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Monthly Archives: January 2014

South Sudan – A power struggle

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South Sudan’s government and rebels  signed a ceasefire agreement after talks in Ethiopia on 23rd January. Under the deal, the fighting were due to come to an end within 24 hours. However,  fighting still continue in some parts of the country. The South Sudanese government has expressed scepticism over whether the opposition will be able…

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South Africa – Elections: Zuma again

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Next April, The ruling African National Congress (ANC) will face its toughest elections since 1994. New political parties will challenge the ANC. We talked with Else Strivens, editor  of the Trefoil magazine based in Johannesburg. New political parties have been created recently in South Africa, the EFF (Economic Freedom Fighters) and Agang being the most…

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Horn of Africa, Sinai, Europe

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Pirates attacks have been a serious plague in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean for years. Between 2009-2012, in the Horn of Africa, Somali pirates are estimated to have racked in more than 450 million dollars in ransom payments from ship-owners worldwide. The number of pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden has…

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DR Congo – The prophet’s coup

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 Only 17 days after the signature of a peace agreement with the main rebel movement, an unexpected insurrection in several towns of the country showed that the DRC was far from being stabilised. Many Congolese were expecting that the signature of a peace agreement in Nairobi on the last 12 December between the Rwandan-backed M23…

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Illegal Commerce and Terrorist Cells

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As has been already been made clear, the Triple Frontier is known, first of all, as a flourishing centre of illegal and criminal activities. To understand the breadth of this phenomenon, one has only to see the statistics provided by Interpol showing that from 5 to 12 billion dollars are laundered each year by the…

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Puerto Iguacu – immersed in greenery

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The Argentinean city of Puerto Iguaçu is the least active, not least because it has the lowest population with scarcely 80,000 inhabitants. Founded in 1901 with the name of Puerto Aguirre, the city constitutes an immense natural reserve immersed in greenery where tourism is the main business. In 1982, President Joao Batista Figueredo and Roberto…

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Foz do Iguacu – Tourism

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Unlike Ciudad del Este, the Brazilian city of Foz do Iguacu is renowned for being both a centre of tourism and of agriculture. This city, the capital of the southern State of Parana, is located at the point where the river Iguaçu flows into the Rio Parana, creating the Iguaçu Falls. The population amounts to…

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Triple Frontier – Business, terrorism and strategic interests

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In the zone where Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina meet, surrounded by marvellous and striking scenes of nature, is the area better known as the Triple Frontier. The enchanting and heavenly beauty of the place owes most to the Iguazu falls. These are to be found in the heart of an unspoiled and verdant tropical jungle…

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South Sudan – Welcome to the Rainbow Centre

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John arrived at the Rainbow Centre, four years ago, in the morning, Sister Joan remembers it as if it was yesterday “I immediately sent a catechist to the market to buy John a dress, a blanket and  some soap”, this Comboni missionary sister with an iron will and a sweet smile remembers. “The boy”, she…

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South Sudan – “We are tired of war”

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“This violence is not the result of ethnic rivalry, but a political division among members of the same party. I do not believe we will return to war, simply because the South Sudanese do not want it. They paid way too high a tribute in blood for their independence and now just want to live…

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Liberia – Among West Point Shacks

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The name, brings to mind the famous American military academy, but West Point is a strip of land just a bit longer than a kilometer and 400 meters wide, connected to the rest of the shoreline by the Zolu Duma bridge. It is the largest slum on the outskirts of Monrovia, the capital of Liberia,…

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Bolivia – Market theology

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The market has a bit of everything – fruit and vegetables and then there are rice, baby food, galoshes, vermicelli and pumpkins as well as all sorts of meat and fish. One characteristic of the market is the great number of pedlars selling their sandwiches, ready meals, ice cream and an amount of beverages such…

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Advocacy

Justice, Peace And Liberty.

On May 4th 1976 Paul VI named as auxiliary bishop of Newark (New Jersey - US) Joseph A. Francis. He was the forth black catholic…

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Baobab

The Crocodile And The Cockerel.

Once upon a time, the crocodile was king of the animals. He was holding court one day. He sat majestically on his throne as he received…

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Youth & Mission

African Young People As Peacebuilders.

Violent conflicts are prevalent in African countries with large youth populations such as Mali, Central African Republic and Somalia. In some instances, young people contribute to…

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