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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Nobel Prize: The validity of a choice

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  The Nobel Prize committee assigned the 2012 Peace Prize to the European Union. The committee evaluated more than 100 candidates. After the announcement, there was sadness from the side of those who pinpoint the negative aspects of the EU. There was an explosion of joy from those who see in the EU a greater…

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EU-Africa – Deadline pushed

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  Ten years after their start in 2002, the negotiations for the signing of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the EU and Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries are in a deadlock. The challenge is to replace the non-reciprocal trade regime and preferential access of the Cotonou agreement by a free trade agreement that…

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Mali – When the fire spreads …

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  Earlier this year, on March 22nd, unhappy of the government’s response to insecurity in the north, a group of Malian soldiers staged a coup d’état. Under the leadership of Captain Amadou Haya Sanogo, they overrun Bamako, the capital, and declared their intention to re-establish security and order in the country, and to prevent a…

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Burundi – Descent into hell

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  It might seem a sad coincidence. A few months after the publication of the historical novel “Descent to hell” by the Burundian writer Aloys Misago, a press communiqué issued by the chief of staff of the former Hutu rebel Forces Nationales de Libération (FNL) – who had laid their weapons down in 2009 –…

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From 4G to MPedigree

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  A recent advert by a major mobile phone company in the UK showed a comely young lady dangerously leaning out of a window grabbing a mobile phone and looking for a better signal. “With us – the ad claimed – you will not have that problem, even inside a building”. Perhaps, but UK mobile…

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Ushaidi

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  Ushahidi means “testimony” in Swahili. It is also the name given to a platform initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the 2007/8 post-election fallout. The volunteer team behind Ushahidi developed a tool for Kenyans to report and map incidents of violence that they saw via text, email or the web.…

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ICT – Not only Kenya

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  With many on-going projects and planned ICT developments, Kenya has taken the lead in the digital race in Africa. Yet, projects to reduce the digital divide in Africa are not confined to the East African country. Interesting programs are found in the most unusual places. Brazzaville, the capital of Congo, is one of them.…

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ICT – Power to transform the continent

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  At the end of the last century, Sub-Saharan Africa had less phone fixed lines than Manhattan. Some claimed that the whole continent had less connectivity than Luxembourg, a tiny state even for European standards. Today the situation is changed. There are at least 600 million mobile phones working in the continent, and at least…

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L’Arche – Sharing life

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  A few years ago, I decided to be more committed in my life in service of others. I joined Saint Martin Catholic Social Action, a group dedicated to help the disadvantaged in society based in Nyahururu, in Central Kenya. There I took up the role of Public Relations manager. With time, I decided to…

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New Evangelization – Open the horizons

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Joseph Mbatia became the second bishop of Nyahururu last March. Being from the local diocesan clergy, he has an intimate knowledge of the diocese and of the Kikuyu, the larger ethnic group of the region. I met him at a meeting with catechists where he spoke about the new evangelization and the importance of continuing…

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South Sudan – Capital Injustice

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  South Sudan’s Comboni Missionaries – Sisters, Brothers and Fathers – recently wrote a letter to the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC) petitioning the bishops of the two Sudans to take concrete steps towards the abolition of death penalty in the South. The initiative was catalyzed by the resumption of executions in the new country…

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Chad – Expulsion!

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  After years of preparation, oil extraction and exportation in Chad started in 2003. The 1112 oil installations are found in the south, most near the city of Doba. People expected a windfall, but got little in return. According to an Africa-Europe Justice and Faith Association’s report, between 2004 and 2007, taxes and dividends on…

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Advocacy

A Museum for advocacy?

A Museum can surely be an action of advocacy, if it provides awareness towards empowerment. The National Museum of African American History and Culture that ex…

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Baobab

Why the sea is salty.

Long ago, the sea was not salty. People got their salt from the mountain of salt across the sea. One day, the people in the village…

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Youth & Mission

Bennie was the wrong person, in the wrong place at…

Bennie had a thin, hollow face, the picture of malnutrition at 22 years of age, he had never been to school for more than a few…

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