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THE WINNING ESSAY

IDEA is happy to announce Aisa Ovshiyeva from Russia the winner of the IDEA Declaration of Interdependence essay contest. Honorable mention also goes to Syed Hashim Zaidi, the first runner up from Pakistan and Feshko Yliana the second runner up from Ukraine who will receive IDEA publications. Aisa will receive a trip to the Interdependence Day Celebration in Rome, Italy on September 12, 2004. Idebate Magazine would like to congratulate Aisa and we invite our readers to read her essay which is printed here in full. By Aisa Ovshiyeva, Russia

The world is rapidly and inevitably moving towards unity. I
believe that in the near future all our differences will begin to fade away: racial, religious, national. Everything that used to be a source of deep bloody conflicts will quite soon become insignificant. We, the people of a new millennium, have more similarities than differences, though we do speak different languages, celebrate different holidays and worship different gods. Our historical experience has taught us a lot. It has taught us the importance of such fundamental values as tolerance, understanding and mutual respect. The most atrocious example of human intolerance, and man-hating ideology was the Second

World War in which the whole world, and my country in particular, lost an appalling number of human lives. We had to pay an enormous price, and endure unbelievable sufferings, catastrophes and hardships in order to recognize finally that today humanity has no alternative but international cooperation and mutual understanding. The Declaration of Interdependence

is a great conclusion to reach after having gone through all the shocks of the 20th century, and having learned all the harsh lessons of the world’s history. With a new era upon us we have had to review some of our

old values and make way for a new one, interdependence. The
Declaration begins with the remarkable words “WE THE
PEOPLES…” So, most importantly, it shows us a new way...
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