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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Tunisia – Troubled democracy

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  “Perhaps some people want chaos.” This blunt statement was made by the then Tunisian PM, Hamadi Jebali, in an interview with French TV France 24, on 13 February. He was talking about the murder of leftist opposition politician, Chokri Belaid, shot dead in a Tunis neighbourhood a week before, and of its aftermath. Jebali’s…

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Benedict XVI and Asia

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  When the news of Pope Benedict’s resignation spread, on Monday, February 11, the Far East was in the middle of New Year holidays, dedicated to family reunions. The Hindu communities of Southern Asia were dealing with the much-attended Mela Kumbh Mela pilgrimage. Notwithstanding, the announcement was widely reported and broadly circulated everywhere in Asia,…

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Reportage – Mexico and migrants

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  They call it ‘The Beast’, the ‘Train of Death’, or the ‘Devourer of Migrants’. There are many names given to the train that carries thousands of Central Americans from southern Mexico towards the United States and the dream of a better life. Many stories of people that unravel and overlap. José Marti, 25, comes…

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Africa – The Paradox of Wealth and Poverty

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Africa is commonly known as the ‘black continent’. With 54 independent States and a population of over 900 million inhabitants, Africa is a paradox. From the desert in the North passing through the rich mineral belts of the coastal lines to the dense equatorial forests, Africa’s old song is the same: a continent plagued by…

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West-African jihadists and the International Criminal Court

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 Last January, the Prosecutor of The Hague-based International Criminal Court, opened an investigation into alleged crimes committed in Northern Mali by the jihadists. It is also planning to prosecute Nigerian Boko Haram activists and also to start investigating out of Africa. But it will not be easy. On the 16 January 2013, Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda…

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Mali – Music for peace

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They could be called a coalition, even though not a warring one. Many West African singers and musicians took their stand on the conflict in Mali, and chose to ask for peace and unity. In January, Mali’s Fatoumata Diawara gathered some of the country’s best-known music artists, including Vieux Farka Touré, Amadou et Mariam, Oumou…

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Film – Otelo Burning

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  Shakespeare in South Africa? It’s not the case. Despite the title, jealousy is only one part of the award-winning South African film Otelo Burning. Set in 1988, on the eve of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, the film deals with many subjects, as acknowledged by the director, Sara Blecher: “What you think when you…

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Cuba – Guajira Guantanamera

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  The Guajira-son (Cuban popular song) known as La Guantanamera is famous over the world. Our correspondent in La Habana explains the origin of its universal success. It hit the international airwaves in the 1960s, gaining the popularity it enjoyed on a national level in Cuba in the 1930s, and became one of those mysterious…

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Ivory Coast – The Yam festival

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  The annual yam festival is one of the most important moments of the various Akan groups from Ghana and the Ivory Coast. It is lived with great intensity. The yam is a plant with a climbing stalk that is cultivated in many parts of West Africa. Its tuber is the basis of the food…

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Liberia – Educating with the power of the faith

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  Liberia Mission began as a response to the problem of the numerous orphans left by the civil war that ravaged the country A large welcome sign at the entrance to the mission carries, besides the name, also the date of its inauguration, 3 November 2003, and the reason it exists in terms of what…

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The Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI for Africa

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  The announcement of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, seems to have come as a greater shock to African Catholics than to many other Christians in the world. African Catholics are so strongly tied to Rome and to the Pontiff – in their fidelity to Christ. It is that fidelity to Rome, to church…

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How Africa is reacting to Pope’s resignation

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  During the consistory on 11 February, in an unexpected move, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he is to resign. In his statement, Pope Benedict – who turns 86 in April – said he had “come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of…

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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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