GLOBAL VOICES COLUMN ARCHIVE

Giving a voice to the world's most fascinating untold global and social issues.

Human rights defenders: quiet heroes on the front lines

As we write this, human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja languishes in a Bahraini prison, held for attempting to topple the country's repressive regime. Arresting police beat him unconscious in April, while his family looked on. He's been brutally tortured and threatened with rape in custody. Called the kingdom's leading human rights defender ...

June 6th, 2011 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more

Rioters are rebels without responsibility

Neighbours cowered in their homes while the "animals" — more than 100 teens — "went wild" and spray painted graffiti all over a west Toronto house slated for demolition. The inside was trashed and strewn with empty beer bottles. There was no worthy explanation. It was sort of like a mini riot. Fun. Wild. Alcohol-fueled. It happened a month ...

June 4th, 2011 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more

Dying for life-saving drugs

We build schools in Kenyan villages where teachers die, but their students refuse to name the cause because of its potent stigma, even as coffins are lowered into graves. We've seen husbands, mothers, and then their children, wither away from a mysterious illness rather than be ostracized with a diagnosis. In North America, access to treatment ...

May 30th, 2011 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more

Why we’ll miss Oprah

Many people are currently suffering from Oprah withdrawal, anticipating the loss of everything from her fashion picks to gurus' tips. The symptoms are hard to miss. Shakes. Cravings. And the desperate need for book recommendations. We expect our withdrawal symptoms will be somewhat different—to us Oprah's greatest legacy is her social impact. ...

May 23rd, 2011 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more

Understanding empathy means laying off the Botox

Over coffee you confide to your friend: I'm in debt! I got dumped! My dog died! The words bounce off her taut forehead and her wrinkle-free face with no effect—or affect. Her emotions are frozen, much like the tiny facial muscles temporarily paralysed by the botulism toxins that scientists now believe not only paralyze muscles but also the inn...

May 16th, 2011 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more

Vote in solidarity with those who can’t

Years ago in Sierra Leone, we met young Santosh, a survivor of the west African country's brutal civil war, where rebel forces took 30,000 child soldiers— some forcefully recruited with an injection of cocaine and gunpowder to induces fits of rage— and handed them AK-47s. Santosh told us a harrowing story about the lasting consequences of conf...

May 2nd, 2011 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more

Investing in services is investing in economy

This afternoon, a young, unemployed Canadian will come to two conclusions while navigating the depths of daytime television. The first is that the producers of Judge Judy are the only people profiting from the recession. The second is that they're using those profits to keep any discussion of youth unemployment off the airwaves during the federal ...

April 25th, 2011 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more