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News & Analysis | January 2018

Africa’s Hotspots in 2018.

In 2018 several African states will have to face a series of challenges at the security level. In some cases, their governments will have to manage different threats simultaneously. Some of these threats have been present for different years. And these issues will be…

Dossier

The Challenges Of Kurdish Nationalism.

The Kurds have become one of the key players of the Middle East. They have secured autonomy alliances with superpowers and attracted investors to their resource rich region. But, the chances of full  independence range from zero to few for the time being. The Syrian government appears to have survived the conflict that was more an international…

The Kurds' History.

The Kurds and their struggle have suffered because of geographical and cultural fragmentation first and, later, their political and cultural disparities. The Kurds have become all too aware that the international community remains hostile to their independence project. It would take nothing short of a total reversal of the borders inherited from the colonial order to…

The War In Syria Is Over, The West Will Give…

The West will always choose Turkey over the aspirations of the Kurds. This is one area where The Americans and the Russians agree, allowing Rojava to separate from Syria. Russia has no desire to compromise relations with Turkey even as it tries to capitalize on success in Syria to strengthen its military presence. The Americans have…

The Kurds, Which Future?

The big winner in the Middle East is Russia. Thus, it will be Russia that will play the biggest role in its post-Islamic State organization. It was Russia that turned Turkey into an ally even after the latter’s air force shot down a Russian Sukhoi-24 jet in November 2015. Then in 2017, Russian backed Syrian forces…

Churches

Philippines. The Killing Fields.

As the bloody campaign against illegal drugs and crime continues under the…

The Jesuits in Africa. In Good Company.

The Jesuits in Africa are 1,600, and they work in 34 countries.…

Solidarity As The Road To Peace: The Indigenous…

Indigenous Africa offers examples of alternative ways to reach peace. It is…

Brazil. Aparecida, 300 Years On The Side Of…

The celebrations of the three hundredth anniversary of the rediscovery of the…

Culture

Pelargonium sidoides. An Effective Medicinal Plant Against Respiratory Diseases.

Pelargonium sidoides is a small geranium-like plant which is commonly referred…

Uganda. The Bwola, The Royal Dance.

Among the many cultural dances of the Acholi people, who live…

Angola. 'The Thinker'.

When we visited the Anthropological Museum of Luanda we were fascinated…

Mexico. The Tarahumara. The pillars Of The World.

Dance and healing are strongly linked to the culture of the…

Opinion & Comment

Bangladesh. At The Roots Of Islamist Extremism.

“Here in Bangladesh the factors which drive Jihadist recruitment and mobilisation are multiple. The processes of…

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Cameroon. Risk Of Secession.

The crisis in the western provinces of Cameroon comes as no surprise. For years it was…

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Advocacy

A Precursor Of The Fight Against Landgrabbing

Henri Burin des Roziers was a French Dominican, who in Brazil was called the advocate  of "the landless". He died Sunday, November 26th, 2017 at…

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Baobab

Laos. The Chance Of Living On Earth Longer.

Once, long ago, when the world was newly created, Phya Thaen, the highest god and creator, sent all creatures to the earth. As he was sending…

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Youth & Mission

World Day of Peace 2018. Migrants And Refugees: Men And…

The Message for the World Day of Peace is a reminder that the efforts for intelligent solidarity are the sole antidote, and that “the realism required…

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