It is my pleasure to write in commendation of ‘A Global Village’ journal, and welcome you to the second edition.
‘A Global Village’ is an achievement in accomplished journalism which explores some of the most pressing global problems of today. The journal masterfully balances the general and the particular, offering meaningful insights into the featured subjects, but further, the essays, and journal overall, tackle some of the most imposing and overarching international challenges of our time. Readers are called to consider the various forms of “debt shouldered by future generations”, their roles in this debt, and this future (Raphael Houdmont, p.6, issue 1).
In the first edition essay-writers were daring enough to take on political corruption, religious extremism, over-population, poverty, censorship, environmental responsibility, human rights violations, mass atrocities, and more. The questions asked were courageous and self reflective; the type of questions which require a moral evaluation of individual and collective behaviours and responsibilities; questions that call for global cooperation, and political or cultural upheaval at times.
‘A Global Village’ has been created through the inventiveness, astuteness, and also the ethical conscience of Imperial College’s staff, students and alumni. I would encourage colleagues to contribute to the Journal, so that the diversity of thought at the College is represented, and that the College community is provided with the type of compelling and affecting reading given to us so far through the Journal. Just as Marcelo Vasquez Rios in his essay tells us: “In Teheran, young bloggers kept the world updated on the protests via real-time news posts and analysis” (p.12, issue 1), ‘A Global Village’ offers the opportunity to open up debate on issues from which we often recoil because of their difficulty, or the possibility that they will implicate ourselves, and our societies.
I look forward to future editions of the journal, and I would not be surprised to see some of those who contribute to it, and run it, emerging as the next generation of international policy-makers who contribute to the global change that they are currently writing about.