#Peace

Nagorny Karabakh: An Old, Forgotten but Decidedly Dangerous Conflict

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

In the early hours of Saturday 2 April, a military escalation erupted on the Nagorny Karabakh line of contact, on a scale not seen since 1994. While the breakfast news reported on Palmyra, on who is planning to restore which monuments, the disturbing news broke about this old, yet now new conflict, that overnight saw dozens of people killed.

Mein Lahore Hoon

Salman Shaheen | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK
Salman Shaheen

Having witnessed the aftermath of the London bombings firsthand outside a stricken King's Cross station on July 7, 2005, I certainly understand that fear.

Easter: Once Again a Time to Focus on Ending Religious Intolerance in the Middle East

Baroness Emma Nicholson | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK
Baroness Emma Nicholson

The shocking, sickening scene of a young man nailed to a wooden cross, surrounded by his executioners, shouting abuse and laughing whilst crowds of others watch in horrified silence, is an image that is indelibly stamped onto the minds of all Christians.

After Brussels, We Cannot Fight Terror With Terror

Damir Rafi | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Damir Rafi

With at least 30 people killed in Brussels and hundreds injured, and with dozens injured in Istanbul only a few days earlier, the world yet again watches, helpless in horror at the cruelty of the perpetrators and silent in mourning the innocent victims.

Overcoming Ethnic Divides: Is Cyprus Ready for Success?

Yeshim Harris | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK
Yeshim Harris

By Yeshim Harris-Feridun and Katie Clerides What really accounts for the transformation of conflict into peace?  What are the vital ingredients fo...

Peacebuilding in Ukraine

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

When discussing International Alert's work in conflict regions with colleagues, associates, donors, etc., I sometimes feel that we understand each oth...

Syria, Five Years On: Building Peace in the Midst of War

Harriet Lamb | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Today, 15 March, marks five years since the absolutely brutal civil war erupted, leaving Syria a broken and divided country. The figures are shocking: Some 6.6 million people are internally displaced within Syria, and 4.6million have fled, mostly living in neighbouring countries such as Turkey, Lebanon or Jordan.

Mothers' Day: This is No Time To Relax!

Karen Dobres | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK
Karen Dobres

Anyone else a bit fed up of emails telling you which bath products, flowers and chocolates to get your Mum for Mothers' Day? I mean, I can always do with a box of chocs, and so can my Mum, but this commercial onslaught is relentless. Before all the commerciality came, there was Mothering Sunday,* an early religious festival, but frankly that doesn't resonate with me either...

L'Etranger

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Larisa Sotieva

It occurred to me that when he had got on the train, he instinctively gravitated closer towards me, another human being, to share his evening. We humans are social animals, and contact with others is very important to us. Having sat down opposite me, he ate his dinner and enjoyed his daughter's laughter in my company.

The EU's Status as Europe's Peacekeeper Is an Insulting Myth

Oliver Norgrove | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Norgrove

Achieving ever-closer-union, as it foreshadowed, has been the driving force behind the gradual (and often forceful) assimilation of law, currency and culture across the European continent. To many, it seemed a wonderful way of enhancing international cooperation, and promoting both peace and unity.

What Can We Learn From the 'World Interfaith Harmony Week'

Amjad Saleem | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK
Amjad Saleem

Last week, the first week of February was traditionally the 'World Interfaith Harmony Week' as designated by the United Nations to occur annually in ...

Having Faith in Religious Harmony

Baroness Emma Nicholson | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK
Baroness Emma Nicholson

The terrible war being waged by the barbaric thugs of Daesh (ISIS) across the Middle East, and now North Africa too, continues almost unabated. Local populations are being terrorised and minorities, in particular, are facing unprecedented levels of persecution.

Do You Want to Be Someone, Going Somewhere or No One, Going Nowhere?

Kamontip Evans | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

It is your choice: to be someone, going somewhere - with all the fun, stress and strain that comes with your given name and acquired reputation; or being no one, going nowhere, not much fun but standing tall - at peace, with an understanding of where happiness truly lies.

The Woman Who Rose Above the Hate

Richard Reoch | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK
Richard Reoch

"I have the sincere belief that if people get to know each other, one on one, that they'll stop being afraid of each other, and we'll be able to get rid of all this hate in the world," said Rose Hamid, the 56-year-old Muslim flight attendant who stood up in silence during Donald Trump's campaign rally last week - and was ejected.

What Would a True Islamic State Look Like?

Damir Rafi | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Damir Rafi

A State in which its Muslim citizens are prepared not only to live in peace with those of other faiths, but be willing to fight and die to safeguard their rights. A State in which a matchless spirit of peace is forged on the precepts of complete justice. A State in which there exists unity in diversity, in which there is light and compassion instead of darkness and hatred...

The Gift of Peace Is Within

Sonja Lewis | Posted 22.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

Peace - a top theme during the festive season - is often thought of as the cure-all for problems on different scales, whether global, local or familiar. Understandably so, because when we achieve peace, we thrive as nations, communities, families, and individuals.

Life After Paris, Syria, Turkey and After So Many Other Innocent Lives Lost...

Sacha Knop | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK
Sacha Knop

Fear: it spreads invisibly and silently. Being at a concert recently, it became really clear how Paris has affected us all, even when we think it hasn't. The first thing we noticed was that it took incredibly long to get into the venue. Why? The security check was understandably tight.

Move Over Darkness, It's Time for Some Light

Jared Joffe | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK
Jared Joffe

It's been a while since I've written anything. With the troubling climate in the world right now, it's actually been a challenge to create content whe...

World Peace?

Noelle Reno | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK
Noelle Reno

*I dedicate this to those who have not yet seen the hope and potential of the generation of leaders to come. Peace? The only way to fight dark is t...

Dear Citizen of the World... Now is the Time

Victoria Leith | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK
Victoria Leith

Dear Citizen of the World, Now is the time, more than ever, to feel rooted, to be strong, to be grounded. Now is the time to reach out to that neigh...

The Moment A Man Played John Lennon's Imagine On Piano Outside The Bataclan

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 14.11.2015 | UK

One man has stunned onlookers in a poignant moment outside the Bataclan concert hall, the location of one of the terror attacks in Paris. As the c...

Remembrance and Pacifism Go Hand in Hand: Why I'm Proud to Wear a White Poppy Alongside My Red One

Owen Winter | Posted 08.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Winter

There is no contradiction in wearing both a red and a white poppy. This Remembrance Day we should remember those who have given their lives for our freedom, and also take a moment to question the causes and consequences of war.

We Have Peace in Europe Because of the EU

Alan Grant | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

Europe is peaceful and we need to remember how novel that is, why it is an achievement and, most importantly, what led to it being so normal that we don't even question it any more. Namely, the structures, organisations and processes of the European Union and Britain's role in all of those.

Peaceful Protest and Misrepresentation

Betty-Ann Bristow-Castle | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Politics
Betty-Ann Bristow-Castle

Yes, there are a few people who get bad press, who behave in a way which drags down the image of the majority - but think of what they're fighting for, think of what needs to change - and try to imagine what on earth the Conservatives were thinking when they brought the conference to Manchester.

Silence

Kamontip Evans | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

This mind is always making noise - more so when we are not talking. To develop silence of the mind, initially you need a quiet place. Then listen to your mind without expressing any opinion to confuse the matter.