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News & Analysis | November 2018

Angola. ‘Terminator’ Lourenço Pushes For More Reforms.

More than one year after he was sworn in, the new Angolan head of state, João Lourenço has made sure that the men suspected to be corrupt do face trial. The list includes the son of his predecessor. But reforms go much further beyond. On…

Dossier

Geo-Political and Geo-Economic Scenarios of the Indian Ocean.

The collapse of the Soviet Union has characterized the birth of new and important geopolitical actors establishing themselves both on the global scenario and in various regional contexts. The decline of American monopolism and the on-going crisis in European construction are, in fact, accompanying the progressive redefinition of new geopolitical balances with their centre of gravity…

China, The Protagonist.

China may certainly be described as the more relevant protagonist in this change, finding itself having to try to contain America for the purpose of halting (or slowing) the progress of the Empire of the Centre. The economic power developed in recent years by the Chinese colossus is supported by a series of strategic infrastructure projects aimed at accompanying,…

India, Playing A Very Active Role.

In the context of the changes in power relations on the Asian continent, the movements of another power, India, merit particular attention to anticipate future scenarios. Often under-exposed by the media, New Delhi is showing itself to be playing an active role in the area, backed by its 1.3 billion inhabitants. Like China, India desperately needs to…

Oman, Small But Strategic.

The new centrality and strategic importance assumed by the Indian Ocean have unquestionably created competition based upon economic development and investment in infrastructure. This challenge, launched by the major powers of the area, has also been taken up by much smaller actors such as Oman, favoured by its geographic position that aims at increasing, in the…

Churches

El Salvador. Oscar Romero, a Saint waiting for…

After thirty eight years of impunity, the process of identifying the assassins…

Burkina Faso. Alphonsine Yanogo. Sister and Mechanic.

She is the first female mechanic in the country. She runs the…

Philippines. A Voice for the Oppressed.

Brother Karl Gaspar, an award-winning writer, respected socio-anthropologist, theologian, interfaith scholar, and…

Johannesburg. Refugees In The City Of Gold.

Every year, thousands of migrants and refugees arrive in Johannesburg from several…

Culture

Music. A marvel called Oud. The Joubran Trio.

A pre-Islamic instrument. Three brothers. Music that is a poetry, the…

Plants & People. Cowpeas, Essential In The Management Of Diabetes.

It is an herbaceous food legume belonging to the plant family…

Madagascar. Feast of Life and Death.

In the south of Madagascar live the Bara, a cluster of…

The Sahara. The Kel Air and Kel Ahaggar Tuareg. There is…

The desert is not a no man’s land but the land…

Opinion & Comment

The Shadow of Riyadh over Africa.

Saudi Arabian interests have an anti-Iran role in the war in Yemen;   "peace" between Ethiopia and…

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Sticking with the ICC.

As the International Criminal Court (ICC) has marked the 20th anniversary of its foundation, the member…

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Advocacy

Oasis in all places or the happy sobriety.

An Amerindian legend says that one day, there was a huge wildfire. All the animals gazed at the disaster terrified, distressed and helpless. Only the…

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Baobab

Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky.

Along time ago the sun and the water both lived on the earth and were very friendly. The sun often paid a visit to the house…

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Youth & Mission

The Synod on Young People: “Walking Together “.

The final document of the synod on young people has been just released. The document consists of 3 parts, 12 chapters, 167 paragraphs and 60 pages.…

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