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India or Pakistan App Seeks to Bring Nations Together

When it comes to Indian-Pakistani relations, the stories that dominate the news are ones of conflict and political tension. Ever since the British withdrawal in 1947 and the division of territory that followed, these two nations have been at odds. The contested border region of Kashmir has been a central point of turmoil. Over 100,000 lives have been lost and several wars fought over the past...

Written by Daniel Winstanley and published on 02-March-2015

Sarhadpaar: Let the message spread

Since the partition more than 6 decades ago, the relations between India and Pakistan have been characterized by suspicion and mistrust. The communication gap that has existed between Indians and Pakistanis for decades can now be bridged thanks to a vast amount of information and communications technology available to the public. Beyond Violence is launching the online campaign “Sarhadpaar.” During the first stage of the campaign, Pakistanis and Indians are invited to share their stories...

Written by Sofie Chen and published on 02-March-2015

Why Nonviolence Must Encompass Animals: Part One - Animal Advocacy and Feminism

In this first article of my series on the intersection between nonviolence and animal rights, I will be exploring the commonalities between the objectification and oppression of both women and animals. Why do I start this series with feminism? It was through feminist theory that I discovered how oppression of people and animals is interconnected. During the research for my master’s thesis on

Written by S. Lenz and published on 16-February-2015

Humanity Must not Forget: revisiting the Baga Massacre

Sometimes, it is inevitable that writing should come from a place of anger and despair. This piece of writing has been inspired by such feelings. From 3rd to 7th January 2015, scores of people were killed and others displaced in what Amnesty International describes as Boko Haram’s “deadliest massacre to date”. The militants destroyed...

Written by N. Wayua and published on 03-February-2015

A Walk Through Shatila Camp

Since arriving in Iraq, I have struggled with new feelings. Longing for the winding, dusty roads of Palestine, I have largely been in mourning for a place I didn’t know I had become so connected to. I feel the rumble of the Israeli jets in my veins, the panic of gunshots still lives under my skin and my stomach still feels the stress of sound bombs. I’m not sure how to match these feelings with my new environment. New friends here have become my lifeboats in a sea of monotony - lesson pl...

Written by H. Miller and published on 02-February-2015

The European Union and Palestine: taking the lead in the peace process in principle

On 17th December 2014, the European Parliament approved a historical resolution symbolically recognizing the statehood of Palestine. This resolution was non-legislative and non-binding; nonetheless it marked a significant change in the approach of the European Union to the conflict which had, until now, been indecisive. As Gianni Pittella, the President of the left-wing Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament said,

Written by Irene C and published on 02-February-2015

Humanitarian Aid as Conflict Commodity; How Food can Fuel Fighting

It is one of the most prominent principles prevailing in the humanitarian sector since its foundation in the second half of the 19th century: the moral obligation to help those in need. Throughout history, this ambition of doing good has served as a justification for intervening in armed conflicts worldwide, whether to treat the wounded or feed the hungry. Apparently, if your mission is to save lives, no questions are asked as to what impact you really have on the ground. However, there are ...

Written by A. Hooijer and published on 26-January-2015

Caught Between Frustration and Hope- The Philippines One Year After Typhoon Yolanda

On November 8 2014, one year after Typhoon Yolanda hit the Visayas Region of the Philippines, more than 10,000 people gathered in the streets of Tacloban, on Leyte Island. In this city, the most devastated by Yolanda in 2013, one can still feel the people´s anger and frustration. Many of the protesters were covered in mud, remembering the shocking force of...

Written by M. Gahl and published on 21-January-2015

Latest attack in Chechnya gives Russian authorities a new headache

On 4th December 2014, the eyes of the world turned yet again to Chechnya, the restless region in the Caucasus that fought two bloody wars against the Russian armed forces in a bid to secure its independence after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. In the early hours of the morning, suspected insurgents entered Grozny, the heavily guarded capital of the Chechen Republic, and killed 3 traffic police officers befo...

Written by P. Cummins Tripodi and published on 17-January-2015

Price of Democracy: Hong Kong Protest in Retreat

Student protesters demanding greater democracy for Hong Kong stated on December 4th that they are seriously considering a retreat from the roads they have occupied for more than two months. The announcement came after the police increased their efforts to remove the demonstrators from the streets by dispersing protesters in Admiralty district and the government headquarters, and clearing the protest site in the district of Mong Kok. The police took this action after

Written by S.C. and published on 22-December-2014

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