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Monthly Archives: August 2013

Ethiopia: Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway

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  Ethiopia and Djibouti’s economies have been reliant for a long time now. Djibouti is the main port that connects Ethiopia with global economy, in particular with China, the most important  trading partner of the country. A symbiotic relationship has developed between Djibouti and Ethiopia. Addis Ababa handles 90 per cent of its import-export trade…

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South Africa – Ramphele: “My challenge to ANC”

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   “I want South Africa to become a just nation”, said Mamphela Ramphele, among the founders of the black consciousness movement and companion of the late anti-apartheid icon Steve Biko. At the end of June, she launched  a new party, Agang, which promises to challenge the African National Congress (ANC) and President Jacob Zuma. Ramphele,…

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Asia – The new frontier of military navies

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The Asian naval arms race is relentless: military ships and related technologies recorded  a further  spike  in sales to the continent during the first six months of 2013. China and India are the major export markets of the West. Last May, Singapore hosted the biennial Asia Pacific International Maritime Defense Exhibition, the foremost international maritime…

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DRC – The third Inga dam

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  The Kinshasa authorities are planning the construction of a third dam at Inga falls by October 2015, before the next presidential election.   During a conference which took place in Paris on the last 17 and 18 May, the Congolese Minister of Water Resources and Electricity, Bruno Kapandji announced that the construction of the…

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Christians and other religions

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The variety of ethnic groups, cultures, and religions in Malaysia is a distinctive element of the country and a reason for pride. In everyday life, cohabitation, as we have seen, is far from harmonious and is often politically exploited. Islam, practiced by 61.3 per cent of Malaysians, was declared the official state religion. This caused…

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“What future?”

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According to many observers, last May’s election result “alerted” the political system. This could bring long-term benefits. Development will continue under the influence of the younger generations who believe that the racial policy should end in favour of common progress and peaceful coexistence. Analysts also underline that, rather than criticizing the Chinese community for having…

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The political game

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Undoubtedly, the government system needs change. The opposition’s threat is real, and deep dissatisfaction with traditional policies is spreading. The 1999 elections, interpreted as a referendum for or against Mahathir’s controversial leadership, were unexpectedly a success for the Alternative Front, which doubled its seats – winning the majority in parliament in two states of the…

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Malaysia – The variety of uncertainty

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Despite its centrality in the history of trade and conflicts in South East Asia, Malaysia is seldom the subject of international media coverage. It is even less present in news reports, not for lack of importance, but because it is a stable country, with a strong and steady economy, no internal conflicts, nor tensions with…

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Thailand – The Christians of Chiang Mai

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In the north of Thailand, a small Christian community proclaims its faith among the great majority of Buddhists. This is the testimony of Mgr. Francis Xavier Vira Arpondratana, Bishop of Chiang Mai. “Chiang Mai – says the fifty-seven-year-old Bishop – means ‘new city’ in the local language. It is the capital of the province with…

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Mission as Compassion, a Latin American Perspective

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God’s compassion could be seen as the meaning of his mission at a time when profit at any price, the destruction of nature, and indifference to the suffering of millions of human beings reign supreme. Faced with this situation we must find a viable alternative. The Pastor of the Lutheran Church of Brazil, Roberto Zwetsch…

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Mongolia – A small yet vital church

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The Catholic Church in Mongolia is the youngest church in the world: a mere 20 years old. The apostolic prefect of Ulaanbataar, Mgr. Wenceslao Padilla, tells the story and highlights the challenges of this young community. The story starts with three missionaries from the Congregation of the immaculate heart of Mary (CICM Missionaries) who set…

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Papua New Guinea – The Tapini valley

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In the valleys of Papua New Guinea’s highlands, people live in isolated villages. Every day they take a long trip and walk down steep mountains, along wild rivers, and through dense forests to reach destinations such as the Tapini village, with a school and a hospital, both managed by the Catholic Church. Modern civilization brings…

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Advocacy

Jesuits Good Practice Against Land Grabbing.

Any advocacy should be based on the credibility that increases positions and proposals. And it should be truly carried out in the best interests of…

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Baobab

The Leopard and the Rabbit.

Once upon a time the Leopard lived in a small house far way in the bush. After thinking for a long time he decided to look…

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Youth & Mission

Pope Francis: “Colombia needs young people who know how to…

In Bogota, Pope Francis meets more than 20,000 young people gathered in Bolivar Square. He said to them: “ Help us to enter, help us who…

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