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About CGNews
As an initiative of the international conflict transformation organization Search for Common Ground, CGNews welcomes all stakeholders to share their perspectives on key issues affecting Muslim-Western relations and on race relations in the United States.

CGNews articles present constructive ideas, provide solutions, humanize the other, offer hope and/or shed light on a variety of issues, including but not limited to:
  • Muslims in the West
  • The Arab-Israeli conflict
  • Social and political events in Muslim-majority countries
  • Interfaith dialogue
  • Civil society activism, especially women's activism
  • Race related conflict in the United States
  • Interaction and dialogue among racial and ethnic groups in the United States

It takes 200+ hours a week to produce CGNews. We rely on readers like you to make it happen. If you find our stories informative or inspiring, help us share these underreported perspectives with audiences around the world.

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CGNews articles, written by authors from over 45 countries, have been republished over 37,000 times to date. And of the authors, nearly 50% have been women addressing Muslim-Western issues in recent years. Articles distributed by the news service have appeared in more than 4,800 media outlets around the world, including distributing partner McClatchy-Tribune Information Services, which partners with 450 global news outlets as well as the Huffington Post, which receives over 28 million monthly viewers.


CGNews articles:
  • Cross boundaries
    "It is work like this that helps dispel the wrong notion we have about the Muslim world." - CGNews reader from the United States

  • Connect people
    "The editorial I wrote has opened doors and impacted others - I just returned from presenting the editorial at a peace conference in Italy. The opportunity you enabled has opened my eyes and impacted me. I am developing the idea I wrote about and looking to apply it." – CGNews contributor

  • Influence action
    "Because of [everyone who contributed to releasing my article] I received many useful comments and encouragement. Even the Ministry of Political Development asked to meet with me to discuss the content of the article." – CGNews contributor
     
    "Reverend Lavender's article has motivated me to 'do something' in response to recent depressing events instead of just feeling helpless and in shock. For one thing, I WILL forward and share this article and, hopefully, it will show people in this part of the world that not all Westerners are ignorant and unreasonable." – CGNews English edition reader

  • Offer hope
    "No matter what I hear from our general media, there are a lot of people in this world who want to make it a better place for everyone." – CGNews reader
     
    "It is said that in the longer run, the pen is mightier than the sword ... and it is truly manifested in these times where fear and hate are the result of improper information! In the present time, the whole world is polarised between two extremities. Firstly, one of fear and hatred… secondly, the focus on economic sustainability and ethics. It is at these times that your article showed a ray of hope." – Qatari reader

  • Dispel stereotypes
    "I used to think that Westerners and Muslims hate each other deeply, but this misconception was due to my being influenced by some extremist opinions and some conservative readings from other sides. [CGNews] has helped dissipate these ideas." – CGNews Arabic edition reader from Yemen

Please feel free to submit an article for consideration to the CGNews Editorial Board, or send us any feedback or comments by email, at cgnews@sfcg.org.

Juliette Schmidt, Editor-In Chief
jschmidt@sfcg.org

CGNews is a product of Search for Common Ground's Partners in Humanity and Jerusalem programmes.