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News & Analysis | October 2018

Tunisia. A Damocles’ sword hanging on its budding democracy.

Political Battles Are Creating a Distraction from Main Problems Weakening its Young Democracy Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi wants new elections, promising they would be held in December 2019. The new elections have become necessary after the president announced that his ‘Nidaa Tunis’ (Call of…

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Deforestation In Africa. The Earth Needs To Breathe.

In Africa, forests play a vital role in providing goods and services to people and ecosystems that support sustainable development. They provide goods (timber, poles, posts, pulp, paper) and foods (fruits, bush meat, edible insects, beeswax, honey) whose contribution to national economies is enormous. They offer important services (cycling of soil nutrients, regulation of climate change through…

Causes Of Deforestation. Stop The Pillage.

The most common pressures causing deforestation and severe forest degradation are agriculture, unsustainable forest management, mining, infrastructure projects and increased fire incidence and intensity. Discussion on the drivers (or causes) of deforestation has been quite animated in the public arena. Let us briefly enumerate the most important of them. The increased demand for food has resulted in African…

Counteracting Deforestation. Sustainable Choices.

Negative impacts of deforestation require proactive interventions in order to reverse the trend. African governments are moving towards averting the situation by embracing sustainable management of forest instruments at all levels. The key issue forest policy must address is the implementation of national programmes, with focus on afforestation and reforestation programmes, in order to increase forest and…

African Tradition And Religion. The Sacredness Of Nature.

Man is aware that he did not create nature. The earth, with all it contains, was created for him, but without him. Nature is that 'other than us' which has its own rules, order and needs. If we respect them, nature will continue to be our caring mother. For traditional Africans, nature meant the entire world or…

Churches

World Mission Sunday. “Life Is A Mission”.

The theme of this year: “Together with young people, let us bring…

Uganda/Sudanese Refugees. Just A Drop In The Ocean.

It consists in a microcredit project for women and grants for school…

South Sudan. Street Children in Juba. They Want…

Seventeen abandoned children have been rescued from wandering around the streets and…

Republic of Central Africa. A Church With Open…

Some dioceses have had their priests killed and churches destroyed but nevertheless…

Culture

Plant & People. Vitex doniana. Multipurpose Tree.

Vitex doniana (Family Verbenaceae) is a useful, multi-purpose tree providing food,…

The Quitapenas. The Dolls From Guatemala

The indigenous  created the quitapenas many generations ago as a remedy…

Ethiopia. The Sidama People. “Magano”, The First Ancestor.

The Sidama people are a deeply religious ethnic group that lives…

Morocco / The Ancient City Of Tétouan. The Embrace Of Medina.

A beauty now, the patrimony of humanity. Most of all a…

Opinion & Comment

Trump Versus Erdogan. A Diplomatic Clash.

At the White House it is not advisable to insist too much. The Turkish leader guarantees…

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Mandela. Above All Humanity.

There are all sorts of reasons for celebrating Nelson Mandela in this centenary year of his…

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Advocacy

In Bolivia, Mother Earth Defense Is In Women's Hands.

In Oruro, few months ago, there took place an exchange of knowledge among women from ten communities on the defense of their rights: it was…

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Baobab

The Swallow brings the summer.

The black and white swallow flew high up in the clear, blue sky, wheeling and diving, his fast, pointed wings carrying him at a great speed. Swallow loved…

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Youth & Mission

Africa Youth. To be protagonists in the church and in…

In the view of the Synod on youth which will take place in Rome this month, Tendai Karombo,   chairperson of the National Catholic Youth Council in…

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