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My Caux Scholars Program Story

Stories are powerful. Stories make experiences come alive. One of the best means to positive transformation, dialogue and healing can be found in the form of story-telling. This is why today, I choose to tell a story. This is my Caux story. The story of my time at the Caux Scholars Program (CSP) at Asia Plateau, in Panchgani, Indi...

Written by Dr. Nidhi Shendurnikar and published on 01-February-2016

Monotonous Stories in a Complicated World

Essentially a genre of writing, journalism is less about enunciating unadulterated facts and more about laborious communication to the public; shaping stories and language to engage readers. Telling a relatable and intriguing story is among the most effective measure, yet this pattern opens loopholes in the journalistic profession. The facts are what actually happened and together they constitute truth, a systemic organism containing many players interlocking with one another. Events taking...

Written by Sofie Chen and published on 19-January-2016

Is Lacking a National Hero Hurting Burundi?

In April 2015 a situation occurred in Burundi, which could remind us of the situation in Burkina Faso in October 2014: the sitting president announced plans to change the constitution, attempting to extend his presidential term. After unravelling these situations in these two countries they turned out to be far from similar. Many factors influence why the current situation in Burundi is so different from the Burkinabe uprising in 2014. This article will only focus on how the lack of an historic ...

Written by Sabrina Gehrlein and published on 02-January-2016

The forgotten War in Yemen - A humanitarian Catastrophe Waiting to Happen

The world talks about Syria, it talks about Paris and Mali, it talks about climate change, and Russian planes. But somehow the mass media forgot about the still ongoing war in Yemen. Since late March of this year, the Saudi-led coalition has been bombing territory occupied by rebels, leaving 1.5 million Yemenis displaced. Close to 6,000 people have been killed

Written by Marie-Luise Schwarzenberg and published on 12-December-2015

From Individual Inner Peace to Collective Outer Peace

This year on 21 June 2015 the first International Yoga Day, declared by the United Nations, took place. A total of 177 countries had supported this UN resolution . Although nowadays yoga and mindfulness are considered non-religious, these practices do have an origin in religion.

Written by Sabrina Gehrlein and published on 05-December-2015

It’s No Longer a Two People Affair; Think Before You Hit

There is a misconception more so in Kenyan communities that women stay in violent marriages to protect their children. Deep down, they actually believe that they are doing it for the good of their children, that if they leave, what will happen to their children? Who will take care of them? That is a story I have heard often and they are so convinced of this notion that you cannot dissuade them otherwise. Do they know that it’s never about the man and the woman? I wonder if they have ever look...

Written by Mercy Njueh and published on 29-November-2015

The Country Where People Take Every Risk to Escape: Eritrea

"Freedom from fear is as important as freedom from want. It is impossible to truly enjoy one of these rights without the other”. This insight from Amartya Sen is probably a statement many Eritreans, if not all, can relate to. Eritreans comprise the second largest group fleeing to Europe in the current crisis. Eritreans have been amongst the largest group of refugees for years on end. This is not because of war, but beca...

Written by Sabrina Gehrlein and published on 24-October-2015

Indians and Pakistanis Cement Friendship through Peace Building Course

Although it may be hard to believe, the sight of Indians and Pakistanis talking to each other is not at all unusual. Despite the barbed wires that separate people of the two ‘enemy’ nations, one finds Indians and Pakistanis connecting beyond physical and mental barriers. With the help of virtual technologies, it is no longer an uphill task to connect with someone from across the border. While one-off interactions are quite common, an Indo-Pak peace building initiative recently introduced...

Written by Nidhi Shendurnikar-Tere and published on 16-October-2015

Corruption, Political Stalemate, and Popular Protests: #YouStink - a turning point for Lebanon?

For nearly three months, over the course of a typically hot and humid summer, Beirut's residents have taken to the streets. At first, the demonstrations seemed to represent a logical manifestation of the widespread frustration at the closure of the Naameh landfill, and the subsequent pile up of uncollected garbage across the country. However, as public pressure o...

Written by Casey Davison O'Brien and published on 16-October-2015

A Test on Europe and a Lesson for All: The Migrant Crisis in Europe

As the Syrian Civil War has dragged on for more than 4 years, 10.6 million people, or almost half the population have been displaced, with 4.1 million people as registered refugees. Syrians make up the majority in the latest European migration crisis. “Close to 480,000 migrants have arrived in Europe by sea this year, and are now reaching European shores at a ...

Written by Sofie Chen and published on 07-October-2015

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