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Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Catholic Church in Botswana

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  Botswana is a beautiful country. A visitor is immediately impressed by its flat landscape and the imposing Kalahari Desert covering two thirds of the country’s surface. This landlocked southern African nation is also home to diverse areas of wildlife habitat. Botswana is very sparsely populated: a medium-sized country with just over two million people.…

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Book Review – Africa and the war on drugs

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  According to recent UN reports, African countries face an increasingly grave threat. This is not the HIV/Aids epidemic, nor ongoing conflict, terrorism, or corruption. It is a plague – not unrelated to all the former – that seemed to have spared Africa its worst depredations: drugs.Nigerian drug lords, khat-chewing Somali pirates, crystal meth-smoking gangs…

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Iran and Israel in Africa

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  Are Iran and Israel, fierce enemies in the Middle East, going to export their rivalry to Africa? Both Teheran and Tel Aviv are very interested in establishing economic and political ties with many Sub-Saharan countries. They are also closely monitoring each other’s moves on the field. Last December Stratfor, a global intelligence company, issued…

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DRC – The Kampala talks challenge

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  The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Rwandan and Ugandan-backed M23 rebels have agreed on the last 11 January on a peace talks agenda. But even if both sides come to an agreement, it will only one step in the long road towards the stabilization of East Congo. On the…

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CAR – Fragile peace deal

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  The Libreville peace-talks between the government and the rebels ended up on the 11 January with a ceasefire and a power sharing deal but it remains to be seen whether the ceasefire will hold. On the 9 January, peace negotiations started in Libreville between the government of the Central African Republic (CAR), the rebels…

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Mali – What comes next ?

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  France intervened in Mali to stop the jihadists’ offensive on Mopti and Bamako. Beyond, the plan is to rid the country from all terrorists. A serious challenge. On the last 11 January, French aircrafts and helicopters bombed a column of jihadists rebels which had captured the day earlier the city of Konna, 700 km…

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‘Democratic’ dynasties

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Nepotism does not only affect ‘presidents for life’. Even democratically elected heads of state have been accused of giving key posts to relatives. This might not be so for the much-criticized Jacob Zuma, the South African president, and for Nkosazana Dlamini: she was recently named head of the African Union and is the ex-wife of…

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Hereditary Republics

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Transforming power into a family business has been a temptation for North African leaders such as Muammar Gaddafi and Hosni Mubarak with their respective sons, Saif al-Islam and Gamal. The former in recent years tried to appear as a moderate and ‘reformist’ element in his father’s regime, but when the war in Libya broke out…

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Alone in command

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The four ‘grand old men’ in Guinea, Angola, Zimbabwe, and Cameroon have many ‘disciples’ all around Africa. Younger in age or in government duration, but similar in their steadfast hold on power, many with a past as soldiers or fighters. Actually, according to some analysts, Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni might be preparing a dynastic-like succession…

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Music – Staff Benda Bilili

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  Some years ago, Staff Benda Bilili were better known among the Kinshasa police than among music lovers. Even in a city dubbed ‘capitale de la musique’ (the capital city of music) by Congolese websites, it is not easy to become an artist if you come from a poor neighbourhood and you live on a…

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Myanmar – Stop the violence

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  Violence and bombings continue in Kachin state in northern Myanmar, straining the civilian population with fighting between Kachin ethnic groups and the Myanmar military forces. Mons. Raymond Sumlut Gam, bishop of Banmaw, a city around 70km from the border with China and the epicentre of the conflict, has sent this report to Southworld.   …

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Ghana – Garments that speak of history

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  Cloth has always had a very important social function in the Ashanti kingdom. The colours and type of fabric worn underscore events and indicate the ceremonial occasion, as well as differences in status and gender. The patterns and motifs represent proverbs, anecdotes and the history of the Akan people – a history that has…

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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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