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Russia's Youth Speak Out About Ukraine Crisis

The current crisis in Ukraine shows the world how even the closest allies can pull away from each other. Russia and Ukraine were long-term partners, but one should not forget how uneven this partnership was. The Orange Revolution in 2004-05 was the first sign of Ukraine trying to gain independence from its “older brother”. Russia's reaction to the events in Ukraine and all the changes that have followed has kep...

Written by K. Ananyeva and published on 25-May-2015

My Soul Sister From Across the Border

It is rare to meet in one’s lifetime a person with whom you can connect intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. It is even more difficult when the country to which they belong is an ‘enemy’ of your country! However, I was lucky enough to find my soul sister and would like to share such a phenomenal story with Beyond Violence readers. It was early 2014 and I was a participant in the

Written by Nidhi Shendurnikar-Tere and published on 21-May-2015

New Hope for Mindanao: The Bangsamoro Basic Law

Mindanao, the second largest and southernmost island of the Philippines is one of the most diverse sites of the country. It is rich in natural resources, offers an interesting flora and fauna and is home to 18 different tribes, a unique cultural heritage. However, despite its beauty tourists are advised against visiting Mindanao. Kidnappings or even killings of inter...

Written by M. Gahl and published on 18-May-2015

Secret Palestinian Refugee Camp Quietly Suffering in Syria

Yarmouk camp, a two square-kilometer unofficial Palestinian refugee camp in the suburban area of the Syrian capital Damascus, had been already brought to international attention in 2014, when a photo of hundreds of people queuing up for food in the besieged area was released by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA.) On April 1st 2015,...

Written by Irene C and published on 17-May-2015

Friendships Across Borders

Tensions between Pakistan and India seem to have eased greatly. There hasn’t been any armed conflict since the Kargil War in 1999. Last year the newly elected prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, invited the leader of the country's neighbor Pakistan to his Prime ministerial swearing-i...

Written by Sofie Chen and published on 26-April-2015

The 1947 Partition Did Not and Will Not Break Us Up

After 1947 , life became drastically different for people who migrated from India to Pakistan and vice versa. Three generations have passed since we were separated by political forces, but our hearts beat together no matter what side of the border we come from. We all are from the same land which has been parted because of political reasons. After six decades, Pakistanis and Indians still feel connected for...

Written by Fatima Jaffery and published on 23-April-2015

Making Media, Building Peace

Twenty four students and the idea of peace! In a world dominated by narratives of hate and violence, what happens when young minds are encouraged to engage with the idea and practice of peace? Peace, not as an illusory ideal to be achieved, but peace with oneself and those around us! Peace which is not as lofty as the goal of world peace! This and something more exciting happened at The Faculty of Journalism and Communication at the

Written by Nidhi Shendurnikar-Tere and published on 15-April-2015

Peace or Profit: How Business Exacerbates and Restrains Violence in Colombia

Even though we generally think of armed conflict as the territory of governments, armies, rebel groups and the UN, all too often private companies find themselves in the heat of the battle as well. Operating in countries rich in natural resources and where labor costs are generally much lower than where they are headquartered, businesses are repeatedly drawn to places where they cannot escape the conflict dynamics. And it is exactly those dynamics that pose a pressing moral dilemma. Business...

Written by Annewil Hooijer and published on 27-March-2015

“I am an activist and I did not do any wrong”: The case of human rights defender Zara Alvarez

“Around 30 fully armed men surrounded me and pointed their gun at me. Cases of human rights violations where we documented extrajudicial killings or enforced disappearances came to my mind. I thought, maybe this is the moment, this time it´s me.” On October 30, 2012, Filipino Human Rights Activist Zara Alvarez was arrested by a special action force of the military in her home town of Cadiz, Negros Island. “At the police station I learned that I was arrested for the murder of a first...

Written by Muriel Gahl and published on 27-March-2015

South Sudan: Dreams Deferred

On 9th July, 2011, under the glare of the sub-Saharan sun, the world warmly welcomed The Republic of South Sudan into its fold. The flag went up before tens of thousands of elated citizens and dignitaries; and there was cheering, drumming and ululation for the world’s youngest nation. After more than 50 years of conflict and underdevelopment, the secession of South Sudan from Sudan was seen as an opportunity for the people to build a brighter and better future. Even amidst calls to resolve...

Written by N. Wayua and published on 27-March-2015

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