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"Civil society is where ordinary men and women, acting as individuals and communities, take the initiative to advance what matters most to them."

The.Ismaili is pleased to publish an interview with Dr Amyn Sajoo, a specialist in international human rights, civil society, and public ethics. As part of a series of interviews with key figures, Dr Sajoo discusses the notion of civil society, its history, significance, and potential to enrich democratic life around the world. 

Medalists in women's track & field gather for a photo behind their respective flags on the final day of competition. JG / Akber Dewji

The final day of competition at the Jubilee Games lived up to the hype. Team Canada caught up to and overtook Team Pakistan in the medal standings, and everyone in attendance was treated to great matches.

In the women's basketball semi-final, Canada held off Tajikistan to advance to the final. JG / Kashish Ali

Wednesday was semi-final day at the Jubilee Games. The matches were intense and the crowds were at their loudest.

Athletes from Team United Kingdom carry the Jubilee Games Fanous to landmarks across London on their way to the Ismaili Centre. Ismaili Council for the UK / Jamil Teja

Over the past three months, the Team United Kingdom Jubilee Games Fanous has been on an epic journey across the continent, visiting jamats in Germany, Sweden and across the UK. Watch as UK athletes carry the Fanous to famous London landmarks on its way back to the Ismaili Centre, London.

Sabeen Virani in Aleppo at the Church of St. Simeo

Sabeen Virani talks about the growing phenomenon of young people across North America going overseas to study, work, or volunteer. She recounts her own experience in Syria as well as other individuals’ ventures to places like Sudan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Uganda.

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