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A Match Made in Heaven Across the India-Pakistan Border


When I first learned about Sonal Singh Rathore, I thought it was quite unusual for a Pakistani, Hindu woman, to be married to an Indian from Baroda. Only when I got to meet and talk to Sonal at her residence in Baroda, a town in the western Indian state of Gujarat, was I surprised to discover a tradition of cross-border marriages that is so commonly practiced among the Sodha community in Pakistan. Despite hostilitie...

Written by Dr. Nidhi Shendurnikar and published on 30-April-2016



The Pursuit of Peace through Information Communication Technologies


Technology is everywhere, that’s nothing new. However, the degree to which information and communication technologies (ICTs) have taken the world by storm is positively astounding. It doesn’t matter where in the world I have travelled in the last few years, I have had mobile phone coverage nearly everywhere, been able to check my emails, use WhatsApp, and access the news. Whether in Cambodia, India, Kenya, Armenia, Bosnia, Tunisia, or anywhere else, the locals have also all been engr...

Written by Tim Williams and published on 26-April-2016



The Refugee Crisis of the Middle East: What are the Gulf States Doing?


Late last year, it took an image of a drowned toddler for Western media to finally start covering the refugee crisis in more depth. However, the focus lies on Europe, with both the efforts and struggles of Hungary, Austria, Germany, and Sweden in the spotlight. This angle leaves the public wondering: why aren’t the Arab countries doing anything to take in Syrian refugees? Especially the ‘super rich Gulf states’, where reports show that they have taken in zero refugees; why aren’t the...

Written by Marie Luise Schwarzenberg and published on 16-April-2016



African Youth in Politics


How representative is a representative democracy when it locks out a certain demographic strata of the very society under its jurisdiction? Equitable participation of different groups in politics and governance is essential to building and sustaining democracy, yet often, youth (and women), are grossly underrepresented. African youth, throughout the continent, face several obstacles to participating in political life and running for public office. This occurs despite their proven abilities as le...

Written by Ndunge Wayua and published on 27-March-2016



Beyond Violence 2016 Open Call for Campaign Proposals


Dear Beyond Violence community: We have a number of exciting and important campaigns currently ongoing and in the works, with many of you already playing a key role. But if we’re to continue making positive impacts in conflict-affected areas, we need to be ahead of the game, with an eye on the horizon. That’s why we’re making this call to you to make your proposal of where Beyond Violence should go next. The ...

Written by David Fernandes and published on 05-March-2016



The Everyday Indian Meets the Everyday Pakistani


A team of youngsters from India and Pakistan, motivated by values of reformation, rehabilitation, and reconciliation have joined hands to promote a cultural, social, and creative exchange of ideas among young people in the two countries. The Indo-Pak Lighthouse Project is a pioneering initiative led by young people from India and Pakistan. They strive to bring down animosities and misconceptions rampant in...

Written by Dr. Nidhi Shendurnikar and published on 02-March-2016



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



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