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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Algeria, the anti-IS bastion

Maghreb provides jihadists with fighters. The terrorist groups finance themselves through drug trafficking and arms trade. Their main obstacle: Algeria. Several factors suggest that the Islamic Maghreb is one of those areas throughout which ISIS might expand the boundaries of the recently established Islamic Caliphate. This hypothesis is first of all supported by the militancy…

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Music. “Gospel Journey”, the sound of wonder

If the title of Faada Freddy’s first solo album, Gospel Journey, has to be taken as a promise, after listening at its eleven tracks one must admit that the Senegalese artist has more than kept his word. The 40-year old founder of the rap crew Daara-J, leaving apart for a while his trademark hip-hop rhythms…

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Book Review. Inside of Islamic State

Whether the so called Islamic State will be an important part of history books in the future, nobody can actually tell. Nevertheless, the rapid and apparently sudden rise of the extremist group led by the self-anointed caliph Abubakr al-Baghdadi has pushed many researchers and journalists all around the world to focus on this bloody and…

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Traditional medicine and modern medicine

The modern or conventional medicine health care system has been described as the ‘Western model’ based on historical origin and the way it is practiced. Historically conventional medicine is regarded as having originated from the western parts of the world and the way it is practiced is to ensure that one’s condition is diagnosed to…

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Mexican Catrina. A celebration of life

“Calaca’s taken him”, is a Mexican expression that is used when someone dies. Also known as ‘Catrina’, this figure in high heels and a hat is the star of thousands of celebrations throughout the length and breadth of the country in November. We look at this character.  On November 1 and 2, Mexico celebrates what…

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Horn of Africa. Migration and Asylum: causes, factors and possible solutions

According to International Organization for Migration, (IOM), the Horn of Africa sub-region is currently one of the regions with a high number of internally displaced persons (IDPs).  This fact explains the large number of migrants who are not only seeking refuge in relatively stable neighbouring countries, but crossing into Europe as well. Although Syria is…

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India. The street children of New Delhi: in search of their future

The train station is their small city, the street is their home, and friends are their family. Stories of the street children of New Delhi. Tajdar is 12 years old, he cannot even remember when he started to live on the street. He arrived in New Delhi with his cousin Dakshi, who is a little…

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Traditional healers

In Central and East Africa, the term most commonly used for a traditional healer is ng’anga. No one can doubt the fundamental role that this occupation still has in the field of health and health services in African societies. It is hard to define a ng’anga: he is a doctor, when he cures a disease;…

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Comboni Missionaries. The election of Father Tesfaye: New paths open up …

The Comboni missionaries elected Father Tesfaye Tadesse, a native of Ethiopia, as Head of the Congregation. Thus 150 years after the founding of the Institute, it’s the turn of an African for the first time.  He was born almost 46 years ago in the historical city of Harar in eastern Ethiopia, but after some months…

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Benin. Dancing with the spirits

The desire for  protection and justice takes on non-human appearances . The guardian of the night. The Pla, an ethnic group of fishermen, live in Gbecon, a small village on the banks of the Mono river in southern Benin. These people are particularly devoted to the worship of  Zangbeto, the guardian of the night. ‘Zan’,…

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An EU-Africa action plan to address the migration crisis

At a special summit which takes places on the next 11 and 12 November in Valletta, the EU will ask African leaders’ help to address the migration crisis. The challenge is a difficult one. EU states don’t agree with each other on a list of “safe countries” whose citizens are free from persecutions.  The purpose…

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Colombia. A long way to build peace

Government and FARC to sign peace agreement in March of 2016. But there are still stumbling blocks.  The announcement was made in Cuba, last 23 September, by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) Timoleón Jiménez “Timochenko” after three years of negotiations. The two sides have…

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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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