Global Voices The Blog of American Jewish World Service

The AJWS community has a lot to say about what's happening in the world. Read our insights about the struggle for justice and human rights around the globe.


“Everything was lost…but hope is not finished”: Building Back Nepal

This spring, when the earthquake stopped shaking Kathmandu long enough for Gopal Kumar Nakarmi to detach himself from his wife and daughter and check on their home, he immediately thought of the villagers in remote Nepal districts where he does community development work. It took three days to get word about their survival. The news …Read More

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Reflections on President Obama’s visit to Kenya

by Gitahi Githuku and Caroline Kouassiaman For over a month prior to President Obama’s visit to Kenya, “POTUS” was the hot topic of conversation, as much of the country was captivated by Obama’s first visit to his father’s homeland as President. The fact that President Obama had kin in Kenya coined the popular term “Our …Read More

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The Politics of Violence in El Salvador

Reporting from El Salvador In recent months El Salvador has been torn by a surge in deadly gang violence and a heavy police response—yielding greater insecurity than we have seen since the end of the country’s civil war in 1992. Gangs and their supporters continue to promote violence, and the government has increased military presence …Read More

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