Understanding the xenophobic response to NCoV: A perspective in the Philippines

In Manila, Philippines, a young woman on her daily commute makes her way through the crowded train carefully. Nearly everyone’s eyes are on her; they scrutinize her face, her complexion, and her chinky eyes. She pretends she hasn’t noticed, but someone whispers a slur in her direction.  Another young woman books a local ride-sharing app … Continue reading Understanding the xenophobic response to NCoV: A perspective in the Philippines

Six multi-cultural comedians who break borders with laughs

One of the most important ways a group of diverse and different people can come together in harmony is through the sharing of stories. In the shared experience of storytelling, laughter is one of the most powerful forces to unite anybody. Stand-up comedy has evolved from just silly jokes and funny faces on a stage, … Continue reading Six multi-cultural comedians who break borders with laughs

An Oasis of Peace and Progress in the Middle East: The Legacy of Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman

The late Sultan came to rule Oman in 1970, following his father, the Sultan Said bin Taimur, whose rule had nearly brought the citizens of the then-known Muscat and Oman to their knees. Muscat and Oman had tended towards intense isolationism and an aversion to modernization and progress. While already under the influence of the … Continue reading An Oasis of Peace and Progress in the Middle East: The Legacy of Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman

Pope Francis on Embracing Diversity: “The Future is Not Monochrome”

In a visit to Japan from November 23-26, 2019, the leader of the global Catholic Church gave an astounding speech on a topic that touches on critical issues such as immigration, political polarization, violent extremism and more: diversity. Speaking to an audience of young people at the Cathedral of Holy Mary in Tokyo on the … Continue reading Pope Francis on Embracing Diversity: “The Future is Not Monochrome”

The Most Important Topic on Earth is World Peace, Says JFK

56 years ago, former US President John F. Kennedy delivered a commencement speech at the American University, Washington, D.C. that would go on to become one of the most iconic speeches on the topic of peace. Though written and delivered more than half a century ago with a different whirlwind of global affairs setting the … Continue reading The Most Important Topic on Earth is World Peace, Says JFK