some Soft Arguments to Remain - From a Former EC Official

Diane Chandler | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Chandler

As human beings, surely we are stronger in union? Would a worker leave a trade union and face the bosses alone? So why would we leave this union that is now so intertwined and constant, so familiar and enriching? If we step out of Europe, we risk drifting off on an ice floe. And in this currently volatile and fearful world, surely that is a scary prospect? I want my child to live inside the European Union. I'll be distraught if she has to grow up in a UK, which stands alone against the world.

It's Surprisingly Difficult To Guess Where These Countries Ranked On The 'Humanity Index'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK

Britain has been ranked fourth in a global league which measures how much countries contribute to the “common good of humanity”. The Good Countr...

World Humanitarian Summit: A Humanitarian Contribution to Peace Is the Missing Piece of the Puzzle

Harriet Lamb | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Harriet Lamb

What do you have as your screensaver? While some companies allow staff to revel in their favourite sunset snap or their kids pulling hideous faces, others provide the screensavers to focus minds on the top priorities.

We Need to Become Hate-Conscious: Reviewing Qasim Rashid's 'Talk to Me'

Umar Nasser | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Umar Nasser

I imagine myself sitting in a New York theatre, one with velvet red curtains and a single microphone occupying the stage. Qasim Rashid walks out from ...