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Friday, 21 February, 2014
Rajmohan Gandhi

Watch a video message from Rajmohan Gandhi for peace in Ukraine

Saturday, 21 December, 2013

Rob Lancaster describes the different worlds of security in Australia and South Sudan and calls for a deeper self reflection and compassion.

Friday, 13 December, 2013
Sam Pono

Sam Pono from South Africa writes a farewell to Nelson Mandela, whose quality of life makes us believe that 'yes we can'.

Sunday, 08 December, 2013
Michael Henderson

At his treason trial 50 years ago Nelson Mandela told the court, ‘During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an idea which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.’

Tuesday, 15 October, 2013
Antoine Jaulmes

The recent terrorist attack in Nairobi poses the same riddle as 9/11: what did the terrorists want to achieve? No positive answer comes to mind. Antoine Jaulmes writes about the futility of violence and challenges policy makers to look at better ways of investing in security.

Sunday, 13 October, 2013

Now that I reflect back on my experience as a Caux Scholar I believe it was one of the most fulfilling and enriching experiences that I have ever had.

Friday, 04 October, 2013
Mike Lowe

Inspired by the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, Mike Lowe reflects on the theme of leadership vs blame, and how politics can be a great force for good.

Tuesday, 22 April, 2014
Zeke Reich

It was through stepping out of his comfort zone and encountering people with very different political and cultural perspectives that Zeke Reich discovered a richer sense of his own identity.

Tuesday, 24 September, 2013
Dr Nagia Abdelmoghney Said

A month after the massacres of Rabaa and Al Nahda in Egypt, Nagia Abdelmoghney Said calls for a process of truth and reconciliation to heal the wounds, drawing inspiration from Britain's Coventry Cathedral.

Sunday, 22 September, 2013

Caux gives Alberta delegate renewed heart and spirit to keep fighting negative environmental, health impacts. Marlene Orr is a member of Fort McKay First Nation, the heart of Alberta’s tar sands. A passionate community activist, she has faced threats and very personal attacks for her tireless efforts to defend “Mother Earth and her children” as she puts it. She arrived in Caux, tired and discouraged, only to find fresh strength from quiet reflection and sharing stories with people from around the world.