Peace!

Reflecting on Peace Day 2017: Resetting the Button

Amjad Saleem | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK
Amjad Saleem

The World Peace Day has come and gone. For many it is a time of celebration and for others it is the annual time to do some reflections and soul sear...

Stop Asking The Taliban To Surrender

Ben Acheson | Posted 18.09.2017 | UK
Ben Acheson

The first pre-requisite for any genuine Afghan peace process is reshaping the surrender-narrative. The term 'peace' itself must be reclaimed so that it is no longer viewed with suspicion or equated to surrender and weakness. Those who are hostile to it become comfortable with it.

Why We Can't We Make Peace In Afghanistan

Ben Acheson | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Ask anyone working in Afghanistan why peace is still elusive and the answers are predictable. Some will blame Pakistan for harbouring Taliban leaders....

A Holistic Approach For Youth To Build Peace

Amjad Saleem | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK
Amjad Saleem

The youth demographic is on the rise. We cannot ignore the case in many parts of the world that the majority of the society is under 30. The youth are not just the future as the cliché goes, they are the present. This means that they need to be included and embedded in processes taking place now, not as token representations but with agency and influence. And it's not like they do not want that engagement.

No Military Solution And No Negotiations In Afghanistan - So What Next?

Ben Acheson | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

The Taliban will not be defeated militarily. This is an unfortunate reality, but a reality it is. It does not mean that Afghanistan is 'lost'. It means that 'winning the war' can no longer be the guiding principle for policymakers. The collective commitment must now be 'winning the peace'.

Trump And Kim: A War Of Words?

Edward Howell | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Politics
Edward Howell

The pursuit of a war of words, as we are seeing, is unlikely to advance progress in resolving the conflict on the Korean Peninsula; it is time to think pragmatically.

Are You At Peace Or At War With Your Self?

Karin Sieger | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Making peace with another or in the world - we all talk about it. But are you at peace or at war with yourself? Do you know and do you care? Does it matter?

In Searching For Peace, Let's Not Ignore Crime's Impact

Yury Fedotov | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK
Yury Fedotov

Conflict remains the world's greatest problem; conflict prevention our biggest hope, but if we do not face down crime and uphold justice, we simply ri...

A Huge Human Chain Against Extremism Is Being Formed This Weekend, And Here's Why The World Needs To Hear About It

Damir Rafi | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK
Damir Rafi

With waves of terror attacks hitting Europe in recent months, mistrust of Islam has reached a higher level than ever. To save our societies from divis...

One Religion Isn't Enough For This Girl

Caroline Bourne | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Caroline Bourne

Religions are really about the community and the people connecting behind the scenes. It's about coming together and sharing an experience, whether it's fasting together for Ramadan, singing hymns together in church or meditating together in a temple. It's about knowing what to do and where to go in times of need or change. Londoners can do this. We can figure this out.

What To Do When Bombs Fall And Senseless Killings Happen

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

I am a stay-at-home mother. I have no political might to change the world. I don't know how to change the world (if we are honest, there is no straightforward, easy answer). All I know is that we can evolve the world into a kinder place, one family at a time.

After Manchester, Our Unified And Compassionate Response Must Be Enduring

Damir Rafi | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK
Damir Rafi

Our test is whether we can remain willing to help others in need, even when our country faces dangers, and whether we can remain unified and kind, even if we feel vulnerable. It is through passing these tests successfully that will make Britain truly strong.

Empower Yourself By Consciously Co-Creating Your Life

Jane Fuller | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Fuller

I love quantum physics and I've practiced the Law of Attraction most of my life even without realising it as a child. We are all born with this knowledge but it gets ignored in our current education system. Time to change the system because once you realise you have this power and you can practice this in a conscious way, your life goes into supercharge and you can create the life you want!

The Key To Defeating Muslim Extremism: Love For All, Hatred For None

Damir Rafi | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK
Damir Rafi

Whilst bombs can destroy extremists, they cannot destroy extremist mentalities. It is only through penetrating the hearts of the world through love, and doing whatever one can to improve the lives of others, that a hateful ideology can truly be defeated. Whatever one's background or faith, the concept of love driving out hate must surely be one that is easy to endorse.

The Real Face Of Britain

Kevin Bailey | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK
Kevin Bailey

One of the big stories this week has been that of a young Asian Woman, standing in the face of an EDL leader, smiling calmly. That woman, was Saffiya...

Nostalgia For The Future In The Post-Soviet Space

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Politics
Larisa Sotieva

When I was little, I used to enjoy singing in a choir. One of the songs we sang went: "The Revolution has a beginning, but the Revolution has no end"....

Why Peace Should Be The New Fight For Afghanistan

Dan Tomlinson | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Politics
Dan Tomlinson

Peace in Afghanistan should not be a phrase that causes eye rolling out of a sense of cynicism or déjà vu. Peace should be sought in Afghanistan not as something vague, aspirational and unobtainable, but as a defined policy aim within a political process that is supported by a plan involving all the levers of the states involved.

Why I Love Being A Woman

Molly Thompson | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Molly Thompson

I bloody love being a woman. I can feel this piece in my fingers before I write it and I just want to scream at how happy International Women's day makes me but I don't want to freak my neighbours out by screaming WOMEN!!! at 11 on a Wednesday morning in the middle of Devon. It's that day now so god knows when this will be up. Sorry! But I just wanted to piece together a somewhat organised ramble on why I love women so much.

10 Ways To Bring A Piece Of Peace To Your Life

Becky Stafferton | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Stafferton

Do you ever get a moment of peace? Or is your head constantly swimming with to do lists, appointments, deadlines and data? I've put together my top ten tips to help bring a bit of peace back into your life and to basically help you to just chill the heck out!

The Mayor Of Calais Has Banned Food Distribution To Refugees - A Response And A Plea For Harmony

Arthur Peirce | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

I feel the resolution to this refugee crisis, and all global crises is with kindness. There ultimately needs to be infrastructure to provide for the care of the refugees. Whether this is with the full support of major NGOs or the UN, or simply local communities welcoming refugees in with arms open.

Leaders Define Eras - So How Did We Get Here?

Jared Joffe | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Politics
Jared Joffe

When you look back at the global leaders over time, you can get a fairly strong idea about the state of the world in each particular era.

Broken Not Rubbish: A Near Death Experience That Changed Us All

Daniel Singleton | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Singleton

My wife has suffered through many things- and I will be the first to admit some of that suffering must be as a result of being married to me! Nevertheless, she has been able to turn those trials into something good - in fact one has been turned into something quite beautiful.

Did You Know That You Cannot Fail At Being Human?

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Cunningham

This article is for those who doubt, who seek perfection, who judge, who struggle to avoid failure at all costs, for those who feel something is missing in them. This is for those who need to justify themselves, who struggle to find proof that they are a complete and good person.

Ahmadi Muslims In UK Concerned For Their Safety After Pubjab Mosque Attack

Rob McDowall | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK
Rob McDowall

Ahmadi Muslims will host prayers across the UK today in solidarity with the victims of the Punjab mosque attack which left one dead and the Ahmadi com...

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, ...