Doctrine divides, Action unites


  January 2014

Poverty in Cambodia is not the result of people being unwilling to do dirty and dangerous jobs. In fact, they must often take such jobs just to survive. Rather, the invisible hand of corruption that distorts the distribution of wealth and resources in the country is a major factor for their economic hardships. (Photo from

The Selfishness Epidemic in Cambodia

Hor Hen

The disease of selfishness that infects the poor as well as the rich in Cambodia is examined by the author. The prescription for change is straightforward, but getting the “patient” to take the medicine is difficult. [Read more]

Disasters, Development and the Environment

Hor Hen

While natural disasters are a part of life, especially for people living in areas that are prone to them, the personal catastrophes that they create can be alleviated or aggravated by the actions of people before they occur. In this article, the author uses his country of Cambodia as a case study to explain the complex link between natural disasters, the need for development in an impoverished country and the adverse consequences of these economic pursuits on the environment that, in turn, magnifies the destructive outcomes of these powerful forces of nature. [Read more]

Attacks on Non-Muslims Must Stop Now—Forever—in Bangladesh

Asian Human Rights Commission

After Bangladesh’s general election on Jan. 5, the minority Hindu community in the country found itself under attack. It is sadly not the first time that minorities in Bangladesh have been forced to live in fear as politicians of all parties, the article notes, have manipulated communalism to advance their political agenda. Thus, the problem is not people who practice different faiths but politicians who practice divisive politics. [Read more]

Interfaith Youth Peace Seminar Organized in Bangladesh

Bruce Van Voorhis

In the face of violence stoked by political rivalry set against the backdrop of an impending election, the organization Shanti Mitra introduced youth in Bangladesh to a different vision of society and non-violent ways toward building it through its annual Interfaith Youth Peace Seminar in December 2013. For many of the young participants, it was their first exposure to developing society through cooperation rather than confrontation. [Read more]

The Pesantren without Terrorists and the Church without the Face of Jesus:
A Pilgrimage from Jogjakarta to Karanganyar to Solo


From Nov. 10 to 20, 2013, the author participated in the Interfaith Youth Pilgrimage (IYP) in Jogjakarta, Indonesia. As part of this program, a two-day exposure program on Nov. 12 and 13 in Central Java was organized so that the participating youth could experience and better understand the sacred spaces of “the other.” This article is the author’s daily journal during this pilgrimage for which he was awarded recognition as the second runner-up among the 28 participants. [Read more]

New Year, Same Story: Yet More Massacres and Rights Abuses Targeting Muslims

Burma Partnership

As a new year begins, Burma finds itself facing an old problem that has afflicted it for at least the past two years: violence between its Buddhist and Muslim communities with the latter experiencing most of the death and destruction. This deadly issue was once again evident when at least 40 Rohingya Muslims, including women and children, were killed on Jan. 13 by the police and members of the local Buddhist community. Without changes in the judicial system that address the impunity enjoyed by the past perpetrators of this communal violence and alterations in the attitudes of society as well as governmental protection for the rights of all people, future massacres will most likely occur. [Read more]

SOP Participant from Nepal Puts Lessons into Practice

Bruce Van Voorhis

Santosh Kumar Yadav from Nepal was a participant in the School of Peace (SOP) that Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF) held in Sri Lanka in 2013. He created a calendar for 2014 that shares the work of his organization to address a health issue facing women in his community using some of the lessons he learned at SOP. [Read more]



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