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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Nepal – “Tashi Delek! I Hope you are well!”

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  Hundreds of children work in the brick factories in the suburbs of Kathmandu. Together with a group of volunteers, father Joe Thaler tries to give dignity, hope and a future to many of them. The children shyly show their hands and follow the instruction of the teacher, dressed in a coloured sari. Only when…

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A commitment for justice and peace

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Cardinal Onaiyekan, archbishop of Abuja, is one of the most important figures of the African episcopate. Sixty-eight years old, born in Kabba, a town located in the geographical heart of Nigeria, monsignor Onaiyekan is – moreover – co-chairman of the Council of religious leaders of Africa. His indefatigable commitment for peace is well-known. Boko Haram,…

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What Africans Expect from Obama’s Second Term

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  On January 20, the American President of African descent, Barack Obama, will start a second mandate as President of the United States. Many Africans fault him for not doing enough for Africa during his first four year mandate. How will this second mandate be for Africa? Southworld has asked the opinion of Mukete Tahle…

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Egypt – Three priorities

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  Last November, the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt chose its new Patriarch. An altar boy chose one of the three boxes containing the names of as many candidates and BishopTawadros, formerly a monk in the Saint Bishoy monastery (Wadi Natrun) and then bishop in Beheira, was called to take over from Shenouda III, who…

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CAR – Giving life its taste

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  Father Gaetan Kabasha, a Rwandan priest, shares his experience in Bakouma, in eastern Central African Republic, where he combines evangelization with human promotion.   I escaped my country, Rwanda, because of the 1994 genocide. I lived for some years in the refugee camps of the DR Congo, then I arrived to the Central African…

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Egypt – Street Politics

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  Politically divided, and in turmoil once again. So appears Egypt on the second anniversary of the demonstrations that took place in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, eventually causing the fall of Hosni Mubarak’s regime. More than twelve months after the first free parliamentary vote, and half a year after the presidential election which saw the Muslim…

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Challenges 2013 – Risky elections

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  On 4 March 2013, Kenya will attract the attention of the whole continent for the presidential, parliamentary and local elections. The hope is to avoid a repetition of the 2007 scenario when post-election violence led to the killing of 1,300 people. The current Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, is the preferred candidate according to opinion polls, while…

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Challenges 2013 – Protests and Military Interventions

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  Africa is a continent on the move, with one of the highest GDP growth rates in the world but this year it will face a  number of serious political challenges In the North of the continent, several elections could spark violence. That is the case in Tunisia where the salafists might cause trouble during…

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Afro-Brazilian – Jongo rhythm

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The African slaves once arriving in Brazil were hardly put to the test by the labour they were forced to endure. They resisted as a people thanks to the strength of their tradition and of a culture that neither the slavery system nor the distance from their homeland were able to erase. In the new…

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Cinema – Nairobi Half Life

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  The film has been selected for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, in Hollywood. “The story of a city… It is simply Nairobi”. In Kiambu, a small town in Central Province, Kenya, life is all about farming and not much else. 19-year old Mwas tries to convince a group of…

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Amadou Diagne – ‘mbalax revisited

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In the field of African music Senegal holds an important place. Rap music, as in other parts of Africa, is successful among Dakar youth, but the work of many other artists is still rooted, in different ways, in the most well-known local musical genre, the ‘mbalax. Amadou Diagne is one of these singers. Born in…

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Book Review – Dhow culture

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For centuries the dhow, the traditional Arab sailing vessel common along the shores of the Indian Ocean, operated according to the principles of free trade, carrying sailors, traders, passengers, and cargo along the long arch from Kilwa in Tanzania to Kerala in India, and beyond. Following the rhythm of the monsoons – its only propeller…

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Advocacy

Meetings and Words empower advocacy.

From the 16th to the 19th February, 2017 took place in Modesto, California first U.S. regional World Meeting of Popular Movements (WMPM).  Even though, Popular movements have…

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Baobab

The Goodness of Rice

A long, long time ago, on the island of Java there were no rice plants. The people of the earth had only grown cassava for their…

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Youth & Mission

God of Nonviolence.

Thank you for the gift of your love and your peace. Give me the grace to live the life of Gospel nonviolence that I might be…

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